DAVID HAYE cannot wait for his ringside seat when the world’s best heavyweight prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman clash next month.
Dubois (11-0, 10KOs) and Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) meet for the vacant British heavyweight title at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday July 13, live on BT Sport.
The Hayemaker is wowed by the domestic heavyweight battle of 2019 and says: “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.”
Former WBA heavyweight title holder, Haye has watched Gorman train at his gym and was surprised by what he saw, but is blown away by Daniel’s concussive power.
Haye added: “Ricky Hatton has done a great job training Nathan Gorman. You can look at the same opponent like Razvan Cojanu – Gorman won on points, Dubois knocked him out.
“That might be a way to judge the two, but believe me I’ve seen Gorman behind closed doors sparring and he is a real handful.
“He is a lot better than he looks. Aesthetically he is not that pleasing to look at, but the punch output and the left hook is good
“Ricky’s best shot was his left hook to the head and body. He has applied that to Gorman’s style. He moves his head and rolls well.”
Dubois, 21, has gained his reputation by knocking out all but one professional opponent so far.
Haye added: “Dubois can close the show. People expect heavyweights to finish with one man not being able to stand up.
“Frank Bruno built his brand doing that and Lennox put on performances like that.”
Some have questioned why Frank Warren has made the fight so soon in their careers, but Haye insists the Hall of Fame promoter has done the right thing by matching his hopefuls.
Haye told Boxing Social: “People say it is too early for them to fight each other, but Frank Warren made a good point that James DeGale and George Groves fought at a similar stage in their careers.
“Both went on to win world titles after and even though DeGale was the loser on that night he became a two-time world champion.
“It doesn’t mean someone’s career is over particularly when they are so young like these guys. I just think it’s a great fight.
“People want to see fighters taking on each other. We’ve seen plenty of guys ducking and avoiding each other.
“We have two fighters on the same network who want the fight so crack on.”
Dubois: “Only Joshua knows if he can come back”
DANIEL DUBOIS has told the critics to lay off his former Team GB amateur team-mate Anthony Joshua.
Joshua shockingly lost his world heavyweight title to Andy Ruiz Jr at the weekend and immediately came under fire after being floored four times and stopped in seven rounds.
Dubois (11-0, 10KO) said: “I know AJ from our time in Sheffield and it isn’t nice to see the criticism he’s getting.
“It is one defeat and it is crazy that he is being told he is finished. Most boxers can only dream of what he has achieved as an amateur and professional.
“I have heard the talk of him not being right before the fight, but the only people who know if that is true are AJ and those closest to him.
Unbeaten Dubois is preparing to meet bitter enemy Nathan Gorman (16-0 11KO) for the vacant British heavyweight title at London’s o2 on Saturday July 13, live on BT Sport.
The winner will be closing in on new IBF, WBA and WBC king Ruiz, Lineal champ Tyson Fury, WBC title holder Deontay Wilder and Joshua – the division’s big four
Dubois added: “Apart from when he knocked Ruiz Jr down, nothing seemed to go right whatever he tried in the ring. He didn’t seem there.
“The third round became a very bad one for him and I am wondering if he may have been concussed from those knockdowns.
“Bottom line is Ruiz Jr did the business, but only AJ knows if he has the appetite top come back.
“I’m not far away from these guys. I just need to keep working, learning and making sure I beat Nathan Gorman next month.”
Dubois vs. Gorman ticket info
Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings 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: