Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Eliot Stott recently caught up with exciting heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman 12-0 (10 KOs) to discuss his career and the plans for 2018
To start things off could you please tell us a little bit about how you got into Boxing and how you’ve ended up to where you are today? Feel free to ramble on a bit!
So one of my first Boxing memories is my Dad not actually allowing me to box, but I’d try to convince him to let me go by just telling him that I was going for fitness reasons.
Obviously, one day I then snuck off to see what it was all about and fell in love with the environment. The whole surrounding of the gym itself whether it be the smell of sweat or seeing other people spar instantly made me want to be a part of it and although I was still quite young, I knew that it was for me.
Very early on, I was trained by former British champion Joe Singleton who had 40 fights mostly back in the 70’s, challenging for the European Welterweight title in the process.
Then when I was about 13 I started training at a gym in Macclesfield and trained for a short period before moving to what was a new gym at the time called South Cheshire ABC that was run by fellow pro Nathan Clarke who I got on really well with.
Nathan really believed in me and things progressed from there really.
Fantastic stuff, can you tell us a bit more about your actual amateur career and how you transitioned into a pro?
After forming a great relationship with Nathan who encouraged me to pursue the sport, I entered the ABA’s and became ABA champ with limited experience compared to everyone else in the competition.
I also made the GB squad and ended up being ranked as 5th in the world as a youth. So although I didn’t have a lengthy amateur career, I do feel as if I accomplished a lot before turning professional at 19.
Shortly before turning pro, I was offered to have a pads session with Ricky Hatton. Ricky being my favourite British fighter, I was incredibly nervous beforehand but the session ended up going well.
Considering what he’s achieved in the sport, I couldn’t believe how humble he was and a bit later done the line he offered to train me which was obviously a no-brainer.
Fair enough! Sounds like you’ve done very well for yourself so far. And how would you describe Ricky as a trainer?
As a trainer he’s on it 100%. If you aren’t hitting a shot correctly, he’ll have you do it until done correctly and for a sport as difficult as Boxing you need to be on the case. Also due to his experience and achievements, he’s worth listening to.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if we can’t have a laugh and a joke in the ring, it’s not a concentration camp! However, most of the time it is 100% business and everyone’s there to work.
We’re still early on in the year, what do you want from 2018? Is there anybody that you’d particularly like to fight?
It’s really up to my team to be honest with you. Ideally I’d like to have 4-5 fights this year and defend the title that I’ve got at least once.