In just over a week’s time former English, British and European Cruiserweight Champion Terry Dunstan dons gloves once more, when he takes part in the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym Charity Spar-Boxing Tournament, in association with the World Boxing Union and in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, takes place at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex IG8 8AE on Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Terry, who thrilled the crowds for close to two decades with his all action and power punching style, virtually dominated the domestic scene in the late nineties.
In 1995 Terry beat then Champ Dennis Andries to lift the coveted Lonsdale belt, nine months later Terry once again beat Dennis in the rematch before going on to successfully defend the British crown against John ‘Buster’ Keaton just three months later.
Terry vacated the title in February 1998, after successfully beating Alexander Gurov, by a sensational first round knockout, to become the EBU European Cruiserweight Champion.
Six weeks later Terry vacated the European crown, to challenge Imamu Mayfield for IBF World Cruiserweight laurels, in doing so suffered his first career loss.
It would be twenty one months before the Vauxhall based slugger challenged for Championship honours once more, when he faced and lost to Carl Thompson.
It would be nine years before fans of big Tel got to see their hero in action once more, and eleven before they see him back on the Championship trail.
In December 2010 Terry once again strapped a Championship belt round his waist, when he secured the English title.
Terry’s last ring action came some seven months later, when he unsuccessfully challenged Ola Afolabi for the WBO Inter-Continental title.
Now training people in the art of Boxing, Terry can be found passing on his undoubted skills to others at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town.
It was after one of these sessions, at the famous East End fight factory, that Terry took a few moments to talk about his return to the ring, for a worthy cause.
“Of course, of course I’ll go out there for a good cause, it’s for the Indee Rose Trust and I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.
I jumped at it as soon as Johnny Eames said to me about the event, I said I’d love to do it, of course I did, it’s for Charity.
It’ll be good fun, I was going to have a kick about at the football tournament, I was hoping to score the winning goal, but the football didn’t happen last year so I’ll box instead.
Like I said it’s all for Charity, you can’t get better than that, boxing again and for a good cause.”
ABOUT THE INDEE ROSE TRUST AND THE SPAR-BOXING TOURNAMENT
For the past few years the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym has held an annual Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in Aid of the Indee Rose Trust, however, due to being let down on a venue in 2013, the illustrious team at the East London fight factory had to rethink their fund raising efforts for this extremely worthwhile cause, that provides support for children who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.
Gym partners Johnny Eames and Gianluca Di Caro brainstormed with some of the regular supporters and participants of the Football Tournament, one suggested a Boxing Tournament, featuring some of the TRAD TKO old boys and their rivals.
No surprise that when TRAD TKO former stars boxers, such as WBU Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, WBU Lightweight Champ Graham Earl and British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian Napa, to name just a few, were approached with the concept, they loved it and in an instant to a man signed up to take part.
Within hours a virtually full card of fights were made, as stars such as WBU Middleweight Champion Wayne Elcock, British & European Cruiserweight Champ Terry Dunstan, WBO Super Featherweight Champion Nicky Cook, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh, Southern Area Champion and WBU Middleweight challenger Gary Logan, Southern Area Light Middleweight Champ Tony Hudson, British Champion Patrick Mullins as well as Gary Barron, Mark Ford, Joe Elfidh, Lee Beavis, along with TRAD TKO Coaches Ben Doughty, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Tony Cesay and Michael Sprott’s coach Andrew Edge signed up to fight.
The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym Charity Spar-Boxing Event, in association with the World Boxing Union and in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, takes place at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex IG8 8AE on Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Tickets, priced £80 (inclusive of an evening of quality spar-boxing, three course meal and after party) are available from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or through the TKO Box Office – www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the ticket line on 07960 850645.
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
Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.acourtier.com – www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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South London’s Angel McKenzie challenges Germany’s Jennifer Retzke For World Crown On ‘Home Turf’ On October 4th.
