By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
DANIEL DUBOIS and Nathan Gorman will meet later this year in a heavyweight fight between two of the division’s brightest prospects.
Just like when I put James DeGale and George Groves in together in 2011, I’m not afraid to match rising stars early in their careers.
That fight helped both men become big names in British boxing.
And Dubois against Gorman will do the same for them.
It won’t be the end of the world for the loser, far from it. They may need to rebuild but the foundations will be in place.
But first Dubois must come through a tough test when he faces world title challenger Razvan Cojanu on Friday at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Romanian took Gorman the distance last year so Dubois will look to make an impression by getting the stoppage.
It won’t be an easy task though, as Cojanu also went the full 12 rounds with former WBO champion Joseph Parker in 2017.
This will be a busy year for rising star Dubois with plenty of fights to keep him active and rising up the rankings.
But he will also get a chance to improve himself further when he goes to spar Jarrell Miller in New York following this week’s fight.
Miller is challenging WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in June and sees Dubois as the perfect preparation.
But he better be ready for some tough rounds as Dubois did the same for Joshua’s last opponent Alexander Povetkin and was able to handle the hardened Russian.
DeGale this week hung up his gloves and I think it is the right decision after a great career.
When he turned professional with me, I said he would be the first Brit to win Olympic gold and a world title, and he proved me right.
Shame Carl Froch had to try to lessen his achievements with his crass comments about how he would have “smashed him to bits”.