Devine hits the big time at Prizefighter

Michael Devine
Michael Devine

Luton boxer Michael Devine announced himself to the boxing world by reaching the Prizefighter final in York Hall at the weekend.

Although Devine was beaten on points by Jono Carroll during the lightweight tournament, he walked away £18,000 richer, but more importantly, raised his profile immeasurably in the process.

Speaking exclusively to the News/Gazette, Devine said: “It was a great opportunity for me and though I got beaten in the final, I can hold my head up high.

“Hopefully Matchroom like my fighting style and my heart and I might get opportunities now.

“I’m not taking anything away from Jono Carroll, but everyone’s talking about me and what I did on that night.”

One of the main reasons Devine’s name is on the lips of a number of boxing fans was due to the vicious punch he floored semi-final opponent Lee Martin with.

Sky Sports put a clip of the knock out on Youtube and it has since got almost 40,000 views, while Devine, who had suffered a shoulder injury during his opening bout, is now looking at fighting again in February.

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