One of the biggest boxing shows of the year so far takes place at the 02 Arena in London when Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions gifts us Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the British heavyweight title. Here are our top Dubois v Gorman betting tips.
This is a bout that has kept everyone talking and it’s one of the rare domestic matches that pairs two young, unbeaten fighters on the way up. Credit must be given to both camps for accepting a 50/50 at this stage of their careers. The winner will be catapulted up the rankings while the loser will be forced back to the drawing board, plotting their comeback.
Fans are the Real Winners
In a fight like this there will be no real loser and the fans will be the main winner of the night. Which way will the bout go? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage and bookmakers offer punters the chance to get in early and secure a nice price about their predictions. Back your fighter of choice to win or play one of the many exciting specials markets, including method of victory, total rounds, round betting and round betting.
There will also be in-play odds, allowing you to get involved at any stage of the contest. If you see a pattern emerge, such as a fighter suffering a cut or taking too many shots, act quickly before the trading team pick-up on it. In-play betting is a great way to put your knowledge of boxing to good use and if you are more clued up on the fight game than the trading team there’s a real opportunity to make cash.
Dubois v Gorman isn’t the only fight taking place on Saturday night and the main event is supported by a stunning undercard. Followers can catch the action live on BT Sport, with the bill showcasing Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings, Liam Williams v Karim Achour for the WBC Silver middleweight title, Archie Sharp v Jordan McCrorry for the European super featherweight title and Sunny Edwards v Hiram Gallardo for the IBF International super flyweight strap. Plenty to watch and even more to bet on as the night progresses.
Dubois Unbeaten in 11
Dubois going into this fight as betting favourite to continue his winning ways and that was a decision that hasn’t been taken lightly by traders as this looks a real 50/50. The Londoner brings a stunning unbeaten record of 11 wins from as many starts. No less than 10 of those victories have come by way of knockout and that gives him an earth-shattering 91% KO average. Daniel isn’t one of the most media savvy fighters on the circuit at the minute, that’s for sure, but he does his talking in the ring and you can be sure the people listen.
The only man to have taken Dubois the distance so far is American veteran Kevin Johnson who used all his experience to make it through the 10 rounds. Daniel’s handlers wanted to see how he reacted when matched with a ring savvy opponent who wouldn’t be fooled into engaging and meeting fire with fire. The Englishman won the bout clearly, but he also learned more from that night than in any other bout of his career. Johnson taking him to points proved Dubois had the stamina needed to back up his punch power and that will be important as his career progresses.
Many good fighters, especially at heavyweight, have blown away their early opponents but when they climbed through the ranks and met men who wouldn’t roll over, they realised all those early nights may have looked good on TV, but they actually did very little for their progress. Bookmakers have Dynamite priced as a 1/2 (Bet365) favourite to come out on top this weekend. Another KO/TKO is 20/21 with the same firm, more likely than the points cheer which can be backed at 4/1 – market best price when getting your cash down at Bet365.
Gorman has the Power to Shock Dubois
The betting would suggest to casual fans that Nathan Gorman is little more than an opponent in there to lose but that’s not the case, in fact, it’s far removed from the truth. Gorman is another unbeaten heavyweight with his own ambitions of going all the way to the very top of the game. If he is able to win this fight, he’ll shortcut himself towards other major bouts and more money-spinning nights. Easier said than done, of course, but he does have the ability.
Nathan is the more experienced man of the two, entering the ring with a 16-0-0 record, having stopped 11 of his opponents so far. A 69% KO average proves he’s no slouch in the power department and has enough to trouble his opponent. If Dubois stands toe-to-toe and looks to knock Gorman out, throwing caution to the wind, he’ll be made to pay a heavy price. That’s a certainty on a night where anything can happen.
The underdog from Cheshire has also fought over 12 rounds and that’s something his opponent can’t match. Does that give him an edge? We think so and the longer this bout goes the more chance Nathan has of winning thanks to that experience. He’ll be keen to avoid Dubois’ big shots and drag him into the second half of the bout. He’s 13/8 with William Hill to record an upset win or you can have 11/4 (Bet365) on the points cheer, 7/1 (Bet365) for a KO/TKO. The latter is much bigger than we think it should be and that goes down as our best bet on the contest.