WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER | HEAVY DUTY | SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE O2, LONDON LIVE ON BT SPORT

Boxing – Daniel Dubois & Nathan Gorman Weigh-In – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Britain – July 12, 2019 Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman during the weigh in Action Images/Adam Holt

Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions are delighted to present tonight’s ‘Heavy Duty’ show at The O2, London live on BT Sport. 

In the main event, unbeaten heavyweight prospects Daniel Dubois (11-0) and Nathan Gorman (16-0) collide for the vacant British Heavyweight Championship. In chief support, Joe Joyce (9-0) takes on his toughest test yet in American Bryant Jennings.

Below is the running order and the weights registered at yesterday’s weigh in:

Fight # 1 – 16:15 hrs

4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Bantamweight Contest

JAKE PETTITT – 9st 9oz                                                                             
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ELVIS GUILLEN

Fight # 2

4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Lightweight Contest

MARK CHAMBERLAIN – 9st 10lbs 1oz                                                              
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SERGIO GONZALEZ 

Fight # 3

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest

MICKEY BURKE JNR -10st 7lbs 4oz                                                                 
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MICHAEL WILLIAMS – 10st 5lbs 6oz

Fight # 4

6 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest

FLORIAN MARKU  – 10st 10lbs 2oz                                                                      
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TOMMY BROADBENT – 10st 6lbs

Fight # 5

8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest

HAMZAH SHEERAZ – 11st 1lb 2oz
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SCOTT JAMES – 11st 1lb 4oz

Fight # 6

4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest

JONATHAN PALATA – 16st 2lbs 2oz                                                                  
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FERENC ZSALEK – 17st

Fight # 7

6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Middleweight Contest

WILLY HUTCHINSON – 12st 11lb 8oz                                                                
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JOSIP PERKOVIC

Fight # 8

6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Bantamweight Contest

DENNIS McCANN – 8st 5lbs 9oz                                                                         
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JERSON LARIOS

BT SPORT LIVE BROADCAST COMMENCES @ 19:30 HRS
Fight # 9

THE VACANT IBF INTERNATIONAL SUPER-FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

10 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 115 lbs

SUNNY EDWARDS – 8st 2lb 7oz
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HIRAM GALLARDO – 8st 2lb 7oz

Fight # 10

THE WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

10 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 130 lbs

ARCHIE SHARP – 9st 3lb 5oz                                                                            
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JORDAN McCORRY – 9st 3lb 6oz

Fight # 11

THE VACANT WBC SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 160 lbs

LIAM WILLIAMS – 11st 5lbs 4oz                                                                          
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KARIM ACHOUR                  

Fight # 12

THE WBA GOLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

12 X 3 Minute Rounds

JOE JOYCE MBE – 18st 4lbs                                                                          
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BRYANT JENNINGS – 16st 2lbs

Fight # 13

THE VACANT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF GREAT BRITAIN

12 X 3 Minute Rounds

DANIEL DUBOIS – 17st 1lb                                                                           
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NATHAN GORMAN – 18st 4lbs

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings are on sale now. The show also features British Middleweight champion Liam Williams who clashes against France’s former European champion Karim Achour for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight crown. Super-flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards meets Mexican Hiram Gallardo for the vacant IBF super-flyweight title. WBO super-featherweight champion Archie Sharp risks his crown against Jordan McCorry. Returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt,, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.com or on the door at The O2 Arena.

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£200 – Floor
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£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
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DANIEL DUBOIS V NATHAN GORMAN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

HALL OF FAME promoter Frank Warren has held the final press conference for Daniel Dubois (11-0, 10KOs) and Nathan Gorman (16-0, 11KOs) ahead of the unbeaten pair clashing on Saturday night (July 13) for the vacant British heavyweight title at London’s o2 Arena, live on BT Sport.The bitter rivals faced off this afternoon in front of the media at the BT studios in East London.Here are a selection of quotes from today’s press conference.

FRANK WARREN

“It is a special fight between two young gladiators who are two of the best heavyweight prospects in the world. Their styles will meet and make it a great fight for the fans.

