British boxing legend and trainer Ricky ‘the hitman’ Hatton has tipped his unbeaten heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman to go all the way to becoming a world champion ahead of his fight in Brentford this Saturday.
The Nantwich boxer last fought in June on the undercard of cousin Tyson Fury’s comeback fight and Gorman received his fifth consecutive knockout after beating Irishman Sean Turner.
At the age of only 22 the WBC silver champion is looking to progress onto his 14th professional fight and multiple world champion Hatton feels Gorman still needs to ‘tick boxes’ before he can get battle his way into world level.
Hatton said: “I feel Nathan can go right to the very top, It’s a bit of a big statement and there’s still boxes there for him to tick which was not just the case for Nathan but for me, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch.”
“You’ve got to prove your chin, stamina, boxing brain and you’ve got to tick all those boxes yet and there’s a few more he’s got to tick as well but from what I am seeing in the gym when those challenges do come along he will tick those boxes and it’s all a gradual process.
“He’s got a great future and i think he will be where Anthony Joshua and Tyson fury is now and where British heavyweights have done us proud and think he’s the next one in the conveyor belt.”
Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has been a gym mate of Gorman’s since preparation for his comeback fight in June after 24 months out of the ring.
After seeing Tyson at his lowest mentally and physically, gaining 10 stones in weight, Gorman is proud of his cousin for overcoming his demons and feels confident that he will beat the odds to defeat Deontay Wilder and become a two-time world champion.
“He’s massive motivation to me,” Said Gorman.
“He’s faced his demons but conquered them and now he’s back where he belongs in the ring and I think the boxing public has missed him.
“Everyone was saying that he can’t come back but he proved all the doubters wrong and now he’s lost 9 or 10 stone, had his two comeback fights and now he’s on the verge of making history and becoming a two-time champion of the world.
“I believe that Wilder will be throwing into the wind and that will make him miss and make him pay. I think Wilder’s style is totally wrong and not just for himself but for every heavyweight in the world.”
Since joining the professional ranks in 2015 Gorman has been linked with a potential clash with British rival and former GB stablemate Daniel Dubois.
Gorman is eager to have a potential British showdown with 21-year-old Dubois after sharing numerous sparring sessions whilst the two were amateurs with Gorman feeling he had the upper hand.
“On our behalf, we would fight him this Saturday in Brentford. We would fight him anytime he wants it, but I would imagine with Frank Warren he would want to build it to probably into mid next year.
“We have sparred 200-300 rounds, we shared rooms together in the GB team so we know each other inside and out, I know him and he knows me, so it’s got the potential to make a good fight.
“I would like to believe that everytime we sparred i had the upper hand. He would like to say the same thing, but I believe I had the upper hand every time we sparred.”