Luke Crowcroft wanted a Prizefighter favourite for his quarter-final clash – and that is exactly what he got.
The Doncaster fighter will face hot favourite Luke Keeler in Prizefighter Middleweights III on Saturday night in Blackpool, live on Sky Sports.
Irishman Keeler is undefeated in his seven fight pro career and has stopped five of his opponents.
The fact that three of his stoppages came inside the first two rounds has marked Keeler out as a top candidate to win the three three minute round formatted tournament.
But Crowcroft – the youngest fighter in the eight man field – insists he will not be fazed by anyone who stands in the way of the £32,000 winner’s cheque.
“There’s no point wanting to avoid the favourites because if you’re going to win it, you’re going to have to fight one of them at some point,” the 20-year-old said.
“I want the favourites first and get them out of the way.
“If you get past the best kids first you’re on a good run to winning it after that.”
Crowcroft won the junior ABA and CYP titles as an amateur and feels like his recent experience of the unpaid ranks will stand him in good stead on Saturday night.
He said: “It’s only a couple of years since I was winning national titles over three rounds.
“I’ve proven myself over that distance and I’m ready to do it again.
“I think I’m suited to the three round fights with the power and strength I’ve got.
“And hopefully I’ll get a chance to show that on Saturday night.
“This is a massive opportunity for me at this stage of my career.
“There’s a real chance to make a name for myself on a big stage with plenty of people watching.
“I’ve never felt better for a fight and I’ll make it count.”
Should he come through the weekend unscathed, Crowcroft will face Doncaster rival Jason Ball for the vacant Central Area middleweight title on February 28 at the Dome.