“I think the winner will go on, in the next 12 months, have four or five fights and push himself towards being a mandatory challenger for a major world title. It is not the end for the loser.

“All the preparation is done and all the stuff they did as amateurs is irrelevant. They are different characters and Daniel is more introverted than Nathan, but it goes out of the window like everything else. It is who will stick to the game plan and who will be more resolute.

“It is going to be a special night for British boxing.

“These two have respect and you don’t need to throw tables.” 

DANIEL DUBOIS

“It’s been weeks and weeks of hard training and I’m glad it is time to get it on. It is good having the spotlight and being the main event. It’s new and something I look forward to more.

“I am gonna come out in the first round fast, sharp and put it all on the line.

“This is a big difference to our sparring. This is a fight.

“I am a cool guy,  I just minded my own business when I was around Nathan in the amateurs. There are no worries. I have worked hard in the gym, listened and just want to do a job. If the opportunity is there I am going for the knockout.

“Frank Bruno gave me a few tips and it was good having a move around with a gladiator like that. Lennox Lewis has been in touch, but it’s no big deal. It’s all on me although Lennox and Frank have had a big influence on my life and more so on my dad and we always talk about them. 

MARTIN BOWERS (Daniel’s trainer)

“We always thought this fight would happen, but never talked about when.

“We don’t need to psyche Daniel up because he is a consummate professional.

“It is great being associated with Daniel. He always works, is ready and prepared. If I was a fan I would be excited.

“There is a lot more to both their games and I would be glued to the telly or buying a ticket.

“We have never spoken about any old rivalry with Nathan from when they were on Team GB together. We just focus on going forward. Daniel is diligent. He’s always on time and does everything right. This fight is a credit to British boxing and even more to both boys. The winner will be a champion, but it doesn’t mean the loser wont be.

“We had Frank Bruno come to the gym and see Daniel, but that wont make any difference. It comes down to Nathan and Daniel, and we have the man. 

NATHAN GORMAN

“Thankfully I was around to see my daughter born at about 5am on Tuesday morning. I prayed for her to come early because she was due on fight day.

“With my little boy, when we found he had a tumour it was ten weeks out and I only had two days off.  Even then I was running in the hospital car park. With the second born my wife is looking after everything.

“There are no excuses. No run has been missed and every session completed. I have never been on it as fully. People are in for a great fight. Our styles meet and we’re in for a big night.

“It’s a big, massive fight and the pressure is on. We were two rivals in the amateurs on Team GB and couldn’t be friends, but we are also completely different personalities.

“Whatever he has we have the answer for. I have been to hell and back. If the knockout is there I am going for it and if I go 12 rounds to win I do.

RICKY HATTON (Nathan’s trainer)

“It was tricky at the start of the camp. Nathan’s two year old son had a tumour removed from his chest and we were worried. Then, a few days ago his wife had a baby daughter.

“Nathan has been looking forward to this, but these are fights you want to be involved in. There was no hesitation from Nathan in taking this fight and these are the fighters you want to train.

“He wanted this fight before he met me. I don’t know about the history, but I thought Nathan wanted to chin me when I asked who he wanted to fight. There is a spring to his step and nastiness is there. It is fighter v boxer, but he is a Gorman. It is in the genes and he can fight.

“When someone puts it on him he is not found wanting. We are preparing for the toughest fight of our lives. I don’t talk rubbish and I am just honest when I say I think Nathan wins.

“It has been great having Tyson Fury in my gym to see Nathan perform and talk to him. But when it comes to fight night people like me and Tyson are not in the ring.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings are on sale now. 

The show also features British Middleweight champion Liam Williams who clashes against France’s former European champion Karim Achour for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight crown. Super-flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards meets Mexican Hiram Gallardo for the vacant IBF super-flyweight title. WBO super-featherweight champion Archie Sharp risks his crown against Jordan McCorry. 

Returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt,, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – Hospitality
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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HEAVY DUTY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

HALL OF FAME promoter Frank Warren held a press conference in London today ahead of his blockbuster ‘Heavy Duty’ card at The O2, London on Saturday July 13.

