Busy Month Ahead For TKO & Johnny Eames – New Gym, New Signings & Fights Galore

Johnny Eames flanked by new signings Michael O'Rourke (L) and Danny Arnold (R) at the new Champions TKO Gym

Johnny Eames flanked by new signings Michael O’Rourke (L) and Danny Arnold (R) at the new Champions TKO Gym

Busy Month Ahead For TKO & Johnny Eames – New Gym, New Signings & Fights Galore

It’s been a rather busy start to the New Year for the ever hardworking Johnny Eames and his entire TKO crew, whilst most of us took time off to enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities, not so for Team TKO, who were busy at work, either with the rebranding and a move to new facilities for the famous TKO gym, or preparing for upcoming fights.

The gym, which had been based in Canning Town for the past eight years, has now relocated to Hackney and has been rebranded as the Champions TKO Boxing Gym.


With such a major project to undertake over the holiday season you would expect that some other elements of the multi-disciplined TKO would be put on the back burner, but no, Johnny has been as active as ever in signing new boxers, as well as burning the midnight oil getting fights for his stable of boxers, or negotiating Championship fights for the senior prospects in the squad.


When he finally found a spare few minutes, in between the seemingly never ending stream of phone calls, the affable Mr. Eames spoke briefly about the major changes, his exciting new signings, as well as the upcoming fights for his charges.


“Exciting times, it’s been hard work, but I’m sure it will all be worth it.


There’s still a lot of work to do with the gym, at the moment we’re only using half the floor space available, so we’re only training the pros there until we get to knock through to the other unit, then and only then when the gym’s completely finished will we start operating it full time.


The change of location has done us a big favour, we’ve got rid of a lot of the dead wood we had around us, now we have a really good strong team here, there’s myself, Rio (Gianluca Di Caro) and Mehmet Aba on the I suppose management side, if you can call it that as it’s the running and marketing of everything.


On the coaching team side, we have Brian O’Shaughnessy, Mo Hussein, Brian Lawrence, Mark Lowe, Mark Reefer, Larry Edwards, Dave Butcher, Mehmet Aba and of course myself.


As I’m going to concentrate mainly on boxers management and coaching, if any fighters out there are looking for management or coaching, they should give me a call.


Talking about management, we’ve just had two first class young former amateur stars sign with us, the first is Mickey O’Rourke, who used to box for Dale Youth, he’s a very good fighter and I really do think this kid is going to go all the way, he’ll cause a few upsets along the way.


The other is young Danny Arnold, he’s nineteen years of age and has won everything there is to win in the juniors and I mean everything.


He’s an absolute natural talent, I put him right up there with the natural abilities of our Kevin Lear.


Only his application is all wrong at the moment, he’s going to be a challenge but I’m looking forward to the challenge and if I can make this kid train right we’ve got a Champion for definite.


Fighters wise, we have seven out in quick succession, it all kicks off this week with four of the TKO boys out at York Hall on Friday, the 30th January.


From the gym itself, we have Onder and Siar Ozgul, they’re both good boys, Siar steps up for his first six rounder and Onder remains on a four for this fight.


They’re always crowd pleasing boys, always bring a good crowd to the table and I’m sure it will be a good night for the boys.


Also on this show is Antonio Counihan, who is probably the jewel in the crown of the TKO fighters, this kid is outstanding, he’s not trained by us here at the TKO, but he’s managed by myself and is probably the jewel in the crown as I said.


He’s got everything, absolutely everything, what’s more he’s got a great team around him in his dad and Jon Pegg.


He always brings a big crowd down with him and always puts on a great performance.


After this fight we’ll probably have him fight for a title, probably MBC International or similar, so let’s see how it goes, either way I’m really looking forward to it.


Also on this show Tasif Khan will be making his maiden outing under the TKO banner, he’s totally new to us, I haven’t seen him fight yet, he’s been out of the game for a couple of years, but he’s got a decent record and if enthusiasm wins titles then this kid’s already a Champion, because he drives me mad on the phone wanting to know everything, which is good, I like that in a fighter.


He’s seven and one, but as I say I’ve never seen him fight so can’t judge him on ability, but what I can comment on is if he fights as good as his enthusiasm then he’s a very good fighter and with seven good wins under his belt already am sure he is.


Tickets for the 30th January York Hall show are available on our Box Office, so if anyone fancies a real good night out on Friday, go to the TKO gym website or the TKO Box Office website


Next up we have Tommy Martin, who has an English title fight against Ricky Boylan coming up on the big Matchroom show at the O2.


It’s a tough 50/50 fight, it’s a fight I believe Tommy can win, otherwise I wouldn’t have put him in it.


I have a lot of respect for Ricky, as he was once a TKO fighter, you don’t expect easy fights when you’re at this level, so obviously it is going to be a tough fight, but I’m pretty sure Tommy will come through the winner.


Also on the 02 show on the 31st is Charlie Edwards, who will be making his highly anticipated debut.


Big things are expected from this kid, it’s our job at the TKO to keep this kids feet firmly on the ground and make sure he does his job right.


If training wins titles, then this kid is a World champion already, he just doesn’t stop training, he totally lives and loves the game.


He’s got a great trainer in Brian O’Shaughnessy, he’s doing a fantastic job with him and from my side it’s an honour to be part of young Charlie’s journey.


