Prizefighter Luke Crowcroft targets title at ‘Local Rivalry’ show

Luke Crowcroft
Luke Crowcroft

He has had a taste of the spotlight and he is determined to get back their once again.

Luke Crowcroft put his name on the lips of boxing fans outside this area with his impressive cameo at Prizefighter Middleweights a fortnight ago.

And after a quick turnaround he is back in action on Saturday night and in another big bout.

Fresh from his narrow first round defeat in Prizefighter, the Scawthorpe scrapper will meet Doncaster rival Jason Ball for the vacant Central Area middleweight crown at the Dome.

And promoter, manager and trainer Stefy Bull says Crowcroft is keen to get back on the big stage.

“He had a great chance to see what life can be like for him if he makes a go of it and I think that’s really spurred him on,” Bull told the Free Press.

“This is a great opportunity for Luke. He’s just 20 and it’s a great first step on the championship ladder.

“Win a Central Area title and you put yourself in the picture for the English title.

“People are talking about Luke now after how well he did on Prizefighter.

“It’s up to him to make sure he’s worthy of that talk.

“We didn’t really focus on this fight too much because of the big opportunity that Prizefighter was.

“But Luke, to his credit, has really switched on for this in the last couple of weeks.”

Crowcroft and Ball were gym mates for a short time when the latter trained in the Mexborough.

And despite Crowcroft’s tender years at the time, they shared several sparring sessions.

Crowcroft said: “They were good sessions and I might have only been 16 but I held my own.

“Jason’s a good kid and I’m sure it’s going to be a good fight.

“I’ve got a lot of determination now. I know you can’t play at this sport and I’m ready to start climbing.”

Woodlands’ former ABA champion Jason Cunningham will warm up for his English super flyweight title fight in May with a bout against Csaba Kovacs (6-4-0) on Saturday night.

Cunningham has been sparring with Barnsley’s Josh Wale who next week fights for the British super bantamweight title vacated by Gavin McDonnell.

There was disappointment last week when Denaby Main’s Adam Jones saw scheduled opponent Matthew Mallin pull out of their bout for the vacant Central Area light middleweight title.

Jones will still be in action on Saturday night against Simone Lucas (5-25-4) while his title fight will now take place in May.

Conisbrough’s Steven Hale will open the show at 7pm on Saturday night in the second bout of his comeback, taking on Harvey Helmsley (3-14-1).

Hyde Park’s Aston Jolly will face the ever tough journeyman Bheki Moyo (0-70-2).

The main event sees Mexborough trained Barnsley fighter Andy Townend face former British title contender Femi Fehintola for the vacant English super featherweight title in a bout which also doubles as a Commonwealth title eliminator.