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Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson 110% ahead of Newcastle show

Anthony Nelson will head into his fourth professional fight on Saturday at the O2 Academy in Newcastle and his coach Mal Gates has said that the bantamweight is feeling 110 per cent.

Gates was not able to reveal Anthony’s opponent but did say it would be another experienced opponent that would prove a tough test on Steve Wraith’s second professional show.

‘Babyface’s’ last two bouts have shown his versatility and how he can change his game-plan when needed. In his second fight in the paid ranks, on Phil Jeffries’ huge Summer Rumble II bill, Anthony was explosive gunning out his opponent, James Ancliffe, very early in the second round in a stunning showing of his strength and aggression.

His latest fight was a lot more conservative though, showing his ability to box behind the jab, and at times on the back foot, but to still control the fight and win comfortably. That one, against Delroy Spencer, was in September on Wraith’s first professional show.

His impressive displays have now earned him a slot on Wraith Promotions’ second show on Saturday night, billed as ‘Farewell to Fergie’.

Mal said of Anthony’s preparations for November 24th: “He’s 110% and he’s looking really sharp. I’m really looking forward to it. His opponent will be experienced and tricky but we know what we have to do; we know our game-plan.”

In preparation for the fight Nelson has been sparring with Tommy Ward, also on Saturday’s bill and coached by Neil Fannon, who beat another of Mal’s boxers – David Lake – on the same night Nelson beat Spencer. That was fight of the night on September 9th and Gates said the sparring between the two has been fantastic.

“Anthony’s been sparring with Tommy Ward and that has been fantastic to watch. Everyone in the gym was stopping to watch and when they finished the whole gym would burst into clapping. They’ve really been bringing each other on.”

Tommy, who boxes under the name Taylor, is the younger brother of new English bantamweight champion Martin Ward. ‘Babyface’ also boxes at bantamweight where opponents of that weight are often hard to come by.

Mal said of Nelson’s weight: “Anthony wants to be boxing for titles. There’s not many about at that weight so it’s hard to match him up. He fights at 8st 6pnds now. He boxed as an amateur at 9st and there was nothing on him then but we’ve really worked hard.

“He was 8st 7pnds [last week] when we weighed him so he’s almost there. The plan is to get him as light as we can. We try and bring him down a bit more every fight so he feels strong at the weight because he’ll box at 8st 6 if he ever boxes for titles.”

Perhaps maybe one day Martin and Anthony may meet in what would be a mouth-watering title fight for the North East fight fans. For now though all of his attention must be on Saturday night and staying unbeaten.

Tickets for the show are still available from all boxers. They can also be purchased from Wraithpromotions.com or by calling 0191 2299631.

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