Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Distance Is Decisive, Says Waqas

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Distance Is Decisive, Says Waqas

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MOHAMMED Waqas believes his experience of going the 10-round distance will be the decisive factor when he meets Anthony Nelson for the vacant Northern Area superflyweight title in the headline fight on Sunday's Summer Rumble show at the Stadium of Light.

Teessider Waqas, 21, lost a dubious decision to Louis Norman for the British Masters title in February, but went the full halfhour route with ease as he boxed brilliantly away from home in Derbyshire.

South Shields' Nelson has won all six of his professional contests but has never been beyond six rounds, and Waqas feels that will tell if the fight reaches the later championship sessions.

"He's never done more than six, two-minute rounds, whereas I've done 10 threes and I did it easily," said the South Bank boxer.

"I think that will play into my hands late in the fight and I think it's going to be a cracker."

Nelson has a bustling style but South Bank's Waqas - who has four wins and two defeats on his travels - can be difficult to subdue once he has worked his way into a fight. …

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