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‘Sweet C’ is back to celebrate a very special boxing anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 May 2012

Barkings Colin McMillan (left) has Maurizio Stecca reeling in their world featherweight contest at Alexandra Palace 20 years ago Pic: John Giles/PA

Barkings Colin McMillan (left) has Maurizio Stecca reeling in their world featherweight contest at Alexandra Palace 20 years ago Pic: John Giles/PA

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Ex-world featherweight champion Colin McMillan is heading for Newham to celebrate a special anniversary – it’s 20 years since the memorable night he took the crown with a magnificent performance against Italian Maurizio Stecca at London’s Alexandra Palace.

‘Sweet C’ also won British and Commonwealth titles during an outstanding ring career, but he hit a peak that night in north London when he outpointed the WBO king who had been beaten just once in 45 previous pro appearances.

He will mark the occasion with the launch of the updated version of his autobiography, ‘Fight the Power’ at SENI, the combat and strength based sports show on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3 at the ExCel Arena in Docklands.

The book covers his early career and the struggle for recognition in the amateur and pro ranks, as he tried to exert more control over his destiny and become self managed.

It also includes the shooting of his promoter Frank Warren in Barking and his own dealings with powerful American promoter Don King.

Now 12 years on, the updated version provides an insight into how he came to terms with life after boxing and his involvement in the controversial career of Audley Harrison. McMillan also examines the history of racism in the sport and asks why there are not more black managers.

His book will be officially launched at SENI at London’s ExCeL centre – the official venue of the boxing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games – where he will sign copies of his book for fans and speak at Boxfair, a special boxing feature which takes part within the SENI show.

The live action includes a Hard Knocks fight night organised by Spencer Fearon as well as a London ABA event and line-up of boxing champions past and present, including David Price, Kevin Mitchell, Herol Graham, Tim Witherspoon, Frank Maloney and Jane Couch.


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