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Prizefighter: Flournoy looking to go further than pal Dilks; Concepcion ready to show he has the X Factor in Prizefighter

boxingBrett Flournoy is aiming to go one better than fellow Merseyside boxer Carl Dilks and win the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, February 26.v The Birkenhead boxer is stepping up from welterweight for his chance to claim the £32,000 prize for winning three, three round fights in one night live on Sky Sports.

Dilks reached the Prizefighter Light-Heavyweights semi-final a year ago and Flournoy hopes to go further than his pal as he attempts to keep his unbeaten record intact with three wins in one night. But southpaw Flournoy will have to shake off some ring rust when he has his first fight since May 2008.

The 30-year-oldís last bout against Kevin McIntyre was called off in the second round as ringside medics were called away to deal with an injured boxer elsewhere in the arena in October.

Now Flournoy is looking to give his career some much needed momentum before returning to welterweight..

He said: "After seeing what the Prizefighter has done to Carl Dilksí career, I just wanted to be a part of it. Iíve been mates with him through our amateur days, the Army and we turned pro together.

"Our careers have pretty much mirrored each other, weíve sparred and itís like a sibling rivalry we have. It keeps us on our toes and it would be great to go one better than him and get to the final and win it.

"Carl got to the semi-final a year ago in the Prizefighter and after that got a Commonwealth title fight, so I know doing well in this tournament can open doors and thatís why I really wanted the chance.

"Iím doing this to get my career back on track. But I want to go back down to welterweight after this. If the fight against McIntyre would have gone on Iím confident I would have stopped him."

The 2005 ABA champion left the Army after six years service in 2006 and hopes his success as an amateur will give him an advantage over the shorter three round distance.

He said: "Iím hoping that my amateur experience will help me as well as my speed. Thereís a lot of experience in this competition and itís maybe the toughest line up yet, but Iíve sparred with some tough kids."

Flournoyís career suffered while he was concentrating on running a pub, but he has given up his landlord position.

He said: "Iíve been inactive down to myself more than anything else. I had an outside business interest, running The Brown Cow in Bebbington.

"But it was taking up too much of my time and did it for over two years. I just found I couldnít do the boxing as well as the work and the business wasnít kicking on.

"I had a few problems while I was a landlord. One night I stopped a couple of police officers getting beaten up but I ended up getting CS gas sprayed in my face! They realised their mistake and apologised."


Concepcion ready to show he has the X Factor in Prizefighter


Martin Concepcion is confident he has The X Factor needed to win the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, February 26.

Concepcion earned his place in the ninth Prizefighter series by out-pointing Kevin Hammond for the Midlands Area Title earlier this month.

Now Leicesterís former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion is looking forward to the chance of potentially settling an old score against Bradley Pryce, who stopped him in three rounds in 2007.

Concepcion, 28, enters the eight-man competition after three fights in four months and feels sharp ahead of his quest to win the £32,000 on offer for the victor of three, three round fights in one night of thrilling boxing.

He said: "Iíve had three fights in three months so Iíll be a lot fresher than some of them who have not fought much recently.

"I've fought at a good level and I've been busy recently so I'm confident I can go far in the Prizefighter. The format will suit me.

"My last two fights have been ten rounders and I think Iím a bit of a quick starter like when I beat Matthew Hall in a round a couple of years ago.Ē

Concepcion says like hit TV series X Factor, Prizefighter can make boxers stars.

He said: "I think Prizefighter is brilliant and itís just what boxing needs. You can get a few bad fights and people want all action these days, right from the start. Thatís what Prizefighter gives you.

"You have got The X Factor for singing and it launches stars and this does the same for boxing. Look what it has done for the careers of Martin Rogan, Sam Sexton and now Audley Harrison, who has got a European title fight next.

"Winning this can be a springboard back into title contention. Anthony Small [British & Commonwealth champion] and Ryan Rhodes [European champion] are the ones I want.

"And if I could pick someone who I would meet in the final it would be Bradley. I want to put that right.Ē

Concepcion has suffered one defeat since losing to Pryce but insists he suffered a raw deal against Dee Mitchell over four rounds last July.

He added: "My fight with Dee Mitchell was not a loss. I fought him on his promoterís show and I beat him more convincingly than I had done before a year earlier when I won the fight, but didnít get the decision."

Prizefighter Light-Middleweights takes place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London and the full line-up is Prince Arron (Droylsden, Manchester), Danny Butler (Bristol), Martin Concepcion (Leicester), Brett Flournoy (Birkenhead, Merseyside), George Hillyard (Canning Town), Steve O'Meara (West Drayton, Middlesex), Bradley Pryce (Newbridge, Wales) and Neil Sinclair (Belfast).

Due to increased demand, tickets for Prizefighter Light-Middleweights are now all sold out. But you can still see all the action live on Sky Sports HD from 8pm on Friday 26th February.

Article posted on 19.02.2010



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