Next up on the 7th February, is our debutant, Mickey O’Rourke, who will be fighting on the Mickey Helliet show at the Camden Centre.


I’m really, really excited about signing Mickey, I’ve not been that excited about a new kid’s debut since Kevin Lear days, I really do rate this kid, I really do believe this kid is going to go a long, long way, in the boxing game and I’m certain he’s going to be a big ticket seller, he has a big family and I’m looking forward to meeting them all.


We’ve also got a few boys out in March, Freddie Turner, Joel McIntyre as well as some of the boys I’ve already mentioned, I won’t say too much yet as I’m sure Rio will be putting out interviews and releases on these nearer the time, but will say I’m really excited about the coming year, we’ve got some big plans, as well as big fights for our boys, and girl, this year, can’t wait.”


For further information on Champions TKO Boxing Gym and their stable of boxers, please see the website also please follow on Facebook and on twitter @ChampionsTKO.


The Incredible Fighting Turks – Ozgul Brothers Return To York Hall On Jan 30th

OnderMoSiar6618The Incredible Fighting Turks – Ozgul Brothers Return To York Hall On Jan 30th

On Friday 30th January boxing fans in London will once again be making their way to the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London for the first pro boxing event in the Capital of the New Year – the Shyam Batra promoted ‘Legends and Prospects’, headlined by the Hillyard-Vosyka for the WBU International Middleweight Championship.

A large majority that will be making their regular pilgrimage to the shrine of the pugilistic arts in the Capital, will be doing so to support two Hackney based, Turkish born youngsters, Siar and Onder Ozgul.

Over the past year or so the brothers have been building quite a reputation for themselves, as two of the most exciting, all action fighters in the Capital, their fan base has been growing at an incredible rate, so much so that as soon as it is announced they will be boxing on an event, their ticket allocation is usually sold out in a matter of days.

So just what makes these two lads so special and such a draw for fight fans you may ask, well for a start the older of the two, Onder, was dubbed ‘Little’ Mike by the Turkish fight fans back in his homeland, as he has been likened, fight style, to a certain ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

He was a regular member of the Turkish team that competed on the ‘World Series Of Boxing’ circuit, as well as racked up a numerous national and international accolades as an amateur.

Younger sibling, Siar, who also has a trophy cabinet crammed to the gills with the trophies and medals from his amateur career, is a little more refined in his boxing style, but still as with Onder presents an incredible forceful style of boxing that his opponents find very hard to cope with.

With five top class wins already under his belt, young Siar is the first to be stepping up to six rounders, as his team begin focusing on preparing him for the rigors of Championship boxing in the near future.

Following a normal day at the office, at the recently rebranded Champions TKO Gym in Hackney, Onder, Siar and their well known coach, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein, took a little time to talk about their upcoming fights as well as what the future may hold for the young stars.

Onder was the first to speak, “I’m comfortable with my training, I’m feeling really good and I’m determined to give a very good performance.

I don’t know about my opponent, I know he will come to fight and that is good for the fans, I’m ready for him and that’s good for the fans.

I’m ready to move forward, I came to England to fight for titles, I want to fight for titles that’s why I box, in the past things have happened that stopped me progressing but now I’m ready.

I’m not looking to be just an area champion, I want to be British, European and more than anything to be the World Champion.

When I am training that’s in my mind, train like a champion, I have big targets, I will be Champion.

The fans call me ‘Little Mike’ and I will not let them down, just like Mike Tyson I will be the Champion of the World, it doesn’t matter who they put in front of me I will win, boxing is my life.”

The highly affable Siar then spoke, “I have no problems moving up to six rounds, I was ready for six rounds before.

Now the opportunity has come up I’m very comfortable to do six rounds, even when I boxed at Light Middleweight, now I’m Welterweight I’m more ready than ever.

My aims are the same as Onder, I want to be World Champion, I will fight the best I can and earn the right to fight for titles.

God willing I will get the chance to fight for a title this year, English or International, I don’t care I just want to fight for a title as soon as Mo (Hussein) says I’m ready.

I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me to fight, I’m ready, no problem.

I’m happy with everything Mo is doing in training, I’m really, really happy, he’s a top trainer.”

Finally a smiling Mo Hussein spoke briefly about his young charges. “My thoughts on the two boys is I think they are both excellent prospects, I think the sky’s the limit and they are going to go all the way to the top.

They’ve already proved themselves, they train hard, they fight hard and live the life, there’s nothing to stop them.

The transition to the new Champions TKO Gym has been easy for them, it’s a nice gym and it’s local to them, it’s a bit more traveling for me but as long as the fighters are happy, I’m happy.”

Onder Ozgul versus Karel Horejsek and Siar Ozgul versus Vladimir Fecko will feature on the Shyam Batra promoted ‘LEGENDS & PROSPECTS event, headlined by George Hillyard versus Michal Vosyka WBU International Middleweight title clash, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 30th January 2015.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) –

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated), £40 (Gallery) and £65 (Ringside) – are available direct from any of the boxers taking part in the event, on-line at or call the box office on 07960 850645


Khan Returns To The Fray On Jan 30th – Faces Voros at York Hall In London

Tasif30thJanPosterKhan Returns To The Fray On Jan 30th – Faces Voros at York Hall In London

On Friday 30th January 2015, Bolton’s Tasif Khan makes his most welcome return to the fray, following a two year sabbatical from the sport, when he faces Hungarian Richard Voros on the Shyam Batra promoted Legends & Prospects event at York Hall in London.

