Last night, at the Stevenage Leisure Centre, in his sixth pro outing St Neots unbeaten teen star Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin dispatched his latest opponent, Luton’s Wagas Ahmed, in just one minute and fifty seconds of the first round.
Ahmed came off the blocks hard and fast, however the seriously talented Martin kept his cool, picking off the Luton man with ease as he charged in throwing big right hands.
However, after feeling the power of the teen’s shots, Ahmed soon changed to spoiling tactics, grabbing and holding at every opportunity, the only result being to stall the inevitable for a few extra seconds.
Martin used his superior ring craft to create an opening before throwing a powerful left, seemingly disorienting Ahmed, who confusingly turned his back and unsteadily headed towards his own corner.
Speaking earlier Martin’s promoter and manager Johnny Eames succinctly stated.
“Some people may thing that was too easy for Tommy, it probably was, the kid is a serious talent, he’s unbeaten in six in his first year as a pro and he’s still only nineteen years of age.
Tommy’s disappointed the other kid didn’t give him more of a fight, as he wanted to put in a real good performance tonight, as his sponsors Colin and Graham from Junction 17 Cars were ringside, but at the end of the day you can only fight who is in front of you.
We have big plans for Tommy and if all goes well his next fight should be on a big TV show in February.”
Sensational Welterweight prospect Gary Corcoran is back in action this coming weekend, when he takes on Welsh battler Dai Jones, on the Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Saturday 30th November 2013.
With six excellent wins under his belt already, the Paddington, London based twenty three year old is without doubt one of brightest future stars to come out of the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town in recent times.
Right from day one, Corcoran has entertained the fans, and terrorised his opponents, with his marauding all action style, just ask any of his opponents, especially Matt Seawright and Ross Payne, who both got stopped well within the distance, Payne in just 2 minutes of the first round back in November last year.
Taking a break from his final preparations Corcoran took a few moments to talk about his upcoming showdown with Dai Jones, as well as hints at Championship aspirations in 2014.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t fought for five or six months, so you can see why I’m looking forward to it so much.
I don’t know anything about him, I let my trainer look at him, I’ll just get on with it, I’ve had six good wins, hopefully this’ll be my seventh win.
This will be my last six rounder, so will be stepping up after this and hopefully I’ll get a Southern Area title under my belt in 2014 and go on from there.
My camp has been great, no problems at all, I just can’t wait to get in there and do the business.
It’s going to be a great show, unfortunately Nathan Cleverly has had to pull out, but the rest of the show is so strong the fans are going to be more than happy.
I’m not the only fighter from the TRAD TKO on the card, Frankie Buglioni and Colin Lynes are both fighting for titles and I’m on there, so there’ll be plenty for the boys to cheer for on the night.
I want to say a big thank you to all those that will be turning out to support me, you’re going to see even better from me on the 30th, even better than before – Gary Corcoran is out for more.”
Gary Corcoran versus Dai Jones takes place on Saturday 3oth November 2013 on the Frank Warren Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
Remaining tickets for ‘Rock The Box II’ are available at www.tkoboxoffice.com
Specific attention: Mr. Robert Smith and Mr. Charles Giles.
Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Giles
As you are fully aware my application for a British Boxing Board of Control licenses was refused, due to a small congenital arachnoid cyst, even though you had letters from Mr. Adrian Williams – Professor of Neurology, Mr. David Beale – eminent Neuro-Radiologist, Mr. Jack Phillips – Consultant Neurosurgeon and Mr. Paul L Grundy – Consultant Neurosurgeon stating that this type of cyst is not unusual and that in their opinion I am fit to box.
Besides my own request being refused, I am aware that you have also refused two further boxers, who had applied around the same time as myself for the same, or similar, reasons.
Today I learned that one of those you had refused to license, Robbie Turley, has now been granted a license by yourself, following his team initiating legal proceedings against the BBBofC.
I find this highly hypocritical of the BBBofC, who refused to license myself even though you had received written statements from the Neurology specialists named above, each stating that they see no reason why I should not be licensed to box professionally, especially in light of the amount of international boxing contests for Team GB I undertook as an amateur.
In addition to the above issue I am disgusted that Mr. Smith and the BBBofC deliberately made misleading statements about myself, in a statement with regard to the case between the BBBofC and Mr. Bruce Baker, for a hearing that takes place in Cardiff today – 19th November 2013.
