Danny McIntosh: 'If I win Prizefighter, I want the British title'

Former European light heavyweight champion Danny McIntosh (13-4) hopes to kickstart his career and propel  himself back into title contention by winning Prizefighter Cruiserweights III on Saturday night.

McIntosh, from Norwich, steps up a division for this weekend's tournament at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, which will be shown live on Sky Sports prior to Lee Purdy's IBF welterweight world title challenge to Devon Alexander from the Boardwalk, Altantic City.

The Norwich man is determined to get back on track after suffering three straight defeats to Eduard Gutknecht, Tony Bellew and Eleider Alvarez.  Big Mac is fully aware that victory in Prizefighter could transform his fighter's fortunes.

"It's just a case of taking a chance when it comes along," he told Sky Sports.

"These guys I'm fighting at Prizefighter, they are former British title level, but I believe I'm past that level.

"I don't believe I'm better than any of the guys there. I'm just going to say, I'm in it to win it.

"If I win this, I want the British title. I think when I'm on form, I'll beat all of them. That's not being big-headed, I just believe that."

Ovill 'The Upsetter' McKenzie won the cruiserweight contest in 2009 after stepping up in weight, and McIntosh, 33, believes he can repeat this feat if he sticks to his strengths against naturally bigger men.

He said: "A few of the guys there are pretty heavy-handed being cruiserweights, but I'm going to have speed, agility, accuracy all on my side and I'll be fleet of foot.

"It worked for Ovill McKenzie when he won, the speed of his hands and his feet."

Nottingham's former British cruiserweight champion Shane 'Mr Block' McPhilbin (8-6) is also targeting the trophy along with Canning Town's Wadi 'Machoman' Camacho (6-1), who suffered his first defeat against China Clarke in March.

Rotherham's Neil Dawson (11-1) enters the tournament on a high after blasting out previously unbeaten Tony Conquest (10-1) in a round. Conquest, from Romford, could get his chance at revenge.

Castleford's Nathan Owens (5-0-1) and Belfast's Conall Carmichael (3-0) are yet to suffer a defeat, while Welshman Hari Miles (7-7) and Martyn Grainger (8-6) from  Heywood, Lancashire complete the field at the famous London venue.

Tickets for the Betfair Prizefighter Cruiserweights III are on sale now from Matchroom Boxing priced at £40 unreserved, £60 ringside and £120 VIP and can be bought online at www.matchroomboxing.com or on 01277 359900.


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