Over the past few years former Big Brother star Angel ‘The Entertainer’ McKenzie has had a couple of title shots, unfortunately all were abroad and on very short notice, but now this is about to change, as the Brixton based pugilist is in the last stages of her preparations to challenge Germany’s Jennifer Retzke for the GBC World Light Welterweight crown on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events Promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS EVENT, At York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday the 4th October.
As previously stated previously, Angel is not new to challenging for titles, the first being in February 2011, when she faced Lucia Morelli for the vacant WIBF Lightweight title, in Germany.
Just five months later Angel travelled to Spain, to challenge Mikaela Lauren for the WPBF crown.
Then in October 2012, she once again made the trek to Germany, this time to challenge Marie Riederer for the vacant WIBF Light Welterweight title.
In each case Angel went the distance, losing by points decision, something that Angel herself put down to her taking the fights at short notice, as well as possibly a little home advantage for her opponents.
However this time around things are likely to be very different, for a start Angel will have had ten weeks preparation for this fight, as well as the benefits of a new coach, Dean Knight and of course fighting for a title in her home city for the first time.
Following a sparring session with British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton and long time friend Super Bantamweight Marianne Marston, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Angel spoke briefly on this golden opportunity.
“I’m very pleased to fight for a World title here in London, it’s great news.
I’m very excited and I really want to win it, I really want to bring the title to the United Kingdom.
I love boxing, I’ve travelled all around the world, I really like fighting in England and think that we deserve a title here.
We just had the Olympics here and people here are still waiting for some big sporting event victory and I’m sure I’m going to give it to them.
I’m training really, really hard, I have a very good new coach, Dean Knight, he has me in very good shape.
I like discovering myself, I’m discovering new power, everyday I learn something new, I’m still learning. I’ve been boxing all my life, yet still everyday I learn something new, I really like it.
To prepare I’ve been sparring with a lot of girls at Miguel’s Gym and Knight’s Gym, today I’m at the TRAD TKO and have been sparring Darren (British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton) and Marianne (Super Bantamweight Marianne Marston).
This is the biggest fight of my life, so I have been getting a lot of very good sparring, I have to keep sharp and keep practicing.
I was supposed to fight Jennifer two years ago, but it was cancelled because the British Boxing Board of Control wouldn’t give permission for me to fight her.
Then I was supposed to fight her a year or so ago but it didn’t go through, again because of the British Boxing Board of Control.
I think this will be the toughest fight for Jennifer so far, I looked at her record and she hasn’t fought any of the girls I fought, I’ve fought the top girls like Myriam Lamare, Anne Sophie Mathis, Jessica Balogun, Delfine Persoon, Lucia Morelli, Mikaela Lauren, all the top girls, so I’m very proud of my record and deserve a shot at the title.
This really is my chance, it’s a challenge but gives me the chance to show everything I did before, by fighting all the top girls, will pay off.
To my fans, I love you all, come and watch me on October 4th.”
Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie World title clash co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available by calling Steve’s coach Barry Smith on 07407 499714 or on-line at www.acourtier.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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TRAD TKO Boxing Gym supremo Johnny Eames today announced the line-up of the first event, from the promotional arm of the famous East London fight factory of the new season, the appropriately titled BROTHERS IN ARMS, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 18th October 2013.
Heading up the show is a real barnstormer, as Nathan Graham defends his BBBofC Southern Area Light Middleweight title, against TRAD TKO’s very own Freddie Turner.
Nathan makes not just his first defense of the crown, that he won back in December 2012, following Kris Agyei-Dua’s unfortunate fourth round retirement from a painful dislocated shoulder, but also his first ring appearance of 2013.
No such potential ring rust for Freddie, as he will be making his third outing since signing with the esteemed Mr. Eames earlier this year.
In his two previous outings, under the TRAD TKO banner, young Freddie has scored resounding points victories over Costas Osben and former British title challenger Max Maxwell.
Heading up the support sees TRAD TKO’s sensational, big punching, Heavyweight prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius back in action, against a yet to be named opponent.
