Daniel Dubois wins the battle of unbeatens with Nathan Gorman at the O2, taking the Lonsdale Belt along with his opponent’s ’0’
In Frank Warren’s Heavy Duty headliner at the O2 in London, a battle of unbeatens for the vacant British heavyweight title went the way of the younger man, by 14 months, as Daniel Dubois vanquished Nathan Gorman via five-round stoppage in a highly anticipated showdown which turned out relatively one-sided, although always intriguing.
Greenwich’s rangier Dubois bounced forward on his toes from the start, probing with an excellent jab, but fluid Gorman, from Nantwich, was comfortable countering off the back foot. Dubois (21) began unloading combinations in the second, a round in which 23-year-old Gorman was cut around the left eye and then dropped his rival with a salvo of right hands in the next. Gorman went into his shell trying to regroup, winging the odd wide left hook and bravely bobbing, weaving and holding when necessary, but Dubois’ straighter, harder shots dominated the ensuing rounds.
Dubois showed poise and patience against his damaged prey. A big right hand over the top dropped Gorman heavily in the closing staged of the fifth and despite the Ricky Hatton-trained fighter just beating the count, referee Victor Loughlin sensibly waved it off. The Londoner is now 12-0 (11), owns the coveted Lonsdale Belt and, given the right seasoning, could be a real threat at a higher level in a couple of years. Gorman, 16-1 (11), did not become a bad fighter overnight and can come again, certainly at domestic level if Dubois decides to move on quickly.