Prizefighter International Heavyweight III (8pm UK)
Here we go again! We are now on to the 29th edition of Prizefighter and the third edition of the international heavyweights, shop the first took place in May of 2009 when Cuban fighter Mike Perez defeated American Tye Fields in the final and then in June of last year we has an all American final with Tor Hamer defeating Kevin Johnson. We have an interesting group of competitors this year and I will now take you through them.
Martin Rogan v Albert Sosnowski
Audley Harrison v Claus Bertino
Ian Lewison v Timo Hoffman
Travis Walker v Derric Rossy
We have the third instalment of the Prizefighter International Heavyweights competition taking place this evening and looking at the eight competitors for me we have three serious contenders and five who will need to step up their games to win this. Martin Rogan is now 41 but he does look in fantastic shape for this, approved he has won 3 of his last 4 bouts with his only defeat coming against the promising Tyson Fury but 41 and having to fight 3 fights in one night is always going to be a tough ask. Claus Bertino is not a fighter that I know too much about, comes from Denmark and ranked 188th in the world, lost two of his last four and the two which he won have been against poor boxers. Timo Hoffmann will not have to worry about the rain which brought his last fight to an end early, the German is ranked 106th in the world and has lost 7 of his 50 fights. American Derric Rossy would be my outsider of the 8, three defeats in his last four and only beat a fighter who had lost 5 from 6 and the other one is Ian Lewison who is borderline capable of winning this, the Brixton man has won 6 of his 8 pro fights and a good win over Dorian Darch in December.
The three main contenders for me are Polish born now living in Brentwood Albert Sosnowski who made the semi-finals of Prizefighter last year, ranked number 37th in the world and has won 47 of his 54 fights. Audley Harrison is not everyone’s cuppa tea but he has a great chance to prove his doubters wrong here tonight, ranked 70th in the world he has won 5 of his last 7 fights with his only defeats against Haye & Price but it depends what Harrison turns up, if it is the lacklustre Harrison then he could fall at the first hurdle otherwise he could go all the way here. Then we have the American Travis Walker who is ranked 39th in the world and comes into this not short of confident, he has been saying that he will score three KO’s and lift the Prizefighter title.
I can see Sosnowski, Harrison, Lewison and Walker all going through from the quarter-finals, Sosnowski and Lewison may come out of their fights worse off than Harrison and Walker because I feel they face the tougher opponents whereas Harrison and Walker should have no problems with theirs if on top of their game. Sosnowski and Harrison would be the tough semi to call but I would just have to go with Sosnowski because Audley is not getting any younger, now 41 and prone to his mind wondering off the game. Lewison is a tough fighter and will give Walker more of a fight than Rossy will but I still believe that Walker will come out on top to progress to the final and met Sosnowski.
So who will get the call, Sosnowski or Walker? Travis Walker has a 65% KO percentage but the question is, how much will he have left after two fights, he should have plenty but Sosnowski is a tough fighter, has only been knocked out 3 times in his career (54 fights) and it will take some to put him down, I feel the final will go the distance and it will go down to points and because of that I am just edging towards Sosnowski who I believe will put in more work than Walker and this will work in his favour with the judges.
Bet: Albert Sosnowski to win Prizefighter @ 11/2 (BWin)
David Price v Tony Thompson
We now move on to the David Price and Tony Thompson fight which should be a cracker. We have Liverpool born David Price looking to defence his unbeaten record in his own backyard and the man trying to end that unbeaten run is the talented American Tony Thompson.
Tony Thompson fights out of Washington, USA and comes here holding a record of 36 wins, 24 by KO and only 3 defeats in 39 professional fights, he has won 32 of his last 34 bouts and his only two defeats in that time were both to the same man in Wladimir Klitschko. He holds a 62% knock out percentage and his last seven wins have all come inside the first 9 rounds. The majority of his fights have been in his homeland, been to Germany three times and won twice and lost once and then also lost in Switzerland.
David Price is now undefeated in 15 bouts and from those 13 of his opponents have failed to see the fight out, his last 9 opponents have all been stopped within the first 7 rounds and 8 of those within 4 rounds. He just seems to go from strength to strength and interlocked in a battle with Tyson Fury for that number one heavyweight in Britain which David Haye currently holds but these two guys are the up and coming stars of the future, he has not had much boxing in his last two fights, first knocking Harrison out in the 1st round and then finishing off Skelton in the 2nd round but this is a jump in class today.
Wladimir Klitschko took 11 rounds to stop Thompson in their first fight and then six rounds when they fought last year which means this is not going to be easy for Price but he does have age on his side, there is a 12 year age gap between the two fighters and the longer it goes on the more in Price’s favour it will be. Price will be looking to send out a statement this evening, a warning to the Klitschko’s and to Tyson Fury that he is good enough for a world title although he still has 2/3 fights before he will be there.
Price’s odds for an overall win are not worth touching, I think he will come out and land some big blows early on but I also feel that Thompson will be able to cope with the early blows, it will take a few rounds for the damage of multiple blows to start to kick in so I am not looking at an early stoppage, I feel Thompson will start to struggle from round 4 onwards so I am going with group betting for this fight.
Bet: David Price to win in Rounds 4-6 @ 11/4 (Ladbrokes)