“He Lost the Fire”- Trainer Reveals What Went Wrong for Daniel Dubois Against Joe Joyce

Published 03/12/2021, 4:00 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Daniel Dubois celebrates victory after his fight against Dave Howe during the International Heavy Weight contest at Copper Box Arena on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


An undefeated Daniel Dubois entered the against Joe Joyce, and being the younger one between the two, several people envisioned him to walk off victorious. However, Joe Joyce put his experience on display and handed Dubois his maiden defeat.

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While the unbeaten heavyweights had everything at stake, Joe Joyce departed with the last laugh. However, Dubois and his team have dusted off the defeat and have revealed the exact thing that went wrong. Daniel Dubois, Frank Warren, and trainer Mark Bowers discussed the fight with IFL TV, claiming the third-round injury to have changed the outcome.

“I would probably say when we got injured in the third round. From then on, it changed the pattern of the fight, and obviously, Daniel had the bad eye. And his depth perception changed quite a lot. And he wasn’t moving his head as much as he could have or should have,” said Bowers.

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Joe Joyce exhibited a lopsided dominance against ‘Dynamite’ Dubois and showed the true value of experience. Meanwhile, ‘Juggernaut’ also bagged the right to claim a WBO Interim title shot against Oleksandr Usyk. Nevertheless, Dubois seems eager for an early return and is already optimistic about regaining his lost spot in the heavyweight division.

Speaking on it, Bowers continued, “But listen, it’s like everything. We can all analyze and we will be clever after the fact. At the end of the day, he (Daniel Dubois) got an injury, and he lost the fire. You know, that’s what it is.”

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What’s next for Daniel Dubois?

Often billed as a young Mike Tyson, Dubois has 15 wins alongside just 1 loss in his four-year professional career. 14 of those wins have come via KOs.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Daniel Dubois celebrates is victory over Richard Lartey in the vacant WBO Global Heavyweight Championship at SSE Arena Wembley on April 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Also, as he is one of the most active pugilists in the roster, we can see the ‘Dynamite’ overcome his injuries and explode soon. The heavyweight division is full of big names, and Daniel Dubois would fit in perfectly against any of the A-listers.

Do you think Daniel Dubois will return stronger?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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