British Super-Lightweight Champion Tyrone Nurse defends his British Title v undefeated Jack Catterall in Leeds. In recent outings Nurse’s performances have been below-par but he knows he can do better and will have to on October 21st.
Speaking at a press conference, Nurse admitted he will have to be at his best: “Let's be honest, I've been sh*t in my last two fights, no-one knows that better than I do. When you've been in it for so long you need that motivation to bring the best of you.
“I've not been as excited as this for a fight since I won the British Title, I want to put on a performance like the old Tyrone. I'll go in there as the underdog no doubt, but I was the same against Chris Jenkins and I stood him on his head."
Catterall is unbeaten in 18 contests and could be Nurse’s biggest challenge but with his opponent’s high ranking with the WBO, a win could also open doors at world level.
“You’ve got Catterall, a big puncher, a southpaw and just about ranked No. 1 in the world by the WBO. I'm British Champion, a tough ask for anyone, and I’ve a chance to finally win the British belt outright.
“When I beat Jack then I will move up the world rankings, there looks like being plenty of opportunities with Terence Crawford vacating.”
The bigger the challenge the more confident Nurse seems, even in the face of a fellow southpaw. “He's a southpaw but I'm a switch-hitter myself so I understand it. You need southpaw sparring just to feel comfortable with it otherwise your head could certainly be scrambled.
“But I'm feeling like the old Tyrone, in the gym and in sparring. The better and bigger the fight, then the best you will see of me so I'm very confident,” he added.
Get your tickets to Tyrone Nurse v Jack Catterall here, on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Dennis Ceylan.