After three false starts, the showdown, between former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Southern Area Champ Tony Conquest, is finally set to take place, on the Olivia Goodwin promoted ‘One More Round’ event at York Hall in London on Saturday 7th July.
The last time this fight was due to take place was back in January, as William’s first defense of his British Crown, however, Conquest was forced to withdraw due to a viral infection.
With Conquest out Williams instead defended against Nottingham’s Shane McPhilbin.
For 11 rounds Williams dominated the proceedings, including sending McPhilbin to the canvas twice. However after just thirty seconds of the final round things took a dramatic turn after McPhilbin landed a powerful clubbing shot, to the back of the defending Champ’s head, which ultimately lead to the fight being stopped and a new British Champion crowned.
With no quick rematch with McPhilbin, or a shot at current British Champ Enzo Maccarinelli on the horizon, the only way Williams could get back into the Championship mix this year is a challenge to his good friend Conquest.
A situation that was not lost on the former Champ, as he made clear when he spoke briefly, following a training session earlier. “Yeah it’s a stepping stone, I know I gave up the Southern Area title before I beat Rob Norton and became British Champ, but it does lead to bigger and better things,” said Williams.
“God willing, I’ll get the chance to get my Lonsdale belt back after beating Tony on the seventh.
“No make that Johnny willing, Johnny, my manager Johnny Eames, will do the business side for me, I’ve just got to win.
Williams added: “Preparation has been very good, sparring has been the best. I’m Dereck Chisora’s main sparring partner, so that’s good experience and I learn from it all the time.
“This is really going to help me with the fight. Dereck’s a very big, strong guy and after all this work Tony will feel like a lightweight in comparison - Thank you Dereck Chisora..”
June 12, 2012