South Shields boxer Anthony Nelson has been boosted by new addition to Team Nella

Anthony Nelson
Anthony Nelson

Anthony Nelson makes his long-awaited ring return tomorrow – boosted by a new addition to Team Nella.

The Commonwealth super-flyweight champion takes on Ian Halsall tonight in Morpeth feeling on cloud nine.

Anthony is a proud dad but he’s also a fighter and once the bell goes, he’ll be his old self


Nelson has just become a dad for the third time, his better half, Zoe, presenting him with a second daughter, Leyla Sophia, who was born on Wednesday night.

She was due at the weekend so her early ‘weigh-in’ means the boxer, ironically, nicknamed “Babyface” can concentrate on his violent side.

Coach Mal Gates said: “Anthony and his family are over the moon.

“His little girl was due at the weekend, which might have made things interesting.

“But she’s here now and everything is fine.

“Anthony is a proud dad but he’s also a fighter and once the bell goes, he’ll be his old self.”

The 29-year-old, also a dad to Anthony Jnr and Peyton Rene, has not boxed since become Commonwealth champ with a demolition of brave Scot Jamie Wilson in Newcastle in April.

The match with Halsall, from St Helens, has twice been scheduled, only to be called off twice.

“It’s third-time lucky, hopefully,” said Gates. “Halsall is a canny fighter and this should be a good, competitive six-rounder.”

Nelson will be joined on the show at Morpeth’s Riverside Lodge by new team-mate Paul Gidney.

The 28-year-old former Boldon amateur will face Anwar Alfadli, from Sheffield, over four rounds.

“Paul’s spot on and has settled in really well,” said Gates. “He’s looking good. He’s improved loads and has plenty of aggression.

“He is not your normal southpaw, who likes to counter-punch. Paul loves getting stuck in.”