Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boxing Legend McCrory Hoping Vallily Will Resist Lure of Big Bucks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boxing Legend McCrory Hoping Vallily Will Resist Lure of Big Bucks

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

GLENN McCrory has advised Britain's first Commonwealth Games heavyweight boxing champion for 32 years to resist the lure of money because superstardom awaits. Middlesbrough's Simon Vallily won the Games' most prestigious boxing medal with a first-round knock-out. Quick results are becoming a habit for a fighter who only won his first major tournament in March 2009.

The 25-year-old's success will inevitably have promoters on the phone, but Mc-Crory hopes he does not listen.

"To come from nowhere to win the Commonwealth title is a great boost-up," he said. "When you win titles like that all the major promoters start looking at you, especially if you're a heavyweight - they're always looking for talent. That can propel him to whatever he wants to be.

"But 2012 is only two years away and he should definitely hang in there because it's going to be the making of superstars. It's going to be the biggest event in our lifetimes and can really put the region on the map.

"It will be kind of like the (football) World Cup in 1966 for those that do well, the stuff of fairytales. We're going to see so many heroes made." Vallily was jailed for four years for an unprovoked knife attack, and spent nearly six out of the sport. But boxing is renowned for rehabilitating those whose life takes the wrong path.

Fellow North East finalist Bradley Saunders again failed to bring his best form to the big stage, but the region's only professional world champion remains confident the Sedgefield light-welterweight can top the podium in London. …

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