Prizefighter KO for Spartacus

STEVE Spartacus was the only fighter to lose by a knock-out in Friday night's eight-man Light-Heavyweight Prizefighter showdown at London's York Hall.The 32-year-old - who had been forced to make a last-minute dash around east London in order to make Friday's weigh-in - was floored with less than 30 seconds left of the second round.

STEVE Spartacus was the only fighter to lose by a knock-out in Friday night's eight-man Light-Heavyweight Prizefighter showdown at London's York Hall.

The 32-year-old - who had been forced to make a last-minute dash around east London in order to make Friday's weigh-in - was floored with less than 30 seconds left of the second round.

The defeat leaves a question mark over the future of the Ipswich-based boxer's career as it signalled his fourth successive defeat spread over the past four years.

Oldham's Stubbs went on to make the final before losing to Tony Oakey, who scooped the �25,000 prize money thanks to a unanimous points decision following a superb fight.

Oakey, who beat Billy Boyle and Courtney Fry in his first two fights, said: “I got better as the night went on. Prizefighter is all about entertainment and I would like to thank (Matchroom Sport chairman) Barry Hearn for putting my name forward to be in it.

“I've won British, Commonwealth and WBU titles, but this feels just the same and when I retire I will be proud of what I've achieved. This is another thing to go on my CV.

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“It was very difficult and I think I had the toughest draw, but deserved to win. I'm very proud to have done so and it was a team effort that has paid off.

“The worst thing was the first fight and after that I was very confident I would win.

“I was the most well-known name in the competition and everyone was trying to make a name for themselves off of me, but I was confident in my ability so it was worth taking the gamble.

“Winning this will open doors for me and we had gone back to the drawing board after the Nathan Cleverly loss (for the British title in October).

“We knew we shouldn't have taken that fight against Cleverly, but this helps me get back up there. This ain't too bad for an old man.”

This was the fifth Prizefighter competition and the all-in-one-night format where each contest lasts a maximum of three rounds has captured the public's attention.

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