Top Huddersfield boxer Tyrone Nurse celebrated with family and friends – and six-month-old daughter Penelope – after retaining his British title.
The 26-year-old made a second successful defence of his light-welterweight Lonsdale Belt with a unanimous points decision against Hull’s Tommy Coyle at the First Direct Leeds Arena.
Nurse, who needs just one more defence to keep the belt outright – unbeaten Jack Catterall is the mandatory challenger – entertained a packed crowd at the venue and millions of Sky TV viewers with what many regarded as the fight of the night on Saturday.
After the post-bout interviews, Nurse had to wait an hour and a half to provide a routine drug sample before he could take a shower and watch the second half of the heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and David Allen, which the former won.
“I didn’t catch any of the Luke Campbell fight because we had to get off – everyone was waiting for me at Herbert’s bar for the after-party in Huddersfield,” explained Nurse, who prepared with his best-ever diet and training schedule.
“It was nice to celebrate with my fiancee Leah and bring the belt back to my daughter Penelope again.
“I didn’t get back until 4am, had a little nap and then got up at six because I couldn’t sleep.
“I’m feeling really good, to be honest, the fight was a good one and the win is all that counts, and there’s a trip to Leeds with my mates planned now to have a big feast!
“Then I’ll be looking forward to a holiday and to having a bit of a rest, but I will definitely be fighting again before the end of the year – whoever it’s against.”
While unbeaten Catterall from Chorley is guaranteed a shot at the Lonsdale Belt next, Nurse could have the option to fight for Ricky Burns ’ WBA World title at the weight, which is also known as super-lightweight.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone about what might happen now,” added Nurse.
“That sort of stuff I will leave to my dad – trainer Chris Aston – and the promoters. I will be guided by what they say at the end of the day.
“I just enjoyed the fight against Tommy Coyle, who put up a tremendous show.
“We went to war and I came out on top, but Tommy was physically very strong and all credit to him.”