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May 28, 2010

Local boxer defending title close to home


London’s Jason “Ironhorse” Williams will defend his Kentucky Light Heavyweight title in a boxing match June 18 in Corbin. It will be his first title defense since knocking out Dennis Ogboo for the belt in March.

Dennis Page promotes Williams and is also president and founder of the Greg Page Foundation, a non-profit organization to aid those with disabilities. It has been a little over a year since his brother, Greg Page, died from complications resulting from injuries suffered in his final bout a decade ago.

“One of the things Greg wanted to do when he asked me to get involved with this was to promote boxing throughout Kentucky, not just in Louisville,” Page said. “That works hand in hand with what our commitment is to Jason.”

The commitment Page speaks of is that Williams will fight in his home community. Greg Page was from Louisville, but felt boxing should be viewed statewide. Everyone in the state should have an opportunity to see their state champion, which led to the June fight in Corbin.

“The idea is to get a fan base for Jason established so that when he starts fighting for the bigger titles he will have a fan base to pull from. The goal is to eventually bring one of those big fights here to the Corbin-London area,” Page said.

Fights are scheduled in June, July, August, and September in Corbin. The cards are not set for those fights, other than Williams will be fighting someone for the state title. There will also be other local fighters on the June card. These include Shane Steel, Lester Partin, and Jimmy Haynes. All three are local fighters as well.

Page describes Steel, from Corbin, as a skilled fighter with a 7-1 record.

“He should be further down the road than he is. He’s just been taking his time,” Page said. “If you have a family, a lot of guys don’t have the flexibility to go to a Louisville or got to a Tennessee all the time to work and to train.”

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