11th October 2011
British super-flyweight champ Lee Haskins says there is a target on his head
British super-flyweight champ Lee Haskins says there is a target on his head www.prizefighter.co.uk

Super-Flyweight title holders Lee Haskins and Craig Lyon say they know that there is a target on their chests as they enter the Prizefighter Super-Flyweight tournament on Wednesday 12 October at Liverpool Olympia, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and also in 3D.
 
Haskins owns the British strap while Lyon is the English champion and both men are hoping to avoid a defeat like the one British Super-Featherweight Gary Sykes suffered at the hands of Gary Buckland in the semi-finals back in November.
 
British super-flyweight champ Lee Haskins says there is a target on his head!

Buckland stunned Sykes with a knockout inside the first minute and three weeks ago he double the dose by taking Sykes’ title from him on points at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield.


Bristolian Haskins took the Commonwealth title from Don Broadhurst on points in December 2009 and the 27 year-old knows that Broadhurst will be gunning for revenge.

“Of course he is going to want to fight me and beat me, but I’m ready for that,” said Haskins, who won the WBA Inter-Continental Bantamweight title in his last outing in July over in Morocco.

“It’s good exposure and that’s why I’m in it. If I can beat three people on one night it’s great – it’s better than just one, plus I’ve been struggling to get fights.

“I desperately want to fight for a world title next year. Once I win Prizefighter I want to have another fight before Christmas and then hopefully it can be done against one of the champions.”

St Helens fighter Lyon claimed his English title just over a year ago and in his only defence was declared a technical draw when he suffered a cut in the third round of his fight with Josh Wale in February.

“The lads here with only a handful of fights on their records are probably the real favourites to win it because they have are closer to their amateur days,” said Lyon.

“Their fights as pros have probably only been four rounds ones so they will be fast starters whereas me, Lee Haskins and Don Broadhurst have been doing eight and ten-rounders for a while.
“We train all the time to go the distance and pace ourselves so it is going to be a bit odd. But I’ve been working hard on the three-threes format and I reckon I’ve cracked it.”

Joining Haskins, Lyon and Broadhurst are Liverpool’s Mike Robinson, Merseyside’s third representative unbeaten 23 year-old Ryan Farrag, unbeaten fighters Nathan Reeve from Northampton and Leeds’ Terry Broadbent, and YouTube sensation Usman Ahmed.


Despite the title credentials of Haskins and Lyon it is Usman Ahmed though who believes he is the main attraction in the competition on Wednesday night and says the infamous video of his knockout on YouTube means he’s the biggest name taking part.

Ahmed hit the headlines when a video of his extravagant ringwalk and first round knockout defeat against Ashley Sexton became a huge hit on the internet. Over five million people have watched one version of the footage, and although Ahmed says he was upset at first, he has enjoyed the attention he’s received from the video.

Usman Ahmed hopes to make headlines for all the right reasons in Liverpool
Usman Ahmed hopes to make headlines for all the right reasons in Liverpool www.prizefighter.co.uk

“I’m probably the biggest name in this because of the video and the format is great for me, it suits me because I like to throw a lot of punches, hit and move and that will excite the fans,” said Ahmed.

“At first the YouTube thing was annoying because it was two videos edited together. The dance was from the Chris Edwards fight for the British and Commonwealth titles not from the Ashley Sexton fight, so that was a bit annoying really.

“But then I looked at it in a positive way as it’s made me famous and everyone knows who I am now.

“Hopefully I will do well tonight and show I’ve got a lot to offer, but I don’t think I really need to prove anything as I’ve earned Commonwealth, British and English title shots and they don’t just get given away.”

Ahmed joined the rest of the line-up at the official weigh-in in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon, and says that joining up with Dominic Ingle at the famous Wincobank Gym in Sheffield has sorted out his previous weight issues.

“I used to give a lot of weight away – Edwards and Sexton were both a stone heavier than me when we fought so it was a big issue,” said Ahmed. “But now, I have been doing extra training, seeing a nutritionist and I’ve put weight on so that’s sorted now. I’ve also just moved up to Sheffield to work with the Ingles.”

British champion Lee Haskins is the bookies’ favourite for the tournament with St. Helens’ English belt holder Craig Lyon just behind him. Liverpool pair Mike Robinson and Ryan Farrag, former Commonwealth champ Don Broadhurst and unbeaten pair Nathan Reeve and Terry Broadbent complete the line-up.

Boxing commences at 7.30pm with the second Prizefighter prospect contest between local debutant Zak Smith and Michael Stupart.

Prizefighter Super Flyweights weigh-in results
Usman Ahmed (8st 4lb 6oz)
Terry Broadbent (8st 4lb 3oz)
Don Broadhurst (8st 4lb 13oz)
Ryan Farrag (8st 4lb 6oz)
Lee Haskins (8st 4lb 15oz)
Craig Lyon (8st 4lb 15oz)
Nathan Reeve (8st 5lb)
Mike Robinson (8st 5lb)

Reserves:
Najah Ali (8st 4lb 10oz) and Martin Power (8st 4lb 5oz)
Tickets for the Super Flyweights show at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 12 October are on sale now from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced £30 unreserved, £50 ringside, £100 VIP.
www.prizefighter.co.uk for more information
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