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PUBLISHED: 17:39 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 August 2010

By Ziad Chaudry EIGHT light-welterweights will be aiming for Prizefighter glory as the hugely popular boxing series hits the National Hall, Olympia, on Friday evening. Seven of the eight contenders in Kensington have tasted honours at every level, making

By Ziad Chaudry

EIGHT light-welterweights will be aiming for Prizefighter glory as the hugely popular boxing series hits the National Hall, Olympia, on Friday evening.

Seven of the eight contenders in Kensington have tasted honours at every level, making this a strongly assembled line-up for the £32,000 winner's prize.

Welshman Gavin Rees surprisingly took the WBA world title off Parisian Souleymane M'baye two years ago, while Ted Bami, Jason Cook and Colin Lynes have all held European belts.

Former British title holders David Barnes and Young Mutley, along with Tottenham's 2005 ABA Champion Michael Grant and Barrie Jones will also be eyeing glory.

If the tournament goes to plan, bookies' favourites Barnes and Bami are set to meet in the final - a re-run of their British light-welterweight title encounter in March 2008.

Highly-rated Barnes makes a welcome return to the ring after spending 18 months recovering from a career-threatening hand injury that cost him his title.

The 28-year-old Mancunian reckons winning Prizefighter will not only resurrect his career but also secure a showdown with European champion Paul McCloskey.

"I should have fought McCloskey for the British title a couple of years ago," he said. "Hopefully I can win Prizefighter and get a crack at him."

If Barnes defeats Lynes in the first round, he will meet either Mutley or Jones in the semis, while a victory over Rees will earn Bami a fight against either Grant or Cook.

Tickets are still available by calling either 0870 903 9033 or 01277 359990.


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