Last Saturday saw a domestic Heavyweight punch up between top prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman for the vacant British title.
The pair met at London’s 02 Arena for the 12 rounder, a mouthwatering clash for the British public, keen to see which fighter will emerge the countries next Heavyweight star. With only 27 fights between them, predictions were hard to make, with both fighters having previously only fought overmatched opponents.
The fight started as everyone had hoped, with both men taking to the centre of the ring to trade punches, each landing well on the other.
Gorman, a proud man of Irish travelling stock, and the Great Nephew of Bareknuckle legend and Gypsy King Bartley Gorman, showed immense self belief and fast hands for a man his size, landing successfully with the left hook.
Dubois, a towering 21 year old from South London, showed all the attributes of a future champion. From the second round onwards, Dubois established his superb, missile-like jab, which controlled the centre of the ring and dictated the pace. Pundits ringside were impressed at the Londoners excellent footwork and timing, which prevented Gorman from getting into range and letting his hands go.
By the 3rd round Dubois was fully in charge and dropped his opponent with a barrage of punches, Gorman returned to his feet but Dubois continued to control the range on the front foot with his superior accuracy and punch variety.
Finally, in the 5th round, Dubois connected with a beautiful right hand, high on Gormans head which sent him to the canvas, after bravely trying to beat the count, the referee waved the fight off with Gorman in no position to continue.
Dubois, now set for big things, has ignited a passion amongst fans who are already imagining him going all the way. Gorman, having proven himself to be a talented, tough and game fighter will also be expected to achieve plenty in the sport, and continue upward despite the loss.