Boxing: Hunt hopes soar as £32,000 Prizefighter challenge nears
ROB Hunt has sized up his Prizefighter rivals and reckons he can beat them all with one hand.
Eight welterweights will battle it out for a £32,000 jackpot at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The line-up includes six unbeaten fighters, and Hunt came face-to-face with his rivals during a promotional day at Sky's headquarters in London last week.
"I'm the tallest, and that's given me confidence," said the 27-year-old from Stafford. "I've got to use my size to jab their heads off.
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"This Prizefighter is wide open, so there's no reason why I can't win it. But I have to be clever and not get drawn into a fight. I've got keep my hands up, my chin down and my punches straight."
Hunt expects to take 100 supporters with him to Wolverhampton, and will discover who he faces in the quarter-finals when the draw is made on Sky Sports' Ringside programme tomorrow night (6pm).
Birmingham 19-year-old Sam Eggington has replaced Nasser Al-Harbi.
The line-up is completed by favourite Mark Thompson and unbeaten fighters Steven Pearce, Glenn Foot, Calum Cooper, Steven Pearce, Dale Evans and Chad Gaynor.
Thompson has the edge in big-fight experience having won a British-title eliminator, and will be the favourite.
Foot has had success over the three-round distance in the amateurs, reaching the welterweight final in the 2009 ABA championship.
But Hunt has an impressive pedigree himself, having been beaten just once in a ring career that includes two amateur bouts with Stafford ABC and 19 paid outings.
He's been sparring with stable-mates Jimmy Doherty and Andy Keates at the Fight Factory gym in Longton.
Stafford middleweight Grant Cunningham also boxes in front of the TV cameras this week. He will target a seventh successive win when he takes on Lincoln's Mitch Mitchell at Walsall Town Hall on Friday in a bout being screened live by BoxNation.
Elsewhere, Weston Coyney doorman Chris Nixon will battle for a belt on the next EBF-sanctioned show at Stoke's King's Hall.
His stoppage of Tony Meeke in what looked like a 50-50 fight has handed him a shot at the vacant EBF Novice Midlands Area cruiser-weight title on Friday, March 8.
Josh Groombridge is also on the card. The Uttoxeter middleweight boxes for the EBF Novice Midlands Area belt.
Call (01782) 411111 to buy tickets for the show.