Spring in Nathan Dale’s step as he ignores ring rust to claim comeback win in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 18:18 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:18 26 May 2018
© 2013 Mark Hewlett
Nathan Dale admits a shift of focus away from boxing could actually prove to be a major influence in the ring.
The 27-year-old has returned to action after a 10-month absence, during which time he has returned to full-time employment.
And while some would consider that an imposition on the life of a pro boxer, for Dale it has eased some of the pressure of relying his sport as the main means of support for his young family.
That confidence was in evidence on Friday when Dale saw off the challenge of Innocent Anyanwu at the Holiday Inn North in Norwich, winning 60:55.
Dale was always in control, but there was a clear spring in his step – particularly when he wobbled the Dutchman a couple of times in the second of the six rounds.
“It was good fun,” said Dale. “The thing is, I am not so emotionally attached to the boxing now, and not so worried about when my next pay day is going to come. I have a full-time job now and I can treat boxing as I did as an amateur – and I loved it as an amateur, and I think that showed in this fight. I don’t have to worry about things like selling tickets – that takes over your life – and now it is more enjoyment.
“The injuries added pressure and I was always thinking about the next fight: am I going to be able to fight because of the injuries? But that is past me now and I can enjoy it in a better way. I’m a happy fighter, and a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter.”
Dale, a former IBF world youth champion, has just one reverse on his 23-fight record, a defeat to Philip Bowes in an English title final eliminator 18 months ago, and says his change of circumstances has not diminished his ambitions.
“They stay the same,” he said. “I still think I am capable of winning big things, but again I don’t have to just rush in every time.”
Trainer Graham Everett did well to stem the blood from a nick to his right eye caused by a stray head early on - and then opened wider by another head clash.
“I think the cut hindered him,” said Everett. “He was really annoyed, but job done, it was a good six rounds – I just hope he is ok for our July show. I was really pleased with him - it is nice to see him back. Nathan has the skills and I really enjoy working with him because he is a good lad.”
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