First time around Tasif, who turned professional in 2005, proved not only to be an exciting prospect but also highly popular with the fans, so much so that after just his sixth fight young Khan became a regular on events, at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and at the M. E.N. Arena in Manchester, promoted by Ricky Hatton, including the Amir Khan versus Paul McCloskey WBA World Championship bout in April 2011.

For his return bout Tasif is set to face the Hungarian #4 ranked Richard Voros, a tough globe trotting fighter, who is more than comfortable competing in his opponents own backyards, including those in the UK, such as current IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight Champion Khalid Yafai, who he fought back in 2012.

Speaking from his Bradford home Tasif spoke briefly about his impending return to the ring on the 30th January.

“I’m really looking forward to the fight, I’ve been itching to be back in, it’s been way too long I’ve been out of the ring.

Mentally I feel good, physically I feel good and I’m more motivated and more hungry than ever.

I don’t know too much about Richard Voros, other than he’s an experienced fighter, I know he’s had quite a few fights and has fought all over in a number of countries.

I don’t doubt he’s going to bring his A-Game, so am I and I’m hoping to put on a really good display for my comeback fight.

This fight means so much to me, almost as much as when I fought at the M.E.N. on the undercard of Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey.

That was a great experience, I’ll never forget that night as long as I live, it was a great experience and great people.

I get on really well with Amir Khan and his family, they are great people, they really made it a great experience for me, all of it even during the build up to the fight.

I put in a really good performance on the night, it went really well and was a great experience and puts me in a good position for fights in the future, hopefully get to fight on more big events like that in the future.

At the time I didn’t really take it all in because of the moment of the fight and everything like that.

This should be a really good night and will be the first time I have fought at York Hall, really looking forward to that, as well as watching George Hillyard when he fights for the WBU International title.

I would like to say thank you to all my fans for travelling down to London, I know it’s a fair trek so really appreciate everyone for their support, whether they make it or not.

My family and friends have been great, by my side from day one, even with the absence I’ve had I’ve still had great support from everyone and want to say that I am dedicating this fight to my fans because they have been great and stood by me.

Also a big thank you to my sponsors Kingsland Business Recovery and Vyomax Nutrition, they have been great from day one, even through my absence and the injuries that have kept me out of the ring.

Finally I’d like to say thank you to Rio (Malta Boxing Commission VP Gianluca Di Caro) and Johnny (Champions TKO head honcho Johnny Eames) for their support and the work they have been putting in behind the scenes, it’s much appreciated, cheers.”

Tasif Khan versus Richard Voros will feature on the Shyam Batra promoted ‘LEGENDS & PROSPECTS event, headlined by George Hillyard versus Michal Vosyka WBU International Middleweight title clash, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 30th January 2015.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) –

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated), £40 (Gallery) and £65 (Ringside) – are available direct from Tasif – tel: 07756 311857 – from any of the boxers taking part in the event, on-line at or call the box office on 07960 850645


Hillyard-Vosyka Title Clash Headlines At York Hall 30th January

HillyardVosykaPosterHillyard-Vosyka Title Clash Headlines At York Hall 30th January

With the Christmas and New Year celebrations well and truly behind us, it’s time to get back to the business of professional boxing.

For those in London the season starts a little earlier, than in most parts of the country – Friday, January 30th – when promoter Shyam Batra presents his first show of the new year, titled Legends & Prospects, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Headlining the event sees Nazeing, Essex’s George ‘Hithard’ Hillyard challenging Czech Republic #1 ranked Super Welterweight Michal Vosyka, for the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Middleweight title.

Back in August Hillyard outpointed Ireland’s Tommy Tolan to earn the title shot, whilst his opponent Vosyka went one better in December, with a sensational second round knock-out victory over Czech #2 Michal Dufek.

Hillyard, who returned to the sport in March last year after a two year sabbatical from the sport, was clearly determined to make sure that he is a hundred percent ready for the challenge, by traveling to America in November for a twelve week camp at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, in doing so forgoing Christmas celebrations with his family.

Support for Hillyard’s title challenge sees a number of the recently rebranded Champions TKO Boxing Gym’s young stars back in action at York Hall.

The main support bout for Hillyard-Vosyka sees one of the most exciting young Lightweight prospects, Solihull’s former England Amateur Captain Antonio Counihan, back in action in the Capital City once more.

With four top class victories under his belt, three by way of stoppage, Counihan has been shooting up the rankings, so much so that his management is already talking about a domestic title challenge for the highly likeable Brummie later in 2015.

Hackney based former Turkish Amateur star Siar Ozgul, steps up to a six rounder for the first time in his fledgling career.

With five excellent points victories under his belt already, Ozgul has garnered a huge following, due to his all action pressure style of boxing.

Talking of all action pressure fighters, Siar’s older brother Onder, tagged ‘Little Mike’ by the Turkish fans during his time in the World Series Of Boxing, due to his style being so similar to that of legendary Heavyweight Champ ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, will also be in action on the 30th.

Fighting in the Light Heavyweight division Onder has secured three excellent victories, two by shut out points decisions and one by first round stoppage.

Making his most welcome return to the fray, following a two year sabbatical from the sport, is another of Champion TKO’s exciting young stars, Bradford’s hugely popular Bantamweight prospect Tasif Khan.

