Bradley Pryce is confident of revenge over Neil Sinclair in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights quarter-finals at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday.
Pryce was stopped by Sinclair in the eighth round seven years ago but insists it will be different when the competition’s most experienced pair meet in their opening bout.
He said: “Eight days before the Sinclair fight I was asked about it and I was skint, so took it. I was in good shape but it was man against boy then. This time it will be different though – it’s going to be man against old boy.
“We might be the most fancied to win with some people because we are the most experienced, we’ve been there and done it and it will be added motivation for me to try and put things right against him. I owe him.”
The former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion admits he has gambled his career by entering the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights as he tries to emulate his gym-mate Gavin Rees, who won the last Prizefighter event at light-welterweight in December.
Welshman Pryce is trying to rebuild his career after losing the Commonwealth title to Mathew Hall in March by second round stoppage. But Pryce, 28, admits he is not known as a fast starter.
He said “This is a massive gamble for me but you have got to have belief in yourself that you can beat the other seven guys, which I know I can, whether it’s a three rounder or a ten rounder.
“None of these guys would see the last bell with me in a 12-rounder so I’m coming out of my comfort zone. I’m a slow starter, I know that, because I like to come on strong in the later rounds.
“I’ve only stopped one guy inside three rounds in the last seven years – and that was Martin Concepcion who is in this Prizefighter.”
The draw was made live on Sky Sports' Friday Fight Night, which will screen next Friday's sold-out event live from the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
George Hillyard v Prince Arron
Neil Sinclair v Bradley Pryce
Brett Flournoy v Danny Butler
Steve O'Meara v Martin Concepcion
Hillyard/Arron v Sinclair/Pryce
Flournoy/Butler v O'Meara/Concepcion
Followed by Final
Prizefighter Light-Middleweights takes place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday, February 26. The full line-up is Prince Arron (Droylsden, Manchester), Danny Butler (Bristol), Martin Concepcion (Leicester), Brett Flournoy (Birkenhead, Merseyside), George Hillyard (Canning Town), Steve O'Meara (West Drayton, Middlesex), Bradley Pryce (Newbridge, Wales) and Neil Sinclair (Belfast).
Due to increased demand, tickets for Prizefighter Light-Middleweights have sold out. But you can still see all the action live on Sky Sports HD from 8pm next Friday.