Daniel Dubois set to make boxing comeback in May after being given green light to return following horror eye socket injury sustained in first professional defeat by Joe Joyce
- Daniel Dubois is looking to get his career back on track after loss vs Joe Joyce
- Dubois sustained a broken eye socket during his first professional defeat
- Frank Warren has since revealed the 23-year-old is lining up a return for May
The path has been cleared for Daniel Dubois to return to the boxing ring, with his comeback marked in for May.
Dubois has been away from the ring since his first professional defeat at the hands of Joe Joyce last November, and is looking to get his career back on track after having his eye socket broken in that loss.
Dubois, who came in for criticism following his defeat, took the decision to shake up his team by installing Mark Tibbs as his new trainer with Mark Bowers and brother Tony staying on in managerial roles.
Daniel Dubois sustained a broken eye socket in his defeat by Joe Joyce last November
And the Dynamite’s promoter, Frank Warren, has since revealed that Dubois will meet up with all three to discuss his exact plans for his return.
Warren told the Lowdown: ‘His manager is Martin Bowers and his brother Tony advises him and I understand they’re having a meeting with Mark Tibbs this week and then see what happens and see where it goes.
‘I’ve spoke with him a couple of times and he got the all clear last week so now he can resume training and he’ll be out some time in May.’
It was revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month that Dubois – who was initially told by doctors that he could fight again in April with his recovery going well – removed Bowers as his trainer in favour of Tibbs as his new head coach.
Dubois himself admitted: ‘I really need a fresh start and I need to do what is best for me really.
‘Martin and Tony did a tremendous job, it was a great few years and I am very grateful, we had a fantastic journey.’
Dubois came in for criticism following his first professional defeat by 35-year-old Joyce
Dubois had been sky-rocketing towards a heavyweight world title shot but must now rebuild after being bullied into submission by the more experienced Joyce in the tenth round back in November.
His loss against Joyce, who is now in line to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO interim belt, has raised question marks around Dubois’ credentials as a future world champion.
Dubois, who has a professional record of 15 victories and one defeat, had received harsh critics accusing him of being a quitter when the going got tough against Joyce.
Promoter Eddie Hearn even doubted the severity of Dubois’ eye injury after he was forced to retire in the tenth round.
But Warren hit back at Hearn for doubting the injury, claming it was a ‘c***ish thing to say’.
Frank Warren (centre) revealed that Dubois is in line to return to the boxing ring in May
In December, Hearn said he had not seen x-rays or scans of the eye socket fracture and suggested it could just have been swelling. Hearn then went on to criticise Warren for rushing Dubois into the fight.
But the Queensbury Promotions boss hit back at Hearn in an expletive outburst.
‘It is a c***ish thing to say [doubting the injury],’ Warren said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
‘Afterwards you have some t*** sitting in his office saying we are all lying about it. I find that a real personal affront.
‘It is all very well and wise to be clever after the event. To say that he doesn’t believe what happened, who gives a f***ing s*** what Hearn says? He doesn’t believe?’
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