Queensberry return with cruiserweight showdown
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.
‘Norton is over the hill, it's time he stopped hoarding the British cruiserweight title,’ said Williams. ‘His cruising time is over and I'm taking that belt home with me as its time the fight fans got a dynamic and exciting domestic cruiserweight division.’
And with exciting Queensberry Promotions cruiserweight prospect Tony Conquest also looking for a shot at honours in his next few fights, Francis Warren is confident that the new stable can begin to make waves at the weight class.
‘Norton vs Williams will be an old fashioned dust-up,’ said the promoter. ‘Leon is itching to get his chance at the British title and is confident he can take it home, but Norton is a tough customer, you don't hold a British title for five years without being hard to beat!
‘I'm sure the fight fans are in for a treat as this is Leon's big chance whilst Norton will not want to let a title go that he has held on to for so long, it's a tough one to call.
‘With the likes of Tony Conquest and Toks Owoh waiting for the winner, there are some highly competitive fights to follow that will ensure that the belt will be contested far more regularly than in recent years.’
Chief support sees Ryan Walsh, twin brother of Commonwealth champ and star of Queensberry’s debut show Liam, take on Liam Richards for the vacant English super-bantamweight title.