Southern Area Champion Freddie Turner is aiming for further Championship honours in a few weeks time, when he faces Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson for the British Masters Gold Light Middleweight title, at the TRAD TKO Events, in association with Junction 17 Cars and Vic’s Gym, promoted FAST & FURIOUS event at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday 8th March 2014.
It’s less than a year since Freddie signed with Johnny Eames and TRAD TKO Events, but in that short period of time Freddie has gone from making one or two outings a year to being a regular feature on TRAD TKO shows, culminating in the Southern Area title clash against longtime holder Nathan Graham in October.
In what was without doubt one of the fights of the year, Freddie reigned victorious, but it was a very close run decision, which was testament to both warriors, who went toe to toe for every second of the ten rounds.
With the Southern Area belt firmly in his custody, Freddie made it clear that he wanted further Championship action as soon as possible, so with a new venue, along with new sponsors in Junction 17 Cars, Johnny obliged by arranging for Freddie to headline TRAD TKO’s first show at the Cresset in Peterborough.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of father and son coaching team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Gym, Freddie spoke of his upcoming showdown with Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson, as well as his Southern Area title victory.
“Yeah that’s right, two fights, two titles, although a lesser one than the Southern Area, but it’s still a title and obviously twelve rounds, which means I have another two rounds to prepare for.
Chris, well he’s a game kid and I see it being a similar fight to the last one, everyone’s going to enjoy it for sure, as they did the last one.
Nathan Graham, that was a tough fight, obviously he was my first live ‘live’ opponent, it’s a massive step from journeyman to live opponent, remember he was the Champion and wanted to keep his title.
I’ve looked back on the fight and think I could have done more, I wasn’t worried, but I wanted to make sure I could do the ten easily enough, I did, I did it easy, had a lot left in the tank, so could have put more in there.
Good finish from Nathan Graham, put me down in the ninth, which was a bit unnerving as I’ve never been down before, but I got up and got through the ninth and won the tenth.
I believe this shows that I am that class now and so Johnny’s done it again and got me another title, this time a step up to twelve rounds, very similar opponent to Nathan, Chris is a very game kid, a former Masters Champion with plenty of pride.
It’s going to be a humdinger, he can punch a bit, which will be exciting for the watching crowd.
Since I signed for the TRAD TKO last year my career has gone from strength to strength, from maybe four rounds twice a year to regular fights and a title, then a little rest over Christmas and straight back again into another title fight, I definitely can’t complain.
It’s a little bit of a distance from the lads, normally my fights are fairly local, so we are laying on coaches for my fans, but anyone that see that last fight knows it’s worth the trip, because you do get a good night, you don’t get to see many fights like that.
People pay their hard earned money to come see me, so I like to give the fans what they want to see, a real good fight.”
Freddie Turner versus Chris Jenkinson, for the British Masters Gold Light Middleweight title, headlines the TRAD TKO Events, in association with Junction 17 Cars and Vic’s Gym, FAST & FURIOUS event at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday March 8th.
Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated) and £50 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
BILLY MORGAN: ‘GRANT’S VERY TALENTED BUT IT’S UP TO ME TO BULLY HIM, BREAK HIS HEART AND BEAT THE FIGHT OUT OF HIM.’
Rising light-welter prospect Billy Morgan concedes he was a boy in a man’s world when he dived into the profession as a willowy 20 year old back in 2010.
But the triple national junior champion and Young England rep has latterly added the brawn to supplement his unquestionable skill set and is expecting to soar up the rankings in 2014.
Already unbeaten in nine, the 23 year old stylist from Canning Town in London’s East End resumes his career at The Copper Box on February 15th with a fascinating six rounder against Tottenham’s former ABA champion Michael Grant.
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Boxing writer Glynn Evans caught up with the Cockney plumber to evaluate his life as a fighter and speculate about what promises to be a bright future.
Canning Town is one of the more notorious districts of the East End and proper fighting terrain. What was it like growing up there?
There were loads of characters when I was a nipper but a lot have moved out now and it’s changing.
I had a terrific childhood. For a while, my family owned a pub in Canning Town so I was brought up around that environment too; all the great 60s and 70s music. My great uncle, also called Billy Morgan, had been a good amateur who sparred Henry Cooper but then met my aunt and never went pro.
