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Dubois and Gorman show the rest of the division how it’s done

Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman contest the British heavyweight title in one of the best UK fights of the year, writes Elliot Worsell
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SATURDAY’S (July 13) British heavyweight title fight between Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman receives deserved attention, praise and main event status because it is that rarest of things: a competitive, hard-to-call heavyweight matchup nobody expected to happen – at least not this early.

A break from tradition, its purpose is to not simply make money or cultivate a future rivalry but to instead give us answers – quick answers – and get to the heart of the matter. How very un-heavyweight division. How very un-boxing.

After all, it’s so far been a summer of heavyweight mismatches, on paper at least, and even the image of Andy Ruiz Jnr doing the unthinkable and dethroning Anthony Joshua on June 1 shouldn’t conceal this fact.