Luton’s young boxing prospect, Michael Devine 11(3)-1(1)-1 is very happy with the draw against old foe Danny Connor in the quarter-finals of the Prizefighter Tournament televised live on Sky Sports on December 6th at London’s York Hall.
They clash in the second quarter-final with the winner then facing either Craig Whyatt or Lee Martin, who kick off the tournament.
The lightweight boxer from Luton commented, “I’m really happy with draw and can’t wait to get in there now. I saw the draw take place on the news and, at the end of day, me and Connor will be a good draw and it will definitely kick the tournament off well.”
The pair met in the same venue in September both vying for the vacant British Masters Gold lightweight title only for their ten-rounder to be halted prematurely when a clash of heads left Connor with a cut that he couldn’t continue with.
Both men expressed their desire to meet in Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament this weekend and their wish was granted as their names were pulled out of the hat live on Sky Sports News by Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith.
This will be the 34th instalment of Eddie Hearn’s successful series that has featured 14 different weight divisions over the six years.
Devine, a two-weight champion, said, “I feel good, just heading to the weigh in now. I’m 9 stone 11lbs so ½ pound light and I’m absolutely buzzing for tomorrow night.”
Previous Prizefighter winner, Gary Buckland 28(9)-5-2 and former European super-featherweight champion, Stephen Foster Jnr. 33(19)-5(2)-1 are the pre -tournament favourites.
The experienced pair could meet in the second semi-final, with Foster taking on Irishman Jono Carroll in the third quarter-final and Prizefighter Super Featherweight champion Buckland facing big-punching Floyd Moore in the fourth quarter-final.
“Buckland is the favourite, yeah, definitely but I know what I’m capable of and can beat Danny Connor inside the three rounds and go onto the finals,” said Devine eagerly.
Prizefighter Lightweights III will also feature Martin J. Ward 10(5)-0-1 against Maxi Hughes 13(2)-1-1 in an eliminator for the BBBofC British super-featherweight title.
The 25-year-old nicknamed ‘Chunky’ went on to say, “Wish I was relaxing last night but I was shifting a few tickets instead and done a bit in gym, just the final bit with some stretching and then I chilled at home. I’ve got over 170 coming up in support on the night and they’ll be the loudest there.”
Michael is determined to follow in the footsteps of former Luton champions, Billy Schwer and Graham Earl in bringing glory back to the Bedfordshire town.
The 5ft 8” lightweight boxer gave praise to his fans, “Just want to say thanks to everyone from Luton that’s coming up, the support has always been great all through my career. Also thanks to my trainer James Paisley and my mrs. and family for running around and selling tickets.”
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