NATHAN GORMAN INSISTS that he is about to seize top billing from Daniel Dubois when the young heavyweights collide at the o2 Arena on July 13.
Gorman believes Dubois is the promotional poster boy for Frank Warren’s organisation, the chosen one tipped to reach the pinnacle of the heavyweight pecking order.
Well, Gorman intends to turn the ‘Heavy Duty’ blockbuster into an episode of Trading Places by knocking the golden boy off his promotional perch.
“Of course he is,” responded 16-0 Gorman to the question of Dubois being the young heavyweight face of the company.
“Listen, he is big, he’s got a nice big six-pack. I haven’t, so he looks good in photos. When I knock him off the perch I will take it from there and I will be No.1, I will be the golden goose.
“Until then I am happy to be the underdog, which I would imagine I will be.”
So why does the unbeaten and more experienced Gorman consider himself to be the outsider in the betting?
“People just write me off, they look at the way he is built and think ‘he looks handy’,” he explained. “If it was a bodybuilding competition he would win Mr Olympia, but it is isn’t. It is fighting and one thing I can do is fight.”
Gorman went on to totally reject the suggestion that the resume of Dubois is stronger than that of his own in terms of opposition, while taking a swipe over the credentials of the Londoner’s last opponent, Richard Lartey.
“How has he? Who has he fought? No disrespect, I fought Kevin Johnson, I fought Cojanu, so we have basically fought comparable opponents.
“You can’t go off Lartey, his last opponent, who I think had to dye his beard to cover up his grey hair!”
BRITISH BOXING ICON Ricky Hatton saw his beloved Manchester City complete a domestic treble this past Saturday as they cruised to a 6-0 win against Watford at Wembley Stadium. The win added to the Premier League and League Cup trophies that City had scooped in 2019.
City were on course to win 4 trophies until they bowed out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.
Hatton, who fought Juan Lazcano at Manchester City’s ‘City of Manchester’ stadium in 2008 admits he was hoping to see his team win four trophies this year.
Now the trainer of British Heavyweight Title challenger Nathan Gorman, the ‘Hitman’ is looking for a Gorman win over Daniel Dubois on July 13 at The O2, London to make up for it.
“As a City fan I was hoping we could do the Quadruple this year. We’ve won the League, the League Cup, and now the FA Cup” said Hatton.
“There was obviously no Champions League but in my head when Nathan wins the British Title it will make up for it and I’ll get my Quadruple.”
RICKY HATTON believes that Daniel Dubois will be seeing stars when he collides with bitter rival Nathan Gorman.
The pair clash for the vacant British heavyweight title at The O2, London on Saturday July 13 in one of the most significant domestic title fights in recent years.
Dubois (11-0, 10 KOs) has the big punching reputation, while Nantwich’s Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) is known for his skills.
But Hatton who trains Gorman believes the Londoner will be the on the receiving end of big shots when they clash, live on BT Sport.
British ring legend, Ricky said: “I say it the way it is because it’s what I believe. You will always get honesty from Ricky Hatton.
“I believe I have got the best man and he wins by knockout. If you know Ricky Hatton I don’t do BS.”
Gorman, 22, has been taken the distance by Kamil Sokolowski, Razvan Cojanu and Kevin Johnson which suggests that putting Dubois out for the count is tougher than expected.
Former two-weight world champion Hatton said: “We are looking at six or seven different sparring partners just to do a couple of rounds apiece – one in and one out after every round.
“That will keep them fresh. They will be told to jump all over Nathan and he will be making them miss and pay.
“Nathan needs to hit Daniel with something significant to get respect from him and stop him in his tracks.
“Little arm shot ticklers are not gonna work against Daniel. We have a game plan and think it will work on the night.”
BRITISH boxing idols Tyson Fury and George Groves are in disagreement over the sensational heavyweight showdown between the division’s leading prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman
The vacant British heavyweight title will be on the line when Dubois (11-0, 10 KOs and Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) clash at The O2, London on Saturday July 13, live on BT Sport.
Lineal world heavyweight champion Fury is firmly in the camp of his cousin Gorman and has been helping him in early stages of training.
The pair have been sparring at the gym of Ricky Hatton who trains the hopeful and Fury has been on hand to give advice.
Former WBA super-middleweight champion Groves is sold on Dubois and believes he has the potential to become a boxing great.
Fury who is preparing to fight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15 dismissed the claims of Groves.
He is confident Gorman will triumph and roared in a recent training session: “Daniel Dubois, he’s coming!”
Gorman confirmed “Tyson is backing me one hundred per cent. He fully believes I have the ingredients to beat Daniel. It’s good to be around him, it’s fantastic to have him in the gym.”
Groves first spotted KO artist Dubois several years ago when he trained at his old amateur club.
He said: “I remember seeing Daniel Dubois in Dale Youth amateur gym. I look back and think; ’Why didn’t I go back in time and sign him’?
“He has so much more to develop and learn. He can become the best if not the best in the heavyweight division.
“He hasn’t put a foot wrong, but there is something about him and it’s a good thing –
It is like having a young junior who still looks boyish and you know what a handful he’ll be when he gets his man strength. It’s the case with Daniel.
“Dubois has phenomenal punch power, but I feel like the nitty gritty boxing skills and know-how will come with experience.
Recently retired Groves told the 5 Live Boxing Podcast with Costello & Bunce that the battle has Fight of the Year potential, adding: “I am happy for this fight because they are 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.”
“THE MINUTE I TURNED PRO, THIS IS THE FIGHT I WANTED.” – GORMAN ON DUBOIS
NATHAN GORMAN CONCEDES that he has been the chief protagonist and driving force behind calling for a domestic showdown with Daniel Dubois, a fight he says he first enquired about as soon as he turned professional.
The two heavies are getting it on at The O2, London on July 13 – live on BT Sport – and Gorman couldn’t be happier that his call has been answered.
“It’s here now, the British title at stake and probably two of the best heavyweight prospects in the world going at it for the most prestigious belt in the world, stated the Nantwich 22-year-old with a perfect 16-0 record.
“We’ve only got two months to – that will fly by – and I am really looking forward to putting on a show, I really am.”
While Gorman was consistently vocal, Dubois was always the more considered and happy to simply KO whoever was put in front of him. Gorman insists the first name he mentioned to his trainer Ricky Hatton on joining up was that of his London rival.
“He doesn’t really say much at all, does he? Bless him. Yeah I have been chirping, but there are no lies in what Rick says in that the minute I turned pro I said this is the fight I wanted, whenever it could be made.
“They said they would let it build and obviously Frank has got it at the right time now. He has struck while the iron is hot and we’re going to be fighting for the best belt in boxing. I’d like to think so,” he added, before suggesting Dubois is not as keyed up for the occasion as he is.
“I don’t think he is bothered, he is not interested. He is what he is, Daniel. Personally I want it a lot and I am prepared to go through a helluva lot to get that belt.”
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