NORMALLY meek Daniel Dubois has lashed out at the shape of bitter domestic rival Nathan Gorman.
The unbeaten pair clash for the vacant British heavyweight title at The o2, London on Saturday July 13.
Gorman (16-0, 11KOs) has shown that looks can be deceiving impressing with his speed and skills since turning professional under trainer Ricky Hatton.
There are plenty who believe the Nantwich man can shock Dubois (11-0, 10KOs), but the Londoner snapped: “He’s a big slobby looking fighter.
“He will never be entertaining. It is just the way he is. He will never be exciting to watch and it is what it is.
“I’m pretty cold blooded and that is me. It’s a hurt business and I enjoy it.
“Every fight stirs up a bit of fight and emotion. This one a bit more and we will see on the night.”
Londoner Dubois and Gorman have been enemies since they were both on Team GB in their amateur days.
Gorman claims they sparred up to 300 rounds and always had the upper hand during their sessions in Sheffield.
Dubois says: “The sparring as amateurs means nothing. That statement can go to the wind. If that is what he thinks, fine.”
NATHAN GORMAN INSISTS he will render the judges unemployed when he makes his British title challenge against Daniel Dubois on July 13.
The young heavyweight giants collide at The O2, London on a card titled as ‘Heavy Duty’, which also features Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce, who impressively demolished Alexander Ustinov on Saturday in Stevenage.
That Gorman is emphatically predicting a KO victory for himself might come as a surprise to some, who believe the 22-year-old to be the more technical operator who relies more on skill than bludgeoning power.
However, the protégé of Ricky Hatton believes the cards will not be called for once he and the KO artist from the Peacock Gym get down to business.
“I can’t say too much about what we’ve been working on in the gym but we’ve been doing a lot of things that will end up with you seeing a different Nathan Gorman come July 13,” revealed the 16-0 man, adding that a personal dislike between the pair could come into play.
“I don’t believe it will go to points, I really don’t. We’re rivals, he doesn’t like me and I don’t like him and we are going to get down to business.
“I think we will just get in the middle of the ring and throw bombs. He hasn’t got the style to jab and move and I want to punch his head in.”
That being said, Gorman acknowledges that he could well switch back to his customary ringcraft should the situation demand.
“Listen, I’m not going to lose that and it is still in my locker. If it comes down to that then I can revert to that, but there will be exciting moments when people will be on the edge of their seats.”
Heavy duty additions for July 13
THE HEADLINERS ON the July 13 ‘Heavy Duty’ blockbuster at The O2, London will be supported by a weighty undercard featuring genuine contenders and richly talented prospects.
Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman take top billing with their hugely anticipated collision with the British heavyweight title at stake. The two top young heavies in the business are being backed up by another headline act in the shape of Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce pushing himself into double figures as a professional.
Liam Williams will be looking to put himself back into the world title mix at the o2, with the two-weight British champion back in action after two massively impressive middleweight performances against Mark Heffron and Joe Mullender.
Sunny Edwards now features in the WBO world rankings at super flyweight and the younger half of the affectionately dubbed ‘Croydon Klitschkos’ will be seeking to bolster his position with another punch-perfect display.
WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp is also on the bill bidding to build on his standout win over Lyon Woodstock back October, having returned from injury to demolish Sergio Gonzalez in two rounds in a Wembley tune-up in April.
With Zelfa Barrett and Woodstock clashing in Leeds on June 15, Sharp will be looking to once again put his own marker down in what is an ultra-competitive division in this country.
The 6ft1″ Hamza Sheeraz is given the opportunity to continue building his formidable reputation as a super welterweight of great promise at the age of just 19.
Sheeraz will enter into his ninth professional fight at the o2, while super bantamweight southpaw Jake Pettitt will be looking to move to 6-0 on the night.
Explosive Albanian Florian Marku also joins the party, with the 3-0 (3 KOs) welterweight who enjoys a passionate following in London looking to maintain his 100 per cent stoppage ratio on the big stage. The 26-year-old has not been extended beyond 4mins 1 sec in his short professional career to date.
Another one not known to hang about is Portsmouth lightweight Mark Chamberlain. ‘Da Bomb’, as the 20-year-old has christened himself, has a professional record consisting of two fights, with just 1min 36 secs spent in combat.
Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann got his debut done and dusted in less than two minutes at Stevenage last weekend with an eye-catching performance captured by BT Sport. The 18-year-old goes again at the o2 Arena in a swift return to the ring.
His teammate at the iBox Gym in Bromley and three-time national champion, Mickey Burke Jr, makes his professional debut and is certainly one to watch with his all-action approach.
More key announcements for this huge night of boxing will follow shortly, including the addition of a new signing, so keep an eye out across the Frank Warren social media channels for further updates.
Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now. The show also features British Middleweight Champion Liam Williams, super flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards and super featherweight contender Archie Sharp. Also returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt, Louie Lynn, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.com, Eventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:
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