Gladwin to face Nixon for title

Halifax’s Scott Gladwin will fight for the Central Area super flyweight title at Doncaster Dome on Friday, April 19.

The 24-year-old, who has lost his last two fights after winning his first five as a pro, will take on unbeaten fellow southpaw Connor Nixon.

Nixon is ranked seven in the country but Gladwin is dropping a weight division and local fight boss Chris Astin is optimistic of an upset.

“This is a really big opportunity for Scott to make his mark,” said Aston, who is likely to have Huddersfield middleweight Alastair Warren in action on the same night.

There might also have been a title opportunity at Doncaster for Liam Walsh but the Halifax man is awaiting another eye operation.

Meanwhile, Halifax’s Richard Bitner suffered his first defeat as a professional at the Gorbals Leisure Centre in Glasgow last Saturday.

He was beaten 39-37 on points by Alexender White, a Scot, over four three minute rounds at welterweight.

White was making it six wins out of seven while Bitner had taken a record of three wins and a draw - all from fights at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax over the last two years - into the contest.

Aston said: “Richard gave a good account of himself - it was close in every round

Also on Saturday, Bitner’s stablemate Tyrone Nurse won the vacant Central Area light welterweight title at Doncaster Dome.

Huddersfield’s Nurse, whose only defeat in 25 pro fights came at the hands of Adil Anwar in the final of a Prizefighter tournament 12 months ago, came out on top when his opponent Joe Elfidh was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in the second round of their scheduled 10 rounder.

Elfidh started like a house on fire but made little impression on the classy Nurse.

Elfidh tried to maintain the relentless pace in the second round but his big right hand was followed by a fine upper cut to the chin from Nurse and the towel was thrown in soon after.

Nurse is hoping to challenge Curtis Woodhouse for an English title in May or June.