Shock crack at British title for Mr Block

Shane McPhilbin action
Shane McPhilbin action

PROFESSIONAL boxer Shane ‘Mr Block’ McPhilbin, of Bulwell, has been handed a shock chance to win a British title.

For McPhilbin (25), of Hempshill Lane, has stepped in as the substitute challenger to the current cruiserweight champion, Leon ‘Solid’ Williams.

Williams was originally set to defend his belt against Tony Conquest, who had to pull out because of illness.

Now he will face dad-of-two McPhilbin at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London next Friday (January 13). The bout will be broadcast live on the BoxNation TV channel (Sky channel 456).

“It came as a shock,” said manager Carl Greaves. “But it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I think the fight will bring out the best in him.”

Streatham-based Williams is already predicting an easy victory. “I know nothing about McPhilbin,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s just an opponent for me to beat up.”

However McPhilbin is quietly confident he can cause an upset after landing the Midlands title last summer when beating the previously undefeated Rhys Davies, of Coventry.

He has had only nine pro fights but he’s won seven of them and also made a big impact in the prestigious Prizefighter tournament, live on Sky Sports TV, at the end of 2009.

McPhilbin had followed in his late father Mick’s footsteps by turning pro earlier that year — after a successful amateur career in which he won 29 of 45 fights.

He is training hard for next Friday’s bout after forgoing all the usual Christmas celebrations to prepare.