Another all action fighter, Khan has fought ten times, winning seven, drawing two and just the single loss, a very close 37-38 points loss to Stuart McFadyen back in July ’07 at Super Bantamweight.

Watch this space: It is expected that an announcement will be made shortly for a second title fight to co-headline the event, following Australia’s Pierre Karam failing to secure the required visa for him to face Czech Republic’s Tomas Mrazek for the WBU International Heavyweight Championship on the event.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC).

The Shyam Batra promoted ‘LEGENDS & PROSPECTS event, featuring George Hillyard versus Michal Vosyka WBU International Middleweight title clash, takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 30th January 2015.

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated), £40 (Gallery) and £65 (Ringside) plus £2.50 booking fee – are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at – or call the box office on 07960 850645 or 07836 365203.



Mathews and Butler head up huge double world title show with FOUR more big title fights at Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 6th March

Hall Of Fame Promoter Warren stages Liverpool’s biggest ever boxing show and secures crucial world title home advantage for Mathews and Butler

Liverpool’s favourite fighting son promises to win world title in front of home crowd

WBA World Champion Abril threatens to knockout Mathews


Liverpool hero Derry Mathews has been handed a dream world title shot in his home city on Friday 6th March at the Echo Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and TalkTalk 525).

Mathews will challenge WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril* for the crown alongside Paul Butler’s attempt to win the IBF World Super-Flyweight from champion Zolani Tete on Frank Warren’s title-packed extravaganza featuring Merseyside’s finest, including Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus hot Lancashire talent Jack Catterall.

Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are on sale on-line now at or call 07960 850645


The 31-year-old has won a multitude of titles and has been involved in some thrilling fights in an action-packed 12-year career from featherweight to lightweight, but the quest to land a legitimate world title has always eluded him.


Hall of Fame promoter Warren has now delivered his man a golden opportunity to be crowned world champion in front of his loyal fans on arguably the greatest boxing show ever staged in the boxing mad city of Liverpool.


Mathews, who won the WBA Continental title in his last fight against Adam Dingsdale in October and is currently ranked number nine with the governing body, said, “It’s a dream come true for me to finally fight for the world title, but to have the opportunity to do it in my home city is unbelievable and I thank Frank Warren, who promised he’d get me a crack at the world title when I rejoined him, for delivering me my chance,”


“Whereas other fighters from the city have had to go overseas for their chances, Frank has got me mine on my own door step and now it’s down to me to deliver the goods on my side and win the title,”


“I’m not underestimating Abril one bit, he’s the world champion, but I’m confident in my own abilities and I believe that I have the tools to end Abril’s reign and take the world title from him.  He’s not a huge puncher, he’s 34 now, and I believe that it’s my time to take over,”


“With Paul Butler also challenging for a world title on the card, plus the great fighters we have in the city like Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and my good mate Jazza Dickens all in title fights, Liverpool has never seen a boxing show like this before and only Frank Warren could make something of this magnitude become reality.  It’s truly amazing and once my head comes out of the clouds I’ve got to get down to the gritty reality of hard training and blood, sweat and tears to realise my dream of becoming world champion,”


Big-hearted Mathews also offered to defend the title against Manchester ace Anthony Colla – boxing’s all-round nice guy who was left devastated when he lost his world title shot against Abril after heroically challenging burglars and was left with a fractured skull and broken ankle – should he emerge victorious against Abril.


Mathews and Crolla have previously fought two thrilling battles – in April 2012 Mathews stopped Crolla in a six round war, then the pair battled to a draw in March 2013 which was later named Fight Of The Year – and a blockbuster trilogy could be on the cards.

He added, “I really felt for Anthony, yes we’re sporting rivals, but that was terrible what happened and I was truly gutted for him.  I hope that he gets medically cleared and fit to box so that he can resume his career because he’s a tremendous fighter and person.  He missed out on his shot at Abril because of what happened, but should I come through against Abril and win, then I will give him a shot at the world title.  A third fight between us is a natural and would be a fantastic battle of Britain.”


It’s by no means an easy night for Mathews, he must dethrone the tough Miami based Cuban who has fought and won outside of America three times, in Costa Rica, Panama and a world title defence last time out in Finland.


With 19 wins out of 23 fights and three losses, the 34-year-old has never been stopped and that includes going the distance with hard-hitting Brandon Rios who was on a 10-fight knockout run until he met Abril.

Abril said, “I’m looking forward to defending my title against Derry Mathews in Liverpool on March 6th. He is a tough, experienced, fighter, but I plan on coming to the UK, getting the KO and leaving with my belt,”


Promoter Frank Warren is naturally thrilled to return to the big fight city with an exciting show and to give both his fighters crucial home advantage for their big night.

He said, “Derry started his pro career with me and rejoined me in 2013 and I promised him then that I’d get him a world title shot and I’m delighted to now deliver his dream of fighting for a world title in his home city on March 6 at the Echo Arena,”

“He has been a loyal servant to the sport in which he has won a multitude of titles and been involved in some fantastic fights, but the only thing missing has been the world title opportunity so it is a pleasure to get him the WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril on arguably the greatest boxing show the city of Liverpool has ever seen,”

“With Paul Butler challenging for the IBF World Super-Flyweight title against Champion Zolani Tete, two of Merseyside’s finest have the opportunity to become world champions in their backyards without having to get their passports out for their crowning opportunities in front of thousands of their own fans – it doesn’t get any bigger,”


“In addition, some great local fighters are in action with the likes of Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus a sensational talent in Lancashire’s Jack Catterall, it’s going to fantastic night at the Echo Arena and all of Merseyside should get down to there and support their men.”

