Prizefighter – The Featherweights Preview

Prizefighter returns to our screens on Saturday night and it all revolves around the Mongolian warrior Choi Tseveenpurev.

Choi who didn’t do himself any favours in destroying Derry Matthews inside of 5 rounds in 2008 suddenly found himself in no mans land and president of the “who wants to fight him club”. Things got so bad for Choi he even briefly retired before linking up with Spencer Fearon’s excellent Hard Knocks Promotional team.

This led to a renaissance in the 40-year-old ‘s career and Fearon managed to get him a crack at world ranked big punching Jackson Asiku.

Choi managed to come through by winning a points decision in what can be described as the fight of the year and the victory has brought him to within a whisker of a world title shot.

However, in what I believe is career suicide, he has decided to have a crack at prizefighter and the 32k first prize.

Prizefighter has been ruined by Eddie Hearn and the Matchroom stable as far as betting goes because the bookmakers price the event up and we don’t know who is fighting who until the night when the draw is made live on Sky Sports.

So if you have a bet beforehand you must hope your fighter is drawn in the very first fight because the advantage of resting for longer is massive with regards to this tournament and you must also hope that your fighter gets an easier route to the final so he is as fit as a flea for the big showdown.

Sadly all of the information is not available to the punter beforehand.

So taking everything into account it’s in the lap of the gods a bit and is not a medium to get stuck into heavy betting wise.

Having said we do know that Choi can also be slow to get started and isn’t suited to the 3 round format. He will also struggle to maintain his performance over three fights for three rounds and this makes this competition a potential banana skin for him.

Therefore to back him to win at the 6/5 chalked up by Stan James, or the best price of 2/1 on offer in a couple of places,  is really only for the needy and the insane, and we can get far better value by laying him at up to 9/4 in my book.

Daily Sport recommended bet:

Lay Choi to lose 3 points at up to 9/4 on Betfair

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