Anthony Joshua Not Happy With Criticism Around Daniel Dubois – ‘Are They Serious?’

Published 12/02/2020, 9:27 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Anthony Joshua speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has hit out at Daniel Dubois’ critics. The British champion showed his dismay at the unreasonable criticism that ‘The Dynamite’ received for fight against Joe Joyce. Daniel Dubois didn’t get up after being knocked down by Joyce, which resulted in a TKO victory to the ‘Juggernaut’. This did not go down well with competitors and fans and many labeled the 23-year-old a quitter.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Anthony Joshua in action during a training session during the Anthony Joshua Media Day at the English Institute of Sport on May 01, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

However, Anthony Joshua believes this is utterly unreasonable. Speaking to The Sun, Joshua said, “If Daniel needs someone to speak to, he should call me. It is easy for people to criticize from outside the ring — but some people have been out of order.” Maybe referring to the likes of Dillian Whyte and David Haye, who called the young heavyweight a quitter.

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Joshua also explains why people should refrain from calling him a quitter. He said, “Daniel took a massive risk in taking that fight, as did Joe Joyce. They both knew the dangers, and they both put it all on the line.” The champion compared it to MMA and asked for people to respect Dubois. “I hear people talking respectfully about tapping out in MMA fights. Then when a boxer stops because his eyeball is about to fall out, they call him a ‘quitter’ — are they serious?” Said Joshua.

READ:‘I’ll Be Back to Prove My Doubters Wrong’- Daniel Dubois Issues a Statement After Quitting Against Joe Joyce

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Why were critics so eager to have a go at Daniel Dubois?

Dubois was the favorite going into the fight and spoke a big deal during the press conferences. Furthermore, the hype surrounding the 23-year-old was never ending. And despite being very talented, critics were skeptical whether he had the maturity to get the victory. So in some way, Dubois brought this on himself with the constant comments prior to the fight.

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However, his eye was swollen to the point where he could no longer see from it and there was no option but to stay down. It was either that, or walk towards a powerful Joe Joyce with one eye. He is still young and could live up to the hype. However, for now, his journey will have to take a detour.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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