Norwich boxer Nathan Dale set for world title fight

Nathan Dale with, left, trainer Graham Everett and promoter Mervyn Turner. Photo: Steve Adams

Nathan Dale with, left, trainer Graham Everett and promoter Mervyn Turner. Photo: Steve Adams

City boxer Nathan Dale is to fight for a world title in Norwich in the new year.

In a massive boost for the local boxing scene, trainer Graham Everett and promoter Mervyn Turner have confirmed that Dale will fight for the world junior title in February – the first world title bout to be held in the city since 2005, when Jon Thaxton won the World Boxing Foundation's lightweight title.

The 23-year-old confirmed his credentials with a good points win over Hungarian Istvan Kiss – himself a former two-time world junior champion – in Norwich at the weekend.

'Graham and I had a chat and we have got to move Nathan on,' said Turner. 'You look at the light-welterweight division in this country and there is no one we are scared of with this kid, he is ready for anyone.

'The light-welterweight division is pretty tied up so we are going to look at a different channel. Nathan said to me he wanted the world junior title and we can confirm that is his next fight. It will be for one of two governing bodies – we are in negotiations at the minute – but we can definitely say that fight is now in February in Norwich.'

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For Dale, it is something of a fairytale come true: in his mid-teens Dale gave up the sport, but Everett nursed him back at the Kickstop Gym and has led him to a record which now reads 15-0.

Dale added: 'I can't ask for anything better, especially with the division tied up.

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'We keep fighting journeymen, as such, but they keep pushing me along because they believe in me and they believe where I want to be.'

Kiss was a step up in class for Dale, but after a little bit of the usual cat and mouse, the local man soon established his authority and rarely appeared troubled; his jab was working nicely, he got through the Kiss guard and sapped the Hungarian's morale with some stinging body punches. By round six the result wasn't in doubt, but should anyone need convincing, Dale sent Kiss to the canvas – although he insisted he slipped – for a standing count of eight just before the final bell.

'To be honest there were absolutely no gaps with that guy,' said Everett. 'You might say he came to survive a little bit, but he is one of those who, if you give him a chance, will take you out.

'He has loads of experience and we are very very pleased with Nathan. Hopefully soon he will get somebody who will come out swinging at him and leave a few gaps so Nathan can take him out.'

Dale's top-of-the-bill performance topped off a good night at a new venue – the Mercy nightclub in Prince of Wales Road – which also saw a popular debut victory for Norwich's Zaiphan Morris, who beat Qasim Hussain 40-36.

Norwich super-middleweight Duane Green scored a 39-37 victory over Dan Blackwell – a fight watched by a familiar face in the crowd, Lowestoft's Anthony Ogogo, who beat the Wiltshire man last December.

Middleweight Billy Bird, who fights out of the Kickstop Gym in Norwich, was a 40-36 winner over Manchester's Dean Mitchell while Clacton welterweight Danny Gunn, another Everett charge, beat Kristian Laight – in his 201st professional appearance – 40-36, in his second career outing.

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