PrizeFighter - The Heavyweights 3
Author: John Tandy
The heavyweights seem still to be the biggest draw in boxing, and the heavyweight Prizefighter series has seen some of the top guys in the country battle against each other. The first tournament held on the 11th April 2008 featured the likes of amateur star David Dolan and former Commonwealth champion Martin Rogan. Rogan coming out the winner when beating Dolan on all of the three judges scorecards. The second Heavyweight contest on the 12th September 2008 saw the likes of Sam Sexton and David Burton battling out the final, with Sexton taking the crown with a superb 3rd round knockout. Now over a year later sees the biggest and best competition of the series so far. You have a great mix of world class experienced fighters in Danny Williams and Audley Harrison, highly regarded fighters such as Scott Belshaw and Scott Gammer and unbeaten prospects Neil Perkins, Danny Hughes and Coleman Barrett. The line up below is how they will start off, fighting over 3 x 3 minute rounds. The winners will square off in a semi final and finally the final will decide the champion. So far the winners of the tournaments have gone on to bigger and better things, both Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton went on to fight and win a Commonwealth Titles. The winner of this tournament will also be hoping for the same opportunities and more, lets have a look and see how this whole thing may pan out.
Neil Perkins v Danny Hughes
Perkins is the least experienced fighter in the tournament, he is yet to face an opponent with a positive record he is still unbeaten and hasn‘t yet lost a round in his professional boxing career, Hughes is also unbeaten, he also has not faced an opponent with a positive record but he does have the experience of having three more fights. Hughes has a draw on his record which came in his second fight when he was pushed hard by limited journeyman David Ingleby, in a rematch Hughes won a close points decision. This should be a decent fight although neither of these guys are punchers so it is likely to be decided by the judges.
Danny Williams v Carl Baker
Danny Williams has shared the ring with the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Mike Tyson, and has held the British, Commonwealth and WBU titles, on his day he is capable of beating most of the heavyweights out there, however he is very hot and cold, sometimes he looks great other times horrible. If Danny brings his A game he could be the eventual winner of this tournament. Carl Baker is a decent puncher but he should find himself quickly out of his depth here, he has lost to limited guys and despite winning his last 4 coming into this they have all had negative records.
Scott Gammer v Coleman Barrett
Gammer has lost 4 out of his last 5 fights but he has competed at a far higher level than unbeaten Barrett, but over 3 rounds this one could be interesting, Gammer is a slow starter and if Barrett can take advantage he could be a surprise winner in this one. It really depends on which guy wants it the most and is willing to take risks, it really could go either way, I would favour Gammer slightly but never rule out an undefeated fighter.
Audley Harrison v Scott Belshaw
Belshaw is a giant of a man and it wasn’t long since he was regarded as a real prospect in the heavyweight division, losses to journeyman Daniil Peretyatko and being knocked out by Tyson Fury has put an end to that, but given the right circumstances he could have a chance here. Harrison will be used to the shorter fights being the ex Olympic gold medallist and he will come into this one very confident. Harrison has not reached the heights that everyone expected from him when turning professional but from recent interviews he still believes that one day he will lift the heavyweight title, I personally think he had the ability but I am not sure he had all the tools to make it. He is the favourite to win this fight but has the toughest route of the bookies favorites.
I think the competition is set up for a Danny Williams v Audley Harrison finale, Williams has the easiest route, Gammer, Barrett and Belshaw are outside bets to cause a shock somewhere along the line, but Harrison should come through. Who will win the final is anyones guess, it really depends on who turns up, I am going for Audley winning the competition, but with no a huge amount of confidence.