British boxing legend Ricky Hatton thinks Nantwich heavyweight Nathan Gorman, who won the Central Area heavyweight title on Saturday night against David Howe, can end up “right at the top” of the sport.
Hatton trains the 20-year old Gorman, who extended his unbeaten record to 6-0 with a thunderous first round stoppage in the main event of Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ card at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.
Speaking after the show, Hatton expressed his delight: “I’m made up – it’s a first title for the big fella so it’s pleasing for me and for Nathan that everything we worked on in the gym paid off.
“We have got a very special talent here I feel – six fights, six wins, five knockouts and now Central Area champion. He has got a few boxes to tick, but we all had them when we were coming up at the stage Nathan is in.
“There is going to be a time where he will have to prove his chin and prove his stamina, proving this and that, but I think he will prove it and tick all of those boxes. I think he will end up where all our top heavyweights are now – right at the top. I believe that.”
Gorman had previously had to deal with two postponements for the fight – one due to injury – and Hatton heaped praise on the heavyweight prospect by crediting his attitude in the build-up to the title bout.
“I think his attitude is probably his best quality. I have always told him: ‘listen, you are going to get injuries and not just in boxing but in life there are things that are going to get on your nerves’ . But he has just got to keep that tunnel vision, and that is what he has done.
“He has a maturity inside the ring and outside the ring that is well beyond his years and the experience he has had in the ring, so long may it continue.”