There was a real life ‘Rocky’ feel about Shane McPhilbin’s thrilling last round ‘come from behind’ British title win over Leon Williams last January. And in an interview last week, the grounded Bulwell cruiser told boxing writer Glynn Evans how he intends to prolong his Hollywood tale when he faces off against hammer-fisted former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli on Friday.
Pictures from Friday night’s British cruiserweight title humdinger at the York Hall between Leon Williams and Shane McPhilbin. Challenger McPhilbin picked himself off the canvas in rounds one and six to score two knockdowns of his own in the last round, forcing the ref to stop it and raise his hand as the new British cruiserweight champion.
Super Six contender Arthur Abraham returned to winning ways on Saturday night, stopping Argentinean Pablo Farias after five rounds in Offenburg, Germany.
Having started off at his usual slow pace, Abraham put together some hard combinations to put Farias down twice in the fifth, before a third knockdown led to referee Manuel Maritxalar to call an end to proceedings.
The last people to come out of South London with the ‘Solid’ moniker were a 30-man strong urban music collective that faded into obscurity as quickly as they shot to fame. Just as well Leon ‘Solid’ Williams is made of different stuff.
Hailing from the streets of Streatham, Williams has already picked himself up from three defeats to win the British cruiserweight title in his short 12-fight career – the last thing he intends to do is fade into obscurity.
Queensberry Promotions kicks off the domestic boxing calendar on January 13 with a cracking card from York Hall, which sees British cruiserweight champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams make his first defence against Shane McPhilbin.
Williams revealed he has undergone a tough training camp over the festive period and has made sure that any Christmas turkey has been accompanied by a huge amount of hard graft at the Trad TKO gym in Canning Town.
Nonito Donaire retained the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, unanimously outpointing Omar Narvaez on Saturday night at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Despite scoring 120-108 on all three of the judges’ scorecards, Donaire was unhappy with the fight because of his opponent’s refusal to engage throughout the 12 rounds – a feeling shared by the 4,425 fans in attendance who booed the lack of action.
After a rapturous opening night at the York Hall last month, Francis and George Warren and their Queensberry Promotions imprint return to the venue on Friday night for a British cruiserweight showdown between Rob Norton and Leon Williams, live on BoxNation (Sky Channel 456).
Williams, who steps into the ring still well tuned from his win against Nick Okoth in September, criticised Norton about his lack of ring action since 2010 calling for the champ to stop ‘hoarding’ the title.