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Daniel Dubois: 'I am not to be underestimated'

Daniel Dubois: 'I am not to be underestimated'
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The Londoner lost against Joe Joyce last November when he took a knee in the 10th round, allowing himself to be counted out.

Daniel Dubois is set to make his ring return this weekend and has warned his heavyweight rivals they would be unwise to underestimate him following the first defeat of his professional career last time out.

The Londoner was ahead on two of the three judges' scorecards against Joe Joyce last November when he took a knee in the 10th round, allowing himself to be counted out, after heavy punishment to a grotesquely swollen left eye.

After a period of rest and recuperation, having been diagnosed with medial and orbital floor fractures as well as retinal bleeding, Dubois (15-1, 14KOs) is looking to get back to winning ways in Telford on Saturday night.

Bogdan Dinu, who has won 20 of his 22 professional contests, will be in the opposite corner and Dubois is adamant the Romanian – as well as any future foes – should not read too much into his loss against Joyce.

Asked if he would relish opponents taking him lightly from now on, Dubois told the PA news agency: "Yeah, definitely. If they do it would be even better, they would be in for a shock.

"Maybe more fighters will step forward now and want to have a fight with me. That will play into my hands, just to have more experience and competition coming for me again."

Dubois has the opportunity to claim the vacant WBA interim crown by beating Dinu which could lead to the Briton fighting for a secondary version of the governing body's world title before the end of this year.

He added: "It's a good fight back for me, I think it's just about right. It puts me right back where I was, ranked again and climbing that ladder and pushing on to the world title, definitely.

"Now for me is all about the step back again. Once I've gotten this fight under my belt then I'll be in a much better position to know where I'm at."

Dubois last month announced he had linked up with trainer Shane McGuigan, who has coached a number of past and present world champions, following a very brief stint with Mark Tibbs.

The 23-year-old is optimistic the union with McGuigan can help him become more of a complete fighter.

He added: "He's been noticing some things in my style and the way I'm throwing punches. He's been watching me and telling me things that I can improve on. Most of all I want to learn and he's there teaching me.

"You can't knock him for anything. He's had loads of world champions: George Groves, Carl Frampton and many others. For me it's definitely the right move."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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