No doubt once again Johnny will be looking to give the former two-time Lithuanian National Amateur Heavyweight Champion another serious test, especially after the short work he made of his previous pair of opponents.
Back in June, on his pro debut, Paulius stopped Czech Republic’s Frantisek Kynkal in just two minutes and twenty five seconds of the first round, no mean feat considering Kynkal also has a knockout reputation, stopping both his previous opponents early also.
Then back in July Paulius stopped another equally big hitter, Janis Ginters, who in May stopped Ivo Apsitis and then just two weeks before locking horns at York Hall with Paulius also stopped Deniss Grocevs, no soft option as both these Ginters victims fell in the first.
Another of the TRAD TKO stable of unbeaten prospects that will be in action, on October 18th, is Middleweight Festim Lama.
With just two fights under his belt young Festim is proving to be quite a crowd pleaser, due to his all action, non-stop pressuring, fight style. In his first outing Festim stopped Didier Blanch in the third, then back in June scored a shut out points victory over Dan Blackwell.
Teen Lightweight sensation Tommy Martin makes his fifth outing in under a year, since signing with the aforementioned Johnny Eames.
On his last outing, on the TURF WAR event in July, young Tommy put on one of the best performances of his career to date, on way to scoring a shut out points victory over Kristian Laight.
Nineteen year old Tommy will be looking to put in yet another seriously impressive performance, as he is hoping to persuade Johnny it’s time for him to step up to six rounders.
Making his pro debut will be another TRAD TKO teen, this time Basildon, Essex, Super Flyweight Joe Stevens. Johnny has high hopes for Joe and feels the kid has got what it takes to become a future title contender.
The event is titled BROTHERS IN ARMS for a very good reason, as the event will feature not just one pair of brothers but two.
The first sibling pairing is the Romford based Upton brothers, Paul and Anthony. Both were outstanding amateurs, with a host of amateur accolades under their belts.
Paul made his pro debut back in June, scoring a superb 40-37 points victory over the highly experienced Brummie Dee Mitchell, whilst Anthony will be making his pro debut on the BROTHERS IN ARMS event.
The second pairing are Onder and Siar Ozgul, who just like the Upton boys, both have world class amateur credentials, having both represented Turkey in international competition and secured an array of accolades during their amateur careers.
Onder also represented Turkey in the AIBA World Series of Boxing, so in a way already has a level of pro boxing experience.
So there we have it, once again it seems Johnny and the TRAD TKO team are serving up another sensational night of boxing, with lashings of all action, equally matched bouts, just what is needed to warm the cockles of any discerning fight fan on what will surely be a chilly mid-Autumn night in the Capital.
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
This Friday’s ‘Independence Day’ event at York Hall in London, which was to be headlined by Jennifer Retzke vs Angel McKenzie Light Middleweight World title clash, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 4th.
Promoter Dave Murphy stated “We’ve been left no option but to reschedule, after injury claimed yet another of the fighters.
This is a showpiece event, as such rather than put on a reduced quality event it has been decided to move the event lock stock and barrel to our next scheduled date at York Hall – which is October 4th.
People that have bought tickets should contact the boxer or sales agent, for a full refund.
Alternatively, from next week we will be able to exchange July 5th tickets for October 4th ones, if people would prefer that.”
The latest offering from Johnny Eames and the TRAD TKO Events crew, takes place at York hall in London on Saturday 27th July and will be headlined by the Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash.
Ian will be making the first defense of the title, he sensationally secured by a ninth round stoppage of Lewis Pettitt, back September last year.
Back in March, Dan Naylor unsuccessfully challenged Michael Devine for the Super Featherweight version of the regional title. Whilst the Gants Hill slugger may have been unsuccessful, he proved to be more than a handful, having sent Devine to the canvas in the first round.
No surprise I’m sure, that Johnny has stacked the undercard with the cream of the esteemed Mr. Eames’ famous East London fight factory.
Heading up the list of exciting young prospects from the TRAD TKO Gym is Canning Town’s very own unbeaten Welterweight Freddie Turner.
