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Victorious Return For New British Champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams

by on Oct.27, 2011, under Buzz

Leon Williams with the coveted Lonsdale Belt - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Victorious Return For New British Champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams

On Wednesday British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams returned to the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, in Canning Town, for the first time since defeating long time Champ Rob Norton and winning the coveted Lonsdale Belt.

Williams – who made the early return to undertake an interview with Sky Sports’ Ed Robinson, which will be aired on the Sky Sports Ringside Show this evening at 6pm – bought the Championship belt with him to show to his gym mates.

Following the interview Williams spent about an hour chatting about the fight with gym mates and being photographed with everyone in the gym at the time.

Just before leaving to go back home for a well deserved break Williams took a few minutes to talk about the fight and his future plans, “Not best pleased with the overall performance, Rob Norton’s very awkward and cagey opponent. He’s very, very experienced.

But at the end of the day we got the win and that’s all that matters.

I’m not really fussed who I’m going to fight next, I’m British Champion and I’ll defend it to the best of my ability.

(Front L-R) Brett O’Callaghan, Alec Wilkey, George Jupp, Leon Williams, Juris Varuskins and Danny Connor - (Back) Charlie Hoy and Billy Morgan - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

I’m not letting that belt go, it’s across my shoulder right now and it’s going to stay there, yeah it’s just gonna stay there.

There’s no one I’m scared of, or intimidated by in this weight category, domestically any way. No one is great they’re just normal and can be beaten, they can all be dominated by me.

I’d even fight Rob Norton again, yeah I’d take that. It wouldn’t be the prettiest fight again but the tactics would change I’d meet him early instead of later on and I don’t think he’d be able to withstand that.

Rob was a good Champion, awkward, cagey, done his thing right, but the better man won on the twenty first.

I want to dominate the Cruiserweight division domestically, look good for television and my supporters and make my name, then we’ll move on to conquer Europe. Yeah it’s onwards and upwards for Team Solid

Team Solid (L-R) Johnny Eames, Leon Williams, Jimmy Tibbs and Barry Smith - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

I’d like to say a big thanks to Johnny Eames, Barry Smith, Rio (Gianluca Di Caro) and Jimmy Tibbs from my gym, the brilliant TRAD TKO, as well as Ken and Dougie from my sponsor BoxFit, Dave from my sponsor Ringside and my other sponsors Radio King and South West Cars, RIP Danny Easam and all my supporters.

If it wasn’t for my supporters I wouldn’t be here now. They’ve all supported me on the small hall shows and they’ve stuck by me even when my fights were getting canceled and they were losing money, but they’re still here, so a big thank you to all those guys and girls, loads of girls.”

Ed Robinson’s interview with Leon ‘Solid’ Williams will be aired on the Ringside Show on Sky Sports 1 at 6pm on Thursday 27th October and will be repeated at 00.30am, 4am on Sky Sports 1 and again at 10am on Sky Sports 2 on Friday 28th October.

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Queensberry Promotions Claim a British Title in Second Ever Show

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Buzz

Queensberry promoted Leon Williams shows off his newly aquired Lonsdale belt - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Queensberry Promotions Claim a British Title in Second Ever Show

George and Francis Warren’s Queensberry Promotions has its first ever British Champion following Leon Williams’ split decision victory over long time title holder Rob Norton. This marks an excellent start for the brothers who in their first promotion also showcased a fight which many have labelled fight of the year when Paul Appleby met Liam Walsh in October.

Williams claimed the victory to grab the British title from Norton in a close fought bout, which now opens up a wealth of possible title match-ups in a division that many had thought had become inactive and tired. Francis Warren said of this, “It’s great that there are now a host of competitive title match-ups to contest the Lonsdale belt. I’m also delighted with the start Queensberry Promotions has made, both events have been in front of a packed, deafening York Hall crowd and I’m delighted at how everyone from the fans to boxing industry insiders have got behind us.”

Williams’ victory also meant that the brothers have managed to gain a British title earlier in their promoting career than their boxing hall of fame promoter father, Frank. But with Frank’s 30 years in the business and history of working with some of the best world champions over the last 3 decades, George and Francis have some big shoes to fill, but are confident they can carve a long a successful career in the sport. George said, “Both Francis and I have had boxing around us our whole lives, it’s in our blood and we’ve always been huge fans of the sport. With Queensberry Promotions we’re aiming to creating a brand that will have some real longevity and that can become one of the major players in boxing. It was fantastic to help Leon, one of our own fighters realise his dream to capture the British title and we hope to make him part of a whole host of champions in our stable. The long term goal is to build a cutting edge brand and a stable of world class fighters, and one day get to the stage where we are enough of a force in the sport that we can showcase the very biggest world championship bouts.”

