Easter blockbuster for Babyface


Wilson and Nelson

(Press Conference photos courtesy of Ian Horrocks)

Nelson set for Commonwealth Launchpad

Out of the shadows a great fighter will emerge and for South Shields’ pocket battleship that onus will befall undefeated Area, English and soon-to-be Commonwealth super flyweight champion, Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson, 9-0(1), on April 4 in Newcastle.

Nella, who won the English super flyweight title on home soil late last year in an amazing war with Terry Broadbent was close to re-matching his Leeds counterpart at Geordie Roar, however, as things have transpired, and following the unfortunate withdrawal through injury of Bradley Saunders, things change.

“The bad luck which befell Bradley has opened up the door for us,” said Nelson.

“This is a massive opportunity and, come Saturday night, that Commonwealth title will stay here. Having the Sky cameras in town certainly puts myself, and others, firmly in the spotlight.”

With Broadbent, the fight with Nelson was his last outing and a few opportunities have fallen by the wayside for him since that October scrap. A re-match with Nelson would appeal, more so if there’s a Commonwealth strap in tow.

“I would take a fight with him (Broadbent) in the blink of an eye,” Nelson added.

“I don’t feel I was at my best that night and there were reasons behind what happened beforehand but it’s all behind me now and I am 100% focussed on this one.”

Newcastle Press Conference line-up

(Fighters for Geordie Roar line up at the Grosvenor Press Conference)

Nelson though is solely focussed on taking care of fellow unbeaten fighter, Dundee’s Jamie Wilson, 5-0(1) as they clash for the vacant Commonwealth belt. For Wilson it is a massive step up from his second round stoppage success against Craig Derbyshire a matter of weeks ago but he had done eight rounds in those five fights.

November 2014 saw Wilson face Brett Fidoe at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow and take a point’s win for the British Masters Bronze super flyweight strap, in effect making this a clash of champions.

“I am expecting him (Wilson) to be a good, tough fighter and he’s fought a couple of lads that I have been in with (Mohammed Waqas and Delroy Spencer). We will have to see what happens though on the night and whether it goes the full twelve rounds or not.”

Understandably a show of this magnitude needs to include the best and, for Nelson, he has received that throughout his training camp. With his Strength & Conditioning coming from Blacksheep Fitness in Whitley Bay and his Nutrition provided by Chris Davison of Custom Diets (soon to move to Pro Performance in Newcastle where Nella will also train), trainer Mal Gates will have his fighter in the peakest of condition come show time.

“This is probably the biggest show we’ve had in the region since the Khan show (in 2009 when the Brit defeated Salita) and is definitely the biggest I have been involved in,” Nella added.

“Hopefully everything has been spot on and Mal has got everything to a tee so, if we get the work done then he’s happy with that. I’ve done a lot of quality sparring with Thomas Essomba, it’s great round here anyway for me.

“Whatever Mal wants then I am sure he will do the right thing by not only myself but the rest of the lads as well.”

Moving forward for Nelson and the camp they have a plan of action, a one which involves everyone at some stage but with the taskmaster extraordinaire pulling the strings in Mal Gates, you can be sure that Team Babyface are in for a ride over the coming months and years.

“We are taking things one fight at a time and formulate a new plan and how we progress from there but I do want to keep busy this year,” said Nella.

“I am happy to fight as often as I can and we will look at any fight and if the timing is right, we will take it. We have planned to challenge for the British title so if an opportunity like that comes up then we will certainly look at it as well. “

Anthony Nelson will face Jamie Wilson for the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight title at the Metro Radio Arena show, ‘Geordie Roar’ on Saturday 4 April. The show, sponsored by Grosvenor Newcastle, will is promoted by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.



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