Advertisement
Advertisement

McEwan The Big Favorite To Grab Prizefighter Honors

By Derek Bilton

Prizefighter returns to our screens this weekend and again it is the turn of the light-middleweights to entertain us.

There is an added twist to this edition with Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn offering a £2,000 bonus for every stoppage scored. So if a fighter were to win his three bouts by stoppage he would be walking away with £38,000, which is good night's work for anyone who doesn't answer to the name of Bill Gates.

Scotland's Craig McEwan is a 13/8 favourite to win the thing and on paper he certainly has the best credentials. McEwan won a bronze medal for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in 2002 before deciding to leave his homeland and learn his trade as a professional in America.

He trained under Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Gym in LA and won his first 18 fights before losing to quality Irishman Andy Lee in 2011. In his very next fight he was pitched against brilliant New Yorker Peter 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin and was bombed out in six rounds. That was almost exactly a year ago and after those defeats McEwan moved back to the UK.

He has won two fights since against very modest opposition but his 21-2 (10) record is by far the best in this field.

However, I wonder how easily he will do light-middle and my suspicion is he might be tight at the weight.

Surprisingly Larry Ekundayo is priced up as second favourite with the layers.

'The Natural' has a 100 per cent record so far but he has only boxed twice and he looks very raw for a 30-year-old. Current 100/30 quotes therefore look plenty short. Ekundayo has plenty of potential and is fancied by many to make some waves in the sport but one wonders how he will handle the attention and the razzmatazz so early in his career.

The man I feel it could be worth following, however, is Kris Carslaw. The Paisley puncher has compiled a 16-2 (4) pro record and his two defeats came against good men in Matthew Hall and Brian Rose (for the British light-middleweight title). Carslaw is time served and at 28 still should have plenty of ambition.

He has an awkward style and is something of a pure boxer. Don't be expecting him to pick up many £2,000 KO bonuses en route, but I feel he has the moves and the heart to shock a few in east London.

Of the outsiders, Nottingham puncher Curtis Valentine could be worth a watch. Four of his five wins as a pro have come via fairly violent stoppage and he knows a win in front of the Sky cameras would do wonders for his profile and bank balance.

The draw will take place on the night and of course whoever gets drawn in the first bout will have an advantage in terms of the amount of time he has to recover.

McEwan, on paper, looks the pick but if he has not taken the weight off correctly look for Carslaw to step in and make a mockery of current 9/1 quotes.

Prizefighter is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports from 2000 GMT on Saturday.

Tags: Craig McEwan image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Video: Sergio Mora Discusses Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, More Frank Warren: Not in a Million Years Does Eubank Jr. Beat Golovkin Phil Lo Greco-Joseph Elegele Tops PBC on Bounce, June 12th Lucian Bute Fails Drug Test, Positive For Ostarine in Jack Draw Gerald Washington: Deontay Wilder Title Fight is 'Very Possible' Abril, Foreman Broadway Boxing Double: Full Card Details Provodnikov's Promoter Not Surprised His Fighter Went To SHO Hedi Taouab, Legendary Matchmaker Passes Away at 68 Manny Pacquiao Declines Opportunity To Fight in Rio Olympics Photos: Wladimir Klitschko Putting in Work for Tyson Fury Rematch Photos: Tony Bellew, Ilunga Makabu Go Face To Face at Presser Roy Jones Jr. Backs Countryman Povetkin, Says He's Not To Blame Willie Limond Hopes To Land Ricky Burns Showdown Tony Bellew: I'll Show Makabu That I'm The Real Cruiserweight Nonito Donaire Headed To Jessie Magdaleno Clash Next? Shields: Canelo Running From Golovkin; Won't Face Jermall Charlo Eubank Jr: Canelo a Mexican Warrior? That Was Embarrassing! David Price Aims To Land Anthony Joshua Shot in The Fall Photos: Casimero, With Tyson and Jones at Ringside, Gets Revenge Di Rocco Warns Ricky Burns That Layoff Made Him 'More Hungry' Groves Plans To Get Martin Murray a Beer After Beating Him Kenny Lemos Inks Promotional Pact With Under Dawgs Boxing Chavez Jr. Advises Canelo To Demand '158' For Golovkin Bout Shakeup: John Riel Casimero Gives Flyweight a Fresh Spark Chris Blaney Inks Promotional Pact With Ricky Hatton Deontay Wilder Wants WBC To Rule on Povetkin Sooner Than Later Gutierrez Vows That Rosado Won't Make it To Chavez Jr. Fight Damon Allen Batters, Stops Danny Montoya in Three Rounds Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Had No Intention To Do The Fight! Mike Tyson: You Can't Call Tyson Fury a Bum After Klitschko Win Photos: Francisco Vargas Throws Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game Showtime Sues Top Rank: Mayweather-Pacquiao Legal Fee Dispute Fernando Montiel Not Looking To Retire, Plans To Fight Again Tony Bellew Gets Celebrity Backing as He Enters Makabu Fight Mike Tyson Lands Role in Reboot of The Kickboxer Franchise Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement