Grantham ABC boxer Nathan became Midlands Novice Class B Champion at Birmingham on Saturday.
Revenge was sweet for light-middleweight Nathan who defeated Carl Wiggins on a points decision. Wiggins beat Nathan in the final last year.
To reach the Midlands final, Nathan had to win the East Midlands final at Forest Town Miners Welfare, Mansfield, two days earlier. This he did with aplomb, despite having a cold leading up to the event, beating Kettering’s Nathan Fullerton on a unanimous points decision.
Nathan headed to Hansworth, Birmingham, with Grantham ABC head coach Dean Fardell on Saturday. The Midlands Novice Class B Championship clash was to be a repeat of last year’s final, with Eastside Boxing Club’s Wiggins once again in the opposite corner.
Dean and Nathan knew their man and were ready for Wiggins’ tactics to try and slow the pace of the fight. Training for the fight included concentrating on footwork, so that Nathan could move in and out with ease and not get caught up in a toe-to-toe tussle.
And Nathan kept busy on his feet from the first bell, rocking Wiggins with a few good knocks. The Grantham fighter dominated the first two rounds through sheer hard work and determination.
Wiggins came back stronger in the third round, excelling on the inside, and in the final round round tried to go for the big shot to knock Nathan out.
But Nathan kept nimble on his feet and evaded the big punch until the final bell, and was awarded a 4-1 points decision by the judges to take the champion’s vest.
Dean said he and the club were very proud of their new Midlands champ: “It’s a massive achievement – two titles in three days. We are so proud of him.
“Nathan was up against a big lad, a class kid. But he kept moving around, in and out, although it did get a big tangly at times.”
Nathan had this week to recuperate before heading to Manchester on Sunday when he will contest the quarter-finals of the English Novice Class B Championships.
Dean said: “He’s a got a week’s rest and we will get him back in the gym. He’s going to the quarter-finals and he will be level headed. Nathan’s a class lad and nothing fazes him.”
l Grantham ABC clubmate Terry Bennett was forced to withdraw from his East Midlands title fight after he damaged his ankle while sparring at the club’s Alexandra Road gym.
Dean said: “It’s a devastating blow. We had high hopes for him. He would have beaten his opponent.”