Dubois Back With A Win
In the 6 months since that heartbreaking loss to Joe Joyce, there would have been periods of self-doubt, reflecting if he was worthy of all the hype preceeding the Joyce fight.
Harshly labelled a quitter from those on the safe side of the ropes and from many who should know better, Dubois had much to overcome. The eye injury which proved pivotal, left Dubois on the brink at such a young age.
In Telford, Dubois made those first vital steps on the road to recovery. The WBA Interim heavyweight title he won is relatively worthless, in the mess that particular governing body has created for itself, the win and the manner of it far more important.
Bogdan Dinu was dispatched brutally by one devastating short right hand early in the 2nd round. There will be tougher tests, Dinu was an important first step.
Now under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan, Dubois would be well advised to wait until early next year before thoughts turn to a rematch with Joyce. The McGuigan partnership needs time to gel, Joyce highlighted flaws, they need time to make sure there is no repeat. The previous rush to the top of the mountain failed, Dubois needs some good solid learning rounds and not fights that teach him very little.
Dubois has time, tonight was the start, an encouraging one, but it is far too early to form a judgement that Dubois is the fighter we thought he was prior to his fight with Joyce.