Video: Norwich boxer Nathan Dale prepares to dish out ‘night of hell’ in pursuit of world title glory
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Norwich's Nathan Dale has vowed to take his opponent 'to hell and back' tonight as he bids to become only the second boxer from Norwich to win a world title.
The 23-year-old faces Belgium's Bogdan Galaev, with the vacant IBF Youth World Welterweight crown at stake.
'I cannot wait for it,' said Dale, a winner of all 16 of his professional fights. 'It is going to be unbelievable experience.
'I am so up for this that is probably the first time that I have really wanted to get my hands on him and give him a hard time.
'It is going to be vicious – I have sacrificed so much, I've been away from my children for a long time and I have worked so hard that I want to take him out in style – and I will take him out.'
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Unusually, Dale was happy to make a prediction - that Galaev won't last past the eighth of the scheduled 10 rounds.
'It's probably the first time I have said anything like that, but I have plans for where I am going to take him – and I am taking him to hell and back.
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'He will not know what has hit him.'
The only other Norwich-born boxer to win a world title is Jon Thaxton, who won the WBF lightweight title in 2005 and who will be in Dale's corner alongside trainer Graham Everett when the bell rings at St Andrew's Hall tonight.
Victory for Dale should open doors to the busy British welterweight scene – and add to the honours coming out of Norwich's Kickstop Gym.
Stablemate Liam Walsh defends his British lightweight crown against Joe Murray at the end of February and purse bids are now out for his twin Ryan's British featherweight title fight against 27-year-old Samir Mouniemne, from Hull.
'We are ready,' said Everett. 'It could be a massive fortnight – twin brothers, two British champions, you couldn't ask for more.'