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PUBLISHED: 15:51 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 05 October 2010

By Len Whaley BARRY Hearn predicts a special night for fight fans when his Prizefighter series premieres at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night. Hearn s Prizefighter show is an eight-man heavyweight competition that sees all four quarter-finals, tw

By Len Whaley

BARRY Hearn predicts a special night for fight fans when his Prizefighter series premieres at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night.

Hearn's Prizefighter show is an eight-man heavyweight competition that sees all four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final held on one night, with each fight lasting a maximum of three three-minute rounds.

With almost £70,000 in prize money to be shared around the fighters, the winner will walk off with a tidy £25,000.

Leyton Orient supremo Hearn believes the format's first show will be a memorable occasion.

"This is totally unique and the world is watching," said the Matchroom Sport chairman.

"I think the boxers are going to give us a night to remember. It's a proper knockout tournament and it takes a brave man to step up to the plate - they are all heroes."

Hearn is so confident that the series will be a success that he has already planned to stretch the series over four weight divisions.

He said: "The idea is to have events at four historic weight divisions - heavyweight, welterweight, middleweight and featherweight."

David Dolan, who won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2002, has been installed as the bookies' favourite by sponsors PartyBets.com.

Sunderland-based Dolan will face hard-hitting Welshman Darren Morgan in what looks to be the most exciting encounter of the quarter finals.

The draw took place live on Sky television last weekend and paired David Ferguson, from North Shields, and Portsmouth's Billy Bessey in the opening fight.

Alex Ibbs, from Stoke-on-Trent, faces Belfast fighter Martin Rogan in the second quarter-final while Paul Butlin, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire faces Southampton's Colin Kenna in the third clash.

Morgan and Dolan will contest the one remaining quarter-final.

Tickets for Friday night's York Hall show are still available from the Matchroom Sport box-office on 01277 359900.

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