Arthur Desires winning the
May 30, 2010
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 medalist 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
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
“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
The weigh-in for Prizefighter Super Bantamweights takes place at the
Crowne Plaza London Hotel in Shoreditch at 2pm on Friday May 28.
Mark Moran v Willie Casey
Esham Pickering v Josh Wale
Robbie Turley v Jamie Arthur
Gavin Reid v Ricky Owen
Moran/Casey v Pickering/Wale
Turley/Arthur v Reid/Owen Published on WBAN.