Eddie Hearn takes swipe at rival promoter Frank Warren for matching Daniel Dubois ‘very poorly’ against Joe Joyce… and Matchroom boss even suggests DDD’s corner knew their fighter was ‘mentally weak’
- Daniel Dubois took a knee after sustaining damage to his eye against Joe Joyce
- Promising heavyweight’s reputation has taken a huge hit in manner of defeat
- Eddie Hearn accused rival promoter Frank Warren of rushing into big fight
- He also posited that Dubois team may have known he was mentally weak
Eddie Hearn has taken a swipe at rival promoter Frank Warren for rushing Daniel Dubois into his fight with Joe Joyce.
Dubois, who was regarded by many as a future heavyweight champion and next big star of boxing, suffered a stoppage defeat by Joyce on Saturday night after taking a knee having sustained significant damage to his eye.
DDD was taken to hospital with a fractured orbital bone and potential nerve damage.
Daniel Dubois took a knee and was counted out in the 10th round against Joe Joyce
Eddie Hearn (pictured) has accused Frank Warren of rushing the 23-year-old into the fight
Despite the severity of the injury, a number of boxers and pundits have accused Dubois of being mentally fragile and taking the easy way out.
Matchroom boss Hearn believes plenty of the blame lies at the feet of Queensbury Promotions head honcho Frank Warren.
He said: ‘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 matched Dubois really poorly coming through.
‘Sam Jones was right; they never gave him that middle fight. They went from English title level to world top 15, because that is what Joe Joyce is.’
He added to his Instagram followers: ‘I thought it was a strange one, wasn’t it.
‘I think it was about the fourth or fifth round I thought, “He don’t fancy this”. He went to the corner and the corner team were saying things like, “Come on! This is the fight game!”
‘I thought, “Calm down, it’s only the fourth round.” And I think they just knew he was mentally weak. I’m not sure?
‘Do you know what, I always feel like it is difficult for a non-fighter to say to a fighter he quit,’ he added.
‘I think you have to look at what the fighters are saying. Every fighter says Dubois quit. So I guess, in boxing terms, yes.
‘But for normal people, I think you may have all looked to not carry on. But fighters are not normal people.
Dubois found himself on the receiving end of the jab too often and paid the price
The manner in which Dubois was counted out in the 10th round will leave plenty questioning him.
Joyce fought great success with the jab and managed to take or avoid the power shots returning in his direction. After the win, he called out Oleksandr Usyk
And on the stoppage, first, Joyce said: ‘Maybe it was smart to stop and live to fight another day. Don’t forget it takes a lot to get into a ring.’ But when pressed to the point he added: ‘Me? I would always fight on to the end.’
In the face of mounting criticism, both Dubois and Warren will have to reassess where they go from here.
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