Frank Warren EXCLUSIVE: Promoter hits back at Eddie Hearn over Daniel Dubois promotion criticism

19 Jul

Frank Warren claims Eddie Hearn is ‘scrambling around’ after his ‘jewel in the crown got beat,’ hence why he has criticised the promotion of Daniel Dubois.

Hearn claimed there were low ticket sales at the O2 Arena for the British heavyweight champion’s fight last weekend and also stated that he believes the 21-year-old has received low exposure to the wider public.

Frank Warren promotes Daniel Dubois
Getty

Warren responded to this by telling talkSPORT.com’s Alex McCarthy: “When we signed him no-one knew who he was, hardly anybody.

“He’d only had seven senior bouts as an amateur and I really fancied him, he’s done brilliantly.

“Someone told me Hearn done an interview yesterday and they told me Hearn said he’s not being promoted properly.

“He didn’t win a gold medal at the Olympics, he didn’t fight in World Amateur Championships as a senior, he didn’t do any of that stuff, I don’t think we’ve done a bad job.

Eddie Hearn promotes Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua
Getty

“On YouTube, the fight on Saturday, a million people have watched it. His fight before, 1.7milllion.

“Buatsi, who fought in the Olympics and done everything, is with Hearn – 88,000 people watched it [his fight with Liam Conroy on YouTube].“

Dubois knocked out Nathan Gorman in five rounds to claim the vacant British heavyweight belt on Saturday, moving to 12-0 (11 KOs) in the process.

He will now look to move on to bigger and better things as he pursues a future at world level.

Dubois’ right hand proved too much for Gorman
Getty

When asked if he believes Hearn’s criticisms came out of jealousy, Warren replied: “Of course. It’s the red eye, isn’t it? He’s been left at the altar, I get that.

“The old jewel in the crown (Anthony Joshua) got beat and now he’s scrambling around.

“I don’t know why he worries about what we’re doing. I don’t worry about what he does.

“If I was him, all I’d be worrying about at the moment is what do I tell DAZN about the crap subscriptions he’s getting for the fights he’s putting on.”

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Frank Warren EXCLUSIVE: Promoter claims Daniel Dubois would beat Dillian Whyte now

17 Jul

Frank Warren has exclusively told talkSPORT that he believes his man Daniel Dubois would beat Dillian Whyte if they fought next.

The promoter is full of confidence for the 21-year-old prospect following his impressive win over Nathan Gorman to claim the vacant British title on Saturday.

Frank Warren promotes Daniel Dubois
Getty

“He was sensational,” Warren told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.

“It was a big step up for him, only his twelfth professional fight, he was in with another unbeaten fighter in Nathan Gorman who was 16-0.

“They were the two youngest guys [combined age] to ever box for the British heavyweight title, and he just dominated the fight.

“They all said it was gonna be a fight between a boxer and a puncher, and I kept telling people Daniel can box as well.

“He controlled the fight behind a superb jab and obviously we know he’s a big puncher. He did an absolutely marvellous job.”

Dubois’ right hand proved too much for Gorman
Getty

At the top of the heavyweight division, all of the world titles are tied up for the time being.

Andy Ruiz Jr is set to defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in a rematch with Anthony Joshua, while Deontay Wilder’s next two WBC bouts are set to be Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury.

Regarding what this means for the chasing pack topped by Dillian Whyte, Warren continued: “The guys who have been waiting, they’ll be in their positions to challenge as mandatory challengers for the titles.

Dillian Whyte has been in a dispute with the WBC as he wants a fight with Deontay Wilder
Getty

“And I expect Daniel Dubois to be involved in those fights sometime next year.”

Asked how he believes Dubois would fare against Whyte, the promoter concluded: “I’d like to see him get a few more fights, but he would beat him at the moment.”


You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Boxing news: Daniel Dubois next fight will take place in September, reveals promoter Frank Warren

14 Jul

Daniel Dubois will have his next fight in September, according to promoter Frank Warren.

The 21-year-old knocked out Nathan Gorman to claim the vacant British heavyweight title on Saturday night at the O2 Arena and is set to make a fairly speedy return.

