Daniel Dubois put domestic Nathan Gorman to bed after five rounds of quality boxing, mixed with heavy-handed ferocity, in Saturday night’s big British brawl.
Dubois’ jab was making the difference for him, setting up the right hand behind. It was the sweeping left hook to the body that was working effectively for the Londoner. Preferring to lead with the left hook upstairs, Gorman’s jab was nonexistent.
The Nantwich man seemed slightly panicked at times and had to survive a third-round knockdown from cuffing shots to the top of the head, and behind the ear. Gorman, cut around the right eye, rallied to turn the round into a good old fashioned slugfest as both men swung for the hills.
Clearly the bigger puncher, Dubois was hurting his opponent more and more. The 21-year-old’s range finder was working overtime; battering Gorman, pushing him back and setting up the power shots.
Gorman was dropped in the fifth and cut a sorry figure when counted out by referee Victor Loughlin.
“I was very confident in my power, and it worked tonight,” said Dubois afterwards. “Every fight is a learning fight for me. I’m learning on the job.”
“I got caught with a good shot, and he’s a big, strong man,” said Gorman who agreed that Dubois was the better man on the night.
Even though promoter Frank Warren should’ve perhaps put the main event on a little earlier, he provided a solid undercard of quality matchups.
In an intriguing, engaging 12-round affair Joe Joyce outpointed Bryant Jennings for the biggest win of his professional career. Jennings hurt Joyce with a body shot in the second round but was blowing more as the rounds progressed as he struggled to contain Joyce’s work-rate. Joyce, 33, often punches robotically. His gas tank will make him a handful for anyone. Veteran Jennings lacks huge power, and he was not landing frequently enough -a few right hands aside- to dissuade the Adam Booth-trained contender.
Both men appeared to be feeling the grind in the sixth as the pace understandably slackened. Jennings’ corner became excited in the 10th when their man caught the home fighter napping. Joyce responded with a burst of shots – many of which were blocked on arms and gloves. Like Bermane Stiverne before him, Jennings’ overhand right exploited Joyce’s low left hand.
Joyce will be a handful for any reasonable heavyweight. The Olympic silver medallist has not been messing around with his level of opposition, but may lack the finesse to trouble the elite, who could lead him a merry dance or catch him in between flurries.
Liam Williams is maturing into a solid middleweight contender. The Welshman has found his niche at the new weight and is going in for the finish and killing off opponents at the earliest available opportunity. Seasoned visitor Karim Achour had mixed in good company, including David Lemieux, the big-hitting Canadian who was unable to knock out Achour. Indeed, nobody had stopped Achour…until now.
Dropping the Frenchman in the second round, Karim stumbled to his feet appearing dazed. Williams expertly maintained distance, remained composed and dropped him again. A combination of Achour’s corner, and the referee ended it in the second session. An excellent statement victory for Williams who is chasing bigger nights.
In a battle of super-featherweight talents, Archie Sharp outpointed Jordan McCorry. Tall for the weight, languid Sharp stepped off, for the most part, trying to catch his marauding foe rushing in. McCorry had successes very early on, especially with the left hook. The Scot was felled in the third by a peach of a shot to the body. Sharp by name, sharp by nature, the Welling man stood off and allowed McCorry to see out the session. Archie displayed the confidence of a fighter who knew his time would come sooner rather than later. His win came, but it was much later as McCorry’s unabating toughness kept him in the contest until the 10th and final round. Sharp swept up on the cards. The loser gained much credit in defeat.
Sunny Edwards was always too quick for Hiram Gallardo. The Mexican visitor was adjudged to have touched down in the second round (it was more of a hook and throw from Edwards), giving the favourite a 10-8 round. Switch-hitting, sliding in and out of range, Edwards ran home a wide winner, taking home every rounds on all three judges’ cards. The victor complained of a sore left hand in between the seventh and eight rounds. Sunny Edwards has been vocally chasing the likes of Paddy Barnes and Muhammad Waseem. Sheffield’s Tommy Frank also fancies a crack, while Jay Harris has been mentioned as a potential future opponent.