South Shields boxer Anthony Nelson has beaten off competition from some of the best-known names in the sport to win a national award.
The super flyweight, nicknamed Babyface, lost his unbeaten record when he was beaten by Jamie Conlan in London in April.
I just didn’t think we’d get the award because of the big names we were up against, like former Olympic champion Anthony JoshuaAnthony Nelson
However, the pair were reunited last week as the bout won the Fight of the Year award at the British Boxing Board of Control’s annual awards night.
Both fighters were knocked to the canvas during a titanic struggle at London’s Copper Box Arena, in the Olympic Park, but Conlan ultimately came out on top with an eighth round knockout.
Although frustrated by the loss, Anthony, 30, was delighted the fight was recognised nationally.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out we’d won.
“The fight was tremendous, but I just didn’t think we’d get the award because of the big names we were up against, like former Olympic champion Anthony Joshua.
“I’m not disappointed that I lost the fight, because I gave everything I could, so I know there’s nothing more I could have done. The frustrating part is that I was up on the scorecards and I think it was getting to him.”
On the chances of a rematch, Anthony added: “Nothing official has been said, but Jamie said he would fancy it. It’d be nice to think something can be done.”
Anthony has gone back to work as a bricklayer, with the lack of a main sponsor meaning he is unable to commit to full-time training with coach Mal Gates at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Gym. If you are interested in sponsoring him, contact Mal on 07510 320981 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.