A cheeky little heavyweight double for your weekend's entertainment
At the top of Frank Warren’s Saturday night “Heavy Duty” card two promising young heavyweights put their perfect records on the line. Both Daniel Dubois (11-0) and Nathan Gorman (16-0) deserve credit for taking this fight at such an early stage of their careers.
Dubois is an explosive puncher, with 10 KOs from his 11 victories and is favourite by the bookies (best price 3/5 with Unibet). On the flipside, Gorman is considered the quicker and more natural boxer of the two. However, his most recent performances leave a lot to be desired; his last three fights have been laborious, almost unwatchable affairs, which have gone the distance. He has displayed little of the speed and footwork that he is renowned for, and has failed to put a dent in very mediocre opposition. Compare that to Dubois, who does have technical flaws, but has demonstrated real power and the ability to put away his opposition emphatically. Dubois does get hit and Gorman will probably land some shots throughout the fight, but he doesn’t seem to have the artillery to hurt Dubois, who’s demonstrated a pretty resilient chin in his short career. Gorman may have some success early, by feinting his way in and moving around Dubois, but as the fight wears on it seems likely that Dubois’s power will prove too much for Gorman, especially if Gorman tires and slows in the second half of the fight (as he has in his recent performances). A Dubois win at 3/5 looks a good place to put your money.
On the undercard, Joe Joyce takes on Bryant Jennings in a fight he is expected to win (Joyce is odds on favourite, best price 3/10 with BetVictor). Whilst Joyce’s style is not the most aesthetic, he is a big, relentless unit that just keeps coming. He doesn’t throw his punches with much speed but he gets himself in a position to land them and once he starts landing they are have proven to be very destructive. Jennings is experienced and athletic and can be an awkward opponent, he should provide enough of a puzzle for the bout to go a few rounds. The bookies favour an early stoppage (Joyce in rnds 1-6 is 3/2) but the fight should go a bit longer than that and Joe Joyce to win in rounds 7-12 at 5/2 (with Sky Bet) looks a much better price.
Back the double at 4.25/1 - 1pt