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Unbeaten Wheatley set to get back in the ring


WARRINGTON’S unbeaten middleweight prospect Nathan Wheatley (8-0) is to get back to business just six weeks after his last fight
Wheatley will back in the ring on May 12 at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool, seeking his ninth straight win on a talent-packed VIP Promotions show.
It was only on March 31 that the 29-year-old middleweight defeated Casey Blair (4-38) at the Preston Guild Hall to extend his winning record to eight in eight.
The Easter Saturday bout was his first appearance in the square ring for over a year, following rehabilitation on a shoulder injury, and first fight with new trainer Matthew Hatton in the corner.
An ongoing, deteriorating shoulder injury, initially triggered during a sparring session back in 2015, forced Wheatley to withdraw from a Central Area middleweight championship contest last May at Manchester’s Bowlers Arena, and he had to take time out to have extensive physio treatment.
He spoke excitedly about being back in action again so soon.
“Looking forward to getting back out again, the last fight didn’t take too much out of me so I’m ready to go again!”
The former Bridgefoot ABC student initially turned pro under the guidance of Oliver Harrison after he was inspired by former teammate Martin Murray to join the thriving gym, but they parted ways, amicably, after just two fights together.
He then joined Kieran Farrell’s stable, who guided him towards a Central Area title shot, which he grudgingly forfeited through injury.
He now aims to return to the Central Area title mix with former European champion and world title contender Hatton, as his trainer.
“It’s good to be back in the ring with two working arms” laughed Wheatley. “The ring rust is dusted off now, I’m just looking to keep winning and learning, and Matt will get me the right fights at the right time.”


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