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Prizefighter series

The Prizefighter series was a professional boxing tournament created by boxing promoter Barry Hearn and aired on Sky Sports. The format has an initial eight fighters, who compete in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds (number and length of the rounds is same as in amateur boxing) followed by two semi-finals and one final all on the same night.[1] The total prize money of the tournament is £80,000 with the winner of the tournament taking home £32,000, a figure that has increased from the initial top prize of £25,000 when the tournament first aired in April 2008. There have been 34 Prizefighter tournaments so far featuring 14 different weight divisions. The last tournament was held in 2015.

Prizefighter 1: The Heavyweights

The first Prizefighter took place at York Hall, Bethnal Green in April 2008. The event was televised live on Sky Sports and saw 8 heavyweight fighters compete for the title. Competitors for the first series were Martin Rogan, David Dolan, Dave Ferguson, Billy Bessey, Alex Ibbs, Darren Morgan, Paul Butlin and Colin Kenna.[2]

Martin Rogan and David Dolan met in the final each boasting unbeaten records of 9-0. Rogan won after three rounds of boxing in which Dolan had been knocked down twice.[3] Dolan was possibly still feeling the effects of a gruelling first round fight in which a punishing left hook from Darren Morgan had him out on his feet and holding on.[4]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Dave FergusonU-PTS
 
 
Billy Bessey
 
Dave Ferguson
 
 
Martin RoganU-PTS
 
Martin RoganTKO 2
 
 
Alex Ibbs
 
Martin RoganU-PTS
 
 
David Dolan
 
Paul ButlinTKO 2
 
 
Colin Kenna
 
Paul Butlin
 
 
David DolanU-PTS
 
David DolanU-PTS
 
 
Darren Morgan
 

Prizefighter 2: The Heavyweights II

The second tournament was held at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle in September 2008, and involved Sam Sexton, Pele Reid, Luke Simpkin, Dave Ferguson, Chris Burton, David Ingleby, Lee Swaby and Darren Morgan. The draw for the first round of fights was made by reigning British champion Danny Williams.[5] Speaking before the tournament, competitor Luke Simpkin said "This could change my life if I win it", initially a substitute he was brought in to replace Ian Millarvie who had sustained an injury. Of his tactics for the tournament Simpkin said "There’s no tactics involved in my game and attack is the best form of defence so I will just attack. You haven’t got much time to plan anything so I will just go out there, have a good time and try my best".[6]

"At 24-years-old I still haven't got my man strength as yet, and I know I can keep improving, hopefully next year I can get a shot at British title, I will keep getting stronger and stronger."

Sam Sexton, winner of the 2nd Prizefighter tournament

On the night it was the Norwich heavyweight Sam Sexton who came out on top with wins over Pelé Reid in the quarter-final, Luke Simpkin in the semi-finals and the hometown favourite Chris Burton in the final. After the win Sexton praised his tactics saying "The night went exactly how we planned it, we had a gameplan for each fight worked out before we came tonight". On his future aspirations he added "At 24-years-old I still haven't got my man strength as yet, and I know I can keep improving, hopefully next year I can get a shot at British title, I will keep getting stronger and stronger." [7]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Sam SextonU-PTS
 
 
Pele Reid
 
Sam SextonU-PTS
 
 
Luke Simpkin
 
Luke SimpkinS-PTS
 
 
David Ferguson
 
Sam SextonTKO 3
 
 
Chris Burton
 
Chris BurtonU-PTS
 
 
David Ingleby
 
Chris BurtonU-PTS
 
 
Lee Swaby
 
Lee SwabyU-PTS
 
 
Darren Morgan
 

Prizefighter 3: The Welterweights

Prizefighter 3 took place on 24 October 2008 back at the York Hall and featured a different weight class to the previous two events with welterweights competing for the main prize.[8] Fighters taking part in the competition were former European champion Ted Bami; English champions Nigel Wright and Ross Minter; Former ABA champion Michael Lomax; Commonwealth challenger Craig Dickson; Midlands Area champion Mark Lloyd; Former IBO light middleweight champion Steven Conway, and Andrew Ferrans.[9]

"Hopefully this will be the break my career needs and as I said afterwards this wasn't about the money I won, but the glory I have enjoyed from this competition"

Michael Lomax, winner of the 3rd Prizefighter tournament

Michael Lomax won the tournament with wins over Craig Dickson, Nigel Wright and Ted Bami in the final. Lomax had been confident before the tournament had even begun despite not being the favourite to lift the trophy saying "I am confident I'll win...no one is as dedicated as me, what you put in is what you get out".[10] He claimed that it was the best night of his career so far and raised hopes that this was the launchpad for his career saying "Hopefully this will be the break my career needs and as I said afterwards this wasn't about the money I won, but the glory I have enjoyed from this competition."[11] The result wasn't without controversy however as many people watching at ringside as well as the commentators on Sky thought that Lomax had actually lost his semi-final against Nigel Wright. The judges however thought differently and scored a split decision win for the eventual champion. A shocked Wright speaking after the bout said "I'm absolutely disgusted – how could they rob me like that...One judge gave Lomax all three which is unbelievable...I can't remember Michael hitting me with a clean shot."[12]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Ted BamiTKO 1
 
 
Andrew Ferrans
 
Ted BamiU-PTS
 
 
Mark Lloyd
 
Mark LloydU-PTS
 
 
Steven Conway
 
Ted Bami
 
 
Michael LomaxU-PTS
 
Michael LomaxU-PTS
 
 
Craig Dickson
 
Michael LomaxU-PTS
 
 
Nigel Wright
 
Nigel WrightU-PTS
 
 
Ross Minter
 

Prizefighter 4: The Middleweights

Prizefighter 4 took place again at the York Hall this time on 21 November 2008. The tournament featured Middleweights Paul Samuels, Danny Butler, Max Maxwell, Steve Ede, Cello Renda, Danny Thornton, Joe Rea and Martin Murray. It also formed part of a Sky Box Office show featuring the Ricky Hatton fight with Paulie Malignaggi as the main event.

