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Marianne Marston: I’ve waited longer and worked harder, I will be the Champion On March 1st

by on Feb.25, 2014, under Buzz

Boxing on CBSMarianne Marston: I’ve waited longer and worked harder, I will be the Champion On March 1st

It was officially announced earlier today that instead of challenging Galina Gumliiska, for the World Boxing Union European Super Bantamweight title this coming Saturday, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, TRAD TKO Gym’s Marianne Marston will instead be challenging Czech Republic’s Hana Horakova, for the Featherweight version of the WBU European strap.

This forced change apparently came about after Galina Gumliiska failed to receive medical clearance from Professional Boxing League Of Bulgaria.

After frantic calls, by Dave Murphy, Marianne’s promoter, to try and secure a Championship eligible Super Bantamweight for his charge, an agreement was reached with Hana Horakova’s management.

However this was done on the proviso that the bout be made at Featherweight as Hana would struggle to get much below 57kg in time, the required Championship weight limit for Super Bantamweight being 55.34kg.

This caused concerns for Marianne’s coach, Brian O’Shaughnessy, as Marianne had been comfortably below the maximum Super Bantamweight Championship weight limit for over a week.

After discussions between coach, manager and of course Marianne, it was decided that if they could get the Featherweight title authorized they’ll go for it, so started another round of frantic phone calls, this time back and forth between London and WBU headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

At around ten o’clock last night the authorization was secured and an announcement made by World Boxing Union President Don Lewis.

On receiving the news, a relieved Marianne said, “I can’t thank Don Lewis enough for this opportunity in the first place, but for him to make this last minute change is way beyond the call of duty.

It really is an honour, I’m excited to get the opportunity to fight for such a famous title, one of my all time heroes Ricky Hatton was a WBU Champion, so this really is something special for me.”

Even though her opponent is far more experienced, being a fourteen fight veteran, as well as challenged for the WBF Intercontinental Lightweight title as recently as October last year, Marianne believes that it is her that has the advantage.

Pointing to the exceptional sparring sessions with former British and European Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, two time ABA, five time National Champion Sunny Edwards and TRAD TKO gym mates Sam Cantwell and Joe Stevens, undertaken over the past weeks.

“We’ve watched her videos already, especially the title fight against Natalia (Smirnova).

Brian’s noticed certain things that we can capitalize on, it goes to show it really is worth studying your opponent at any opportunity.

If he believes I can cope with her, I can cope with her, he wouldn’t put me in with someone that I didn’t stand a chance of beating, he and Dave (Murphy) haven’t steered me wrong yet.

I will be the WBU European Champion, I’ve waited longer and worked harder than I would have ever thought possible and I’m not letting this go, but it’s not just about winning it, it’s about winning it in style, I have got to box well, boxing fantastically really, it means everything to me to become the World Boxing Union European Champion.”

Marianne Marston versus Hana Horakova, for the World Boxing Union European Featherweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE Event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday, 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) & £60 (Ringside) are available from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, or call the TRAD TKO ticket line on 07960 850645.

Alternatively tickets can be purchased on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from Marianne’s website www.mariannemarston.com

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Gumliiska Out – Horakova To Challenge Marston For WBU European Featherweight Title This Saturday

by on Feb.25, 2014, under Buzz

WBU_LOGOGumliiska Out – Horakova To Challenge Marston For WBU European Featherweight Title This Saturday

Mr. Vencislav Nikolov, General Secretary of the Professional Boxing League of Bulgaria, recently informed the WBU Europe office, in London, UK, that they are unable to provide permission for Galina Gumliiska to box England’s Marianne Marston for the World Boxing Union European Super Bantamweight Championship in London this coming weekend, due to a medical issue.

Following attempts to find a suitable replacement at Super Bantamweight, Promoter Mr David Murphy successfully applied for a change of division, as such Ms. Marston will now be boxing Czech Republic’s #1 ranked Hana Horakova for the World Boxing Union European Featherweight Championship, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.

Speaking from the WBU head office in Atlanta, Georgia, World Boxing Union President Mr Don Lewis said.

“It is unfortunate that Galina has been forced to withdraw, however based on the information supplied by Mr. Nikolov it is clear it would have been irresponsible to have allowed the fight to go ahead.

As Hana is unable to make the Super Bantamweight Championship weight limit, we have authorised the revised bout to be for the Featherweight championship.

I have been informed that Marianne is already within the Super Bantamweight weight limits, but is willing to compete at Featherweight, even though this will give a major weight advantage to Hana.

I am pleased that all involved have worked together to ensure that this historic bout goes ahead on Saturday.

I know both fighters, they are both true warriors that always give a hundred and ten percent, it will be a very exciting all action affair..”

Marianne Marston versus Hana Horakova, for the WBU European Featherweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE Event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday, 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) & £60 (Ringside) are available the Acourtier Events ticket line on 07960 850645 or on-line at www.acourtier.com

Please go online to www.wbuboxing.orgor www.wbueurope.eufor additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.