As a very young kid, I was always out on the street playing football and getting up to mischief but, from the age of about 11, I was always in the boxing gym so didn’t get involved in some of the more serious stuff.
Being a boxer but also very small for my age, other kids would always be challenging: ‘How do you think you’d get on with me, then?’But I always stood my ground. It was usually just ‘front’ from them and I rarely had to prove myself.
Most the kids I grew up alongside got themselves in trouble with the police; thieving cars and bikes. Thankfully, I choose a different path.
From the age of 11, you trained for a decade under the venerable Micky May at the West Ham ABC. Micky trained well over one hundred national amateur champions. What was it that made him and the club so successful?
Again, things have changed. When I was there we had a great squad kids like Dudley O’Shaughnessy and the Nugent brothers. We all went to different schools but looked out for each other and stayed in contact. It was like a family.
I loved going the gym so much that I’d go an hour early to chat and have banter with the lads. I’d train for two hours then stay another hour afterwards.
Everywhere we boxed we’d take loads of parents and supporters. Wherever we fought, we’d always be like the home club. My first fight was up in Darlington in the north-east yet we still took a mini van up there. We always had massive support.
We all really looked up to Micky. He was very disciplined and took no bullshit. He spoke the truth. If you boxed bad, he let you know, if you did well, he’d congratulate you.
He could get very worked up and passionate. He’d be banging the canvas and swearing at the officials and always craved perfection. I’ll never forget when I boxed in the National Feds quarter-final in Bristol. I was very slow out the blocks and, though I probably still won the first round, Micky went absolutely ballistic when I got back to the corner; slapped my face, slapped my legs and told me if I didn’t stop the kid next round, I’d get no water for the rest of the championship!
Though I delivered that stoppage, he was still banging on about that first round all the way home. But next time I went to the gym, I was hell bent on improving. I never started slowly again and went on to win the national title that year.
You turned pro at 20 in October 2010 but your back up team has restricted you to just nine starts whilst your ‘man strength’ develops. Retrospectively, do you regret not staying on in the amateurs a little longer?
No regrets but I do sometimes wonder: ‘What if….?’ Could I have won a senior ABAs and had success at the major international tournaments as a senior?
But I made my bed so have to lie in it. I’m glad I’ve been brought through slowly. This camp, all my sparring opponents have commented on how much stronger I look, how much harder I’m hitting. I’m now holding my own with mature men in sparring.
In hindsight, I spent too long starving myself as an amateur to keep my weight low. I’d eat nothing, train on an empty stomach then struggle to hold my food down when I ate afterwards. Now I’ve sorted my nutrition and I’m far stronger.
Why is training at the TKO gym in Canning Town under Jimmy and Mark Tibbs such a good place for a young prospect to blossom?
It’s a very busy gym with loads of different sparring. Also you’re able to sit down and study top calibre fighters such as Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Buglioni and Freddie Turner as they work out. All us young prospects just bounce off each other. There’s plenty of quality banter flying about.
You can feel the presence of Jimmy Tibbs as soon as he enters the gym. It’s becoming the same with Mark (Tibbs). While Mark is more ‘hands on’ with me, Jimmy is always watching, pulling you aside and giving his input.
Mark has been like a best friend to me, ferrying me around for sparring. Michael Grant has also been training at the TKO with (coach) Barry Smith. I train around lunch time and Michael’s supposed to train evenings but he’s been slipping in a bit earlier to have a crafty spy on me as I finish my sessions (laughs)!
You continue to work full time as a plumber. Juggling that with the boxing must be difficult.
It’s a strain, yeah. The only advantage really is that it delivers a regular wage during the periods when I haven’t been active.
After a really competitive sparring session, you just want to chill, relax, take a nap. But I have to dive in the van and get back to a site where I might have to listen to a client constantly moaning. Sometimes it’s hard to hold your cool but you have to be professional.
One day, hopefully, I’ll be in a position to give the job up and focus full time on my dream.
How do you assess your opening three years as a professional? Are you happy with the progress you’ve made and the performances you’ve delivered?