Martin Murray won the tournament and the £25,000 prize money following wins over Joe Rea, Danny Butler and then in the final Cello Renda. The final itself saw Renda getting knocked down and with both fighters coming out swinging and fighting toe to toe.[13]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Max MaxwellS-PTS
 
 
Steve Ede
 
Max Maxwell
 
 
Cello RendaU-PTS
 
Cello RendaTKO 2
 
 
Danny Thornton
 
Cello Renda
 
 
Martin MurrayS-PTS
 
Danny ButlerU-PTS
 
 
Paul Samuels
 
Danny Butler
 
 
Martin MurrayS-PTS
 
Martin MurrayU-PTS
 
 
Joe Rea
 

Prizefighter 5: The Light Heavyweights

The fifth instalment of the Prizefighter franchise took place on 20 February 2009 with the weight division on this occasion being light heavyweight. Boxers taking part in the competition were Courtney Fry, Shon Davies, Tony Oakey, Billy Boyle, Bob Ajisafe, Carl Dilks, Darren Stubbs and Steve Spartacus.[14] Former British champion Tony Oakey eventually won the tournament having defeated Billy Boyle and Courtney Fry on the way to a final win over Darren Stubbs.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Courtney FryU-PTS
 
 
Shon Davies
 
Courtney Fry
 
 
Tony OakeyU-PTS
 
Tony OakeyU-PTS
 
 
Billy Boyle
 
Tony OakeyU-PTS
 
 
Darren Stubbs
 
Bob Ajisafe
 
 
Carl DilksU-PTS
 
Carl Dilks
 
 
Darren StubbsS-PTS
 
Darren StubbsTKO
 
 
Steve Spartacus
 

Prizefighter 6: The Lightweights

The sixth installment of the Prizefighter franchise took place on 24 March 2009 at the Kelvin Hall, Scotland with the weight division on this occasion being lightweight. Boxers taking part in the competition were Ryan Brawley, Ben Murphy, Paul Holborn, Charlie King, Gary McArthur, Steve Saville, Stephen Burke and Stuart Green. Brawley won the tournament with victories over Murphy, Holborn and Burke in the final.[15][16]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Ryan BrawleyU-PTS
 
 
Ben Murphy
 
Ryan BrawleyS-PTS
 
 
Paul Holborn
 
Charlie King
 
 
Paul HolbornU-PTS
 
Ryan BrawleyU-PTS
 
 
Stephen Burke
 
Gary McArthurU-PTS
 
 
Steve Saville
 
Gary McArthur
 
 
Stephen BurkeTKO
 
Stephen BurkeU-PTS
 
 
Stuart Green
 

Prizefighter 7: The Cruiserweights

The seventh instalment of the Prizefighter franchise took place on 19 May 2009 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London with the weight division on this occasion being cruiserweight. Boxers taking part in the competition were Darren Corbett, Terry Dunstan, Dean Francis, John Keeton, Ovill McKenzie, Bruce Scott, Neil Simpson (boxer)|Neil Simpson and Mickey Steeds. Mark Krence was originally drafted in, but replaced by McKenzie after he was forced to withdraw due to injury.[17] McKenize went on to win the title scoring wins over Dunstan, Corbett and Keeton in the final.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Dean FrancisTKO
 
 
Neil Simpson
 
Dean Francis
 
 
John KeetonTKO
 
John KeetonU-PTS
 
 
Bruce Scott
 
John Keeton
 
 
Ovill McKenzieU-PTS
 
Terry Dunstan
 
 
Ovill McKenzieU-PTS
 
Ovill McKenzieTKO
 
 
Darren Corbett
 
Mickey Steeds
 
 
Darren CorbettU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 8: The Heavyweights III

The eighth tournament was held on 2 October 2009, it was originally due to be held at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, but was moved to the larger ExCeL London due to demand for tickets, increasing the potential attendance by 5,000. The boxers involved initially were Danny Williams, Audley Harrison, Michael Sprott, Scott Gammer, Scott Belshaw, Michael Holden, Coleman Barrett and Danny Hughes.[18]

Carl Baker was eventually drafted in to take the place of Michael Holden after the BBBofC refused permission for Holden to fight after voicing concerns over his lack of activity over recent years in the ring.[19] Sprott withdrew following a family bereavement and was replaced by Neil Perkins.[20]

The quarter final draw took place on 11 September at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada by Mike Tyson alongside Matchroom Sports chairman Barry Hearn.[21]

Former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison eventually won the title having defeated Scott Belshaw, Danny Hughes and Coleman Barrett. Reigning British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, lost in the first round to substitute boxer Carl Baker, with Baker knocking him down four times over the course of the three round contest. The defeat to Baker also meant that Williams would be stripped of his British title.[22]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Scott Gammer
 
 
Coleman BarrettU-PTS
 
Coleman BarrettU-PTS
 
 
Carl Baker
 
Danny Williams
 
 
Carl BakerU-PTS
 
Coleman Barrett
 
 
Audley HarrisonRSF
 
Audley HarrisonKO
 
 
Scott Belshaw
 
Audley HarrisonU-PTS
 
 
Danny Hughes
 
Neil Perkins
 
 
Danny HughesKO
 

Prizefighter 9: The Light Welterweights

On 4 December 2009, the tournament saw the light welterweight's competing for the first time. Amongst the contestants was Gavin Rees, the first former World champion to compete in the tournament's history. The competition also had a number of European champions competing with Colin Lynes, Jason Cook and Ted Bami, a man who had also reached the final of the Welterweight prizefighter tournament in October 2008. Former British champions David Barnes and Young Mutley also took part as did unbeaten fighter Michael Grant and Welshman Barrie Jones. The draw for the competition was conducted by Floyd Mayweather, Jr..[23]

