Frank Warren refuted claims Daniel Dubois ‘stopped’ against Joe Joyce in their heavyweight title clash, saying he could have lost his sight in his left eye had the fight continued for longer .
‘The Juggernaut’ retained his undefeated professional status with a tenth round stoppage against the 23-year-old in the British, Commonwealth and European showdown at Church House Westminster.
While Dubois had some encouraging moments in the fight, the difference in experience proved insurmountable for the Greenwich native and he was severely hampered as his left eye closed completely.
Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton was among many critics who insist Dubois gave up in the heavyweight showdown, while Eddie Hearn suggested the same and believes he was rushed. .
But Warren, who promotes both fighters, insisted the claims were far from relevant and supported the 23-year-old to come back strongly from the setback.
Speaking on White & Jordan, he said, “What are you going to do? Are you a boxer and you take bad punches and get caught? His eye was completely closed.
“What do you want to see him do – lose his sight?” I don’t quite agree that he has resigned and if that is the opinion of the people, he obviously has to prove in the future when he comes back that he does not.
“That’s what it is, he’ll be away for a while until it heals and then obviously he’ll come back.” He chose to do what he said. Every time he got caught he had a nerve pain and the pain was excruciating. His vision was also impaired.
“I can think of a few years ago when [Vitali] Klitschko was in the ring with Chris Byrd [back in 2000] and he withdrew from the fight. It was only recently that in the last few years, Kell Brook has also struggled with two eye injuries.
Hearn, who has suffered similar criticism with Anthony Joshua throughout his meteoric rise to unified world championship status, is adamant that Dubois resigned and was poorly matched by Warren.
“I thought that was weird, didn’t it,” he told his million Instagram followers.
“I think it was about the fourth or fifth round, I was like, ‘He doesn’t like that. He went around and the local team was saying things like, “Come on! This is the fighting game! ‘
“I thought, ‘Calm down, it’s only round four.’ And I think they just knew he was mentally weak. I am not sure?
“Do you know what, I always feel like it’s hard for a non-fighter to tell a fighter that he’s quit,” he added.
“I think you have to watch what the fighters say. Every fighter says Dubois quit. So I guess, in terms of boxing, yes.
“But for normal people, I think maybe all of you tried not to continue. But the fighters are not normal people.
“I think it will be very difficult to come back from that but, at the end of the day, I think they rushed him. I thought they were a really bad match for Dubois.
“Sam Jones was right; they never gave him that intermediate fight. They went from the English title level to the top 15 in the world, because that’s what Joe Joyce is.
Warren later told iFL TV, “I find it pretty disgusting that he says this stuff, but he can’t help himself because he always has something to say.
“No one should give Eddie Hearn a copy of anything that goes to the board. He is seeing a specialist because he has a fractured eye socket.
“What if he continues and ends up like Anthony Ogogo?” You know what? I don’t care what he has to say.
“He came out and said at the start and said categorically that Daniel Dubois would beat Joe Joyce, so he’s trying to jump on the bandwagon.