Freddie, whose career had been relatively static until signing with Johnny earlier this year, was due to have had his second outing under the TRAD TKO banner on June 1st, but unfortunately illness put paid to that.
Also unbeaten, in seven pro outings, is Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey protégé Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre.
On the 27th July Joel returns to York Hall, the scene of his recent victory over Darren McKenna, in stunning form, having been the sparring partner for British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders for the past few weeks.
Joining Joel on the show is fellow unbeaten Pompey boy Andy Gatenby, who returns to action just a few weeks after beating Delroy Spencer.
Yet another unbeaten prospect on the card is St Neot’s teen sensation Tommy Martin. On the 27th July, Nineteen year old Martin will be making his fourth pro outing.
Also unbeaten and making his fourth pro outing is Dagenham’s Ediz (Eddie) Hussein.
Young Eddie is the son of, and coached by, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein. For those that remember watching the all action big punching Mo will be in pugilistic heaven, as young Eddie is a chip of the old block.
If you were at Johnny’s June 1st event, you will remember the sensational knockout performance of Johnny’s newest Heavyweight prospect, Paulius Kasiulevicius.
Back on June 1st it took the 24 year old Bognor Regis based Lithuanian stopped Czech Republic’s Frantisek Kynkal in just two minutes and twenty five seconds, after putting him down three times!!!
Making a most welcome return to the ring on July 27th is former British Light Welterweight title challenger, Michael Grant.
Michael has been on a forced sabbatical, due to injury, since June 2011. By his performances in sparring Michael, who has always been a seriously stylish boxer with Championship potential, will be coming back stronger and with some new weapons to his already stacked arsenal.
Also on the card are two of Johnny’s new youngsters making their professional debut.
The first is sensational West Ham based Irish amateur star Paul Upton.
Paul, a two time Irish National Champion, earned many accolades during his stellar amateur career including being crowned both the Dublin Champion and Ulster Senior Champion, as well as a silver medalist at the Four Nations.
Joining Paul on the night will be another teen sensation, Joe Stevens, who Johnny describes as a ‘great little stylist’.
Johnny also previously stated that he intended to move Joe along slowly, as he has the potential to go all the way, nuff said!
Tickets, priced £35 and £60, for the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’, at York Hall on Saturday 27th July 2013, are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London. For further information call 07960 850645
Irish Light Middleweight Champion Lee Murtagh is the latest addition to the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ extravaganza at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday 5th July.
On his most recent defense, Murtagh, who won the Irish title back in July 2012, after Joe Hillerby retired with a dislocated shoulder, was involved in a classic toe-to-toe Battle Royale with Ballyclare’s Willie Thompson.
Right from the off, both protagonists battled for control of centre ring, which was just fine for the raucous Ulster Hall crowd, who always enjoy a good old fashioned war.
Besides some questionable use of the head by Thompson, the bout was a small hall classic, after ten all action rounds the man that matters, referee Paul McCullagh, scored the bout a very close 96-95, in favour of Murtagh.
On the 5th July, London’s fight fans get their first chance to watch fifty fight veteran Murtagh in action, as surprisingly it’s only now that he makes his very first appearance at York Hall.
On the night Murtagh will be campaigning in a six round bout, loosely described as a warm up, as part of his preparations for a shot at the IBO Light Middleweight Inter-Continental title in October.
Leeds based Murtagh joins fellow countrymen, WBU Lightweight World Champion Stephen Ormond and Steve Collins, no not the legendary ‘Celtic Warrior’ but his son Steve Jr.
Keeping the Irish theme Manchester based Maxine McCarthy makes her most welcome return to the ring, against Julija Cvetkova.
Speaking from his Leeds home Murtagh spoke briefly on his joy of fighting at the York Hall for the first time.
“I didn’t expect to be fighting in the UK again, so am really overjoyed to be fighting at York Hall on July 5th.
