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

DILLIAN WHYTE laid into heavyweight rival Daniel Dubois for 'quitting' against Joe Joyce last night.

Dubois, 23, was stopped in the 10th round after taking a knee and failing to make the ref's count.

The rising star was favoured to beat his heavyweight foe Joyce, 35, but saw his unbeaten record dashed.

And former world title challenger Whyte, 32, wasn't happy with the manner of Dubois' defeat.

He said on Instagram: "Man's out here quitting in mid-fight.

"They were saying they wanna fight me and they were gonna knock me out.

"One thing with me, no quit, straight warrior. If I'm losing, I'm getting knocked out.

"Straight warrior, straight warrior. And these cowards wanna mention me."

And another Brit heavyweight Haye, 40, said: "I was very unhappy with the way he took a knee. I'd rather get knocked spark out."

Those views were also echoed by ex-world champion Carl Frampton.

The 33-year-old told BT Sport: "I think that we all like Dubois, he's a likeable guy.

"But if it's someone we didn't like we'd say he's a quitter. I think he quit - I have to be brutally honest.

"His eye was a mess, his eye was closed but I get dragged out of the ring. I wouldn't take a knee and get pulled out."

Dubois was rushed to hospital after his shock loss over fears he may have suffered nerve damage or broken eye bone.

He initially went for standard neurological tests but was then taken to Moorfields - an eye specialist hospital in east London.

Dubois said: "He caught me with another jab to the eye. I could hardly see out of it. I can't explain it.

"I'm a tough guy and I will come again."

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce weigh in ahead of their big fight

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