Roy Jones Jr has weighed in on Oleksandr Usyk’s ninth round stoppage of Daniel Dubois in Poland last month, 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 in a recent video posted to his official YouTube channel, Jones appeared to be of little doubt regarding the latter.
“You’re in a world championship fight, you get hit by a jab and you go down and just quit? How bad did you really want it.
A jab? Usyk is already not known as a big explosive puncher anyway. You go down from his 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.
Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren and his trainer, Don Charles, were enraged by Pabon’s ruling in the fifth round, and accused Usyk of cheating to buy more time to recover and have officially filed a complaint to the WBA in the hope that a rematch be ordered.
The view of most pundits is that the shot was borderline, if not low, and thus Warren’s efforts are likely to be in vain.
In all likelihood, Dubois will have to go on the rebuild once again and hope to work towards another world title shot later in his career.