Tyrone Nurse says he’s ready to put on a stand-out performance when he aims to bring the English light welterweight boxing title back to Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 24-year-old, who already holds the Central area crown, will fight Ely’s Tyler Goodjohn for the vacant championship over 10 rounds in front of a bumper crowd and the Sky cameras at Manchester Arena.
Scott Quigg’s world super bantamweight title clash with Nehomar Cermeno tops the bill.
But it’s also a big night for Nurse and 22-year-old Goodjohn as they aim to underline their credentials for a crack at the British title held by former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse.
Nurse has been backed by Karl Moorhouse, of local firm Herculean Sport Nutrition, as he prepares for his 29th professional bout.
And the man who is targeting win number 28 said: “Karl has been helping me out during my training camp with protein products for muscle repair and in strengthening me up.
“I’m feeling as fit as ever and I’m looking forward to putting in a stand-out performance.”
Goodjohn has won 10 of his 12 fights, and Nurse’s trainer Chris Aston accepts he will provide tricky opposition.
But he believes the time is right for Nurse, who left the amateur ranks back in 2008, to utilise his experience.
“Tyrone knows how to deal with the demands of a televised show and he’s been on big bills in the past,” said Aston.
“Our preparation has gone well, sparring has been good, and we’re looking forward to the big night and a big fight.
“Goodjohn is a good fighter. His last three bouts have been decent 10 rounders, and he’s won all three, two of them inside the distance.
“But this is Tyrone’s chance to show he’s a special talent who deserves to be right up there in the mix.”
Goodjohn said: “It’s a massive opportunity.
“To be on Sky makes it even better. You need to be boxing on TV if you’re going to get your name out there.”
On the prospect of facing Nurse, Goodjohn said: “I wouldn’t want an easy fight for the English belt.
“Looking at his record, he’s only gone 10 rounds once whereas I’ve done four 10-round fights.
“I’m not taking anything away from him, he’s a good boxer. But against someone like me, who’s used to going 10 rounds, he’s going to have a really hard fight. I’m 100 per cent confident.”