RAZVAN COJANU RECKONS the decision-makers behind the burgeoning career of explosive young heavyweight Daniel Dubois have made an error of judgement in their matchmaking for March 8.
The two huge heavyweights collide at the Royal Albert Hall in what will be a tenth professional fight for Dubois. The 21-year-old has already won the WBC Youth, Southern Area and English titles since making his debut in April 2017.
The California-based Cojanu has, indeed, operated at a higher level in his 21 fights to date, what with challenging for a world title against Joseph Parker and stepping in with the vastly experienced Luis Ortiz in the fight after the Cuban had Deontay Wilder teetering on the brink of defeat in Brooklyn.
Too much, too soon is the message from the 31-year-old Romanian.
“I think his people have made a big mistake by fighting me now so early in his career,” he stated. “He’s got a lot to learn and this is a step too far.”
Cojanu, who was beaten on points last time out against Dubois’ domestic rival Nathan Gorman added that size does matter and he will prove as much on the night.
“I don’t think Daniel has fought anyone bigger and stronger than him yet. When he gets in with me he will realise how hard the mountain is to climb.”
RAZVAN COJANU HAS issued a chilling warning to Daniel Dubois ahead of their heavyweight encounter at the Royal Albert Hall on March 8, predicting the fight is not going to end well for the young Londoner.
Dubois enters into his tenth professional fight at the stunning South Kensington venue, which will stage boxing for only the second time in the last 20 years when the 21-year-old, along with Anthony Yarde, headline a card that also features two British title battles.
In his nine fights to date, Dubois has already collected three championship belts – the WBC world youth, Southern Area and English titles – and, against Cojanu, he will bid to add the WBO Global title to his fledgling CV.
He will be up against his toughest test yet when he takes on the California-based Romanian, who challenged for the WBO world title against Joseph Parker in 2017 and extended the New Zealander the full 12 rounds.
The 31-year-old subsequently lost to Luis Ortiz before accepting the challenge of another top young heavy, Nathan Gorman, in Manchester last December. Cojanu was originally scheduled to fight Dubois, but the Peacock Gym protégé was laid low by a seasonal virus.
Gorman prevailed on points at the Manchester Arena and successfully defended his WBC International Silver title, but was never able to establish an effective rhythm against the awkward and ungainly Cojanu.
Dubois himself has previously stated that he will be seeking to make a statement with a stoppage victory, but Cojanu insists the power possessed by the young knockout artist holds no fears for him.
On the contrary, the 16-5 man with nine KOs claims it is Dubois who should be fearful of hitting the canvas.
“I’m not worried about Daniel’s punching power, he should be worried about mine,” said Cojanu ahead of making a swift return to a UK ring. “Nobody has hit him yet. When I hit him, he will know about it.”
Cojanu added that Dubois’ youth will count against him and that experience will be a telling factor on the night.
“Daniel is a young boxer. He is fighting a proper man for the first time and it’s not going to end well for him.”
Daniel Dubois v Razvan Cojanu and Anthony Yarde defending his WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title against Travis Reeves tops a huge night of boxing at the Royal Albert Hall that also includes the British middleweight title clash between Liam Williams and Joe Mullender, while British welterweight champion Johnny Garton makes a first defence of his belt against the Welshman Chris Jenkins. Unbeaten featherweight Lucien Reid takes on his toughest test to date against Birmingham’s Indi Sangha. Unbeaten prospects Hamza Sheeraz, Denzel Bentley, Jake Pettitt, James Branch jr and Harvey Horn also feature on the show.
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