Tony Nellins held to draw after all-out war in Belfast

Tony Nellins promised during the week that he would steal the show, and it looks as if he has done just indeed that.

The Belfast welter featured in a four rounder on the Alio Wilton-Prospect Boxing show at the Shorts Sports and Social Centre and was involved in an all-out war that ended up a draw

‘The Baddest Man in Belfast’ took on game Middlesbrough journeyman Ross Jameson in what was a toe-to-toe battle from the very first bell which neither fighter deserved to lose

Nellins flew out in the first round, throwing huge hooks from the off. The Ulsterman was landing plenty, but found a game and willing dance partner in Jameson who seemed to be landing the cleaner shots on the inside.

The Englishman had come to win, and was having plenty of success but the heavier shots seemed to be coming from the home fighter as we moved into the second.

Nellins’ workrate dipped in the third, which almost worked to his benefit, seeing him implement the jab more and begin to set up attacks more patiently, hurting Jameson on the ropes in the final minute.

Nellins had to dig deep in the final round as Jameson poured on the pressure, but he would show huge guts to weather an early storm and push his opponent to the ropes and go to the body.

Going to the cards after a competitive fight, the bout was scored a 39:39 draw, a result nobody could argue.

The verdict sees Nellins move to 3(0)-0-1, while Jameson updates his record to 1(0)-7(0)-1.

Joe O'Neill

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