Earlier this week, it was announced that former British Lightweight Champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla has signed up for the latest edition of the Prizefighter series, which is promoted by Matchroom Sport.
This latest edition of Prizefighter will take place at the Olympia in Liverpool on the sixth of October and will provide the start for a great fortnight of boxing in the fight city of Liverpool.
The following week, popular Scouse Heavyweight David Price makes the first defence of his British and Commonwealth titles against Audley Harrison on a packed bill at the Echo Arena.
Crolla is looking to rebuild his professional career since losing his British Lightweight title to Liverpool’s Derry Mathews in a sixth round stoppage back in April.
Crolla will also be facing a potential opportunity to gain his revenge against Mathews, who has also signed up for Prizefighter following his defeat to Gavin Rees in a domestic fight of the year candidate for the British and European Lightweight titles.
Also on the bill, former Prizefighter Super-Middleweight winner Rocky Fielding’s challenges for the Central Area Super-Middleweight title against Sheffield’s Wayne Reed.
Former British Super-Featherweight champion Gary Sykes will be making his second appearance in the series, having been knocked out by Gary Buckland in the super feather smi-final back in 2010 at York Hall.
Mathews might have an opportunity to avenge another knockout by Buckland in the same tournament.
Also in the field competing for the £32,000 first prize will be another Scouse Lightweight, Stephen Jennings, who will aiming for revenge against Mathews after being stopped in six rounds for the British Masters title back in July, 2011.
Prospect Terry Needham, who is on a three fight winning streak after being stopped in two rounds by Dale Hutchinson in July 2011, will see action as will unbeaten Liverpool Light-Welterweight Nathan Brough, who will drop down a weight class to have a crack for the first prize as well and Halifax’s Patrick Liam Walsh completes the eight man field.
With Sykes, Mathews and Crolla all being former British champions, they are the stand out men in the field, however with Prizefighter, championship pedigree can count for nothing in a tournament where upsets and new reputations can be created and old ones restored in a night’s thrilling boxing.
Come fight night, tales of retribution might end up being forged in this latest chapter of Prizefighter.