Boxing star Anthony Nelson is heading for the bright lights of London – and is desperate to bring a bit more glory back to South Shields.
The Shields sporting hero is at the British Boxing Board of Control annual awards ceremony at the Novotel London West Hotel in Hammersmith this evening.
Anthony is a proud Shields lad and he would love to bring this award back to the townMAL GATES
Nelson’s Commonwealth title fight with Jamie Conlan, back in April, is one of the nominations for fight of the year.
The 30-year-old lost his title, and his unbeaten record, when he was knocked out by the undefeated Northern Ireland boxer in the eighth round of their exciting super-flyweight shoot-out at the Copper Box Arena on London’s Olympic Park.
Both boxers were on the canvas twice before Conlan took the title just when Nelson appeared to be in full control.
Nelson’s trainer, Mal Gates, who will be in London with his boxer this evening, said: “It’s a great achievement in itself to be nominated for the fight of the year.
“Anthony is a proud Shields lad and he would love to bring this award back to the town.
“While he lost to Jamie on the night, we were all so proud of him – people still talk about the fight and hopefully they will get to do it again.”
Nelson is no stranger to the awards scene, having won the Pride of South Tyneside’s Sporting Excellence trophy in 2015, following his Commonwealth title glory.
The dad of three lifted the championship in spectacular fashion when he stopped Scotland’s Jamie Wilson at the Metro Radio Arena.
Anthony boxed as an amateur for Horsley Hill ABC, before turning professional, winning 1 of his 12 pro bouts.