Heading the big night of action live on BT Sport is the vacant British heavyweight title fight between two of the world’s top prospects Daniel Dubois (11-0, 10KO) and Nathan Gorman (16-0, 11KO)In the chief support Joe Joyce (9-0, 9KO) will defend his WBA Gold heavyweight championship against former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (24-3, 14KO)

Here are a selection of quotes from today’s press conference:

FRANK WARREN
“We have two real notable, good quality heavyweight fights

“These fights are going to be fireworks. These are big guys, big punchers and we saw at the weekend in Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz when heavyweights let bombs go anything can happen.

“One big punch can change your career, change your life. Go and ask Andy Ruiz.

“The heavyweight landscape hasn’t changed at all after Ruiz’s win. The number one heavyweight in my opinion is Tyson Fury. He beat Deontay Wilder, but they gave a draw.

“Andy Ruiz is game and has got fast hands, but has he the beating of Tyson Fury? I don’t think he has and I’m not sure he has the beating of Wilder.

“The winners of these two fights has the opportunity to become a world champion and will be in the top five.

“Would I be worried put these guys in with Dillian Whyte? I would make the fights in a heartbeat.

“This is Joe’s tenth fight and although he had great amateur experience, this is a big, big test against Bryant who isn’t here to sit down.

“Daniel v Nathan is a pick ‘em and it doesn’t get any better than this fight. They want to go to the next level and one is in the way of the other.

“How many fighters take these risks at this stage of their careers?” 

DANIEL DUBOIS
“Whatever he (Gorman) has to say or thinks happened in the past when we sparred has no bearing on this and I can’t wait to show what I can do.

“It is completely irrelevant and I have changed a lot as a professional. It has allowed me to breathe as a fighter and understand more about boxing.

“I have got experience now and from the day I started boxing being heavyweight champion of the world was always on my mind.

“I have the advantage over Nathan in speed and power which plays a massive advantage but there is a lot more to me as well.

“I can match any of the fastest heavyweights out there and I am just ready for a fight.

“This fight will add recognition to my name and I can move on. The big goals are within my reach and I’m really excited.

“I didn’t pay too much attention to Joshua v Ruiz as I thought it was a formality for Joshua.” 

NATHAN GORMAN
“It is a fight I have wanted from the day I turned professional and I am counting down the days.

“I know what kind of fight it is going to be. We know each other inside out and I know what he brings to the table – it is an exciting fight.

“We were on the GB squad together for two to three years. We sparred hundreds of rounds and in each spar we wanted to do damage. I felt I never lost a round sparring him.

“He knows he isn’t faster than me. We will see on the night, but he knows deep down exactly what it is.

“I have the edge in everything he does. I have an answer for everything he does. Daniel is a little stop on my way to a destination.

“Daniel is a good fighter, but my style beats him and I fully believe that.”

JOE JOYCE
“The juggernaut is here. I throw a lot of punches, throw punches with force and Bryant is going to get run over.

“I have had a brief look at what he brings and we have started to dissect his performances on where I can capitalise.

“I am superior in stature even if he has a freaky reach. I cannot wait and there are going to be some heavy hits.

“I didn’t see the Ruiz performance coming. I was gonna have money on Joshua round four, but big respect to Ruiz.” 

SAM JONES (S-JAM Boxing)
“Joe could have easier options, but right now he needs a competitive fight although in my opinion there is only one winner.

“Bryant is always in shape, has a great diet, lives a good life, but that and the six pack cant save him. He will get Falafel wrapped and it will end very badly for him.” 

BRYANT JENNINGS
“The UK has been one of my homes. I come here often, but this is my first time fighting. I am not here to lay down. I know a win puts me back in the mix.

“I had a fight lined-up for this month, but this offer came and I quickly accepted because it is a high quality fight.

“Do I want a nobody or Joe Joyce? It is high risk and big reward. I am always confident.

“If I didn’t come here with confidence it wouldn’t make a great fight. This is real.

“I saw the Ruiz performance coming because Joshua doesn’t have great defence and I knew the good things Andy can do. He has fast hands, is elusive and deceiving.

