Lincoln world champ: ‘I would be in prison’ without boxing

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Lincoln’s first world champion boxer has said that he would either be “dead or in prison” without the sport, after his biggest title fight yet.

Nathan ‘The Nightmare’ Decastro came toe to toe with Ghanian Daniel Sowah at the Engine Shed on Saturday, April 27 for the World Boxing Union super middleweight championship of the world title.

It was an intense fight, with local lad Decastro knocking down his opponent in the first round, before it was called off between rounds three and four.

He’s ready for the big night.

All three judges ruled in favour of the Lincoln boxer with an identical reading of 30 to 26. After the match, Nathan Decastro announced that he would defend his title on June 22 against Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs.

Before Nathan was crowned world champion, he sat down for a chat with The Lincolnite for a chat about his journey.

Nathan in action.

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When he was just nine-years-old, Nathan’s dad took him to Bracebridge Boxing Club to burn off some of his energy.

Around 20 years later, Decastro has 15 professional wins under his belt and made a name for himself by putting Chris Eubank Jr onto the canvas when they were both in the amateur ranks.

The 28-year-old told The Lincolnite that he almost took the wrong path in life. He said: “I’ve had my brushes with the law. Without boxing I would be in a bad place, maybe I would be in prison or even dead.

He will be competing for a super middleweight title.

“But I managed to focus all of my energy into boxing and I’m really happy with my life now.

Nathan admitted that he needs to keep up his undefeated run of matches, which means a lot of pressure on his shoulders.

“It would be really tough to get back into this position at this stage in my career. Nobody really seems to want to fight, so it’s been really difficult to get those opponents.

“Everyone seems to talk the good talk but they rarely turn up on the night.”

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