NATHAN GORMAN has backed cousin Tommy Fury to smash Jake Paul ‘to bits’ and revealed the Love Island star is a ‘very gifted boxer’.
Light-heavyweight Fury is 5-0 in his career but to the mainstream he is just as famous for his stint in ITV’s popular reality TV show in 2019.
And he may have profited from some new fans Stateside after he was involved in an online feud with YouTuber Paul, who is 2-0 since turning pro in 2020.
For all those reasons, heavyweight contender Gorman is all for Fury fighting the social media star, but warned although he may have less followers, the skill disparity is just as vast.
He told SunSport: “I think it’s good for boxing. These YouTubers bring an different audience to boxing.
“If you bring hundreds of thousands, if not millions of fans into boxing and they get hooked on it, it’s a bigger and wider audience as these YouTubers have got a platform.
“As for the fight, I think Tommy smashes him to bits, I think he ruins him in probably one or two rounds.
“But if someone offered me millions of pounds to fight a YouTuber, I’d do it.”
Fury, 21, had just two fights before entering the Love Island villa, where he came out runner up with now girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.
It helped him carve out a name of his own, a tough ask having entered the sport as the younger brother of unbeaten, two-time heavyweight champion Tyson.
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His three fights since becoming a celebrity have all been against journeyman, designed to help build his confidence and ring IQ.
Meaning Paul, 24, with two knockouts in as many fights, may well be Fury’s toughest opponent.
Gorman, 24, said: “There’s risks with anyone, in boxing nothing is a forgone conclusion. But I think all the upper hand is in Tommy’s corner.
“I think it would be a good fight. A lot of press around it, media, it would be good.”
Before Fury was recognised as Tyson’s little brother, or a heartthrob on ITV, he was learning the ropes behind the scenes in the gym.
And for all his current fame and fortune, the hard work in training, lonely nights in the gym and dedication has not stopped.
Gorman, who returns on Saturday against Kristijan Krstacic, has witnessed first hand Fury’s rise from the beginning.
And he insisted his cousin’s chapter on TV is only a small part of an otherwise long journey, spent mostly in the boxing gym.
Gorman said: “Tommy is. very gifted boxer, I think he’ll do very well in boxing.
“People are just judging him because he went on Love Island, but they don’t know that Tommy since a young age has been in the gym sparring big heavyweights, doing his runs in the morning.
“He’s been continuously in the gym, day in, day out, same stuff everyday, and people are judging him because of Love Island and stuff but he’s been in the gym since day one.
“Let’s be fair, when he came out of Love Island, he could never have boxed again if he really wanted to.
“But he is doing it because it’s something he loves.”
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