I’m definitely happy with the developments I’ve made under the guidance of Mark and Jimmy. Physically, they’ve got me into the best shape of my life, really developed my body and my skills. The transformation in my physique is unreal.
Performance wise, thus far I’ve got through against fully mature men using just my skill. This year, hopefully, I’ll be able to show more strength wise.
I’ve also benefitted from a lot of quality sparring with championship level guys like Kevin Mitchell and Colin Lynes. Colin’s a top, top bloke with a heart of gold. He really helps me out by talking me through spars, correcting my mistakes after.
I’ve had a few spars with Carl Frampton another very good fighter. He’s a lot lighter and we’ve got the 18oz gloves on but he sharpens me up, just like I used to sharpen Kevin (Mitchell) up. I’ve also done work with (ex Southern Area light-welter king) Danny Connor and several of the other lads at Alex Wilkie’s gym. They’ve been very helpful to me.
You’ve been inactive since you suffered a nasty cut whilst winning a three round technical decision over Oldham’s Ashley Mayall at Wembley Arena seven months ago. Is everything now in order?
Yeah, the cut’s healed really well. Thankfully I had Mark, Jimmy and the late Dean (Powell) to remind me that I’ve a long career ahead of me so there was no need for me to rush back. I was offered a fight at The Copper Box in November but we let it go to allow the wound more time to heal. No rush, no risks.
You were managed by the late Dean Powell from the start of your career. His passing in September must have been a great shock and great loss to you?
Terrible. It shook me bad and I felt very alone because Dean was always on the phone cheering me up during periods of inactivity. He’d tell me he had plans for a big future for me. It was he who introduced me to the pros and we were on our journey together. A great loss. Very sad.
2014 promises to be an important year for your career. What do you hope it brings?
I hope I’ll close the year 15-0. It’s entirely up to Frank (Warren), Jimmy and Mark but I’d love to be at 10 round level and have something like a Southern Area or English title belt around my waist. From that platform, I could work my way to British, Commonwealth, European and hopefully, eventually, world titles.
Above all, I’m looking forward to facing better opposition because I know that will bring out the best in me. The journeymen I’ve faced -bar Dan Naylor and Ashley Mayall – just came to survive. If the opponent comes to win, comes to throw punches back, I’ll be able to find angles for my shots and start to look good.
Your six rounder against former English title challenger Michael Grant at The Copper Box represents a significant step up in class. What’s your assessment of Grant?
Mike’s a very talented fighter, no doubt; a sharp, slick boxer. If you stand off him and allow him to bounce around, he’ll box yer ears off. Some are saying he was unlucky against Karl Place and was handling Terry Flanagan until he blew out of gas.
I was hoping the fight might be an eight rounder but, because of my break, it’s probably wise to come back over six.
I expect Michael to show ambition for the first two or three rounds but it’s up to me to bully him, break his heart and beat the fight out of him. We’ll see if he can handle my pressure.
After eight gigs at York Hall and one at Wembley, you must be excited about the prospect of showcasing your wares at The Copper Box.
I can’t wait. Wembley Arena was a big step up from the York Hall but this is another level altogether. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a big event. I’ve attended both of the previous promotions there as a fan. It’s a great venue, the atmosphere is fantastic and there’s not a single bad seat.
And my fans are even more excited about it than me. I’ve already done about 300 tickets so hopefully I’ll be getting a few songs and plenty of cheers. Obviously The Copper Box is not far from Canning Town so, down the line, I’d love to be selling it out as a main event.
What do you hope to achieve from next weekend’s promotion?
I want people to finally start taking notice of me and make a real statement. So far my pro career has been a bit slow but now I want to start climbing through the rankings and, as fans are leaving the arena, I want them saying Billy Morgan gave a great performance. I want them to be expecting good things from me in the future.
What’s your assessment of the British light-welter division?
I think it’s packed with talent. Darren Hamilton is a very good champion then you’ve got the likes of Ricky Boylan, Chris Jenkins, Tom Stalker and Bradley Saunders coming through. They’re all great prospects and potentially big fights for me down the line. It’s great to be a part of it all.
When the time is right, I’m confident I can compete with any of them. It’s a route I’m willing to take. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.
