Ricky Hatton Thinks Daniel Dubois Could’ve Fought On Against Joe Joyce
Ricky Hatton believes Daniel Dubois could’ve kept fighting against Joe Joyce.
Dubois shared the ring with Joyce on November 28. The two engaged in a heavyweight battle that headlined a Queensberry Promotions card. Dubois and Joyce were undefeated going into the fight. Once the dust settled, it was Joyce who earned the knockout victory in the 10th round.
While Dubois found success in the fight, he took significant damage to his left eye courtesy of Joyce’s jab. Dubois took a knee in the 10th round and failed to beat the 10-count.
Hatton took to his Instagram account to express his belief that Dubois could’ve fought on and scored a decision victory.
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“Bizarre ending to the Dubois v Joyce fight last night in London. Thank you to [talkSPORT] for allowing me to commentate on the fight. Daniel had boxed a pretty decent fight up to the stoppage. I had him 3 or 4 rounds up. Having said that Joyce boxed a clever fight, coming down the home straight his tactics were beginning to work but I thought he might of left it a bit to late. I think if Daniel would of just tried to go through the pain barrier them last couple rounds. Stay close, hold him, fiddle & f*ck his way to the final bell he’d of won on points for me.
“Prior to the final jab landing on the eye. There was no stress signals or warning signs from Daniel. As in fights such as Benn/McClellan. Brook/Golovkin. Where both boxers were blinking rounds earlier. I had a fight back in the day in Detroit where my eye was closed. The ref gave me one more round. Every punch on the eye was torture but I stayed in there & fortunately knocked him out. Sometimes you have to go through the pain barrier in this game. I just maybe think Daniel could of bit down on his gumshield a bit more & dug in. If he had I think he might of pinched a close decision. Congrats to Joe Joyce though. He done us proud in the amateurs & Olympics & is doing the same in the pros. Right up there know. Daniel boxed a good fight and can come again maybe.”
It was later reported that Dubois suffered a broken eye socket and a bleed on his retina. He is being sidelined for at least five months.