Steeds aims to be the cruiser missile
Micky Steeds looks to boost his career - and his bank balance - at the Barry Hearn s next Prizefighter event the cruiserweight competition when eight entries battle for the �25,000 top prize in the one-night tournament, at the Earls Court, on May 19. The
Micky Steeds looks to boost his career - and his bank balance - at the Barry Hearn's next Prizefighter event the cruiserweight competition when eight entries battle for the �25,000 top prize in the one-night tournament, at the Earls Court, on May 19.
The Matchroom promoter is quick to claim the strongest looking line-up so far with eight men who have between them won two European belts, four Commonwealth championships and six British titles, all chasing glory on the night.
They include 25-year-old Peacock gym campaigner Steeds, who is looking to the tournament to bounce back after the disappointment of British title defeats at heavyweight and cruiserweight.
Steeds is attracted by the prospect of fighting three, three-round fights against quality opposition on the night: "It's a good competition and you can see that by the names in it.
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"If you go all the way you can get three good names on your record all in one night, and that may normally take a couple of years."
The Docklands fighter took a look at his opposition, including local rivals Bruce Scott and Terry Dunstan, lined up at a press conference held on the HMS Belfast on the River Thames last week and anticipated a lively night
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"It will be fast and furious but I know I'm the youngest and prettiest here so I have to fancy my chances!"
However he knows the night will be more about hooks than looks and the opposition will certainly be tough, including former European Champion Dean Francis plus seasoned campaigners Bruce Scott and Terry Dunstan.
Hearn, has promoted more than 500 boxing shows and is never slow to beat the publicity drum:
"I've not seen a bad Prizefighter fight and I'm proud to think that millions of people around the world and the thousands of people at the venue will enjoy a great night's entertainment.
"I thought the first Prizefighter Heavyweights was always going to be a cracker but this promises to be even better."
Scott, another fighter trained at Canning Town's Peacock gym, stirred things up at the press conference by reminding everyone he had already beaten two of the other contenders and insisted he had an old score to settle with former amateur clubmate Terry Dunstan.
Darren Corbett Age: 36, Belfast. Pro record: W27 (16 by KO), L4, D1. Total 32.
Former Commonwealth Champion.
Terry Dunstan Age: 40, Vauxhall, London. Pro record: W20 (12 by KO), L2, D0. Total 22.
Former European, British Champion.
Dean Francis Age: 35, Basingstoke. Pro record: W30 (24 by KO), L3, D1. Total 34 fights.
Former European, British and Commonwealth Champion.
John Keaton Age: 36, Sheffield. Pro record: W26 (17 by KO), L16, D0. Total 42.
Former British Champion.
Mark Krence Age: 32, Chesterfield. Pro record: W23 (6 by KO), L6, D0. Total 29.
Former English Champ.
Bruce Scott Age: 39, Hackney. Pro record: W27 (18 by KO), L9, D0. Total 36.
Ex British, Commonwealth Champion.
Neil Simpson Age: 38, Coventry. Pro record: W26 (11 by KO), L18, D1. Total 45.
Ex British, Commonwealth Champion (light-heavyweight).
Micky Steeds Age: 25, East London. Pro record: W12 (3 by KO), L4, D0. Total 16.
Fought for British title at heavyweight and cruiserweight.
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