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New Year’s Resolutions: Tony Nellins – “I’ll be staying at it this year”

Tony Nellins [3(0)-0] has done enough waiting for a lifetime, and the Belfast light welter is now ready to get busy.

Nellins had a five and a half year gap between his second and third professional fight, but now he is planning to have five fights in 2017 alone.

The come-forward slugger had stepped away from the sport to focus on qualifications and starting out his career in personal training, but is now back and ready to get going.

‘The Baddest Man in Belfast’ made his ring return last November with an entertaining win over JP McGuinness at the Sorts Sports and Social Club, and now looks to be one that will benefit from Alio Wilton’s plan for four shows in the Titanic City this calendar year.

Nellins told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’ll be staying at it this year! I hope to get four or five fights. Two more four rounders and two sixes, then maybe an eight at the end of the year or early next year. That’ll set me up for a title.”

First up for the 25 year old is a Team Alio/Prospect Boxing show in Belfast on Saturday March 11th, and Nellins promises that “I’m improving every single day on all aspects, getting fitter with all the rounds sparring, getting stronger with the strength and conditioning, and getting sharper with the speed and agility training.”

“This camp were leaving no stone unturned, I’ll be going into this fight more than ready!”

Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show

Joe O'Neill

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