British heavyweight Daniel Dubois won’t be facing Germany’s Eric Pfeifer on August 29 in the tune-up fight for the mega show with Joe Joyce.
The 22-year-old Londoner will be squaring off against Ricardo Snijders of the Netherlands. The reason for the late substitution is “issues with the German’s medical”.
The 26-year-old Snijders is a cruiserweight with a pro record of 18 wins and 1 loss, as he has only one heavyweight fight in his career.
The last time Dubois was seen inside the ring was in December when he defeated Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto via KO in the second round.
Promoter Frank Warren said: “Of course it’s a disappointment that we have had to make a late change, but the most important thing was getting Daniel a solid test. We’ve had Snijders training for weeks getting ready for this fight on the off chance there was an issue, and thank God we did. Pfeifer‘s team didn’t submit his MRI on time and given the current circumstances, we couldn’t stand for the uncertainty or take the risk that the fight would be pulled at the last minute. Daniel hasn’t boxed since last December, some eight months ago. That’s a long time, especially for Daniel who has always been active. Daniel trained at home with his sister and younger brother during the lockdown and he has been back in the gym with his trainer Martin Bowers for several weeks”.