The next show from Queensberry is sure to continue to excite the fight fans by showcasing Lee Selby’s British and Commonwealth Featherweight Title defence against John Simpson at York Hall on 18th November. Once again the show will be live and exclusive on the UK’s new home of boxing BoxNation (Sky Platform 456)

Tickets are priced at £40 and £60 are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 or www.frankwarren.tv

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Fight Report: Williams Topples Norton, Walsh Dominates Richards and Skeete impresses

by on Oct.23, 2011, under Buzz

Team Solid Celebrate: L-R Jimmy Tibbs, Johnny Eames, Leon Williams, Francis Warren and Barry Smith - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Fight Report: Williams Topples Norton, Walsh Dominates Richards and Skeete impresses

Report and Photos Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On Friday night, at the excellent Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, the pack house were treated to a great night of pugilistic action. The slickly produced show had it all, world class boxing, a knockout, oodles of drama and the dethroning of the Cruiserweight King, as Leon ‘Solid’ Williams achieved what many thought would be impossible, when he snatched the Lonsdale belt from long time holder Rob Norton’s iron grip.

Williams-Norton wasn’t a classic fight by a long way, Norton’s awkward southpaw counter punching style ensured that, but it was an intriguing, and at times highly exciting, bout.

Right from the off it was clear that Williams plan was to to play the long game, out of the window had gone the ‘devil may care’ I’m gonna knock him out or get knocked out mindset, instead the 27 year old from Streatham took a much calmer, slow approach.

The early rounds were edgy, to put it mildly, it was like a poker game with neither man willing to show his hand too early. There was some good action but each time it looked like a proper battle was set to erupt Norton’s ring savvy would come into play, at times he’d just paw away at fresh air to keep Williams at bay, but should the youngster get through the wily old fox from Stourbridge would just grab hold until referee Terry O’Connor pulled them apart.

Both Williams’ co-trainers, Johnny Eames and Barry Smith, were clearly getting exasperated, as were the crowd and the referee, as each time their young charge instigated an exchange he was thwarted by Norton’s persistent clinching.

Just prior to the start of the fourth Johnny Eames could be heard instructing Williams to up the pace and keep the pressure on Norton. With the instructions fresh in his mind Williams shot from the corner the instant the bell rang, closed down his target and let rip, landing a cracking right hand. The crowd jumped to their feet screaming ‘Solid, Solid, Solid, in unison.

Williams responded, in kind, but the action was short lived as Norton just tied him up again to slow the fight back to his pace.

Throughout the middle rounds each time Williams tried to lift the pace the same would happen, Norton would either use his superior reach advantage, pawing, to keep Williams at bay or just grab hold and walk Williams back onto the ropes.

Williams again kicked up the pace in the sixth and seventh, receiving intermittent success letting off some neat combinations before Norton would resort to spoiling tactics again.

My thoughts at the time was that this was the real turning point, it seemed Norton’s age was coming into play and Williams, some twelve years younger, was seemingly in the ascension.

More of the same in rounds eight and nine and Norton was beginning to look uncomfortable as each ‘Solid’ attack started to take it’s toll. I couldn’t help but think that this was the beginning of the end of Norton’s title reign.

Then again maybe not, as in round ten Norton changed tactics, allowing Williams to back him on the ropes and let rip with powerful flurries of shots, most of which Norton would just dip and dive to avoid. Each time Williams would step back Norton showboated by either calling him back in or leaning back in the corner with his arms spread across the ropes.

Now into the Championship rounds. Round eleven was quite a lively affair at times, but yet again anytime Williams tried to instigate any meaningful attacks Norton would stifle him. This lead to Williams trying to pick his shots before moving out of range, but each time he came forward their was a big glove waving in front of him.

Williams’ corner, and promoter Francis Warren, told Leon to throw caution to the wind for the final round, it was close and a good final round was likely to clinch the bout in his favour. Not needing to be told a second time Williams went for it, but so did Norton. The final three minutes were probably the best of the whole fight, it definitely had the most action.

