Billy Joe Saunders acquired shocking phrases of encouragement from Daniel Dubois within the aftermath of his loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The previous WBO super-middleweight champion relinquished his title to the Mexican on Saturday night time in Texas after struggling ‘a number of fractures’ to the world round his eye.
Coach Mark Tibbs stopped the combat earlier than the ninth spherical, with Saunders being escorted out of the AT&T Stadium in Arlington through ambulance the place he underwent surgical procedure.
The 31-year-old faces an anxious wait to see what’s going to occur to the remainder of his profession after such a debilitating damage, however Saunders’ phrases on Dubois taking a knee in his combat towards Joe Joyce final November have seemingly come again to hang-out him.
It transpired the 23-year-old had fractured his eye socket, which resulted within the grotesque swelling on the night time, however Saunders didn’t maintain again in his scathing criticism.
He was extraordinarily vocal, insisting he would have continued even when he had ‘two damaged eye sockets’.
“If my two eye sockets had been damaged, my jaw was damaged, my enamel had been out, my nostril was smashed, my mind was crushed, I used to be not stopping till I used to be knocked out or worse. I don’t agree with a person taking the knee and letting the ref depend him out.
“Fighters get in that ring and we all know what’s on the road. Each fighter wants to grasp and the followers want to grasp that.
“Previously, we’ve seen a variety of tragedies in boxing, deaths within the ring. Earlier than I am going on one knee I’d prefer to exit on my again with my pulse stopped.”
Regardless of the robust phrases, Dubois has proven his class by refusing to criticise him and even provided his help to Saunders following the damage, reaching out on Twitter and wishing him effectively.
He wrote: “You fought effectively @bjsaunders_ hope your eye heels [sic] up shortly and you’ll come again stronger champ.”
Dubois later added: “I’m not going to rub it in for Billy. He’ll be going by means of it now with the attention damage.
“Possibly he’ll remorse what he stated about me [after the Joe Joyce loss], possibly this would possibly train him one thing. It might be a life lesson.”
The Greenwich-native has totally recovered after surgical procedure to restore the fractured eye socket and can return to the ring on June 5 to tackle Bogdan Dinu for the WBA ‘interim’ heavyweight title.