Aberdare’s ‘Dangerous’ Dorian Darch (7-2, 1KO) will fight London’s Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2KO) on December 14th at the Excel Arena, the scene where Joshua won his historic Olympic gold medal.
The 29-year-old Welsh heavyweight has been given a golden opportunity to make a name for himself live on Sky Sports and he plans to take full advantage of it.
Darch is now trained at Newport’s Alway and Ringland ABC by his manager and a former British champion, Steve ‘Sammy’ Sims.
Sims said, “Dorian knows that he’s never going to get a better chance to make a name for himself in boxing. Joshua is an Olympic gold medalist, live on big TV and he’s living the dream. We’re going to end it, this is everything to Dorian.”
Darch’s last outing in September was a reputation enhancing loss to promising prospect Hughie Fury. Although the scorecard was wide, Darch was game throughout and he refused to lie down. Darch accepted the Fury fight on short notice but for Joshua, Darch has five weeks to prepare.
Sims said, “Matchroom were really impressed in Dorian going the distance with Hughie Fury and they’re struggling to get people t go the distance with Joshua. Dorian was only fit for four rounds against Fury, we didn’t have as much time as we’d have liked, he wasn’t nowhere near as fit as he will be for Joshua.
“He’s just left the gym and he’s taken time off work before the fight, so we’ve got time to put in to place some major plans for Anthony Joshua and we’re gunna shock the living daylights out of him.
“He’s been training with me for this fight and we’re getting things right. Before, he never knew any inside boxing and I’ve been teaching him a lot of tricks to put up his sleeve. We’ll be ready for it on the night.”
Only one of Darch’s wins has come inside the distance and Joshua definitely has the edge in power, for Darch to have success he must nullify Joshua by staying close to the Londoner, stopping Joshua getting the leverage on his long range bombs.
Since turning professional with Matchroom Sport in October, Joshua has looked sensational by scoring first and second round knockouts over the undefeated Emanuele Leo and the durable journeyman Paul Butlin, respectively. In those bouts, Joshua’s dominant physical presence has been enough to put his opponents on the back foot but Sims doesn’t intend on Darch surrendering any ground to the Englishman.
He said, “Joshua’s a long rangy fighter, I wouldn’t say he’s super fast but he hits the target right. We’re gunna shock him though, we won’t be standing in front of him, waiting to be hit like his other opponents have. We won’t be leaning back, we’re going on the front foot and we’re going at him.
“It’s all about bobbing, slipping and moving. We’re gunna do it the old fashioned way and rough him up.”
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