UK Boxing: Craig McEwan; Scott Quigg; Tommy Coyle
BETFAIR punters make Scottish fighter Craig McEwan the 7-4 favourite to win the final Betfair Prizefighter of 2012, the Light Middleweight III event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, tomorrow night.
Edinburgh-born McEwan, who has spent most of his career boxing in America, will be hoping to triumph on his return to the UK. The 30-year-old looks like the man to beat in the fight for the £32,000 winner’s cheque.
The inexperienced Larry Ekundayo, with just two previous fights to his name, is next in the betting at 11-4 to lift the coveted trophy, the novice having looked particularly impressive during those previous bouts. Hard-hitting Curtis Valentine is an 8-1 shot, as is McEwan’s fellow Scot, Kris Carslaw.
12-1 chance Navid Mansouri, Ryan Toms at 18-1, 19-1 shot Terry Carruthers and Peter Vaughan, available at 24-1, complete the line-up.
Betfair’s Alex Bake said: “We’re excited to be back at York Hall for the final Betfair Prizefighter of the year. The Scots look on great form and our punters are backing McEwan to come out on top. But with a brand new £2,000 bonus on offer for a KO victory, expect lots of big punches to be thrown, and when that happens every fighter is in with a chance.”
To win Betfair Prizefighter Light Middleweight III – Betfair bet: 7-4 Craig McEwan, 11-4 Larry Ekundayo, 8-1 Curtis Valentine, Kris Carslaw, 12-1 Navid Mansouri, 18-1 Ryan Toms, 19-1 Terry Carruthers, 24-1 Peter Vaughan
QUIGG RIVALS MO FARAH FOR FITNESS
SCOTT QUIGG has undertaken a battery of tests and left experts convinced that he’s one of the fittest boxers in the world.
Quigg, 24, meets Leicester southpaw Rendall Munroe in a rematch on November 24 with the vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title at stake..
Their 12 rounder is one of several big contests on the Manchester Arena bill headed by Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Bury’s Quigg (24-0-1) spent a day with his strength and conditioning coach Ric Moylan University of Salford, Human Performance Laboratory.
The results left professionals in that field amazed as the British champ flew through the assessments.
Moylan revealed: “When it came to fitness levels, Scott was up there with elite endurance athletes like Sir Chris Hoy and Mo Farah.
“I have been involved with professional sportsmen for 15 years and Scott is one of the fitness guys I have ever seen.
“He did fitness, performance and endurance tests, blood analysis, and urine tests, but Scott’s determination was equally as impressive as his world class fitness.
“During the tests Scott just wanted to push on. We all hope the benefits will show in Scott’s rematch against Rendall.”
Quigg’s first contest against Munroe (24-2-1) took place in June, but ended in a third round technical draw because of a badly cut right eye to his rival.
For more details about Ric’s work with Quigg please log onto www.ricmoylan.co.uk
On the same bill Sergey Rabchenko (21-0) defends his European light-middleweight crown against Frenchman Cedric Vitu (35-1), Martin Murray (24-0-1) will feature in title action and Gary Buckland (26-2) risks his British super-featherweight title against local idol Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1).
Also in action are Hatton Promotions hopefuls Ashley Theophane (32-5-1), James Dickens (12-0), Adam Etches (9-0) and Scott Jenkins (6-0) and Sam O’Maison (3-0).
HUGE NIGHT FOR LITTLE IN HULL
Although Tommy Coyle may be the star turn at Hull’s City Hall on Friday November 2, when he takes on Portugal’s Antonio Joao Bento for the WBC International Silver lightweight title, the occasion is also a huge night for another local fighter, Danny Little.
Little, a stable mate of Coyle’s, will make his professional debut on the show and, when the Driffield native steps through the ropes, he will finally be achieving a dream he has nurtured since watching his boxing heroes as a youngster and then lacing up the gloves.
“I always wanted to be a boxer after watching Tyson and Rocky Marciano,” said Little, 27. “When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be, I always told them it was to be a professional fighter.
“I just want to go as far as I can in the sport. Whether that’s an English or British title, I don’t mind as long as I put the dedication in. I’m achieving an ambition I’ve had since I was 10 so anything more is a bonus for me.”
Danny, a window cleaner by day, is ecstatic to be getting his first stab at punching for pay on Coyle’s undercard. Tommy, who hopes to eventually become Hull’s first ever British champion, is a huge fan favourite and Little is pleased to be able to showcase himself in front of a bumper crowd.
“I train with Tommy every day at the Stevie Smith Boxing Academy and it’s great to have someone like him in the gym to push you and to look up to,” stated Little, who won 17 of 25 amateur bouts.
“It’s fantastic on my debut to be fighting in front of a lot of people and hopefully I can make a name for myself. I’ve been training for five months straight and I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone what I can do. I’m a come forward boxer and I love to fight and give the crowd excitement. I really want to put on a good show.”
“We’re really excited to be putting on this show in Hull and giving some of the fighters from this city the chance to make a name for themselves,” explained Steve Wood, chief at Manchester-based VIP Promotions.
“Obviously Tommy is heading the card, but we’ve also got Hull fighters Tom Knight and Danny Little on the show too. I would love to have had more local talent on the bill but we haven’t had full co-operation from some of the boxing fraternity in Hull, which is a shame as it’s only the boxers that suffer.
“This will be a great card though and if it’s anything like Tommy’s previous appearances at the City Hall then the atmosphere will be electric. We also have a couple of prospects from the North West on the show in Luke Blackledge and Liam Taylor, and hopefully Tommy will pick up the WBC belt and go on to even greater things.”
‘City Hall Showdown 4’ will take place at the Hull City Hall on November 2. Tommy Coyle versus Antonio Joao Bento headlines an undercard that includes Accrington’s British Masters light-heavyweight champion Luke Blackledge; Grimsby’s former British flyweight title challenger Wayne Bloy; Middleton’s undefeated 4-0 prospect Liam Taylor; Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe – who has his second bout after an exciting KO victory on his debut, while Driffield’s Danny Little and Hull’s Tom Knight will both make their debuts.
Tickets, priced at £20 (Gallery), £30 (General), £45 (Stage/VIP), £60 (Ringside/VIP) are available from the boxers direct, The Hull City Hall Box Office, The Stevie Smith Boxing Academy, or online at: www.steviesmithboxing.com and www.vipbe.co.uk
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