When the final bell rang both protagonists threw their arms in the air before turning to hug each other. The wait for the judges scorecards to be read seemed endless but eventually MC Mike Goodall spoke, declaring the match a split decision in favour of Williams by 116-114 (Richie Davies), 114-115 (John Keane) and 116-113 (Ian John-Lewis).

Prior to Williams-Norton the vacant English Super Bantamweight title was contested by Cromer’s Ryan Walsh and Melksham’s Liam Richards.

In total contrast to the headliner Walsh-Richards was nonstop scintillating back and forth action for the full 30 minutes. I’m not joking every single round was a cracker as these two warriors came prepared for war.

At the end of the ten hard fought rounds Walsh was declared the new English Champion, by a huge margin 100-90 (Richie Davies) 99-91 (Ian John-Lewis) and 100-90 (Terry O’Connor) but that doesn’t give a one hundred percent accurate picture of the fight by a long shot, I’m not arguing the judges score, as yes Walsh won every round, as he boxed superbly, in my book too, but it was far from one way traffic.

They say it takes two to Tango well it also takes two to make a great fight and as such Richards deserves to be praised for his part in this sensational battle. On Friday night we see there’s the heart of a Lion beating inside that tiny frame.

Preceding the excellent Walsh-Richardson see Ireland’s Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, in his first outing on British soil, against Edmonton’s Michael Frontin.

Byrne has an excellent pedigree, unbeaten in fourteen and became the New South Wales State Light Welterweight Champion on only his fourth fight. So when I see this match up I have to admit I thought the fight wouldn’t go past three rounds – well I was wrong.

It was a bit of an edgy start but it didn’t take Byrne long to show his class and easily took the early rounds, although he didn’t have it all his way. Frontin showed heart and often took the fight to Byrne.

Byrne boxed beautifully throughout but never really seemed to get a handle on the tough London based Mauritian. Frontin grew in stature as the bout progressed and was holding his own whenever the battle intensified, in fact not just holding his own, as at times he rattled the Irishman with big looping rights at least once each round.

No surprise that at the end of the eight hard fought rounds referee Ian John-Lewis declared Byrne the winner, or that it was by a 78-74 points margin.

On the off-TV section Penge’s ‘Super’ Bradley Skeete got to strut his stuff against Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence in a four rounder.

What a cracking fight, right from the off Spence went for centre ground but novice Skeete, in only his fourth pro bout, wasn’t willing to concede a single millimeter to the more experienced man.

Skeete boxed beautifully throughout and just plain outclassed Spence to earn a much deserved 40-36 points decision.

A rematch, between Liam Shinkwin and ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin preceded the cracking Skeete-Spence battle.

Last time out Shinkwin won by a shutout 40-36 margin, so really no one was surprised that again Shinkwin dominated proceedings a second time. Saying that Deakin was seeking redemption, by whatever means possible, but no matter how wily the Crawley man is he was still no match for the youngster from Bushey Heath. After four highly entertaining rounds referee Ian John-Lewis raised Shinkwin’s hand and declared him victor by a 40-36 points margin yet again.

The opening bout of the night featured Croydon novice Danny Davis against Tottenham’s Mark McKray.

A rather edgy start, but it didn’t take that long to liven up as McKray tried to rough up the youngster from Surrey. Davis used his jab to good effect to keep the ever forward coming McKray at bay.

More of the same in the second, but in the third McKray was starting to get some real success and around midway of the round clearly hurt Davis with a wicked body shot.

It was close going into the fourth so there was no surprise that Davis stepped things up a bit and around the one minute mark let rip with a massive right cross to send McKray crashing to the canvas.

The celebrating Davis support quickly fell silent as Initial concerns see the paramedics enter the ring to administer oxygen to the prone McKray. After a few tense minutes McKray sat up and after a round of applause Davis and his fans restarted their celebrations.

Following the main event were two floater bouts, which I have to admit I didn’t get to see. – the first see Cranham’s Lee Markham beat Westury’s Aaron Fox by a 40-36 margin. The second see Peckham’s Johnny Garton get his maiden victory over Tooting’s Danny Dontchev also by a 40-36 points margin.

Francis and George Warren did it again it was a truly superb, slick event, OK their dad is the King of British Boxing Frank Warren so they have had a great teacher, but you can’t take it away from these two it was their show and they did it their way and it was brilliant, and I for one can’t wait for the next Queensberry Promotions show.

