Daniel Dubois reportedly suffered a fractured eye socket during his shock defeat by Joe Joyce in London on Saturday night.
The 23-year-old Londoner had been a 1/4 betting favourite heading into the domestic blockbuster at Church House in Westminster.
But things did not go according to plan as he was worn down by the 35-year-old Joyce, who boxed cleverly and once again showcased a granite chin to withstand all of the bombs Dubois was able to land.
Joyce jab a potent weapon vs Dubois
The Joyce jab in particular was a potent weapon, with the lead left producing swelling around Dubois’ left eye from an early stage in the fight.
By the second half of the fight the swelling was a major concern for ‘Dynamite’, and yet another jab on the left eye in the 10th round caused him to take a knee while referee Ian John Lewis counted him out.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) November 29, 2020
After undertaking post-fight interviews with broadcaster BT Sport, Dubois was taken to hospital to have the extent of his eye injury investigated.
And talkSPORT presenter Jim White has now reported that Dubois had suffered a fractured eye socket, as well as suspected nerve damage. He will reportedly see a specialist on Monday.
Dubois ‘couldn’t see out of eye’
In the immediate aftermath of his defeat, Dubois had told BT Sport 1 HD: “He caught me with a good jab and I couldn’t see out of the eye. It just happens man, I can’t explain it. He just pinged it and I couldn’t see out of it.”
BT analysts and former world champions Carl Frampton and David Haye both expressed disappointment in the way Dubois took a knee and was counted out. Frampton went as far as to say that he thought Dubois had “quit”.
As well as his undefeated record (Dubois is now 15-1), Daniel also lost the number 2 spot in the WBO (World Boxing Organization) heavyweight rankings. Joyce now takes that spot and could face Oleksandr Usyk in a title decider should Anthony Joshua vacate to chase a showdown with Tyson Fury.