NATHAN GORMAN IS wary of switching off on March 23rd when he takes on Prior UFC star and 26-1 Heavy-weight Fabio Maldonado at the Morningside Arena at Leicester, Go on BT Sport.
Facing the heavy handed Brazilian will indicate the 16th struggle of Gorman’s pro career, throughout which time he has become ruler of the WBC International Silver title and become regarded among the most promising prospects in world heavy weight Boxing.
Promoter Frank Warren has also made it very clear the the 22-year-old is on a collision course with fellow young heavy weight Daniel Dubois, with the struggle projected to happen before the close of the year.
Both must stay in winning ways and the student of Ricky Hatton first need to overcome the toughest test of their career so far.
Even the 38-year-old Maldonado has recorded 25 KOs in his 26 wins since turning pro in 2002 while, at some time, mixing a career in Boxing together with involvement in MMA struggle.
His first MMA journey began in 2000 in his native Brazil until he had been signed into the Ultimate Fighting Championship at which he featured on 11 occasions from his own 38 struggles in the Octagon.
The Boxing livelihood of Maldonado was frequently punctuated by explosive k-os and 20 of the stoppages have can be found in the second or first round.
The only real blemish on his own record came in December of a year ago after he had been defeated on points by the unbeaten Colombian Oscar Rivas, who went onto defeat Bryant Jennings in his second fight and is presently considered a hazard into the elite of this heavy weight division.
“What I know of him is he is a Brazilian with a fantastic listing and it has only lost once on points into Rivas,” reacted Gorman into his impending obstacle.
“Rivas is presently a world competition and Maldonado has plenty of knock outs on his record, so he is a fella who are able to punch a bit and, of course, it is heavy weight Boxing and also you cannot pull the plug on for a second.
“In case you really do that against somebody with the knockout potential Maldonado has got, it might possibly be the conclusion of the struggle.
“Ricky has just ever had a peek at him and we believe it is the perfect struggle for my development. That’s precisely the reason we’ve chosen it. People thought I could begin the year having a tickover struggle, however do you really desire them today I am 1-5 fights in? You are not going to have warm-up fights in the event that you would like to keep progressing.
“it will be useful to begin the year having a scalp like Maldonado, however he will soon be very tough and I’ve got to coach for him like he is my world title fight. At the close of the afternoon, should I don’t even beat him afterward it is straight back to the drawing board. ”
Nathan Gorman v Fabio Maldonado occurs at Leicester’s Morningside Arena onto a card which also comprises the British super featherweight title battle between Sam Bowen and Jordan McCorry. Local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood struggle for its vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title, together with Sam Maxwell bidding to acquire the WBO European super lightweight title against the Spaniard Kelvin Dotel. Top prospects Lyon Woodstock, Ryan Garner, Willy Hutchinson, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain additionally feature on the invoice.