The show might be in London but there’s a heavy Irish presence. Besides myself Stephen Ormond and Steve Collins Jr. are also fighting and I’ve just heard that Maxine McCarthy has been added to the card, so there’ll be four of us there.
This will be my first outing this year, but from what I’ve been told by promoter Dave Murphy it definitely isn’t my last. He’s told me he already has a title fight lined up for me in October.
I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but that doesn’t matter as I’m ready for anyone.
My training camp has been first class so I know I’m going to be a hundred percent ready.
I’m gonna go out there and put in a really good performance on the 5th July, I want an impressive win to show the fans what to expect when I fight for the title in October.”
Lee Murtagh versus a yet to be named opponent is set to feature on the support card of the historic Female Light Middleweight World Championship battle between Jennifer Retzke and Angel McKenzie headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 5th July 2013.
Tickets, priced £30 (Gallery), £35 (Ground floor standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com – www.acourtier.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 from any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.
Earlier this year TRAD TKO Boxing Gym head honcho Johnny Eames announced that he will be promoting events in 2013, keeping to his word Johnny last night announced that his first UK event, tagged ‘Two Tribes Go To War’, will take place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st June 2013.
Headlining Johnny’s first show is former IBO Light Welterweight World and British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes in an International contest against Georgia’s Beka Sutidze.
Supporting Lynes-Beka Johnny has put together a solid card featuring many of the rising stars from his TRAD TKO stable, as well as a couple from Alan Smith’s squad.
On making the announcement a clearly pleased Johnny said.
“June the 1st sees the launch of TKO Events, something that should have been launched in April and then May but eventually ended up being in June.
As it’s our first show we’re really excited here at the gym, it was supposed to be a co-promotion with Spencer Fearon but Spencer has other commitments and he can’t do it, so no hard feelings there but I promised the boys fights so obviously we’ve had to go ahead with it.
I’m really looking forward to it, although I have promoted events with other promoters this will be the first time I’m promoting my own show.
It’s been a challenge, but with the help of Rio (Gianluca Di Caro), Dave Murphy and Tony Vincent we’ve slowly got it together.
We’ve had promises of sponsors, but they didn’t materialize for whatever reason but now we’ve got another sponsor in place, who put his money where his mouth is and come up with the money straight away, which has helped make the show possible.
We’ve got five or six of our own fighters on the show, plus a couple from Alan Smith in Adam Dingsdale and Lewis Pettitt.
I’m looking forward to working with Alan again, it’s been a long time since we’ve worked together.
Headlining our first show is Colin Lynes, I’ve know Colin since he was a kid so it’s a real pleasure to be promoting him.
I believe Colin’s still got a couple of titles left in him and if we get the opportunity we will progress him onto the title trail once again.
On the 1st June we have Colin fighting Beka Sutidze in a non-championship International bout.
This should be a really great fight, both boys like to go to war, so it is an appropriate headline fight for our first show, which we named ‘Two Tribes Go To War”.
Our Freddie Turner gets his second outing since signing with us in March, he’s another one we want to move onto the title trail as soon as possible.
I don’t need to say too much about Freddie as I have said it all before, Freddie is one of the most exciting young prospects around and it’s an honour to have him on board.
On the 1st June Freddie will have his work cut out, as he’s facing Jay Morris, who as I’m sure you know is as tough as old boots.
Another of the TRAD TKO boys on the show is Festim Lama, with Festim it’s a matter of what you see is what you get. He’s a tough kid, who comes to fight. He’s very, very entertaining and will be a crowd pleaser I’m sure.
Also on the show I’ve got the debut of my big heavyweight Paulius Kasiulevicius from Lithuania. Paulius is only twenty three years of age but has had plenty of amateur experience.
He’s been training with John Murray down at our sister gym, The VK Gym in Bognor, so I know he’s going to be in excellent condition for the fight.
Another new signing I have on the show is Tom Little. Tom’s improved so much under the guidance of our Barry Smith, not only in ability wise but also fitness.
