Heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois knows what it's like to suffer a serious orbital bone injury.
Last year, in a high stakes WBO eliminator with Joe Joyce, the young puncher sustained a severe eye injury. After getting tagged with a hard shot in the already injured area, Dubois voluntary took a knee and was counted out.
This past Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Billy Joe Saunders was stopped in eight rounds by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a WBC, WBO, WBA super middleweight unification.
In the eight round of that bout, Saunders suffered a right eye injury when a Canelo uppercut hit him flush and fractured his orbital bone.
Before the start of the ninth round, Saunders advised his trainer that his vision was gone from the right eye - and he was pulled from the fight.
Last year, Saunders was highly critical of Dubois for removing himself from the fight with Joyce.
Dubois views it as a life lesson for Saunders.
“It's amazing how life works,” Dubois told The Sun. “I thought Billy did well and it was a good fight up until that point. He was making it awkward and then the punch happened and Mark had to stop the fight.
“I had to f------ go through that one didn't I? He made his decision really quickly but I'm not going to rub it in for Billy. He will be going through it now with the eye injury and how the fight ended. Maybe he will regret what he said about me, maybe this might teach him something. It could be a life lesson.
“Any loss, stoppage or whatever is going to be a depressing thing. I've heard the injury is bad. Will he come back? We will see but I'm sure he can. We might bond over it, fighters can get along together. Best of enemies and all that, look at David Haye and Derek Chisora who boxed each other and are now working together. This business is interesting and things like that can happen.”