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Australian coach backs new Belfast starlet for early title success

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Nathan Watson could fight for a pro title as early as his third fight confirms his new manager and coach Steve Deller.

The Australian gym owner, manager, and promoter, who also works with Newry light heavy Conor Wallace, has signed up the Belfast welterweight and predicts early success for the 24-year-old.

The now Fortitude and Eureka fighter will debut as early as November 29th on a ‘big’ Brisbane Eureka show, Deller hopes to have him out again before the turn of the year – and there is a chance he could fight for a Queensland State title in early 2020.

“Nathan will make his pro debut on the 29th November here at the Fortitude Stadium. We are looking to get him one more fight before Christmas, then in the New Year shoot for a Queensland title. We will hold him at that level for a while before moving him up the rankings,” Deller explained to Irish-boxing.com.

Deller reveals he has been aware of Watson for some time and claims the option to relocate to Brisbane and turn over was one that has been long-standing.

There was a form of trial period for both parties, but Deller reveals Wilson suits their set up and vice versa.

“I have all way’s had good contacts in Ireland and was told about Nathan possibly coming to Australia. We offered Nathan the chance to try out here and I like what i saw and he has fitted in well,” he adds.

“Nathan wanted to get away from home with a fresh start in boxing. He had watched the way we took Dennis Hogan from a amateur light heavyweight to fighting at junior middleweight for the [interim] world title in Germany and also the way Conor Wallace has progressed in the pro ranks.”

Watson was always noted as a talent, but was never a big name amateur. Indeed, he never won an Irish title, but Deller believes he is a ready-made pro.

“Nathan is a lad that did not win an All Ireland title and along with Australian fighters that have had to learn their trade I have found they make the transition into the pro ranks easier as they are suited better to fighting like a pro,” he continues before stressing the welterweight can go as far as he wants in the game.

“Skies are the limit, as with anyone in life let alone boxing . We only get out of it what we put in. We have surrounded Nathan with a good team, with good placement and a bit of good luck on our side god only knows.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com