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Mark Krence interview ahead of Friday's Prizefighter event

MARK Krence believes winning Fridayís Prizefighter Cruiserweights II will catapult him to a third shot at a British title. Chesterfield-based Krence, 33, has fought twice for the British Heavyweight Championship and is desperate to compete for the Lonsdale belt at cruiserweight level. However, after six defeats in his last ten fights, the only way for that to happen is for him to become the Prizefighter Cruiserweights II champion..

The eight-man, one-night tournament takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London on Friday and represents a last chance for Krence to fulfil his boxing ambitions.

ďWinning Prizefighter will boost my career back up there and push me towards a British title shot, which is what Iím after,Ē said Krence.

ďItís my dream to become British champion. I want to win the British title for my three lads so I want them to be able to say Ďmy dadís a British championí.

ďLosing twice for the British heavyweight title was worse than anything as I had my heart set on winning it.

ďIíve had two shots and it wasnít meant to be but hopefully it will be third time lucky and Iíll win the British cruiserweight title.

ďI took the Matt Skelton fight at 24 hours notice so I wasnít prepared and against Scott Gammer I was winning then just got caught in the ninth round.Ē

Krence had been scheduled to take part in the first Prizefighter Cruiserweights event but had to withdraw as he could not make the weight in time.

However, he is delighted to be given a second chance and intends to take it and secure the £32,000 top prize.

ďIím excited to be picked and to have the opportunity,Ē added Krence. ďI didnít know there was another cruiserweight tournament until I got the phone call but Iím glad to be in it and Iím going to grab the opportunity with both hands.

ďPeople are saying Iím getting on and that Iím too old but there are still things to come from me that people havenít seen before.

ďIíve been criticised all the way through my boxing career for 15 years so it all just goes over my head

ďI donít care what the critics say; if they were so good then they would be in the ring doing it.

ďMy trainer is saying Iím looking better than I have been in the last five years.Ē

The full list of contenders is: John Anthony (Doncaster), Wayne Brooks (Cardiff), Darren Corbett (Belfast), Jon-Lewis Dickinson (County Durham), Herbie Hide (Norwich), Zahid Kahut (Batley), Mark Krence (Chesterfield) and Leon Williams (Streatham, London).

Tickets cost £35 and £60 and are available from 01277 359900. The show will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 from 9pm on Friday.

Article posted on 26.04.2010



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