TYRONE NURSE isn’t the only Huddersfield fighter with a 100% record to defend when professional boxing returns to the town tomorrow.
For the Sky-televised Sports Centre Halloween bill, dubbed ‘Fright Night’ by promoter Steve Wood, also features Alistair ‘Burt’ Warren.
The 22-year-old middleweight from Kirkburton takes on seasoned Nottingham scrapper Matt Scriven in his third bout since joining the paid ranks.
First up was Leicester’s Mark Ketnor, also a debutant, who was stopped in five rounds in Coventry in April.
Then, in August, Scunthorpe’s Davey Jones was beaten on points over six rounds in Colne.
Both fights were great learning experiences for the former Shelley High School pupil, who learned his trade with the University of Huddersfield Amateur Boxing Club, winning 14 of his 21 fights.
“Turning pro has gone really well for me so far,” said Warren, who fits training around his shifts as a warehouseman.
“I’ve always been the type who enjoys being in the gym and keeping fit generally, so I’m in my element.
“Chris Aston, my trainer, knows how to put me through it, but when you see how it pays off, you know the hard work is worth it.
“I got a great grounding from John Chapman at the University club, and Chris has taken it on from there.”
Having been introduced to boxing by a friend, Warren soon thought of a pro career but admitted: “I had to find out if I was good enough, and hopefully I am.
“I think both the training and style of fighting as a pro suits me, and I’d love to take my career as far as possible.
“I like the old-school route of fighting for an area title then moving on from there, but at this stage I’m still learning and taking things one step at a time.”
Doors open at 7.00 and the first bout is at 8.00. For ticket details, ring Warren on 07886 619158 or Aston on 07917 881114.