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Shifnal boxer Mark Lloyd eyes prize

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Shropshire's punching plumber Mark Lloyd is adamant his moment has arrived as he prepares to go under the glare of the television camera tonight.

Shropshire's punching plumber Mark Lloyd is adamant his moment has arrived as he prepares to go under the glare of the television camera tonight.

Lloyd is one of eight boxing hopefuls battling for the coveted Prizefighter light-welterweight crown – and the £32,000 on offer for the champion – at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall.

And the 36-year-old from Shifnal is convinced he has the talent to come out on a top in a high-calibre field featuring English title holder Adil Anwar, unbeaten Tyrone Nurse and Dale Miles, ex-British champion Barry Morrison as well as Lloyd's stablemates Young Mutley and Dean Harrison.

"I've got such a good feeling about this and I'm so confident," said Lloyd, who will feature live on Sky Sports. "My family keep telling me this is my time and I believe it is too.

"The money would be nice but it's not about that. I want the trophy and I want to fight for the British title and winning this would be a massive step towards that."

Lloyd, who weighed in a fraction under the 10st 3lbs limit yesterday afternoon, plans a low-key build-up to arguably the biggest night of his boxing life.

"I've got to take my daughter (eight-year-old Leah) to a dance class at Birmingham Hippodrome like I do every Saturday and then it's just a matter of chilling," he added.

"When the boxing is over we will head back to the Seven Bar in Shifnal for a gathering for friends and supporters."

Lloyd will not learn of the identity of his first round opponent until the draw takes place in the ring minutes before the opening contest.

The night features quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final all decided over three, three minute round bouts.

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