Nathan Gorman won against a feeble opponent on Friday night to get himself back in the British heavyweight mix in an empty arena in Liverpool.
Gorman powered his way to the IBF International Heavyweight Championship as he twice downed his opponent in a punishing first-round stoppage of Tomas Salek at the M&S Bank Arena on Friday, June 17, live on Channel 5.
Stoppages were the theme of the main card as ‘Pretty Boy’ Josh Kelly reminded everyone of his class and technical ability in a fourth-round TKO victory over Hungary’s Peter Kramer.
Nathan Gorman wins
With his name on the banners, Nathan Gorman did not disappoint the Channel 5 audience and those in attendance at the M&S Bank Arena on a fantastic Wasserman Boxing fight night.
Gorman had a job to do after 15 months out of the ring. But he had been working on all his game’s physical and technical aspects to overwhelm his Czech opponent.
The pressure on Gorman intensified as his cousin and WBC Heavyweight king, Tyson Fury, entered the arena in typically flamboyant style.
‘The Gypsy King’ would not be disappointed, as all of the improvements made by Gorman left Tomas Salek stunned once he had thrown the first heavy blow.
After applying pressure from the first bell, Salek got caught with a heavy shot to meet the canvas a little earlier than planned. The Czech Heavyweight champion reluctantly completed the referees’ count, only for Gorman to scythe him down again with another brutal punch.
“It’s been a fantastic night,” said Gorman. “What a way to come back to the boxing ring.”
“Tomas Salek has only lost to good fighters, but I think I’m the only one to do it in that impressive style. I’m really happy and really pleased with it, live on Channel 5 as well, so hopefully, there were plenty of happy people watching.”
“It’s now about being active. I’m only 25, but I want to keep pushing on and hunting for titles. There’s a hell of a long career ahead of me yet, and there are big things to come.”