TYRONE NURSE is putting his unbeaten record on the line – for a £32,000 first prize!
The Huddersfield professional has been confirmed in the line-up when eight of the country’s best light welterweights do battle for the Prizefighter title on Sky TV.
Trainer Chris Aston says the Wolverhampton bill on February 11 is an exciting next step for Nurse, who recorded his 20th pro victory against plucky Slovakian Ivan Godor in Halifax last month.
“It’s a cracking line-up with Tyrone among four younger lads with great records against four more seasoned pros who are tried and proven at title level,” said Aston, who previously guided Nurse to the British Masters light-welterweight crown.
“Tyrone will fight three times in the format, which is three three-minute rounds, and it’s a substantial challenge.
“The great thing is that everyone is going there to win with such a big first prize – and we believe Tyrone can win the event.”
Prizefighter presents the mouthwatering prospect of Nurse facing highly-rated Leeds ace Adil ‘The Platinum Kid’ Anwar.
“It’s being said that no-one wants to fight Anwar, but we’ve talked about it many times,” said Aston.
“You wouldn’t want to waste a fight like Tyrone v Anwar on a small hall show, so Prizefighter would be the ideal showcase on national TV.
“Both of them are in the top 10 in the rankings and three fights in Prizefighter could easily push the winner up into the top half dozen.
“In the absence of a British title eliminator, this is the next best thing for Tyrone because it could easily put him in the mix to fight for the British and, as I’ve said, we think he can win what will be a very tough tournament for all the lads on an excellent bill.”
The early line-up at Wolverhampton Civic Hall includes hometown English and British title challenger Dean Harrison, English Welterweight champion Anwar and Liverpool’s British Lightweight challenger John Watson.
Jason McCalmon fights for the Central area super-middleweight title in Sheffield tomorrow night. His 10-round contest is against home-city contender Wayne Reed.