Gavin Rees, who was supported at ringside by Joe Calzaghe, eventually picked up the trophy and £32,000 prize money after defeating all three former European champions in Ted Bami, Jason Cook and Colin Lynes in the final.[24]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Michael Grant
 
 
Jason CookTKO
 
Jason Cook
 
 
Gavin ReesU-PTS
 
Ted Bami
 
 
Gavin ReesU-PTS
 
Gavin ReesU-PTS
 
 
Colin Lynes
 
Colin LynesSD
 
 
David Barnes
 
Colin LynesSD
 
 
Young Mutley
 
Barrie Jones
 
 
Young MutleyU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 10: The Light Middleweights

On 26 February 2010, Prizefighter returned to the York Hall and featured the first outing for the light middleweight division. Among the contestants were former British champion Neil Sinclair and former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce. The tournament also featured former middleweight semi finalist Danny Butler, Midlands Area champion Martin Concepcion, unbeaten boxers Steve O'Meara and Brett Flournoy as well as George Hillyard and Prince Arron.[25]

In a tournament that proved difficult to predict, Droylsden boxer Prince Arron scored an upset win after beating Hillyard in the quarter final, Pryce in the semis and then knocking down the unbeaten former ABA champion Flournoy in the final.[26]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
George Hillyard
 
 
Prince ArronU-PTS
 
Prince ArronU-PTS
 
 
Bradley Pryce
 
Neil Sinclair
 
 
Bradley PryceSD
 
Prince ArronU-PTS
 
 
Brett Flournoy
 
Brett FlournoyU-PTS
 
 
Danny Butler
 
Brett FlournoySD
 
 
Steve O'Meara
 
Martin Concepcion
 
 
Steve O'MearaU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 11: The Cruiserweights II

On 30 April 2010, Prizefighter was at the York Hall once again and featured the second outing for the cruiserweight division. The main contender was two-time WBO world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide. Also in contention were former Commonwealth champion Darren Corbett and unbeaten prospect Jon-Lewis Dickinson. The tournament also featured former English heavyweight champion Mark Krence as well as novices Leon Williams, Zahid Kahut, John Anthony and Wayne Brooks.

Hide comfortably won his quarter-final against Brooks but suffered a cut after a clash of heads in the bout. He was forced to withdraw and was replaced by reserve Nick Okoth, a firefighter, who at been at work earlier in the day. He won a coin toss against Preston's Paul Morris to replace Hide. Journeyman Okoth, who had a record of 8-27-5 going into the tournament, pulled off the biggest win of his career with a UD victory against Corbett and faced Dickinson in the final who had knocked out Krence in his semi final bout. Dickinson dominated the final and knocked out Okoth in the final round to take the trophy and £32,000 cash prize.[27]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mark KrenceU-PTS
 
 
Zahid Kahut
 
Mark Krence
 
 
Jon-Lewis DickinsonRTD
 
Leon Williams
 
 
Jon-Lewis DickinsonSD
 
Jon-Lewis DickinsonKO
 
 
Nick Okoth
 
John Anthony
 
 
Darren CorbettU-PTS
 
Darren Corbett
 
 
Nick OkothU-PTS
 
Wayne Brooks
 
 
Herbie HideU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 12: The Super Bantamweights

On 29 May 2010, Prizefighter was at the York Hall once again and featured the first outing for the super-bantamweight division. The original line-up included former WBC world bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough, former British, Commonwealth and European champion Esham Pickering, former English champion Mark Moran and unbeaten prospects Craig Lyon and Ricky Owen. Josh Wale, Chris Riley and Gavin Reid completed the line up. McCullough, Lyon and Riley withdrew in the weeks leading up to the tournament and were replaced by 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur, undefeated Irishman Willie Casey, and Robbie Turley.

The opening bout between Moran and Casey was the only one to finish inside the distance. The remaining quarter-finals were all decided on split decisions with Pickering being the main casualty, being defeated by Josh Wale. In the semi-finals, Casey defeated Wale in a thrilling contest in which 532 punches were thrown in just three rounds. Owen maintained his unbeaten record with a victory over Jamie Arthur, however he was unable to progress to the final after injuries sustained in the fight. He was forced to withdraw and was replaced by young Paul McElhinney, a Scotsman who was undefeated in four fights and won a coin toss against Slough's Ian Bailey to replace Owen. Despite having already fought two bouts Casey was able to win the final by unanimous decision.[28]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mark Moran
 
 
Willie CaseyTKO
 
Willie CaseySD
 
 
Josh Wale
 
Esham Pickering
 
 
Josh WaleSD
 
Willie CaseyU-PTS
 
 
Paul McElhinney
 
Robbie Turley
 
 
Jamie ArthurSD
 
Jamie Arthur
 
 
Ricky OwenU-PTS
 
Gavin Reid
 
 
Ricky OwenSD
 

Prizefighter 13: The Super Middleweights

On 30 June 2010, the first ever super middleweights Prizefighter took place in York Hall, London. The original line up featured former British champions Tony Dodson and Tony Quigley, former English champion Paul David, former BBofC Celtic champion Stevie McGuire, former British Masters champion Eddie McIntosh, as well as Daniel Cadman and Peter Fedorenko. For the first time, it was decided that the eighth competitor would be decided by an online public vote. The winner of the vote was former BBofC Southern Area champion Tony Salam. In the buildup to the event, Dodson, McGuire, Quigley and Salam all withdrew, and were replaced by Gambia-born Patrick Mendy, who at 19 years old was the youngest ever Prizefighter contender, former Midlands Area champion Sam Horton, former Western Area champion Carl Drake, and unbeaten Welshman Jeff Evans.

