EXCLUSIVE: Nathaniel Collins, British Featherweight Champion, Disappointed At Lack Of TV Opportunities, Believes He Can Beat Any Fighter In His Weight Class

Preview: Nathaniel Collins vs James Beech – British and Commonwealth Featherweight Title Fight

Nathaniel Collins vs James Beech Headlines Big Night Of Scottish Action

Glasgow’s Nathaniel Collins will make his return to the ring on Friday, March 10, in his home city of Glasgow, defending his Commonwealth Featherweight title against former British and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title challenger, James Beech Jnr.

The Vacant British Featherweight Title will also be on the line in the bout at the Thistle Hotel. With the British Featherweight title, the winner of this bout will look to propel themselves into the conversation with top names like Nick Ball, Jordan Gill, Josh Warrington, Thomas Patrick-Ward, Jazza Dickens, and Leigh Wood. 

The Scotsman won the title in only his 9th professional bout, stopping previously unbeaten South African, Thembani Mbangatha in Bolton in November 2021. 

Collins makes his return after an almost 10-month hiatus, after making his 1st defence of his Commonwealth title against the unbeaten Jacob Robinson last May. The second half of 2022 was frustrating for Glasgow’s fighting son, with a potential bout against Featherweight danger man, and WBC number 7 ranked Nick ‘The Wrecking’ Ball, scheduled for July on the undercard of Sheeraz vs Torres live on BT Sport, but ultimately falling through, with Ball opting to defend his WBC Silver title instead. Collins hopes adding the British Title to his collection will lead to more mainstream exposure for the talented southpaw. 

James Beech Jnr is well known to the British Boxing public, having boxed 3 times on the BT Sport platform, firstly for the British Title, in the first UK show after the first Covid-19 lockdown. Losing a unanimous decision against British and Commonwealth Champion, Brad Foster. A year later, in his next bout, Beech lost a decision to prospect Chris Bourke at Wembley Arena. After two wins on small hall shows, Beech moved up to featherweight to challenge Dennis McCann for the WBC International Silver title, at the Copper Box, in July last year. Beech got put down in the 1st, and once again in the 8th, losing a TKO8 to ‘the menace’. 

On the undercard of the Kynoch Promotions show, the BBBoC Celtic Middleweight title will be contested in an intriguing 50/50 between Ben McGivern and Dominic Donegan over 10 rounds. Cruiserweight David Jamieson will also make his comeback after coming up short in his British Title bid against Mikael Lawal in November.

By Andrew Tokley

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