Tony Salam wins public vote to be included in Prizefighter
PUBLISHED: 11:39 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 October 2010
Tony Salam has won the public vote to be included in the Prizefighter super-middleweight competition and manager Spencer Fearon is backing his man to take home the prize
Tony Salam has won the public vote to be included in the Prizefighter super-middleweight competition and manager Spencer Fearon is backing his man to take home the prize.
The 26-year-old won at a canter, gaining more support than Olympian James DeGale and George Groves combined for a place on the June 30 line-up at York Hall.
The talented Salam has only lost one of his 10 professional bouts and after a glittering amateur career, winning national and commonwealth medals, Fearon believes Salam's time has come.
"Anything can happen in Prizefighter, it's the nature of the competition, but if he fights at his best than he should win Prizefighter," The promoter exclusively told the Advertiser.
"I started up a Facebook campaign to get people to vote for Tony and it worked. This boxer is the real deal.
"Everyone is good over three rounds, I reckon I could do okay against Floyd Mayweather for that amount of time, but the difference between Tony and the rest is that Tony is fighting for the limelight and his future, not so much the £32,000 and that will be a big advantage."
Salam is equally confident about his success and has promised not to disappoint on the big night.
"This is the biggest opportunity in my life and I'm going to show the world that I'm the best and most entertaining super-middleweight out there," he said.
"All I have ever wanted is a chance and now I'm taking part in the greatest competition in boxing and I promise all the fans that I will not let them down and will fight with everything I have got."
Fearon is wary of looking too far in to the future for Salam, but believes a British title fight is not too far away for the Hackney man.
"I think Tony would fight best at super-middleweight over 12 rounds and that means Paul Smith is on the radar," Fearon said.
"We do have to take one step at a time and the focus will be on York Hall at the end of the month."
Fierce Merseyside rivals Tony Dodson and Tony Quigley are already in the super-middleweight tournament, along with former British title contender Stevie McGuire.
Waltham Abbey's former Repton amateur Daniel Cadman, with Sheffield's Peter Federenko and Birmingham's Eddie McIntosh are also in the line-up, gunning for the prize.
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