OVER 1,000 votes cast over 24 hours as public choose eighth fighter
Daniel Cadman has been named in the line-up for the Prizefighter Super Middleweights on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, and he says that local support can drive him to a dream victory.
The latest event in Barry Hearn's eight-man, one night tournaments follows hot on the heels of the thrilling super bantamweight night where Irishman Willie "Big Bang" Casey took the title back to the Emerald Isle.
Waltham Abbey's Cadman is the only local fighter in the initial line-up which will be fully revealed later this week, and the former Repton amateur is banking on a strong following on the night to help him claim the £32,000 winner's cheque live on Sky Sports.
"Having all your fans there behind you is a massive advantage, especially if things are tight in a fight, people screaming and cheering for you can swing things your way," said the 29 year-old, known as 'Mr Slick'. "People have already been in touch with me about being in Prizefighter and that they can't wait to go so I'm banking on a big following to get me through the night.
"I'm absolutely buzzing about Prizefighter – I didn't believe it at first but now it's all signed and sealed I've been in the gym like a demon and I'm raring to go."
The former amateur champion had almost three years out of the ring after the birth of his two children and made his comeback against Lee Duncan in November in Brentwood, losing the four-round bout on points. The Essex man says that he shook of the rust of his time out of boxing that night and hopes like previous Prizefighter winners, the 13th edition of the tournament can take his career to new heights.
"It's a crucial night for my career," said Harlow-born Cadman. "On my comeback in November I felt rusty and I was a bit nervous to be honest. I wasn't sure whether I still had it really but at the end for the fight I thought I had nicked it and I knew it was still there for me so Prizefighter is a great chance to get back out there and show that I've got lots to offer.
"It will suit me down to the ground to be honest because I am at my most dangerous in the first three rounds but I've had a few stamina problems in the later rounds of fights – but that won't be a problem in this format, I can just go in looking to do early damage, which I'm more than capable of doing.
"I watched the Super Bantamweights night and it was a thriller, and rightly called the best yet but there's no reason why this one can't be just as good, I know I'll be going in there all guns blazing for the title."
For the first time in the tournament's history, the eighth competitor will be chosen by fight fans through the official Prizefighter website - and over 1,000 votes have already been cast.
"As the format goes from strength to strength the Super-Middleweights have a tough act to follow but the line-up looks certain to provide plenty of drama," said Matchroom Sport's Eddie Hearn. "Boxing fans play such an important role in Prizefighter and for the first time, their feedback will determine our final selection into the June 30 event. Fans can visit the website and let us know who they most want to complete the line up."
Joining Cadman in the early line-up are Liverpool rivals Tony Dodson and Tony Quigley who fought for the British super middleweight title fight in Liverpool last March and the duo could be drawn together, while Scotsman Stevie McGuire has also fought for the British title – Sheffield's Peter Federenko and Birmingham's Eddie McIntosh are also in the line-up.
Tickets for Prizefighter Super Middleweights are available now at £35 (unreserved), £60 (ringside) and £100 (VIP) – call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.
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