NANTWICH heavyweight Nathan Gorman passed his latest test with flying colours after stopping Gogita Gorgiladze in the first round on Saturday.
The 20-year-old took just 109 seconds to dispose of the Georgian in Stoke, sending him crashing to the canvas with a thudding body shot.
Gorgiladze just managed to beat the count, but the referee deemed he was in no fit state to continue and Gorman was declared the winner.
Saturday’s victory extends Gorman’s perfect professional record to eight wins out of eight and he says the stoppage was a result of hard work with his trainer, four-time world champion Ricky Hatton “The body shots are something I’d been working on in the gym with Ricky and they came off perfectly,” Gorman said.
“As soon as the shot landed I knew it was over. It sunk right into his ribs and I wouldn’t be surprised if I cracked them.
“I landed a few of them before that to the right side and then I tried with the left and found the perfect target.”
During his storied career, Hatton was a known exponent of the body shot but even he said the one Gorman used to stop Gorgiladze was “a real sickener.”
“If you watched it back it’d probably make you wince because it connected with a real thud and you could hear the wind go out of the guy,” he said.
“I like to think I landed my fair share of great body shots when I fought, but the one that Nathan put this guy away with was a real sickener.
“It’s another great display from Nathan. He’s really coming on and I’m very proud of him.
“I believe he’s a special talent and people are starting to see that now.”
Gorman now moves onto his biggest test yet, a fight against Dominic Akinlade for the English heavyweight title on April 1.
However, the fight will take place in his opponent’s home city of London.