By Nathan J Newman @jonnyclash1
On Saturday 13th July, two of Britain’s youngest and best prospects go head to head in a much-anticipated battle of vastly contrasting styles, for the vacant British Heavyweight Title.
Dubois (11-0, 10KO’s) has shown steady development during recent victories against Tom Little, the ever-durable American Kevin Johnson and Romanian Razvan Cojanu. Dubois also had to show some grit in his last contest for the Commonwealth strap against the rugged, powerful Ghanaian Richard Lartey, eventually coming through an exciting four round shootout at Wembley Arena.
Gorman (16-0, 11KO’s), under the tutelage of Ricky Hatton, has impressed most notably against Irishman Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner, Devon-based Kamil Sokolowski and two Dubois opponents – Kevin Johnson and Razvan Cojanu, in which he comfortably outpointed both.
The real intrigue in this fight is the contrast in styles of each fighter. Gorman is a very technical boxer; his fast hands and foot movement enable him to hit and not be hit. The variety of his punches, particularly the right hand and uppercut He has also shown in previous fights that he has a good engine, easily managing the full distance on 3 occasions. The Nantwich man has rarely looked in any discomfort during any of his 16 pro fights.
Daniel Dubois is a 6’5-inch man mountain with equalizing power to boot, stopping all but one of his 11 foes. However, questions have been raised about his stamina particularly in the Johnson fight where he struggled to keep a consistent pace throughout and toiled to a points decision. Other than his power, one facet that Dubois has over Gorman is a 78-inch reach, whether he can use this to his advantage on the night, against his best opponent thus far remains to be seen.
This contest is a refreshing one, in a largely disappointing 2019 boxing calendar, albeit Anthony Joshua’s recent implosion. During the Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather era of boxing, we were rarely treated to this kind of fight, where two young, unbeaten prospects are bound together at such an early stage of their respective careers. There was one fight however in 2011 which bucked the trend in the era when unbeaten records meant everything.
James Degale vs George Groves was built on a grudge that was born after the latter’s victory in the amateurs. Both fighters and their respective promotors were willing to put their fighters’ unbeaten records on the line at such an early stage of their fledging professional careers. Both were talented and had the potential for world honours but had certain questions still to answer. Ultimately having put everything on the line in the infancy of their careers, both Degale and Groves went on to win World Titles and retire financially secure and safe in the knowledge that they couldn’t have given anymore to the sport.
Gorman and Dubois have a great chance to create something similar – they have swapped sparring stories during the fight press conference and insinuated that they had the upper hand. Granted, Groves and Degale was more of a rivalry but the will and hunger remain the same, Gorman, Dubois and HOF promotor Frank Warren must be applauded for making it.
Daniel Dubois is the slight favourite with the bookies, and I tend to disagree. Gorman has the boxing pedigree and solid stamina to box his way to a points victory. This isn’t to say Dubois won’t have his moments during the contest.
I see Dubois coming out to KO Gorman from the opening bell, Gorman will have a few wobbly moments but will ultimately adjust, start hurting Dubois on the inside during the middle rounds and stopping Daniel Dubois on his feet in the 7th round.