Finally, have you given yourself a time scale for when you expect to be competing for major titles?
That’s entirely dependent on Mark, Jimmy and Frank Warren. Right now, I’m still boxing at six round level but by the end of 2014, I’d like to be fighting 10 rounders and would expect to be making a British title challenge on a big show around the summer of 2015. Meanwhile, I’m happy to just keep me nut down and keep developing.
Morgan Relishing Showdown Against Gym Mate Grant On Feb 15th
There’s a real buzz at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, no surprise really when you realize that the likes of British, Commonwealth and WBO International Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, WBO European Super Middleweight Champion Frankie Buglioni are in camp preparing to defend their titles, as well as Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Freddie Turner, International Masters Silver Light Heavyweight Champion Joel McIntyre and WBU European Super Bantamweight Championship challenger Marianne Marston also in camp preparing for upcoming title fights in March.
But it’s not those upcoming title fights that’s causing the biggest buzz at Johnny Eames’ famous East End fight factory, not by a long shot, without doubt that accolade lays firmly with TRAD TKO gym mates Canning Town’s Billy Morgan and Enfield’s Michael Grant’s impending showdown at the Copper Box in Stratford on Saturday 15th February.
It’s rare for two fighters from the same gym to face each other, so it should come as no surprise that this fight has created a little division, albeit mainly with copious amounts of friendly banter ebbing and flowing between both camps.
Coached by father and son team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, young Billy has earned himself the reputation as a classy boxer, racking up excellent points wins over the toughest journeymen around, against the likes of Dan Carr (twice), Robin Deakin, Sid Razak, Yousseff Al Hamidi (twice), Marc Callaghan and Dan Naylor.
In his last fight, back in July last year, Billy stepped up a level to beat Oldham’s Ashley Mayall, but in doing so suffered a bad cut that kept him out of action for the rest of the year, however at the same time the Canning Town youngster proved without doubt that he has Championship potential.
So no surprise, now he and his highly experienced coaching team feel he’s ready to step up another level, in order to begin focusing on hitting the Championship trail later this year, something he made clear when he spoke earlier.
“Yeah, I’m fighting Michael at the Copper Box on the 15th, it’s a bit strange for us both I think, we know each other really well and both train here at the TRAD TKO.
It’s not just a battle between us, it’s also one between our trainers, there’s been a bit of banter flying round, between Barry (Smith), Johnny (Eames) and Mark and Jimmy (Tibbs), it’s lighthearted stuff but you know it means a lot to both camps.
But it’s all business on the night, I’ve known people fight their best mates, at the end of the day it’s a fight that takes you up the rankings.
Billy Joe (Saunders), Frankie (Buglioni) and Freddie (Turner) have all won titles recently, now I want to start fighting for titles too, so this fight makes a lot of sense to me.
Michael wants it, I want it, it’s a step up in class for me and Michael wants to get back in there and mix it up with the best, why not, it makes sense.
Yeah, the fans are buzzing for it, as soon as I mentioned who I was fighting everyone wanted to come.
We’ve had really, really good spars in the past so we’ll see what happens on the night.
Either way, It will be a great fight, could even be fight of the night.”
Billy Morgan versus Michael Grant features on the undercard of Dereck Chisora versus Kevin Johnson WBA/WBO International Heavyweight title fight, that headlines the Frank Warren promoted ‘ROCK THE BOX’ at the Copper Box in Stratford on Saturday 15th February 2014.
Tickets priced, £40 (Upper Concourse), £50 (Lower Seating Bowl), £70 (Floor) and £120 (Ringside) are available at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TRAD TKO Ticket Line on 07960 850645.
TRAD TKO head honcho Johnny Eames announces the latest offering from the TRAD TKO Events team, in association with Junction 17 Cars and Vic’s Gym – FAST & FURIOUS – a Night of Championship Boxing at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday 8th March 2014.
Heading up the bill is the British Masters Gold Light Middleweight Championship bout, between TRAD TKO’s very own Freddie Turner and Bolton’s Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson.
Turner, who is unbeaten in nine, goes straight back into Championship action, following his being crowned Southern Area Champion back in October, after a close victory over longtime champ Nathan Graham.
