Anthony Joshua defends Daniel Dubois after Brit was accused of 'quitting' against Joe Joyce

ANTHONY JOSHUA has offered his support to Daniel Dubois and reckons the heavyweight hope was right to concede defeat against Joe Joyce.

Dubois, 23, suffered his first professional loss when he took a knee in the tenth round of Saturday’s all-British bout — after sustaining a broken left eye socket.

Some fighters criticised Dubois for surrendering.

But world champion Joshua says he wants to speak to the Londoner and tell him he is not regarded as a ‘quitter’.

Joshua added: “If Daniel needs someone to speak to, he should call me.

“It is easy for people to criticise from outside the ring — but some people have been out of order.

“Daniel took a massive risk in taking that fight, as did Joe Joyce.

“They both knew the dangers and they both put it all on the line.

“I hear people talking respectfully about tapping out in MMA fights.

“Then when a boxer stops because his eyeball is about to fall out, they call him a ‘quitter’ — are they serious?

AJ, who defends his heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev on December 12 before eyeing an all-British unification showdown with Tyson Fury, added: “Daniel’s time will come. I believe I will fight both him and Joyce.

“Joyce is underrated. He had a top amateur pedigree and it shows.

“This is a great time for British heavyweight boxing — it has never been stronger — and those two guys are both a huge part of it.”

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