News July 2017

Boxer Weise Makes Shock Confession ahead of Comeback "It sounds sad but I had to do it"


By Michael J Jones

THIS SUNDAY AT York Hall, Bethnal Green, perennial contender Nathan Weise makes his latest comeback and insists he is in the shape of his life for potentially the final chapter of his eleven-year career. The tall Londoner turns 33-years-old this Friday (July 7th) and is currently 11-5-2 (2) ahead of ring return against Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Geiboord Omier.

Talking to Livefight just a few days before his ring-rust shedder, “Sugar Boy” acknowledges his career has not gone exactly to plan so far but intends to right some wrongs after an intense camp under the watchful eye of respected trainer Alec Wilkey.

“In my career you could say it never went to plan as I didn't have a plan” quips the Thamesmead stylist. “When I first turned pro I just thought it was about the boxing and the training but a lot of boxing is actually the business end of it. I really didn't know anything about that when I first started out.”

The rangey Weise turned pro in 2006 after a respectable amateur record. He originally began his pro journey under the guidance of Frank Maloney but the professional relationship would prove to be a brief one following a draw in his second fight and a loss to Mark Douglas in his third bout.

“Douglas was a tough guy and I also injured my shoulder in the fight (a four-round points loss). He was making his debut but he was already a handful. The shoulder required an operation which kept me out of the ring for nearly two years. My career has never ever gone smoothly but I'm still here and I feel I've done well to still be here as many would have walked away in my shoes.”

Weise has suffered a few defeats along the way but does hold some quality victories also. After a devastating one-round loss to Steve O'Meara back in 2011 in his first challenge for the Southern Area title, he would record his finest win the following year when wiping out the tough Jeff Thomas in just two rounds in Brentwood.

“I think my win over Jeff Thomas was the best of my career and a stand-out victory” comments Weise proudly. “I thought that would be the win that lifted me up and take my career to another level but me and my team then was very inexperienced. We made some mistakes and I ended up losing my very next fight.”

Just three months after his impressive knock-out of Thomas, Weise was matched with old foe Ryan Toms in a match for the vacant Southern Area title. The two men had previously drawn over six rounds but there was only one winner in their rematch as Toms took Weise apart inside of two explosive rounds.

“Ryan Toms is a tough, hard-punching southpaw and I should never have taken that fight when I did. I'll fight anybody but, on that occasion, I should have just turned it down. I felt really flat and not myself at all. It was just inexperience and all part of the learning curve.”

Since that defeat five years ago, Weise hasn't been overly active. The three-time Southern Area title challenger has averaged just one fight a year but did grab a much-needed win last May when out-scoring Hungarian brawler Zoltan Turai after six rounds.

“My inactivity is down to me not having a very large following” admits Nathan honestly when Livefight queries his recent absences from the ring. “To fight on a show I usually have to buy my own tickets just to be able to fight....I know that sounds sad but boxing is my passion and you have to do these things to be able to do what you love.”

“For that reason, I haven't been able to box very often and I've had to struggle financially to continue my career.”

“Zoltan Turai was a tough guy; he had muscles bulging out of his neck. I came into the fight off another lay-off but had completed an excellent camp and had trained hard so I could cope with six hard rounds.”

Comeback opponent Geiboord Omier seems a relatively safe return opponent with a record of 3-18-1 (2). The visitor has boxed four previous times in the UK and has lost them all though he nearly always goes the distance like all good have-gloves-will-travel types.

“I'm buzzing for the fight and I can't wait to smash him” enthuses the come-backing contender. “I can't pronounce his name but I've seen him box and he's pretty game and comes to fight but I've trained very hard for this and I feel not only physically in perfect shape but also mentally in the right place for the first time in my career.”

“Erick Ochieng faces Freddy Kiwitt for the vacant Southern Area title on the same bill and I'd love the winner of that fight. That fight will be a cracker and me vs either man would be too. My plan is to bag the win on Sunday and hopefully go straight into a Southern Area fight in my next contest.”

“I'm still ambitious and very focussed but if I can say I retired as a Southern Area champion I'll walk away as a very happy man.”

“Many people don't realise what goes on in boxing and the stuff you have to deal with. Before my fight with Steve O'Meara, I was still collecting money the day of the fight for my cut-men and trainer and just felt very tired by fight-time. My fight with Faheem Khan (a close points defeat in 2013), I basically trained myself for the fight and also injured my finger when I got it caught in a food blender...but what I keep saying these are all part of the learning process.”

“I'm with a good team now, me and my wife have moved back home with my mum and I've got my head screwed on right. I'm not over-looking my next fight but I want that Area belt and that's my focus now.”

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