Hatton said, "From the first time Nathan walk through my gym doors, I seemed like a natural fighter; a seasoned campaigner." Hatton of course was a two-weight champion who has trained Gorman throughout his entire pro career. "The kid had everything; power, chin, desire, heart, stamina. I was absolutely astounded that heíd only had 12 amateur fights and had only been boxing seriously for two and a half years."
Hatton continued, "Britain has taken over the world heavyweight division in recent years with the likes of David Haye, Tyson Fury and now Anthony Joshua. And, as a Brit, Iím hugely excited about the conveyor belt of talent coming through that hopefully can prolong that. Weíve some great talents such as Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois but Iím very confident that Nathan Gorman will be the one who comes out on top.
"His potential really frightens me. At 21, heís an absolute baby. Heavyweights ordinarily donít peak until they hit 30. What could he become?!í
This weekend, the ex-national junior champion tops the bill at Blackpoolís Winter Gardens facing Portugalís Antonio ĎThe Animalí Sousav (4-5-1). Itís his first gig since recently penning a long term deal with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren.
"Signing with Frank is really going to project my profile and help secure the big fights," says the confident and surprisingly mature Gorman who resides in the quaint village hamlet of Nantwich. "Iíve done all the hard stuff on the small halls now itís time to make a statement on the big bills. Frank can provide the platform for me to showcase my skills."
As Gorman begins to impose his enormous presence in the northern halls, ex Team GB squad mate Daniel Dubois travels a parallel path down south and, with both inflicting their carnage beneath the Warren standard, the pair could be heading for a collision to establish who fronts the British charge at world level over the next decade.
"Daniel and me have already sparred numerous rounds when we were in Sheffield," recalls Nathan. "Heís a decent long fighter, does the basics well. All men over [about 215 pounds] carry knockout power and heís certainly no different but Iíve never been off my feet in my life. Weíre both unbeaten prospects so, if that remains the case, itís bound to happen down the line.
"Iíll certainly not be shying from it. Itís not about looking after an unbeaten record. Sometimes you have to roll the dice. Thereís talk of an English title fight between myself and (Chertseyís 11-0) Nick Webb and Iíll have that anytime. If Iím as good as I believe I am, I easily beat your Nick Webbs. Of all the rising British heavyweight prospects, I honestly see myself as the one coming through."
While Gormanís power confined him to just 21 rounds during his opening eight outings, he significantly accelerated his ring education last time out with a ten-round shutout over New Cross' Dom Akinlade, who was beaten just once previously in his last ten.
Yet it is testament to the lofty standards the traveller sets himself that he departed disappointed. "Iíd only give myself four out of ten for that performance," Gorman assessed. "Ideally, I shouldíve boxed a bit more but it was one of those nights. I possibly came in too heavy. I donít have the greatest metabolism and my weight varies so I have to be constantly on top of it. Also, initially it was meant to be for the English title but Dom carelessly got outpointed in his warm up fight and the Board pulled it (title status). Still, I got good rounds in and always felt in control against a former Southern Area champion, no Ďwalkoverí job. The experience will hold me in good stead. Ricky always trains me very hard but now I know for sure I can do 10 rounds.í
On Saturday at the iconic Winter Gardens, Hattonís pride endeavors to expand his fan base by sizzling in a scheduled eight rounder against Portugalís Antonio ĎThe Animalí Sousav (4-5-1). "The kid also has loads of K1 experience and comes to fight," warns Gorman.
"He only fights top lads with winning records yet heís taken several unbeaten continental prospects the distance. Heís only been stopped once in 10 and heís beaten guys who were undefeated. If Rickyís happy, Iím happyÖ.but everybody loves a spectacular knockout."