Daniel Dubois gave Billy Joe Saunders some magnanimous support after his defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Saunders. The former WBO super-middleweight champion relinquished his title to the Mexican on Saturday night in Texas.
Saunders criticized Dubois for his most recent fight against Joe Joyce. The 23-year-old suffered a fractured orbital bone and elected to take a knee and give his rival a win by knockout.
Saunders was not allowed back to action in the ninth round after the Mexican delivered an uppercut that broke the Briton’s orbital bones.
Despite the strong words, Dubois has shown his class by refusing to criticize him. He even offered his support to Saunders following the injury, reaching out on Twitter and wishing him well.
You fought well @bjsaunders_ hope your eye heels up quickly and you can come back stronger champ 👊🏿
— Daniel Dubois (@DynamiteDubois) May 9, 2021
Dubois later added, “I’m not going to rub it in for Billy. I thought Billy did well and it was a good fight up until that point. He was making it awkward and then the punch happened and Mark had to stop the fight. He’ll be going through it now with the eye injury. Maybe he’ll regret what he said about me [after the Joe Joyce loss], maybe this might teach him something. It could be a life lesson.”
The Greenwich-native has fully recovered after surgery to repair the fractured eye socket and will return to the ring on June 5 to take on Bogdan Dinu for the WBA ‘interim’ heavyweight title.
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