Boxing: Canning Town's Hillyard looking to become the Prizefighter

CANNING TOWN hope George Hillyard this week laughed off the bookmakers odds that make him just a 33-1 outsider for Friday night s Prizefighter-light middleweight competition at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

CANNING TOWN hope George Hillyard this week laughed off the bookmakers' odds that make him just a 33-1 outsider for Friday night's Prizefighter-light middleweight competition at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Area boxers have done well in the popular Matchroom series, with welterweight Michael Lomax and heavyweight Audley Harrison battling through to the the top prize - and light-welterweight Colin Lynes a points loser in his final.

Now it's Hillyard's big chance, and he confidently tips himself for the �32,000 first prize to boost his own stop-start career, with the majority of his 15 fights taking place at York Hall or the Goresbrook Centre.

"I'm going in it to win it. I'm not in it to make up the numbers," he insisted, knowing that success could bring a new lease of life to a career, which has not reached the heights that once looked possible.


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He gets a tough start against joint-second favourite Prince Arron, the much fancied Manchester fighter, and victory could send him into the semi-final against the winner of the clash between two favourites, Neil Sinclair and Bradley Pryce.

The appeal of the Prizefighter series continues, with a sell-out crowd booked for the show which is being screened live on SkySports from 8pm.

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The draw is as follows - Quarter-finals: George Hillyard v Prince Arron; Neil Sinclair v Bradley Pryce; Brett Flournoy v Danny Butler and Steve O'Meara v Martin Concepcion.

Semi-finals: Hillyard/ Arron v Sinclair/Pryce. Flournoy/Butler v O'Meara/Concepcion.

n Cruiserwight prospect Tony Conquest is booked for action at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on March 21 in the next Sunday afternoon show staged by promoter Miranda Carter.

Conquest, who won a London ABA title last year, has won his two pro contests.

He is joined on the York Hall bill by his TKO Gym stablemates, light-welter John 'Wayne' Hibbert and light-heavyweight Billy Slate - like Conquest both unbeaten in their pro campaigns.

Also billed for action on the show is light-welter Freddy Turner, who made a successful pro debut at York Hall earlier this month, while super-middleweight Jimmy Coyle launches his pro career.

Also booked for action on the show are Scott Douglas, Ryan Toms, Martin Welsh and Leon Williams.

n VINNY MITCHELL'S unbeaten campaign during 2009 earned him the John Kent Trophy as the 'London Boxer of the Year,' at the London Ex-Boxers' Association presentations on Sunday.

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