Mendy was the eventual winner of the tournament, breaking the record for fastest Prizefighter knockout when he defeated Sam Horton after 82 seconds, and then became the youngest Prizefighter winner as well as competitor when he defeated Paul David in the final.[29]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Sam Horton
 
 
Patrick MendyTKO
 
Patrick MendyU-PTS
 
 
Daniel Cadman
 
Daniel CadmanU-PTS
 
 
Eddie McIntosh
 
Patrick MendyU-PTS
 
 
Paul David
 
Jeff EvansSD
 
 
Peter Fedorenko
 
Jeff Evans
 
 
Paul DavidU-PTS
 
Carl Drake
 
 
Paul DavidKO
 

Prizefighter 14: The Heavyweights IV

On 9 October 2010, the York Hall played host to the fourth outing for the heavyweights as part of the Prizefighter series. Contestants taking part included the former British, European and Commonwealth champion Matt Skelton and the former British and Commonwealth champion Michael Sprott. Other boxers taking part included Kevin McBride, the last man to beat Mike Tyson, Franklin Egobi, Ali Adams, Shane McPhilbin, Declan Timlin and Danny Hughes. The tournament was won by Sprott who beat Danny Hughes in the quarter finals, Shane McPhilbin in the semis and Matt Skelton in the final. The fight against Skelton in particular was notable for Sprott in that it was the third time the two had met in the ring with Skelton having won the previous two fights. Sprott himself was also coming into the tournament on the back of a defeat in a European title challenge to Audley Harrison, the winner of the previous Prizefighter tournament featuring heavyweights.[30][31]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Ali Adams
 
 
Matt SkeltonU-PTS
 
Matt SkeltonU-PTS
 
 
Kevin McBride
 
Kevin McBrideU-PTS
 
 
Franklin Egobi
 
Matt Skelton
 
 
Michael SprottU-PTS
 
Shane McPhilbinRSF
 
 
Declan Timlin
 
Shane McPhilbin
 
 
Michael SprottU-PTS
 
Danny Hughes
 
 
Michael SprottU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 15: The Super Featherweights

On 21 November 2010, again at the York Hall, the 15th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased boxers from the super featherweight division for the first time. Contestants taking part included the reigning British champion Gary Sykes and a former British and European title challenger in Gary Buckland. Ben Murphy and Gary McArthur had both previously contested the lightweight installment of the Prizefighter tournament on 24 March 2009.[15] Choi Tseveenpurev, the WBU title holder, Derry Mathews, the former WBU title holder, Stevie Bell and Scott Lawton made up the rest of the competitors.

The competition resulted in a win for Gary Buckland who met Derry Mathews in the final and scored a second-round KO over the Liverpool man. Buckland had fought his way to the final beating the likes of Stevie Bell in the quarters and Gary Sykes in the semis. The win over Sykes in particular was notable in that the reigning British champion had chosen to compete in the tournament only to suffer a shock first-round knockout.[32][33]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Stevie Bell
 
 
Gary BucklandU-PTS
 
Gary BucklandKO
 
 
Gary Sykes
 
Gary SykesU-PTS
 
 
Scott Lawton
 
Gary BucklandKO
 
 
Derry Mathews
 
Choi TseveenpurevU-PTS
 
 
Ben Murphy
 
Choi Tseveenpurev
 
 
Derry MathewsU-PTS
 
Gary McArthur
 
 
Derry MathewsKO
 

Prizefighter 16: The Light Heavyweights II

On 29 January 2011, at the Olympia, London, the 16th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased boxers from the light heavyweight division for the second time. Former British champion Tony Dodson was the biggest name involved.

The winner of the tournament was Travis Dickinson, whose brother Jon-Lewis Dickinson won Prizefighter at cruiserweight in April 2010. Dickinson beat Llewellyn Davies, Justin Jones and Sam Couzens to win the title - Jones and Couzens stepping in as reserves after the withdrawals of Dodson and Jack Morris due to injury.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Billy Slate
 
 
Jack MorrisSD
 
Justin Jones
 
 
Travis DickinsonU-PTS
 
Travis DickinsonU-PTS
 
 
Llewellyn Davies
 
Travis DickinsonKO
 
 
Tony Dodson
 
Tony DodsonU-PTS
 
 
Michael Banbula
 
Tony DodsonKO
 
 
Menay Edwards
 
Joe Smyth
 
 
Menay EdwardsTKO
 

Prizefighter 17: The Super Middleweights II

The second version of the super middleweight tournament took place in Liverpool on 23 March 2011 and saw a hometown winner in Rocky Fielding.[34] Fielding became the first man to win the tournament by scoring three stoppages in a row beating the likes of Patrick J Maxwell (stoppage in the 2nd), Joe Ainscough (stoppage in the 1st) and Tobias Webb (stoppage in the 1st).[35][36]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Patrick J Maxwell
 
 
Rocky FieldingTKO 2
 
Rocky FieldingTKO 1
 
 
Joe Ainscough
 
Joe AinscoughSD
 
 
Wayne Reed
 
Rocky FieldingRTD 1
 
 
Tobias Webb
 
Tobias WebbU-PTS
 
 
Robin Reid
 
Tobias WebbU-PTS
 
 
Jahmaine Smyle
 
Carl Dilks
 
 
Jahmaine SmyleSD
 

Prizefighter 18: The International Heavyweights

On 7 May 2011, at Alexandra Palace, London, the 18th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased an international field of boxers from heavyweight division for the first time.