World title fights Tete v Butler and Abril v Mathews headlines Mersey Boys that also features Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title challenge; Kevin Satchell’s defence of the European Flyweight Championship; Jazza Dickens v Josh Wale for the Vacant British Super-Bantamweight Championship; Jack Catterall’s defence of the WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship; plus the return of Tom Stalker in an eight-round contest and Stephen Lewis in a six-round contest.

Five Go Mad At York Hall – Sensational Victories For TRAD TKO Fighters Last Saturday.

Marianne Marston celebrates her first Championship success - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Marianne Marston celebrates her first Championship success – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Five Go Mad At York Hall – Sensational Victories For TRAD TKO Fighters Last Saturday.

TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town has always had a reputation for coaching some of the most exciting prospects in the UK, last Saturday at York Hall in Bethnal Green, five of their young stars were in action, each not just winning but winning in style – TRAD TKO style.

Winning is in the blood of any of boxer trained at the famous East End fight factory, but on Saturday the TRAD TKO crew took it to another level and added yet another Champion to their ever growing list of Merit.

TRAD TKO’s very own ‘Golden Girl’ Marianne Marston headlined the event, when she challenged Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas for the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship.

Marianne Marston in action at York Hall - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Marianne Marston in action at York Hall – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Marianne, who is trained by Brian O’Shaughnessy, pulled out one of the performances of the year, completely out boxing her more experienced opponent from start to finish, as well as sending Gulyas to the canvas seven times, although the referee only counted two as actual knockdowns.

Judges Ben Doughty and Matt Hamilton scored the bout 100-89 and Judge Lee Murtagh 99-88 all in favour of Marianne

This excellent victory shot Marston up the rankings to UK #1, European #3, World #24 as well as #1 British Pound for Pound Female, all of which puts her nicely in line for a shot at a World title in 2015.

In fact Marianne had already come to the attention of the WIBA World Champion, Australia’s Shannon O’Connell, whose team recently made a tentative approach for Marianne to challenge for the coveted crown, so it could be sooner rather than later that the ‘Golden Girl’ heads to the World stage.

Antonio Counihan in action at York Hall - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Antonio Counihan in action at York Hall – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Former England amateur captain, Antonio Counihan, who is trained by his father Paul, made his first step towards Championship honors, when he competed in his first six rounder, against Lithuania’s Janos Vass.

A classy, stylish boxer young Antonio really shined on Saturday, easily controlling his more experienced opponent with stiff jabs and sensationally quick double handed flurries.

In the third round Antonio’s skills and power proved to be too much for Vass, as his corner threw in the towel on the one minute and fifty seconds mark to save their man from further punishment.

Fight of the Night though has to go to another of the gym’s young stars, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein coached Siar Ozgul, who had a Battle Royale with Nottingham’s Matt Scriven.

Siar Ozgul in action against Matt Scriven at York Hall - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Siar Ozgul in action against Matt Scriven at York Hall – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

What a fight, it was all action back and forth with some great toe to toe action thrown in for good measure.

After four scintillating rounds referee Lee Murtagh scored it 39-37 in favour of TRAD TKO’s Siar, the correct verdict but that doesn’t really express just how great the fight was or how close each round was.

Siar’s older sibling Onder Ozgul, who is also coached by Mo Hussein, was also involved in an all action thriller, when he took on late replacement Remigijus Ziausys in a four rounder.

It was a cracking fight that had the crowd on it’s feet for virtually the entire four rounds, it was that exciting, a great closely fought bout that see Onder emerge victorious by a shut out 40-36 points margin, however as with his brother’s bout the scoring doesn’t show the whole picture, this was another seriously close fought bout, many of the rounds could have gone either way, it was that good.

The final TRAD TKO youngster on the card, Brian O’Shaughnessy coached Cruiserweight Jerome Haywood, made his professional debut, against the highly experienced Rolandas Cesna.

Jerome started slowly but once the nerves subsided put in a fantastic performance, scoring his maiden victory by a 40-38 points margin.

TRAD TKO head honcho Johnny Eames sounded more like a proud father when he spoke earlier about his fighters successes.

“We’re so proud of every single one of them, they proved they can battle it out when they need to, each and everyone of them done us proud.

Well, when I first met her I may not have a been a fan of Women boxing but Marianne soon changed that.

She put in a magnificent performance on Saturday and we’re all so proud of her, she deserved this, she’s always in the gym and always up for a fight.

It didn’t take her long to become the flag bearer for female boxers, not just at the gym but in the UK full stop.

What can I say about Antonio, this kid is a super star in waiting, we really need to be moving him on to bigger and better things.

On Saturday he proved beyond any doubt he’s ready to start eyeing up title fight opportunities next year.

The fighting brothers, Onder and Siar have proved to me they too are ready to step up to six rounders, they both fought magnificently on Saturday, they really proved they can hold their own with the toughest of fighters.

Our newest pro, Jerome Haywood, made a fantastic start to his career. Cesna was a late replacement and a lot heavier than Jerome, but he showed he can handle whatever is thrown at him, great start, we’re all really pleased for him.

