Leon looking for stepping stone to title challenge

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 October 2011

SPT WK42-11 Leon Williams

SPT WK42-11 Leon Williams

TKO Gym fighter Leon Williams bids for the British cruiserweight title when he fights Stourbridge rival Rob Norton at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday night.

The victor is set for a showdown duel with the winner of the clash between Toks Owoh and Tony Conquest at the same venue on on November 18.

Both shows are staged under George and Francis Warren’s Queensberry Promotions banner, and Friday’s title fight pits the more active Williams against Norton, who has held the belt for five years.

Former TKO Gym fighter Conquest, trained by Canning Town’s Jason Rowland, has targeted a British title fight for early next year against the winner.

Hard-hitting Williams, who recorded a one-round amateur success over Conquest, is looking forward to giving his career its biggest boost by defeating the 39-year-old Norton.

Also on Friday’s bill, Ryan Walsh, 25, bids to become the second champion of the three unbeaten boxing brothers from Cromer when he faces Liam Richards for the vacant English super-bantamweight title. The show will be screened live on the new BoxNation TV Channel.

Irish prospect Dean Byrne gets his London debut and some of Queensberry’s new crop of fighters, including Liam Shinkwin and Danny Davis, also get the chance to impress on the show.

■ Another TKO Gym fighter with title ambitions, unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders, warmed up for his Southern Area title clash with Gary Boulden at Wembley on November 5 with a quick-fire victory in Liverpool on Saturday night.

Saunders, impressive in his 10th straight win, blasted out Hungarian rival Norbert Szekeres in just two minutes with a series of powerful combinations at the Echo Arena.

He is due to bid for his first pro title with a Southern Area title clash against Boulden on the Wembley bill, which features George Groves v Paul Smith and Ricky Burns v Michael Katsidis.

A heavyweight clash at Wembley is due to feature local giant Larry Olubamiwo against Dereck Chisora.

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