Huddersfield boxer Tyrone Nurse has world champion Ricky Burns in his sights after successfully retaining his British light-welterweight title.
The 26-year-old stopped seasoned Scottish campaigner Willie Limond in nine rounds in Glasgow before watching divisional rival Burns deal with Italian Michele Di Rocco to take the vacant WBA belt.
Burns, the former WBO super-featherweight and lightweight champion, became the first Scot to win world titles at three weights after a punishing night for his opponent, who was stopped in the eighth.
There’s talk of a rematch with Terence Crawford, who beat Burns in a WBO lightweight title clash two years ago, or a meeting with another American, former WBA champion Adrien Broner.
But trainer Chris Aston says Nurse should be considered after a slick performance in front of a partisan crowd and the Sky Sports cameras yielded his 33rd career win and seventh inside the distance.
“Willie Limond is an experienced and very durable boxer,” said Aston, who was in the corner and like Nurse, wore a special Hands Off HRI T-shirt in support of the campaign to save Huddersfield’s A&E unit.
“His four previous defeats were against top fighters, and that reflects Tyrone’s achievement.
“I certainly don’t think it’s unreasonable to talk about a fight against Burns.
“Going back to Glasgow and giving away home advantage wouldn’t be a problem, because Tyrone wasn’t worried about it this time.”
Chorley’s Jack Catterall is mandatory challenger for the British title Nurse won by defeating Welshman Chris Jenkins in Manchester in November.
Nurse’s only spot of bother against Limond came in round four, when he was caught by a right hook.
“You are always learning, and perhaps Tyrone was tagged because he lost a little bit of focus,” said Aston.
“We will look at that, but he recovered well and overall, this was a really strong performance.
“The plan was to set the pace and early on Tyrone’s punches per round were in the high eighties, which takes some doing.
“Willie Limond had no option but to go with it, and he was slowly but surely worn down.
“Tyrone produced some neat combinations and some really stinging body shots, and they will have hurt.”