‘Nice guy’ Tribble told to get nasty

Shaun Tribble, right, during his pro debut loss to Ideh Ockuko
Shaun Tribble, right, during his pro debut loss to Ideh Ockuko
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Shaun Tribble has been told to find his mean streak as he goes in search of his first professional win.

The Gosport lightweight travels to London to meet Josh Thorn tomorrow, looking for his maiden success in the paid ranks.

Tribble is gunning to make a big impression after losing a disputed decision to Ideh Ockuko on his debut.

The Jack Bishop-trained fighter has been putting in the work needed to make an impact.

Tribble meets an opponent who was unbeaten during a limited period in the amateur ranks.

But Bishop believes the 24-year-old has what it takes chalk up a win and go on to have a decent pro career.

The respected boxing stalwart feels Tribble needs to find a nastiness to his game to make strides, however.

Bishop insists his charge has an affable demeanour out of the ring – but reckons Tribble needs to lose that when he steps through the ropes if he is to progress.

Bishop said: ‘I’ve got high hopes for Shaun if he can continue developing.

‘He knows the game inside out and his defence is very good.

‘He’s got a bit of spirit about him and is a very nice fella.

‘It’s no good him being a Mr Nice Guy all the time, though.

‘When he gets into the ring, his opponent has to be his biggest enemy.

‘I thought he was a little unlucky to lose his first fight.

‘He knew that his work-rate wasn’t what it needs to be, though.

‘He’ll be looking to put that right this time.

‘I’ve got every faith in him to put on a good performance.’

Meanwhile, Sam Couzens gets a crack at his first professional crown when he fights for the British Masters title later this month.

Couzens will meet Welshman Steffan Hughes for the crown at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Tuesday, November 29.

It is reward for a busy period for the 25-year-old, who has fought eight times over the past 18 months.

Couzens, from Titchfield, will be looking to improve his 7-6 record and pick up the title in a contest which has all the hallmarks of an exciting battle.

Bishop said: ‘It’s a big opportunity for Sammy. It’s been the sort of chance I’ve been keen to get him because he deserves it.

‘We had one opponent lined up for the Southern Area title, but the board refused it.

‘So we are glad we have been able to scout around and get him this chance – now he has to take it.’