Fighting Ferguson: I'll do the business

Sunderland-trained David Ferguson believes he is in the best shape of his career and ready to become Prizefighter Heavyweights 2 Champion tonight.

Ferguson, 32, is one of eight British fighters competing in a knockout tournament at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle tonight.

After losing in the semi-finals of a similar event in April, Ferguson, who is trained by Tommy Conroy, is desperate to claim the 25,000 top prize.

"Training has been going smashing and I spent ten days in Cyprus for altitude training with the Army," said Ferguson.

"I'm going to do the business and I feel much fitter this time. I've been getting up at six, running three or four miles, going to the gym at 12 for circuit training then at five working on the pads and that's been every day. It has been very intensive and I'm hoping it will pay off tonight.

"Last time I was doing lots of short sprint work to get my cardio up but I struggled in the second fight. This time I've been doing a lot of long distance runs so my stamina is going to be better and improving all the time. I trained hard for the last one but this time the training has surpassed that and I will be in the best shape of my career."

Prizefighter sees four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final all take place in one thrilling evening, with each contest lasting a maximum of three rounds. Tickets are priced from 25 and are available at the venue tonight with the boxing starting at 8pm, while all the action is also screened live on Sky Sports 1.

Ferguson's first fight is against Derbyshire's Luke Simpkin, who is one of the outsiders to win the tournament and has only won ten out of his 42 professional contests.

However, Simpkin is confident that he can upset the home crowd and end Ferguson's dream of lifting the trophy and becoming Prizefighter Champion.

"I saw Ferguson in the last Prizefighter and I think my chances of beating him are good," said Simpkin.

"He fought Billy Bessey and I've knocked him out before but I thought Bessey should have beaten Ferguson.

"I know Ferguson will have the backing of the crowd and is the home fighter but I have to do more work and go straight at him. I'm confident of getting to the final."