The first episode of The Prizefighter Podcast with Steve Bunce is now available to download for free at iTunes, with exclusive interviews with Evander Holyfield and Eddie Hearn part of the show.
The brand new podcast is a new feature for Prizefighter as Barry Hearn's hugely successful eight-man, one night tournaments enters its third series with the Heavyweights IV on Saturday 9 October – the 14th edition of the event.
Bunce was present at the draw for Prizefighter Heavyweights IV which was conducted by five-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, who spoke to Steve at length about his career. Holyfield also presented Prizefighter Super-Middleweights winner Patrick Mendy with a trophy following his victory earlier in the year and 19 year-old Mendy – along with his trainer Jim Evans – spoke to Bunce about the effect that being the youngest winner of the event has had on his career.
Eddie Hearn speaks candidly about the forthcoming World Heavyweight title fight between the last Prizefighter Heavyweight champion Audley Harrison, who Hearn promotes, and David Haye. Harrison is also the subject of a special competition where one listener can win a pair of ringside seats at York Hall, Bethnal Green for the action on October 9.
Old rivals Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the semi-finals of Prizefighter Heavyweights IV, potentially giving Sprott the chance to avenge two defeats against the former English, British European and Commonwealth champion Skelton – with Sprott returning to the ring for the first time since his last gasp knockout defeat to Audley Harrison in their European title bout in April.
Sprott faces Danny Hughes in the third quarter-final of the night, the Sunderland fighter who fought in the last Heavyweights outing, knocking out Neil Perkins in the quarter-finals before losing to Harrison in the semis. Skelton must get past Ali Adams in order to reach the semi-final with the London-based Adams unbeaten in his last nine fights with eight wins.
In the opening bout of the night, Irishman Kevin McBride – famous for being the last man to beat Mike Tyson – take on Manchester's Michael Holden, the former British champion who has scores to settle with both Sprott and Skelton after losing to the pair earlier in his career.
The winner of that fight will face the winner of the second fight of the night as Carl Baker, the man who defeated Danny Williams in Prizefighter Heavyweights III faces the Wildcard fighter – a spot that will be filled soon, with a series of big names in line to take it.
PRIZEFIGHTER HEAVYWEIGHTS IV DRAW
Michael Holden v Kevin McBride
Wildcard v Carl Baker
Michael Sprott v Danny Hughes
Matt Skelton v Ali Adams
Tickets for Prizefighter Heavyweights IV are available now at £35 (unreserved), £60 (ringside) and £100 (VIP) – call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.
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