DANIEL DUBOIS SUSPECTS there might be a little bit of jealousy from the Nathan Gorman camp over the spotlight and profile he has generated since turning professional.
The two top young heavies in the business are set for a huge collision at the o2 Arena on July 13 with the coveted British heavyweight title at stake.
It will represent a sixth title fought for by the 21-year-old Dubois since turning pro in April 2017, with the young Londoner having already won the WBC Youth, Southern Area, English, WBO European and Global belts.
Gorman himself admitted that he sees this fight as the opportunity to knock Dubois off his perch and claim top billing.
Dubois detects a degree of envy.
“Maybe there is,” said the man with 10 KOs from his 11 fights. “Maybe they are watching me on TV and have become haters. At the end of the day they can become your fans as well.”
Meanwhile, despite Gorman pledging to meet fire with fire when the two begin trading at the O2, Dubois is adamant his rival does not possess the power to send him tumbling southbound.
“No, not at all. To be honest I’ve just got to come into the fight right and I will get the job done.
“He has been looked after from the day he stepped into the boxing gym, been polished up to look good in his fights and whatever. When he is in with me it won’t come down to that because I know I’ve just got to come in and fight right, then the rest will be history.”
Hatton: ‘Gorman will beat Dubois’
RICKY HATTON believes Nathan Gorman has the ring IQ to make sure KO King Daniel Dubois is catching fresh air with most of his punches when the heavyweight giants collide.
The emerging youngsters meet for the vacant British title at The O2, London on Saturday July 13.
Former two-weight world champion Hatton is now making his name as a trainer.
Nantwich’s Gorman (16-0, 11KOS) is his latest star turn and likely to be heading towards would glory if he defeats Dubois (11-0, 10KOS).
Hatton said: “You have to take the opportunities when they come along and this is the right fight for my lad.
“It has happened a little bit sooner that we thought and I think I can speak for both teams when I say that.
“We know we’ve got a tough task. Look at the size of Daniel, but I think my lad has more in his armoury and that’s why I accepted it.
“I think my lad is gonna win. I think Nathan has the ability to win – the speed, the boxing brain, the movement. With his speed and movement he will make Dubois miss.
“We will have to use that speed and movement to make him miss, but if you make him miss and then hit him with tap-tap punches Daniel will keep on coming.
“So, what we’re working on is the oldest saying in boxing; ‘Make him miss, make him pay and hit him with bad intentions.’
“Daniel isn’t the most elusive and can get hit. I think if Nathan comes back with mean intentions which is what we’re working on I only see it going one way and that is my lad wins.”
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