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Betfair Prizefighter Betting: Connor can win wide open Light Welterweights III

Who will come out victorious in Saturday's Prizefighter contest?

"Connor has said punters should, "put their house on it, I'm going to win." I wouldn't go that far but granted a fair draw he will go very close."

It's the third instalment of Betfair Prizefighter the Light Welterweights, and although Alex Steedman is backing Danny Connor to prevail on the night, he is expecting a wide open and exciting contest...

The winner of the latest Prizefighter event will take home more cash on the night than top-of-the-bill and former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell. But while Mitchell knows the big bucks and the big gigs beckon again, the Prizefighters recognise this might be as good as it gets. Carpe Diem indeed.

Previous events have often contained current or previous British Champions but this field is - for the time being - below that level which makes it particularly competitive and wide open. That is underlined by just the 13 knockouts recorded on the collective records of the eight boxers from 74 bouts. Three of the fighters have yet to score a stoppage so victories will be hard earned while Eddie Hearn's new £2,000 knockout bonus might be safer than usual.

Danny Connor (4.57/2 to win) has to be near the top of short lists on the back of his successive Southern Area title wins against the talented Chris Evangelou. The first fight was close but Connor made no mistake with an energetic performance in the rematch. Connor has yet to register a single KO but he's shown amazing character to rebound from losing his first five fights and his work rate and attitude are terrific.

Connor has said punters should, "put their house on it, I'm going to win." I wouldn't go that far but granted a fair draw he will go very close.

Fellow Area titlist Liam Shinkwin (6.5n/a) is on an unbeaten run of seven having edged potential opponent Ryan Taylor (6.5n/a) by three points in a tight one when they met in March. That was at Lightweight with the pair moving up to 140lbs for this challenge and having fought at light-welterweight as an amateur, Taylor will appreciate the move.

Taylor gave Shinkwin problems last time and had stopped three of his previous five opponents inside three rounds. The North Londoner shares a gym with Darren Barker and has been sparring with Mitchell in the build-up so Taylor is well prepared and a danger to all. He could be the puncher in this event.

The line-up is brimming with action fighters who like to come forward so the potential matches are exciting. Southampton's Matty Tew (17.016/1) brings energy to the table but he was stopped in three by an inexperienced Spaniard last time (only the second winning record he's faced) so we don't know how he'll react.

Meanwhile Eren Arif (17.016/1), a friend and sparring partner of Connor, has won all three of his fights but there isn't the same buzz about him as Larry Ekundayo who came from nowhere to win Prizefighter last November.

Along with Connor and Tew, Tony Owen (6.5n/a) is the most experienced in the field having lost just once in 15 fights. That was against rugged, British Title challenger Ben Murphy who is a tough night for most people so no disgrace there. Southpaw Owen is also moving up in weight and has the ability to perform on this stage but he'll need all the tricks to keep the unbeaten, young danger men Charlie Rice (8.07/1) and Chris Jenkins (3.7511/4) at bay.

Rice has been learning his craft on promoter Micky Helliet's busy London shows against solid journeymen. The 21-year-old has only been a pro for just over a year but he's unbeaten in six and has an engaging style which ought to gel with this format. Certainly the fans will like him.

Jenkins is the dark horse in the field, he could be anything. Just as Ekundayo sprung from nowhere and Adil Anwar, who challenges for the British title this same night, announced himself on the Prizefighter stage, there is the sense Jenkins could make a splash. Like Rice, the Welshman only made his debut last February but he has raced to seven consecutive wins with four stoppages along the way.

Jenkins is that rarity among developing fighters; a novice who is a body puncher and those KO wins have come in the first two rounds. I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on.

The draw, as ever, will be crucial. If Connor and Taylor are kept apart I'd be tempted to back them both but Jenkins remains an attractive and dangerous floater. Either way, the scene is set for another evening of crash, bang and wallop from a group of young men facing the opportunity of a lifetime.

Mitchell knows what £32,000 looks like and while he's likely to see greater riches once more, the Prizefighters might never see such money again. Expect the action to reflect that perhaps more than ever.


Recommended Bet

Back Danny Connor @ 4.57/2


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