Arnfield and the middleweight Prizefighters


(Images courtesy of Karen Priestley Photography and sponsored by Fylde Coast Boxing)

Arnie ready to outwit the Prizefighters with home soil success

Undefeated Blackpool middleweight, Jack ‘Arnie’ Arnfield, 17-0(4) enters the Valentine’s Day middleweight prizefighter full of confidence but aware of the dangers posed by other unbeaten stars also on show.

It’s an impressive line-up for what is the 35th version of specialist tournament and has, including Arnfield, five fighters looking to protect their unbeaten records.

Joining the Blackpool fighter will be Connahs Quay’s Tom Dorran, 11-0(3); Preston’s Mick Hall, 11-0(1); Birmingham southpaw Craig Cunningham, 11-0(2), Dublin’s Luke Keeler, 7-0(5); Cumbrian Liam Conroy, 7-2(2); vastly experienced Peterborough fighter, Cello Renda 25-10-2(11); and Lancashire’s Warren Tansey, 10-1-1(3) (Tansey replaced by Doncaster’s Luke Crowcroft, 8-1(2) nicknamed ‘The Beast’).

The outcome of this sure leaves a lot to the imagination and we won’t know who opposes who until the draw in the immediate build-up to tournament itself.

All the fighters will be ready though, they need to be, they could after all be facing three opponents in one night and, for one lucky fighter, the rewards can be great – Arnie will be making sure it’s him.

Speaking of the opportunity laid out in front of him Arnfield said: “I’m pretty confident going into this as I always am going into any fight.

“I know I am not there to make up the numbers, I’m there to win the competition – just look at what Rocky Fielding, Martin Murray, and Terry Flanagan has done this open up some massive doors and it has shown to do so over the years.”



Come Valentine’s Day fight fans will witness the third middleweights tournament, Cello Renda appeared in the first back in November 2008 losing to Martin Murray in the final and will be hoping to go one better this time around.

Fast forward nearly four years and Belfast held an All-Irish middleweight affair in May 2012 where Eamonn O’Kane took care of JJ McDonagh in an exciting tournament.

Going into this middleweight challenge Jack Arnfield and his fellow competitors will be well aware of the challenge at hand with the Blackpool star adding: “Granted there’s a few unbeaten lads in there, (Luke) Keeler is an unknown quantity and (Tom) Dorran can be quite a handful, but I’m not worried about any of them at all.

“I’ve been unlucky myself with injuries of late and had to undergo keyhole surgery at one point with Steven Bale at Wrightington Hospital in Wigan but I still feel very fresh even if my debut was some eight years ago now.”

The opportunity to appear in the Winter Gardens was one to good to refuse for Arnfield as he was actually due to appear two weeks later on the 28 February.

Already in training he will have stepped things up a notch ready to peak in the centre of the ring wand cause a few hearts to flutter in doing so.

“This was just too good an opportunity in which to turn down and it will definitely help me to blow away any possible cobwebs I might have,” concluded Arnfield.

Brian Rose, Scott Cardle and the Prizefighter takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Rose faces American Carson Jones for the WBC International light middleweight title over 12 x 3 and the 35th Prizefighter is the middleweights featuring Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield.

Tickets are still available but only £40 remain and are to be purchased from the Matchroom website


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