Prizefighter money for Camacho and no surprise given draw

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Cruiserweights III threatens to be one of the most open Prizefighter tournaments of the lot and although Tony Conquest has had to withdraw because of injury, the competition has become no easier to unravel.

As is often the case, the draw does have a bearing on selections, with an early slot widely regarded as beneficial as it means maximum rest in the latter rounds.

This is one reason why there has been support for Wadi Camacho, who has shortened into 7/2 for victory on the back of getting the plum draw in the opening fight of the night.

The fact that he will square off with Conquest’s replacement Martyn Grainger is another positive, as he may well be the weakest of the octet taking part with six defeats from his 14 bouts.

However, the biggest reason for Camacho’s shift in price could be that his two apparent main rivals have drawn each other in the opening round and not only that, this showdown is in the unwanted closing slot in the round.

Despite this, Neil Dawson remains the favourite at 3/1 and arrives on the back of two solid victories. He also has the power to be a threat, knocking his opponents to the canvas seven times in his last five fights.

He faces Danny McIntosh, who has drifted to 9/2 following the draw and may not make it to York Hall in top confidence after three consecutive defeats, even if two of these were to Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew.

Prizefighter certainly represents a drop back in class, but whether he has bitten off more than he can chew by stepping up from light-heavyweight remains to be seen.

Of the others, Shane McPhilbin has the never say die attitude that can carry a fighter through Prizefighter and he should not be totally written off at 8/1, despite having a lesser skill set than some of his rivals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.