Conquest hoping Friday the 13th will prove lucky for him
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2011
Friday the 13th will be unlucky for one champion, for that is the night in January when when recently-crowned British cruiserweight titleholder Leon ’Solid’ Williams will return to York Hall to defend his Lonsdale Belt against new Southern Area Champ Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest.
The former sparmates at Canning Town’s TKO Gym will clash at the venue on the January show staged by George and Francis Warren’s Queensberry Promotions where they claimed their new belts in the past two months.
Williams, still based at the TKO Gym, defeated former champion Rob Norton in October, whilst his rival defeated Toks Owoh to pick up the vacant Southern Area belt last month.
Conquest, currently unbeaten in eight pro bouts, is guided by Canning Town’s former WBU champion Jason Rowland and is a man in hurry to make it to the top.
He admitted recently: “It’s always been my dream to get a shot at that Lonsdale belt, now it’s here I’m going to grab it so I can then look to progress to contention for European honours”.
Champion Williams will have other ideas as he already holds an early stoppage victory over Conquest from their amateur days. He said: “Tony came through his fight with Toks Owoh really comfortably, but I expected that.
“I’m going to present a much different prospect to Owoh, he was an ageing former contender whilst I’m a man on the up. I’ll be looking for another early stoppage victory like when I faced him in the amateurs.”
George Warren of Queensberry Promotions is also anticipating a good top-line tussle for the first local show of 2012: “These are two cruiserweight prospects who have the potential go beyond domestic level.”
An attractive undercard also features on the promotion. Chief support sees former Repton amateur giant Larry Olubamiwo take on former Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton with both needing a win to revive their careers after suffering setbacks.
The bill also parades 2011 ABA champion John Dignum and national finalist Charlie Hoy, both looking to make their marks in the pro ranks. Bradley Skeete, George Jupp, Daryl Williams. and John Wayne Hibbert also get the chance to impress the York Hall crowd on the January show.
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