THE draw for the quarter-finals in Friday Prizefighter has been made – and there promises to be some cracking encounters.
Hotly-tipped pair Tony Oakey and Billy Boyle meet in what could be the tie of the opening round in Friday's light-heavyweight tournament at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Hampshire-based Oakey, 33, has previously held the British, WBU and Commonwealth titles, while Boyle, 32, who hails from Sheffield, is undefeated from 11 fights with seven of those victories coming by knockout.
That will be the second fight of the night after the show is started by bookmakers' favourite Courtney Fry against rank outsider Shon Davies, who, at 22, is the youngest of the eight men.
The four previous Prizefighter competitions have caused shocks galore and Davies, who is only priced at 25/1, will be aiming to cause a big surprise against former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Fry.
The third clash sees the other two undefeated fighters – Darlington's Bob
Ajisafe and Liverpool's Carl Dilks – meet each other but which boxer will suffer the first defeat of their career?
The fourth fight of the night sees Oldham veteran Darren Stubbs, 37, take on Suffolk banger Steve Spartacus, who has gained 11 of his 19 victories by knockout.
Either Fry or Davies will meet Oakey or Boyle in the first semi-final with Ajisafe or Dilks meeting Stubbs or Spartacus in the second semi-final.
The draw, which was conducted by former WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Chris Eubank at Claridge's in London, leaves open the prospect of an Oakey v Spartacus final. This would be a repeat of an epic British title contest back in May 2007 that Oakey claimed thanks to a 12th round stoppage.
The eight contenders.
Name: Bob Ajisafe
Home town: Darlington
Professional record: W6 (2 by KO), L0, D0 – Total fights 6
Name: Billy Boyle
Home town: Sheffield
Professional record: W11 (7 by KO), L0, D0 – Total fights 11
Achievement: WSO International Champion, undefeated
Name: Shon Davies
Home town: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Professional record: W7 (3 by KO), L2, D0 – Total fights 9
Achievement: Welsh Area Champion
Name: Carl Dilks
Home town: Liverpool
Professional record: W8 (3 by KO), L0, D0 – Total fights 8
Name: Courtney Fry
Home town: Liverpool
Professional record: W12 (5 by KO), L1, D0 – Total fights 13
Achievement: Never been stopped.
Name: Tony Oakey
Home town: Havant, Hampshire
Professional record: W25 (7 by KO), L4, D1 – Total fights 30
Achievement: Former British, former WBU, former Commonwealth champion.
Name: Steve Spartacus
Home town: Ipswich, Suffolk
Professional record: W19 (11 by KO), L5, D0 – Total fights 24
Achievement: Fought for British title, former English champion.
Name: Darren Stubbs
Home town: Oldham, Lancashire
Professional record: W17 (7 by KO), L4, D0 – Total fights 21
Achievement: British Masters Champion.
Name: Ovill McKenzie
Home town: Derby
Professional record: W14 (5 by KO), L8, D0 – Total fights 22
Achievement: Former Commonwealth Champion.
Name: Ryan Walls
Home town: Slough, Berkshire
Professional record: W14 (4 by KO), L6, D0 – Total fights 20
Achievement: Former WBF International Champion and former Southern Area Champion (both at super-middleweight)
ODDS (according to SkyBet on Friday, February 13)
13/8 Courtney Fry
4/1 Carl Dilks
5/1 Bob Ajisafe
6/1 Billy Boyle and Tony Oakey
8/1 Steve Spartacus
18/1 Darren Stubbs
25/1 Shon Davies
1. Courtney Fry v Shon Davies
2. Tony Oakey v Billy Boyle
3. Bob Ajisafe v Carl Dilks
4. Darren Stubbs v Steve Spartacus
5. Fry or Davies v Oakey or Boyle
6. Ajisafe or Dilks v Stubbs or Spartacus
7. Winner of fight 5 v winner of fight 6
As in previous Prizefighter tournaments, two reserves – Ovill McKenzie and Ryan Walls – will be on standby and ready to step in if a victorious fighter is unable to fight in the next round due to an injury or cut.
Tickets cost £30 (unreserved) and £60 (ringside) and are available by calling Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.
All the action will be live on Sky Sports 1 on Friday, February 20 from 9pm
Friday, February 20, 2009
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
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