Daniel Dubois is 12-0 and looking to remain active
Getty

“He’ll be out in September, that’s what we’re looking at,” Warren said at the post-fight press conference.

Although he did not specify exactly what Saturday this fight would take place on, it is already known that he’s planning a show at the Copper Box in London on September 21.

This could be headlined by Billy Joe Saunders defending his WBO super-middleweight world title and would also make sense for Dubois’ return.

Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion
Getty

It is as yet unclear whether the British champion will stick around and defend his belt against challengers at that level, or move on to bigger and better things.

There is also the option of a fight against fellow unbeaten Brit Joe Joyce, who overcame Bryant Jennings on Dubois’ undercard.

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman RESULT: Dubois demolishes Gorman with massive right hand knockout to win British title

14 Jul

Daniel Dubois detonated multiple big right hands to knock out Nathan Gorman in five rounds on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

‘Dynamite’ first floored his opponent in the third round, and then finished the job six minutes later as he proved he is the country’s best heavyweight prospect and claimed the British title.

Dubois’ right hand proved too much for Gorman
Getty

MORE TO FOLLOW

Boxing news: Tyson Fury makes last-minute Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman prediction after arriving at ringside

13 Jul

Tyson Fury has remained firm and continued to back Nathan Gorman to beat Daniel Dubois in their British heavyweight title fight tonight.

It must be admitted that the ‘lineal’ champion does have a *slight* bias regarding this issue as Gorman is his cousin – however, as he’s arguably world’s best heavyweight, his opinion should not be overlooked.

Fury is never shy of having his say
Getty

After arriving ringside to witness the bout first hand, Fury was asked about Dubois and admitted to BT Sport: “He is a scary looking dude.

“He’s big, he’s muscular, he can punch really hard, he’s good looking, he’s got it all.

“But, I’ve seen it all before, I’ve seen Joshua get knocked out last week by a little fat man.

“I’ve seen Derek Chisora get beat years ago by me – in the same kind of British title fight.

Dubois and Gorman will fight for the British heavyweight title
Getty

“It’s not about looks, Nathan Gorman’s got a bald head, he looks chubby, he’s got hairs on him.

“He’s not got the best body in the world, but we’ve seen time and time again.

“If that was the case, then I wouldn’t be the ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion of the world.

“And I wouldn’t be the best heavyweight on the planet if it was by looks.”

Boxing news: Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte feud escalates, Frank Warren backs Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman winner to beat Anthony Joshua

8 Jul

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Tyson Fury reignites war of words with Dillian Whyte

Fury told Behind The Gloves: “Dillian Whyte’s a b**ch, and when I see you, you’ve gotta fight me anyway, p***y.

“He keeps calling me a coward and whatever, let’s see who’s a coward. We’ll see who’s a coward, I’m no coward, you’re a s***house.

“I put it on you in a boxing gym and you s*** yourself, so we’ll see who’s a coward.

“Dillian Whyte is a heavy bag on legs, I punched his head in for him plenty of times in the gym and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to do it in the ring.”

Tyson Fury has blasted Dillian Whyte
Getty

Dillian Whyte quickly replies to Tyson Fury

Whyte answered back: “Listen Tyson Fury, I am not hard to find.

“Gang gang, look me up mate. You are the one who called [the fight] on and then you p****d out when the WBC gave you what you asked for.

“I’m sick and tired of all this talking, come find me.

“Last time we were in a boxing together, you were on your a***, so stop talking s*** right now.

“I’ve got [Oscar] Rivas to focus on. I will fight you anywhere, anytime – in or out of the ring.”

Whyte had previously branded Fury a ‘Gypsy Coward’
Getty

Tyson Fury threatens to crash Deontay Wilder’s upcoming UK tour

The ‘Gypsy King’ declared: “I hear he’s coming to Birmingham, when is it? 27th?

“I’m gonna be there. I’m gonna see what he thinks? I’m gonna get right in his face and ask him what happened.

“What happened to you Bomb Squad, you bum dosser?

