'Prizefighter' tourney to air in U.S.

Promoter Matchroom Sport's "Prizefighter" series has become popular in Great Britain and now it will be televised in the United States.

WealthTV, which has picked up several good overseas shows since it seriously entered boxing last year, will carry Saturday's "Prizefighter" welterweight card from Wolverhampton, England, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

The "Prizefighter" concept is simple. It's a one-day single-elimination tournament (the fights are matched in a blind draw a few days before the show) in which eight fighters vie for the grand prize.

Each bout is scheduled for three rounds and the eventual winner would win three bouts -- a quarterfinal, semifinal and the final -- in the span of a few hours. The bouts are all official fights and count on the fighters' records.

Saturday's tournament includes six undefeated, albeit relatively inexperienced, fighters: Calum Cooper, Sam Eggington, Dale Evens, Glenn Foot, Chad Gaynor and Steven Pearce along with Rob Hunt and Mark Thompson. None of them are names to American fans, but the tournaments usually produce some solid action.

In the quarterfinals, Eggington (3-0, 0 KOs) faces Evans (4-0-1, 3 KOs), Gaynor (9-0, 4 KOs) meets Cooper (4-0, 0 KOs), Pearce (6-0, 1 KO) fights Foot (7-0, 4 KOs) and Thompson (24-2, 14 KOs) faces Hunt (16-1-2, 1 KO).

"This fast-paced format is great for boxing fans. It's action-packed and an all-out war in the ring," said Tommy Morris, WealthTV's director of live events. "Previous ‘Prizefighter’ events have helped discover some of the world's best fighters."

There have been a smattering of name fighters in previous tournaments, which began in 2008, along with up-and-comers. Past tournament winners include heavyweight Audley Harrison and former junior welterweight titleholder Gavin Rees (who will challenge Adrien Broner for a lightweight title on Feb. 16).

This weekend's show will be the 28th tournament covering 14 different weight classes. This will be third one in the welterweight division.