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Big Fight Weekend: Williams-Norton, Huck-Rossi Live On Sports Tonight (Freeview)

by on Oct.21, 2011, under Buzz

Big Fight Weekend: Williams-Norton, Huck-Rossi Live On Sports Tonight (Freeview)

Armchair boxing fans are in for a big treat this weekend as both the British Cruiserweight title fight, between Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Rob Norton, and the WBO World Cruiserweight title bout, between Marco Huck and Rogelio Omar Rossi are to be broadcast live on Sports Tonight (Freeview HD – Channel 112).

On Friday the evening of domestic pugilistic action starts at 7pm, when presenter Dominic McGuiness will be joined in the studio by former WBU Light Middleweight World Champion Wayne Alexander and Fighting Fit Magazine’s Danny Flexen, as well as joined on the phone by WBA International Super Bantamweight Champion Rendall Munroe, former WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl and Leon Williams’ TRAD TKO Gym mate and regular sparring partner Mitchell Balker for the Big Fight Preview show.

Immediately following the preview show the real action begins with ‘Irish Lightning’ Dean Byrne facing Michael Frontin in an eight round Light-Welterweight contest.

The first of the evenings title fights, featuring Ryan Walsh versus Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title, is next on the bill.

Then it’s the one of the biggest domestic battle of the year, as Streatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams challenges long time British Cruiserweight King Rob Norton for his throne.

Now if that isn’t enough on Saturday presenter Rhodri Williams will be joined in the studio, from 7pm, by WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin and live from the USA the only man to beat Marco Huck, two time IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham.

Also joining this illustrious lineup, on the phone, will be Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and his manager/co trainer Johnny Eames to take a look back at Friday’s defining domestic title battle as well as give their views on Huck-Rossi, which will be shown live from Germany from 8pm.

If you would like to give your views on either Williams-Norton or Huck Rossi e.mail martin.hines@sportstonightlive.com or via Skype: Sports Tonight Live.

The Sports Tonight Preview show starts at 7pm on both Friday and Saturday and is available on Freeview Channel 112 as well as on-line at www.sportstonightlive.com

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Williams-Norton British Cruiserweight Title Fight Weights and Quotes

by on Oct.20, 2011, under Buzz

Rob Norton and Leon Williams come face to face for the first time - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Williams-Norton British Cruiserweight Title Fight Weights and Quotes

The weigh in for Friday’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton British Cruiserweight title bout took place at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, in Canning Town, London, earlier today.

LEON ‘SOLID’ WILLIAMS

13st 13lbs

“It’s a big opportunity, I’m excited. Preparations have been perfect, I’m just gonna go out there and do the business and crush him and bring that belt back”

ROB NORTON

14st 3lbs

“I don’t disrespect any opponent. All I’ve done is got myself in good condition, no doubt he has, and I’m going to play my game and he’ll play his and whoever wins, wins and I’ll shake his hand either way.

OTHER WEIGHTS

RYAN WALSH – 8st 10Lbs

LIAM RICHARDS – 8st 10.5lbs

DEAN BYRNE – 10st

MICHAEL FRONTIN 10st 4lbs

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton for the British Cruiserweight Championship headlines the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Friday the 21st October 2011.

Heading up the support card for this battle of the big boys will pitch Cromer, Norfolk’s Ryan Walsh against Melsham, Wiltshire’s Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title.

The stacked undercard also features the UK debut of unbeaten Irishman Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, Penge’s unbeaten Welterweight Bradley Skeet, Croydon Light Welter Danny Davis and the debut of Peckham Welterweight John Garton, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £40 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) for Williams vs. Norton are available now, either direct from Leon Williams – tickets are also be available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Williams Inks Boxfit Sponsorship Deal, Ahead Of Friday’s Title Showdown With Norton.

by on Oct.19, 2011, under Buzz

Boxfit owner Ken Mills and Leon Williams - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Williams Inks Boxfit Sponsorship Deal, Ahead Of Friday’s Title Showdown With Norton.

Ahead of his British Cruiserweight title challenge, against Rob Norton at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Friday, Streatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams has inked a sponsorship deal with Harold Wood, Essex, based boxing equipment retailer Boxfit.

On making the announcement Ken Mills, the owner of Boxfit, said, “Yes we are sponsoring Leon, we’re really pleased with that.

Hopefully Leon will do the business, wearing all our Boxfit kit.

