Daniel ‘DDD’ Dubois won the British Heavyweight Title on Saturday night at The 02 after dismantling Nathan Gorman within five rounds in their hotly anticipated domestic clash for the Lonsdale belt. The bookies favourite going into proceedings didn’t disappoint as he used his supremely hurting and efficient jab to control the fight from the off. Dubois, at the tender age of 21, knocked down Gorman in the second before delivering a double jab, right hand combination in the fifth that a brave Gorman couldn’t quite beat the count for.
Despite Dubois coming in as the clear bookies favourite, many within the boxing industry saw Saturday’s showdown as somewhat of a 50/50 affair citing Gorman’s quicker hand speed and advanced boxing IQ as a possible equaliser for Dubois’ power and physicality. However, Gorman was unable to get his own jab going and rather than outbox Dubois was drawn into a brawl at times which was not the type of fight he was ever going to win. Though Gorman should be credited not backing down from a fight on Saturday or from dodging Dubois in regard to choice of opponent in the first place. And at 23 years old, Gorman has youth on his side when it comes to rebuilding his career after a losing a fight that many thought he shouldn’t have taken this early in his career.
As for Dubois, who is known for his shyness/awkwardness when it comes to the ever crucial media side of things, Saturday’s high profile triumph will mean that his expected journey to the very top of the heavyweight division can begin in jest. His promotor Frank Warren will have to manage Dubois’ inexperience with the fact that demand for him to be in big fights from now on will rise significantly. An example of this new expectation being the fact that many see fellow UK heavyweight Joe Joyce as a perfect opponent for Dubois’ next bout. The match up does make sense sense as both men fight under Warren’s Queensbury stable and are well matched in quite a few departments. Joyce’s hard fought points win over Bryant Jennings provided chief support for Dubois/Gorman and if nothing else showcased Joyce’s bullish physical presence in the squared circle. One that will be hard for many a fighter to handle.
Though, it looks as though Joyce will instead challenge Manuel Charr for his WBA (Regular) belt rather than face Dubois next. With Joyce’s new trainer Adam Booth no doubt wanting to sharpen and hone Joyce’s skills before he steps into the ring with Dubois, who after just 12 pro fights looks like he is of world class quality. At such a young age he was able to gauge distance extremely well and kept composed rather than steaming in to take Gorman out in front of a bloodthirsty O2 Saturday night crowd. He followed corner instructions, bided his time and simply beat his opponent up, relentlessly sapping the energy levels of the talented Gorman as each round went by.
Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr dealt British heavyweight boxing a severe blow however Dubois, despite perhaps not being the marketable superstar that AJ is, is a fighter that could well emulate his feats in the next few years. And Saturday’s win will serve only to accelerate Daniel Dubois’ now ever likely journey to stardom in his own right.
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