In that statement Mr. Smith states “As far as Iain Weaver is concerned the British Boxing Board of Control refused to grant him a license on medical grounds in that he has a large arachnoid cyst on his brain of a type known to be associated with increased risk of bleeding following trauma.”
This action clearly shows the contrived and highly malicious intentions of Mr. Smith and the BBBofC, as the statements from the Neurology specialists named earlier clearly show:
Mr. Williams stated “Iain has no neurological symptoms whatsoever. In particular, he has no headaches, dizziness or impairment of function of his limbs or vision.
I would not think there is any significant risk here, the cysts always worry people, but are really quite common incidental finding in the general population. If there is an increased risk of haemorrhage after a head injury it is extremely small, and in the vast majority of these cases these incidental findings cause no trouble clinically. I therefore do not think that there is any reason to stop him proceeding with his boxing career.”
Professor Phillips stated, “Having reviewed the scans and the correspondence in the case of Iain Weaver it is my opinion that there is not a neurosurgical impediment to his continuation with his boxing career. The MRI findings demonstrate a small middle fossa arachnoid cyst which has not undergone any adverse events in all his previous boxing events. I do not see a neurosurgical justification for preventing Iain Weaver from returning to his boxing activities.”
Mr. Grundy stated, “I reviewed this 22 year old right handed boxer, who has been boxing seriously since he was a child. He has had one hundred and fifteen bouts and spars regularly. He has never had a problem with headaches, blackouts, seizures, numbness, weakness or any neurological whatsoever at any stage. He is otherwise completely fit and well. An MRI scan of his brain has shown an incidental finding.
I have shown him the MRI scan today, which shows a small anterior middle fossa arachnoid cyst, which is very typical location of this benign, congenital, anomaly. There is no other major abnormality in the brain and there is no significant mass effect from the arachnoid cyst. The arachnoid cyst itself requires no intervention.
Arachnoid cysts are of course relatively common, benign, congenital, anomalies and in the vast majority of patients these never become symptomatic however, there have been a number of reports of haemorrhage into a cyst or sub-dural haematoma resulting from bleeding from cortical draining veins. This has been reported in arachnoid cysts of varying sizes. However, the reported incidence of haemorrhage for arachnoid cysts is exceptionally small, probably a fraction of a percentage of all cysts.
I have explained to Iain that I believe the risk of him developing a haemorrhage relating to this arachnoid cyst if he continues boxing is exceptionally low, but is obviously not as low as it would be in the absence of an arachnoid cyst. He has boxed for a significant amount of time, without any problems. He has a full understanding of the issues involved and is keen to continue boxing and on that basis I would support his application.”
As the above statements clearly show that the cyst is small and is not prone to bleeding I believe this shows the contrived and highly malicious actions by Mr. Smith in making that statement to support the BBBofC case against Mr. Bruce Baker and also to deliberately and maliciously discredit Mr. Gianluca Di Caro, Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, who licensed myself after studying the reports etc.
On this matter Mr. Di Caro and the Malta Boxing Commission were not the first to agree to license me, the Spanish federation had agreed to do so but subsequently reneged, following undue pressure from Mr. Smith and Mr. Giles of the BBBofC via the European Boxing Union.
Since receiving a professional license from the Malta Boxing Commission I have also had my applications accepted by Nevada State (USA), California State (USA) and Mexico and have fought professionally four times, twice at York Hall in London on German Boxing Association sanctioned shows, once in California, USA, and once in Spain. In each case I won, twice on points, one KO and one TKO stoppage.
I am not alone in my disgust of the hypocrisy and malicious actions by the British Boxing Board of Control, not just in your dealings with regard to my application and subsequent licensing by the Malta Boxing Commission, but also that by your recent action of licensing Mr. Turley, clearly shows that you had no good reason to refuse his license in the first place, otherwise surely you would have been confident of your position in court.
Whilst I do not expect a response from yourself, with regard to the reviewing of my BBBofC license application, I feel that the BBBofC members, the boxing world and the general public deserve some sort of explanation from yourself, preferably a truthful one and not deliberately misleading like the statement I have highlighted in this letter.
Former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa may have retired from competitive action back in 2011, but the Hackney based battler can still be found in the gym on most days.
Ian dominated the domestic Bantamweight division throughout 2007/08, winning the Lonsdale belt outright before moving onto the European scene, where he beat Carmelo Ballone to capture the European crown in October 2008.