“I knew it was the bad style match up for Anthony the way I am for Joe.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings are on sale now. 

The show also features British Middleweight Champion Liam Williams, super flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards and super featherweight contender Archie Sharp. 

Also returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt, Louie Lynn, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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I JUST WANT TO PUNCH HIS HEAD IN SAYS GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN INSISTS he will render the judges unemployed when he makes his British title challenge against Daniel Dubois on July 13.

The young heavyweight giants collide at The O2, London on a card titled as ‘Heavy Duty’, which also features Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce, who impressively demolished Alexander Ustinov on Saturday in Stevenage.

That Gorman is emphatically predicting a KO victory for himself might come as a surprise to some, who believe the 22-year-old to be the more technical operator who relies more on skill than bludgeoning power.

However, the protégé of Ricky Hatton believes the cards will not be called for once he and the KO artist from the Peacock Gym get down to business.

“I can’t say too much about what we’ve been working on in the gym but we’ve been doing a lot of things that will end up with you seeing a different Nathan Gorman come July 13,” revealed the 16-0 man, adding that a personal dislike between the pair could come into play.

“I don’t believe it will go to points, I really don’t. We’re rivals, he doesn’t like me and I don’t like him and we are going to get down to business.

“I think we will just get in the middle of the ring and throw bombs. He hasn’t got the style to jab and move and I want to punch his head in.”

That being said, Gorman acknowledges that he could well switch back to his customary ringcraft should the situation demand.

“Listen, I’m not going to lose that and it is still in my locker. If it comes down to that then I can revert to that, but there will be exciting moments when people will be on the edge of their seats.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now. The show also features British Middleweight Champion Liam Williams, super flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards and super featherweight contender Archie Sharp. Also returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamzah Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
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I WOULDN’T LET DUBOIS AND GORMAN FIGHT EACH OTHER SAYS TYSON FURY

LINEAL heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is shocked that the sensational heavyweight prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman are meeting so early in their careers.

The young guns clash for the vacant British heavyweight title on Frank Warren’s ‘Heavy Duty’ card at The O2, London on Saturday July 13, live on BT Sport.Dubois (11-0, 10KOs) and Gorman (16-0, 11KOs) are both tipped to reach the top by Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who insists he that defeat will not spell the end for the loser.

Fury who fights Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas next month is sure to be ringside and has been training alongside Gorman in Manchester.

He said: “It’s a good fight and if it was up to me, I wouldn’t let them fight each other because they are both young and unbeaten prospects.”

Also on the card is Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce (9-0, 9KOs), another world class prospect who could face the winner later this year.

Fury added: “I study heavyweight boxing and they are all good lads. I’ve sparred with Joe, Dubois and Gorman.

“They are all unbeaten prospects and all big men. Why can’t they do it? It’s there for them to do and it’s not impossible if they dedicate and sacrifice their lives.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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STRICTLY COME BOXING FOR DUBOIS

DANIEL DUBOIS IS well aware that he has been viewed as the silent partner when it came to calling out for a fight against Nathan Gorman.

Gorman has been vocal in expressing a desire for the fight pretty much since his former Team GB teammate and rival burst onto the professional scene, notched up 10 KOs from his 11 fights and won five title belts along the way.

Dubois, with his typical reserve, has kept his counsel, got on with his job and bashed up everyone who has been put in front of him.

That is not to say he did not want the fight and he has proved as much by signing up for a shot at the British heavyweight title against Gorman at the o2 Arena on July 13.

Dubois is ready to dance and firmly believes it will be him calling the tune when the two top young heavies meet under the lights in London.

“We’re fighters and we need each other, we need dance partners,” reflected the 21-year-old. “This is the next one so let’s get it on.”

It was thought this spicy showdown wouldn’t come about until much later in the year, especially when Dubois was put forward to fight Joe Joyce for the Lonsdale belt.

Joyce is now attending to alternative business and Dubois certainly has no issue with it being brought forward.

“Yes, very happy,” he stated. “I think it is just right and the right fight to make. It is perfect for my style and I want to get it on, I really want to get this fight on and I am looking forward to it.

