Nathan Gorman has all the attributes to go right to the top of heavyweight boxing, according to his trainer Ricky Hatton.
The Cheshire boxer has notched up a record of nine fights and nine wins in just two years since turning professional. He is set to collide with Nick Webb in August for the vacant English title.
“He’s only just turned 21, believe it or not (he laughed) and it’s incredible to think he only started boxing at 18. He got into the GB squad after just nine fights which was unbelievable and when he turned pro he had only had twelve fights in total,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.
“When he came down to train with me he said, ‘I’ve only been boxing for two years,’ and I thought wow. His speed, power and movement, I thought wow, where have they got this kid from?
“Heavyweight boxing is booming at the moment and it’s nice to see that we have one coming up behind the likes of Fury, Joshua and Haye – just to say a few.”
Asked how long it would take for Gorman to reach the heights of ‘AJ’ and other talented Brits have reached in recent years, Hatton is confident of similar success being achieved.
“You’d have to say it won’t be long after looking at how quickly he’s came through already,” he said.
“He has natural ability but we’ll take each fight and see how it goes. We do have time on our side which is a wonderful thing, I’m not putting on any dates on when he will be ready.
“We have good links in Frank Warren, Golden Boy, Dennis Hobson and I’ve been in the game long enough to realise when the time is right let him off the leash and when the time is right to keep him on.”
Fellow ex-fighter and good friend Glenn McCrory is currently polishing off the final touches to his gym in Ireland as he prepares to train the next generation from Donegal.
Hatton, 38, is open to business deals with the former Sky pundit.
“He’s following me into training after leaving Sky and I was with him the other week at a dinner talk and it was really good to see him.
“Glenn’s a good, good friend of mine and eventually I’ll go over to the boxing gym to visit. If we can do any work with him then I will because I can’t talk any higher of him,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95