Heavyweight boxer Nathan Gorman well prepared ahead of Gorgiladze bout at Fenton Manor


Nantwich boxer Nathan Gorman has said no stone has been left unturned in his preparation to fight Gogita Gorgiladze on Saturday night at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.

The undefeated heavyweight will headline Ricky Hatton’s ‘Time To Shine’ show at the same venue where he emphatically stopped David Howe to win the Central Area heavyweight title last October.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s bout, 20-year old Gorman emphasised how well his recent camp has gone: “Training camp has gone really well, it’s been a long training camp, around eight to ten weeks.

”I’ve had some good rounds of sparring in, I’ve been sparring with the likes of Matty Askin and he’s fighting for a British title. I’ve sparred with Dave Allen and many other pros too.

”I’ve had a really good training camp. I’ve left no stone unturned. So it’s all good and just ready for tomorrow now.”

Gorman boasts an impressive record, winning his first seven fights, six by knock out, but the boxer is expecting to get a few rounds in the bag when Georgian Gorgiladze steps in front of him in the ring.

”He looks like a tough, durable man. He’s got a winning record, I’d expect to go a fair few rounds. He comes for the win, it should be exciting tomorrow I’m looking forward to it.

”I would like to get rounds in, but if the chance arises, you don’t get paid for overtime. So if the stoppage is there I’ll go for it. But something I’m after is rounds,” Gorman said.

Gorman has been penciled in to fight for the vacant English heavyweight title in April against Dominic Akinlade, who fell to a shock loss against Josh Sandland in February. Despite Akinlade’s defeat, Gorman remains focused on Gorgiladze but admitted he was unsure of how it may affect Akinlade’s mindset.

Gorman said: ”I’ve got to get past Gorgita Gorgiladze first, once I’m done with Saturday and hopefully get the win, I can focus on what task is in front of me then. Whether that be Akinlade or whoever.

”It could change his mindset, I don’t know. It could help him in a different way where he trains like an animal.

”I could be fighting the best Akinlade there is, which I’d prefer, I’d rather him train as hard as he could and turn up on the night.”

Gorman – who is trained by British boxing legend Ricky Hatton – has excelled onto the heavyweight scene and says his coach will know when is the best time for a possible British title shot.

”It’s baby steps, I just keep learning and progressing, taking each fight as it comes.

”But if Ricky says I’m ready, he’s got a world class eye and he’s a world class trainer he’ll know when I’m ready.”


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