Tyrone Nurse won the vacant Central Area light-welterweight belt on Friday night when opponent Joe Elfidh was retired in round two after injuring his right shoulder on a packed show promoted by Stefy Bull at the Doncaster Dome.
It looked like the injury had happened when Elfidh began to signal to the referee as he came out of an exchange in his own corner and was holding his right arm low. He did get caught by an uppercut from Nurse inside, but prior to this Elfidh had thrown a couple of big bolo punches that missed the target and talk at ringside was; maybe he had jolted it out of its socket?
Elfidh from Rochester tried to fight on but the second round looked painful for him and his left hand was not enough to deal with Nurses sharp work behind his long jab and in his current state couldn’t carry on although he tried.
It was a shame and the fight was an anti-climax in the end although it had been developing after starting off a bit ragged due to Elfidh’s swarming tactics with Nurse trying to dictate the action from behind a good one two.
Elfidh’s corner finally made the decision to pull him out by launching the towel into the middle of the canvas, the referee looked for a second and then accepted the retirement and waved the fight off to crown Nurse the new belt holder.
Nurse, 23, is developing into a good fighter, beaten only once in a 26 fight career, against Adil Anwar in the Prizefighter final. A rematch with Elfidh might be an assignment he may have to or want to face again, but a rematch with Anwar and a shot at the English and British titles are what lie ahead for the Huddersfield slickster.
After the fight Nurse was presented the Central Area belt by former lightweight holder Kieran Farrell, who was attending his first show since his English title fight against Anthony Crolla last December. Kieran was advised in January that he should never box again after suffering a bleed on the brain in his tight points loss to Crolla which was fight of the year.
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