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Lomax's eyes are on the prize

PUBLISHED: 16:58 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY MICHAEL LOMAX combines a career as a pro boxer with his day job running a car valeting business and he hopes to clean up in style tomorrow night by scooping a bumper £25,000 winner s cheque in the Prizefighter welterweight tournament at Yor

By LEN WHALEY

MICHAEL LOMAX combines a career as a pro boxer with his day job running a car valeting business and he hopes to clean up in style tomorrow night by scooping a bumper £25,000 winner's cheque in the Prizefighter welterweight tournament at York Hall.

Rivalries will be running high in Bethnal Green with a trio of East London hopes named in a quality eight-man line-up in the Matchroom tournament, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

TKO gym-trained Ross Minter, George Hillyard from the TBS stable and Lomax, who is part of Paul Cook's successful camp, can count on solid support from local fight fans.

But Lomax, a former ABA champion at Stepney's Broad Street boxing club, has his sights on the top prize.

The 29-year-old, who has chalked up 12 wins in 13 fights during a six-year pro career, will also have to overcome former European champion Ted Bami, Steve Conway, Nigel Wright and Craig Dickson in a solid roster of fighters.

Yet Lomax is convinced that he can emerge triumphant and grab the bumper pay-packet.

He said: "This will be great exposure for me and it is an ideal opportunity to create some limelight for myself.

"I'm very confident because I believe technically I'm the most skilled fighter in it.

"I've got respect for every fighter in the competition, but I believe if the real Michael Lomax turns up there will only be one winner."

Lomax's sole defeat came when he dropped down to light welterweight for a fight with current Commonwealth champion Craig Watson.

But he is confident that a clear height and reach advantage makes him the favourite for the competition, which follows two successful Prizefighter heavyweight tournaments.

Each contest consists of three three-minute rounds, with the winner taking home a cheque for £25,000 and the runner-up getting £12,000.

"The format itself is very difficult, because you may only get about 15 or 30 minutes between each bout," Lomax said.

"It will be very explosive and that's why the TV loves it and why the venues sell out so quickly."

Tickets for the show are available from the box office on 01277 359900.

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