ANTHONY Nelson revealed how he fought back from tragedy to become Commonwealth champion.
Nelson lifted the super-flyweight Commonwealth title with a stoppage victory over Dundee’s Jamie Wilson at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.
Wilson failed to come out of his corner after a sixth round barrage, sparking scenes of delight from Nelson and trainer Mal Gates.
It follows on from Nelson’s English title win in October, which came hard on the heels of him losing two of the people closest to him in 2014.
“It’s everything weve beeen working to,” said Nelson. “To win the Commonwealth title in my 10th fight is some achievement for me.
“I had a quiet year last year. I didn’t have too many fights. As everybody round me knows, my friends and family, we went through a lot last year.
“I lost best friend Ross Young, and lost my cousin Dale Lincoln so I had a bit of a tragic year last year which meant I was quiet in the ring.
“But now that’s now all behind me. It’s made me a little bit stronger and we want to move forward from that.”