26 April 2010 – Press Release
Belfast’s Darren Corbett, 28-5-1, appears to have been handed the ideal quarter-final draw for Friday’s Prizefighter Cruiserweights II bill at Bethnal Green. The former Commonwealth champion will square off against durable journeyman John Anthony who sports the unflattering record of 7-11 on the quickfire Matchroom promoted event.
In doing so Corbett avoids tourament favourite Herbie Hide – but only until the semi-finals.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Hide is hoping to win Prizefighter and then fight for the WBC cruiserweight title. However, he needs to triumph at Prizefighter for that dream to become a reality and 23-year-old Welshman Wayne Brooks is the first of three potential opponents.
Brooks, a former amateur star who twice won the Welsh title, is the youngest of the eight entrants and has won five of nine professional contests.
A sell-out crowd is expected at the York Hall and the first fight of the night will be between Mark Krence, a two-time British heavyweight title contender, and inexperienced Zahid Kahut.
The second quarter-final sees two young prospects collide as Londoner Leon Williams meets Jon-Lewis Dickinson, the only undefeated fighter in the competition.
Four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final take place in one action-packed night with the overall champion claiming 32,000.
Each fight lasts a maximum of three rounds and a successful night in Prizefighter has catapulted previous winners to British, Commonwealth and European title fights.
Tickets cost 35 and 60 and are available from 01277 359900. All the action will again be screened live on Sky Sports 2 from 9pm.