This is the eight-strong line-up who will take to the ring at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday for the latest in boxing’s popular Prizefighter series, featuring the middleweights.
The eight will battle it out to a final, which will be televised on Sky Sports, with the overall winner pocketing the £32,000 top prize and the coveted title.
Home favourite middleweight Jack Arnfield reckons he will be a cut above his seven rivals in Prizefighter this weekend.
Arnfield is going into the knockout competition in confident vein, he said: “I am easy at the level to fight for a British title.
“I spar with people who are British title level and beyond – and I hold my own, if not get the better of a lot of the spars.
“I am just waiting for that opportunity, the chance to be given, and I will go for it.
“Hopefully, Prizefighter is the platform for that. I don’t think there is anyone in the competition to trouble me.”
The draw for Prizefighter is due to take place tomorrow at 10.30am, and can be seen live on Sky Sports News.
Top of the bill on Saturday is Brian Rose v Carson Jones, who are scheduled to weigh-in at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool at 1pm.
Here is a lowdown on the contestants’ hopes and aspirations in this knockout competition, which features quarter-finals, semis and the ultimate decider.
Jack Arnfield (Stalmine)
I have sold a lot of tickets, so it will be an electric night. It will mean a lot for me to lift the trophy. It is a good thing - a great platform,. I am 17-0 and there is nobody in the competition with a record like mine. I have trained the hardest and I am always the fittest I can be. I have good regular sparring, and there is nothing I haven’t done in camp that shouldn’t put me to the top of the list for this Prizefighter.
Luke Keeler (Dublin)
I will box, be busy, make angles, be sharp – and hopefully it goes well. The format does suit me and I am only two years from the amateurs as well. This is a huge platform. I am the lowest ranked of all the guys, but at the same nothing I have seen fazes me, and I am confident of doing the business.
Craig Cunningham (Birmingham)
I am a southpaw and that could be an advantage. They are going to train for mostly orthodox fighters and I am the only southpaw in the competition, so hopefully I can use that to my advantage. Expect to see my slick skills. There is a stoppage bonus and I have my eyes on it, but I won’t get cocky and go looking for it. If it happens, it happens.
Liam Conroy (Barrow)
This Prizefighter tournament comes at a perfect time for me. I have a lot of heart and can adapt to different styles, and that should be an advantage. I want to get in the ring, do the best I can in this and get a result.
Cello Renda (Peterborough)
People still talk about it and say the final between me and Martin Murray was the best final Prizefighter has had. I have great memories and I know what it is all about. I know how much I have to dig deep and bite on that gum-shield to get that win. Hopefully, winning Prizefighter will get me the opportunity of fighting for the British title.
Mick Hall (Preston)
They are all dangerous and I won’t be taking any of it lightly. I have fast hands, I can box and I can fight. If I have to box to win the fight I will . If I have to turn it into a fight, I will do that. I will do whatever it takes to get the big prize at the end.
Tom Doran (Connahs Quay)
I have watched loads of the Prizefighters in the past and I absolutely love it. I know I can win it - I have the skills, the determination and I know I am going to win. “It seems a case that once you win Prizefighter, you can be straight in line for a British title shot.
Luke Crowcroft (Doncaster)
We are coming to win and I am expecting three hard fights. It is three rounds, do what you can, and it is a bit like the amateur style, which I am suited to. I have done some homework on the other fighters. I have watched their style on YouTube but none of them faze me. I am coming to beat them.