Belfast welterweight turns pro Down Under

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Another young Irish prospect will look work his way up the pro ranks Down Under.

Nathan Watson looks set to follow a path successfully traveled by the likes of TJ Doheny, Dennis Hogan and Darragh Foley as he turns over in Australia.

The Belfast welterweight has teamed up with Fortitude Boxing Team and Eureka Promotions and has already started his first pro camp.

Watson joins Newry’s Australian light heavyweight Champion, Conor Wallace on the books of both Fortitude and Eureka.

The Antrim man will be managed by Stephen Deller, who worked with Dennis Hogan in the early part of his career, and will be coached by Luke Meldon.

Watson looks set to make his debut late next month on a ‘big’ Brisbane held Eureka show.

The move to the pro ranks came after he and his partner relocated to Brisbane. Watson was training down in the Fortitude and caught the eye and will officially ditch the vest next month.

The 24-year-old was an elite level amateur and has multi nations experience. However, he was always billed as one the ‘suited to the pro’s’ amateurs and is expected to impress in Australia.

The likes of Hogan – who recently challenged Jamie Munguia for the WBO light middleweight world title and will fight Jermall Charlo for the WBC middleweight strap on December 7- Doheny -who claimed the IBF super bantamweight world crown and was involved in a brilliant unification with Danny Roman- and the world ranked Foley have all progressed through the ranks Down Under before competing a higher level.

The likes of Watson and stable Wallace will be hoping to do the same moving forward.


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