Ricky Hatton is confident that his Heavyweight prospect, Nathan Gorman, has what it takes to reach the very top of the heavyweight division in the near future.
Hatton who trains Gorman, will lead his man into the biggest challenge of his professional career to date when he defends his WBC International Silver title against former world title challenger Alex Leapai on December 22.
Gorman shares a gym with his distant cousin, Lineal Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, and Hatton believes that given time Gorman can get to the same level as Fury.
“There are a few more boxes that he has got to tick, but Nathan can get where Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are,” said Hatton who will be Fury’s corner when he challenges WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Saturday.
“He has not been in a war yet, he has not been hit on the chin and there are boxes to tick, but he will get there.
Hatton recalled his first encounter with Gorman, remembering how impressed he was with the youngster’s obvious talents.
“The first day he came in my gym, he was 18 years of age and I said; ‘How long has he been boxing?’ and I was told just over 12 months.
“My jaw just hit the floor. He was so natural. From then he has progressed even further and won a WBC international belt already and there are big, big fights.
“His fight against Alex Leapai on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard is a big stage to show his talent.
“He has made unbelievable progress. I have to remind myself sometimes that he only had 12 fights as an amateur and still got on the GB squad.”
A domestic showdown with rival heavyweight, Daniel Dubois, is likely in the near future for Gorman and Hatton is confident that promoter Frank Warren will make the fight when the time is right for both men.
“Nathan has another domestic rival in Daniel Dubois. We have Tyson and AJ at the top, but it is nice to see Nathan and Daniel on the conveyor belt behind them.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to Daniel and his team. I know how strong Daniel is, but Nathan can handle it in that department. He has got the boxing ability, the speed, the close quarter game, the distance.
“He has so many more tools in his bag than what Daniel has got and Nathan says he hardly lost a round when they sparred on the GB squad.
“I refuse to believe Daniel Dubois is improving at the rate Nathan is.”