TYRONE NURSE is in the best possible shape for tomorrow night’s big Prizefighter test on Sky TV.
The 22-year-old Huddersfield prospect fights in the Light-Welterweight II Prizefighter bill at Wolverhampton Civic Hall knowing he faces the best in the division.
It is arguably the most complete Prizefighter event ever put together – it’s been a sell-out for weeks – and fans from all over the country will tune in to Sky Sports I, HD1 and 3D to see who takes the Betfair-sponsored prize and trophy.
Nurse has been sparring with WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns and, while he’s been recovering from bruised thumb suffered in the last session, the unbeaten star is in tip-top shape.
Linthwaite-based trainer Chris Aston explained: “All our preparations have gone really well and Tyrone is ready to go.
“People are obviously fancying his chances because Betfair, the sponsors, have made him the 2/1 favourite for the event.
“That shows people have confidence in what Tyrone is capable of doing, because this is a tough field and a tough event.
“Ricky Hatton was very impressed with him, as was Ricky Burns in the sparring, saying how quick and sharp Tyrone was.
“He’s just had two or three pounds to lose in the last couple of days, which is ideal at this stage, and we are looking forward to it.
“Tyrone couldn’t be better prepared and, while we know it’s a very tough assignment against some of the best around, he knows what he is up against and there are no excuses because he’s in great shape.”
Aston believes this Prizefighter bill – the 23rd organised so far with eight men contesting the one-night tournament – is the highest quality of all.
“Tyrone is talking about stepping up to title level after this and all his opponents are already at that stage or have been at that stage,” said Aston.
“Some have been British champions and some have ambitions to become British champions, and while Tyrone is the youngest by at least two and a half years, he has the ability to step up.
“If he can box to the best of his ability then he can win it, no doubt about that, because even to this point I don’t think he has ever boxed to his best. There is more to come from him.
“He has been sparring with champions since he was 15, though, he has handled everything we have thrown at him in three years since turning professional and now he has this chance. Victory would really make people sit up and take notice.”