COMMONWEALTH boxing champion Anthony Nelson passed on some life lessons to youngsters in his home town.
The 29-year-old, of South Shields, paid a visit to the town’s Park View School yesterday to talk about winning his title last month and his career up to that point.
The boxer, nicknamed Baby Face, chatted to pupils at the special school, in Temple Park Road, about the choices he’d made in life to get where he is now.
Pupils also had the chance to ask Anthony some questions and see his northern area, English title and Commonwealth championship belts up close.
Anthony, a super-flyweight, used to teach pupils at the school construction skills during his time working as a bricklayer.
He said: “A lot of kids need a positive role model, and I’ve been in their situation and can relate to what they’re going through at this time in their lives. I spent three years teaching them when I was a bricklayer, and it’s great to come back and talk to them and give something back by helping the kids who are finding it difficult.
A lot of kids need a positive role model and I’ve been in their situation and can relate to what they’re going through at this time in their lives.Anthony Nelson
“I started boxing when I was 14 but got to a point where I was living for the weekend and going out drinking with my mates.
“When I was 18, I decided that I wanted more from life and really dedicated myself to boxing, but I could have easily gone the other way.
“I want to tell them that if they want something enough and they’re willing to work for it, they can get it.”
Wayne Gilliss, a higher-level teaching assistant at the school, added: “I’ve known Anthony since he was a kid. There are lots of links between our families.
“He’s got a lot of good stories to tell, and he can teach a good lesson about making the right choices in life.
“It’s at a point in these kids’ lives, when they’re about 15 or 16, that can be really tough for them.
“Anthony has been there, and him talking to them can show them what they can achieve if they put their minds to it.”