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Chris Eubank Jr ‘disgusted’ by Daniel Dubois’ surrender against Joe Joyce despite gruesome eye injury

CHRIS EUBANK JR was 'disgusted' by Daniel Dubois’ surrender on Saturday night.

Joe Joyce stunned Dubois by jabbing away brilliantly at the 23-year-old’s left eye until his eye socket and spirit broke in the tenth round of their London showdown.

Dubois was ahead on points but took a knee and was counted out.

The heavyweight upset has split boxing, with Irish icon Carl Frampton and Dillian Whyte feeling Dubois quit in his first real test.

But Olympic middleweight bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo, who was blinded in one eye after doing six rounds with a busted eye socket in 2016, leapt to Dubois’ defence.

Ogogo, 32, said: “I’d hate to see your dreams end like mine did.”

Brain injury charity Headway have claimed some of the criticism directed at Dubois is 'dangerous and irresponsible'.

His promoter Frank Warren said: “The last punch he took caught a nerve and it shot through him.”

Eubank Jr called on his own warrior spirit to battle through a bloody defeat to George Groves with a split eye and also inflicted tragically life-changing injuries on Nick Blackwell.

But he pulled no punches with his view on Dubois’ first professional defeat.

Eubank Jr said: “If you can dish it out, you need to be able to take it.

“He could have just run around the ring for the last three rounds, if his eye was that bad, but don’t ever take a knee and blame one bad eye.

“It is one thing to take a knee when getting battered, I understand that, living to fight another day.

I was disgusted

Chris Eubank Jr

“But I have no excuse for letting yourself be counted out when you are ahead and still in the fight. I was disgusted.

“Dubois has a lot of potential but being young is not an excuse.

“He is 23 and has knocked out 14 of his 15 previous opponents. He is young and has his career ahead of him but that was so disappointing.”

Eubank Jr, 31, is stuck in California after being ringside for Mike Tyson’s pay-per-view clash with Roy Jones Jr.

The Brighton ace was in camp with Jones Jr, 51, even mimicking 54-year-old Tyson’s trademark style — after lockdown turned a two-week trip to Jones’ Florida gym in March into a bromance marathon.

Middleweight Eubank Jr enjoyed the ride but warned any talk about real fights for the 50-plus legends — against modern-day monsters — should be treated as fancifully as him fighting his legendary dad, Chris Snr, who is now 54.

Eubank Jr added: “I know how hard it is to get in there to perform when the world is watching, so to do that, at their age, is impressive.

“Like most kids, I pretended to be Mike Tyson in the mirror, bobbing and weaving, throwing hooks and uppercuts — and that was useful for Roy, 20 years later.

“A lot of the other stuff around it, suggesting fights against current prime fighters or champions isn’t real, it’s hype and online-forum chat.

“It’s entertainment, I don’t think it is dangerous because it is fantasy.

“People still ask me about fighting my dad. In our primes and even right now, that’s crazy, it would never happen. I like to think of it as just fun and fantasy.”

Dillian Whyte blasts ‘coward’ Daniel Dubois for ‘quitting’ as he stops fighting in shock defeat to Joe Joyce

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