GARY BUCKLAND and Stephen Foster Jnr lead the line-up for the Prizefighter Lightweights III at York Hall, Bethnal Green on December 6, live on Sky Sports – with Martin J. Ward facing Maxi Hughes on the show in an eliminator for the British Super Featherweight title.
Buckland returns to the scene of his Prizefighter Super Featherweights win in November 2010 where he saw off Stevie Bell in the quarter-finals, dramatically wiped out Gary Sykes in the first round of their semi-final before knocking out Derry Mathews in the second round of the final to lift the trophy.
Manchester favourite Foster Jnr will be hoping to face Buckland to avenge his loss for the British title back in November 2012, and the 34 year old enters the night on the back of two wins in 2014 after his clash with Anthony Crolla in their hometown on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard last November.
Buckland and Foster Jnr are joined by Danny Cassius Connor who is looking to go one better than his final appearance in July 2013, Luton’s Michael Devine, who met Connor in February in a bout cut short through a clash of heads, Essex’s Lee Martin and Hampshire’s Floyd Moore, with promoter Eddie Hearn to name the final two fighters soon.
Essex man Ward made it 11 fights unbeaten at Wembley Arena in September with an eight round stoppage of Kakhaber Avetisian and meets Yorkshireman Hughes, who also faced Avetisian last time out recording a ten-round win, at the top of the bill in a cracking looking contest between two bright young stars, with Ohara Davies also in action in his fourth pro fight.
“We haven’t had a Prizefighter since April this year and I’m excited to see the format return in its spiritual home,” said Hearn. “The last time Gary Buckland was involved we saw him win a thrilling event and this line up is set to produce plenty of fireworks. Martin J. Ward has the first crunch clash of his career when he steps up against the talented Maxi Hughes with the winning targeting a clash with Super Featherweight champion Gary Sykes. Exciting undefeated prospect Ohara Davies also return to actions he continues to make a name for himself in the Lightweight division.”