Tyrone Nurse is the new English light-welterweight champion.
And Tyler Goodjohn, the boxer he outpointed on a unanimous decision, says the Huddersfield fighter would be a worthy British title challenger.
“Tyrone’s win was fully deserved and he has British champion written all over him,” said the 22-year-old after the Manchester Arena showdown. “I hope his knuckles hurt as much as my face!”
Nurse, 24, took the verdict 100-90, 98-91 and 98-92, with 22-year-old Goodjohn, from Wentworth, near Ely, deducted a point in the eighth of 10 rounds for use of the head.
Among those to congratulate Nurse, who now has 28 wins from 29 fights, was current British champion Curtis Woodhouse.
And leading promoter Dave Coldwell called Nurse “slicker than your average fighter”.
On the same bill, Bury’s Scott Quigg successfully defended his WBA super-bantamweight title for the third time with a second-round stoppage of Tshifhiwa Munyai, from South Africa.
And Anthony Crolla beat fellow Mancunian John Murray to retain his WBO inter-continental lightweight title with a 10th-round stoppage.
Josh Warrington, from Leeds, defended his Commonwealth featherweight title with a seventh-round win over Leicester’s Rendall Munroe, who then announced his retirement.
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