First title shot for Norwich boxer Nathan Dale

Nathan Dale, sparring with Anthony Ogogo at the Kickstop Gym in Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Nathan Dale, sparring with Anthony Ogogo at the Kickstop Gym in Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norwich boxer Nathan Dale will contest what his trainer insists will be the first of many titles when the sport makes its reappearance in the city tonight.

The 22-year-old fights for the vacant British Masters welterweight title against the awkward William Warburton at the Epic Centre in Magdalen Street.

Dale has built up an impressive 100pc record after nine outings and is one of those who is relishing the opportunity to fight in front of his home fans.

'Nathan has benefited from fighting locally and now gets a chance that he thoroughly deserves,' said Everett.

'He has been working with me and Jon Thaxton, who knows all about winning titles, at the gym and I have to say he is the model boxing professional.

'He has been two years as a pro and he has been absolutely great – a great pupil, great lad to work with. He is 100pc in here every day and he will be back here on Monday – there is no rest because he knows where he wants to be.

'This is his first test for the future, but hopefully it will be the first of many title fights for him.

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Ryan Walsh will fight an eight-rounder, but is desperately trying to get his hands on Lee Selby's British featherweight title – either by fighting the holder or being called upon if it becomes vacant.

'It is the same situation for Ryan and Sam Sexton – they are both knocking on the door for titles. We are ready as soon as that opportunity comes,' said Everett. 'These fights are vital, they keep you going, keep you active. It is important what (promoter) Mervyn Turner is doing because top quality local shows are vital for the boxers.'

As well as Dale, Walsh and Sexton, the bill features Scott Moises, Ipswich debutant Billy Bird, Lowestoft's Craig Poxton and heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury.

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