The winner of the tournament was Mike Perez. Perez beat Kerston Manswell, Gregory Tony and Tye Fields to win the title - dispatching both opponents in the semi-final and final, Tony and Fields respectively, by first round stoppage.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mike PerezU-PTS
 
 
Kerston Manswell
 
Mike PerezTKO 1
 
 
Gregory Tony
 
Gregory TonySD
 
 
Evgeny Orlov
 
Mike PerezTKO 1
 
 
Tye Fields
 
Tye FieldsSD
 
 
Michael Sprott
 
Tye FieldsTKO 1
 
 
Konstantin Airich
 
Lucian Bot
 
 
Konstantin AirichU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 19: The Welterweights II

On 7 June 2011, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, the 19th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of boxers from the welterweight division for the second time that included former world champion Junior Witter.

Moroccan fighter Yassine El maachi won the tournament, beating Peter McDonagh, Colin Lynes and pre-tournament favourite Junior Witter by unanimous, split and majority decisions respectively to claim the Prizefighter trophy.[37]

El Maachi suffered a serious knee injury and has not boxed since.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Kevin McIntyreU-PTS
 
 
John-Wayne Hibbert
 
Kevin McIntyre
 
 
Junior WitterU-PTS
 
Junior WitterU-PTS
 
 
Nathan Graham
 
Junior Witter
 
 
Yassine El maachiMD
 
Bobby Gladman
 
 
Colin LynesU-PTS
 
Colin Lynes
 
 
Yassine El maachiSD
 
Peter McDonagh
 
 
Yassine El maachiU-PTS
 

Prizefighter 20: The Light Middleweights II

On 15 September 2011, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, the 20th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of boxers from the light middleweight division.

Robert Lloyd-Taylor won the tournament, beating Takaloo by split decision in the quarter-finals, Peter Vaughan by TKO 15 seconds from the end of the semi-final and earned a unanimous points victory over Liverpudlian Nick Quigley in the final.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Robert Lloyd-TaylorSD
 
 
Takaloo
 
Robert Lloyd-TaylorTKO3
 
 
Peter Vaughan
 
Wayne Goddard
 
 
Peter VaughanSD
 
Robert Lloyd-TaylorU-PTS
 
 
Nick Quigley
 
Jeff Thomas
 
 
Kris Agyei-DuaD^
 
Kris Agyei-Dua
 
 
Nick QuigleyU-PTS
 
Steve Harkin
 
 
Nick QuigleyU-PTS
 

^ Kris Agyei-Dua won 29-28 on referee Terry O'Connor's card after the judges scored the contest a majority draw.

Prizefighter 21: The Super Flyweights

On 12 October 2011, at the Liverpool Olympia, the 21st installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of boxers from the super flyweight division for the first time.

Lee Haskins won the tournament, getting through all his fights by unanimous decision. He beat Terry Broadbent in the quarter-final, Ryan Farrag in the semi-final and overcame Don Broadhurst in the final.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Don BroadhurstU-PTS
 
 
Usman Ahmed
 
Don BroadhurstSD
 
 
Mike Robinson
 
Mike RobinsonU-PTS
 
 
Nathan Reeve
 
Don Broadhurst
 
 
Lee HaskinsU-PTS
 
Lee HaskinsU-PTS
 
 
Terry Broadbent
 
Lee HaskinsU-PTS
 
 
Ryan Farrag
 
Ryan FarragU-PTS
 
 
Craig Lyon
 

Prizefighter 22: The Featherweights

On 29 October 2011, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, the 22nd installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased another weight division first, this time it was a field of boxers from the featherweight division.

Mongolian veteran Choi Tseveenpurev won the tournament, with the fan-favorite beating Lee Glover in the quarter-final with a second-round KO, before eliminating George Jupp in the semi-final and overcoming Welshman Rhys Roberts in the final.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Choi TseveenpurevKO2
 
 
Lee Glover
 
Choi TseveenpurevU-PTS
 
 
George Jupp
 
George JuppTKO2
 
 
Lee Jennings
 
Choi TseveenpurevU-PTS
 
 
Rhys Roberts
 
Rhys RobertsU-PTS
 
 
Ian Bailey
 
Rhys RobertsU-PTS
 
 
Troy James
 
Troy JamesU-PTS
 
 
Barrington Brown
 

Prizefighter 23: The Light Welterweights II

On 11 February 2012, at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, the 23rd installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased fighters from the light-welterweight division for the second time.

Rising star Adil Anwar won the tournament, winning all three of his fights by unanimous decision. Anwar beat Barry Morrison in the quarter-final, before eliminating the heavily supported John Watson in the semi-final and overcame a spirited effort from Tyrone Nurse in the final to lift the Prizefighter trophy.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Young MutleySD
 
 
Mark Lloyd
 
Young Mutley
 
 
Tyrone NurseU-PTS
 
Tyrone NurseTKO3
 
 
Dale Miles
 
Tyrone Nurse
 
 
Adil AnwarU-PTS
 
Adil AnwarU-PTS
 
 
Barry Morrison
 
Adil AnwarU-PTS
 
 
John Watson
 
John WatsonTKO1
 
 
Dean Harrison
 

Prizefighter 24: All-Irish Middleweights

On 5 May 2012, the Prizefighter series went to Belfast for the first time. At the King's Hall, Belfast, the 24th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased Irish fighters from the middleweight division. It was the first Prizefighter event that Betfair were title sponsors.