“Because he hasn’t answered a call from me or replied to a message since the fight, so that tells me he’s a f***ing s***house.”

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury exchanged plenty of words during their press conferences
Getty

Frank Warren insists the winner of Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman victor would beat Anthony Joshua

The two rising prospects meet this Saturday for the British heavyweight title.

Promoter Warren told The Mirror: “I really do think the winner would beat Joshua.

“We see how he struggles with fast hands, small men – that is Gorman – and Dubois has already knocked him out in sparring with big gloves on at 18 years of age”

“They are two exceptional young talents. They both have the desire that they will move on and do great things.”

Dubois and Gorman will fight for the British heavyweight title on July 13
Getty

Tyson Fury has jumped the gun slightly with his Deontay Wilder rematch announcement

Fury stated last week that he will be facing the American again on a “confirmed” date of February 22.

However, his US co-promoter Top Rank have told ESPN this is just one of the dates being considered and no final decision has been made yet.

Elsewhere, the ‘lineal’ champion has named Trevor Bryan as the fighter he wants to face next on October 5th, if Jarrell Miller is unable to get a licence.

Both men will fight once more before meeting again next year
getty

Tyson Fury rips into ‘little fat f*****r’ Andy Ruiz Jr

When it was announced that Ruiz would be replacing Jarrell Miller to fight Anthony Joshua, Fury reacted by reposting a meme onto his Instagram story which featured a picture of Ruiz Jr alongside animated character Russell from the 2009 Disney movie ‘Up.’

Since knocking out AJ in a stunning June 1 upset, the Mexican-American has been dismissive of the ‘Gypsy King,’ seeming to be less than pleased with his sense of humour.

When asked for a response to this, Fury told Behind The Gloves: “He can take it however he wants, the little fat f****r.

“If he wants a slap, he can have one. I’m dishing them all out today.

“Andy Ruiz, if you want a slap, you can have one and all, because I ain’t bothered about you fatso.

“I’ll hit him up the body and make him spew marshmallows for a month.”

Fury put this image comparison on his Instagram story back in May
Instagram - GypsyKing101

Nathan Gorman EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Hatton’s brilliant reaction to Daniel Dubois fight, Tommy Fury will win Love Island and much more

5 Jul

Quietly, the hype surrounding Daniel Dubois has begun to be mitigated by the rise of Nathan Gorman.

Gorman, 16-0, has gone from relatively unknown to one of heavyweight boxing’s brightest prospects in the past 12 months and now he has the chance to firmly establish himself as the next top contender when he faces Dubois at the O2 Arena on July 13.

Nathan Gorman with trainer Ricky Hatton
Getty

The 22-year-old projects an air of confidence that can be intoxicating in his presence. While Dubois has the physical tools that would send some shirking, Gorman’s measured approach and calm demeanour helps you forget those raw attributes of Dubois.

Gorman has received plenty of support within the industry ahead of this clash and if Frank Warren’s Twitter feed is anything to go by, the fans have bought into him over Dubois, too.

talkSPORT.com caught up with the British heavyweight title contender in London on Wednesday and he told us what training for a big fight under the watchful, legendary eye of Ricky Hatton is like.

“I’m in the gym Monday, Wednesday, Fridays,” Gorman started. “They’re the tough days whether that be sparring, pads, boxing work, weights – horrible stuff like that so he [Hatton] can exhaust you [laughs]. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the easy days, as Ricky likes to call them. Even though they’re not. They’re not! They’re as hard as the hard days and it’s stuff like circuit training, all of that physical stuff and conditioning. So what we do is Monday-Friday in Manchester, we train twice a day with runs on Saturday and rest all day Sunday so it’s very, very tiring and excruciating and obviously when you’re in camp it’s hell, but it’s going to be. I’m preparing for a fight. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Like a marathon and I can see the finish line.

Nathan Gorman celebrates victory over Razvan Coianu after the WBC International Silver Heavyweight Championship
Getty

“I want to win this title, have two or three weeks off – nothing hectic – a little time with the family and then back in the gym. Then, on to the next one. That’s the idea. Once we’ve got the momentum going, we just need to stay on track.”

