Anthony Nelson (8-0, 1 KO) didn’t disappoint the rapturous crowd at Temple Park, South Shields as he came away with the English Super-Flyweight title after a ten round all-action affair.
The Shield’s boxer bounced back from a testing year in which he experienced two personal bereavements by taking a unanimous point’s decision victory over Terry Broadbent (7-2, 2 KOs).
The judges scored the bout 97-93, 98-93 and 97-95 all in favour of the unbeaten 28 year old.
In clinching the English Super Flyweight title in his own backyard, an emotional Nelson said, “I’m over the moon, I can’t describe the way I’m feeling at the minute. It’s amazing to lift the English title here in front of my own fans. I can’t thank them enough for the support because the atmosphere was electric. The hairs were standing up on the back of my neck.”
Nelson, who was returning from a ten month layoff didn’t waste any time in getting involved, as from the opening bell, heavy artillery was traded between both boxers.
“Babyface” with the help of the home crowd, began the contest by stamping his authority on the fight with several thudding straight right hands.
As the middle rounds approached, the pace of the fight was electric with both men having their moments. The away fighter Broadbent, showed his underdog spirit in the sixth by coming out on top of the exchanges and knocking Nelson off balance.
In the seventh, Nelson showed relentlessness to dig deep in front of the home crowd, slipping oncoming shots and coming back with his own firepower. As the closing rounds progressed the pace of the fight truly tested the determination and fitness of both fighters.
With Nelson’s engine beginning to tire in the concluding round, Broadbent sensed a potential upset and launched a final assault, forcing Nelson to take punishment on the ropes. To trainer Mal Gates, and the home crowd’s relief, Nelson survived to hear the final bell.
With the victory, Nelson not only extends his record to (9-0) but can acclaim himself as the new English Super Flyweight champion; an accolade which could well put him in the mixing pot with fellow Super Flyweights: Jamie Conlan and Kal Yafai.
Promoter Steve Wraith, who has built his boxing enterprise gradually in the North East shared his delight at the bill dubbed “Winner takes it all”, “I’ve waited nearly three years to promote my first title fight, and then two come along at the same time. If Anthony Nelson’s fight was on television- it would have won fight of the year!”