Blades men backing Clinton title defence

SHEFFIELD United's players and staff have thrown their weight behind Clinton Woods.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 10:05 am
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 10:17 am

And Bryan Robson's team are urging supporters to join them in their bid to cheer the IBF light-heavyweight champion to victory when he defends his title on Saturday night.

Robson is hoping to attend the bout which takes place after United's Championship fixture against Southampton at Bramall Lane and the majority of his first team squad are expected to join him at Sheffield Arena.

Despite being a follower of United's arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Woods has become a familiar figure at Bramall Lane in recent years as his achievements are rightly recognised on both sides of the Steel City divide.

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"It's fantastic for Sheffield to have its own world champion as we don't get many British boxers competing at this level now," Robson said.

Woods' Mexican opponent - Julio Gonzalez - boasts a series of notable scalps on his 41-3-0 record including Dariusz Michalczewski, Glen Johnson and Montell Griffin.

So to ensure he receives the best possible backing, Woods' Fight Academy stable are offering United season ticket holders a 10 per cent discount when purchasing two or more tickets. Children also go free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Buster Keeton, Nicki Smedley, Stuart Brookes and Matthew Hatton are scheduled to appear on the undercard.

For more information or to book, telephone: 0114 2565656 or 0114 2560550.

Here's how members of the United camp have sent Clinton their best wishes.

Manager BRYAN ROBSON: "I've seen Clinton box before and he's shown a massive heart and plenty of skill. I really do wish him all the best."

CHRIS MORGAN: "Knock his block off Clinton! We'll be coming down to support you during the fight and all the lads here are really behind you. Go out there and win."

DANNY WEBBER: "Come on Clinton. All the boys at United are supporting you. I'm a bit of a boxing fan and I'll be cheering you on."

DEREK GEARY: "I've got so much respect for what you've achieved in boxing and boxers in general. Most of us are coming to watch you fight after our game. I'm sure you'll do it."