Photo – Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
WBU Lightweight World Champion Willie Limond is taking a little time out of camp, where he is preparing for his September 11th showdown with seven time World Champion Erik Morales, to take part in the Ultrachem TKO Gym’s Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at the Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on Sunday the 25th July.
Glasgow’s Limond, who beat English Champion Ryan Barrett to win the WBU Lightweight title in May ‘09, is no stranger to the football pitch, his team having won the previous Ultrachem TKO Gym celebrity football tournament in 2008.
On naming his squad, which includes his brothers Kevin and Rayman, various Scottish boxers including former British Super Featherweight champion Craige Docherty as well as a couple of former Scottish Premiership footballers – Kevin Melkle and Alan Reid, Limond briefly said “I’t’s an honour to take time out, from preparations for the biggest fight of my career, to come down and play in support of such a worthy cause as the Indee Rose Trust. It means so much to us to be involved and we’re looking forward to beating the English on their own ground again.“
Ultrachem TKO Gym’s Johnny Eames added, “On a personal note I would like to thank Willie and the Scottish team who generously offered to pay their own flights down and safe the charity a few quid. Fantastic gesture lads, shows the spirit of true boxing people.”
Willie Limond is just one of a host of boxing, TV, film and music stars taking part in the tournament, to raise funds for the Indee Rose Trust, which provide support to children recovering from brain and spinal tumors.
Amongst those already committed to the event are WBA Heavyweight World Champion David Haye, former undisputed Light Welterweight King Ricky Hatton, European Champion Darren Barker, British & Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champ Kevin Mitchell, British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith, Commonwealth Champions Ricky Burns & Tony Bellew, former Irish Heavyweight Champion, and Mike Tyson’s sparring partner ‘Big’ Joe Egan, Olympic Gold Medallist James DeGale, World Amateur Champion Frankie Gavin and Olympian Billy Joe Saunders.
From the world of television and film, actors Gerald Kerns & Ciaren Griffiths, both of whom are currently starring in the hit TV series Shameless, Mark Wingett (Jim Carver from the Bill) and former English Super Featherweight Challenger and Coronation Street star Stephen Bell, who will be guesting on the National Journalists team.
Representing the Music biz are Rock superstars Iron Maiden, who are co-favourites, with Team Scotland, to win having former England star Teddy Sherringham in their squad, and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, who will be guesting on the Ultrachem TKO Gym team.
The Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxers & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of The Indee Rose Trust will be at the Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on Sunday 25th July 2010.
Tickets are priced:
and are available from The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA – Tel: 0207 474 3199
or buy on-line at www.tickets.justlisten2this.com