Jerome waits on the sub’s bench for his shot in TV tournament

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JEROME Wilson is praying that luck will go his way in TV’s Prizefighter.

The Arbourthorne light-welter, aged 26, is one of two reserves for the competition and will be ready to step into the ring in Wolverhampton on February 11 should one of the eight scheduled fighters withdraw.

In the event of that, there’ll be a coin toss between Wilson and another reserve to determine who fills the void. The last Prizefighter saw a reserve, Robert Lloyd-Taylor, managed by Wilson’s trainer Dave Coldwell step in after former Big Brother contestant JJ Bird fainted in the dressing room.

Wilson, nicknamed ‘Wipeout’ after his appearance on the TV show ‘Total Wipeout’, believes that Coldwell’s link to the competition could be a lucky omen.

“I’ve been quite lucky throughout my life so I reckon I’d probably win the coin toss,” he laughed. “Then I know that I’d be in a position to go on and win the whole thing. I’m certainly training as though I’m going to be fighting.”

In theory, Wilson could enter the final without fighting and be fresh against an opponent who has already been involved in two fights on the night.

Coldwell’s former fighter John Watson is amongst the eight contenders alongside unbeaten duo Dale Miles and Tyrone Nurse.

“John’s trained in Rotherham in the past so I know about him from sparring him and I’ve watched the others in it too,” said Wilson. “If I get the opportunity then I’ll grab it with both hands.”

Chris Eubank Junior will be part of the Magna bill on February 18. The evening will be headlined by Kid Galahad’s fight with former world title challenger Jason Booth.