Williams hails Burton as �best British heavyweight prospect�


12/09/2008

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REIGNING British heavyweight title holder Danny Williams has tipped Chris Burton to become Prizefighter Heavyweights 2 Champion on Friday.

Williams helped perform the draw and believes Burton, the only undefeated fighter among the eight competitors, in on his way to glory.

Previewing Burton's opening round contest against David Ingleby, Williams said: "Burton is for me the best Heavyweight prospect in Britain. He is a really good fighter and I believe he is going to have a great future. I'm tipping him to win the whole tournament.

"He is excellent and I've seen his fights against Lee Swaby and Matthew Ellis and was very impressed with the way he boxed, his reach and speed. He is going all the way.

"I believe the Prizefighter final will be Chris Burton v David Ferguson. Ferguson has a victory over Burton in the amateurs so maybe he has the size to beat Burton.

"But that's the exciting thing of about this tournament, you just don't know what's going to happen."

The tournament will be held at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and the winner will collect £25,000.

Four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final will be held in one action-packed evening of boxing, with each contest lasting a maximum of three rounds and Williams is a fan of the format.

He added: "Prizefighter is great for heavyweight boxing and you have three rounds so no pacing yourself, you go out there and have a tear up.

"It's exciting for the viewers but the fighters winning a tournament could instantly make your name in boxing.

"You just give your heart and give everything you've got because it could change your whole career.

"It's similar to amateur boxing and at the ABAs you could box two or three times. People say it's about pacing yourself but I think the best tactic is to go out there and give everything. If you don't then you could lose and go home."

Danny Williams also gave his tips on the other first round fights.

Sam Sexton v Pele Reid

Williams: "That's going to be a good fight and I've sparred with both of the fighters. It's hard to pick as you could go with Pele's experience but then you could also go with Sam's youth.

"Both are coming off a defeat but Pele Reid is training really hard for this competition. It will be a tough fight but I'm possibly going to go for Sam.

Luke Simpkin v David Ferguson

Williams: "David Ferguson should win this one. He has got a good amateur pedigree and he should win, I'm looking for this one to be a stoppage victory.

"There will be pressure on Ferguson fighting in front of the home crowd but that can lift a fighter and I hopefully it will take his performance up.

"I expect Ferguson to take care of business. In my opinion, Luke would be everyone's choice for a first round opponent."

Lee Swaby v Darren Morgan

Williams: "It might surprise people but I will go for Swaby to win this one. He showed great heart and determination against Chris Burton in his last fight and gave him a real run for his money.

"Darren Morgan is an outsider with the bookmakers and I would agree with that."

Prizefighter Heavyweights 2 will be screened live on Sky Sports 1 on Friday from 8pm. Tickets are priced from £25 and can be bought by calling 0844 493 6666 or online atwww.theprizefighterseries.com


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