Bermondsey boxer Chris Kongo confident he has remedy to take down Nurse


Chris Kongo is confident he can pull off the biggest win of his professional career when he faces the experienced Tyrone Nurse on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old from Bermondsey is 11-0 in the pro ranks.

Nurse, 29, is a former British welterweight champion. He has lost his last four, all on points, and never been stopped in 43 bouts.

“A win puts me on the map,” said Kongo. “I 100 per cent believe I can beat him, that his time has gone and is it my time to step up to the plate.

“He’s very durable, which is good because he can take me some rounds. He’s very slippery – like myself. It is going to be like fighting myself a bit but I bring a lot of different attributes to the table.

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“All-round I am a better fighter than he is.

“I plan for a 10-round fit but if it goes early, then it goes early.

“I want to either win the British title by the end of the year of face a couple of European level opponents, just to move up the rankings as quickly as possible.

“There’s no rush, but I’m ready to step up to the challenges.

“Everything is timing. There is a little bit of frustration [that he has not had bigger fights before] but it’s about putting as much work in as possible at the gym. That is all going in the bank so I’m ready to go.”

Kongo would love a crack at British champion Chris Jenkins, who outpointed Peckham’s Johnny Garton in March to win the domestic crown.

“He got the win, quite comfortably really,” said Kongo. “He did what he had to do.

“I tried to get my manager to sort out a fight [with Garton]. I’m not too sure what happened there, but if he is ready to fight then I am ready to fight.”

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