Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman predictions and betting tips as they meet for the vacant British Heavyweight championship at the O2 Arena in London and live on BT Sport. Which of these two highly rated prospects will be able to continue their development in the show piece division?
Daniel Dubois (11-0) has long been touted as the next big thing in British boxing and despite being just 21-years-old, he is already thought of as one of the biggest punchers in the division. Only Kevin Johnson, the veteran American who once challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title, survived to see the final bell, using all his experience to spoil and smother the 21-year-old powerhouse.
It was something ‘Dynamite’ clearly needed in his progression through the ranks as since then, Dubois has left another world title challenger, Razvan Cojanu, folded on the canvas in the second round before wiping out Ghanaian visitor Richard Lartey in a thrilling four-round firefight.
The man on the other side of the ring is a prospect who is every bit as talented as his opponent but perhaps has not got the credit he should have so far in his career. Nathan Gorman (16-0) also comes into this fight undefeated and with a very healthy knockout record, he should not be underestimated in this coming of age bout.
The 23-years-old is a classy boxer and under the tutelage of popular former champion Ricky Hatton, he is very much in the mindset of making his opponents miss so that he can make them pay. His resume shares two names with Dubois – Cojanu and Johnson – in fights Gorman dominated to claim shut-out points victories, and it is likely he will look to move his opponent around the ring rather than look to trade off in a war.
Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings Predictions and Betting Tips
Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings predictions and betting tips as they meet as the chief support for the Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman at the O2 Arena in London and live on BT Sports on Saturday. Will the undefeated heavyweight continue his march towards a world title shot or is he in for a rude awakening?
It has been a dream run since Joe Joyce (9-0) turned over into the paid ranks and the 2016 Olympic silver medalist is already well on track to a world title shot and, following the defeat to Anthony Joshua a few weeks ago, it is a possibility which has all of a sudden become a much more realistic possibility.
Despite being just nine contests in, “The Juggernaut” coming off of a big third round knockout win over Alexander Ustinov last May and at 31-years-old, he knows he can ill afford to hang around if he is to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion.
Bryant Jennings (24-3), from Philadelphia, arrives in London for his first contest outside of the US and the seventh bout of his ‘comeback’ that resumed in 2017 following a loss to Luis Ortiz. ‘By-By’ was last in action against Dillian Whyte’s next opponent, Oscar Rivas, in a contest that he looked to be winning quite comfortably, until a resurgent Rivas turned the screw in the final round to knock the 34-years-old out.
The only other loss to blight Jennings’ record came when he was outclassed in a wide points loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Since his return, the American had recorded two solid victories over Alexander Dimitrenko and Joey Dawejko.
This is a classic bout between two up and coming prospects to determine who is able to take the next step and challenge firstly for European honours and then, all being well, on to the elite world level. However, that is not to say that the loser of this fight will be done as both of these boxers have the talent to rebuild and both have the potential to go on and be world champions.
The ‘puncher’ in this typical boxer vs puncher match up, is undoubtedly Daniel Dubois. The 21-years-old is often likened to former unified world champion Anthony Joshua, as ‘Dynamite’ has a similarly ruthless ability to finish wounded opponents off – and might even possess more single-shot power than his elder countryman.
If Dubois is similar to AJ then you would have to say that Gorman is similar to the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury. Gorman has stopped 11 opponents to date so he undoubtedly carries plenty of power of his own, but he also has ring craft which allows him to make his opponents miss and he has the speed of punch which would not be out of place in the lower divisions.
Truth be told this is a ‘pick em’ sort of fight and one that both fighters have a realistic chance in. For us, however, we think that as long as Gorman is able to keep Dubois on the move, he should be unable to plant his feet for those big bombs to land and a points win for the undefeated Nantwich pro is on the cards. However, odds as they are we think playing it a little safer and just backing the outright win for Gorman is the way to go.
Although there is another heavyweight contest topping the bill, the contest between Joe Joyce and Bryant Jennings is higher thought of in terms of where the fighters stand in terms of world rankings. It is truely a cross-roads fight in which the Brit is expected to shine, but he has to be careful not to overlook his experienced foe.
This contest is a big step up in comparison to recent opponents. The American is typically composed in his approach to a fight as he looks to pick off rounds and nullify the work of his counterpart rather than any all-out aggression.
It is a style which will be an interesting comparison to Joyce who is relentless in his approach and has a punch output which is much higher than you would typically expect to find in the heavyweight division.
We expect this to be a tough night for “The Juggernaut” and given that Jennings was only stopped in the final round against the talented Oscar Rivas last time out and as he has gone 12 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, we think backing this one to go long represents the best chance of a decent return.