Daniel Dubois suffered two fractures to his left eye socket when losing his triple heavyweight title fights to Joe Joyce last Saturday.
Dubois took a knee in the tenth round of the fight for the British, Commonwealth and European titles after taking a left jab directly on the eye, which was swollen shut.
It has now been revealed that he suffered “left medial and orbital floor fractures”, as well as retinal bleeding, which could have been career ending if the fight had continued.
Dubois’s promoters, Queensberry, released part of his notes by oculoplastic surgeon Vickie Lee who treated Dubois this week.
A decision on surgery has not yet been taken as doctors want to see if the injuries will heal without intervention.
The section of her notes say: “I have explained to Mr Dubois that it was fortunate that the fight was stopped when he sustained the fracture, otherwise there was a risk that further trauma could have caused more orbital tissues and the extra ocular muscles, that move the eyeball, to be entrapped into the fracture fragments and cause potentially career ending double vision.
“When the periocular swelling settles there is a risk of him developing enopthalmos (backward displacement of the eyeball due to the enlarged orbital space caused by the fracture). Orbital fracture surgery can be undertaken to address the volume change.”
Vitreoretinal Specialist Rahila Zakir also diagnosed extensive retinal haemorrhaging.
A statement from Queensberry Promotions said: “We will continue to work with Daniel’s team and his medical staff to ensure a successful rehabilitation. We thank the medical team for their diligent work thus far.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for Boxing Scene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.