Jenkinson also comes into this fight a reigning Champ, having secured the International Masters Silver Light Middleweight title, by way of a sensational eighth round KO of Lyndon Newman back in July last year.
Another unbeaten TRAD TKO favourite, Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre also gets his second taste of Championship action, having secured the International Masters Silver Light Heavyweight title, with a virtual shutout victory (100-92 points margin) over local rival Danny Couzens, back in November.
On March 8th McIntyre faces a yet to be named opponent for the International Masters Light Heavyweight crown.
Unbeaten local teen star Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin finally gets his wish and steps up to a six rounder, against a yet to be named opponent.
Tommy’s record stands at six fights, six wins, two by stoppage, including a sensational first round stoppage of Waqas Ahmed on his last outing in November last year.
Former amateur star Paul Upton get’s the third pro outing of his fledgling career, against a yet to be named opponent.
Upton wowed the York Hall crowd on both his outings to date, on way to securing shutout points victories over Dee Mitchell in July and Duane Green in October.
Chatteris, Cambs’ unbeaten Featherweight, Jordan Gill, makes his first outing on a TRAD TKO show, against a yet to be named opponent.
Gill comes into the fight on the back of a sensational thirty six second first round knockout of Aaron Flinn back in October.
Last but not least sees former Royal Marine and Amateur star Ricky Rose making his professional debut.
Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated) and £50 (Ringside) are available from the TKO Box Office, Tel: 07960 850645 or book on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com
Alternatively tickets can be purchased in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Junction 17 Cars in Peterborough or from any of the boxers taking part.
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
TRAD TKO’s sensational young Heavyweight prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius is back in action this coming Friday, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS show at York Hall.
As I’m sure many of you will recall, that back in May Johnny boldly stated that the two time Lithuanian Amateur Heavyweight Champion is a future World Champion.
Two exceptional stoppage wins later and now it seems many of the established boxing hierarchy are of the same opinion as the esteemed Mr Eames.
The normal route for an upcoming fighter is to be ‘eased in’ with moderately easy fights at first, not so for Paulius, for his first fight Johnny selected Frantisek Kynkal, whose record stood at three fights, two wins both by stoppage finish and the one loss on his debut.
Paulius made short work of the Czech, stopping him in just two minutes and twenty five seconds of the first round.
On his second outing, in July, Johnny selected Latvian Janis Ginters, who like Kynkal was straight coming off a first round stoppage win, as well as two having two stoppage finishes on his record.
Once again Paulius proved his credentials, stopping the Latvian #3 ranked Ginters after one minute and forty two seconds of the second round.
For his upcoming third bout, this coming Friday, Johnny is lining up another serious test for the big Lithuanian, whilst no details have been released at this time, it is expected to be yet another stern test for the 24 year old.
Facing such opponents clearly doesn’t faze Paulius one iota, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.
“Yeah, Johnny is keeping me busy, which I like.
I won both my fights by stoppage, I think I the next one will be the same, I hope, I’m working on that.
We’re working well, training hard, you see the results.
The first ones were easy, wasn’t really hard fights for me, I know my skills, I know what to do.
My opponent, just looking at him I straight away know what to do, this is my skills, I have fifteen years boxing so I look at my opponent and know what to do, my strategy and how I can box him.
I don’t know his name, I think he’s British, I don’t know his name but it doesn’t matter anyway, I think he’s not happy for that, fighting with me but you can’t say nothing before a fight when it’s heavyweight, one punch and the fight is finishing, both ways, so I’m not saying I will knock him out or he will knock me out, we’re just boxing and we’ll see.
I’ve been sparring with many guys, big names as well, so I’m ready to get back into the big ring.
Thanks for the support of my fans, everyone else come and support me for the more knockouts I’m going to do.”
Paulius Kasiulevicius, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Nathan Graham’s Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that 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 £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Paulius or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
St Neots, Cambridgeshire’s exciting teenage prospect Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin is back in action this coming Friday, when he takes on the highly experienced Ibrar Riaz on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in London on Friday 18th October.
Nineteen year old Tommy, who is unbeaten in four outings, put on a stunning performance, when he faced Kristian Laight back in July.
The noticeable step up in form, was clearly due to the fact that Tommy was making his first outing under the expert guidance of his then newly appointment coach Barry Smith.
