Aussie Nathaniel May heads back to Belfast roots on Friday

RINGSIDE 02/10/2018

World-ranked featherweight Nathaniel May is preparing to announce himself to Belfast fans in style on Friday – and has more in common with them than you might think.

The Australian (19-1-KO11) has ancestors from the famous fight city and is looking forward to a boisterous atmosphere when he takes to the ring on a stacked card at the Titanic Exhibition Centre – live on BoxNation.

‘Cheeky’ said: “My great-grandfather was from Belfast and in the early 1900s he moved from Belfast over to Australia and married my great-grandmother.

“I don’t really know a great deal about my Belfast roots yet but I’m looking forward to finding out more and fighting in front of the fans there, who I hear are some of the best in the world.

“I was talking to my gym-mate Scott Quigg in Los Angeles about the atmosphere that awaits on Friday and he said the Belfast crowd are always nice and lively so I can’t wait to put on a show for them.

“I have big plans for the next 12 months. I’m ranked highly by the IBF and obviously you have Carl Frampton challenging Josh Warrington for that belt in December so I’ll be paying close attention to that.

“Whatever happens, I want my shot within a year and if it’s the winner of Warrington vs. Frampton, that’d be great.”

Headlining a busy night of Belfast boxing is Tyrone McCullagh vs. Josh Kennedy for the WBO European super-bantamweight title, with Paddy Gallagher vs. Jay Byrne for the Celtic crown, Steven Ward vs. Rolando Paredes, Marco McCullough vs. Ruddy Encarnacion, Conrad Cummings, Gary Cully, Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Padraig McCrory and Sean McGlinchey also starring.

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