Heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman backs his cousin Tyson Fury to overcome the odds and defeat Deontay Wilder ahead of their highly anticipated heavyweight battle tomorrow night.
The unbeaten pair lock horns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles – as 33-year-old Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight world title on the line.
Former unified heavyweight world champion Fury has been a gym mate of Gorman’s since preparation for his comeback fight in June after 30 months out of the ring.
During his hiatus from boxing, the Briton fought mental health problems, suicidal thoughts, a drugs ban and ballooned up to 28st 5Ibs from 17st 8lbs following his career-defining victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury has lost 10 stone in weight over the past 12 months and has gone from retirement to a world title shot and challenging one of the most dangerous boxers in the heavyweight division.
After seeing Fury at his lowest mentally and physically, the Nantwich boxer is inspired by his cousin’s recent success and believes ‘he’s on the verge of making history and becoming a two-time champion of the world.’
“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.”
Gorman is trained by British boxing legend Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton who will be in Fury’s corner tomorrow night alongside his trainer Ben Davison and having faced the biggest fight of his life battling mental health in boxing, Hatton is ‘proud’ of Fury for overcoming his demons.
“I used to see Tyson knocking about in Manchester and he used to always say I will lose the weight next week, and I would see him a week later and he would say the same thing and I didn’t share his enthusiasm, I wanted to believe him, but I didn’t.
“He’s proved me wrong and he’s proved me wrong big style and it makes me so proud because I have been through that bad side as its very hard to come out of the other end, but I did do it.
And knowing how hard it was for him for him to do the same my respect has gone up for him even further than what I had for him in the first place.”
Fury has only had two outings against opponents well below world level since his hiatus from the ring after he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko as heavyweight king three years ago.
But the former multiple world champion feels Fury’s supreme confidence will be the key to his success of beating Wilder and claiming his WBC world title.
“Tyson’s self-belief is incredible and some of the stuff he says like he’s one of the greatest of all time and that’s what Wilder is up against and someone with that self-belief is hard to beat.
“His two comeback fights have not been against the absolute world beaters, but he raises his game when he wants a challenge as with the Klitschko fight he slipped up a couple gears and I think he will do same against Wilder.”