Losing the European title on his first defense, against Malik Bouziane, Ian went straight back into British title action, once again securing the Lonsdale belt with a majority points win over Gary Davies.
In 2010 Ian defended the newly won British crown, as well as challenging for the vacant Commonwealth title, against Jamie McDonnell. After twelve sensational rounds once again Ian found himself without a title, due to a controversial split decision – Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 115-114 for Ian, Judge Ian John-Lewis scored it 114-115 for McDonnell and surprisingly judge Dave Parris scored the bout 116-112 also for McDonnell.
Five months later Ian found himself challenging Stuey Hall for the newly vacated title, however Ian struggled with the weight and was forced to retire in the eighth round.
Ian moved up to Super Bantamweight, but after losing his one and only bout in the division, against Martin Ward, Ian decided to call it a day.
Even though he had retired from the ring, Ian continues to train regularly and has always been willing to pass on his hard earned knowledge, to other upcoming young boxers.
A few months ago, whilst training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Ian agreed to help Marianne Marston, who had been struggling to get quality sparring for an upcoming bout, Ian heard of the problems encountered by Marianne and stepped up to the plate.
Marianne won her fight, with a sixty seven second first round stoppage of Katalena Lazar, after doing so praised Ian for his exceptional sparring and help in her preparation.
When it was announced that Marianne would be fighting for the WBU Europe title on November 30th, Ian once again stepped in to be Marianne’s main sparring partner, much to Marianne’s delight.
Following their most recent sparring session, at the TRAD TKO, Ian spoke briefly about the sparring sessions.
“Yeah, Marianne’s been sparring really well, I sparred her for the fight before and the little things I told her then, she’s worked on them.
Improvements have been made there, so it’s about getting the game plan set now, besides that I think she’s ready, she’s got good power, good movement and is flowing.
I don’t know the girl Marianne is fighting, but she’s going to have her hands full.
Marianne’s got even better since last time I sparred her, she’s much more unpredictable.
From my experience, having fought at that level, it’s about applying yourself on the day, you know you can do it all in training, but it’s how you fight on the day, as long as Marianne is like she is in the gym, I don’t see any reason for her not to win the title.”
Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com alternatively in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or Ringtone Gym in Euston.
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
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Gatenby Relishes Return to Venue ‘Where It All Began’ On Nov 30th.
Portsmouth’s Andy Gatenby is relishing returning to South Parade Pier in Southsea to box on November 30th, when he takes on a yet to be named opponent on the undercard of gym mate Joel McIntyre’s first tilt at Championship honours, on the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event.
The reason for Andy’s enthusiasm stems from his amateur days, as he enjoyed numerous successes at the Victorian landmark.
With six resounding victories under his belt at the famous South Coast venue, young Andy is hopeful that his upcoming return as a professional boxer will be equally successful, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to South Parade Pier, this will be the first time I’ve boxed there since I turned professional.
I’ve had about six fights there as an amateur, so it’s a good vibe for me as I’m going back to where it all began for me, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.
Training’s been going really well, but next week we’re stepping things up, I’ll be going up to London for a week’s camp, so I’ll be at the TRAD TKO all next week and get some good sparring in.
Since turning pro I’ve fought three times, the first one was alright, the second was better than the first and my last fight was better than both the first and second put together.
I’ve improved with every fight, so if all goes well I will do so again on the 30th.”
Andy Gatenby, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Bragging Rights’ event at South Parade Pier, Southsea on Saturday 30th November
Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Andy Gatenby – Tel: 07767 830195
Manny Muhammad Swaps Basketball For Boxing Gloves – Faces Tzvetozar Iliev on Nov 30th
Former professional Basketball player Manny Muhammad is set to switch allegiances to pro boxing later this month, when he faces Tzvetozar Iliev on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE extravaganza at York Hall in London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Manny, who played college Basketball for Albany State University in Georgia, USA, before joining the pro ranks with San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, has always been a pugilist at heart, having boxed as an amateur before receiving a Basketball scholarship with Albany State.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of TRAD TKO’s Barry Smith, Manny spoke of his long awaited return to the ring.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting on November 30th, I’m a hundred percent ready right now.
It’s been a while since I competitively boxed, my Boxing career took a bit of a back seat, because I was offered $160,000 dollars a year to play college Basketball, I had to take that.
Knee injuries sort of cut my Basketball career short, so it was back to Boxing and here I am.
