Fighter Of The Week: Daniel Dubois

On a week filled with young guns and future world champions, only two of them had the courage to step in the ring with each other. Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman, two of the biggest and fastest rising stars in the heavyweight division and all of British boxing. At the precious ages of just 21, and 23, the two warriors decided to lay it all on the line in attempts to elevate themselves into the title picture. In what was viewed as a 50/50 fight by most experts and pundits proved to be anything but as Dynamite Daniel Dubois proved to be big, too powerful and too skilled for Gorman. Blowing out his opponent in five one-sided rounds that culminated with a dynamite right hand that ended the night for Gorman and put Dubois on the heavyweight fast track. Dubois, of London, captured the British heavyweight title as well as the Fighter Of The Week award.

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The much-anticipated bout between two unbeatens got off to a quick start, both men coming forward, Gorman looked sharp with his counters in the opening round and looked to have something figured out about his opponent. That all changed in the round two, Dubois stayed on the attack despite Gorman’s counter shots, jabbing his way in Dubois landed a massive overhand rig that rattled Gorman. It was the big, powerful right hand proved to be the difference as Dynamite used it to batter Gorman to the canvas in the third and had him in serious trouble. Dubois used his jab to again set up that big right in the fifth again staggering Gorman, who stood in valiantly and tried firing back. However, it was to no avail as another massive right hand put Gorman back down on the canvas and with about thirty seconds left in the fifth, referee Victor Loughlin reached the count of 10, ending the night for the Nantwich man and giving the Londoner the British Heavyweight crown

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Post-fight the newly crowned British Heavyweight champion said “Every fight is a learning fight, there is a lot to improve on. It’s great to win the British title. I wanted to control the fight behind my jab and then land the right hand,” the rapid improvement in the 21-year-old is strikingly obvious. At a chiseled 6’5 and 240 pounds, Dubois is certainly a physical specimen with excellent power but proved to be much more than just a big massive puncher. He showed the skills, footwork a jab that many critics did not think he possed in blowing out Gorman. With the massively impressive performance, Dubois has firmly established himself as the premier prospect in the heavyweight division and is on a fast track to challenging for a world title in the seemingly very near future.

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