Saturday night will see the crowning of a new heavyweight contender as former Team GB team-mates Nathan Gorman and Daniel Dubois step into the squared circle seeking to claim the vacant British title.
The fight headlines a scintillating evening of boxing on BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport 4K UHD featuring the likes of Joe Joyce, Liam Williams, Archie Sharp and Sunny Edwards exclusively live from London’s O2 Arena.
Speaking in the build-up to this weekend’s must-see showdown, many of the biggest names in boxing have given their verdict on the main event – and the panel are split straight down the middle.
“I don’t know which way it goes, perhaps a draw. It’s a fight I want to be ringside for because both boxers are young and hungry. They have very different styles that will gel nicely. These two fighting is only going to benefit fans.”
“It reminds me of my fight against Dereck Chisora for the British title back in 2011 when we both 14-0. Chisora was higher ranked and more touted than me back then - the same as Dubois over Nathan. Even Frank (Warren) favoured Del boy to beat me and everybody else did. It’s also chubby guy v ripped guy. I fancy Nathan to beat him.”
“I am happy for this fight because they are both young enough for the loser to rebuild. It’s a good fight for both of them and the winner will go onto something else. They are both willing to put it on the line and it’s a real fight. It is fascinating that they know each other so well and it’s good for them to be in a real fight. Dubois has phenomenal punch power.”
“What a fight we have to look forward to - two young, unbeaten prospects, fighting for the British title. It’s going to be fantastic. There are so many different opinions and it’s got people talking. I am just going with Dubois. He is devastating when he hurts an opponent and I think he could win early.”
“The style and skill goes with Nathan, he is a bit sharper. But the power and fitness is with Dubois. If Gorman is conditioned for 12 rounds and Daniel doesn’t get near him then there is only one winner. At heavyweight that is a hard ask so I edge towards Dubois. The winner pushes on and loser comes again.”
“Credit to both boys for taking the fight so early in their careers. A loss doesn’t mean the end and I wouldn’t be surprised if they met again. Gorman is slick and a nice mover for a heavyweight, but I just fancy Dubois slightly.”
“I think it’s a good fight between two upcoming prospects and I think who gets their game plan right and can make those adjustments through the fight will come out on top. If Daniel gets carried away with the moment and looks for the knockout with Nathan getting under his skin he could play right into Nathan’s hands.”
“It is a genuine 50-50. Dubois has the power, but Gorman has lovely skills. I’ve changed my mind so many times. I’m going to sit with Gorman. He has the better all-round skills and will stay out of trouble. Saying that, speak to me tomorrow and I will have changed my mind. Great fight and a fantastic card.”
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