Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Battling Oscar Knox weighs in for fight night

Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox enjoying a day out in the park
Oscar Knox in hospital from Twitter in October, 2012
Little fighter: Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox arrives home from America via air ambulance
Olympic bronze medalists Paddy Barnes (left) and Michael Conlan at the gala ball in aid of Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox in Philadelphia
Mum Leona and Oscar
Michael Deane with Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Sinn Fein Cllr Tierna Cunningham and Belfast Lord Mayor DUP Gavin Robinson with Oscar
Oscar Knox

He's the most famous fighter in Northern Ireland.

Apt, then, that Oscar Knox — who gave cancer a big KO — took centre stage at the weigh-in for tonight’s historic fight night at Belfast City Hall.

The first boxing tournament in the building’s 103-year history has been organised in aid of the Mallusk youngster. The four-year-old captured the hearts of thousands as he battled with a rare form of cancer.

Last month it emerged the boxing-mad child had won the biggest fight of all, when his tests showed he was clear of the disease. Organisers have been billing the event as being “in aid of Belfast's greatest fighter”.

The Oscar Knox Appeal was chosen by Deputy Lord Mayor Tierna Cunningham as one of her charities of the year, and she invited the event in. “Leadership, inspiration, fighting spirit are all qualities that link Oscar to this event,” she said.

Among those taking to the ring under the City Hall’s famous green dome will be world title contender Tyson Fury, who joined Oscar at the weigh-in.

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