Warren told talkSPORT and other media present in London that he didn’t want to make this fight just yet and if he had his way, they wouldn’t have.

However, the desire of both fighters was so strong that there was nothing the longtime promoter could do.

“Obviously from a promoter’s point of view, Frank can see the value in both of us. If you leave it for another year, we get a little more known to the public, there’s more money in it etc, etc. But, why not fight? We’re both under the same banner, we’re both the same age, we’re both in line for the British title – when I got the phone call it took me 10 seconds to say yes,” Gorman said.

And it wasn’t just Gorman that was excited to take the fight. Hatton was excited at the prospect just as much – maybe even a little more – than his fighter.

“To be fair, he was more game than I was [laughs]. He was like ‘Are we having it?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, of course we are, Rick’ and he said ‘Good stuff, let’s kill the bastard’ [laughs]. That’s the way Ricky is,” Gorman said fondly. “That’s just how it works. ‘Let’s take him out’ and that’s that from him. But, on the other hand, he’s done everything to selling out Las Vegas, so he’s a great man to have in your corner.

“It’s perfect between us. We bounce off of each other, we have a good relationship it’s good to have him. Obviously, he’s a great trainer, but he’s a friend of mine, too.”

It’s been well-documented that Gorman is the cousin of Lineal world champion Tyson Fury, but that also means he is the cousin of Love Island star and 2-0 light-heavyweight, Tommy Fury.

Gorman assures Love Island fans that Tommy is exactly how you see him on TV and predicts he will end up winning the show.

Gorman and Dubois will meet at London’s O2 Arena
Getty

“Of course I have [been watching]! Even if I’m out, I’ve got it on record [laughs]. He’s going to win – I’ve got full faith in him. If he does what he does best – which he is doing – he’s being himself and what you see on TV is the real Tommy Fury. He’s a lovely, genuine person, heart of gold and I think the nation have fallen in love with him already.”

Speaking of Tyson, The Ring magazine’s number one heavyweight in the world is likely to fight again in New York this September or October, and Gorman says he would love to appear on one of his undercards in the States.

“Hopefully, I’d love to do that,” Gorman states. “He looks like he’ll be boxing in America again but if I ever get the chance to be on one of his undercards, I would love to. It’s a dream of mine to box in America and hopefully, I get the chance to one day. But, I’ve just got to keep working hard and doing what I do.”

Heavy Duty goes down at the O2 Arena on July 13 and you can watch Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman headline the event on BT Sport.

Daniel Dubois: The heavyweight hope ready to clinch British crown on journey to top and prove Tyson Fury wrong

21 Jun

At one time, Daniel Dubois was considered by many to be either ‘the next Anthony Joshua’ or a fighter from the same mould.

If Triple D has proven anything over his past two fights, it’s that he is a man of his own volition. The comparisons with AJ stop at their stature and the 21-year-old Dubois is intent on making his own path.

Dubois vs Gorman will take place at London’s O2 Arena on July 13
Frank Warren Promotions

The Greenwich fighter is making his own name in the heavyweight division and the hype around one of Frank Warren’s shining lights will grow greater if he defeats fellow stablemate Nathan Gorman next month.

Gorman, 22 himself, has been chasing this fight with Dubois for a while and at 16-0 compared to Dubois’ 11-0, somebody’s zero has got to go.

talkSPORT.com caught up with ‘Dynamite’ ahead of the showdown and he is maintaining a razor-like sharp focus as he fine tunes his preparations.

“I don’t really think about him as a person or a boxer,” he said. “He’s just an obstacle I’ve got to get past and move out of the way.

“I just keep thinking about moving forward and progressing with my career. I don’t get caught up with nothing else, just keep this journey moving forward.”

Dubois will fight Gorman in Greenwich, the area where he was born and grew up
Getty Images - Getty

“I’m preparing for every possible outcome, every possible scenario in this fight and whatever has to be done, I’m going to do,” Dubois continued.

