Buckland enters Prizefighter for the second time
Cardiff’s Gary Buckland (28-5, 9KO) is aiming to reignite his career when he enters the Prizefighter lightweight tournament.
The 27-year-old will have to fight three times on December 6th at London’s iconic York Hall to win the Matchroom Sport event, live on Sky Sports.
In 2010, Buckland stormed to victory in the super-featherweight event by out-pointing Stevie Bell, then knocking out Gary Sykes and Derry Mathews. The Welshman will aim to become only the second boxer to win two Prizefighter tournaments, after heavyweight Audley Harrison achieved the feat last year.
Buckland’s original Prizefighter win kick started his career best form, including capturing the British title and successfully defending it twice. One of those defences came against Manchester’s Stephen Foster Jnr (33-5-1, 19KO) who Buckland stopped in eight rounds but the former European champion will be looking for revenge on December 6th.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “We haven’t had a Prizefighter since April this year and I’m excited to see the format return in its spiritual home,”
“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.”
Essex’s Danny Cassius Connor (11-8-2) and Luton’s Michael Devine (11-1-1, 3KO) will also be included in the Prizefighter tournament. The four remaining boxers are yet to be confirmed.
Buckland, who has lost three of his last four fights, has the chance to turn a mixed year around. The Welshman scored a career best win when beating Gavin Rees in a Fight of the Year contender in February, before losing a rematch in May and then losing a Commonwealth title fight to the hard hitting African Richard Commey in July.
Also on the show, part-Welshman Maxi Hughes (13-1-1, 2KO) will fight in a ten round eliminator for the British super-featherweight title against Martin J Ward (10-0-1, 5KO).
Tickets are priced at £40 Unreserved, £60 Ringside and £120 VIP. All tickets are available from www.matchroomboxing.com.