instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Q&A with Nathan Gorman

The 23-year-old boxer takes on arch-rival and fellow unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois at London’s O2 on Saturday

How’s camp been?

Everything’s good. I said right at the very first press conference, when I walk out at the O2 on July 13, I don’t want there to be any excuses and there aren’t going to be. We’re here now.

Your promoter Frank Warren says this is a fight he’d have preferred to have seen in a year’s time. Do you agree?

From a promoter’s side, a year down the line we’re more built, there’s more of a fan base and more money in it, but we’re fighters and we want it now.

Is this an example of a high-profile fight with genuine bad blood?

There really is. We don’t get along, we’re chalk and cheese, as people can tell. There’s a lot of needle in this fight, personal needle. We won’t start pushing and shoving each other — at least I don’t think we will! — but it’s clear in our personalities and body language that we don’t like each other.

Bad blood: Dubois and Gorman don’t get along

Are you bothered that one of you will lose your ‘0’ this weekend?

It means nothing. When I retire, I want to sit in my rocking chair and be able to say: ‘I fought him’ and ‘I fought him’. I don’t want to be known as someone who dodged fighters, I want to be the guy who fought everyone. Whoever’s next, I’ll fight them. That’s just the way I am.

Is there too much dodging by fighters now?

Far too much. A lot of top boys do it. And it ruins the sport of boxing because a lot of people pay their hard-earned cash to see fighters fight — not avoid each other.

Where does defeat leave either of you?

I’m 23, he’s 21, how could that be the end? We’re both still learning. I don’t like him but he’ll come back if I beat him.

What sort of influence has your coach Ricky Hatton been on your career so far?

Massive. He’s been there, done it, got every single T-shirt. He went from the small halls to filling out venues in Las Vegas. If he can’t teach you, with all that knowledge, who can?

It’s a great time to be a traveller and a boxer right now isn’t it, with Tyson Fury leading the way?

Definitely — possibly the best era ever. You’ve got Tyson leading the way, [WBO world super-middleweight champion] Billy Joe Saunders, myself, Hughie Fury, a lot of travellers, it’s great to see.

What’s your prediction for Saturday night?

Just a win for Nathan Gorman. Just the ‘W’.

Gorman and Dubois clash on July 13 at London’s O2 for the vacant British heavyweight championship. Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce also takes on Bryant Jennings. Tickets are available from £40 from AXS, Ticketmaster and Eventim