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McPhilbin vs. Williams

A Dry Gulch at York Hall

"I know nothing about him, as far as I’m concerned he’s just an opponent for me to beat up, I’m the Champion and I’m gonna stay the Champion, I’m gonna look so good on TV as I beat him up, yeaaah."—Leon Williams

"It was fun to watch develop and it’s very easy to get caught up in the emotion, and I’m quite happy for McPhilbin because it was a great moment…this was great fun and it was nice to get caught up in someone’s moment."—Scott Christ (BLH)

"Having boxed so professionally through the entire fight, one moment of madness saw Williams docked a point as, in frustration; he attempted to throw McPhilbin through the ropes in the penultimate round."—Tommy Barber (OTB)

With just three weeks notice (following the withdrawal of Tony Conquest due to illness), unheralded Nottingham fighter Shane McPhilbin (8-2) met British cruiserweight champion Leon "Solid" Williams (9-4) in London on Jan. 13, 2012, in what many thought would be a mismatch and it was just that until very late in the fight. The challenger was decked once in round one and again in round six and the ending to the fight seemed preordained as the 26-year-old McPhilbin’s stamina clearly was in jeopardy.

Then it happened. Williams, the Lonsdale belt holder, began tiring in the 11th (though he had won every round), but in the 12th and final stanza, McPhilbin connected with a counter that decked and badly hurt Williams. The champ beat the count, but was met with a volley of shots culminated by an overhand right that again had him down. This time he was just barely able to beat the count. Shane moved in for the close with a combination of punches knocking the champion into the ropes and referee Marcus McDonnell halted the shocking assault at the 1:50 mark.

And there it was, McPhilbin had been knocked down twice, was far behind on the scorecards, but dropped Williams thrice in the final round to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and give us what must be considered the Fight of the Year so far.

Here is a link to the last round.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axvQGYlQUU0



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