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Mike Tyson to conduct Prizefighter Heavyweights III draw

THE destiny of the eight Prizefighter Heavyweights III contenders lies in the hands of one of the greatest fighters of all time – Mike Tyson. Iron Mike will be conducting the draw for the quarter-finals of the next Prizefighter event later today from Las Vegas. “'I'm looking forward to making the draw for Prizefighter on Friday,” said Tyson, the former undisputed Heavyweight World Champion. “British fight fans are in for an explosive night and I'm excited to see how the match ups will come out for October 2nd.” Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn has flown to Las Vegas and will carry out the draw with Tyson at 1pm local time (9pm BST) on Friday..

Tyson is still the youngest man to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles and won 50 of his 58 professional fights, 44 of which by knockout.

Ironically, Tyson’s career effectively ended when he lost in 2004 to England’s Danny Williams – one of the eight competitors in Prizefighter Heavyweights III.

The draw throws up a number of potential rematches as many of the eight men have fought each other before.

Current British Champion Williams has won twice and lost once against Michael Sprott, beat and lost to Audley Harrison and defeated Scott Gammer, while Sprott has also beaten Harrison.

A number of fighters have also sparred with some of the other Prizefighter contenders so there could be a lot of bad blood and unfinished business between the fighters.

Prizefighter Heavyweights III had originally been scheduled to take place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green but a huge demand for tickets saw it relocated to the ExCel, where it is expected to be a 5,000 sell-out on Friday, October 2.

The all-in-one-night event features eight heavyweights including current British Champion Danny Williams, former Olympic Games gold medalist Audley Harrison and three former British Champions, all vying for the £32,000 top prize.

Dancing group Nemisis, who reached the 2008 final of popular ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent, will be performing as part of the pre-show fun in what will be a thrilling night’s entertainment in and out of the ring.

Tickets cost £40 and £80 and are available from See Tickets on 0871 220 0260, www.seetickets.com or from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

The full list of competitors is Coleman Barrett (Galway, Ireland), Scott Belshaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), Scott Gammer (Pembroke Dock, Wales), Audley Harrison (London / California), Michael Holden (Manchester), Danny Hughes (Sunderland), Michael Sprott (Reading) and Danny Williams (Brixton).


BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT STARS TO APPEAR AT PRIZEFIGHTER

TICKETS CONTINUE TO SELL QUICKLY FOR PRIZEFIGHTER HEAVYWEIGHTS 3

BRITAIN’S Got Talent finalists Nemisis will be appearing in the warm-up to next month’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III.

Talented Milton Keynes-based street dancers Nemisis will be part of the pre-show entertainment at the ExCel in London’s Docklands on Friday, October 2.

Nemisis were one of the star acts of the 2008 series of the popular ITV programme with Simon Cowell describing them as ‘a bunch of really talented, cool friends and brilliant dancers’.

Matchroom Sport’s Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “We’re going to be putting on one hell of a show for the fans on October 2nd, not just with the action in the ring but also with the pre-show entertainment.

“We’re delighted to welcome Nemisis to what will be a huge night for British Boxing at Prizefighter Heavyweights III. It will be an electric night in and out of the ring.”

Nemisis member Isha Chirmuuta added: 'We’re excited to perform at Prizefighter on October 2nd at the Excel.

“It's a big night for British sport and we’re looking forward to getting the crowd ready for action. We will also definitely be hanging around to watch the main event!"

Prizefighter Heavyweights III had originally been scheduled to take place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green but a huge demand for tickets saw it relocated to the ExCel, where it is expected to be a 5,000 sell-out.

The all-in-one-night event features eight heavyweights including current British Champion Danny Williams, former Olympic Games gold medalist Audley Harrison and three former British Champions, all vying for the £32,000 top prize.

Tickets cost £40 and £80 and are available from See Tickets on 0871 220 0260, www.seetickets.com or from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

Article posted on 10.09.2009



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