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Hamilton is in high demand.

Byline: LIZ TRAINOR

BELFAST world champion kickboxer Gary Hamilton is in big demand.

A life-size photo of the featherweight kickboxing king has been pilfered FIVE times from outside the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

The poster is promoting his upcoming December 17 defence of his crown.

Hamilton's camp have revealed they think they know why it's disappeared.

His coach and promoter, former world champion Billy Murray, said: "There are an awful lot of Hamilton fans in Belfast.

"People know this is final defence of his title before he moves up to lightweight and I guess they want to mark such a special sporting moment.

"But these are enormous posters. Whoever is taking them has a massive bedroom wall!"

Murray said he was delighted that Hamilton's fans feel so strongly about the star, but he's keen to see the theft stop.

He added: "It's costing me a fortune.

"Six of these things have disappeared now, each at pounds 60 a pop. I'm getting close to installing a full-time guard outside the Ulster Hall to make sure no more of these things walk. It would work out cheaper than replacing them!"

Hamilton will fight tough Ukrainian Evgenie Belov on the top of the card clash at the second annual KICKmas Box.

He shares top billing with French-Moroccan light welterweight sensation Mohammad Samir.

Samir has fought and won 100 fights and is regarded by many as the best pound per pound kickboxer in the world.

The event will also see a full supporting undercard, featuring European and British titles.

Tickets for the KICKmas BOX bill are available on the ProKick Ticket hotline: 028 90 651074 or online at prokickcom.

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Date:Dec 5, 2004
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