British super lightweight champion, Tyrone Nurse, has signed a long-term promotional deal with hall of fame promoter, Frank Warren.
“I’m delighted to sign with Frank and I’m confident he is the man who can take me to the next level. Frank always looks after his fighters and gets them the best opportunities. It’s then up to us to grasp them” said Nurse. “You look at the likes of Terry Flanagan and you see what Frank’s done with him, you know he’s the man to take you to the top and he’s been doing it for years!”
Nurse, who last saw action in July when he made a successful title defence against Tommy Coyle is keen to remain active in 2017. “I know Frank will keep me active and I’m excited about showing everyone what I can do next year” said Nurse.
Nurse also indicated that he is interested in a contest with stable-mate Jack Catterall. The pair were due to meet for Nurse’s British title, however the fight never came to fruition as Catterall had just switched trainers and was not ready to fight. “I’m open to any opportunities Frank can present me. The Catterall fight is definitely not one I would turn down and obviously, a great fight domestically. He’s a good fighter – southpaw who picks his shots well so I think it would make for a brilliant fight.”
Chris Aston, Nurse’s father and trainer, noted that although other offers had been made to Tyrone, Warren’s expertise helped seal the deal for them, stating “Yes we had other offers, but we have gone with Frank because he is a proper boxing man. It’s like he said, cut him in half and you see boxing!”
Frank Warren, happy to add another champion to his stable, said “Tyrone is someone I have wanted to work with for a while and I’ve always been a fan of his skills. I’d like to try and get him and Catterall in together – that would be a terrific scrap and we’d try to make it an eliminator for a world title.”
Speaking on his influences, both past and present, Nurse said “I was brought up watching the flashy American fighters. My dad used to play me the fights of Roy Jones and even the older stuff like Hearns and Leonard.”
“I think Terence Crawford is right up there now and I love watching him fight. Obviously though if the Crawford fight was presented to me I would take it. That’s what I’m in this business for, to take opportunities and get to the very top. I want to win a world title.”
“I was offered the fight with Shawn Porter recently and I jumped at the chance but the fight never came off,” added Nurse. “Eventually the aim is to move up to Welterweight, right now I’m comfortable at Light Welterweight but for the right opportunity I would move up. Domestically I know me and [British Welterweight Champion, Bradley] Skeete would be a really interesting fight as we’re both slick and skilful.”
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