Merton Borough Commander, Darren Williams takes on 'Terrible' Tim Witherspoon in Charity Boxing Match
By adam_leone | Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 15:38
Friday 12th October saw the Night of Champions come to the Wellington Barracks, whereby Merton Borough Commander, 'Crime Fighter' Darren Williams came toe to toe with 2 times heavyweight champion of the world, 'Terrible' Tim Witherspoon.
The who's who of celebrity and sport arrived to watch the biggest charity boxing match in the history of UK.
The doors opened at 5 o'clock and included special guests Ray Mercer (who flew in from America especially to witness the fight), Barry Jones, Richie Woodall, Steve Collins, Glen Catley, Errol "Bomber Graham", Colin McMillan, Chris Eubank, 'Dragon' Theo Paphitis and LBC's James Whale to name a few.
Speaking to a sore but energetic Borough Commander, Darren Williams was pleased with the turn out and what they had achieved: "It was a great atmosphere, every waiter and waitress, every ticket seller...you name it, were all serving officers, and they gave up their night for free to make this night happen, so credit to all of them but special praise for PC Graham Smith, the main organiser without who this fantastic event wouldn't have happened."
It's estimated £100,000 pounds was raised on the night and will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 'Terrible' Tim and 'Crime Fighter' Darren were in the ring for three, three minute rounds in total.
Speaking about the first round Darren says: "The finest moment for me, was in the first 20 seconds when I managed to catch Tim with a right hander. It felt good for a couple of seconds but I got a look from him that seemed to be saying 'do you know what you have just done?!'"
"The second round was more about defence and I kept moving my head and tried to avoid the body shots that seemed to keep on coming - with the third round, giving it as much as possible to end the fight."
There was also an auction on the night, whereby the All England Tennis club donated a t-shirt which was signed by Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer said have raised 16 hundred pounds on it's own.
After the fight Ray Mercer took to the ring and told everybody that as an ex US Serviceman he felt he had to fly over from the USA to be a part of the evening. He went on to urge the organisers to do it all again next year committing to take a more active part and suggested that the "Crimefighter" might want to take him on next year. Could an event like this happen again? I hope so.
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