DAMIAN OWEN will provide the opposition as Tyrone Nurse aims to kick-start 2011 with a 16th professional boxing victory.
The resurgent Welshman will head to Huddersfield Sports Centre on Saturday, March 5 as the local light-welterweight ace aims to extend his 100% record.
Huddersfield fighters Burt Warren, Jason McCalmon, Jason Thompson and Michael Smith, fresh from a draw with Ryan Clark in Sunderland, are also on the ‘Usual Prospects’ bill.
Nurse, having captured the British Masters title in 2010, is aiming to progress his career this year, and trainer Chris Aston rates Owen as a tough test.
The 25-year-old-from Swansea scored victories over Jason Nesbitt and Chris Long in his last two bouts to stretch his record to 11 wins from 13 outings.
And Aston said of the former Welsh area lightweight champion: “He’s a good fighter who has been in with decent company and done the business.
“He lost his way a little a few years ago, but has got back on course and he’ll prove a decent opponent.”
Nurse, 21, a winner over Slovakia’s Julius Rafael last time out in December, is back in training after recharging the batteries with a holiday in Egypt.
Warren, 23, returns after a failed bid to win the WBC world youth super-middleweight title in Geneva in November, where he was stopped in six rounds by Frenchman Hugo Kasperski.
McCalmon, also 23 and a super-middle, seeks a third win out of three after victories over James Tucker and Jamie Ambler.
Smith, 19, was ruled to be level on 58 points apiece with more experienced Lincoln fighter Clark, and now has a win and two draws from three bouts.
“Michael’s making good progress and many people thought he’d done enough to win,” reported Aston. “He has age on his side and is still developing physically.”
Tickets for the Huddersfield show, which will also feature Halifax’s Liam Walsh and Burnley’s Wayne Bennett, are available from Aston on 07919 88114 or Nurse on 07792 543352.