Bardney Boxer eyes Eubank Jnr
Nathan DeCastro has put Chris Eubank Jnr at the top of his hit list after being handed the date for his professional debut.
Manager Jason McClory has confirmed DeCastro will box on a championship bill in Cleethorpes on Friday October 19 – and the 21 year-old from Bardney has mapped out his plan to climb the middleweight rankings and secure a match with Eubank Jnr.
As amateurs, they boxed twice – and DeCastro had the Brighton showman on the floor with the first punch of their first fight in Lincoln.
Eubank Jnr is currently rated one of the best prospects in British boxing with millions of fight fans tuning in to watch him box on Channel Five.
DeCastro is convinced he will end his ambitions of following father Chris to the top of the boxing world. “I will beat him in the pros,” promised Decastro. “Eubank Jnr is one of the reasons why I decided to turn professional.
“I wanted to fight him on my debut, but Jason said I should wait. It would be great to fight him for a title.” DeCastro fights for fun and reckons he won “about half” of his 91 bouts with Bracebridge Amateur Boxing Club.
As an amateur, he was a heart-on-his sleeve scrapper and scalped top talents like Adam Etches, currently an unbeaten pro, and England international Dominic Deevey.
DeCastro also boxed for England against Australia.
Throughout his amateur career, DeCastro showed that regardless of size or reputation, he will fight them all and McClory says that’s why he is so excited to add him to his stable.
McClory, an international agent who works with the Klitschkos, said: “Nathan is a real fighter.
“He’s not a poser, he gets in there because he wants to fight.
“He’s exciting to watch. From first bell to last, he gets stuck in and I’m sure people will want to watch him box. I want to keep Nathan busy and hopefully he will have five wins under his belt by the end of this season.”
DeCastro will be trained by his father, Frank, and Gaz Jenkinson.
He lives with his father and said: “Dad makes sure I get out of bed and do my runs.”
From the start, Frank has been in Nathan’s corner.
“I was a bit of a tearaway when I was younger,” admitted Decastro, “so dad took me to the gym to calm me down when I was 10 years old. I had my first bout when I was 11 and I’ve been fighting ever since.”
DeCastro worked with Lincoln legends Kelly Oliver, Tony Dowling and Michael Monaghan at Bracebridge ABC and now follows them into the professional ranks.
“I’m just going to give it my best shot,” he said. “Shane McPhilbin came from nowhere to win the British cruiserweight title and that just shows that anything can happen.
“I spoke to a few managers, but Jason made me the best offer and with him behind me I’m sure I can fulfil my potential.”
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