Former amateur star Eamonn O'Kane won the tournament to the crowd's delight. He beat Anthony Fitzgerald by split decision in the quarter-final, before eliminating Ryan Greene in the semi-final with a brutal first-round knockout and overcame the long reach of JJ McDonagh in the final to take home the £32,000 winners cheque.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Eamonn O'KaneSD
 
 
Anthony Fitzgerald
 
Eamonn O'KaneTKO1
 
 
Ryan Greene
 
Ryan GreeneU-PTS
 
 
Ciaran Healy
 
Eamonn O'KaneU-PTS
 
 
JJ McDonagh
 
JJ McDonaghU-PTS
 
 
Darren Cruise
 
JJ McDonaghU-PTS
 
 
Joe Rea
 
Joe ReaU-PTS
 
 
Simon O'Donnell
 

Prizefighter 25: The International Heavyweights II

On 20 June 2012, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, the 25th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased an international field of fighters from the heavyweight division for the second time. In a first for Prizefighter, grime star Clement Marfo performed his single 'Champion' in the ring before the action begun.[38]

American Tor Hamer shocked the bookies when he beat the pre-tournament favorite, Kevin Johnson, in the final to win the £32,000. Hamer, who holds a university degree, had beaten the Brazilian big hitter Marcelo Luis Nascimento in the quarters and the Englishman Tom Dallas in the semis to reach the last two.[39]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Albert SosnowskiSD
 
 
Maurice Harris
 
Albert Sosnowski
 
 
Kevin JohnsonSD
 
Kevin JohnsonTKO1
 
 
Noureddine Meddoune
 
Kevin Johnson
 
 
Tor HamerU-PTS
 
Tor HamerU-PTS
 
 
Marcelo Luis Nascimento
 
Tor HamerTKO1
 
 
Tom Dallas
 
Tom DallasTKO3
 
 
Tom Little
 

Prizefighter 26: The Lightweights II

On 6 October 2012, at Liverpool Olympia, the 26th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased field of Liverpudlian and Mancunian fighters from the lightweight division. Dubbed 'Rocky and the Betfair Prizefighters', previous Prizefighter winner Rocky Fielding took on Carl Dilks for the vacant English super-middleweight title after the Prizefighter tournament. The eight man line-up was described by many in the build-up as the best ever and included former British title holders Derry Mathews, Gary Sykes and Anthony Crolla.[40]

Mancunian Terry Flanagan defied the odds to maintain his unbeaten record and win the coveted Betfair Prizefighter trophy. Flanagan, a 10-1 shot at the start of the night, claimed the £32,000 winner’s cheque with a split decision victory over Gary Sykes in the final, having overcome Patrick Liam Walsh in his quarter-final and a bloodied Derry Mathews in the semi-final.[41]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Derry MathewsU-PTS
 
 
Jamie Spence
 
Derry Mathews
 
 
Terry FlanaganU-PTS
 
Terry FlanaganU-PTS
 
 
Liam Patrick Walsh
 
Terry FlanaganSD
 
 
Gary Sykes
 
Anthony CrollaU-PTS
 
 
Stephen Jennings
 
Anthony Crolla
 
 
Gary SykesSD
 
Gary SykesU-PTS
 
 
Tommy Coyle
 

Prizefighter 27: The Light Middleweights III

On 3 November 2012, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, the 27th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of fighters from the light middleweight division. The eight participants were: Craig McEwan 21(10)-2, Navid Mansouri 8(3)-0-1, Curtis Valentine 5(4)-2, Terry Carruthers 11(1)-13-6, Kris Carslaw 16(4)-2, Ryan Toms 11(6)-3-1, Larry Ekundayo 2(1)-0 and Peter Vaughan 6(1)-1-1.[42]

In the buildup to the competition promoter Eddie Hearn announced that he had added a new knockout bonus, with £2,000 handed out for every stoppage on the night. "I think the new knockout bonus will make things very interesting," said Hearn. "The last Prizefighter in Liverpool was a cracker but we didn't have one stoppage or KO in the event. It's what the fans want to see and with this incentive, I believe the fighters will be more inclined to get their opponent out of there before the final bell."[43]

Local fighter Larry Ekundayo, coming into the competition with only two fight's experience, defied the odds to win the coveted Betfair Prizefighter trophy. Ekundayo, who became his manager Spencer Fearon's second Prizefighter champ after Choi won last year, claimed the £32,000 winner’s cheque plus a £2,000 KO bonus with a stoppage victory over Terry Carruthers in the final. He had previously beaten two Scot's to get there with a win over the pre-tournament favourite, Craig McEwan, in the opening quarter-final and Kris Carslaw in the semi.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Larry EkundayoSD
 
 
Craig McEwan
 
Larry EkundayoSD
 
 
Kris Carslaw
 
Kris CarslawSD
 
 
Ryan Toms
 
Larry EkundayoTKO3
 
 
Terry Carruthers
 
Terry CarruthersUD
 
 
Peter Vaughan
 
Terry CarruthersSD
 
 
Navid Mansouri
 
Navid MansouriSD
 
 
Curtis Valentine
 

Prizefighter 28: The Welterweights III

On 19 January 2013, at the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, the 28th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of fighters from the welterweight division. The tournament saw the greatest number of unbeaten fighters enter, with six men starting the night with their '0' intact. The eight participants were: Mark Thompson 24(14)-2, Rob Hunt 16(1)-1-2, Sam Eggington 3(0)-0, Dale Evans 4(3)-0-1, Chad Gaynor 9(4)-0, Calum Cooper 4(0)-0, Steven Pearce 6(1)-0 and Glenn Foot 7(4)-0.[44]

