South Shields’ Anthony Nelson relishing ‘underdog’ tag

Anthony Nelson, right, and Charlie Edwards come face to face before they clash on Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Promotion at the Metro Arena tonight.
Anthony Nelson, right, and Charlie Edwards come face to face before they clash on Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Promotion at the Metro Arena tonight.

Underdog Anthony Nelson is confident he can cause an upset against Charlie Edwards – as the South Shields’ fighter thinks his opponent has let his eyes wander beyond their Newcastle bout.

Nelson travels to the Metro Radio Arena this evening with the vacant World Boxing Association Continental super flyweight title firmly in his sights.

Standing in his way though is 12-1 slick Surrey boy Edwards.

Nelson, who has been training full-time for the 12-rounder, knows what lies in wait and he’s sure a return back up the Tyne with the title is on the cards.

“A lot of people have overlooked me,” he said.

“One or two people seem to be looking past me because I have been out for two years. But I know I can get the win. I can beat him on the night.

“He is going to be confident. At the end of the day he is expected to win.

“But I think I am going to upset a lot of people this weekend.

“I can’t wait to bring the belt back home. I am more than confident I can do it.”

While some so-called experts think ‘Babyface’ will struggle to match his younger, highly-skilled opponent, the man himself knows he can find a weakness.

“He is sharp, flashy but I think after a round or two when I have got to grips with his speed and settled down and sussed him out I will come into it,” he said.

“I think it will be about round three or four that I get going in this one.”

Ever since he debuted back in 2012, his hometown fans have come out in force.

And more of the same can be expected this weekend, as a Shields army descends on Newcastle city centre.

Nelson said: “There will be loads of people from Shields there, we have done a lot of tickets.

“The support is always amazing. I couldn’t thank them enough.

“The town has got behind me and backed me.

“I will have a big squad and we will make plenty of noise including in the ring.”