Champ, Bruce 'Lionheart' Scott, Returns To
The Fray In May
Hackney, London based Jamaican
Cruiserweight, Bruce 'Lionheart' Scott,
(27 (18 KOs) wins - 9 (4 KOs) losses) ,
returns to the ring, on the 19th May 2009
at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London,
after a three year sabbatical from the
The former British, Commonwealth and
WBU International Cruiserweight Champion
is in training, under the watchful eyes of
eminent coach, John Rooney Jnr. at
Gleason's Gym near Tower Bridge, in
preparation for the upcoming Cruiserweight
knockout tournament which is part of the
highly acclaimed Prizefighter series.
After a grueling training session Scott
spoke of his return and his future
Championship aspirations "I've been
training hard for the Prizefighter series.
It's an exciting format. Barry (Hearn) has
made it a huge success. It's good for the
fighters and the fans. I want to win it
then go for the British title again."
Beaming at the thought Scott went on to
say "Yeah, I want the British title. Rob
Martin (the current British champion)
didn't want to fight me when I was
champion so it would be great to get a
match with him after I win the
Prizefighter. I'll make this a great
victory and have a lot more coming. Maybe
this could be the greatest comeback in
British boxing history. "
Bruce 'Lionheart' Scott will be in
action at the York Hall in Bethnal Green,
London on 19th May 2009 in the highly
acclaimed Prizefighter knockout tournament
promoted by Barry Hearn's Matchroom Sports
organisation and aired on Sky Sports.
As an amateur Scott had an impressive
record of 57 fights, suffering only four
losses. 'Lionheart' won a silver medal in
Caribbean competition and became the
Jamaican Light Heavyweight Champion.
During this time Scott represented Jamaica
three times and was bestowed with the
honour of being named the captain of his
At just 20 years old Scott, a product
of the now defunct Dragon gym in Montego
Bay, left the balmy climes of his
Caribbean home for the much cooler
temperatures of London, England in his
quest to become a World Champion.
Scott, who turned pro in 1991, gained
his first professional championship, the
BBBofC Southern Area Cruiserweight Title,
on the 21st April 1998 when he stopped
Dominic Nequs in the ninth round.
Five months later 'Lionheart' beat
Darren Corbett to add the vacant BBBofC
British and the Commonwealth (British
Empire) Cruiserweight belts to his
On 15th May 1999, Scott traveled to
Sheffield to challenge WBO Cruiserweight
Champion, Johnny 'The Entertainer' Nelson,
for his title. After twelve hard fought
rounds the judges unanimously that 'The
Entertainer' had retained his belt.
Just two months later, on the 17th July
1999, 'Lionheart' flew to Dusseldorf,
Germany to battle with the WBC champion,
Juan Carlos 'Black Panther' Gomez from
Cuba. Just 15 seconds from the end of the
sixth round his dream again ended when the
referee, Daniel Van de Wiele, stopped the
fight following a barrage of punches that
had Bruce reeling.
Scott regained the BBBofC British
cruiserweight title with a stunning sixth
round knockout of John Keaton at the
Sheffield Arena on the 16th December 2000.
He then went on to secure the coveted
Commonwealth (British Empire) crown again
after Garry Delaney quit at the end of the
third round at the York Hall, Bethnal
Green on the 10th March 2001.
With both the British and Commonwealth
titles firmly in his grip once again Scott
focused on securing another shot at a
World title. His first step in this quest
was to secure the vacant WBU International
title by convincingly beating René
Janvier at the Wembley Conference Centre
on the 28th July 2001.
This magnificent victory earned Scott
the right to face Welshman Enzo 'Big Mac'
Maccarinelli for the vacant WBU title at
the Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff,
Wales, on the 28th June 2003. Things
started well for 'Lionheart' as he sent
'Big Mac' to the canvas in the first
round. The Welshman got his revenge though
by sending Scott to the deck three rounds
later with a barrage of punches. Scott's
World Championship dreams were ended just
11 seconds from the end of the fourth
round when veteran referee Mickey Vann
stepped in to stop the fight.
Bruce 'Lionheart' Scott retired in
March 2006 after losing to Zimbabwean
Hastings Rasani in Newport, Gwent. Scott
had only taken the fight to help prepare
for his upcoming challenge for the IBO
Cruiserweight World Title against Carl
'The Cat' Thompson.
The Prizefighter series is a knock out
boxing tournament created by boxing
promoter Barry Hearn and aired on Sky
Sports. The format has an initial 8
fighters compete in four quarter-finals
with the chance of fighting their way into
a final fight for a chance to win a main
prize of £25000. All contests take
place on the same evening and consist of 3
x 3 minute rounds.
The Cruiserweight Prizefighter
Tournament will be the seventh in the
series following on from the successes of:
Prizefighter 1: The Heavyweights, which
took place at The York Hall in April 2008
and was won by Martin Rogan.
Prizefighter 2: The Heavyweights 2,
which was held at Telewest Arena in
Newcastle in September 2008 and was won by
Norwich Heavyweight Sam Sexton.
Prizefighter 3: The Welterweights, took
place at the York Hall in October 2008,
amongst those taking part in this
tournament were were former European
champion Ted Bami; English champions Nigel
Wright and Ross Minter; Former ABA
champion Michael Lomax and Former IBO
light middleweight champion Steve Conway.
At the end of the night it was the former
Amateur champ, Michael Lomax, that reigned
Prizefighter 4: The Middleweights, one
month later in November 2008, again at the
York Hall in Bethnal Green and featured as
part of the Sky Box Office show featuring
the Ricky Hatton fight with Paulie
Malignaggi as the main event, tournament
favourite Martin Murray claimed the
Prizefighter 5: The Light Heavyweights,
took place on the 20th February 2009 and
former British champion Tony Oakley took
the spoils of victory in the final over
Prizefighter 6: The Lightweights, took
place at the Kelvin Hall in Scotland on
the 24th March 2009. Local boy Ryan
Brawley emerged the winner with victories
over Ben Murphy, Paul Holborn and in the
final Stephen Burke.