Tyrone Nurse has the ability and mental toughness to win a Lonsdale Belt outright or challenge for the World title – whichever comes first.
That’s the verdict of trainer and dad Chris Aston as the 26-year-old prepares for his big light-welterweight British title defence against Hull’s Tommy Coyle.
It’s part of the appetising Josh Warrington Sky TV bill at First Direct Leeds Arena on Saturday night and Aston says preparations couldn’t have gone better.
Nurse is favourite to complete a second defence, after winning the brand-new 10st belt against Chris Jenkins and then wiping out the challenge of Willie Limond in Glasgow.
“It’s all on the night and, like any other sport, you have to be able to perform when it comes to your time,” said Aston, who has included 40 rounds of sparring with Spanish champion Nicolas Gonzalez in the build-up (Gonzalez lost to Ruben Nieto for the European title).
“I have no doubt Tyrone is going to perform on the night and Tommy Coyle is going to find himself up against the best Tyrone Nurse we have ever seen.
“Winning the belt has matured Tyrone, I think the setback against Dave Ryan (his last defeat in 2014) matured him and I think the birth of his daughter has matured him.
“Even over the last 12 months I think he has matured and become a different fighter.
“He is a lot more concerned about looking into the future, where his career is going and dealing with that – making the best future he can for his family.”
Nurse would need a third defence of the title to keep the Lonsdale Belt for good, and at the moment it has only his name on it, but there is the possibility of victory on Saturday leading to a challenge for Ricky Burns’ world title.
Burns took the vacant WBA light-welterweight title (also known as the super-lightweight division) against Michele Di Rocco in Glasgow on the same night Nurse beat Limond.
Ultimately, however, Aston reckons Nurse will be at his absolute peak as a welterweight.
“I’ve watched Tyrone grow and grow over the years and he is physically big for this division,” explained Aston.
“He is simply growing out of this weight, I think he’s probably got another 12 months left and then I think he will move to welterweight.
“I have always thought he would be best at welterweight, because I think he will be a better fighter at that weight. Put half a stone of muscle on him and you’ve got the complete package.”