Daniel Dubois vs Erik Pfeifer will not now take place after Pfeifer was ruled out. Dubois will now face Dutch heavyweight champion Ricardo Snijders on the same date – Saturday August 29 – at the same venue with the same start time and TV channel.
Daniel Dubois cannot afford to make any mistakes when he returns to the ring from a nine-month absence to take on German Erik Pfeifer on Saturday August 29.
The 22-year-old Londoner has been hugely impressive in building a perfect 14-0 professional record (13 victories inside distance) and is seen by many experts as a future world heavyweight champion and worth successor to the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
But he must ensure there are no slip-ups here as he has a huge carrot dangling in front of him – a major domestic dust-up with fellow unbeaten Joe Joyce (11-0 with 10 inside) at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday October 24.
Win impressively here and Dubois will go into the showdown with Joyce as a red-hot favourite, lose and his blossoming career would suffer a major setback.
The unbeaten Pfeifer – who enjoyed a long amateur career – is no easy tune-up for Dubois despite what the bookmakers might have you believe, and in heavyweight boxing it takes just one punch to alter a fight and a career.
Dubois vs Pfeifer date, time and venue
Dubois vs Pfeifer will take place behind closed doors at BT Sport Studios in Stratford, London on Saturday August 29. The main event is likely to begin around 2200 BST.
Dubois vs Pfeifer TV channel and live stream
Dubois vs Pfeifer odds
Dubois is the raging hot favourite for this one with his tall reputation and perfect CV. He is a best-priced 1/33 just to win the fight and as short as 1/50 in places. Pfeifer meanwhile ranges from a shortest 8/1 to 12/1.
‘Dynamite’ is not really a betting proposition in the win market so anyone fancying an interest would be better off looking at round betting when prices are made available closer to the bout.
Dubois vs Pfeifer weights
The weigh-in for Dubois vs Pfeifer will take place on Friday August 28, the day before the fight itself. It will do so at a venue still to be announced, but will not be open to the general public due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniel Dubois record and profile
Daniel Dubois was born in London on September 6, 1997 and is currently 22 years of age. He has a perfect professional record of 14-0 – 14 victories and no defeats with 13 of those successes coming inside distance. Dubois stands 6ft 5ins tall and has a reach of 78ins.
After turning professional in April 2017, Dubois was extremely impressive in winning his first five bouts in the paid ranks – all in double-quick time.
In his sixth bout though, ‘Dynamite’ was pitched in against the highly experienced and durable American Kevin Johnson in Leicester in October 2018. So it was perhaps not a great surprise that Dubois was taken the distance for the first time as a professional, though he duly scored a comfortable points success.
Since that is has again been KOs all the way as Dubois has racked up another eight victories inside distance – the last of them against Kyotaro Fujimoto in London last December.
Promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions – who also look after reigning WBC, Ring magazine and lineal world heavyweight king Tyson Fury – Dubois, recently named among ESPN’s Top 25 Under 25 fighters, now appears perfectly placed to take the next step in his development towards world level.
Erik Pfeifer record and profile
Erik Pfeifer was born in Asbest in Russia on January 22, 1987 and is now 33 years old. The German ace lives in Hamburg and has a perfect record as a professional so far of 7-0 – seven victories with no defeats and five of them coming inside distance.
Pfeifer, who is 6ft 3 ins tall, did not turn professional until September 2018, at the age of 31. That was largely down to the fact he had a long and successful amateur career. He competed without success at two Olympic Games in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. But he did win medals in the World Championships in both 2011 and 2013.
Pfeifer also boasts two victories over French heavyweight prospect and 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Tony Yoka.
Warren, Dubois and co are not taking Pfeifer lightly ahead of this one, and clearly they see an opponent with great experience as somebody who could yet upset the best-laid plans for that big showdown with Joyce later in the year.