“There’s no real script that I’m following, we’re just going to go in there and deal with it.”

This fight will be for the British heavyweight title which Joshua, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte – among the top heavyweights in the game right now – have all held at some point.

Does that hold any significance to Dubois?

“The way Frank [Warren] has mapped out my career, he’s been helping me learn and helping me grow at a good pace and this is the next step up,” he responded.

“It’s the next stepping stone on paper to the top, this is the route we’ve chosen and the next challenge that I’ve got to take. I’m more than ready for it.”

Gorman is also Tyson Fury’s cousin and, naturally, the Gypsy King has backed his relation to emerge victorious from the Heavy Duty card.

Dubois doesn’t think that matters one little bit.

“Whatever he thinks about the fight bears no relevance to what is going to happen on the night – I’m really looking forward to this fight,” he said.

With all the talent on British shores now, and the likes of Dubois, Gorman and Joe Joyce – who takes on Bryant Jennings on the same card – the UK has six or seven viable heavyweights that could be in the world title mix by this time next year.

We asked Dubois if British boxing is about to enter a golden age for heavyweight competitors.

“Well, that’s for other people to decide,” he answered. “I’m just really excited about my career right now, the path I’m on, the journey and all the challenges – I’m excited about.

“I’m excited to do my job and do what I love to do. If it turns out that way and the ‘golden era’ is back, as they say, then great. But I’m just focused on my journey and what I’ve got to do.”

Dubois remained icey cool and composed throughout the interview and his burning focus rung true in every answer he gave.

Dubois disposed of Richard Lartey last time out
GETTY

The same kind of focus was prevalent when we asked for his opinion on the top five heavyweights in the world today; Dubois isn’t really interested in anyone else’s game.

“I don’t really have an opinion. You know, Tyson Fury is up there with the main boys like Deontay Wilder and now Andy Ruiz Jr is in the picture. I think it’s wide open and they’re all number one in their own rights so I can’t really put a list together, but they’re all top fighters,” he said.

Should Joe Joyce come through his bout with Jennings on the same July 13 card, promoter Frank Warren has suggested he would love to have him face the winner of Dubois vs Gorman.

Those are the fights that need to happen – but Dubois is refusing to look past Gorman.

He added: “Yeah, Joe Joyce would be another big fight if he can come through his challenge on July 13, too.

“It seems all the main fighters are up for a fight and a challenge at the moment, so we’ll see how it turns out but one step at a time. We get this fight out the way and then we talk about what’s next.”

Joyce obliterated Joe Hanks in his seventh pro fight
GETTY

The 6ft 5in knockout machine started boxing aged nine because of his father and he explained to talkSPORT how he has grown up alongside the sport and what it has done for him.

“A big part of my love for boxing started with just loving to fight and learning how to fight. You know, becoming a man and being immature in a mature sport really developed myself as a person.

“My dad chose this direction, this path for me, and I’m glad it was boxing. I love everything about it and the challenges that come with it. It’s great developing as a person outside of the ring as it is in it.”

Dubois had just seven amateur bouts before turning professional, but his record in the pro ranks of 11 wins, no losses and 10 knockouts suggest that it was the right thing to do.

And it seems that he relishes the pressure on his young, powerful shoulders.

Dubois training with former Britain’s former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno
News Group Newspapers Ltd

“I think I’m ready to learn and my destiny is in my hands. It’s on me,” he declared.

“It’s down to me now and I prefer it that way. Turning pro makes you realise what this sport is all about and as you go, you’re out here trying to carve out your destiny and future and it’s perfect really. There’s no safety harnesses attached so it’s up to me to go out there and destroy whoever is in my way.

“It’s great to be headlining The O2. Showcasing my skills and myself in a front of a big crowd, it’s going to be a fantastic night of boxing. For anyone that hasn’t seen me before, they can expect a devastating performance. I’m going out there to show everyone what I’ve got and what I’m capable of.”

Heavy Duty is on July 13 from The O2 Arena, with Daniel Dubois in action against Nathan Gorman. Tickets to the Heavy Duty card, which also features Joe Joyce, ae available via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster.

