TYRONE NURSE is proving a top draw during the final countdown to Prizefighter.
Huddersfield’s bright boxing hope has sold his entire 100-plus ticket allocation for the big Sky Sports show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday, February 11.
And the light-welterweight’s week of sparring with world champion Ricky Burns has gone so well that the Scotsman has asked him to return to Coatbridge when he makes the final tune-up for his WBO lightweight title defence against Namibian boxer Paulus Moses on March 10.
By that time, 22-year-old Nurse, above right, who has won all his 20 professional fights so far, plans to be £32,000 better off by becoming the youngest-ever Prizefighter champion.
It’s the 23rd instalment of the ground-breaking and highly popular tournament, which pits eight boxers in quarter-finals, semis and a final, all over three rounds, all on the same night.
Nurse is joined by former British champion Barry Morrison, English welterweight king Adil Anwar, major title challengers Dean Harrison, John Watson, Young Mutley and Mark Lloyd and his fellow unbeaten prospect Dale Miles.
“I think it’s the best line-up we’ve had in Prizefighter so far,” said Eddie Hearn, of promoters Matchroom.
“Every one of the eight will believe they can win, it’s a sell-out and the atmosphere will be pretty special.”
A coach carrying Nurse’s supporters to the Sky Sports 1-televised show will leave the Foresters Arms at Crosland Moor at 3.30pm on the day.
Nurse’s trainer Chris Aston said: “The preparations have gone really well, and Tyrone has had a good week’s work up in Scotland.
“We’ve got a final sparring session with Adam Little, who is from Ricky Hatton’s stable in Manchester, then it’s down to business.”