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Williams-Norton final 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 3lbs

“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

WBO ANNOUNCES REFEREES AND JUDGES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, JR HEAVYWEIGHT AND BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE BOUTS IN NEW YORK AND GERMANY

World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Bantamweight (Nonito Donaire vs Omar Narvaez) and Jr Heavyweight (Marco Huck vs Rogelio Rossi) title bouts, respectively, to be held in New York and Germany.

Valcarcel reported that the referee for the first title defense of the 118lb champion Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) against former Flyweight and Super Flyweight champion Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) at the Madison Square Garden in New York in a Top Rank presentation, the referee is Benjy Esteves.

The judges for the Donaire-Narvaez clash are Julie Lederman, Thomas Schreck and Steven Weisfield. Supervisor will be Richard de Cuir.

Meanwhile, for the eight defense of the Jr Heavyweight crown for Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) versus Rossi (17-2-1, 11 Kos) at the Arena Ludwigsburg, Germany, the referee will be Paul Thomas from the United Kingdom. This fight is a Sauerland Events presentation.

The judges for the Huck-Rossi fight are Carlos Colon from Puerto Rico, Denny Nelson from Uunited States and Matteo Montella D'Airola from Italy. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Edoardo Ceccoli.

Remember, the 24th World Boxing Organization (WBO) Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico in 2011, is scheduled to October 24th to 29th. For reservations at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, can call 1 787 253-1700 Ext. 4161, 1 800 241-3333 or accesing http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SanJuan/Default.htm.

ESPN Films' "The Real Rocky" to Premiere on October 25 on ESPN

Documentary Chronicles the Story of Chuck Wepner, the Man Behind the Legend

Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, NJ who drives a Cadillac with “Champ” vanity plates. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write “Rocky” which won three Academy Awards. Wepner was left out of the “Rocky” glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight: he went on to fight Andre the Giant as “The Assassin” and boxed a 900 pound bear. Twice.

Through interviews, photos and footage, director Jeff Feurerzeig tells Wepner’s story of being the “real Rocky”, the man who went almost the full 15 rounds with Ali in 1975 to inspire the Oscar-winning movie. In many ways, Wepner’s real-life story is actually more captivating than the one that has raked in more than $1 billion.

ESPN Films, creators of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning 30 for 30 film series, is airing a new film each Tuesday night through November 8. The remaining films of the series will air as follows:

· Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. – The Real Rocky (Jeff Feuerzeig/Mike Tollin)

· Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. – Unguarded (Jonathan Hock/Philip Aromando)

· Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. – Roll Tide/War Eagle (Martin Khodabakhshian/Joe Tessitore)

**Screeners available upon request**

ESPN Films’ new slate of documentaries will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com the day after each film’s broadcast premiere and will be available on DVD shortly thereafter at major retailers. A compilation of films from the series will be available in a collectible DVD Gift Set this holiday season.

Article posted on 20.10.2011



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