Frank Bruno and Daniel Dubois EXCLUSIVE: Heavyweights agree Anthony Joshua must take Andy Ruiz Jr rematch – ‘He underestimated the guy’

20 Jun

Frank Bruno and Daniel Dubois have exclusively told talkSPORT that they believe Anthony Joshua ‘underestimated’ Andy Ruiz Jr and must rematch him next.

The pair hosted a media day and trained together ahead of Dubois’ British heavyweight title clash with Nathan Gorman on July 13, though talk soon turned to the world scene.

Daniel Dubois called in Frank Bruno for some advice ahead of his fight with Nathan Gorman
Getty

AJ was dethroned with four stunning knockdowns which cumulated in a seventh-round stoppage for Ruiz on June 1 in New York, though is now preparing to attempt to reclaim his world titles straight away

When asked whether this is wise, former world champion Bruno replied: “Who can he go and fight to warm up?

“He’s gotta go straight back to the lion’s den, look at his mistakes that he’s done and look at the entourage he’s got around him.

“Not disrespecting the entourage or anything, but sometimes when you’ve got entourage around you it brings confusion. Everybody’s got their opinion and whatever.

Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down four times and stopped him in the seventh
Getty

“I don’t wanna sit here and disrespect Anthony Joshua because I think he still is a good fighter and I just hope he comes back and gets his title back.

“But it ain’t gonna be easy. It’s gonna be very, very hard because he underestimated the guy.

“The guy looked a little bit ‘Tellytubby’ and he thought he was a walkover, a walk in the park.

“But when you go in the boxing ring nobody’s a walk in the park.

“I hope he comes back and still flies the flag for England.”

The British heavyweight title will be on the line when Dubois and Gorman meet
GETTY

Dubois, who sparred with Joshua in some famous sessions as a Team GB amateur, agreed with his elder’s assessment.

Regarding whether Joshua underestimated Ruiz, the 21-year-old answered: “Yeah definitely, that’s definitely one factor going into the fight.

“But you know, all that said, Ruiz did well and did what he had to do, so he came away with the victory.

“Definitely I’d wanna right my wrong and re-write history, but it is what it is.”

Frank Warren COLUMN: ‘I first heard about Daniel Dubois when he knocked Anthony Joshua out – him and Nathan Gorman can crash heavyweight division’

20 Jun

Heavy Duty goes down on July 13 at The O2 Arena and we’ve got the best crop of promising heavyweights not just in Britain, but the world today.

Daniel Dubois faces Nathan Gorman and Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce will do battle with former world title challenger, Bryant Jennings.

Boxing fans will have seen Tyson Fury dominate Tom Schwarz at the weekend, while Anthony Joshua reigned as a world champion for years and Dillian Whyte is another name discussed in and around the big fights. But Dubois, Gorman and Joyce all have what it takes to crash that party.

Two of the brightest young heavyweights in the world will battle it out in London next month
Frank Warren Promotions

As far as Dubois and Gorman go, one of them has to lose but that does not mean they both can’t go right to the top.

Look at when James DeGale fought George Groves early in their careers – they each went on to become world champions. We also made Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders early on and both of those men have enjoyed titles and big-time fights.

This would by no means be the end of the road for Dubois, Gorman or Joyce if they didn’t get the win but two of them – or even all three – could find themselves ranked in some organisations’ top fives with a few more victories in 2019.

Dubois is still only 21 years of age. I first heard about Dynamite when I was told an 18-year-old lad had knocked out Anthony Joshua. This was in 2016, the same year AJ became a heavyweight world champion. Dubois was a boy and he knocked out a man in Joshua – a six foot six man at that!

The British heavyweight title will be on the line when Dubois and Gorman meet
GETTY

We’ve all seen that you don’t need to be chiselled like an Adonis to be a heavyweight champion – Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr prove that. But Dubois has terrific size, incredible power and he’s learning all the time. He only had seven senior fights as an amateur.

