Tyrone Nurse can’t wait to fight in the First Direct Leeds Arena again – especially with huge support from Huddersfield.
The Light-welterweight ace defends his British title against Tommy Coyle there on next Saturday’s big Sky TV bill, which features home favourite Josh Warrington at the top of the card.
It will be a fourth appearance at the venue for the 26-year-old, who has prepared with his best training camp ever at the Northern Fitness gym in Linthwaite.
“The fans over there are nuts and it’s always a cracking show at the Leeds Arena,” said Nurse, who is defending his Lonsdale Belt for the second time.
“It’s a great venue with the way it’s laid out and the atmosphere is superb.
“There are a few hundred going over from Huddersfield, too, which is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s always good to be on a big Sky show and Matchroom are a great team to work with.”
While Nurse values the Huddersfield support greatly, he admits concentration in the ring means he notices little of it during a fight.
“You don’t really notice who is outside shouting this, that and the other,” he explained.
“It could be your mum or your grandma, or it could be his mum or grandma, you just don’t have a clue in the middle of the fight – so the best thing to do is just assume it’s all support for you!”
There are some characters, however, Nurse admits he just cannot avoid hearing – fiancee Leah in the crowd and trainer (and dad) Chris Aston in the corner!
“You can pick out the odd voice you are familiar with,” he explained.
“For me, I can always hear my dad shouting from the corner and I can always hear my missus screaming at the ringside, but for me the real focus is on the job.”