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Prizefighter Is Just One Big Winning Formula




By Ryan Waugh: Another successful and competitive Prizefighter was held at York Hall, Bethnal Green last Saturday evening and the tournament with a difference continues to grow.

The eight man competition has been a revelation under the stewardship of Eddie Hearn and continues to light up British boxing on a now, regular occurrence. The 22nd Prizefighter was again screened on Sky Sports and can confidently celebrate a very successful three-and-a-half years since it’s inception in 2008.

So what has been the key to this success? Well, many reasons exist but the boxing has been highly competitive, many unknown professional boxers just starting out in there careers have been given a shot at stardom and taken their chance. However, equally important or even more so has been the well structured organisation by Hearn, the son of legendary Matchroom Sports chairman, Barry Hearn.


This Saturday proved that age brings no barriers as 40-year-old Choi Tseveenpurev outshone his younger opponents to become the oldest winner of Prizefighter. The atmosphere was second to none as another near capacity York Hall witnessed more absorbing boxing.

Although a large proportion of Prizefighters have been held at the near 100 hundred-year-old York Hall, the competition has also made appearances at Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and various venues around the capital. This has also been a good initiative and broadened the experience for boxing supporters and enthusiasts all over the UK.

Many of the contestants of Prizefighter have been given the platform to shine on the bigger stage and have leapt at the chance of both fame and the £32,000 winning cheque. However, with the chance to achieve more success in their boxing careers and showcase their potential to the boxing community it can only be a good thing for some of the lesser names of professional boxing.

Looking back at some of the highlights to date, it would be fair to say we have had some enthralling finals in the last three years and none more so than Ovill McKenzie’s exciting showdown with John Keeton in 2009. Other finals that live in the memory include Gavin Rees fine victory over former IBO champion Colin Lynes.

Other famous names to have won the revolutionary one night tournament include Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison. Overall, the theory of the event has been hugely triumphant and here’s hoping in another 22 Prizefighters we will still be singing the praises of Hearn and co.

October 31, 2011


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