TYRONE NURSE stepped into the unknown against Istvan Kiss – but delivered a telling performance.
Huddersfield’s 21-year-old boxing ace stopped his Hungarian rival in the fifth round of their bout at Sheffield Ponds Forge.
That stretched his 100% record to 19 fights.
Nurse, along with trainer Chris Aston, had been in a mad scramble for an opponent in the build-up to the South Yorkshire show before accepting the Eastern European.
All that was known about Kiss was that he’d won five out of six bouts and it was evident within the first few seconds that light-welterweight Nurse would have to be tuned in.
“We obviously didn’t know much about him, so the first round was always going to be about seeing what he was about,” said Nurse.
“When he came out as a southpaw, I thought ‘here we go’.
“But it’s all part of the game and part of boxing and I got the win, which is what matters.”
Kiss appeared game for a fight, but didn’t have the same skill levels as Nurse, who used his superiority in this department to keep the Budapest fighter within a safe range.
Nurse continued to pick his shots well and landed almost at will, before Kiss was sunk to the canvas thanks to a left to the body at the end of the third.
With only seconds of the round left to go, Kiss was allowed to continue.
Following the knockdown, it was even more one-sided.
Nurse was using his reach advantage to fire in the jab and was messing up the face of his opponent, before another left to the body had Kiss down again.
The fight was waved off, much to the frustration of the defeated man, who continued to shout in Hungarian at the officials.
But Nurse believed the timing of the stoppage was spot-on.
Inactivity is something that can stall young fighters’ careers, but there’s no danger of that for Nurse, as he looks set to feature again on Friday, November 11 in Halifax.
He added: “I turned pro at 18 and we were never going to be in any rush because I knew I had to mature to mix it with the men.
“The next fight is five weeks away, so we’re a little way off and we don’t know who I’ll be fighting, or what it will be for, but so long as nothing daft happens between now and then I’ll be on the show.”
Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club managed to raise an impressive £720 with the help of MMA fighter Niko Gjoka.
Casino Red was the venue for the amateur club’s fundraiser, and the money will help the club continue their acclaimed work.
Gjoka was preparing for the UK’s biggest MMA show, Cage Warriors, when he took the time out to appear at the Huddersfield event.