Nantwich boxer takes pro title


Nantwich boxer Nathan Gorman collected his first title as a professional with a clinical first round stoppage of Sheffield’s David Howe.

Nathan, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, picked up the vacant Central Area heavyweight crown in just 127 seconds at Fenton Manor in Stoke and clearly underlined his potential for the top.

At 6ft 8ins and some 14 pro fights under his belt, Howe presented Gorman’s toughest test to date in terms of both experience and stature.

But Gorman took to the task with gusto, expertly slipping Howe’s jab before detonating short hooks in close.

A left to the chin wobbled Howe midway through the opening round, but the Yorkshireman appeared to have unscrambled his senses.

However, a follow-up salvo punctuated by a right hand dropped Howe to his knees and he was unable to rise before referee Terry O’Connor completed his count.

This was only Gorman’s sixth outing so he is he has plenty of time on his hands before stepping up again, but Hatton believes he has unearthed a real diamond.

“Time will tell and we’ll need another step up, but I think Nathan has all the attributes to get to the very top,” Ricky said.

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