Champion boxer plans Weston trip

Tim Witherspoon

Tim Witherspoon - Credit: Archant

A WORLD-FAMOUS sporting star is heading to Weston next week.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tim Witherspoon will be appearing at a special event at the Royal Hotel.

The American’s highlight in this country came in 1986 when he defeated Frank Bruno in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.

Tim, nicknamed The Terrible, told the Mercury he has had affection for the UK ever since that fight and is keen to visit a typical British seaside town.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I get to go around the world to see some terrific places.

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“I’ve never been to Weston before. I am looking forward though to coming down and meeting everybody and having a good time.”

The night will include a raffle and auction consisting of an amazing variety of boxing memorabilia. Tim will be giving a speech about his career and answer any questions.

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There will also be a photo opportunity and autograph signings for everyone there.

Tim, aged 56, enjoyed the sort of success in the ring that any up-and-coming youngster could only dream of and used to coach Sheffield boxer Clinton Woods.

His UK trip comes as he publicises his new book Terrible Times which will talk about that infamous fight in London plus his relationship with legendary boxing promoter Don King and Larry Holmes.

An Evening With ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon starts at 7.30pm on April 12.

Tickets, priced £20, are available from the hotel on 01934 423100.

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