Jack Catterall has got up close and personal with Tyrone Nurse ahead of their big British title clash next month.
The pair will meet for the Huddersfield man’s Super Lightweight strap at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 21.
The opening shots were fired at a press conference on Monday with Catterall confident he’ll come out on top in the biggest fight of his career thus far and bring the Lord Lonsdale belt back across the Pennines.
“I’ve watched the last couple of Tyrone’s fights and he hasn’t been impressive but I’ve watched him over the years and I know he will be training hard and preparing well for this fight,” said the 24-year-old, 18-0 as a professional.
“More than anything, I believe in my ability and on October 21 I’m coming to take that title.
“We’ve had plenty notice for the fight and we’ve been preparing hard.
“I’m coming to knock him out, I’d be a fool not to. I think more so for the fans, everyone wants to see the knockout.
“If I can’t knock him out I’ll beat him over the 12 rounds.”
Nurse has been around the block though, having 21 more fights under his belt with six having been for the British title.
The 27-year-old, 35-2-2, said: “I was rubbish in my last two fights, I won’t make any excuses.
“I’m excited for this fight, Jack is excited for this fight and the fans are excited for this fight.
“Jack is more or less mandatory for the WBO World title.
“There’s a lot of motivation in this fight. I can take his position in the rankings if I beat him in October.”
There was also heat at the press conference between the respective trainers, Haroon Hedley backing Chorley’s WBO Inter-Continental champion to get the job done.
“We all believe that Jack will get to Tyrone Nurse and knock him out,” he said.
Nurse’s cornerman Chris Aston fired back.
“They’ve got this massively wrong, they think it’s a good time to fight,” he said.
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