Tommy oozed confidence from every pore, his movement was sublime and each attack was carried out with precision more akin to that of a Swiss watch movement.
Round by round Tommy schooled the highly experienced Laight like someone with many more years boxing under his belt, picking his shots like a Shogun picks his weapon, Tommy wasted nothing as he systematically tore apart Laight.
Laight put up a great fight, just Tommy was in a class of his own, after four superb all action rounds Ritchie Davies declared the youngster victorious by a shutout 40-36 points margin.
Following yet another full on training session, under the watchful eyes of Barry Smith, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Tommy spoke of his upcoming bout.
“I can’t wait, I’m really enjoying training at the minute, with Barry Smith and Johnny (manager and promoter Johnny Eames).
It’s nice to shake things up a bit, get stuck in with Barry and looking at a different way of fighting now.
We’ve been improving, as shown in the last fight, that’s why I think we’re going off in the same way this time.
It was a big improvement the last fight and we haven’t been out of the gym since then, I’m learning every day and loving it.
Hopefully this’ll be my last four rounder, I’ve been asking for more than six from Johnny but as he says I am only nineteen and he’s putting the reins on me a bit. That’s not a problem as I’m just getting out there and boxing.
I’ve just got a new sponsor onboard, Junction 17 Cars, they’re looking after me while I’m up here in London, making sure that all the financial side is all sorted so I can focus on the boxing and the winning.
I don’t really know anything about my opponent, to be honest I never look into the opponents because I trust my manager, I’m happy just to wait and see on the night.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has bought tickets again, when you get behind me it makes me want to improve as a fighter so that I can please you lot, so keep coming and I’ll keep fighting well.”
Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin versus Ibrar Riaz, features on the undercard of the Nathan Graham Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that 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 £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Tommy or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
Exciting London based Albanian Middleweight prospect Festim Lama makes his third professional outing on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall on Friday 18th October 2013.
24 year Lama had a stellar amateur career, having fought over fourty fights in the UK and numerous more as a youngster in his homeland, before turning professional with renowned coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames, in February this year.
Since turning pro Lama has wowed the York Hall faithful with two sensational, all action, performances.
In his first, against Newcastle’s Didier Blanch, Lama dominated the proceedings, with his ever forward double handed attacks, ultimately stopping Blanch on the fourty four second mark of the third round.
In his second bout, against Trowbridge’s Dan Blackwell, it was more of the same, although this time Blackwell proved more durable than Blanch, having survived the full twelve minutes of non-stop attack.
Following a training session at the famous East End fight factory universally known as the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Lama spoke briefly about his upcoming bout.
“I feel good, I’ve been training hard, I can’t wait to fight now, it’s been three or four months now since I last had a fight.
The first one I stopped him in the third round and the second one I won it in points, that was a good fight and now I got this fight.
I’m aggressive, that’s my style really, I go forward, take them to war you know, that’s the way I fight.
It’s a hundred percent I will win the fight, I’m ready for war on October 18th.
We’ll see where we go you know, this will be another four rounder, then maybe we step up to six rounds next fight, that’s what I’m looking for.
I have a lot of support this time, lots of Albanians are coming to support me and any Albanians that know me are welcome to come and support me, that’ll be good.
I’m going to give them a good fight, I’m going to take that man to work, so it’s going to be a great night.”
Festim Lama, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash, that 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 £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
Canning Town’s Freddie Turner is set for his first taste of Championship boxing in just over a weeks time, when he challenges Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Nathan Graham for his crown on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall on Friday 18th October 2013.
A reinvigorated Turner has put in a couple of stunning performances since signing with renowned coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames, back in January.
After fighting just the once in 2012, it was less than four weeks, from signing, that Turner made his first outing under the TRAD TKO banner, scoring a solid points win over Costas Osben in February.
Next up Turner was supposed to fight on the undercard of Colin Lynes versus Beka Sutidze, but unfortunately due to illness had to withdraw.
However he didn’t have to wait too long for his next outing, which came in July, on the TRAD TKO Events TURF WAR event, when he faced Birmingham’s Max ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell.