We have a great team and a great squad here at the TRAD TKO, it really is exciting times for us.”

Fight Report: Sensational Marston Reigns Victorious, Ozgul and Counihan Impress at York Hall

MarstonGulyas6247WEBREADYFight Report: Sensational Marston Reigns Victorious, Ozgul and Counihan Impress at York Hall


Report and Photos Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro



Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew returned to York Hall on Saturday night with their latest offering, ‘Capital Punishment’, which was headlined by the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship clash between London’s Marianne Marston and Hungary’s Marianna Gulyas.


HaywoodCesna6104WEBREADYAs ever Mr Murphy put together an evenly matched card, first up debuting Cruiserweight Jerome Haywood faced Rolandas Cesna.


After a slightly nervous start Haywood settled down and took the fight to his more experienced opponent, pressuring the big Lithuanian with stiff jabs and heavy rights to the body.


Haywood’s work to the body began to take a toll on Cesna, so much so that by mid way through the third Cesna was clearly struggling to cope with the constant punishment to his ribs, however he did overcomes to see the bout through to the final conclusion.


After four excellent rounds Referee Alf Sprung scored the bout 40-38 in favour of Haywood.


Decastro6115WEBREADYThe second bout featured the hugely popular Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro, who was making his third pro outing against a very tough opponent, Deividas Sajauka.


From the off it was clear Decastro wanted to add another stoppage victory to his record, charging in throwing big right hands at every opportunity, however it soon became clear that the tough Lithuanian was more than up for the scrap.


What followed was a virtually non stop toe-to-to battle royale, with both protagonists giving their all for every second of every round much to the delight of the York Hall crowd.


After four scintillating rounds referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout 40-37 in favour of Decastro


Counihan6150WEBREADYThird bout of the night featured sensational former Amateur star Antonio Counihan in his first six rounder, against Janos Vass.


Counihan’s class shined through bright as the Solihull youngster went to work, easily controlling Vass with stiff jabs and amazingly quick double handed flurries.


Counihan stepped up the pressure in the third, going full out on his attacks that Vass just couldn’t counter, instead he relied on covering up in an attempt to get through the round, which turned out to be a bad move as Counihan kept punishing him with vicious body shots, so much so that by midway through the round the Vass’ corner threw in the towel.


Alexander6169WEBREADYNext up see the return of Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, who had been training and fighting over in America for the past four years or so. On Saturday night Alexander faced Tadas Stulginskas in a four rounder.


Boxing beautifully behind the jab, Alexander more or less controlled the first couple of rounds, as Stulginskas seemed content to play the waiting game, countering only when he felt he could land the punch.


Alexander stepped up the pace in the third, firing a succession of solid rights into the body of Stulginskas, which soon began to really trouble the Lithuanian, so much so that his corner threw in the towel with just seconds remaining of the third.


It was announced that Stulginskas retired due to an injury to his knee.


OzgulScriven6177WEBREADYFifth bout of the night see London based Turk Siar Ozgul in action against Nottingham’s Matt Scriven.


What a fight, without doubt the fight of the night, as both protagonists went to war.


Ozgul came out hard and strong, initially putting the Nottingham man on the back foot, however Scriven soon started to exert his authority and then the fireworks really began.


By the third round the non stop action started to take it’s toll on the Turkish youngster, which allowed Scriven to land some sensational power shots of his own.


The final round was a cracker, Ozgul backed Scriven into a corner and let rip with massive right hands, one of which sent Scriven’s mouth guard flying into the crowd ringside.


Once the errant mouth guard was retrieved and the bout restarted it was Scriven who went hard on the attack, one such attack late on in the round see Scriven land a massive right that shook Ozgul to the core, Ozgul sensibly went on the defensive for the remaining seconds to see his way to securing his fifth win.


Referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout 39-37 in favour of Ozgul, the correct verdict without doubt, but one that really doesn’t express how great this fight was or how close each and every round was.


MarstonGulyas6261WEBREADYNow to the main event, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston versus Marianna Gulyas, for the vacant MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship.


Gulyas came into the bout as bookies favourite, due to her ranking – #3 in Europe and #31 in the World – being superior to Marston’s #8 in Europe and #58 in the world, however it transpires that the bookies couldn’t have got it more wrong if they tried.


Marston came out strong right from the off, utilizing her strong right hand jab to great effect, forcing Gulyas to go defensive and grab hold of the Londoner at every opportunity, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the bout.


More of the same in the second, then in the final second of the round Marston threw a sharp left to the jaw, that sent Gulyas to sprawling to the canvas, however much to the surprise of Marston, her team and the York Hall faithful, it didn’t count as Referee Alf Sprung deemed it a slip!


Round three Marston continued to plain outbox the Hungarian, as well as landing some short sharp body shots, one of which appeared to send Gulyas to the deck once more, however this time the referee dismissed it as a push.


Round four Marston controls the centre ground, picking off Gulyas with some cracking shots to head and body, the Hungarian barely able to respond to the constant onslaught.


Marston had really settled into her pace coming into round five, seemingly content to bide her time and just throw supremely accurate jabs shots, again Gulyas was sent to the deck by a lazy looping left to the head, which the referee again deemed as a push.


