Boxing the winner says South Shields coach Mal Gates after Anthony Nelson loses title to Jamie Conlan

Anthony Nelson: Great advert for boxing
Anthony Nelson: Great advert for boxing

Coach Mal Gates said "boxing was the winner" after watching Anthony Nelson lose a Commonwealth title war with Jamie Conlan.

Nelson looked on course for a successful defence of his super-flyweight championship when he floored the Belfast boxer in a dominant round seven assault.

But Conlan beat that count and at the start of round eight put Nelson down with a stinging body shot.

Unfortunately, the 30-year-old Shields star could not get up and was counted out by referee Marcus McDonnell on the 40-second mark.

"At the end of the day, boxing was the winner," said Gates.

"That was a great advert for boxing. [Promoter] Frank Warren came straight over and said 'what a warrior' and thinks it could be the fight of the year.

"Anthony's put in a great performance, Jamie's eyes were nearly closed, and that kid's number five in the world.

"He's devastated, but he will come again."