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Nathan Heaney gives Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua a run for their money with his electric walk thanks to Stoke fans and Tom Jones


The showmanship that comes with large-scale boxing is never more present than when a fighter walks into the ring.

And in Britain we do it better than most. In recent years, Tyson Fury has dressed up as a Spartan warrior and been carried to a throne to the sound of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Anthony Joshua has entered the arena with a load of pyrotechnics. Let’s also not forget the ultimate showman in Prince Naseem and his magic carpet.

Fury has had a few surprises in the ring over the years
Nathan Heaney gives Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua a run for their money with his electric walk thanks to Stoke fans and Tom Jones
Joshua may have had an incredible walk in the ring ahead of his loss to Usyk – but Heaney gives him his money’s worth
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In smaller venues, however, the entertainment is usually more focused on the action inside the ropes, with walks in the ring merely serving the functional purpose of bringing the boxer from the locker room into the fight.

Unless you’re Nathan Heaney.

The 33-year-old is an undefeated and pre-pandemic middleweight boxer, was relatively unknown outside of his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.

That was until a video went viral of his loyal fan base serenading him, to the tune of Welsh superstar Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’, as he walked to the King’s ring Hall in his hometown.

The atmosphere was fit to rival some of the biggest sporting events in the country and subsequently Heaney was signed for Frank Warren’s Queensbury promotions to join a strong stable that includes Fury, Anthony Yarde and Joe Joyce among others.

Since then, Heaney has gone from strength to strength providing his growing support at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena against Konstantin Aleksandrov and Sladan Janjanin in August and November respectively and stealing the show, even though he was not the lead. poster.


Nathan Heaney gives Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua a run for their money with his electric walk thanks to Stoke fans and Tom Jones
Heaney was noticed by Frank Warren and signed for the Queensbury promotions thanks to his boxing skills and a little help from Tom Jones.
Nathan Heaney gives Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua a run for their money with his electric walk thanks to Stoke fans and Tom Jones
The energy as he enters an arena is electric and rivals some of the biggest stars in sports
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The 1968 hit has been sung about by Stoke fans for at least 30 years and it seems even Heaney himself can’t quite fathom the extent of his support.

Speaking after his win over Ilyan Markov in June 2021. “I don’t even deserve this,” he said. “I’m a good fighter, but this is world class.”

In terms of in-ring form, Heaney is flying after stopping his last three opponents, ahead of his fight with Diego Ramirez on Saturday night.

He will be looking to defend his IBO International middleweight title and with his loyal fans blaring, you wouldn’t bet against him.

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