Sunderland fighter Glenn Foot maintained his unbeaten record to win the new-look Betfair Prizefighter trophy. Foot claimed the £32,000 winner’s cheque as well as the £2,000 stoppage bonus the 24-year-old earned after a second-round TKO victory over Steven Pearce in the quarter-final. Foot overcome Chad Gaynor in an absorbing semi-final contest before edging out Welsh 21-year-old Dale Evans in the final.[45]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mark ThompsonTKO3
 
 
Rob Hunt
 
Mark Thompson
 
 
Dales EvansUD
 
Dale EvansUD
 
 
Sam Eggington
 
Dale Evans
 
 
Glenn FootSD
 
Chad GaynorTKO1
 
 
Calum Cooper
 
Chad Gaynor
 
 
Glenn FootUD
 
Glenn FootTKO2
 
 
Steven Pearce
 

Prizefighter 29: The International Heavyweights III

On 23 February 2013, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 29th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased an international field of eight heavyweight fighters from five different countries.

The tournament saw two fighters hoping to become second time Prizefighter champions, Audley Harrison and Martin Rogan. The other six participants were: Derric Rossy, Ian Lewison, Travis Walker, Albert Sosnowski, Claus Bertino and Timo Hoffmann.

Audley Harrison, 2000 Olympics gold medalist, rolled back the years to become the first ever two-time Prizefighter champion and win the new-look Betfair Prizefighter trophy. He claimed the £32,000 winner’s cheque as well as £4,000 in stoppage bonuses the 41-year-old earned after TKO victories in the quarter-final and the final. Harrison overcome Martin Rogan, keeping the Belfast fighter at the end of his jab, in an absorbing semi-final contest before stopping American Derric Rossy in the second round of the final.[46]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
United Kingdom Martin RoganTKO 3
 
 
Poland Albert Sosnowski
 
United Kingdom Martin Rogan
 
 
United Kingdom Audley HarrisonUD
 
United Kingdom Audley HarrisonTKO 1
 
 
Denmark Claus Bertino
 
United Kingdom Audley HarrisonTKO 2
 
 
United States Derric Rossy
 
United Kingdom Ian LewisonTKO 1
 
 
Germany Timo Hoffmann
 
United Kingdom Ian Lewison
 
 
United States Derric RossySD
 
United States Derric RossySD
 
 
United States Travis Walker
 

Prizefighter 30: The Cruiserweights III

On 18 May 2013, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 30th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight Cruiserweight fighters from the UK.

The tournament saw one of the most inexperienced fields seen in Prizefighter. Danny McIntosh (13-4), coming down from light-heavyweight, with 17 bouts on his record was the veteran of the group. The other six participants were: Wadi Camacho (6-1), Conall Carmichael (4-0), Tony Conquest (10-1), Neil Dawson (11-1), Shane McPhilbin (8-6), Nathan Owens (5-0-1) and Hari Miles (7-7).

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Wadi CamachoUD
 
 
Martyn Grainger
 
Wadi CamachoUD
 
 
Nathan Owens
 
Nathan OwensSD
 
 
Shane McPhilbin
 
Wadi CamachoKO 2
 
 
Hari Miles
 
Hari MilesUD
 
 
Conall Carmichael
 
Hari MilesUD
 
 
Danny McIntosh
 
Danny McIntoshUD
 
 
Neil Dawson
 

Prizefighter 31: The Light Welterweights III

On 6 July 2013, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 31st installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight light-welterweight fighters from the UK.

The tournament saw an almost exclusive field of London-based fighters take part in this edition of Prizefighter. Eventual winner, Welshman Chris Jenkins (7-0), came in to replace injured Chris Evangelou to buck the cockney trend. The other seven participants were: Southern Area champ Danny Connor (8-5-1), Southern Area lightweight belt holder Liam Shinkwin (6-0-1), Charlie Rice (6-0), Ryan Taylor (7-1-1), Matty Tew (12-1), Eren Arif (3-0) and Tony Owen (14-1).

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Danny ConnorUD
 
 
Charlie Rice
 
Danny ConnorUD
 
 
Ryan Taylor
 
Ryan TaylorUD
 
 
Matty Tew
 
Danny Connor
 
 
Chris JenkinsTKO 2
 
Eren ArifUD
 
 
Liam Shinkwin
 
Eren Arif
 
 
Chris JenkinsUD
 
Chris JenkinsUD
 
 
Tony Owen
 

Prizefighter 32: UK vs. USA International Heavyweights

On 14 November 2013, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 32nd installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight heavyweight fighters from the UK and the USA.

The tournament saw a field of eight fighters, four from the UK and four from the USA, take part in this special edition of Prizefighter.

Former Prizefighter finalist Michael Sprott was joined by Hackney’s Larry Olubamiwo, Milton Keynes’ Matt Legg and Hertfordshire’s Tom Little in Team UK, who faced up to a Team USA boasting former three-weight World Champion James Toney in its ranks. Toney was joined in the US quartet by Californian Damian Wills, former World Cruiserweight challenger Brian Minto and Florida’s Jason Gavern.

In the Prizefighter prospect slots, Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fought Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek in his third pro fight while Cruiserweight prospect Ben Ileyemi clashed with Moses Matovu in his second pro outing.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Jason GavernUD
 
 
Larry Olubamiwo
 
Jason GavernMD
 
 
James Toney
 
James ToneyTKO 3
 
 
Matt Legg
 
Jason Gavern
 
 
Michael SprottUD
 
Michael SprottUD
 
 
Damian Wills
 
Michael SprottUD
 
 
Brian Minto
 
Brian MintoSD
 
 
Tom Little
 

Prizefighter 33: The Lightweights III

On 6 December 2014, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 33rd installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight lightweight fighters from the UK and Ireland.

