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PROGRESSION: Back in 2011, Spencer Fearon (left) and his fighter Darren Hamilton visited The Voice’s headquarters with the Southern Arena title. Hamilton is now the British champion

BOXING PROMOTER Spencer Fearon was named guest speaker and awarded at the annual British Boxing Board of Control’s Christmas dinner at Belsize Boxing Club in north London.

Fearon, who heads Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions, became the first black person to be given the prestigious honour after five boxers that are a part of his fledgling stable won titles in 2012.

Larry Ekundayo, Nathan Graham, Darren Hamilton, Kreshnik Qato and Choi Tseveenpurev have all captured titles of varying acclaim and Fearon, 40, told the Voice of Sport to expect more progression in 2013.

“I want people to laugh when I say this but in the New Year Darren Hamilton will win the European title and most probably challenge for a world title. Larry Ekundayo will become British and Commonwealth champion, Kreshnik Qato will become British champion and Nathan Graham will become English champion,” he predicted.

“Just don’t be surprised when Darren Hamilton challenges for a world title next year.”

And for anyone who has not been to one of his shows yet, the south Londoner declared: “What makes my shows standout is that I generally care about the fighters on my shows, the paying public and my sponsors.”

He added: “I make sure they all get the best out of it so everyone can walk out of the shows and feel like they’ve been a part of something special.”

ALL SMILES: (L-R) vice chairman of the Belsize Boxing Club Kevin Batcheler, Fearon and Hamilton

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