Had you heard the identify Nick Ball final 12 months? Likelihood is, no, you had not. However chances are high far higher that you’re acquainted with the British featherweight warrior now. Ball, all 5’5” of him (these, let’s consider, beneficiant listings have him the identical peak as bantamweight king Naoya Inoue), had an ideal 2022, throughout which he thrilled followers along with his all-action, continuous punching type and method.
Ball, hailing from Liverpool and being 25 years previous, fought 3 times this 12 months, profitable every bout by stoppage. It was in April, on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte struggle in London, when Ball actually put himself on the radar. Smashing by means of the favored Isaac Lowe in six dominant rounds, Ball tore up each the script and his opponent.
Ball, a real ball of fireplace, was massively spectacular. His sheer aggression, his speedy punch charge, and his accuracy have been one thing to marvel over. Ball went on to cease each Nathaniel Kakololo, this within the twelfth and remaining spherical, Ball’s efficiency right here displaying he has a superb engine and that he carries his energy with him into the later rounds of a struggle, and Eduardo Ramirez Rubio, this a fast, one-round evening of labor for Ball.
Ball noticed out 2022 with a 17-0(10) document and, displaying how his energy is rising alongside along with his maturity, the WBC silver champ at 126 kilos has gained his final 4 bouts contained in the restrict. 2023 guarantees to be a most eventful 12 months for Ball. With the featherweight division buzzing within the UK – the motion on these shores having been supplied by Leigh Wooden, Michael Conlan, and Josh Warrington – Ball has a variety of choices for subsequent 12 months.
Ball can also be aiming at taking up a few of the Mexican featherweights, reminiscent of Mauricio Lara and new IBF champ Luis Alberto Lopez. Can Ball go all the way in which and change into a world champion? It appears, as spectacular, as hungry, as devoted, and as harmful as he’s, Ball has all of the instruments wanted to do it.
Everybody loves an all-action, worth for cash each time warrior, and Ball confirmed this 12 months that he’s very a lot that. Ball may also have the required components to change into the subsequent British star. Who doesn’t take pleasure in watching this man struggle!