Gorman angling for British title, eyes Wardley

In a packed domestic heavyweight division, Nathan Gorman is waiting on the status of the British title as he ponders his next move.

Gorman is in good form, having blitzed Pavel Sour in two rounds in March and outpointed Richard Lartey last October. He is in pole position to fight for the British heavyweight crown should reigning champion Joe Joyce relinquish the title in his pursuit of a projected clash for the WBO Interim belt against Oleksandr Usyk. 

English champion Fabio Wardley could be in the other corner for the vacant Lonsdale Belt against Gorman in a potentially intriguing encounter.

“I had four days off after my last fight,  got back into the gym and I’m training hard for my next fight,” said Nantwich’s Gorman (18-1, 12 KOs), who is scheduled to return in a Queensberry Promotions show in June or July.

“I’d like to box for the British title, but it all depends what Joe Joyce is doing with the belt. If Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua fight, I’d imagine Joe will fight Oleksandr Usyk and vacate the British title.

“I’m guessing that Fabio Wardley and myself would be the most likely candidates to box for it. I returned after the long layoff since losing to Daniel [Dubois] and beat Richard Lartey, but since then I have been the most determined ever in my career.”

The well-schooled Gorman is finetuning his physique with his old amateur trainer Nathan Clarke and experiencing the rewards of punishing strength and conditioning sessions.

“I have only been doing this type of training for about eight months and it’s really tough. I am still getting used to it,” said Gorman. “I never even took a protein shake before I started strength and conditioning. I am new to this and it all adds to my performances.

“I am going to weigh about 18 stone 10lbs going forward. I am never going to be a boxer who is ripped to death, but I am going to put some physique in there. You get one go at this and I have to make the most. Right now, I am really pleased with everything and a happy fighter is a dangerous one.”

Main image: Queensberry Promotions.