Witter bids to be Prizefighter king

Cup tie: Ex-world champJunior Witter, left, and Nathan Graham ready for action
Cup tie: Ex-world champJunior Witter, left, and Nathan Graham ready for action

South Yorkshire former world champion Junior Witter will tonight attempt to prove his faltering boxing career still has plenty of life left in it.

The 37-year-old Ingle craftsman has lost three out of his last four bouts, defeats that lost his claim on the WBC light welter title.

In February, he was outpointed in Canada by a 32-year-old Romanian, Victor Lupo Puiu - and some people were waiting to write the final chapter in his 14-year, 43-fight campaign.

But tonight, Witter seeks to re-establish his credibility on Sky TV in the final of Prizefighter Welterweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

He is pitched in the quarter-final, first, against the relatively-inexperienced Nathan Graham, from Buckinghamshire, who was downed four times in his last fight, a TKO loss to Leeds’ Adil Anwar.

The victor of Witter v Graham will face the winner of the opening bout of the night, when former British Welterweight champion Kevin McIntyre faces unbeaten Essex man John Wayne Hibbert.

Witter could then go on to cross swords with Colin Lynes, whom he defeated in October 2005 in the same venue to retain his Commonwealth, European and British titles.

A win in the final would see Witter pocket a £32,000 cheque.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is reportedly offering Manny Pacquiao $65 million to go to Mexico for a fight, possibly against Saul Alvarez, who Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes fights for the WBC title on Saturday.

That will be music to Rhodes’ ears - he hopes Alvarez’s camp are looking past him.

Sheffield-based flyweight Nicola Adams is closing in on Olympic 2012 glory after leading a triple-medal haul by Great Britain boxers at the women’s European Union Championships in Poland.

Adams secured a 17-13 win over home favourite Karolina Michalczuk - who had beaten her for world gold in Barbados last year - while Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas also won gold in the 64kg division.

Adams said: “I’m feeling fantastic at the moment and now that I’ve started to turn my silver medals into golds and beat fighters who I’ve lost to before, my confidence is as high as it could be.

“I’ve had a tough time getting this far because of my injuries, but working full-time in Sheffield as part of such a strong women’s team is really paying off for all of us and I’m sure you’ll see the benefits in London.”