Heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman obliterated Gogita Gorgiladze inside the first round to extend his unbeaten record to 8-0 on Saturday at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.
Nantwich-born Gorman was returning to the same venue where he stopped veteran David Howe, to win the Central Area heavyweight title last October.
Headlining in the Hatton Boxing ‘Time To Shine’ card, Gorman – trained by former world champion Ricky Hatton – had Gorgiladze on the back-foot from the first bell, throwing a flurry of punches but failing to land cleanly on the Georgian.
However, Gorman ended the fight inside 109 seconds with a classic Hatton-esque left hand ripped to the torso of Gorgiladze, who fell to the canvas like a ton of bricks and though he returned to his feet, referee Kevin Parker stopped the contest with Gorgiladze in visible agony.
Gorman was proposed to fight London’s Dominic Akinlade on April, 1, for the English Title but Akinlade’s shock defeat to Josh Sandland on February, 11, has caused uncertainty over whether the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) would sanction the title.
However, the 20-year old said on his Facebook page on Sunday morning that the fight would still go ahead but “unfortunately fighting for the English title against him is now not possible.”
The first bout of the evening was in the welterweight division, Stafford’s Rob Hunt boxing William Warburton for a second time within five months. Warburton won the first clash between the pair but Hunt was able to inflict revenge in the four round contest, winning 40-37.
Stoke-on-Trent’s Kieran McLaren made a successful first defence of his British Challenge Title against Michael Mooney in the lightweight division. McLaren, who won the title last October against Chris Adaway, scored a 80-74 points win over Mooney to extend his unbeaten run to 10-0.
Welterweights Craig Morris and Ryan Fields entertained when they went to war for ten rounds over the Midlands Area title. Morris initially won in thrilling fashion at Fenton Manor last year.
And he took a similar approach in his first defence of the title against Fields, which led to both on the receiving end of heavy shots and a fascinating spectacle. But it was Fields who saw his hand correctly raised by referee Shaun Messer at the end of the contest.
Novice Owen Jobburn from Stoke, won his four rounder against an awkward Victor Edagha to extend his unbeaten record to 3-0.
There was also a win for debutant Luke Caci from Newcastle-under-Lyme, he fought Hull’s Andy Neylon for his first victory as a pro. Caci, 27, has over 40 wins as an amateur, but initially appeared nervous, but he grew as the contest went on and landed a series of good shots to earn a deserved 40-35 points decision.
Ricky Hatton confirmed on his Twitter account that Reuben Arrowsmith, who fights out of his stable, had cracked his rib in round two against Ryan Toms in the British Challenge super welterweight title clash. The fight, which later saw Arrowsmith deducted a point for pushing and holding, was scored a 77-77 draw across eight rounds.
— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) February 18, 2017
Super middleweight Jake Haigh, another of Hatton’s prospects, stopped Bryn Wain in the third round with some heavy body shots. That was followed up by Nathan Clarke’s third round stoppage of Nick Golubs with an explosive body shot, leaving Golubs unable to answer referee Parker’s count.
West Midlands’ Sam Evans was also victorious over Sylwester Walczak from Poland. After flooring Walczak twice in the opening round, Evans was announced the winner when the Poles corner pulled him out between rounds.