“It is exciting for me and, with the mood I am going to be in on fight night, I can’t wait.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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I’LL KNOCK DUBOIS OFF HIS PERCH SAYS GORMAN

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!”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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“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.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce are on sale now via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:
£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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BOXING GREATS SPLIT ON HEAVY DUTY FIGHT BETWEEN DUBOIS AND GORMAN

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.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce are on sale now via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:
 
£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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DUBOIS VS GORMAN SET FOR ‘HEAVY DUTY’ BLOCKBUSTER AT THE 02 ARENA ON JULY 13

Unbeaten British heavyweights Nathan Gorman and Daniel Dubois will fight for the vacant British heavyweight title on what will be a huge night of boxing at The O2, London on Saturday July 13 live and exclusive on BT Sport. The card will also feature unbeaten Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce MBE.

Just 21 and 22 respectively, Dubois and Gorman are recognised as two of the top young heavyweights in world boxing and the pair will now put their perfect professional records on the line with the coveted Lord Lonsdale belt at stake.

In a fight that bucks the trend of unbeaten boxers avoiding each other, Dubois v Gorman is the domestic heavyweight dust up that the fans have been crying out for. The O2, London is the place to be to watch it all unfold on July 13, a night of boxing that will be broadcast live and exclusive on BT Sport.

Dubois, for his part, insisted he had absolutely no reservations over accepting a marquee domestic encounter at this early stage of his development.

“As I have always said, whoever is put in front of me I have to go through them and that is what I have done so far.”

“As I proved in my last fight, I want to bring excitement to the heavyweight division for the fans and I promise it will be another explosive night on July 13th.

“I am very confident that I can knock anyone in the world out right now.”

“I would have fought Joe Joyce and now I will fight Gorman. I am confident in my own ability that I can deal with everyone out there and I’ve got what it takes to beat them.

“I believe I am way ahead and better than Gorman and on fight night I will prove it.

“There is no way he will stop me. I accepted this fight straight away and when Frank (promoter Warren) told me about it, it was on.”

Gorman, meanwhile, revealed his surprise that a fight that was tipped to take place at the end of the year or beyond has now become a summer showdown that he didn’t anticipate his heavyweight rival signing up for.

“I am very surprised, to be fair,” he confessed. “I was probably expecting it to be next year – in the summer time probably – and that is what I thought. When the phone call came it took me only a matter of seconds to say yes so it is nearly here now and only a couple of months away.

“I’m over the moon we’ve got the fight on. Fair play to Daniel, I didn’t think he would have accepted it, but he is obviously as keen as I am to fight. There should be plenty of excitement and a I’m sure the fans will love it.

“I can’t see it going 12 rounds and the plan is to go in there and stop him. The winner out of me and Daniel will proceed onto world honours, I’d imagine. The British title will propel you to the world stage.

“It is good for the fans to see the best prospects like me and Daniel fight each other. You can overcook a fight and I think we have now got it at the right time, I really do.

“Me or him didn’t have to take this fight, but why not? I believe it is the right time to make this fight.”

Hall of fame promoter Frank Warren added: “This is a mouth-watering big punching confrontation between two unbeaten young gladiators who have total self-belief in their respective talent.

“At a time that the heavyweight scene’s big three players are fighting in the States, the next generation are taking the stage at The O2 in London at prime time on BT Sport.

“Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman duke it out for the vacant British Heavyweight Title while Britain’s Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce will be looking to show why he was calling for that Anthony Joshua fight last month!

“Between these three giants they have 35 wins and are undefeated so you know this is heavyweight boxing at its best with fireworks guaranteed!

“Joe has a big fight on May 18th against the Russian giant Alexander Ustinov that he has to focus on. We are working with Joe’s team to find the right opponent to secure him a big fight on this fantastic night of heavyweight boxing.”

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce go on sale at 12pm on Friday 10th May via AXS.com, Eventim and Ticketmaster and will be priced as below:

£300 – (Hospitality)
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Tier/Floor
£75 – Floor/Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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