The tournament competitors were: Stephen Foster, Michael Devine, Danny Connor, Gary Buckland, Lee Martin, Floyd Moore, Jono Carroll and Craig Whyatt.[47]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Jono CarrollSD
 
 
Stepher Foster
 
Jono CarrollSD
 
 
Gary Buckland
 
Gary BucklandUD
 
 
Floyd Moore
 
Jono CarrollUD
 
 
Michael Devine
 
Michael DevineUD
 
 
Danny Connor
 
Michael DevineTKO 1
 
 
Lee Martin
 
Lee MartinSD
 
 
Craig Whyatt
 

Prizefighter 34: The Welterweights IV

On 5 April 2014, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the 34th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight welterweight fighters from the UK.

The tournament competitors were: Dean Byrne (17-3-1), Jason Cook (30-5-1), Johnny Coyle (3-0-1), Mark Douglas (8-3), Sam Eggington (8-1), Paddy Gallagher (4-0), Johnny Garton (11-0) and Erick Ochieng (14-0).

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Erick OchiengUD
 
 
Paddy Gallagher
 
Paddy GallagherTKO 1
 
 
Mark Douglas
 
Mark DouglasUD
 
 
Dean Byrne
 
Paddy Gallagher
 
 
Johnny CoyleUD
 
Sam EggingtonTKO 2
 
 
Johnny Garton
 
Sam Eggington
 
 
Johnny CoyleSD
 
Johnny CoyleUD
 
 
Jason Cook
 

Prizefighter 35: The Middleweights III

On 14 February 2015, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, the 35th installment of the Prizefighter competition showcased a field of eight middleweight fighters from the UK.

The tournament competitors were: Jack Arnfield (17-0), Liam Conroy (7-2-0), Luke Crowcroft (8-1), Craig Cunningham (11-0), Tom Doran (11-0), Mick Hall (11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0) and Cello Renda (25-10-2) .

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Cello RendaTKO 1
 
 
Liam Conroy
 
Cello Renda SD
 
 
Jack Arnfield
 
Jack ArnfieldSD
 
 
Mick Hall
 
Cello Renda
 
 
Tom Doran TKO 3
 
Luke KeelerUD
 
 
Luke Crowcoft
 
Luke Keeler
 
 
Tom DoranUD
 
Tom DoranUD
 
 
Craig Cunningham
 

Tournament summary

Tournament Date Venue Weight Category Winner Runner-Up
11 April 2008 York Hall, Bethnal Green Heavyweight Martin Rogan David Dolan
12 September 2008 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Heavyweight Sam Sexton Chris Burton
24 October 2008 York Hall, Bethnal Green Welterweight Michael Lomax Ted Bami
21 November 2008 York Hall, Bethnal Green Middleweight Martin Murray Cello Renda
20 February 2009 York Hall, Bethnal Green Light heavyweight Tony Oakey Darren Stubbs
24 March 2009 Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Lightweight Ryan Brawley Stephen Burke
19 May 2009 Earls Court, London Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie John Keeton
2 October 2009 ExCeL, London Heavyweight Audley Harrison Coleman Barrett
4 December 2009 Olympia, London Light welterweight Gavin Rees Colin Lynes
26 February 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Light middleweight Prince Arron Brett Flournoy
30 April 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Cruiserweight Jon-Lewis Dickinson Nick Okoth
29 May 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Super bantamweight Willie Casey Paul McElhinney
30 June 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Super middleweight Patrick Mendy Paul David
9 October 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Heavyweight Michael Sprott Matt Skelton
21 November 2010 York Hall, Bethnal Green Super featherweight Gary Buckland Derry Mathews
29 January 2011 Olympia, London Light heavyweight Travis Dickinson Sam Couzens
23 March 2011 Olympia, Liverpool Super middleweight Rocky Fielding Tobias Webb
7 May 2011 Alexandra Palace, London International Heavyweight Mike Perez Tye Fields
7 June 2011 York Hall, Bethnal Green Welterweight Yassine El maachi Junior Witter
15 September 2011 York Hall, Bethnal Green Light middleweight Robert Lloyd-Taylor Nick Quigley
12 October 2011 Olympia, Liverpool Super flyweight Lee Haskins Don Broadhurst
29 October 2011 York Hall, Bethnal Green Featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev Rhys Roberts
11 February 2012 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton Light welterweight Adil Anwar Tyrone Nurse
5 May 2012 Kings Hall, Belfast Irish Middleweight Eamonn O'Kane JJ McDonagh
20 June 2012 York Hall, Bethnal Green International Heavyweight Tor Hamer Kevin Johnson
6 October 2012 Olympia, Liverpool Lightweight Terry Flanagan Gary Sykes
3 November 2012 York Hall, Bethnal Green Light middleweight Larry Ekundayo Terry Carruthers
19 January 2013 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton Welterweight Glenn Foot Dale Evans
23 February 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green International Heavyweight Audley Harrison Derric Rossy
18 May 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green Cruiserweight Wadi Camacho Hari Miles
6 July 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green Welterweight Chris Jenkins Danny Connor
14 November 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green UK vs USA Heavyweight Michael Sprott Jason Gavern
5 April 2014 York Hall, Bethnal Green Welterweight Johnny Coyle Paddy Gallagher
6 December 2014 York Hall, Bethnal Green Lightweight Jono Carroll Michael Devine
14 February 2015 Winter Gardens, Blackpool Middleweight Tom Doran Cello Renda

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