Victory could Grant a Prizefighter spot

FRIDAY night s English light-welterweight championship contest between TKO Newham Gym fighter Michael Grant and Liverpudlian Steve Williams could lead to the winner securing a Prizefighter spot. Matchroom Chairman Barry Hearn will invite the winner of the

FRIDAY night's English light-welterweight championship contest between TKO Newham Gym fighter Michael Grant and Liverpudlian Steve Williams could lead to the winner securing a Prizefighter spot.

Matchroom Chairman Barry Hearn will invite the winner of the English title clash in Ulster, into his Prizefighter light-welterweight tournament in London, on December 4.

Local boxer Colin Lynes is among the star names in the promising line-up chasing the �32,000 top prize at the latest event in the Prizefighter series at the National Hall, Olympia.

Ex-WBA World Champion Gavin Rees is among the eight entries, alongside Ted Bami, Jason Cook and Lynes, who have all held European title belts.

Lee Purdy has withdrawn, and his place could now be taken by unbeaten Grant - if he wins on Friday in the show topped by the European title clash between Paul McCloskey and Spain's Daniel Rasilla.

Hearn believes it will be great extra motivation for the boxer, who is trained by Johnny Eames at the TKO Gym.

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"With seven top-established boxing champions already committed to Prizefighter light-welterweights, it's a real opportunity for Michael Grant to come through a winner this week and be included in such a prestigious line-up," said the promoter, never slow to beat the publicity drum.

"December 4 at Olympia is no exception to the high standard that we've already seen - you just have to look at the names and the memorable fights they've been involved in, to know it will be another great night of boxing."

Prizefighter show tickets are available from See Tickets on 0870 9039033, www.seetickets.com or from Matchroom Sport office on 01277 359900.

WEST HAM'S Mick Coveney will also be fighting in Ulster on Friday, when he attempts to upset the odds against local favourite Kevin O'Hara on the Frank Warren show at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night.

The 28-year-old Coveney, who returned after a three-year break from boxing to drop a verdict against Steve Bell in September, will be tested by a rival who lost a points verdict to Ricky Burns for the Commonwealth super-featherweight crown in his last bout.

The feature fight on the show is the Commonwealth heavyweight title duel between Sam Sexton and Martin Rogan.

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