Gateshead show starring South Shields boxer Anthony Nelson is postponed

Anthony Nelson, Steve Wraith and Travis Dickinson face the press at a media conference yesterday
Anthony Nelson, Steve Wraith and Travis Dickinson face the press at a media conference yesterday

Anthony Nelson’s return to the boxing ring has been delayed by a month after the postponement of the Summer Showdown at Gateshead.

Nelson was due to fight Ian Halsall, from St Helens, over six rounds at the Academy for Sport a week on Friday.

We always like to give value for money at our shows and felt that, due to these unforeseen circumstances, it was best to put the show back a few weeks

STATEMENT FROM STEVE WRAITH & RELENTLESS PROMOTIONS

But promoter Steve Wraith has announced the bill has been put back to Friday, August 21 because of “minor injuries to key fighters on the card”.

The news comes a mere 28 hours after the promoters and boxers on the show attended a media conferenceat the Grosvenor Casino, in Newcastle, to publicise the show.

There has been no indication as to which boxers have the injuries, but a statement has been made by the organisers.

It read: “Steve Wraith and Relentless Promotions this evening announce that their ‘Summer Showdown I,’ scheduled for Friday July 24, has had to be put back four weeks.

“The decision has been made between Steve Wraith, Danny Cox, Ronnie Rowe and Lewis Pendleton to move the show from next weekend to the new date of Friday August 21 due to minor injuries to key fighters on the card.

“We always like to give value for money at our shows and felt that, due to these unforeseen circumstances, it was best to put the show back a few weeks.

“Tickets purchased for the original date will be valid for the new date and new tickets will be available from tomorrow (July 16) fromwww.wraithpromotions.com.

“Unfortunately this means that the show announced for September 18 has been postponed due to this being moved and there being little time between the two dates to prepare and give fans what they deserve – value for money.

“Further information will be available in due course and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Nelson has not fought since winning the Commonwealth super-flyweight title at the Metro Radio Arena, with Scot Jamie Wilson retiring after five rounds.

His Mal Gates team-mate, Tom Whitfield, was also due to box on the show against Mick Mills.