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Crock Doc stripped of title.

Drew Docherty has been sensationally stripped of his British bantamweight title - after he called off INJURED.

Boxing chiefs have taken away the title Drew held for the last FIVE YEARS.

The shock sentence came after knee ligament damage forced Drew to call off his October 25 defence against Paul Lloyd.

Stunned 31-year-old Doc copped the injury running a half-marathon for CHARITY.

And he groaned: "I gave them the specialist's verdict but it didn't seem to matter. It's SICKENING to be stripped of the title like that."

Former British flyweight champ Francis Ampofo now steps in to face Lloyd and the winner has been ordered to defend against Doc.

Drew's battling brother Wilson reckons the shattering sentence has also robbed HIM of a chance to make boxing history.

Condorrat puncher Wilson, 29, was desperate to dethrone super-bantam champ Michael Brodie at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on November 1 to match Drew's feats.

They would have followed George and John Feeney into folklore as only the SECOND set of brothers to hold Brit crowns at the same time.

And Wilson said: "It's unfair on Drew but I'm still out to win it for him so we both have a claim to fame.

"And beating Brodie could give the whole Tommy Gilmour stable a lift because we've been on a downer in title fights lately."

Manchester's Brodie is a tough assignment as Wilson - who has lost four of his 14 pro fights - makes a third glory bid on the British stage.

And he said: "When I lost the featherweight title to Michael Deveney two years ago it was the worst performance of my LIFE.

"Then I lost on points to Richie Wenton at super-bantam. But in a strange way that gave me new confidence because I fought well.

"I've sparred with Brodie and I know all about him. And I can promise you this has all the makings of an action- packed fight."

Mailsport was first to the punch with our competition for a copy of Polygram's Rumble in the Jungle video `When we were Kings'.

The answer we wanted was: George Foreman regained the heavyweight title in 1994 from Michael Moorer.

Winners are: Douglas Brown, Edinburgh; Frank Smart, Dunfermline; W. Irving, Kilmarnock; Allan Ross, Stonehaven; C. Lean, Derbyshire; W. Thomson, Gateshead; Paul Chisholm, Aberdeen; G. Mallan, Caithness; Brian Downs, Glasgow; A.Webster, Glasgow.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:King, Iain
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 19, 1997
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