Home Boxing News Dominic Ingle says Daniel Dubois could have beaten count against Oleksandr Usyk

Dominic Ingle says Daniel Dubois could have beaten count against Oleksandr Usyk

Daniel Dubois and Oleksandr Usyk. Photo credit: Piotr Duszczyk

While controversy still abounds about whether or not the blow that floored unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) in the fifth round of his second successful world title defence against Daniel Dubois 19-2 (18), questions are starting to be asked about whether the challenger quit in the fight.

Britain’s Dubois, 25, has long been tainted with the dreaded “Q-word” following his 10th round knockout loss to Joe Joyce 15-1 (14) three years ago.

In that bout Dubois suffered a fractured eye socket and took a knee to avoid further punishment in what was, up until then, a competitive bout.

The question whether he has a champion’s mentality has lingered ever since.

Against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, 36, Dubois looked to be on a good thing when a body blow floored the Ukrainian southpaw in the fifth round in Poland on Saturday night.

But referee Luis Pabon ruled the punch low and allowed Usyk five minute to recover.

Usyk turned the tables on Dubios, dropping him in the eighth and again in the ninth to win the fight by knockout.

After the fight Dubios admitted the low blow ruling took him out of his game.

Dominic Ingle, who has trained numerous world champions, believes Dubois could have beaten the count if he wanted to.

“I think you get caught with something and you think, ‘wow it has troubled me’ then you start to lose your confidence,” Ingle said to Boxing King Media.

“The final knockdown was a straight shot and he waited, and you see fighters doing it, you’ve got the up by the count of eight, realistically, when you’re on the floor.

“You can’t leave it to nine, nine and a half. That signifies to me [fighters could then say] ‘oh I shouldn’t have been stopped.’ If you can get up at nine and a half, you can get up at eight.”

Ingle compared Dubios to reigning WBC heayweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24), who famously rose from a 12th round knockdown against big-punching American Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) to hang on for a draw in the first of their three fight series.

“He was flat on his back asleep, not moving, and then he climbed up and beat the count so, for me, I think I said it in previous interviews especially when he boxed Joyce, when he saw it going to the other way and the tide was turning it’s almost like in Dubois heads he’s like ‘oh that’s me done, that’s my 80%,’ whereas some fighters get to 99% damage, then start thinking about it, then still fight through,” Ingle said.

“He did quit. If he’s raising at nine-and-a-half he’s not sustained enough damage, otherwise he’d be down past 10.”

Whether Dubois quit or not, he has a long road back from here.