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East End duo bid for riches in Prizefighter

PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY Michael Lomax and Ross Minter will be chasing a handsome cash prize when they bid for success in the Prizefighter welterweight tournament next month.

By LEN WHALEY

Michael Lomax and Ross Minter will be chasing a handsome cash prize when they bid for success in the Prizefighter welterweight tournament next month.

Backed by Barry Hearn's Matchroom promotions, the two Prizefighter heavyweight events this year have proved a stellar success, with eight fighters competing for glory over three rounds - and the finalists boxing three times on the same night.

After Irish campaigner Martin Rogan won the inaugural heavyweight contest at York Hall, Bethnal Green earlier this year, the follow-up in Newcastle last week saw Norwich's Sam Sexton clinch the £25,000 winner's award.

Now the first welterweight tournament is proposed for a London venue with the backing of Sky TV and is currently scheduled to take place on October 24.

And the 29-year-old Lomax, a former ABA title winner who is now a member of the stable of fighters trained by former Bethnal Green boxer Paul Cook, fancies his chances.

Lomax won national amateur honours during his career with Stepney's Broad Street boxing club but has yet to break through at top level as a pro fighter.

Ross 'The Boss' Minter, who has campaigned in recent years under trainer Johnny Eames at east London's Ultrachem TKO gym, will also be looking to bring a new lease of life to his career

The competition in the eight-man line-up could be tough - with former British champion Neil Sinclair and former European titleholder Ted Bami also set to challenge for honours.

The 6ft tall Lomax, who has boxed at light welterweight and welterweight, suffered the lone defeat of his five year pro career in Wigan last year following a points defeat against Merseyside rival Craig Watson.

He bounced back to winning form in his lone appearance of 2008 - a January victory over Craig Dickson at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham.

Former English titleholder Minter, who is the son of former world middleweight king Alan Minter, has been beaten in his last two appearances.

After chalking up eleven wins and a draw in a dozen appearances he was beaten by American Freddie Curiel last year and suffered a ninth round defeat against Chorley's Michael Jennings in a WBU world title bout at the O2 Arena in February.

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