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Battling Oscar Knox weighs in for fight night

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

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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