Nathan Gorman Lands Spot On Undercard of Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko

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NANTWICH heavyweight Nathan Gorman has been given the opportunity to appear on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s mammoth heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fights are coming thick and fast for the Ricky Hatton-trained 19-year-old as he has racked up four victories with three knockouts since turning professional in December.

This past weekend Gorman floored Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski three times en route to a fifth round stoppage in Walsall and just two weeks earlier he wiped out Hrvoje Kisicek in just one session at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The opportunity to feature on the Fury v Klitchsko 2 card is huge for a boxer at this early stage in his career and Ricky Hatton believes fight fans will be pleased with what they see in Manchester on July 9.

“For a young prospect, things don’t get any bigger than this,” Hatton said. “The chance for a teenage heavyweight to box on the same bill as a world heavyweight title fight is massive.

“Nathan only started boxing around three years ago and he had to pinch himself when we told him where his next fight would be.

“I expect Nathan to shine on the night regardless of who he’s in with. In his last couple of fights he’s shown the power and shot picking we’ve been working on and I believe fans at the Manchester Arena will be very impressed with what they see from him.”

Like Tyson Fury, Gorman comes from proud travelling stock. His uncle, Bartley Gorman, was a legend of bareknuckle boxing and was often referred to as ‘The King of the Gypsies’ thanks to an unbeaten run that lasted more than 20 years.

In fact, respect between the Gormans and the Furys played a part in getting young Nathan this chance.

“We have to thank Tyson and Peter Fury for getting Nathan on this card,” Hatton explained.

“The Fury family are close to Nathan’s and they’ve seen him in action since he first put on a pair of gloves.

“Tyson said he wanted Nathan on his undercard and Peter put the wheels in motion to make it happen. After training Tyson and Hughie, Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one and he was instrumental in pushing for Nathan to be included on the bill because he thinks he’ll had some excitement to the bill.

“We really can’t stress how grateful we are to Tyson and Peter for their belief in us and their support.”

Nathan Gorman Added to Joe Saunders vs Max Bursak Bill April 30th

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Highly touted heavyweight Nathan Gorman has been added to the undercard of the big world middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Max Bursak at the Copper Box Arena, London on April 30.
 
The Nantwich puncher, who is trained and promoted by boxing legend Ricky Hatton, will make his TV debut against an as yet to be confirmed opponent on the dedicated boxing network, BoxNation.
 
Gorman, 19, has taken the professional ranks in style, scoring a stoppage of tough Czech Jindrich Velecky in December before outclassing Poland’s Jakub Wojcik over four rounds last month.
 
And Hatton believes his man will put on another great performance when the cameras roll in east London.
 
“I think everyone tuning in will be very impressed with Nathan,” Hatton said. “He’s not put a foot wrong in the time I’ve been training him and I think people will see a star in the making..
 
“Obviously, it’s still early days for him and he’s only a baby in boxing terms at 19, but I believe he has the power and the determination needed to go all the way to the top.
 
“Appearing on the undercard of a world title fight so early in his career is a massive opportunity for him and I can’t wait to see him doing the business and turning a few heads in front of such a huge crowd.
 
“We’ve got big plans for Nathan so as well as getting him this opportunity, myself and my team are working on putting on a kind of homecoming show for him either in or near to Nantwich this summer.”
 
The April 19 bill is promoted by Frank Warren and sees WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders make the first defence of his title against “Mad” Max Bursak. On the undercard, Ovill McKenzie will contest the vacant European cruiserweight championship against Dmytro Kucher while Ryan Walsh defends his British featherweight crown against James Tennyson.

Ricky Hatton and Hatton Promotions Ink Heavyweight Nathan Gorman to Promotional Contract

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AMATEUR heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman has signed a long-term professional contract with Hatton Promotions and will have his first outing in Walsall this Saturday (December 5).
 
The Nantwich teenager won the ABA Youth championships in 2014 and was on the Great Britain Podium Potential squad. He had hoped to push towards a future Olympic spot but the opportunity to be promoted and trained by Ricky Hatton was too good to turn down.
 
Gorman comes from respected fighting stock as he is a direct descendent of Bartley Gorman, the bareknuckle boxer who was ‘King of the Travellers’ for more than two decades and served as an inspiration to actor Tom Hardy when he was preparing to play the supervillain Bane in the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises..
 
“Boxing is a big part of my life,” Gorman said. “Ever since I was a little kid, I want to box and it’s a great honour to be given the chance to work with a legend like Ricky Hatton.
 
“Along with Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jnr, Ricky was my boxing idol and been given the opportunity to be trained by him is unreal.
 
“I did well in the amateurs so I could have tried to push on, but the chance to work with Ricky every day was too good to miss.
 
“I think the pros will suit me better anyway because I like to work on the inside and get my shots off and it’s hard to do that in the amateurs because referees get involved too much.
 
“I’m excited about making my debut. I’ll have a lot of people supporting me and I can’t wait to show people what I can do.”
 
The December 5 bill is a co-promotion between Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing entitled ‘Jingle Brawls’ and is topped by an English super-lightweight title and British elimination clash between Malmesbury’s Joe Hughes and unbeaten prospect Anthony Upton.
 
 On the undercard, fellow Ricky Hatton-trained prospect Reuben Arrowsmith has his second professional fight. Also starring will be Birmingham middleweight Luke Heron, West Brom’s Tom Stokes, unbeaten Ludlow super-welterweight Craig Morris, featherweight prospect Jack Summers, Wolverhampton’s Des Bowater, and stylish Stoke super-lightweight Kieron McLaren.
 
Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (ringside). They can be purchased from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.