Nurse hopes for silver lining
Tyrone Nurse hopes that months of frustration will have a silver lining when he fights for the Commonwealth title on October 4.
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The Huddersfield light-welterweight will make the short trip to Leeds next month as he bids for his first major title, against an as yet unnamed opponent, as he fights on the undercard of good friend Josh Warrington’s bid to land the European featherweight title.
And by the end of the year the 24-year-old is also hoping to add the British belt to his collection.
It’s a timely boost for Nurse (29-1 5 K0s) who has struggled to find opponents willing to fight him, while he twice saw an English title fight postponed when opponent Shayne Singleton suffered injuries in training.
“I can’t wait for it – it’s going to be for my first major title and it’s a massive show with the likes of Ricky Burns, Brian Rose and Josh Warrington on it,” Nurse told sportinglife.com.
“They’ve all been there, on their own big fights, so now it’s my turn to show what I can do. It has been frustrating having to wait for a title shot, but in boxing terms I’m still a baby at 24.
“But now I’m going for the Commonwealth title and I’ll be fighting by the end of the year for the British belt so the waiting is finally over. There have been some knocks - but you also have to look at the positives in that it’s given me time to develop as a fighter.
“I ended up losing a year with all the messing about there was with the English title. Who knows, I could have been fighting for the European title next month. But like I said, it gave me time to improve and develop so hopefully I can take this chance with both hands.”
Nurse is the mandatory challenger for Scotsman Willie Limond’s British and Commonwealth belts, but 35-year-old Limond has opted to go for the European title and has already agreed to relinquish the Commonweath strap ahead of his planned Euro clash with holder Michele di Rocco in Glasgow on November 29.
Should he beat the Italian, he will also give up the British crown.
That would leave Nurse to fight either Welshman Chris Jenkins or Scouser Thomas Stalker, who meet in an eliminator in Liverpool on September 25.
If Limond does not succeed in his Euro quest, he will defend the British title against Nurse on the big Kell Brook show in Sheffield on December 6.
"The traditional route is always been something I’ve wanted to go down – winning the central area title, the English, British, Commonwealth, European and upwards," said Nurse, who claimed the English title with an emphatic points win over Tyler Goodjohn in Manchester back in April.
"That's how I would like to do things. I've had to wait for my chace to come along but I'm confident I can take it."