Six of the best for Norwich as Nathan Dale takes Masters title

Nathan Dale, left, in action against William Warburton. Picture: Jerry Daws

Nathan Dale, left, in action against William Warburton. Picture: Jerry Daws - Credit: © Jerry Daws

Nathan Dale led a six-of-the-best night for Norwich boxers when he clinched the first title of his career.

The 22-year-old is the new British Masters welterweight champion, after a gruelling 10-round victory over Manchester's William Warburton at the Epic Centre in Norwich.

Dale had the first half a dozen rounds in his pocket before Warburton got back into the fight, taking the last three – as reflected in referee Rob Chalmers' 97-94 scorecard.

Dale's record is now a perfect 10-0 and he is desperate to ensure the Masters belt soon has company in his trophy cabinet.

'I hope there is more to come after that,' he said. 'It's a great feeling to get my first title, but it's made me hungry for more.'

Cromer's Ryan Walsh admitted he had other things on his mind as he took apart Spaniard Jose Antonio Elizabeth in three rounds, having floored the man from Barcelona twice in the second and twice in the third with a classic display of accuracy.

Walsh has been named as mandatory challenger to holder Lee Selby for the British featherweight title.

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'No disrespect to my opponent, but I am thinking ahead,' said Walsh, unbeaten after 17 outings. 'This is what the hard work is all about.'

Heavyweight Sam Sexton admitted he was frustrated after failing to put away cruiserweight Jiri Svacina inside six rounds, the consolation being a comfortable points win, while Aylsham's Scott Moises began the night with a good 40:36 win over Michael Mooney.

Super-middleweight Billy Bird, from Ipswich, beat Joe Walsh 39-38 in a tough introduction to the pro ranks while Lowestoft's Craig Poxton returned to the ring after more than three years and beat Kristian Laight 40-36.

Visiting heavyweight Hughie Fury - with promoter Mick Hennessy at ringside - showed the class which is attracting lots of attention when he beat the durable Tomas Mrazek 60:54.

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