It’s exciting times whenever you sponsor an up and coming fighter so hopefully Leon takes his chance and does the business”

Williams, the current Southern Area Champion, earned the shot at Norton’s title following two sensation stoppage finishes earlier this year.

The first came on his first defense, of the title he won in October 2010, against Danny Couzens. The first three rounds were close all action affairs, but just thirty seconds into the fourth Williams let rip with a peach of a right that sent Couzens crashing to the canvas. Initially there were some concerns as Couzens was out cold but shortly after the paramedics started to administer oxygen he soon recovered.

Four months later Williams returned to York Hall to exact the same punishment on Battersea’s fighting fireman, Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth, albeit a little further into the fight, this time after one minute and thirty seconds of the fifth.

These scintillating performances bought the 27 year old to the attention of George and Francis Warren, who quickly signed him to their Queensberry Promotions organisation after which they presented Williams the opportunity to challenge Rob Norton for his British crown.

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton for the British Cruiserweight Championship headlines the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Friday the 21st October 2011.

Heading up the support card for this battle of the big boys will pitch Cromer, Norfolk’s Ryan Walsh against Melsham, Wiltshire’s Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title.

The stacked undercard also features the UK debut of unbeaten Irishman Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, Penge’s unbeaten Welterweight Bradley Skeet, Croydon Light Welter Danny Davis and the debut of Peckham Welterweight John Garton, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £40 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) for Williams vs. Norton are available now, either direct from Leon Williams – tickets are also be available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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BUMPER BUNCEY BOXING HOUR TONIGHT ON BOXNATION! SKY CH. 456 AT 8PM

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Buzz

BUMPER BUNCEY BOXING HOUR TONIGHT ON BOXNATION!
SKY CH. 456 AT 8PM

On Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour tonight will be:

- WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly – fresh from his thriller with Tony Bellew on Saturday night in Liverpool – will be the opening guest on the show.

- Also live in the studio will be Leon Williams, challenger for the British Cruiserweight Title this Friday night at the York Hall, with the champion Rob Norton joining in by phone.

- Herol Graham, arguably the best British fighter never to win a world title, will be live in the studio talking about his new autobiography.

- Buncey will also show exclusive clips of a new documentary on the legendary former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier.

If you have any questions for Buncey, send emails to: buncey@boxnation.tv

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Williams-Norton British Title Fight – “Leon Will Win” Says Former Champ Bruce Scott

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Buzz

Bruce Scott confident that Leon Williams will be British Champ - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Williams-Norton British Title Fight – “Leon Will Win” Says Former Champ Bruce Scott

One of the UK’s most popular Cruiserweight Champions of the recent past, Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott, becomes the latest big name to pledge support for Steatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, ahead of his British Cruiserweight title battle against reigning Champ Rob Norton at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, this coming Friday.

During his stellar career Bruce dominated the domestic scene, having secured, and defended, both the British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight belts on many occasions, before moving onto he International scene, where he secured the WBU International title by beating France’s Rene Janvier by a unanimous points decision.

Bruce then moved onto the World scene and challenged for the World crown no less than three times. The first, against Johnny Nelson for the WBO version, then two months later against Juan Carlos Gomez for the WBC version.

His final challenge, against Enzo Maccarinelli for the vacant WBU version in 2003, ended controversially after referee Mickey Vann saved Maccarinelli from a certain first round knockout loss with an extraordinarily long count, which allowed the Welshman to come back to stop ‘Lionheart’ late in the fourth to secure the title.

After popping into the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town on Saturday, Bruce was quick to show his support as well as predict the verdict.

“I think Leon will win,” the big man said before explaining why, “Rob Norton is a big awkward southpaw, so Leon has to try and get in there and knock him out because he’s a bit chinny sometimes

Leon’s gets in close and he’s a big puncher so this fight will suit him, I think Leon will win.

Good luck Leon, do your best.”

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton for the British Cruiserweight Championship headlines the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Friday the 21st October 2011.

Heading up the support card for this battle of the big boys will pitch Cromer, Norfolk’s Ryan Walsh against Melsham, Wiltshire’s Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title.

