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Nathan Gorman sustained a cut above his left eye during a combative second round

Daniel Dubois wins British heavyweight title with fifth-round knockout victory over Nathan Gorman

  • Daniel Dubois won British heavyweight title with a TKO win over Nathan Gorman
  • Gorman sustained a cut to his left eye during an open second round at the O2
  • Dubois floored Gorman early on in the third round with a clubbing right hand
  • Gorman then landed a pair of uppercuts as he regained confidence in round four
  • Dubois knocked his adversary down again with a straight right in round five 
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Britain has not only a new holder of the British title but a future world heavyweight champion.

Daniel Dubois not only put Nathan Gorman down and out in the fifth at the O2 but set down his marker as a potential king of the ring’s marquee division.

This was a stunning performance of thunderous power, fast-track boxing education in motion, awesome speed and perhaps the most chilling and intimidating characteristic of all – murderous malice.

Nathan Gorman sustained a cut above his left eye during a combative second round

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Nathan Gorman sustained a cut above his left eye during a combative second round

There is hurtful malice in every punch Dubois throws. Game as he was until the final, brutal onslaught came – even getting to his feet after being given a third round foretaste of the hell to come – there was no escape or recovery.

Not even with Tyson Fury joining Ricky Hatton by his corner. And to the delight of Frank Bruno, who was present to witness this start to justification of his prediction that his man Dubois is the future of heavyweight boxing.

Fury escorted Gorman, his fellow traveller, to the ring brandishing some makeshift belt or other. But the beloved old Lonsdale Belt was destined for the waist of a man from Greenwich, where this arena stands.

Dubois was in aggressive mood from the start and Gorman had to withstand some heavy rights in the first. In that he was helped by being more than a stone the heavier man but there was still a little surplus flesh in that equation.

A clubbing right hand knocked Gorman to the canvas at the beginning of round three

A clubbing right hand knocked Gorman to the canvas at the beginning of round three

A clubbing right hand knocked Gorman to the canvas at the beginning of round three

The Londoner toppled his adversary for a second time with a straight right in round five
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The Londoner toppled his adversary for a second time with a straight right in round five

The Londoner toppled his adversary for a second time with a straight right in round five

Gorman was being forced into a slugfest and he responded well. The O2 crowd were on their feet as the two of them exchanged massive blows in the second. But Dubois had the better of it and opened a cut above Gorman’s left eye.

A barrage of three clubbing right hands sent Gorman down in the third. He got up still full of fight and tested the Dubois chin with some hefty swings on his own.

The crowd were loving it but we all took a comparative breather in the fourth as Dubois settled for winning it by establishing his long, hard left jab.

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Another massive right sent Gorman reeling in the fifth. Somehow he stayed upright but only long enough for Dubois to finish him off with an unstoppable assault.

The crowd rose to salute two men who had restored dignity to the British heavyweight title, but above all to acclaim a legend in the making. 

Referee Victor Loughlin waved off the fight as Gorman clambered to his feet in round five

Referee Victor Loughlin waved off the fight as Gorman clambered to his feet in round five

Referee Victor Loughlin waved off the fight as Gorman clambered to his feet in round five

Dubois has his hand raised by Loughlin after winning the famous Lonsdale belt

Dubois has his hand raised by Loughlin after winning the famous Lonsdale belt

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Dubois has his hand raised by Loughlin after winning the famous Lonsdale belt