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P.J. Murray 14th Sep 2011 - 19:08

Prizefighter: The Light-Middleweights

The Light-Middleweights step up for what is expected to be another explosive Prizefighter night at York Hall.

The main draw of the night will be the former two weight World Champion Takaloo. There are also three fighters putting unbeaten records on the line in search of fame and glory.

For the first time the draw will be made on the night in the ring, so no one will have any idea who they are set to face or what path to the final they could take.

Takaloo had to undergo a warmup fight before he was given a licence to box, due to his long absence from the sport. The 32-year-old outpointed his opponent and as such is second favourite at 11/4 to take the £32,000 purse. If he can roll back the years and replicate his legendary bouts with Eamonn Magee and Wayne Alexander then the veteran could well dominate the night.

Peterborough's JJ Bird adds a bit of 'celebrity' to the night as the 24-year-old finished fourth in the last series of Big Brother while he can count on the support of former flatmate Aston Merryman. However if his talent is on a par with the JLS member then he could be making an early exit. Bird is 14/1 to cause an upset after two years out of the ring.

Stephen Harkin secured his place in the competition via some unorthodox methods. Fans of the fighter launched a twitter campaign to see the pugilist partake and they get their wish but he will have to pull out all the stops if he is to defy his 9/1 odds to win. But you get the feeling he is going to have a lot of support from his obviously fervent fans.

"The Raging Bull" Peter Vaughan is unbeaten heading into this tournament. His last fight on the 'Fury v Chisora' card was a real war against Phill Fury. He came through that and it should give him a lot of confidence. He is the market leader at 5/2.

Kris Agyei-Dua at 9/1 could be somewhat of a dark horse. The 30-year-old made his professional debut earlier this year in February. And in his three fights to date is currently unbeaten, winning all three on points. But he will need to up his game if he is going to do well at the Prizefighter.

Wayne Goddard from Hampshire makes up the third undefeated boxer, his record of 9-0 will go on the line. He is fourth fav to claim the purse at 13/2.

Nick Quigley earned a late call up after Daniel Herdman pulled out due to injury. The 22-year-old was on the shortlist for the tournament but wasn't selected. However once the injury to Herdman was confirmed his participation was given the green light. Despite not being selected the youngster continued to train as if he was one of the final eight, so although his call up may be late he should still be in good shape.

Another interesting mix of youth and experience will throw down on Sky Sports and I always like to see the older boxers do well, but anything can happen in these quick and ferocious fights.

 
 
 

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