By Nathan Orr (courtesy of SportsByte)
Despite previous setbacks, Anthony Nelson (8-0, 1 KO) insists that he is “more than ready” to capture the English Super-Flyweight title on Sunday against Terry Broadbent (7-2, 2 KOs).
Only a matter of months ago, Nelson envisioned himself on the undercard of the world title clash between Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez. Unfortunately for the Super Flyweight, Cyclone Promotions decided to choose a different route for their man Jamie Conlan.
With the Conlan fight never materialising, Nelson was denied publicity, fame and television coverage. Although with the help of promoter Steve Wraith it didn’t take manager Mal Gates long to put in place a “Plan B”, by scheduling an English title clash in his hometown against Leed’s Terry Broadbent.
“Facing Conlan would have been good publicity for me, but I’m now fighting for the English title in my home town of South Shields. I can’t ask for much more really. I’ve had plenty of time for this one. The extra preparation has helped me so I’m more than ready for this fight.” Nelson told InstantBoxing.com.
To get his English title shot, Nelson has gone on a streak of eight consecutive wins and remains confident that maintaining his unbeaten run can lead to bigger and better things.
He added: “Capturing the English title is a potential springboard to the big money fights.
“There are match-ups in the Super-Flyweight division to be made, it makes sense for the big names in the division to fight each other.”
While “Babyface” is assured that there are greater things to come in the future, he remains focused on the task ahead.
Long term coach Gates is no stranger to his Leeds opponent, managing his corner on a sole occasion when he came out victorious against Ryan McNicol. Gates’s confesses that being in Nelson’s corner for an English title fight will be his career highlight, and has no doubt that his man will come out on top.
“To be involved in such a fight is the highlight of my career, I’ve done Area titles before but this is my first English title contest. I’ve trained Anthony since he was an amateur and I know what he’s capable off,” said Gates
Whilst inside knowledge can’t harm the home town fighter, there is a feeling amongst boxing fans that the contest will be a toe to toe, tough gruelling battle – which is a view that Nelson coincides with.
“He’s a similar fighter to myself. He starts fast, comes forward and doesn’t take a backwards step – which I don’t either. This is going to be a great fight for the fans.
Fellow stable-mates Lee Mould and Tom Whitfield join Nelson on Sunday’s afternoon bill. Tickets for the event start at £30 and are available by calling 07510 320981
The show is being sponsored by Wescott Coatings and Training Services, Richmond Taxis, South Shields Powerhouse Gym, DMI Retail Services, East Coast Fibreglass, Paul Davis Aerials, Kevin Pascoe from Whiteleas, Lawsons Timber, Reface and Lifespace Interiors and Custom Diets Nutrition.