Anthony Nelson will take his first steps back into the boxing ring next week since his Commonwealth title triumph, writes Roy Kelly.
The South Shields hero is to fight Ian Halsall at Gateshead Academy for Sport, a week on Friday over six rounds.
It’s a welcome return for the 29-year-old who became the Commonwealth super-flyweight champion in Newcastle in April, when he stopped brave Scot Jamie Wilson after five rounds.
With Matchroom set to return to the Metro Radio Arena in the autumn – and Nelson almost certain to be on the bill – a rust-removing six rounder on the Steve Wraith promoted show could be just what the doctor ordered.
Nelson, recently the winner of the Sporting Excellence prize at the Best of South Tyneside Awards, was today in Newcastle as Wraith hosted a media conference at the Grosvenor Casino.
The unbeaten boxer, known as ‘Babyface’ is a fighter on the up after winning Northern Area, English and Commonwealth super-fly titles in his last four appearances.
Halsall, from St Helens, brings a good record to Tyneside of just two defeats in six bouts.
Nelson is part of a Mal Gates double at the Gateshead Academy for Sport.
He will be joined by unbeaten team-mate Tom Whitfield, who is boxing for the first time since his thrilling derby win over Daniel Cope in Houghton in March.