Frank Warren has refuted claims that Daniel Dubois ‘give up’ in opposition to Joe Joyce throughout their heavyweight title conflict, claiming he may have misplaced sight in his left eye had the bout continued any longer.
‘The Juggernaut’ retained his unbeaten skilled standing with a tenth-round stoppage over the 23-year-old within the British, Commonwealth and European showdown on the Church Home Westminster.
Whereas Dubois had encouraging moments within the bout, the distinction in expertise proved insurmountable for the Greenwich native to beat and he was badly hindered as his left eye closed utterly.
Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton has been amongst many critics who insist Dubois gave up throughout the heavyweight showdown, whereas Eddie Hearn instructed the identical and thinks he was rushed.
However Warren, who promotes each fighters, insisted these claims have been extensive of the mark and backed the 23-year-old to come back again strongly from this setback.
Talking on the White & Jordan present, he mentioned: “What are you going to do? You’re a boxer and also you’re taking dangerous punches and getting caught? His eye was utterly closed.
“What do you need to see him do – lose his sight? I don’t fairly agree that he give up and if that’s folks’s opinion then he’s clearly bought to show sooner or later when he comes again that’s not the case.
“It’s what it’s, he’ll be out for some time till that heals after which clearly he comes again. He selected to do what he did as he mentioned. Each time he was getting caught he had a nerve ache and the ache has excruciating. His imaginative and prescient was additionally impaired.
“I can assume again a few years in the past when [Vitali] Klitschko was within the ring with Chris Byrd [back in 2000] and he pulled out of the struggle. Solely just lately in the previous few years Kell Brook has fought with two eye accidents as nicely.”
Hearn, who endured comparable criticism with Anthony Joshua all through his meteoric rise to unified world championship standing, is adamant Dubois DID give up and was matched poorly by Warren.
“I assumed it was a wierd one, wasn’t it,” he advised his a million Instagram followers.
“I believe it was in regards to the fourth or fifth spherical I assumed, ‘He don’t fancy this’. He went to the nook and the nook group have been saying issues like, ‘Come on! That is the struggle sport!’
“I assumed, ‘Relax, it’s solely the fourth spherical.’ And I believe they simply knew he was mentally weak. I’m unsure?
“Are you aware what, I at all times really feel like it’s troublesome for a non-fighter to say to a fighter he give up,” he added.
“I believe it’s important to have a look at what the fighters are saying. Each fighter says Dubois give up. So I suppose, in boxing phrases, sure.
“However for regular folks, I believe you might have all regarded to not keep on. However fighters will not be regular folks.
“I believe will probably be very troublesome to come back again from that however, on the finish of the day, I believe they rushed him. I assumed they matched Dubois actually poorly coming via.
“Sam Jones was proper; they by no means gave him that center struggle. They went from English title stage to world high 15, as a result of that’s what Joe Joyce is.”
Warren later advised iFL TV: “I discover it fairly disgusting that he’s saying these form of issues, however he can’t assist himself as he’s at all times bought one thing to say.
“No one has bought to present Eddie Hearn a replica of something will probably be despatched to the board. He’s seeing a specialist as a result of he has a fractured eye socket.
“What occurs if he carried on and ended up like Anthony Ogogo? You recognize what? I don’t care what he has to say.
“He got here out and mentioned at the beginning and mentioned categorically that Daniel Dubois would beat Joe Joyce, so he’s attempting to get on the bandwagon.”