Image  The 31st edition of Betfair’s Prizefighter tournament takes place at the historical sporting arena that is York Hall, in Bethnal Green on July 6. which sees Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell headlining on the night.

Each of the eight Prizefighters are on a mission to claim the winners trophy, with a cash prize of £32,000 also up for grabs.

This Prizefighter is one of the most intriguing and finely balanced to date. The quarter-final draw could see a rematch and a trilogy. Bushey Heath’s, Liam Shinkwin, and Upminster’s, Ryan Taylor, met on March 9, at Wembley arena. They battled it out over 10 rounds which saw Shinkwin claim the Southern area lightweight title. Danny Connor and Chris Evangelou could be on a collison course to meet for a third time in nine months. On September 8, Connor claimed the Southern area light-welterweight title. Many who witnesssed the contest, as well as Evangelou, believed the decision to award Connor the points victory was controversial. Connor happily offered Evangelou a rematch. Also on March 9, at Wembley arena, Connor successfully defended the title and this time there was nothing controversial about the decision.

Both Taylor and Evangelou may not be too bothered about whether or not they meet Shinkwin and Connor again, but I bet they are thinking about meeting them at the back of their minds.

Three of the fighters put their unbeaten records on the line, which includes Shinkwin, Islington’s, Charlie Rice, and Rotherhithe’s, Eren Arif. Also in the lineup is Carshalton’s, Tony Owen.

Prizefighter is the perfect platform for one of these fighters to make a name for themselves as it will be shown live on sky sports. Whoever is victorious in this tournament it will give them added confidence to progress in their careers. Even if they are not successful, they are coming to fight their hearts out and not just to make up the numbers. They will catch the eye of the crowd with their heart and desire. A lot of these fighters have a style that will gel nicely with one another. This will bode well for for the tournament.

These fighters are still young, so whoever falls short can still bounce back and have successful careers. That have that ‘never give up’ mentality.

The format consists of a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final. Each bout is over 3×3 minute rounds.

Key facts regarding the Prizefighters:

Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor is currently 7(3)-1–1. Residence – Upminster, London. 25 years of age. Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 44

Liam Shinkwin is currently 6(0)-0-1. Residence – Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. 27 years of age. Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 38

Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor is currently 8(0)-5-1. Residence – Hackbridge, Surrey. 26 years of age (turns 27 on June 16). Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 78

Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou is currently 9(1)-2-0. Residence – Enfield, London. 27 years of age. Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 55

Tony Owen is currently 14(2)-1-0. Residence – Carshalton, London. Stance – Southpaw. Rounds boxed – 78

Charlie Rice is currently 6(1)-0-0. Residence – Islington, London. 20 years of age (turns 21 on June 21). Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 29

Eren Arif is currently 3(0)-0-0. Residence – Rotherhithe, London. 27 years of age. Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 12

Matty Tew is currently 12(3)-1-0. Residence – Southampton, Hampshire. 30 years of age. Stance – Orthodox. Rounds boxed – 60

As mentioned, Kevin Mitchell, headlines the show and he is aiming to bounce back from defeat to WBO lightweight champion, Ricky Burns. Mitchell, now 28, challenged Burns for the WBO title in Glasgow, Scotland, last September. Unfortunately, Mitchell was stopped in the 4th round. ‘The Hammer’ is still young and has bags of talent. He is more than capable of competing against the best the lightweight division has to offer. Future contests against the likes of Gavin Rees, Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla could well take place. These matchups would be extremely popular with boxing fans and would sell very well.

I have my ticket for this show and I really can not wait for it. I wish Kevin Mitchell and all the Prizefighters the best of luck on the night and for the rest of their careers.



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