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Gorman: I Never Seen Dubois Drop Joshua, But The Story Sells

By Keith Idec

Nathan Gorman was there whenever Daniel Dubois sparred against Anthony Joshua.

Dubois’ upcoming opponent doesn’t remember seeing Dubois drop Joshua, as long has been rumored. Gorman didn’t say it didn’t happen during a recent interview with BT Sport, but he doesn’t exactly believe Dubois did that to the former heavyweight champion, either.

“I never seen it,” a smiling Gorman said. “Unless I turned around for a split second and he was on the canvas. But I’m sure you’d hear a big man like Joshua fall down on that canvas. But, you know, who knows?”

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Dubois has acknowledged that he hurt and floored Joshua when they sparred in 2015, the year before Joshua won the IBF title from American Charles Martin. The undefeated Dubois was just 18 when he supposedly knocked down Joshua and the speculation clearly helped build his profile in the United Kingdom.

“Listen, the story sells, don’t it?,” Gorman said. “You know, if you knock out at the time the heavyweight champion of the world, and obviously the knockout reel, what he’s got, so he is gonna sell.”

The 6-feet-5, 240-pound Dubois (11-0, 10 KOs) is about a 2-1 favorite to beat the 6-feet-4½, 250-pound Gorman (16-0, 11 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight fight Saturday night at O2 Arena in London. These unbeaten British prospects are very familiar with one another, as they’ve sparred between 200 and 300 rounds, according to Gorman.

The 23-year-old Gorman believes the 21-year-old Dubois has been over-hyped, in part due to the rumors about what he did to Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) during sparring. Dubois was respectful toward Joshua when BT Sport asked him recently about their sparring.

“Listen, all it was, it was a good spar, you know?,” Dubois said. “To be honest, I owe very much to those sparring sessions because they helped launch me into the professional game and, you know, put my name out there really big and, you know, so I owe a great deal for the sparring and the way I handled it and acquitted myself. So, yeah, that’s in the past now. We’re not going back there. So, it’s on and upwards.”

Part of the Dubois-Gorman card will be streamed live by ESPN+ in the United States on Saturday afternoon (2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT). BT Sport’s coverage of the card in the UK is set to start at 2:30 p.m. BST.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 07-13-2019

I don't know why anyone would disbelieve Dubois. It's not a big stretch of the imagination to think that AJ could get dropped by any sparring partner who hits hard. You spar enough rounds you will get caught on the…

Comment by Corelone on 07-13-2019

[QUOTE=Justintimothyko;19897808]Yeah dubois-gorman. I expect joyce-jennings to be fun as well. The dazn card is also full of competitive n entertaining fights. N for me, next saturday is the christmas of boxing. I dont have a wife so no worries for…

Comment by Tatabanya on 07-13-2019

I placed a few Euros on a draw, and added a few more on Gorman winning between round 7 and 12.

Comment by Justintimothyko on 07-13-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19897802]DDD/Goreman? Yeah. It's basically 2019's AJ/Whyte when they were both prospects. Tomorrow and next Saturday both have full days of cards I'll be watching. Hope the wife doesn't expect me to do things with her.[/QUOTE] Yeah dubois-gorman. I expect joyce-jennings…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-13-2019

[QUOTE=Justintimothyko;19897798]Lol Looking forward to this fight though.[/QUOTE] DDD/Goreman? Yeah. It's basically 2019's AJ/Whyte when they were both prospects. Tomorrow and next Saturday both have full days of cards I'll be watching. Hope the wife doesn't expect me to do things…

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