I’ve been training hard here at the TRAD TKO, Barry’s (coach Barry Smith) really been putting me through the paces.
I think we’ve got the best fighters in the country come to train at this gym, there’s always quality sparring, so I’m looking forward to having a solid training camp and being fit and ready, injury free, because I’ve had some injury problems in the past obviously, I’m looking to be injury free this time and really get the job done this time.
To be honest with you I have no long term goals, I want to keep training hard consistently, I’ve been told by the greatest trainers I have the ability to reach the top.
I’ve also been told I punch weight classes above my weight, I guess that’s why they feel comfortable throwing me in with heavier guys, I mean I sparred Tom Little, who’s at least fifty pounds heavier than me.
I just feel that if I’m ready I can fight anybody, so on the 30th you can expect a good solid performance, I’m not going to predict a knockout as I’d actually love to go the distance, just to my ring fitness back up and shake off any ring rust, but a convincing win for the 30th November would be great.”
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
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Portsmouth’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre gets his first taste of Championship action later this month, when he faces Tichfield’s Danny Couzens for the International Light Heavyweight International Masters title at the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event at South Parade Pier in Southsea, on Saturday 30th November.
Joel’s journey to potential Championship honours began with a chance meeting with local hero, WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, who first noticed the young scrapper aggressively attacking the heavy bag at a local gym and offered his advice.
After a year or so nurturing the youngster, Tony decided to introduce Joel to his manager and coach, the esteemed Johnny Eames, head honcho of the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.
Johnny happily welcomed the talented youngster to the team and, with Tony’s support, began guiding Joel through a series of low key fights, mainly at local shows in the Portsmouth and Southampton area.
After six resounding victories Johnny, and then recently engaged coach John Murray, felt the time was right to introduce Joel to ‘the big stage’ and negotiated an slot on the undercard of the John McDermott versus Matt Skelton title battle
Joel came through the test with flying colours, with an excellent points victory over Darren McKenna, in doing so convinced both his coach and manager that he was just a fight or two away from a minor title shot.
Two further top class wins, over Mitch Mitchell and Jody Meikle, that followed convinced Johnny and John that Joel was ready to step up to the plate and compete for his first title.
If those wins hadn’t convinced the pair that Joel was ready, then his regular full on sparring sessions with British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and star prospect Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni, clearly would have, as the Pompey lad really came into his own against two of the top talents in the sport today.
Following his latest sparring session with Frankie Buglioni, Joel took a little time to talk about his upcoming title fight.
“I’m so pleased to be fighting for my first title and it’s in front of a home crowd as well.
I’m really up for it, I’ve never been this up for a fight before.
It’s going to be a proper derby, he’s from Tichfield, so people are saying Southampton versus Portsmouth, so that’s even more reason to get in there and have it.
He says he’s had better opposition before, that doesn’t matter, he’s never fought me, that’s all I’ve got say.
To be fair to Danny, we get on quite well, we’re pretty respectful to each other, but I’ve said it before I’m not losing this fight, I’m seriously up for this fight.
This will be the first serious step up for me and I’m really excited by it.
Been sparring with Frankie Buglioni for the past few weeks, three days a week, it’s always good sparring, so good we should be charging for tickets on the door.
Frankie’s a very good fighter, you don’t get away with things twice with him, he learns from his mistakes, the same with me, if he catches me with a good shot, he wont do again, so we’re both learning from the sparring.
You have to be switched on when you spar Frank, I think he feels the same about me, it’s really good sparring.
I come up to the TRAD TKO Gym on Monday and stay to Wednesday, and other weeks come up on Wednesday and stay until Friday.
I have to say a big thank you to Tony Oakey, it was him that in me from day one, now I’m fighting for my first title.
He’s not that involved in things these days, as far as training goes, but we do still keep in touch.
Every story has a beginning, middle and an end, Tony was definitely my introduction, he bought me up to the TKO, when he was still fighting, I was training with him for his last fight and I went to his last fight, sat ringside.
He was World Champion and definitely put our town on the map, now I’m going to try and do the same.”
Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Joel McIntyre – Tel: 07557 516657
On Saturday, 30th November 2013, a WBU Europe Championship double header will top the bill, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE event, which takes place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London.
Main bout of the night will see former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the vacant WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown, whilst the co-headliner sees the inaugural WBU Europe Women’s Super Bantamweight title, being competed for by London’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston against Bulgarian #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska.
