Boxing champion Anthony Nelson to be at Saturday’s game against Birtley

Boxing champion Anthony Nelson to be at Saturday’s game against Birtley

English and Commonwealth boxing champion Anthony Nelson will be at Mariners Park on Saturday – weeks after a partnership was announced with the club.

Anthony, from South Shields, is being sponsored by South Shields FC in the lead-up to his next fight, which is expected to take place at the end of April.

The talented super-flyweight will attend the Mariners’ game against Birtley Town on Saturday along with coach Mal Gates – who trains him at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Gym – and his family.

Anthony Nelson 4Mal said: “We’re delighted to have been invited, and are really looking forward to the game.

“This raises the profile of Anthony again, as there may be people who go to the football who aren’t too aware of him.

“The football team is doing fantastically well, and this will allow people to get to know Anthony a little bit more.

“Some people might not know about him, but he’s a Commonwealth champion from the town.

“We want to give the club something back for what they have given us. We want to support them in any way we can.”

Anthony, nicknamed ‘Babyface’, is unbeaten in all 11 of his professional contests, and that has seen him with the Northern Area, English and Commonwealth/British Empire championships, which he will bring with him on Saturday.

The boxer is expected to meet the players before the game and be introduced to the crowd on the pitch, while he will stay to watch the match.

He is set to be kitted out in South Shields colours when he next makes his way to the ring.

Saturday’s match is the Mariners’ final Saturday home game of the season, with Birtley the visitors to Mariners Park. It also coincides with the Easter weekend and an international break, meaning there will be no Premier League fixtures on at the same time.

Kick-off is at 3pm, and admission prices – to be paid at the turnstiles – are £5 for adults, £3 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

IMAGES: Peter Talbot.