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Steeds will not respect his elders at Prizefighter tournament

PUBLISHED: 17:59 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:21 05 October 2010

Micky Steeds hopes that youth triumphs over experience when he lines up in the Prizefighter tournament at Earls Court

By LEN WHALEY

Micky Steeds hopes that youth triumphs over experience when he lines up in Matchroom Sport's latest Prizefighter tournament at Earls Court on Tuesday night.

The event pits eight cruiserweights in a battle for the £25,000 top prize and Isle-of-Dogs campaigner Steeds, 25, is more than a decade younger than the majority of his rivals in the tournament.

Steeds and late replacement Ovill McKenzie aside, the line-up looks like the boxing equivalent of a senior citizens' party, with rivals Dean Francis, Darren Corbett, Bruce Scott, Terry Dunstan, Buster Keaton and Neil Simpson each well over 30 years old.

Scott, 39, has come out of retirement to take part, while Dunstan is making a comeback at the age of 40 after eight years out of the ring.

Although he is less experienced than the other seven fighters, Steeds has fought some of the top names in the country in his 15-fight career.

He challenged Scott Gammer for the British heavyweight crown and lost on points before dramatically losing weight and moving down to the cruiserweight class.

In the lighter division, he was outpointed by veteran Robert Norton for the vacant British championship, but trainer Mark Roe insists Steeds is capable of making a name for himself by overcoming his experienced rivals and lifting the Prizefighter title.

"Mickey has got every chance. I'm not just saying that because he's my man. He's only young and he's learning more with every fight," Roe said.

"He's in great shape and the three-round format will suit him. He's a lot younger than the other fighters, but we're not expecting it to be easy. There are some quality boxers in there and it will be tough."

Matchroom chief Barry Hearn is also expecting fireworks at the tournament, which will be screened by Sky Sports.

He said: "It's eight great fighters, eight former champions coming together for seven fights in one night. One thing about Prizefighter is it's exciting.

"Each one of these fighters is a main-event fighter and I think this will be pound-for-pound the best Prizefighter show we've ever done."

Tickets for Prizefighter are available at www.seetickets.com or from the box office on 01277 359900.


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