Once Gulyas was back on her feet Marston went on the attack once again and as if to make a point to the referee emphatically sent Gulyas to the deck for the fourth time – the moves that lead to this were sublime, after shooting a cracking left to the body Marston stepped in threw a big left straight into the Hungarian’s face before shooting three sharp lefts to the head.


In the sixth Gulyas attempted to take control of the centre of the ring, however Marston was having none of it, using her strong jab to great effect and normal service resumed.


Midway through the seventh Marston went on a heavy attack, landing a few real peaches of shots, that sent Gulyas reeling across the ring, the savvy Hungarian’s survival instincts clearly clicked in as she grabbed hold of Marston to prevent any further punches raining down on her.


After being separated by the referee Marston backs Gulyas to the ropes with a succession of short rights to the jaw, that once again sent the Hungarian to the canvas, however as Marston was leaning into Gulyas as the final punch was thrown again the referee deemed this to be a push.


As if to once again make a point to the referee Marston went on a full out double handed attack which Gulyas only survived by grabbing and holding the Londoner, what then ensued was more akin to wrestling as Marston tried to make enough space to let rip with some big lefts again.


The action was frenetic, once the referee split them Marston went hard on the attack and in an almost identical move to the one earlier in the round, Marston once again sent Guyas to the canvas, which as before was deemed to be a push by the referee.


Marston was clearly miffed, as on the restart she threw a big left, Gulyas’ legs wobbled and the Hungarian girl grabbed Marston by the waist and another wrestling style interlude ensued, again after the referee separated them Marston went full throttle, backing Gulyas onto the ropes before throwing a right to the body followed by a cracking hook to the head to send he Hungarian girl back to the deck for the third time in the round, this time the count was made.


On the restart Marston went in hard once more, landing three hooks to the head, once again the move was thwarted as Gulyas grabbed hold for dear life.


Marston started the eighth strong, literally chasing Gulyas across the ring throwing supremely accurate big lefts and rights, that sent an unsteady legged Gulyas backwards, then Marston closed in for the kill a tad to enthusiastically she sends Gulyas off balance and to the deck once more, which was rightly deemed a push.


Marston went straight back on the attack, only to be thwarted by constant holding from the Hungarian each time she started to get close, what followed next was downright scary for all ringside, Marston lands a big right, followed by a huge left that shot Gulyas’ head back and heading to the deck, the Hungarian girl grabbed hold of Marston, pulling her over with her, sending Marston over the first rope and onto the officials table face first.


There was a huge sigh of relief as both girls got to their feet, followed by a round of applause from the crowd. At the restart Marston once again began to throw big lefts and rights that shook Guyas, however she didn’t have to survive this onslaught for more than a few seconds before the bell rang.


Once again Gulyas tried to control centre ring in the ninth, as before Marston was unwilling to concede any ground what so ever and let rip with big shots to body and head, to which Gulyas responded with more holding,


About forty seconds into the bout Gulyas took a right to the head and as Marston moved in she bumps into the unsteady Gulyas, who goes down once more, which was rightly waved off.


Gulyas comes out all fighty for the tenth and final round, which led to a rather entertaining toe-to-toe battle that lasted about fifteen seconds or so before Marston steps it up another level again, Gulyas responds by grabbing hold to ensure she makes the final bell.


MelissaLewarsMarianneMarstonBazRehman6271WEBREADYAfter ten highly entertaining rounds the judges scorecards were read out – Judges Ben Doughty (UK) and Matt Hamilton (South Africa) scored the bout 100-89 and Judge Lee Murtagh (UK) scored it 99-88, all in favour of Marianne Marston, the new MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion.


The BoxFit sponsored MBC International Championship belt was presented by Championship bout sponsor Baz Rehman and Melissa Lewars from Marianne’s sponsor JT Clarke London.


OzgulZiausys6292WEBREADYThe final bout of the night featured Onder Ozgul against late replacement Remigijus Ziausys, following Matthew Pepper having to pull out following his father being hospitalized with a serious illness just days prior.


Onder, the older brother of Siar who fought earlier in the evening, started aggressively, initially forcing Ziausys on to the back foot, as I say initially as the plucky Lithuanian was more than happy to go toe to toe when required.


It was a cracking fight that had the crowd on their feet for almost the whole four rounds, yes it was that good.


At the end referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout as a shut out 40-36 for Ozgul, which again was the right decision, but as with Siar Ozgul-Matt Scriven doesn’t tell the whole story – it was a great, closely fought bout.


Once again Dave Murphy and his crew delivered the goods as promised, it was a fantastic night of pugilistic action, without doubt one of the best small hall shows this year, I for one can’t wait for the next.


Marston Dominates Gulyas To Secure MBC International Title

MarstonGulyas6277WEBREADYMarston Dominates Gulyas To Secure MBC International Title

Woolwich, London’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston utterly dominated proceedings, when she fought Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas to secure the vacant MBC International Super Bantamweight title, at York in London, England on Saturday night.

From start to finish it was the slick British southpaw that took the fight to her much more experienced opponent, aggressively going forward, utilizing her sharp jabs and stinging lefts to great effect, Marston appeared to be able to pick off her opponent at will, leaving Gulyas to defend on the retreat.

Gulyas visited the canvas seven times throughout the fight, however only twice did referee, Germany’s Alf Sprung, deem the visits to be knock downs, the others he waved off as slips or pushes.

