After suffering an unexpected defeat from Joe Joyce in November last year, Daniel Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to try to get back to where he was before the match. The 23-year-old "Dynamite" will actually get an opportunity he may not have hoped for, in a match where a victory could very quickly bring him closer to candidates for an attack on the world title.
Namely, the WBA organization, motivated by the fact that their champion Anthony Joshua will play two matches against Tyson Fury, decided to organize a match for the title of interim heavyweight champion. The opportunity in that match will be given to the above-mentioned player of Frank Warren, and his opponent will be 34-year-old Bogdan Dinu from Romania.
Dinu is a boxer who has recorded 20 wins and two losses so far and is ranked 65th in the heavyweight rankings according to BoxRec. This hardly speaks in favor of why he was given the opportunity to compete for the temporary belt, rather concluding that Warren had paved the way for Dubois ’return as soon as possible.
Dinu is currently within a string of two wins, but before that, he has suffered defeats from Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev, and these are actually the two only more relevant names on the list of all his previous opponents.
Dubois lost to Joyce, and after that, he was 23rd place in the BoxRec rankings, and it sounds even more devastating to him that he thus became only the seventh British heavyweight. A bigger and more significant jump with a win against Dinu could not be made, but owning the belt would make him a mandatory challenger to the WBA.
But there could be four of them, too, when Joshua and Fury resolve the issue of their match. Namely, the WBO is preparing a fight for its challenger between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce, and the IBF has ordered a fight between Filip Hrgović and Michael Hunter.
There’s also Dillian Whyte, as interim WBC champion. An additional problem to all is created by the fact that this will be the fourth WBA belt of the world heavyweight champion. Namely, Anthony Joshua is their real champion and he is the holder of the WBA super belt.
T The organization also has a WBA regular belt, which is introduced if the “super” champion holds some of the remaining three elite belts. That title is currently with Trevor Bryan. But there is also the title of “holiday champion,” which belongs to Mahmoud Charr.
He was awarded the title after being left without a "regular" title due to inactivity. Everyone will probably agree that this is an unnecessary accumulation of world champions who are not really, but it is probably all an attempt to give the match some greater value, especially in this day and age, when there are many more potential challengers than in recent ten or more years.