DANIEL DUBOIS and Nathan Gorman were both told they would earn more money from fighting each other if they held off for a year.
All they cared about was getting in the ring together and that is what will happen tonight at the O2.
It is a fight I felt would have been even bigger in 12 months’ time.
They may have been better known to the wider public which would have grabbed the attention of more casual fans.
But they wouldn’t listen – all they want to do is settle their rivalry and that is why we should expect a cracking fight tonight in London.
“The winner they won’t be far off world honours”
The money didn’t matter to them which shows their desire and will to be the best rather than just chasing cash.
For the unbeaten duo it is about collecting the British heavyweight title and moving closer to a world title shot.
It is refreshing to see it mean so much to two young fighters.
The British title may not hold the significance it once did but for the heavyweights it has always been a huge belt to win.
The combined age of both boxers tonight is 44 – which means they are the youngest duo to contest a British heavyweight title fight.
Yet the winner they won’t be far off world honours.
With Tyson Fury facing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next year and Anthony Joshua in a rematch for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles against Andy Ruiz Jnr it means all the belts are tied up.
But in around 18 months from now, either Dubois or Gorman will be perfectly positioned to pounce once the champions are freed up.
Another heavyweight with world title hopes is Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce and he has a challenging fight against Bryant Jennings on the undercard.
It is Joyce’s 10th pro bout and a step up in class for him so it will be interesting to see how he deals with the former world title challenger.