Prince, who has a formidable record of 20 wins (16 KOs) and just the single loss, against long time WBO World Champion Dariusz Michalczewski, will be making his first challenge for Championship honors, since returning to the ring earlier this year following a fourteen year sabbatical.
Whilst an opponent has yet been announced for Prince, promoter Dave Murphy has gone on record stating that he is looking for a top fifty ranked opponent for Prince, as he intends to move the North Londoner into World title contention as quickly as possible.
This seemingly brash statement should come as no surprise, as Prince has competed at the highest level previously and judging by his sensational fourth round stoppage win, over Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky on October 4th, anything less would not present a challenge for the former World title challenger.
Speaking earlier, at the famous TRAD TKO Gym in London – where he was to watch co-headliner Marianne Marston sparring former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa – an elated Prince could barely contain the excitement, of being back on the Championship trail.
“I’m really excited to be fighting for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title, really excited.
I suppose it’s a bit surprising for people, because I’ve had just the one fight, coming back after fourteen years out and I’m fighting for a title already, but I’m more than capable to do such things, because the level of fighter I am.
I’m very different from most fighters, a lot of fighters couldn’t come back and demonstrate the power and skills that I have.
I’ve taken a year to prepare to get to this point, I’m really looking forward to doing this.”
The Co-headline bout is the aforementioned Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska.
Marston, the protégé of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has only competed twice in the pro ranks, both times stopping her opponent in the first round.
Whilst Marston may have just fought just twice, her opponent, Galina Gumliiska, has a wealth of experience and has fought twice for the World title, as well as six further European, International and Inter-Continental Championship fights.
Whilst Gumliiska wasn’t available to talk about the upcoming fight, Marston was and she took a little time off after her previously mentioned sparring session, to talk about the upcoming fight.
“I’m really honored to be fighting for the WBU Europe title.
However, to me this fight isn’t about the title, it’s about me being a boxer, winning the title will be the cherry on top.
I am so pleased to be fighting Galina, she has been in with the best in the business and is one seriously tough cookie.
No disrespect to Gabriella (Roman) or Katalena (Lazar), they both stepped in at short notice for our fights, after injuries and pullouts by my original opponents, but I want to fight tough credible opponents.
I came into the sport late, even later than planned thanks to the prejudice and politics of the BBBofC, but I’m here now and intend to make up for lost time.
I’m really looking forward to the fight, I know it will be a tough fight, but I intend to be at the very top of my game, hopefully that means at the end of the night it will be me that gets the WBU Europe belt around my waist.”
Mark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title and Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, that co-headline the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available
on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
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Back in April Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew made a major impact when they presented the first ever GBA sanctioned show in the UK, the all action THUNDER & LIGHTNING event at York Hall.
In October, Murphy and co went one better with their second offering, the sensational NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, which was co-headlined by the GBC World title showdown, between Jennifer Retzke and Big Brother star Angel McKenzie, and the return of WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince.
Now the ever innovative Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew are set to raise the bar to a whole new level, with their WARZONE Xtreme Combat event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Whilst Xtreme Combat shows are not new in mainland Europe – where mixed discipline events, featuring professional Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai Kickboxing bouts, are becoming increasingly popular – but this type of event has yet to make inroads into the UK, until now that is.
So what can fans of the pugilistic arts expect on the 30th November?
Scintillating action packed bouts, with plenty of drama in the mix, as WARZONE features some of the most explosive fighters around, many possessing concussive knockout records, but each and every one of them a true gladiator of the modern age.
Co-headlining the pro boxing element is former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, who will be campaigning for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown.
Prince, whose record stands at 20 wins (16 by way of knockout) and just the one loss – which came when he challenged long time Champ Dariusz Michalczewski for his WBO World Light Heavyweight crown – is without doubt THE most exciting all action Cruiserweight around, bar none!
In his last fight, against Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky, the entire crowd at the York Hall were on their feet as Prince entered the arena, for his eagerly awaited return to the fray, where they stayed for the duration of the bout, due to the scintillating performance he displayed on way to the fourth round stoppage victory.
The other boxing co-headliner sees the hugely popular Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston take a tilt at her first Championship accolade, against the highly experienced five time World title challenger and Bulgaria’s #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title.
Marston, the protégé of late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has made quite an impact since professionally debuting earlier this year.
