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Steve Bunce grills the contenders for Heavyweights IV in latest podcast

The second edition of the Prizefighter Podcast with Steve Bunce is now available to download for free on iTunes. Bunce joined the fighters at the Sky Sports promo day and interviewed the eight in the starting line-up and the two reserves ahead of the Heavyweights IV showdown at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday October 9. To download the podcast, visit and click on the link on the homepage: http://www.prizefighter.co.uk/home.htm..

Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott are on a collision course to meet in the final and both men talk about the night, which Skelton called “the X Factor of boxing”. Kevin McBride spoke about his victory over Mike Tyson and revealed what Muhammad Ali said to him on the same night, while his opponent in Prizefighter, Franklin Egobi, lifts the lid on his Latvian heavyweight title defeat.

Ali Adams faces Skelton in the opening fight of the match and he tells Bunce how he made the journey from Iraq to London and professional boxing. Sprott faces Danny Hughes, the Sunderland fighter who lost to Audley Harrison in the semi-finals the last time the Heavyweights fought, and he explains why that defeat to Harrison was a good thing for his career.

Declan Timlin and Shane McPhilbin complete the line-up and both men are confident of upsetting the odds on the night – Irishman Timlin hopes that a Prizefighter win will lead to the Irish heavyweight title while Nottingham man McPhilbin talks about fighting Tyson Fury in the amateurs.

There’s a battle of a different type before the night itself, as six girls face a public vote to see which two of them will be ring card girls on the night and for the rest of the third series of Prizefighter. Visit Zoo Magazine’s official website to see the six hopefuls and cast your vote: http://www.zootoday.com/girls/archive/2010/10/01/vote-for-your-zoo-ring-girls.htm

PRIZEFIGHTER HEAVYWEIGHTS IV DRAW

Matt Skelton v Ali Adams

Kevin McBride v Franklin Egobi

Michael Sprott v Danny Hughes

Declan Timlin v Shane McPhilbin

VIP and Ringside tickets are sold-out for Prizefighter Heavyweights IV but there are a limited number of unreserved tickets available from Matchroom Sport which can be purchased by calling 01277 359900.


Ali Adams Vows “It’s My Time Now ” Ahead Of Showdown With Matt Skelton

London based Iraqi Heavyweight, Ali Adams is in confident mood ahead of his upcoming fight with former WBU Heavyweight World Champion Matt Skelton in the opening bout at the Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter - Heavyweights IV at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.

Following his final sparring session, with Damian Campbell at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Adams turned to his coach Johnny Eames and simply said, “I’m ready” to which Eames drolly replied “Yeah, you’re ready, ready for four on the heavy bag”. A huge smile broke across the big Iraqi’s face, he was right and Johnny’s reply confirmed it as there was no discussion, no debrief.

After the training session Adams, who is one of the less well known fighters taking part in Saturday’s star studded Prizefighter - Heavyweights IV, made it perfectly clear that he was looking towards the Sky Sports televised event to ‘put him on the map’ when he said, “What he (Matt Skelton) has achieved he’s achieved, but this is my time. This is my big chance you know, it’s my time now.

I came to this country when I was sixteen, I had no family next to me, I was just all by myself. I was going to college in the morning and going to work afternoon and evening. I love boxing but I would only get to training at night , you know twelve o'clock, one o’clock. It was hard but I love boxing and carried on.

I turned pro three years ago, it was hard I have no sponsors it’s just me on my own. I keep on boxing, I didn’t give up, kept doing it, kept doing it. I’ve had twelve fights, I’m still struggling but I love boxing.

Prizefighter is my chance to show people I can box, you know, It’s my big chance, I’m not wasting it.”

Ali Adams versus Matt Skelton is set to be the opening bout of the night, with the victor in that fight facing the winner of the second bout between Kevin McBride, who was the last fighter to beat ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Tooting’s Franklin Egobi.

On the other side of the card the winner of the Sprott and Hughes clash will face either unbeaten Irishman Declan Timlin or Shane McPhilbin.


Adams And Skelton Face To Face Ahead Of Their 9th October Heavyweight Clash

The World’s only Arab Heavyweight boxer, Hammersmith, London based Iraqi, Ali Adams came face to face with former WBU World Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton ahead of their upcoming meeting at the massively successful Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter series, which makes it’s welcome return to York Hall on Saturday the 9th October with Heavyweights IV.

Adams, who is trained by Johnny Eames at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, is clearly unfazed by the prospect of facing such an experienced fighter as Skelton, who during his distinguished career has been English, British, Commonwealth, European and World Heavyweight Champion, as he said. “That’s the first time I see him (Matt Skelton) face to face. I think he’s a strong fighter. I respect anyone that has done what he’s done but I don’t think about that at all. We’re all boxers you know. What he has achieved he’s achieved, but this is my time. This is his last chance but this is my big chance you know, it’s my time.

I’ve been training really, really hard. I’m fit enough and I’ve had lots of sparring, Heavyweights and Cruiserweights. Quality sparring with Derek (Chisora), Damian (Campbell) and even sparred Tyson Fury. I’ve been sparring with Cruiserweights for the speed work. Johnny (John Eames) who is my trainer has done a lot of work with me and he’s been looking after me, you know.

I’m super fit and I’m super fast and I’m not that heavy. I think I’m small for a Heavyweight, but I’m very fast. I’ll surprise a lot of people with how quick I am.”

Ali Adams versus Matt Skelton is set to be the opening bout of the night, with the victor in that fight facing the winner of the second bout between Kevin McBride, who was the last fighter to beat ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Tooting’s Franklin Egobi.

On the other side of the card the winner of the Sprott and Hughes clash will face either unbeaten Irishman Declan Timlin or Shane McPhilbin.

Article posted on 04.10.2010



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