June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
Tyson Fury

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HEAVYWEIGHT prospect Nathan Gorman believes the experience of his trainer Ricky Hatton and sparring partner Tyson Fury are key to the development of his career.

Gorman has 12 straight victories, 10 coming early, and will be in action on June 9, at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s return.

The unbeaten heavyweight will take on Irishman Sean Turner (12-2), an opponent who has been calling out Gorman on more than one occasion.

“He’s asked for me to be fair, twice, it fell through the first time but he’s asked to fight me constantly,” Gorman said.

“I don’t do too much studying, I have a quick look at my opponents on Youtube but I’m not one to stay up all night watching them.”

In truth, Gorman is expected to come through Turner come June 9, and look for bigger ventures, and with a trend of heavyweights finding themselves being fast-tracked to the top, Gorman revealed he is happy to follow this, under the instructions of his team.

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“Of course everybody wants to be a British champion, it’s a prestige title, that will always be a target,” he said. “But at the moment I just listen to Ricky [Hatton] and all my coaches and take each fight as it comes, take each fight as a learning fight and get past June 9 and when the time comes to fight for titles I’ll be more than ready.”

Listening to Ricky Hatton will certainly be more than useful, a former two-weight world champion who shared the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, José Luis Castillo and of course Kostya Tszyu.

“Ricky has been there and done it all” Gorman said. “He’s been with the pound for pound greats- he’s got that experience of fighting against the likes of Kostya Tszyu, Floyd Mayweather, Carlos Maussa.

“What people don’t realise is he had 20 odd defences of his WBU title, so all that experience he’s gained over the years he’s passing over to me and he’s just so knowledgeable.”

Another valuable part of Gorman’s preparation is Tyson Fury. The 21-year-old described the benefits of having such an experienced sparring partner. “Tyson is a class act in the ring, he’s unified heavyweight champion for starters,” Gorman said.  “He’s looking good now, better than ever and sparring him is only gaining experience learning off the little things he does.

“After sparring he’ll come over and say you did this right, you did this wrong, work on this, that kind of stuff, he’s very helpful in that way and I’m very fortunate to spar him.

“It’s not a personal thing between me and him, he’d do it for anyone he’s that type of fella, he’s very humble in that way.”

Fury will return for the first time in nearly three years, his last outing coming in November 2015 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko is Dusseldorf, Germany, to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Gorman believes from his experience of sparring Fury, he has all it takes to reclaim the titles he never lost in the ring. “From what he’s doing in the gym there is no doubt in my mind he can get them belts back, he’s better than ever,” Gorman claimed. “It’s valuable experience me sparring him, he’s as sharp now as when he fought Klitschko in my opinion, he’s coming back with a bang.”

 

Another heavyweight name linked to Gorman’s name is fellow undefeated prospect Daniel Dubois, and the two know each other well from the amateurs.

Training alongside Dubois has provided Gorman with the confidence he can beat his promotional stablemate and admitted he would accept the fight “this weekend”.

“There is no doubt in my mind I can’t beat Daniel,” he said. “To be fair I’d box him [Dubois] this weekend to tell the truth, if I was offered the fight against him I’d take it this weekend.

“I know Daniel, we was on the Great Britain squad together for two to three years and we’ve shared at least 200-330 rounds of sparring, so we know each other inside and out.

“If that fight got offered to me I’d accept it, but I understand from a promotional point of view that it will be an even bigger fight if we let it build.

“Perhaps let’s say Hughie [Fury] vacates the British title we could fight for that along the line, maybe this year.”