South Shields boxer Anthony Nelson wants rapid ring return after losing to Belfast’s Jamie Conlan

Anthony Nelson attacks Jamie Conlan (left) during the Commonwealth Super-flyweight Championship bout. Picture by  Adam Davy/PA Wire
Anthony Nelson attacks Jamie Conlan (left) during the Commonwealth Super-flyweight Championship bout. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire

Anthony Nelson was today back ‘home’ in the Harton and Westoe Miners WMC as he prepares for a quick ring return.

Nelson says he wants to be back “sooner rather than later” following his defeat to Jamie Conlan in a fight of the year contender in London on Saturday.

I want to be training and be ready if anything comes up – I want to be back sooner rather than later

ANTHONY NELSON

The 30-year-old was knocked out by the unbeaten Northern Ireland boxer in the eighth round of the Commonwealth super-flyweight thriller at the Copper Box Arena.

Defeat may have, temporarily, dented Nella’s pride, but his display has enhanced his reputation in the sport.

Conlan told the Gazette that he would be happy to offer his rival a re-match in Belfast and TV companies are likely to form a queue to cover it.

“The reaction to the fight on social media has been mental,” said Nelson. “I’d like to thank people for what they’ve been saying, I’m just absolutely gutted about the result.

“I thought I had it in the bag, but Jamie pulled out a terrific body shot, right in the sweet spot.

“I do think I’d got up by eight and beaten the count, but I’m not taking anything away from Jamie.

“I’m annoyed that I threw it away, I lost rounds one and two and the fifth I thought was close, but I had the third, fourth, sixth and seventh.

“I really hope Jamie does give me a return as he said afterwards to the Gazette.

“Will they take it when they sit back and think about it? I’m not sure they will risk fighting me, but I hope it happens.

“I think it was an excellent fight and the best on Saturday’s show, it was just a shame about the result.

“I’d planned to go for a run yesterday, but I think things caught up with me.

“But I’m going back to the gym today. I don’t want to fall into the trap I did last time of being away from the place.

“I want to be training and be ready if anything comes up – I want to be back sooner rather than later.”

There is no doubt that the Mal Gates-trained star’s stock has risen, despite the defeat.

Conlan is rated at five by the WBO and Nelson downed him twice, three times if you include the occasion he was – incorrectly – charged with striking the 29-year-old with a low punch.

“I think I am always value for money,” said the South Shields FC-sponsored boxer. “It was an excellent fight and it has generated a lot of publicity.

“I watched it back and the commentary criticised my style a little, saying I was coming in in straight lines.

“I could maybe have had more head movement, but the way I boxed was the right way.

“The plan was to close him down, make him uncomfortable, get at him, wear him down and it was working. I was winning it, I thought it was mine and then he pulled out that punch.

“I’m gutted how it ended, but I’m not going to dwell on it and I’m looking to get back.”

Nelson would like to thank his fans, plus sponsors South Shields FC, Black Sheep Fitness Academy, Chris Davison Custom Diets, Muscle Relief massage therapy, Team Valley Cafe, Eastern Promise and I Clean Services.