Previous Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott (40-21, 17 KOs) reclaimed the Prizefighter Cup and won the £32,000 winner’s check with a three round unanimous decision over Jason Gavern (24-17-4, 11 KOs) in Thursday’s one-night, eight-man, three-stage knock-out tournament at the famed York Hall in London. Sprott who had lost six of his last seven fights coming in, cruised past Gavern, who appeared to suffer an injury to his left elbow. Scores were 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
In a bout between the final and the semi-finals, Olympic super heavyweight Gold medal star Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Hrvoje Kisicek (5-7-1, 1 KO). The bout was stopped shortly after Joshua dropped Kisicek, who lasted the full six against fellow British prospect Hughie Fury last month, so Joshua has one-upped Hughie.
James Toney (76-9-3, 45 KOs) and Jason Gavern (24-16-4, 11 KOs) brawled for three rounds with Gavern taking a 29-29, 29-28, 29-28 majority decision. Toney was totally gassed at the end. Gavern stated he was a former sparring partner of Toney and learned a few things.
Michael Sprott (39-21, 17 KOs) won a tight unanimous decision over Brian Minto (38-7, 24 KOs). Sprott had the edge in a slow round one, Minto had a big round two punishing Sprott on the ropes. Round three was close with Sprott doing a lot of holding. 29-28 across the board for Sprott.
Brian Minto (38-6, 24 KOs) outworked Tom Little (3-2, 0 KOs) to take a three round split decision. The aggressive Minto pressured Little throughout the three rounds to win by scores of 29-28, 29-28 on two cards, Little was up 29-28 on the third card.
Michael Sprott (38-21, 17 KOs) outscored a sluggish Damian “Bolo” Wills (31-4-1, 24 KOs) over three. Wills landed the better shots in round one, but Sprott outhustled him in rounds two and three. Scores were 30-28, 29-28, 29-28.
45-year-old former three-division world champion James Toney (76-8-3, 45 KOs) schooled comparative novice Matt Legg (6-2, 2 KOs) for two rounds, then got the stoppage in round three after staggering Legg with a series of clean punches. Time was 1:04. Toney earned the extra £2,000 bonus with the TKO.
The USA Team got off to a good start with Jason Gavern (24-15-4, 11 KOs) winning a clear three round decision over Larry Olubamiwo (10-4, 9 KOs). Gavern almost immediately dropped Olubamiwo in round one, both fighters had their moments in round two, Gavern outworked Olubamiwo in round three. Scores were 29-28, 29-28, 29-27.