On the strength of that, I didn’t think too much when I first laid eyes on Gorman. However, trained by Ricky Hatton, this boy has the skills and desire to go a long, long way. He wants this fight with Dubois and not many people are clamouring to take on a beast like him. That says a lot about him.

He’s 16-0 with 11 knockouts to his name so he has some power in his hands, too. At six foot three and only 22 years old, he’ll give you problems.

Then you’ve got Joe Joyce, who has all the pedigree in the world, going up against a seasoned campaigner in Jennings. He’s a bit more experienced at 33, but he’s only had nine professional fights. He’s got nine knockout victories, mind you, and gold medals at Commonwealth and European Games, on top of his silver at the Olympics.

Joyce is 9-0 (9 KOs) and a rising star of the heavyweight division after a stellar amateur career
GETTY

He’s ambitious, too. His team feel like he’s ready to challenge Anthony Joshua right now, but there’s no rush in my mind.

Providing Joyce comes through his fight against Jennings, facing the winner of Gorman vs Dubois is another huge domestic fight waiting to happen. And we’ll make it.

There’s also the option of Dillian Whyte. He’s floating around on the outskirts – like the fella with his nose pressed up against the window looking in – and I don’t know whether he’s going to get a world title shot or not, but I would fancy any three of these young heavyweights to fight him next. That’s how confident I am in these lads.


TYSON FURY SHOWED HE IS THE HEAVYWEIGHT KING

What a night it was in Vegas on Saturday. Tyson Fury boxed marvellously well against Tom Schwarz and cemented his status as the number one heavyweight in the world.

Fury knocked out Schwarz in the second round in Las Vegas
GETTY

Tyson was out for three years and had two easy fights after making his return to the sport in 2018 – which was understandable for a guy who had lost 11 stone in just seven months. Then he fought Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, while still having to lose weight and what he was doing was training to lose weight rather than training to have a fight. Despite that, he put on a stunning performance and got robbed against Wilder – we all saw what happened.

We subsequently did the deal with ESPN, which has given him a lot of strength at the negotiating table. Since he beat Wladimir Klitschko, I have felt he was the best in the world. He’s come back to that, but everyone saying he’s number one now were saying Anthony Joshua was number one at that time.

Tyson was in fantastic shape against Schwarz and put on a great show in his debut fight in Vegas. Schwarz has been dismissed as an easy opponent by some but this is a guy ranked two by one organisation and six by another. The German went in there unbeaten and ready to fight but he got totally outclassed. When Tyson performs like that, who is going to be able to give him a problem? Imagine he had fought Wilder in that condition.

Fury celebrates with his team after his impressive Vegas debut at the MGM
GETTY

We’re all working to make the rematch with Wilder happen. Tyson will fight again in New York in September, early October. But then we want the Wilder fight. The American has got Luis Ortiz next, which should not be a hard fight for him. Hopefully he gets through that and we can make the fight everybody wants to see in 2020.


ANTHONY JOSHUA SHOULD AVOID REMATCH WITH ANDY RUIZ JR

I always knew Anthony Joshua had weaknesses that could be exploited, I just didn’t expect Andy Ruiz Jr would be the man to do it.

What happened is exactly what I thought would happen if AJ got in there with Tyson or Wilder.

Joshua has agreed an immediate rematch with the Mexican-American, but I don’t think that is a good move for him.

Joshua was stopped in the seventh round by Ruiz Jr in a stunning upset
GETTY

Ruiz Jr will have a proper 10-12 week camp this time and won’t be taking the fight at five weeks’ notice. He’s got AJ’s number. He knows he can not only hurt Joshua, but he’s taken his best shot and got up pretty comfortably.

In the wake of AJ’s loss, he’s no longer in the top three in the world. Fury is obviously number one. Wilder with the WBC title would come next. You then have to put Ruiz Jr in third given the world titles he possesses. It gets really hard after that.

Joshua probably comes in at four just ahead of Dillian Whyte. Then it’s the next level coming through – like Joyce, Dubois and Gorman – and I think they’re going to get in among the best very quickly.

Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce vs 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, Louie Lynn, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.comEventim and Ticketmaster.