GARRY NEALE has been tipped to propel himself into title contention in 2014 after extending his unbeaten record.
The Leigh Park lightweight chalked up his fifth professional win at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday night.
Neale gave away a stone in weight to journeyman Jason Nesbitt.
But he still proved too good for the Birmingham man as he recorded a six-round points win.
He didn’t have it all his way, though, as Nesbitt provided a useful test of his credentials.
Now the task for the 25-year-old is to deliver a busy period of success – building towards a title shot later this year.
Trainer Michael Ballingall believes a move down to the super-featherweight division could be the way for Neale to go.
He reckons he can carry his power down to 9st 4lb and could be a big player at that weight.
Ballingall said: ‘Garry won easily in the end, but was giving a lot of weight away.
‘We wanted him to keep moving, but he ended up getting involved at times.
‘He got caught once or twice but was well on top.
‘Now we want some good, competitive fights for this year, and maybe look for a Southern Area or Masters title this year.
‘We want the Leigh Park boxing fans to get behind Garry and build him up in the next two or three fights.
‘I think we can get Garry down to super-featherweight, and he will be strong and fast at the weight.
‘That has to be the plan for him moving forward.’
Neale was backed up by wins for all of his stable-mates on a five-bout card.
That meant successes for debut-making trio Lewie O’Mara, Jason Turner and Ryan Davies.
O’Mara won a tough battle with Dan Carr on points at light-welterweight.
Davies got his pro career off to a flier with a stoppage success over Sid Razak, also at light-welter, with Turner grabbing the points verdict over Jody Meikle at light-heavyweight.
Turner impressed as he contended with Meikle’s awkward style, with O’Mara shining despite his relative experience.
Ballingall was pleased with how the trio contended with their big occasion.
He said: ‘Lewie has no amateur experience at all.
‘And Dan Carr was coming into the contest off a win.
‘Lewie boxed tidily and got through with some heavy shots.
‘When a lad tries to take Dan out he gets fired up, and there were some dirty tactics but Lewie handled it.
‘Jason had to deal with a game Jody Meikle, as ever.
‘But he used movement and angles to deal with his awkward style.
‘Jody tried to force it at times but got picked off.
‘Jason has boxing in his blood and is very popular.
‘It was good to see Ryan manage to stop Sid Razak.
‘He boxed really well and throws all the punches in the book.
‘He could be one to look out for and could get down to super-featherweight as well.
‘It’s about the lads developing properly.
‘They are in the right positive environment to stay focused and do that.’