The Big Question: Dubois vs Gorman - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
13/07/2019 1:02pm

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Unbeaten prospects Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman meet tonight in a tantalising clash for the British heavyweight title. The BM team are here with their picks and predictions...

From day one I’ve picked Gorman for this fight. I have nothing against Dubois - who is a killer puncher - but this fight reminds me of Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora. A boxer beats a puncher nine times out of ten but with Dubois’ power one punch can literally change this fight which makes it so exciting. Gorman on points. - James Lupton

I've always favoured Gorman ever since the fight was being talked about. I think he's technically a lot better overall but it's heavyweight boxing and that doesn't always matter when coming up against as big a puncher as Dubois is. If he can nullify the power coming at him and avoid that one devastating blow then I fancy Gorman to come out on top over the distance. Gorman by decision, with possible knockdowns on either side along the way. - Lee Gormley

Gorman has the speed and quick legs, while Dubois has the KO power. If Gorman can keep Dubois at range and lure him into traps, he can take this on points. However, my gut feeling tells me Dubois will win this by stoppage, between rounds 6-9. Can't wait for this. Great match-up. - Paul Zanon

I'm going with Dubois. I absolutely love the match-up and wish more undefeated prospects would be willing to test themselves like this. - Michael Montero

Brilliant match-up. I do wish more unbeaten fighters would collide this - indeed I wish more fighters would put such stock in the Lonsdale title as these two young men have done. The general thinking has to be Gorman on points or Dubois by KO, and while I would not be shocked to see Gorman take this on points, there's a little feeling which keeps gnawing-away at me.... after a little stage fright moment, Dubois will eventually settle down and find a fight-ending punch at about the halfway stage. - Colin Harris

Dubois in seven or eight. I see the cultured Gorman outfoxing him early before a Dubois bomb swiftly changes the narrative. Kudos to both men for taking this fight so early in their careers. - Mark Butcher

Dubois-Gorman is an excellent fight on paper, and absolutely the right one to make at this point in their respective careers. I’ve got a horrible niggling feeling that it might not live up to expectations in the ring, though. Dubois has legitimate one-punch power and on all the available evidence – and given that his last three have also gone the distance - Gorman has enough about it to at least try to make it a very awkward night for the Londoner. It’s not been a vintage year for chiselled British heavyweights vaunted for their power against the slicker, plainer-looking guy with fast hands and quicker feet, but 12 rounds is a long time to stay out of harm’s way. I’ll go with Dubois by late stoppage, somewhere around 8 or 9, after a stuttering start. - Tom Craze

This is a contest that on paper looks like a 50/50 affair with the technician in Gorman against the puncher in Dubois. There’s some comparison to Joshua vs Ruiz here also but I feel on this occasion that the puncher will win the day. Dubois looks like he’s improved with Gorman appears to have stagnated a touch. The pick is for Dubois to establish his jab early and stop Gorman in the middle rounds. Dubois TKO 7. - Callum Rudge

Great fight. Both men have been sharing opponents for the best part of 18 months and, by way of comparison, Dubois has looked the more impressive of the pair. He was drawn into a firefight with Richard Lartey, but he showed plenty of grit, something we'd never seen in previous contests. Gorman will look good for the first half of the fight, but could get caught. I'm sticking with my guns; Gorman to get up from the canvas and nick a points victory. - Craig Scott

British title fights are often the highlight of the boxing calendar for me and this is a high quality contest. It's admirable both men have decided to test themselves and risk their undefeated record. Dubois carries scary, one-punch power and has shown improvements recently, but i think Gorman will be too slick to be caught with anything huge. Gorman to withstand some serious pressure to win on points. - James Oddy

Dubois vs Gorman is easily the most anticipated British heavyweight title fight since Anthony Joshua TKO’d Dillian Whyte in 2015 and, with no offence intended to the likes of Sam Sexton, it’s reassuring that the lure of the Lonsdale belt remains strong enough to tempt two young unbeaten prospect-cum-contenders into agreeing to the match. Dubois has garnered more headlines and hype than Gorman thus far, but Andy Ruiz’s New York upset of Anthony Joshua last month reminded us all that muscles and punch power aren’t sufficient conditions to guarantee success in the division. There are seasoned observers in the game who believe Dubois turned over from the unpaid ranks too early and would have been better served learning his trade as an amateur rather than blasting through the likes of Dorian Darch and Tom Little. I tend to agree with them and if the skilled Gorman can improve on the impressive form he showed a year ago TKO’ing Sean Turner then his faster, shorter hooks and superior defence can prove the difference en route to a TKO victory somewhere around the sixth round. - Chris Williamson

I think it will be a tight affair that doesn't quite ignite, with Gorman edging it via a debatable points decision after banking early rounds and withstanding a late Dubois rally. A heavyweight replay, if you like, of Groves vs DeGale all those years ago. - Luke G. Williams

Final tally: Gorman 6 Dubois 6