By Kieran Breen
Nathan Gorman (14-0) will face a tough test on 22nd December when he steps in the ring against Australian Alex Leapai (32-7-4) next month on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s world title defence against Carl Frampton.
Gorman will no doubt be full of confidence as he looks to maintain his unbeaten record and see out the year with another convincing win.
The 22-year-old has racked up 14 wins in the paid ranks, stopping 11 of his opponents early.
Both he and his trainer, Ricky Hatton, will be all too aware of the experience that Leapai has gained throughout his professional boxing career, which spans across 14 years.
Leapai has shared the ring with some of the best heavyweights that the division has had to offer and Nathan Gorman knows that he must remain focused if he is going to get the win.
He said: “Leapai is a very experienced fighter and he’s been in with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Manuel Charr and Kevin Johnson.
“He is a big puncher and very dangerous so I’ll have to be switched on.
“Most of his losses have only come against very good opponents.”
Gorman has had an impressive year, stringing together three wins that include two stoppages and a points victory in his last outing.
He told us: “It’s been good (this year).
“I had a great win against Sean Turner and got a good eight rounds in last time out.”
The heavyweight’s last win came at Brentwood Leisure Centre against Kamil Sokolowski but things did not run as smoothly as he would have liked.
“I feel that my last fight was a box ticked.
“I injured my right hand 30 seconds into the first round and ending up fighting with it for the full eight rounds.
“I felt something pop as I threw a big right hand and the pain was excruciating.”
The British boxing board recently ordered a hugely anticipated fight between Gorman and “Dynamite” Daniel Dubois in what would be an eliminator for the British title.
The fight is one that Gorman is hopeful will happen but he knows that he must first take care of business next month.
“Of course the Dubois fight is in the back of my mind and it’s a fight that people want to see but I’m fully focused on 22ndDecember.
“I would accept that fight tomorrow.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the ball is in his court.”
Of course, this fight has the makings of a mouth-watering clash but the Cheshire man does not believe that it will happen any time soon.
He explained: “Honestly, I don’t think that it will be my next fight because I don’t believe his team would be willing to risk him against me.
“But you never know, he might want the fight just as much as I do.”
Gorman will no doubt have his hands full against Alex Leapai but part of him is also thinking about what could be around the corner in 2019.
He realises that a win against Leapai could set him up for some big fights next year, fights that could see him pick up more titles along the way.
“I want to get the win on the 22ndand then push on for a good year next year.
“I want to break into the top ten and fight for European and world honours.
“The important thing is to just keep winning and learning.”