Big-punching Londoner Daniel Dubois faces a warm-up fight ahead of his meeting with Joe Joyce later this year and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects an early knockout...
" the fact Snijders lost at cruiserweight in one of his most recent outings sets alarm bells ringing"
Daniel Dubois faces a late stand-in opponent at the BT Sport Studio in Stratford on Saturday after Erik Pfeifer was forced to withdraw following issues with his medical. Dynamite will now go against Dutchman Ricardo Snijders in the main attraction of a six-fight card organised by Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions.
The WBO International heavyweight title will be on the line in this fight but it's also seen as a vital warm-up for Dubois ahead of his proposed meeting with fellow Brit Joe Joyce. That one is expected to happen later this year but to have any chance of settling the score with Juggernaut, big-punching DDD must deal with Snijders in convincing fashion.
Dubois finished Fujimoto early
Saturday's outing is seen as a great opportunity for Londoner Dubois to build in his perfect 14-fight record. The 22-year-old Peacock Gym fighter has passed every test put to him so far in emphatic style, claiming 13 of his wins inside the distance. The only fighter to have taken Daniel the distance to date is experienced American Kevin Johnson back in 2018 when Dubois claimed a comfortable points decision in Leicester.
Since then, the rising star has won each of his five bouts by KO/TKO and was last seen dealing with Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto who entered with an eye-catching 21-1-0 record. The vacant WBO silver and WBO International titles were on the line in Stratford against the man from Tokyo but Dubois made light work of the challenge, getting the job done inside two rounds and sending a message of intent to the rest of the division.
Snijders saves the day
26-year-old Heerlen fighter Snijders answered an SOS from promoters when agreeing to fill the void and take on Dubois at short notice. The man ranked second in his homeland behind Tyrone Spong and 140th in the world knows the size of the challenge ahead of him. He was keen to meet Dynamite and will be hoping the change of opponent works in his favour, making life difficult for the home fighter who had been preparing for Pfeifer.
It's fair to say Ricardo is somewhat of an unknown amongst UK fans but he will arrive in London with a professional record detailing 18 wins against one defeat in a career that can be traced back to 2016. The spare loss for Snijders came last year when suffering a points reverse against London-based Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko in Vorst for the vacant IBO Inter-Continental title. The worrying thing about that result is it came at cruiserweight and he's now stepping up to fight a heavyweight with explosive power.
Dynamite favourite for KO
Dynamite's form and the change of opponent means it is little surprise to see the home fighter as hot favourite on the Betfair Sportbook. Those looking to back Dubois will be forced into the specials as he's no more than 1/100 to add career win number 15. The method of victory has another KO/TKO at 1/25 with a second points verdict 12/1.
There will be little interest in backing Snijders for the win in Stratford and that's despite Betfair traders serving up a bulky 25/1 or the draw at 50/1. There's bigger still available to those happy to take more of a chance. Ricardo by knockout is 35/1 and a points cheer in London is even less likely with a whopping 80/1 available. Some big prices, but they deserve to be.
Londoner will stop the smaller man
The fact Dubois is the home fighter, in a bout expected to give him a warm-up for Joyce, on a stunning run of knockout form and facing a late stand-in opponent who recently competed in a lower weight division means this will be a case of predicting how DDD gets the job done.
It's always worth backing Daniel for a KO but the fact Snijders lost at cruiserweight in one of his most recent outings sets alarm bells ringing. Two of Dubois' last five KO wins have come in round two and another is 2/1 (Betfair Sportsbook).