Sammy admits Prizefighter buzz got the better of him

Sammy Couzens, left
Sammy Couzens, left
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Sammy Couzens relived his big Prizefighter moment and admitted: I was too fired up.

But the Titchfield light-heavyweight is hoping his time in the spotlight will now pave the way for a big 2011.

Couzens was stopped in the second round of the final of the Sky-televised tournament on Saturday night against Travis Dickinson.

Despite going into the event as only as second reserve, Couzens was drafted in for the showpiece bout after Tony Dodson was pulled out from cuts sustained on the way to the showdown.

Couzens put on a stirring first-round performance against the undefeated Newcastle talent.

The 24-year-old was on top as he went into the second of three rounds but was then caught with a body shot which put him down.

The 6-4 man rose to his feet but the contest was stopped by the referee.

Couzens picked up £16,000 as a finalist, along with receiving the exposure of being involved with the tournament.

The Jack Bishop-trained fighter felt excitement got the better of him and stopped him from pulling off a shock after getting on top.

But Couzens is now hoping to build on the opportunity and go on to greater things this year.

A chance to enter a super-middleweight Prizefighter tournament could be one of a host of options for him.

Couzens said: ‘It was good to be involved in such a big competition.

‘But in the end I got myself too revved up and paid the price for that. I wasn’t nervous but I was really fired up and wanted to take his head off.

‘That worked for the first round and there was no doubt I won it. I knew I’d hurt him.

‘Jack (Bishop) and the team told me I needed to box him in the second round.

‘But the adrenalin was pumping and I went looking for him again.

‘These quality of opponents will make you pay for that and I got caught.

‘I know I should have listened to what Jack told me to do and I’m a bit gutted. Everyone was great, though, and people gave me a good cheer for my performance.

‘(Promoter) Barry Hearn said I could go into the super-middleweight Prizefighter and there could be a few things out there for me.

‘I need to build my record up a bit and then push on.

‘I want to get some wins and then get in there with the top boys.’

Couzens is looking for a big year and his brother Danny is also aiming to join him and build up his own pro career.

The 26-year-old is due to meet Joe St John next month, who edged a win over him on his debut last year.

Danny is looking to settle the score on that front and make progress under the tutelage of Bishop.

And his brother Sammy is confident both men have a lot to look forward to.

He said: ‘We’re both working hard and I think this can be a good time for me and my brother.

‘First he has to have his rematch with St John and settle that score.

‘Then Jack can be the man to take us on to bigger and better things.’