Prizefighter - The Super-Middleweights preview
A night of pure pugulistic pleasure awaits as the Super-Middleweights do battle in the latest installment of the Prizefighter series. The Liverpool Olympia plays host to the competition and with four home grown fighters will the title be staying on Merseyside.
The Fab four of Robin Reid, Carl Dilks, Joe Ainscough and Rocky Fielding complete the Liverpool contingent and will hope to follow in the footsteps of 2010 Super Middleweight winner Patrick 'The Tiger' Mendy.
27 year old Carl Dilks heads the betting at a tasty 5/2 and the Liverpudlian is followed closely by 40 year old Robin 'The Grim Reaper' Reid 7/2.
Reid recently replaced, no relation, Alex Reid (the cross dressing cage fighter) in 2010 film 'Killer Bitch' and whether he has the killer instinct will soon become apparent.
The former Olympic bronze medalist's last big fight was with current WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch and he was knocked out in the fifth round by the Nottingham native. He has since beaten a much easier opponent in the form of Jamie Ambler, taking the bout on a points decision.
Rank outsider Joe Ainscough is competing after almost losing his life two years ago. The 16/1 shot however produced a stunning display on his return to the ring, knocking out Iliya Shakura in 1 minute 26 seconds. Having been told he'd never fight again, Ainscough is looking to make a big mark on the professional scene.
Wayne Reed, also no relation to Alex or Robin, is the only southpaw in the competition. The 23 year old Sheffield native has only lost once in six professional fights which included two knock out wins. He is currently priced at 2/5 to beat Ainscough 7/4 in the opening round.
Welshman Tobias Webb is coming into the tournamen with a 100% record, albeit from only four professional fights. Not only does Webb boast a so far impeccible record he also comes from good stock. Uncle Enzo Macarinelli is a former WBO and WBU world champion. He has also beaten former winner Patick Mendy.
He competes in arguably the tightest fight of the opening round when he steps into the ring with 'The Grim Reaper'. Webb is the 11/10 outsider to stop the veteran who currently is backable at 4/6.
The opening bout of the night sees Rocky Fielding 4/7 take on New York native Patrick Maxwell 5/4. Fielding replaced his birth name Michael with the more boxing orientated Rocky and the 23 year old has yet to be beaten in his burgeoning professional career, having fought three fights. Coming from the infamous New York Bronx, Maxwell has a more experienced career than his younger opponent with 16 bouts under his belt which incluced 13 wins, 11 of which came from Ko's.
Jahamaine Smyle might not spring to mind when thinking of the super middleweight division but he could bring a few smiles to underdog backers if he stops the pre-tournament favourite Dilks 2/7 in the final first round match. If he can replicate the performance of James DeGale, who was the first man to stop Dilks and did so within the first round, he could upset the odds.
Having recently watched and loved 'The Fighter' my money would be on the ageing Robin Reid to re-ignite his carreer with three hard fought wins on the night and to claim the £32'000 prize.