It’s unusual for any boxer to be challenging for a European title after just two pro bouts, but when you take into account the sensational way she won those fights, maybe not so much a surprise after all.
On her debut in April, Marston stopped Hungarian #1 Gabriella Roman in one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, mightily impressive in it’s own right, but when you take into account that the Woolwich, London based southpaw sent Roman to the canvas twice in the first minute it becomes a case of plain sensational.
Her second bout, against Romania’s Katalena Lazar was over even quicker, lasting a mere sixty seven seconds – nuff said.
Supporting the two Championship bouts are a pair of equally sensational young boxers.
The first being former England amateur captain Antonio Counihan, who in October won his debut pro fight, over the highly entertaining ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, by a fourth round stoppage.
The second being London based American Manny Muhammad, a former professional Basketball player, who like Prince, Marston and Counihan, is an explosive, exciting all action entertainer.
With the boxing element more or less covered – other than to say that discussions are taking place, which if successful will lead to rising superstar Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver also taking part – so now it’s onto the ISKA K-1 and Muay Thai protagonists.
The K-1 headline Championship bout is yet to be announced, but word is it will be a domestic star challenging for a major title – so watch this space.
Heading up the K-1 support is Bexley’s ISKA Southern Area Heavyweight and Fight Scene Light Heavyweight Champion Mike ‘The Nightmare’ Neun, who has been described by Addicted MMA magazine’s Jack Mills as ‘The Next Big Thing’.
6’6” tall and weighing in at a solid 100kg, Neun is unbeaten in both K-1 and MMA competitions, under both ISKA and BAMMA banners.
A fearsome fighter, Neun pushes everything to the limit, as was proved when he fought Pete Brown, it was a pure bloodbath, after Neun opened up Brown with vicious kicks and elbows!
Also on the card is Sunday Brawl Champion Ed Kelly, who fights out of The Gym South London, in Mitcham.
Kelly had an exemplary amateur career before turning pro earlier this year. Since turning over Kelly has knotched up two sensational wins and was crowned Sunday Brawl Champion back in February.
Kelly’s gym mate Adrian Shalik will also be fighting on the WARZONE event, as will former amateur star Nicole Commerford, who makes her professional debut on the 30th November.
Further K-1 and Muay Thai fights will be announced in the coming days, as well as hopefully the news that Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver will be making his third visit to York Hall this year.
Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the fighters taking part or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com
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Back on October 18th St Neots teen sensation Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin put in a scintillating performance, to take the laurels against Ibrar Riyaz at York Hall, to make it five wins on five outings in the twelve months since he turned professional.
Throughout the bout Tommy dominated and controlled the proceedings with some seriously classy ring craft, which enabled the nineteen year old to pick off the highly experienced Riyaz virtually at will, to secure a superb 40-37 points victory.
After such a tough fight and with the mid season break heading up fast, most young fighters would be thinking of winding down for the Christmas break, not young Tommy, who already has another fight lined up.
On November 29th Tommy makes his sixth pro outing, against a yet to be named opponent, on former WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, in association with TRAD TKO Events, latest offering ‘Stevenage Fight Night’ at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of coach Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Tommy spoke of his upcoming November outing.
“I can’t wait and hopefully I’ll get my sixth win.
We’re fighting in Stevenage, four weeks after my last fight, but I’m young fit and healthy, so I’m more than ready to go.
It’s all about making sure I’m sharp, I’m sure Barry Smith will make sure I’m in top shape.
I’ve been coming to the TRAD TKO for coming up to a year now, I’m learning every time in the gym, Barry’s always on my back, he’s always there, if I do something wrong he corrects it.
I’m in a really good place at the minute.
Firstly I’d like to thank TKO for being there for me, secondly I’d like to thank my main sponsor, Junction 17 Cars, who have just given me a car for winning my last fight.
They’re covering all the financial side, so I can just focus on the boxing. I think that’s why I am improving all the time.
I’m living the life, Monday to Friday on my own and focusing on boxing, my Dad is covering all the tickets, with my cousin JJ and Sheridan.
Yeah, I’m more than happy with the way everything is going, more than happy.
Finally I’d like to thank all those that came to my last fight, it looks like I’ll be doubling it for this fight.”
Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the Graham Earl, in association with TRAD TKO Events, ‘Stevenage Fight Night’ at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on Friday 29th November.
Tickets priced £30 and £50 are available direct from Tommy or from Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Box Office – Tel: 01438 363200