‘Dynamite’ made a measured start to the contest in front of 1,000 fans at Telford’s International Centre before perfectly setting up a devastating right hand in the early stages of the second round that sent experienced Romanian Dinu crashing to the canvas.
Dinu was unable to return to his feet and was duly counted out by the referee, giving Dubois a crucial comeback victory as he claimed the WBA interim heavyweight title and became mandatory challenger to ‘regular’ champion Trevor Bryan.
“It’s been a rough ride and I’m glad to be back,” Dubois told BT Sport afterwards.
It was a much-needed win for Dubois, who faced harsh accusations of “quitting” against Joyce in a memorable all-British affair at Westminster’s Church House in November that ruined his undefeated record and cost him his British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International titles as well as the vacant European belt.
The Greenwich fighter was counted out on one knee in the 10th round of that fight after Joyce’s stinging and consistent jab caused severe damage to his left eye, with it later being revealed that Dubois had fractured his eye socket and suffered nerve damage.
However, he recovered well from surgery and joined up with new trainer Shane McGuigan, with the early results of their new partnership clear for all to see against the towering 34-year-old Dinu, ranked at no4 by the WBA and whose only previous defeats came against Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev.
Dubois’ triumph to move to 16-1 (with 15 KOs) made it a memorable night for the family, with his younger sister Caroline also qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.
On Saturday’s undercard, popular Stoke middleweight Nathan Heaney stopped Iliyan Markov in the third round and Tyson Fury’s younger half-brother and former Love Island star Tommy Fury moved to 6-0 as he came through his toughest test to date as a professional to outpoint Jordan Grant before calling again for a meeting with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
Belfast’s Caoimhin Agyarko dominated Mexican Ernesto Olvera, while Telford native and English bantamweight champion Liam Davies delivered a fine stoppage of Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev on his Queensbury Promotions debut.
Fellow highly-rated prospect Adan Mohamed also moved to 2-0 with a solid victory over journeyman Luke Fash in the opening bout of the evening.