There was a rather scary incident in the eighth. Marston was throwing big lefts as she backed Gulyas onto the ropes, one of these sent the Hungarian of balance, forcing her to grab the forward marching Marston, in doing so Gulyas went backwards through the ropes as well as pulling the Londoner face down, out of the ring and onto the officials table.

Luckily neither protagonist received any injuries from the incident and both were able to continue to see the fight out to the end.

After ten rounds of excellent boxing from Marston the highly vociferous crowd at the famous home of boxing in the Capital city were clearly overjoyed when the judges scorecards were read out, as was Marston and her team.

Judges Ben Doughty (UK) and Matt Hamilton (South Africa) scored the bout 100-89 and judge Lee Murtagh (UK) scorecard read 99-88 all in favour of Marianne Marston.

Following being presented with the BoxFit UK sponsored MBC International Championship belt – by supervisor Dave Smith, MBC International title bout sponsor Baz Rehman and Melissa Lewars who represented sponsor JT Clarke London Limited – Marston said.

MarstonGulyas6261WEBREADY“I’m speechless really, I can’t put into words how I feel right now.

I owe so much to so many people, without them I would never have been here fighting for a title.

I’m dedicating the fight to two people Joe Frazier and Rio (Gianluca Di Caro), they are my inspiration, they both believed in me from day one.

Unfortunately Joe passed away and couldn’t be here to see me win, but I feel that he was here in spirit and hope that he is pleased with how I fought.

Rio is right here, as always supporting me and this victory is for him, but he’ll have to share it with my coach Brian O’Shaughnessy, my sparring partners Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, Sunny Edwards, Sonia Dlay and Irema, my manager Johnny Eames and of course my wonderful promoter Dave Murphy as without them this day would never have happened.

I also have to say a huge thank you to Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International, my wonderful sponsors Optimax, BoxFit and JT Clarke London, my gym mates Billy Joe Saunders, Darren Hamilton, Tommy Martin, Joe Stevens, Ian Bailey and Freddie Turner, who have been so supportive, as has the lovely Wadi Camacho and Charlie Edwards.

More than anything I have to say a huge thanks to my supporters, they are the best in the world, thank you for everything, not just buying tickets and coming to see me fight but your wonderful messages of support.

I’m sorry if I have forgotten anyone, it’s not intentional, I can’t believe I am the MBC International Champion, it’s a dream come true.”

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Marston-Gulyas Weights & Quotes From London

GulyasMarstonMBCBelt6074Marston-Gulyas Weights & Quotes From London

The weigh-in for the Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas, for their MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship bout at York Hall in London on Saturday evening, took place earlier today at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London.



“I really can’t wait for tomorrow, everything has gone perfectly throughout the camp, I’m feeling stronger and fitter than I have for a long time.”



“Looking forward to tomorrow – I’m ready to fight”

GulyasMarston6071Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas, for the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship, headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 25th October.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the TRAD TKO Gym, on-line at or call 07960 850645.

Marianne Marston title fight promo video, featuring Trapt

Hip Hop Stars LIMITLESS & Former Champ Hamilton To Perform At York Hall Boxing Event This Saturday.

LIMITLESSHip Hop Stars LIMITLESS & Former Champ Hamilton To Perform At York Hall Boxing Event This Saturday.

Canning Town Hip Hop stars LIMITLESS are to make a personal appearance at the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Championship Boxing event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.

The Limitless crew, who have been regulars at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, since filming the video for their hit ‘Hold It Down’ at the gym back in 2012 –

Their appearance on the Capital Punishment event came about completely by accident, after Eren and Luke from the band were at the gym during the filming of a documentary about TRAD TKO’s Marianne Marston, who headlines the October 25th event.

Whilst there Eren and Luke met with Marianne’s promoter Dave Murphy, who asked them if they would be interested in doing a personal appearance on the show, no surprise as they are big boxing fans Eren and Luke agreed in an instant.

Coincidently shortly before taking with Mr Murphy, Eren and Luke hit it off with former British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton – who is well known for his boxing based Rapping and a new alliance was born.

Darren Hamilton with the MBC Championship belt that gym mate Marianne Marston challenges for on Saturday

Darren Hamilton with the MBC Championship belt that gym mate Marianne Marston challenges for on Saturday

The upshot being that on Saturday night Darren will also make a guest appearance, performing a specially composed Rap song with the Limitless crew.

“Yeah we’re big boxing fans, that’s one of the reasons we shot the Hold It Down video at the TRAD TKO. We wanted an authentic feel and believe we got just that.

We’re really looking forward to performing on Saturday night, it’ll be a lot of fun and who knows, we may even get some new fans, plus we get to watch some boxing, you can’t get better than that.

It’s going to be an interesting set, of course we have to do Hold It Down, but I think the other tracks will have the right feel and hopefully set the tone for the night, exciting all action stuff.

Should be a lot of fun with Darren (Hamilton), he’s a great guy, laid back and a really clever rapper as well, so should be a lot fun.

Yeah, East End boys performing at a legendary East End venue in front of an East End crowd, it doesn’t get better than that.

Then after we perform we’ll have a great night cheering on the TRAD TKO boys to victory and of course cheering Marianne on to her winning the title, can’t wait, really looking forward to it.”

Boxing on CBSLimitless, featuring Darren Hamilton, will be performing some of their hits at the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event, which is headlined by the Baz Rehman sponsored Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas MBC Internation title clash, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday, 25th October 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at and – or call the ticket line on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.

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