Pickering: I am convinced I will win Prizefighter / Arthur eyes British title through Prizefighter glory

Experienced Nottingham boxer says York Hall night is his for the taking - Former Commonwealth, European and British title holder Esham Pickering says he is positive that he will lift the Prizefighter Super Bantamweight trophy at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday night. The 33 year-old fighter is the most experienced boxer in the latest of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night events and he is itching to get into action from 9pm live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1..

“I really cannot wait – I’ve been buzzing in training this week and I’m totally convinced that I will win this,” said Pickering at the official weigh-in at the Crowne Plaza London Hotel in Shoreditch, where all eight fighters made the weight.

The Nottinghamshire fighter takes on Barnsley’s Josh Wale in the second quarter-final on the night – a 22 year-old with nine wins from his 11 professional fights. “Josh is a good fighter and I’ve got a lot of respect for him but I will win that fight – and the two after that as well,” said Pickering. “It’s a three round fight and I will win all three.”

Wale himself is confident of a good showing at York Hall and the window-cleaner by day is raring to get in the ring with Pickering. “I’m looking very good in training so I’ve nothing to fear at all,” said Wale. “Esham’s a top fighter and I know it’s going to be a great fight, but I can win that – and the trophy too.”

The opening fight of the night promises to be a cracker as Commonwealth bronze medallist Mark Moran takes on unbeaten Limerick fighter Willie “Big Bang” Casey, with the winner facing the winner of Pickering and Wale’s clash. “Everyone here has a good record so the draw wasn’t that important – whoever you fight is going to be quality,” said Casey. “I just have to go in there and do my thing and if I fight to my potential I will win this.”

The second half of the draw sees an all-Welsh affair in quarter-final three with Commonwealth gold medallist Jamie Arthur taking on Swansea’s Robbie Turley, before unbeaten Welshman Ricky Owen takes on Yorkshireman Gavin Reid.

Tickets for Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights are available on the door from 7.30pm priced at £35 (unreserved), £60 (ringside) and £100 (VIP).

QUARTER-FINALS (with weights):

Mark Moran (8st 11lb 10oz) v Willie Casey (8st 10lb 5oz)
Esham Pickering (8st 11lb 11oz) v Josh Wale (8st 10lb 11oz)
Robbie Turley (8st 12lb) v Jamie Arthur (8st 10lb 11oz)
Gavin Reid (8st 11lb 2oz) v Ricky Owen (8st 11lb 7oz)


Moran/Casey v Pickering/Wale
Turley/Arthur v Reid/Owen

Arthur eyes British title through Prizefighter glory

Welshman says win on Saturday could land shot – Hearn confirms next event

Prizefighter Super Bantamweights is just one day away at York Hall, Bethnal Green – and Jamie Arthur believes that the winner could be one step away from a British title shot.

The former Commonwealth gold medallist steps into the ring in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament for the first time since losing a British featherweight title fight against Martin Lindsay in March. The 30 year-old will face fellow countryman Robbie Turley in the quarter-finals and knows

“I took some time out to contemplate my future after the Lindsay fight then last Sunday I took the call to do Prizefighter, so I haven't been doing a lot of training,” Arthur told Steve Bunce’s BBC Radio London’s Boxing Hour. “But I'm a fit guy so it's not been a problem. My trainer Darren Wilson had Jason Cook in Prizefighter and Gavin Rees also trains in the same gym so I've spoke to them but I know the format and I know it's perfect for me. It’s fast and furious over short rounds but I learnt how to deal with that at the Commonwealth Games.”

Arthur told Bunce that the £32,000 winner’s cheque would certainly help the bank balance but victory live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 9pm could open the door to a title fight.

“The British super-bantamweight title will be vacant soon, Matthew Marsh will be the number one contender and maybe the winner of this can fight him for the title - that would be amazing,” said Arthur.

“Boxers have to fight to make ends meet so financially this is a great opportunity but it's the title opportunities that I'm after.”

Saturday’s action will be the twelfth edition of the ground-breaking boxing show, and the man behind the entertainment also spoke to Bunce about how Saturday’s eight hopefuls can look to a previous winner for inspiration.

“Picture the scene – a man comes back from Olympics with gold medal as a national hero, signs big contract and stinks the place out several times,” said Hearn, who confirmed that the next Prizefighter will take place on June 30 at super-middleweight. “Too much to say for himself, manages his own affairs and doesn't fight – everyone tries but it's destined never to happen for him and he’s done... but then along comes Prizefighter and now Audley Harrison is hot property again and on the verge of a World title shot – that's what this event can do.”

Tickets for Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights are available now at £35 (unreserved), £60 (ringside) and £100 (VIP) – call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

The weigh-in for Prizefighter Super Bantamweights takes place at the Crowne Plaza London Hotel in Shoreditch at 2pm on Friday May 28.

Article posted on 27.05.2010

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