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Organisers have Haye hopes for Mayor's Cup

PUBLISHED: 15:22 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky DAVID Haye has promised to parade the world championship belt at the London Mayor s Cup later this month if he defeats Nikolay Valuev on Saturday. All Stars ABC are organising the second Mayor s Cup for amateur boxers around the capital on No

By Ben Kosky

DAVID Haye has promised to parade the world championship belt at the London Mayor's Cup later this month if he defeats Nikolay Valuev on Saturday.

All Stars ABC are organising the second Mayor's Cup for amateur boxers around the capital on November 20 and Haye, who is bidding to claim the WBA world heavyweight crown this weekend, will be the star attraction.

Tournament organiser Isola Akay told the Times: "David asked when the Mayor's Cup was, checked his diary and said 'I'll come down there with my belt and show it to the boys'.

"He's very determined and I hope he pulls it off. I've known David since he was 11 years old, he relates to young people and he's an inspiration - they look at him and think 'I could be there one day'.

"The Mayor's Cup is something they do in the United States and Boris Johnson agreed to introduce it in London if he was elected Mayor. I'm glad to say he will be attending again this year."

The tournament will again be held at Portchester Hall in Paddington, the venue for last year's inaugural Mayor's Cup, which was won by Andrew Smith of Dale Youth ABC.

The Metropolitan Police and Westminster Council are among those who have helped to fund this year's tournament, which will get under way at 8pm.

And Akay, who founded the All Stars 35 years ago, is hopeful of bringing the trophy back to the club's base at Harrow Road, Westbourne Park, this time.

He added: "This might sound ridiculous, but I didn't want any of my boys to win it the first time in case anyone might think it was fixed.

"But this year I want somebody from All Stars to win it and we've got boys here who can deliver. Last year's event was a huge success and I'm looking forward to this one as well."

Advance tickets for the Mayor's Cup are £15 for adults and £5 for under-16s.

Call 020 8960 7724, 020 8904 4352 or 07859 805 999 for more details or alternatively visit www.londonmayorscup.co.uk

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