Nathan Gorman out to silence ‘basic’ Daniel Dubois in all-British O2 clash – EXCLUSIVE
In what’s arguably the biggest all-British match-up of the year so far, Gorman and Dubois will put their undefeated records on the line for the sake of British title glory this weekend in east London.
With high reward comes high risk, but Gorman believes it’s the right time for the two former Team GB mates to share the ring with each other, despite both being in the spring of their careers.
“It’s a great thing that it’s happening early in our careers,” he exclusively told Express Sport.
“It didn’t do any harm to George Groves or James DeGale did it? You can overcook a fight and the public will lose interest but Frank [Warren] has done very well striking while the iron is hot with this fight.
“We’re both unbeaten, we’re under the same banner and fighting for the British title, so why not?”
Dubois has remained relatively nonchalant throughout the build-up but Gorman can’t quite believe he’s being taken so lightly by the 21-year-old, who has already expressed his confidence that their bout will be easy for him.
Gorman believes he has Dubois’ very tricky number, but he admits, like he believes his opponent should, that it will be a tough old slog out in the centre of the ring this weekend.
“Of course it’s going to be the toughest fight of my career and I’ll be the toughest of his. It’d be silly to say he’s not going to be a hard fight, that would be lies,” Gorman added.
He knows deep down, guaranteed, I’m not his easiest fight.
“We’re both unbeaten and fighting for the British title, there’s an edge to the fight, not just for the me but for the both of us.
“That’s just a load of nonsense knows for a certain fact that I’m not his easiest fight. There must be people blowing smoke up his a**e I don’t know. He knows deep down, guaranteed, I’m not his easiest fight.”
Gorman, known as one of the more technically-gifted heavyweights in the game, alongside his cousin Tyson Fury, is adamant his skills, coupled up with Dubois’ powerful attributes, would make entertaining viewing.
He said: “Daniel has got that Eastern European style, very upright, jab, basic, he does the basics very well. Me on the other hand, I do things differently, I’m a very relaxed fighter. I’m fast, I’m an aggressive counter puncher.
“It has all the makings of a very good fight. Without giving the game plan away or anything, we’re working on some really good stuff.”
Gorman, 23, has been trained by legendary boxing brit Ricky Hatton throughout his pro career so far and attributes much of his skill to the former light-welterweight champ’s invaluable experience.
Hatton has also been in cousin Fury’s corner since the lineal heavyweight title holder’s comeback to the sport last year.
Hitman’s vital in-ring wisdom could prove monumental in terms of what a win would do for Gorman’s career, especially at a time where the heavyweight division continues to enjoy its long-overdue renaissance.
“It’s exceptional working with Ricky [Hatton], you know for a certain fact he’s got the experience, he’s gone from the small hall shows to selling out the Vegas venues, he’s been there and got every single T-shirt,” Gorman added.
“Preparations have gone very well, really well. I think we’re ahead of schedule, sparring has gone well, everything has gone according to plan.
“I’m beating all my personal bests in the circuits, come July 13, I’ll be the best Nathan Gorman possible.”
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