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Ricky Hatton zeroes in on Daniel Dubois’ weaknesses as showdown with Nathan Gorman looms large on the horizon

The legendary multiple time world champion has been working with rising star Gorman at his thriving Hatton gym and believes the 23-year-old has all the tools to shock kayo king Dubois on July 13.

It is rare that two fighters with just 27 fights between them can combine to create one of the most eagerly-anticipated domestic title clashes in years.

Such is the lay of the land in the heavyweight division however that Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman are set to do exactly that when they contest the vacant British title at London’s O2 Arena next month.

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Both fighters come into the bout as undefeated prospects, tipped by many as two who could one day go on to emulate the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua at the top of the tree.

Dubois in particular has begun to generate the sort of buzz that 10 crushing career knockouts is certain to generate in the age of viral social media.

His last outing, an entertaining ding-dong with little-known Ghanaian Richard Lartey, ended in predictable fashion with the veteran clobbered into befuddlement in the fourth round.

Along the way though, Dubois was delivered the first notable test of his chin by a game opponent with real ambitions of winning and, although the result was as expected, the performance gave Gorman’s trainer, Ricky Hatton, plenty to mull over.

“It proved yet again what a dangerous fighter Daniel can be but I think we knew that anyway,” Hatton told BTSport.com during an exclusive interview.

“He’s a big lad, very muscular, very strong, very heavy-handed. He looks like he has a good engine. So there’s nothing really more that we can take.

“There’s a common opponent that they both [Dubois and Gorman] have fought. The [Razvan] Cojanu fight.

“Until Daniel knocked him out, Cojanu wasn’t struggling to find the target. The last opponent [Lartey] found him with a right hand too and he was taking chances.

“Tactically, I’m sure he can improve. Talent-wise, I might be doing him a disservice here, but is it what you see is what you get with Daniel? He’s going to come in, heavy-handed with a good engine, load up on shots.

“He’s going to need more than that with Nathan because Nathan’s got a good engine. He can fight up close. When people put it on him, he’s shown his skills - against [Sean] Turner, and against [Kamil] Sokolowski in his fourth fight. He’ll need that against Daniel.”

The cousin of former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Gorman shares more than simply lineage with the Gypsy King having established himself as a similarly proficient practitioner of the “Sweet Science”.

That fact, Hatton believes, will give him the edge over an immobile Dubois on July 13.

“Ultimately I think Daniel doesn’t seem very hard to hit,” the Manchester man added.

“He’s not the most mobile agility-wise. That’s what Nathan’s got. He’s got hand speed, he’s got movement, he’s got boxing ability and he will absolutely make Daniel miss.

“I think you’d probably have to agree with that. And when he makes him miss, he’s got to follow those punches. Make him miss and make him pay. Throw those punches back with bad intentions – and he does throw them back with bad intentions.

“Daniel’s been tw****d a couple of times. But listen, it’s a tough fight and Nathan knows the job he’s up against. He’s got that fear factor but he’s just thriving with confidence.”

While professional progress should provide all the motivation both fighters need heading into the fight, the duo also have the added bonus of the securing the coveted British title with a win.

“Winning the British title, the Lonsdale belt, was always my main goal, my first goal,” Hatton, who won the super-lightweight version of the title in 2000, told BTSport.com.

“It’s the best belt I have in my trophy cabinet. The world titles obviously mean more financially to you, if you like, but the British title is a very prestigious belt and the British heavyweight title in the present day is even more prestigious.

“What a time to be a British heavyweight. Look at the names we’ve got domestically and on the world stage. No disrespect, a couple of years back nobody knew who the British heavyweight champion was.

“Nowadays, it’s the main British belt to win out of all the weights to win in Britain. There’s so many opportunities at the end of it, you’re not just winning that lovely Lonsdale belt. It opens the door to so many opportunities.” 

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