Two of Britain’s most promising young heavyweights will put their undefeated records on the line when Daniel Dubois takes on Nathan Gorman at the O2 Arena in London on July 13.
Knockout king Dubois, who has stopped 10 of his 11 opponents during a perfect start to his career, goes into the bout as a slight 4/9 favourite over the more experienced Gorman, priced at 13/8.
But in the eyes of many the bout is considered a 50/50 toss-up, providing either fighter with their sternest test to date on a journey both believe will end in world honours one day.
Gorman will be Dubois’ third fight of 2019 having sparked out former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in spectacular fashion at the Royal Albert Hall in March before stopping Ghana’s Richard Lartey at the Wembley Arena a month later.
However, his victory over game visitor Lartey required Dubois to dig deep for the first time in his pro career as he was dragged into a dogfight during an entertaining exchange with the veteran.
Victory for Dubois followed shortly after – but as an interested spectator, the fight made a big impression on next month’s opponent.
Speaking exclusively to BTSport.com, Gorman said: “I think Lartey had to dye his beard to get the grey out of it before he came over.
“If you’re having wars with someone who’s 15-1 from Ghana, it just goes to show you... By rights, Lartey shouldn’t have laid a glove on him.
“When I first watched Lartey I thought ‘this isn’t going to go one round’. I thought Daniel would knock him out inside a round and it ended up going four, five rounds. But it is what it is, I’ve seen stranger things in boxing.”
Ordinarily a placid character happy to let his fists do the talking, Dubois has come out of his shell in recent weeks to add some spice to the build-up.
“There has been a lot of talk about this fight, there will be attention but I think Nathan is going to be my easiest fight so far and after I’ve got him out the way I’m after Joe Joyce and whoever is left,” he said last month.
In response, Gorman listed the attributes he believes will give him the edge come fight night, telling BTSport.com: “I’ve got the movement and agility, the will to win, the mental strength - and my speed and power.
“I really believe I’ve got that and he knows that. He can say what he wants about me being his easiest fight to date, blah blah blah. He knows deep down I am not the easiest fight. If I’m the easiest fight, tell him not to train for me.”
The vacant British heavyweight title is set to be on the line when the pair trade leather on July 13 – and Gorman hopes it can be the catalyst to go on to bigger and better things.
“I want world honours,” he added.
“I’ve said this, the winner of this between me and Daniel will go onto world honours and the loser will go back to the drawing board, fighting for international belts trying to work their way back up.
“It means the winner will be six months, maybe 12 months, ahead of the loser.”
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