The stacked undercard also features the UK debut of unbeaten Irishman Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, Penge’s unbeaten Welterweight Bradley Skeet, Croydon Light Welter Danny Davis and the debut of Peckham Welterweight John Garton, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £40 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) for Williams vs. Norton are available now, either direct from Leon Williams – tickets are also be available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Williams Gets Grilled By Buncey – Ahead Of Norton Title Fight

by on Oct.14, 2011, under Buzz

Steve Bunce and Leon Williams shape up ahead of their Monday night showdown on BoxNation - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Williams Gets Grilled By Buncey – Ahead Of Norton Title Fight

Last week see the long awaited return of the hugely popular Steve Bunce Boxing Hour to the British TV screens, on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), where fans were treated to the normal Buncey chit chat with stars such as Frankie Gavin, Nathan Cleverly, Tony Bellew, Anthony Joshua and one of the best known journeyman around East Ham’s Johnny Greaves.

Keeping it real, as only Buncey can, this coming Monday evening Steve’s studio guests include Tysonesque Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, who challenges British and Commonwealth Champ Rob Norton for his British crown, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 21st October.

Earlier today Buncey set the scene for the light hearted grilling ‘Solid’ is likely to receive, when he said, “Leon’s done his work in gyms, served his boxing time surrounded by real fight people. He’s ready for the fight.

He’s also ready for the New Bunce Hour on BoxNation.”

Williams responded in true contender style, stating, “I think Buncey’s gonna go down in the first round.

Yeah I’m looking forward to it, I’ve met Steve on a few occasions, he’s a cool guy.

I look forward to expressing my views on my upcoming fight on the show.”

The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour, featuring British Cruiserweight Title Challenger Leon ‘Solid’ Williams as studio guest, is on Monday 17th October on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456) at 8pm

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton for the British Cruiserweight Championship headlines the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Friday the 21st October 2011.

Heading up the support card for this battle of the big boys will pitch Cromer, Norfolk’s Ryan Walsh against Melsham, Wiltshire’s Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title.

The stacked undercard also features the UK debut of unbeaten Irishman Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, Penge’s unbeaten Welterweight Bradley Skeet,
Croydon Light Welter Danny Davis and the debut of Peckham Welterweight John Garton, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £40 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) for Williams vs. Norton are available now, either direct from Leon Williams – tickets are also be available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Camp’s Over, Williams Ready To Take Norton’s Title On The 21st Oct.

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Boxing News

Barry Smith, Leon Williams and Johnny Eames relax after final sparring session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Camp’s Over, Williams Ready To Take Norton’s Title On The 21st Oct.

On Wednesday evening, at Johnny Eames’ TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, British Cruiserweight title challenger Leon Williams completed the final sparring session of his training camp, for next Friday’s highly anticipated showdown with current Champ Rob Norton at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Whilst it’s not unusual for other fighters to catch as much of a sparring session as possible, it is rare for a whole gym of top class fighters, that includes the likes of Frankie Gavin, Erick Ochieng, Billy Joe Saunders, Mitchell Balker etc, and trainers such as Jimmy Tibbs, Mark Tibbs and Bryan Lawrence to halt their training regimes in order to watch the ensuing battles, which in itself speaks volumes of the intensity and quality of the session.

As the bell rang to bring the final round to a finish, the suffocating air of tension that encompassed the gym was shattered by the sound of thirty or so pairs of hands erupting into enthusiastic applause for the sensational performance.

At the very same moment Williams’, as well as co-trainers Johnny Eames and Barry Smith’s, serious expressions broke into beaming smiles, as the knowledge that the job was done and they were well and truly ready dawned on them.

Once the round of congratulations came to an end Johnny Eames just couldn’t hide his contented smile as he said, “We’ve just finished the last twelve rounds of Leon Williams sparring.

He’s sparred with three different big southpaws, who all fought in the style of Rob Norton. To be honest he dusted everyone of them up.

He’s ready, now I can’t wait ‘til fight night, Leon can’t wait ‘til fight night.

I’m really confident and looking forward to the TKO having another British Champion in the house.”

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Rob Norton for the British Cruiserweight Championship headlines the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Friday the 21st October 2011.

Heading up the support card for this battle of the big boys will pitch Cromer, Norfolk’s Ryan Walsh against Melsham, Wiltshire’s Liam Richards for the vacant English Super Bantamweight title.

The stacked undercard also features the UK debut of unbeaten Irishman Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, Penge’s unbeaten Welterweight Bradley Skeet,
Croydon Light Welter Danny Davis and the debut of Peckham Welterweight John Garton, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £40 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) for Williams vs. Norton are available now, either direct from Leon Williams – tickets are also be available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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