Nathan Gorman will feature on the undercard of Liam Smith and Liam Williams this weekend in Newcastle, taking on German heavyweight Mohammed Soltby.
The undefeated Cheshire lad was expected to take on Nick Webb before the latter pulled out and will now swap the chance to win the English title for the vacant WBC International silver strap.
Speaking ahead of the heavyweight tussle at the Metro Radio Arena, the Brit appeared unfazed by the prospect of having a scrap with Soltby, despite being given just a few weeks’ notice.
He exclusively told World Boxing News: “I’ve had three weeks to prepare for him, he’s the total opposite from who I was originally fighting, He’s a good, typical German boxer, a lot of scrappiness but we’ve got a game plan and we’re going to be ready for him Saturday.”
Gorman (10-0), who has the same knockout ratio as his opponent, is more than content to be in the company with trainer Ricky Hatton.
He said: “I’ve been pro for about 18 months now and every day I’m learning in the gym with Ricky and Blane so it’s good. Ricky’s been there, he’s got the t-shirt so if he can’t teach ya then no one can. I’ve been out with him down the pub, he’s a mate as well as a coach,” he smirked.
Gorman is only focusing on the weekend but admitted he’s more than happy to fight any giant who is standing in his way.
“My hand speed is one of my best attributions but I’m also strong, very strong and a good mover for a heavyweight. Hopefully after this fight Saturday I’ll sit down with my team and I’m sure whoever they pick I’ll be fighting. I’m happy to fight anyone,” he added.
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