Aberdeen lightweight Nathan Beattie today revealed he has been training with a former world champion in preparation for a title shot.
The 28-year-old will face an as yet unconfirmed opponent over eight rounds for the PBC Silver international lightweight title at the Beach Ballroom on Friday, October 20.
Beattie, aka “Nate Dogg”, will fight on the undercard of fellow Aberdonian Lee McAllister’s title tilt for an IBF belt.
In preparation for the biggest fight of his fledgling professional career to date Beattie has trained with former WBC world, European, British and Commonwealth super lightweight champion Junior Witter in Sheffield.
Beattie has undergone intensive sessions by Witter at the legendary Ingle gym, a champion production line that spawned Prince Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson, Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, and Witter.
Beattie said: “ Training with Junior Witter at the Ingle gym was fantastic as he taught me a lot about footwork and switching.
“Junior said I am a controlled boxer and I don’t rush in.
“I am not in for a war and can counter-punch.
“If I see the target I will go for it and get the knockout whenever I need it.
“Junior told me that I am a good boxer and that he could see me going far in the sport.
“To hear a compliment like that from someone of Junior’s level in boxing was such a confidence boost for me.”
Beattie and his manager McAllister, aka the Aberdeen Assassin, both trained at the Ingle gym (St Thomas gym) as part of the preparation for next month’s title bids.
Former two-weight WBU world and two-weight Commonwealth champion McAllister began his career at the Igle gym, training under legend Dominic Ingle who oversaw the rise to IBF, WBO and WBC world featherweight title belts by Hamed in the 90s.
Beattie said: “It is a different level of boxing at the Ingle gym.
“We trained twice a day there and I learnt so much. It was also great for Lee to get back to where it all started for him .
“We are going to hopefully keep going down to Sheffield every couple of weekends, so I can improve my boxing.
“At the Ingle gym they showed me the type of boxing and training that Lee did and still does for his title shots
“Lee and myself are both using the same training regimes, nothing is different.
“I am benefitting so much from receiving the same training as Lee.”
Beattie will bid to secure a second belt in the Granite City within a year when he takes to the ring on October 20.
He claimed the International Masters Novice Lightweight Championship, his first pro title, with a first round stoppage of Igors Dubov at the Beach Ballroom in June.
Dubov’s corner threw in the towel one minute 54 seconds into the opening round after the Latvian was floored by Beattie’s concussive body shot.
Beattie said: “This is the biggest fight of my career so far.
“Fighting for this title is a massive stepping stone for me and I aim to take the belt and show everyone what I can do.
“I am not messing around, I want to take this title and then hopefully go on for bigger opportunities.
“I want to go on and get a Scottish title shot, then hopefully go for the Commonwealth or British titles.
“In my last fight I went six rounds (60-55 defeat of Marty Kayes) and feel confident I can go for eight to get this title.
“Then I want to start pushing for major titles after this.”
It is less than a year since Beattie made his professional debut at welterweight winning that first fight last November.
He lost his next two before stepping up to lightweight and has not looked back with three straight victories.
Beattie said: “I have progressed as a boxer so much over the last year since I had my first professional fight.
“I am going for my second title next month and am confident of making the most of that opportunity.
“Now I am ready to make a name for myself in the sport.”