Family affair as Warren joins the Ballroom boys

Boxing brothers Connor and Warren Nixon
Boxing brothers Connor and Warren Nixon

WARREN Nixon is happy to play catch up as he bids to emulate the success of the Empress Ballroom’s band of brothers.

Warren, aged 27, is the elder brother of super-flyweight prospect Connor and joins the McDonnell twins in Stefy Bull and Dave Hulley’s Mexborough stable as sibling professionals.

The four lads from Hatfield go way back but whilst lightning quick southpaw Connor was winning amateur titles Warren was being far braver overseas.

He told The Star: “I started with Jamie and Gav and was up there with Bradley Saunders and the best in the country at one stage.

“I boxed for the army and won the individual championships whilst Connor kept it up and won all sorts of titles but I gave it up for four years.

“Now it’s just a case of getting back into it. Connor’s taken over and he’s the top boy. He’s going to go to British level soon and he’ll be a force there.”

Now working in security after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Warren is re-doubling his efforts to give boxing a go and will make his professional debut on Glyn Rhodes’ Doncaster Racecourse show on March 8.

Warren isn’t too proud when it comes to getting tips from his younger brother and wants to emulate the success of the McDonnells.

“Gavin stopped boxing before me and he’s come back to win titles so it’s definitely possible,” he said.

“If they can do it then I can do it. I’ve been training for five months on and off and it’s coming back to me.

“I’m taking advice from Connor because he’s one of the best at being clever in the ring. I’m more of a rough and tough guy.”

Warren will fight fellow debutant Alex Phillips at super-featherweight. Whilst Conisborough-trained Arron Boyce and Matthew Brierley will also feature.

Conisbrough heavyweight David Allen took just 55 seconds to get rid of Hungarian opponent Laszlo Peczeli on Saturday night.

Allen’s jab was getting through Peczeli’s guard easily enough at the Don Valley Stadium and he followed this up with a couple of big right hands that decked the older and heavier import.

Peczeli managed to get up the first time but another attack from Allen left him in no fit state to carry on.