Daniel Dubois remains on course for an all-British heavyweight clash with Joe Joyce after making quick work of Ricardo Snijders
Daniel Dubois (15 - 0) made his return to the ring last night, taking on the relatively unknown Ricardo Snijders.
Snijders came into the fight with a decent record of 18 - 1, but without any notable names on that list, he wasn't expected to pose many problems for Dubois who is widely considered a future star of the heavyweight division.
Dubois last fought in December of last year, recording a second-round knock out of Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto before turning his gaze to an eagerly anticipated clash with Olympic silver medalist and fellow heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce.
The bout was first set for April, but after several setbacks due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will now be taking place on 24th of October.
Joyce had already taken a tune-up fight back in July, blasting out Michael Wallisch in the third round and Dubois was expected to deal with Snijders in a similar fashion.
To Snijders credit, he did try to make a fight of it, but weighing in a whole two stone lighter than Dubois and taking the fight at late notice, he was never really in with a chance.
Dubois dropped the dutchman three times in the 1st round. When the fourth knockdown came early in the second, Snijders climbed to his feet once more but his body language was that of a beaten man, prompting the ref to call it off.
The win sees Dubois retain his WBO International heavyweight title and takes his record to 15 - 0. With 14 of his 15 opponents failing to make it into the second half of the fight, those of us following Dubois' career are keen to see him step up to a higher level of competition.
Provided all goes to plan, we should get to see that step up in class on 24 October when he finally faces off with Joyce.
Elsewhere on last night's card -
Phil Williams (3-26-1) vs David Adeleye (3-0)4 rounds at Heavyweight
Winner (Adeleye TKO round 3)
Heavyweight prospect David Adeleye takes his record to 3-0 with an impressive stoppage over the durable and experienced Phil Williams. Williams, whose record may not look like much, had previously only been stopped three times in 29 professional fights.
Joe Hughes (17-6-1) vs Sam Maxwell (14-0)10 rounds at junior-welterweight
Winner (Maxwell 98-92, 97-94, 97-94)
Sam Maxwell retains his WBO European junior-welterweight title over ten competitive rounds with a very game Joe Hughes.
Ben Thomas (2-3-3) vs Willy Hutchinson (12-0)10 rounds at light-heavyweight
Winner (Hutchinson TKO round 1)
Undefeated Willy 'the Hurricane' Hutchinson lived up to his name, overwhelming Thomas and stopping him in the first round with a series of heavy combinations to head and body.
Thomas Essomba (10-5) vs Sunny Edwards (14-0)12 rounds for the IBF international super-flyweight championship
Winner (Edwards 116-112, 117-112, 117-111)
Edwards outclasses former Commonwealth champion Thomas Essomba on the way to a comfortable points win.