After a cautious start against the former British Title challenger, Turner stepped up the pace to turn in one of the most sensational performances of his career, to score a locked out 60-54 points victory.
It was after this near perfect performance, against Maxwell, that Johnny to bring the proposed title shot forward, no surprise really the East Londoner leapt at the chance to challenge Graham for his Southern Area title.
Following a training session, with future Hall of Famer Jimmy Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Gym, Turner spoke briefly about the positive change in his career since joining Johnny, as well as the upcoming title shot.
“Johnny said he’d get it, what can I say he done exactly what he said he’d do.
I’ve not even been with Johnny a year and he’s done everything he said he’d do.
I’ve had it before where people said they’d do things and they didn’t, Johnny’s done it, what can I say he’s got me more fights than he said he’d get me by now, he did say he’d get me a title shot and he’s done it, I can’t fault him at all, I’m really happy about everything.
It’s improved my boxing, everybody’s been saying how good I’ve been looking, this is all due to I’m feeling good and I’m settled, as I have a plan and I’ve got a future.
Before I didn’t know what I was doing, it was all over the place but now it’s going smooth, everything’s going perfect, I just cannot wait for the 18th, I really can’t.
I’ve seen Nathan about, bits and bobs of his fights, before when I was a Welterweight I was looking at fighters in that division
I’m really tall for a Welter, I filled out over the past few months and started to grow into a man really. I’m punching hard, I’ve gone to Light Middle and I feel comfortable.
He looks capable, he knows what he’s doing, he’s gone the distance a few times, I mean he’s the Champion, you don’t get that for being nothing.
It’s going to be a good fight, I’m not into bad mouthing or slagging off, but I do believe that I’ll beat him and beat him well.
It’s going to be a good fight, I hope he brings his best because I am.
It’s for the fans that I do boxing, I’m an entertainer, I love to entertain and for the fans to come all the way to York Hall and spend their hard earned money, I know it’s tough but it makes it worth while, when it gets tough in there to hear the people you know shouting and screaming for you, it makes it all worth while.
All I can say Is that I’m always grateful and that I’m really, really happy that I have such a good fan base, I love them all, I’m really happy for them and hope they enjoy the night.”
Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight 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 £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
Oldham’s Mark Heffron is set for a tough test on the 4th October, when he faces recent Italian Super Middleweight Champion Roberto ‘The Hammer’ Cocco on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS mega event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
In his career to date, Mark has racked up a six victories, five of which were by early stoppage.
On his pro debut back in September 2010, at the Bekkerfield Festival in Heerlen, Holland, Mark knocked out Germany’s Torsten Roos in the second round, just thirteen days later, at the Urania Hall, Olszten, Poland he scored a points victory over homeboy Arek Malek.
Fifteen days later Mark was on his travels once more, this time to the Dr. Papp Laszio Sporthall in Szentes, Hungary, where he dispatched the home fighter Attila Molnar in the first round.
Just over a month later Mark was once again in action, this time he had a much shorter trip, to the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, where he knocked out Burnley’s Chris O’Brien in just one minute and ten seconds of the first round.
Five months later Mark headed to the City West Hotel in Dublin, where he stopped Spain’s David Pulido in the third.
It would be a whole year before Mark was next in action, once again he packed his bags and headed to Holland, where he dispatched Frenchman Fehti Bentafna inside the first round.
With only the one outing in 2012 and none so far in 2013, Mark is clearly fired up at getting some serious ring action on October 4th, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.
“I’m really pleased to be fighting at York Hall next week.
It’s been well over a year since I last fought, so October 4th can’t come quick enough for me.
Gary (manager Gary Hyde) has got me a good opponent, Roberto Cocco, he only lost his Italian title in June so I’m sure he wants to get back to winning ways, as much as I want to keep my unbeaten record.
Fights like these are what the fans want, it’s also what I want, I don’t want an easy ride, I’m a fighter and I want to fight the best.
He may have a lot more experience than me, he’s had twenty three fights to my six, but stoppage wise we’re five apiece.
I can’t wait, it’s going to be a cracking fight and the fans are going to love it.”
Mark Heffron versus Roberto Cocco features on the Dave Murphy, Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com – www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – or direct from Mark or any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.
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