SPARRING with world-class boxer Argenis Mendez will provide the perfect preparation for Tyrone Nurse’s bid to bring the Central area light-welterweight title to Huddersfield.
That’s the view of trainer Chris Aston as the former British Masters champion and beaten Prizefighter finalist in the 10st division prepares to take on Joe Elfidh tomorrow night.
It’s a big chance for Nurse, who has just turned 23, to further his claim for a shot at the English title, currently held by former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse.
Nurse has several times sparred with Scottish ace Ricky Burns, who is seventh in the world super-featherweight rankings.
Now he’s gone higher up the ladder by facing New York-based IBF title challenger Mendez, who is sixth and takes on Juan Carlos Salgado on March 9.
“Our training camp has gone well, and Tyrone gave a good account of himself in a series of sessions against Mendez,” said Aston.
“We know Elfidh is a tough proposition in his own backyard, but Tyrone is as well prepared as he can be and knows how important this fight could be.”
A more than solid amateur, former soldier Elfidh, from Harworth in Nottinghamshire, chalked up six wins in his first two years as a professional.
And the 32-year-old travelled to Beijing to spar with British Olympic hopefuls at the 2008 Olympics.
He’s back in the ring after taking a break from boxing following the birth of his daughter, and goes into the clash with Nurse boasting a seven wins, two losses record.
The defeats came in his last two fights, a Central lightweight title clash with unbeaten Kieran Farrell at Bolton and meeting with former two-time world champion Scott Harrison in Glasgow.
“Joe took the Harrison fight at 24 hours’ notice., and gave him a good test in front of his own fans in Scotland, only losing on points” said Aston.
“Before the Farrell fight, he had an impressive win against Joe Hughes, who is well thought of and was unbeaten, and we know he’s an aggressive, but controlled fighter who will give it a real go.”
Nurse has chalked up two wins since his sole career defeat against Leeds’ Adil Anwar in the Prizefighter final.
For ticket details ring Aston on 07917 881114.