In Tom’s previous five fights he’s never been totally fit, but now he’s certainly never been fitter and he’s never had as much sparring as he has had since joining us at the TRAD TKO.
It’s great to have two young heavyweight involved on our first show.
From Spencer’s camp we have Kreshnik Qato, who again I’m sure I don’t need to say too much about. Everyone knows what a warrior Nik is, he’s record says it all.
Finally we have a late addition, Eddie (Ediz) Hussein, so late we don’t even have him on the poster. I’m really pleased to have Eddie on the show, he’s another one that you know will always put on a fantastic performance.
So as you can see our first event may have been a little late coming but it’s here now and it’s going to be a great show.”
Colin Lynes versus Beka Sutidze headlines the Johnny Eames promoter ‘Two Tribes Go To War’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st June 2013.
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Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has assembled an all-star line up for his blockbuster event at Wembley Arena on Saturday 15th June, live and exclusive on The Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Top of the bill sees an explosive Trans-Atlantic heavyweight showdown between Britain’s enigmatic Dereck Chisora and unbeaten American star Deontay Wilder in a ten-round international contest.
Londoner Chisora is relishing the fight and is promising to pull off a huge upset as he targets a second world title shot. Chisora beat Argentine Hector Alfredo Avila last month at Wembley, stopping him in the ninth round – his first fight since his loss to David Haye in July last year – and sees the dynamite punching US heavyweight hope as his route back to the top.
Wilder from Tuscaloosa in Alabama and known as the “Bronze Bomber” has blasted out all 28 of his opponents with a staggering 26 of them coming inside three rounds. The Beijing Bronze medallist ended the career of Britain’s Audley Harrison last month, blitzing the Olympic Champion inside 70 seconds in his UK debut.
Chief support on the card sees an exciting all-British showdown between two unbeaten young champions in Frankie Gavin and Denton Vassell to decide who’s the best at 147lbs.
Birmingham ace Gavin, the British Welterweight Champion, makes the second defence of his title against Vassell who puts his Commonwealth title on the line.
Gavin won the title by outpointing Junior Witter last November and defended against Jason Welborn in January with seventh round stoppage. Unbeaten in 15 fights with 11 KO’s, Gavin – still Britain’s only ever World Amateur Champion – faces the toughest test of his career against his undefeated Manchester rival. Vassell has already claimed the scalp of a hot unbeaten prospect in Ronnie Heffron last November, stopping him in six rounds and will have no fear facing Gavin.
Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler returns to London, bringing his all-action style to thrill fans’ once again. The exciting new young star of British boxing aims to add a third title in back-to-back fights when he challenges for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title as he storms his way to world title shot. Butler, who holds the British title, won the Commonwealth belt last month at Wembley Arena with a devastating performance against Yaqub Kareem, stopping the champion inside five rounds.
Liverpool warriors Paul Smith and Tony Dodson meet again in a brutal rematch with the British Super-Middleweight title up for grabs. The pair clashed over three years ago in a bloody and brutal battle that saw Smith, then British champion, suffer two cuts above his eye in the opening round from head clashes and take some heavy shots from Dodson, but he battled back with a powerful performance to win on the judges’ scorecards.
Unbeaten London super-middleweight star Frank Buglioni continues his meteoric rise and features in an eight-round contest on the undercard as he targets a first title shot. The hard-hitting 24-year-old made it six KO’s out of eight fights with his third round KO of Darren McKenna last time out at Wembley Arena.
An action-packed undercard features unbeaten light-heavyweight and 2010 Commonwealth Games Champion Calum Johnson from Boston; Southern Area Welterweight Champion Bradley Skeete; Former Southern Area Light-Middleweight Champion Steve O’Meara; Wembley Light-Welterweight Gary Corcoran; Harrow Weald Super-Featherweight Mitchell Smith; Canning Town lightweight Billy Morgan; Chingford’s unbeaten Tom Baker and Bowers Gifford John Dignum clash over four rounds at middleweight; plus Islington super-featherweight Joey Taylor.
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