British heavyweight boxer Daniel Dubois suffered heavy injuries to his left eye in his first professional career defeat against the new British, Commonwealth, and European heavyweight champion Joe Joyce.
Daniel Dubois suffers broken eye socket, nerve injury
The three-time postponed fight on 28th November at the Church House in London saw Joe Joyce clinching multiple heavyweight titles as he knocked Dubois out in the 10th round.
However, the staggering blow from Joyce left ‘Dynamite’ Dubois with a fractured orbital socket in his left eye, as well as nerve damages, claimed his promoter and Queensberry Promotions owner Frank Warren.
“He has a fractured orbital socket,” Warren said after the fight, “The last punch he took caught a nerve and it shot through him.”
“He could not focus and see and that was that. He would have had to be pulled out in the next round anyway. It is a horrible injury he got.”
It was further developed that Dubois will get his nerve injury diagnosed by a specialist on Monday.
“He caught me with a good jab,” said Dubois, “I couldn’t see out of the eye. It just happens.”
Joe Joyce says he ‘felt’ the power of Daniel Dubois during the fight
With the victory, Joyce has upped his record to 12-0 with 11 KOs and moves a step closer to becoming a title contender for the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO belts, which means taking on the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is very likely for the new champion.
Nonetheless, the 35-year-old admired Dubois, who himself is revered for being a heavy puncher.
“I’ve felt power like that before, and with my experience I’ve learned to ride it and come back,” Joyce said after the fight, “I felt his power, and I was happy to take it.”
“I started to look at the eye, and I felt quite comfortable landing the jab. I tried not to get too close to him, too,” Joyce added.