The Super-Featherweights get their first chance to shine in the Prizefighter series at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday evening. Promoter Barry Hearn has unearthed a gem with this competition and another explosive night looks a formality.
This will be the 15th edition of Prizefighter and anybody tuning in for the first time will more than likely become an addict. If you like boxing and betting then look no further, with seven fights in one night, plenty of different markets on offer and no end of excitement, it really is the perfect way to spend a Saturday night in.
Some big names have contested this event in the past and it can often prove a springboard to huge pay-days in the future, as Audley Harrison would testify. His career was heading nowhere when he entered the Heavyweight version in 2009, but after knocking out Coleman Barrett in a one-sided final, just over a year later he was fighting for a World Title. If you could call it fighting that is!
So on to this Saturday's contest where Gary Sykes from Yorkshire and Mongolian warrior Choi Tseveenpurev share favouritism at 3.1 on Betfair, with Gary Buckland priced at 7.0 to take both the trophy and £32,000 cheque back to Wales.
British Champion Gary Sykes, unbeaten in 16 fights to date, should have too much talent for first opponent Scott Lawton and looks likely to meet my outright fancy Buckland in the semi-final.
Buckland will take on a familiar face to Soap Opera fans in his first contest when Steve Bell trades a night at the Rovers Return for a slugfest in East London. The Manchester fighter has recently been playing the part of Quinny in Coronation Street and may wish he'd stayed there after this bruising battle.
In the other half of the draw Choi Tseveenpurev is expected to be pushed much closer in the opening bout of the night against hard-working Ben Murphy from Sussex. Even though the Mongolian will probably edge a close contest, quite what he'll have left in the tank afterwards at the age of 39, is questionable.
Arguably the closest fight of the evening is between Gary McArthur and Derry Mathews, with slight preference for the latter as he packs the bigger punch and has fought in far better company. Mathews who hails from Merseyside can be backed at 2.0 on Betfair to defeat McArthur and that appeals as exceptional value.
The draw often proves decisive in Prizefighter, with little time for breathers between contests, the man who reserves the most energy for later in the evening often emerges victorious. I'm taking Buckland to ease past Bell and leave enough petrol in the tank to see him through the tougher challenges that will come his way as the night progresses.
By Dean Goddard
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