Tyrone Nurse will go into his British title defence on the back of his best training camp ever.
That’s the view of trainer Chris Aston, who has been supervising his son’s preparation for next Saturday’s clash with Tommy Coyle at their Northern Fitness Gym base in Linthwaite.
The 28-year-old from Madrid used the preparation himself for his European title shot against fellow countryman Ruben Nieto.
But Aston explained why the workouts were perfect for Nurse, who is aiming to push his claims for a Light-welterweight world title showdown with Tommy Burns.
“Everything has gone superbly and it’s probably the best training camp we’ve ever had,” said Aston.
“Nicolas Gonzales emulated pretty much everything Tommy Coyle does, but he is probably better in every department.
“We were looking for some good sparring and the Spanish were looking to come to Britain.
“They’ve been here two or three times before, but they said Tyrone was the best they have ever sparred with.
“We did 40 rounds of sparring with them which was very good for us, exactly what we needed and great preparation.”
Crucial to the sessions was the fact Gonzalez is 5ft 7in tall, the same height as Coyle. Nurse is 5ft 11in and one of the tallest in the 10st division.
“No two fighters are alike, but this kid was very similar to Coyle and that was useful,” added Aston.
“Tyrone has had a lot of preparation over the years, in terms of sparring, with all the top fighters, so he has always moved among that ilk of fighter.
“He was similar to Coyle, but Gonzalez was better and sharper, his hooks were quicker and more powerful and he was bigger and stronger and we got some really good rounds in with him.”