‘Sugarboy’ Nathan is hoping victory will be the sweetest
PUBLISHED: 12:07 15 December 2011
Tonight is a big night for Nathan ‘Sugarboy’ Weise as he aims for the sweetest win of a five-year career when he challenges Steve O’Meara for the Southern Area light-middleweight belt at York Hall.
Weise, a 27-year-old with 10 pro bouts spread over those five years, has suffered just a single defeat in that time and gets the chance for the best win – and the first title success of that pro campaign.
The former West Ham BC amateur’s 10-round clash with O’Meara is the chief supporting bout on the Frank Warren show, which is topped by a British and Commonwealth title clash and screened live on the Box Nation Channel.
The feature fight is Welsh boxer Lee Selby’s defence against Scot John Simpson, while several more rising pro’s are featured on the undercard.
Weise, a fast punching stylist trained by Mark Tibbs at Canning Town’s TKO Gym, has been hit by injury problems during his stop-start campaign – but knows his career can lift off if he claims the Area belt.
It’s west Londoner O’Meara’s first defence of the title he won with a stunning first-round KO over Ryan Toms – a fighter who held Weise to a draw last month.
Another ex-West Ham amateur, Eddy Hussein, aims to sign off 2011 on a high note with his second pro fight at York Hall, Bethnal Green, tonight (Wednesday).
Hussein is seeking to follow in the footsteps of his father Mo, another ex-West Ham amateur who went on to win the Commonwealth lightweight title as a pro in the 1980s.
Mo has trained his son in the paid ranks, and their combination was off to a winning start when the 22-year-old outpointed Crawley campaigner Robbie Deakin in his debut in the same York Hall ring in September.
“My dad has been a great help and has passed on lots of his knowledge, it’s great to have him in my corner,” said the prospect, who was this week awaiting confirmation of his second opponent.
Former amateur international choice Freddie Turner boxes at York Hall and gets the chance of continuing a winning pro campaign which has seen him chalk up four victories.
He is another TKO Gym-trained fighter named for action on the undercard tonight alongside George Michael Carman, Lee Markham and Alfie Smith.
■ Billy Joe Saunders, the Southern Area middleweight title-holder, became a late addition to the York Hall bill this week, after having a bout in Liverpool called off earlier this month.
Saunders, with his own middleweight title ambitions after taking the Southern Area belt in his last bout, awaits the confirmation of his opponent tonight when he will be going for his 12th straight paid victory.
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