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November 16, 2012
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Top ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr booked for Axeman title fight
Leighton Levy, Star Writer


Jimmy Lennon Jr

Renowned boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr will be the ring announcer for the Knockout to Drugs Rumble on Jamrock, where Jamaican featherweight Nicolas Walters will attempt to become the first Jamaican boxer to win a world title on home soil. The fight card set for the National Indoor Sports Centre on December 8 will also feature world title fights between top female boxers.

"I was contacted (Monday) by the secretary for the World Boxing Association (Julio Thyme) who happily confirmed that Jimmy Lennon Jr is excited to come to Jamaica for the Nicolas Walters featherweight title fight. So he will be here for the weigh in, he'll be commentating on the weigh in and will announce on a couple of the fights," said Jamaica Boxing Board president Stephen Jones.

Jimmy Lennon Jr, a ring announcer for the past 25 years, has been employed primarily by Showtime as ring announcer for its Showtime Championship Boxing events and Strikeforce mixed martial arts programming. Lennon was also employed by Fox Sports when the Fox network had rights to professional boxing and was the ring announcer for Don King Promotions' fights that aired on various networks. He is best known for his catchphrase, "It's show time!"

successful event

Lennon's availability, Jones said, was made possible by the WBA's assistance in helping Jamaica stage what is expected to be a successful event.

"Part of the agreement that we had with the WBA with pushing Jamaica for boxing is that the WBA said they would assist in any way possible because it's their signature series. This being their 27th edition, and Jamaica being able to host it, what they have done is that they said they will definitely help us build quality fights.

The undercard is still coming together, Jones reveals, but among those confirmed will be Peruvian Kina Malpartida against American Stacy Reile for the WBA female super featherweight title and the most recent confirmation, Mexico's Maria Elena Villalobos taking on Alice Sanchez of Mexico for the WBA female super bantamweight title.

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