Derby’s Dave Ryan (16-8, 3KO’s) picked up the vacant light welterweight Commonwealth title this evening with a close majority points decision against Tyrone Nurse (29-2, 5KO’s). Scores of 113-114 twice and 113-113 were tabled at the end of the contest.
Ryan started the fight in great fashion with a knock down in the first round, piercing Nurse with a stiff left jab which sent him to the seat of his pants. Nurse didn’t seem too fazed by the shot and regained his composure before firing back to end the round.
It didn’t get any better for the Huddersfield hitter as the exact same shot from the previous round struck again with the same consequences sending him flat down to the canvas. Nurse smiled wryly at his opponent but the odds of him winning were all too quickly stacking up against him.
Nurse evened the contest out a little more in the mid rounds by boxing Ryan with quick flashy body work and the frequent use of the uppercut on the inside. The tables seemed to be turning back in the 24 year old’s favour until the ninth round; Nurse appeared to have gassed all his energy and lazed on the ropes as Ryan teed off body to head with no reply. The referee had a close look at Nurse who continued to try and evade the punches on the ropes until he moved off and managed to capture his opponent in a clench.
Right throughout the contest the fans and audiences at home alike received an entertaining and at times enthralling scrap but it was Ryan who left the contest with all the spoils come the final bell.
Both fighters gave everything they had during the contest with Ryan commenting afterwards with regards to a rematch, “I’m never fighting him again. He give me the hardest fight of my life and I just want to go and enjoy my new belt now.”