A fellow heavyweight has weighed in on Oleksandr Usyk’s ninth round stoppage of Daniel Dubois in Poland back in August, and has pulled no punches.
The two main talking points that arose after the unified heavyweight world title fight at Wroclaw Stadium were the fifth round low blow that sent Usyk crashing to the canvas, and whether or not Dubois later quit in what was the biggest fight of his career to date.
And Congolese contender Martin Bakole told IFL TV that he “cant believe” Dubois got finished in the manner he did
“I’m always open to everyone and I always want to give everyone a chance, but people can see that they’re bums.”
“I can’t believe Dubois got stopped off a jab!”
It is not the first time Dubois has been accused of quitting, with similar jibes thrown his way after his stoppage defeat to Joe Joyce in their British heavyweight title fight back in 2020.
A Dubois’ right to the body sent Usyk to the canvas in the fifth round at the Tarczynski Arena, but referee Luis Pabon ruled the shot low and allowed the Ukrainian over three minutes to recover – a decision that has since split opinion across the boxing world.
Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren lodged an official appeal to the WBA regarding the low blow incident in the hope that a rematch be ordered or his charge is reinstated as mandatory challenger.
However, both these outcomes have not since materialised and the young Londoner will have to start another rebuilding process if he hopes to challenge for a world title again in the future.