Daniel Dubois v Joe Cusumano
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This weekend, YouTube sensation Jake Paul is back in the boxing ring when taking on MMA star Tyron Woodley over eight rounds at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. That means the circus is back in town for boxing traditionalists, but there are a couple of fights of interest on the undercard, including two big-hitting Brits.
Tommy Fury battles Anthony Taylor over six rounds in the cruiserweight division, and if the Englishman wins that bout and Jake continues his form, the pair are likely to face off later this year. That would be an explosive contest.
The fight of note for UK fans sees the return of heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois, who is scheduled to battle respected American Joe Cusumano in a 10-round contest. There is no title on the line here, but it's a chance for Dynamite Dubois to keep active and add another win to his already impressive CV.
Dubois makes a quickfire return
Dubois makes his American debut on a show that millions around the world will watch. This is a golden opportunity for the exciting Londoner to win new fans and showcase his talents to an American audience. Beating Cusumano won't do much for his world rankings, but it's a fight he must win, and he must do it in style. DDD brings a professional record of 16 wins and one defeat with the spare inflicted by Joe Joyce via a 10th round stoppage late last year.
Since being blasted out by Juggernaut in Westminster, Dubois has fought only once, and it was an easy victory over Romanian Bogdan Dinu in Wales two months ago. Daniel never got out of first gear that night, but he didn't need to. The 23-year-old picked up his reach early, and when offloading the kind of big punches he is known for, his opponent was looking for a way out. The fact that fight lasted less than two rounds allowed him to return to the gym and keep busy.
There are no surprises in the pre-fight betting, with a 17th professional win for Dubois available at odds of 1.031/33 on the Betfair Sportsbook. That pushes bettors into the specials, and the method of victory has a 16th KO/TKO in 17 outings at 1.061/18 while a rare points win can be backed at 1211/1. Other options worth a look include round group betting or exact round betting.
Cusumano carries knockout power
UK fight fans would be forgiven for not knowing a lot about opponent Cusumano or many other fighters on the card, for that matter. The 6ft 4inch American enters with a record that demands respect with 19 wins as a professional fighter with three defeats. The 33-year-old from Virginia has power of his own, stopping 17 of his 19 victims, resulting in an eye-catching 77% KO average. That means Dubois can't throw caution to the wind and try to walk through the home fighter.
Joe's most recent defeat came in August 2019 when losing on points over eight rounds to Steve Vukosa, an American fighter who is 44 years old ranked outside the top 100 heavyweights in the world. Cusumano was dropped in round three and lost by one round, three rounds, and one round on the scorecards. He was able to bounce back and made a return to winning ways last time out when beating Gregory Corbin at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in November when Paul defeated Nate Robinson by second-round stoppage.
Backers find it difficult to support Cusumano, and he has been written off as a 1312/1 in the fight winner market. Those odds may attract some interest from lovers of a big price, but it shouldn't be too popular, especially with those staying up late to watch the action back in the UK. The KO/TKO is 1514/1 with a points win 3635/1.
Back another routine win for Triple D
This type of boxing card and audience suits the style of Dubois perfectly. He has been drafted in to face another big puncher in a bout that should give those in attendance and watching the action on YouTube the fireworks they have paid to see. It'll be Dynamite throwing the bombs, though.
DDD's last three KO wins have all landed in round two, and in the fight before that, he took out Ebenezer Tetteh in a round. If Cusumano comes to fight, this will be over in a flash. Back Dubois to win in round two again at odds of 3.412/5.