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Battle of Britain: Gorman v Dubois

Battle of Britain: Gorman v Dubois

Two of Britain’s best unbeaten heavyweight prospects go head to head for the British Heavyweight title on BT Sport

Remember their names, because these two stars have a bright future. But, on the big night, one will have to taste defeat for the first time…

Dubois v Gorman, Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527) + BT Sport 4K UHD (CH 531)

Just as big things were once expected of then-future world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, two new names have emerged in recent years that have got people talking and now, enticingly, they’re about to lock horns.

 

Both the British Heavyweight title and their unbeaten records are on the line as Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman face off at London’s O2 arena on Saturday night, and after months of mildly amusing verbal exchanges on social media and in person, it’s shaping up to be a belter.


Though each fighter is in the early stages of their relatively short careers, it’s one of those bouts that could determine their near futures, and decide whether or they rise to the top at a rapid pace or have to put those dreams of world titles on hold for a few more years.

 

Notable names have lifted the British Heavyweight title aloft, from modern-day greats like the aforementioned Joshua and Fury to legends of yesteryear such as Lennox Lewis and Henry Cooper.

 

The chance to add their name to the long list of champions is a huge opportunity for two fighters who have fought just 27 bouts between them, but where have they come from, and why is there so much buzz about a fight featuring two men who were teenagers less than a few years ago?

 

Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois


Dubois is, as “the yoof” would say, a tank. At just 21, he’s racked a whopping 91% knockout rate from his 11 professional contests and, if promoter Frank Warren is to be believed, knocked out Anthony Joshua during sparring back in 2016, the same year Joshua claimed his first world title.

 

One of eleven children (his sister, Caroline, is also a talented fighter), Dubois has been on what he calls “a heavyweight diet” since he was 16, eating whole chickens at a time and grinding away in the legendary Peacock Gym in Canning Town to create a physique belying his relatively young age.

 

Plenty is expected of the young Brit, with Dubois turning down the chance to compete for Great Britain in next summer’s Olympics to embark on a professional career that’s seen him knockout all but one of his opponents, with former world heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson being the only man to take him the distance.

 

But in Gorman, he’s up against an opponent unlike many of the others he’s faced so far…

 

Nathan Gorman


It’s not only Gorman’s shiny head and distinctive northern accent that has drawn comparisons to his cousin, Tyson Fury. Gorman, the great-nephew of legendary bare-knuckle boxer Bartley Gorman, shares the same fighting heritage as the former unified heavyweight champion, and has a similarly rough-round-the-edges physique, silky smooth feet and punishing power in his hands.

 

Fighting is in Gorman’s blood and, as well as recalling sparring sessions on the living room as a child with his cult hero great-uncle, his gruelling training camps are overseen by former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton. Like Dubois, Gorman is a product of the prestigious Team GB boxing academy, and has had a blistering (and unbeaten) beginning to his professional career.

 

While Dubois prides himself on his out-right knockout power and speed, Gorman is more of a classical boxer, often ducking, diving and feinting his way through bouts before dealing the decisive blow. The clash of styles, he maintains, will be the key to him walking away with the belt come Saturday evening.

 

Though Gorman may have a slight edge going into the biggest fight of his career, many pundits’ hesitance to conclusively write Dubois of indicates that this is a proper 50-50.

 

Dubois v Gorman, Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527) + BT Sport 4K UHD (CH 531)

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