Bridlington boxer Shane Green had a night to remember when he was asked to carry Tyrone Nurse’s British title belt into the ring at the weekend.
Green is good friends with the super-lightweight champion, who approached him a few weeks ago and offered him the chance to get involved.
Nurse, from Huddersfield, was up against Hull’s Tommy Coyle in a Yorkshire battle in Leeds.
Green, who represents Bridlington ABC and runs the Gym Addict clothing brand, said: “Me and Tyrone are very good friends I met him while at university and trained in his gym while I was living over there.
“He has helped me from day dot with the clothing brand and helped develop the business until this day and is happy to do so.”
Green was picked up by the TV cameras as he held the belt aloft in the ring in the minutes before the bout started.
He added: “We have been working on the business for two years now and he helped me when the business was changed to Gym Addict.
“Ironically, I bought the business concept from Tommy Coyle and faced legal issues with the original name Gym Junkie, but Tyrone has stuck by me since.
“He helps with advertising and design work and asked me to carry the belt out against Tommy.
“It was true loyalty and I was really honoured to be a part of the big night, as well as getting great exposure for the brand on Sky Sports.”
Nurse retained his title with a unanimous points decision.
“It was very surreal walking out with my friend and his team to such a huge crowd, holding arguably one of the most prestigious belts in boxing.
“Being an amateur boxer, to be involved in that was unreal, very motivational and it made me want to do it myself.”