Prizefighter is going to be an early Valentine's Day Massacre

With the Christmas and New Year festivities well and truly behind us, it's time to forget about all that uncomfortable and boring family small-talk, and look forward to some 'sweet science' to warm the cockles this winter.
Although we have David Price and John McDermott's English title (and British title eliminator) showdown to look forward to in Liverpool on 21st January, it's this year's first instalment of The Prizefighter series which is really getting the boxing fraternity's juices flowing.
The date is set for Saturday 11th February, and the venue is the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, and there's eight quality light-welterweights who will all be aiming to be the last man standing, and be crowned the first Prizefighter champion of 2012.
The field consists of eight fighters who all have a realistic chance of walking away as the winner, and the 32,000 cash prize.The line-up consists of a great mix of unbeaten fighters, fighters on the way up, fighters on the way down, and fighters in the last chance saloon.
Alfreton's unbeaten destroyer Dale Miles will be a dangerous opponent.With nine of his twelve wins coming early, southpaw Miles appears miles ahead of the rest of the field in the power stakes (awful pun I know).
Fellow unbeaten hope Tyrone Nurse knows will be stepping up in class in Wolverhampton, but he and his dad/trainer Chris Aston are confident that he can become the youngest ever Prizefighter champion at the tender age of 22.
A fighter in a rush to get the respect he feels his talents deserve is Leeds's Adil Anwar.The recently-crowned English welterweight king rightly feels that he has been avoided for too long, and he believes that victory on 11th February will get him his much-craved shot at British light-welterweight boss Ashley Theophane, even though I have a feeling that Curtis Woodhouse and Steve Williams will feel that they deserve a shot at him first.
Returning to the ring after what will be an eighth month lay-off is Telford's Mark Lloyd.The ex-English welterweight title challenger has valuable Prizefighter experience, having got to the semi finals of the welterweight competition in October 2008, before losing to Ted Bami on points.
Another fighter with Prizefighter experience is West Bromwich's Young Mutley.Mutley, who lost to Colin Lynes in the semi-finals of the 2009 light-welterweight Prizefighter, is another of the field's ex-British champions.He was really disappointing in his defeat to Frankie Gavin last May, and he must realise that this is his last chance to get another domestic title shot.
After two successive British lightweight title fight defeats at lightweight, Liverpool's John Watson will be looking forward to getting back to winning ways.Watson appeared to run out of gas in those epic defeats to Rees and Crolla, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with pace of Prizefighter.
Former British light-welterweight king and former European light-welterweight challenger Barry Morrison is back in action after over a year out of the right.Morrison has four years' worth of experience at title level, and that could prove vital come 11th February.
Making up the eight-strong field is Wolverhampton's Dean Harrison.Harrison may be coming into the tournament on the back of three straight losses, but he is still only 28 years of age, and he has bags of experience at domestic title level, so don't rule him out.
With such a quality line-up, this Prizefighter should be the most exciting and explosive yet.The line-up for the popular series has ensured that tickets sold out weeks before Christmas - but worry not folks, the action will be aired live in 3D by Sky Sports.
My ringside seat is paid for, the flea pit hotel is booked, so now it's just a question of waiting patiently for the countdown clock on The Prizefighter website to countdown.No last minute withdrawals please, boys!

1/10/2012

 
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