Two highly-rated unbeaten boxers put their records on the line on Saturday night as Daniel Dubois faces Nathan Gorman in their British heavyweight title showdown at the O2 Arena.

Promoter Frank Warren did not want this fight to take place yet which underlines the risk both fighters are taking at this early stage of their careers. There is so much at stake and viewers can look forward to a tremendous domestic contest where either boxer winning would be no surprise.

 

Explosive Dubois carries huge power

Dubois has long been touted as a future world champion and the 21-year-old has already demonstrated destructive power during his short career. He has won all 11 professional fights with ten of his opponents knocked out.

‘Dynamite’ Dubois was taken the distance by veteran Kevin Johnson in October as he dominated but was unable to put the American away.

Dubois won the European title in March after a second round stoppage of Razvan Cojanu and the 6ft 5in Londoner quickly returned to the ring in April as he demolished Richard Lartey in four rounds.

 

Gorman cannot be discounted

Gorman also has an unblemished record with 16 victories, 11 coming inside the distance. The 23-year-old, who is a cousin of Tyson Fury, faced Cojanu in December although he had to settle for a one-sided points victory.

The Nantwich boxer returned to action in March, also against Johnson, as he was taken the distance by the 39-year-old. Gorman, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, dominated the fight, winning all ten rounds as he maintained his unbeaten record.

 

Dubois v Gorman: The verdict

Dubois is the 4/7 favourite but the odds suggest this tussle is very much in the balance. With Gorman 11/8, there is little to separate the two heavyweights in the betting.

There is no doubt Dubois is the bigger puncher and his 91 per cent knockout ratio is significantly higher than Gorman’s (69 per cent).

But 6ft 4in Gorman has slick boxing skills and has the hand speed to make this a difficult fight for the favourite.

If Dubois is frustrated and unable to find the target, he could come under pressure and struggle to take the rounds.

At odds against, Nathan Gorman looks the better value option in a fight which looks close to a coin flip. This brings the draw into play and certainly should not be dismissed at 22/1.

But there looks to be a better option which is to back the fight to go the distance at 11/8.

Gorman is not a huge puncher and will probably see a points victory as his best chance of overcoming Dubois.

His last three contests have all gone to the scorecards and this one could easily follow suit.

Of course, Dubois could prove too powerful with no bigger than evens available on him winning by KO, TKO or disqualification.

But Dubois was unable to stop Johnson and will have his hands full against Gorman so the best bet in this close contest is to back the fight to be settled on points.

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Dubois v Gorman to go the distance at

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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