The announcement that Britain’s Tyrone Nurse would head to Marbella to take on tough Spaniard Kerman Lejarraga next month caught many off-guard.
However, after two consecutive victories, Nurse revealed he was itching to get back into the ring and would never turn down a fight.
“Even from when I was 11/12, I have had that mentality – you offer me a fight, I’ll fight whoever and it’s stuck with me now, through thick and thin and here we are now”, Nurse said.
Whilst it represents a risk, the fight takes on heightened importance for Nurse as it presents him with a potential path to big domestic fights.
He added: “If I had to guess, he is probably ranked in the top 15 in the world and that’s thing about boxing, all it takes is that one win and you’re back in the mix aren’t you. And, that’s what you want, you want to be in the mix getting the big fights, whether there’s a title on the line or not, it’s more about testing myself and fighting people that present a challenge.
“Anyone could sell enough tickets and fight journeymen for the rest of their life and retire 49 – 0 and box no one and won a couple of Area titles and maybe an English title if they’re lucky, but I’d rather go out with 12 losses knowing that I challenged myself and fought all the people that I shouldn’t have beat and won some lost some, that’s what I’m about, that’s who I am.”
Nurse went onto emphasise that the opportunity to get back into the ring following the lockdown was one that was too alluring for him to turn down: “I wasn’t expecting anything before 2021, so when this did pop up it was exciting, they could have offered me Golovkin and I would have taken it.”