‘I’m glad he did it. Better safe than sorry. He lives to fight another day, it could have been an injury that finished his career.’
Daniel Dubois could have suffered irreparable damage to his left eye and even blindness had he not withdrawn from his fight with Joe Joyce, Frank Warren has said.
Dubois’s left eye had swollen shut in Saturday’s contest for the British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Warren also refuted the criticism that Dubois had “quit” having lost heart for the fight. It was 23-year-old Dubois’s first defeat in a sixteen-fight career.
“What Daniel did was absolutely the right thing to do. I’m glad he did it,” said Warren. “Better safe than sorry. He lives to fight another day, it could have been an injury that finished his career had he carried on.”
“The eye specialist who he saw on Monday found that he had a fractured orbital socket and bleeding in the retina, had he carried on thee was a very strong chance that he might have lost his eyesight. Look what happened to the middleweight Anthony Ogogo, who suffered a similar thing. Or look at Gerald McClennan, who is now blind and in a wheelchair. The bottom line is that a boxer’s safety has to be the most important thing. It is a reminder how dangerous boxing can be…”
“Daniel will see another specialist this week who will make a decision on whether a plate is needed in there for the broken orbital socket, and I understand a decision will be taken once the swelling has gone down.”
Warren explained: “Daniel told me that he was suffering from pain early in the fight, and that last punch caused him a lot of distress.” The promoter will look to rebuild Dubois’s career “after three to four months out”, he said on Tuesday.
“It will be a hard road back and Daniel will be under a lot of pressure now. The fight was a risk – we knew it was a 50/50 fight – and I believed he could win it. But look what Wladimir Klitschko did – he was knocked out early in his career but look what he did – he came back to reign for ten years in the division.”