British heavyweight prospect, Nathan Gorman, has been forced to wait for his shot at the English title due to the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent, Adam Machaj.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) had sanctioned the contest last week, but Machaj’s manager later decided that his fighter would not be competing in the bout.
The BBBofC agreed to the contest on the basis that Gorman would face Dominic Akinlade in April. So, with Machaj out of the picture, an enhanced financial offer was made to Akinlade if he agreed to move the fight forward. However, Akinlade was keen to stick to the initial agreement.
“It’s always been in my mind that Nathan needed to box again in Stoke as soon as possible. We had a great show on October 1st and we are keen to build on that and create a bit of a fortress for Nathan,” said Hatton.
“The local area are sports mad and I really want them to realise what they have in Nathan and back him.
“We wanted the English title at home for him, but if that is not to be then it’s important Nathan takes a step up because in April he will be boxing an unbeaten man on his own patch.”
Gorman, slightly disappointed that he won’t be facing Machaj, is now looking forward to February 18th and is eager to get his title shot.
“I’d sparred Machaj a couple of times and was really looking forward to fighting him,” said Gorman. “But I suppose these things happen in boxing.”
“I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me in Stoke and I have every faith that Ricky and the team will find me the sort of opponent that not only gives the crowd the sort of fight they want to see, but also takes me up a level in preparation for Akinlade.”