Follow WBU and WBU Europe on Twitter @WBUEurope & @TheRealWBU – friend us at www.facebook.com/WBUEurope- www.facebook.com/WorldBoxingUnionand on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/wbu-europe

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World Champs Elcock & Oakey Headline Special UK Charity Event This Saturday

by on Feb.17, 2014, under Buzz

ElcockOakeyWorld Champs Elcock & Oakey Headline Special UK Charity Event This Saturday

Former World Boxing Union (WBU) Champions Wayne Elcock and Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey are set to go toe to toe this coming Saturday, when they headline the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, in association with the World Boxing Union, special Charity Spar-Box event, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, in Chigwell, Essex on Saturday 22nd February 2014.

Portsmouth’s Tony Oakey won the vacant WBU World Light Heavyweight title, beating Ukrainian Kostyantyn Shvets, at the York Hall in London back in March 2002.

Just two months later Tony successfully defended his newly won crown, against Coventry’s Neil Simpson, and again just five months later against Estonia’s Andrej Karsten.

Tony started the 2003 season in excellent form, beating Leicester’s Neil Linford to retain his coveted crown in March 2003.

Tony’s reign as WBU Champ came to end in October 2003, when he lost by split decision to local rival Matthew Barney.

Tony went on to secure further Championship accolades, British Light Heavyweight Champion 2007/8, International Masters Champion as well as winning the Prizefighter tournament before retiring in 2010.

Wayne Elcock secured the WBU World Middleweight title, with a solid points win over then Champ Anthony Farnell, at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester in April 2003, unfortunately the Brummie battler only got to defend it once, losing his hard earned crown to Scotland’s Lawrence Murphy in November the same year.

Following his reign as WBU World Champion, Wayne also continued to add Championship accolades, winning both the English and British (twice) Middleweight titles, as well as the WBF International crown, before retiring in 2009

Tony and Wayne had sparred each other during their esteemed careers, so when the opportunity came up to be involved both men volunteered to face each other in an instant.

Other star names competing on Saturday night, to raise funds for the Indee Rose Trust, are some serious top flight talent, including, WBU Lightweight World Champ Graham Earl, WBO Super Featherweight Champion Nicky Cook, WBO Middleweight Champion Jason Matthews, British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian Napa, British & European Cruiserweight Champ Terry Dunstan, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh, British Champion Patrick Mullins, Southern Area Champion and WBU Middleweight challenger Gary Logan, Southern Area Light Middleweight Champ Tony Hudson 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

Besides the many star boxers competing, there will also be a number of other Champions in attendance, including WBU Bantamweight World Champion Johnny Armour, WBU Light Middleweight World Champion Wayne Alexander, two time, two division World Champion Steve ‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins amongst others.

Speaking from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, USA World Boxing Union President Don ‘Moose’ Lewis said of the event.

“It is a great honor for World Boxing Union to be involved in such a great event, especially one that benefits such a worthwhile cause as the Indee Rose Trust.

As a principle in the boxing organization, I am thrilled to see so many former WBU Champions and contenders lend their time and efforts to raise funds for charity.

In today’s world, it’s hard to anyone to give their time, yet these stars are giving their time freely, as so many of them and current boxers have done every year from what I understand.

Not only is this a very worthy cause, but also it will be great for the fans to be able to watch these great Champions back in action once more.

I hope all boxing aficionados will attend or donate to the charity.”

The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym Charity 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 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.

Please go online to www.wbuboxing.org or www.wbueurope.eu for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.

Follow WBU and WBU Europe on Twitter @WBUEurope & @TheRealWBU – friend us at www.facebook.com/WBUEurope – www.facebook.com/WorldBoxingUnion and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/wbu-europe

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Billy Joe Saunders Backs ‘Golden Girl’ For Title Success On March 1st

by on Feb.12, 2014, under Buzz

Marianne Marston and Billy Joe Saunders at the TRAD TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Marianne Marston and Billy Joe Saunders at the TRAD TKO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Billy Joe Saunders Backs ‘Golden Girl’ For Title Success On March 1st

One of the domestic boxing scene’s brightest young stars, British, Commonwealth and WBO International Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders, is the latest ‘name’ to voice his support for TRAD TKO Gym mate Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, ahead of her challenge for the WBU European Super Bantamweight title, at York Hall in London on March 1st.

Earlier this week Billy Joe, who is widely rumoured to be facing Italy’s Emanuele Blandamura for the vacant European crown in April, pleasantly surprised TRAD TKO head honcho Johnny Eames, by making a point of pulling him aside and praising Marianne.

Discovered and mentored by late, great Heavyweight Champ Smokin’ Joe Frazier in 2007, Marianne’s steely determination to succeed in the sport has clearly impressed some of the biggest names in the sport, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Besides Billy Joe, amongst those ‘names’ that have publicly vocalized their support for Marianne in the past include former World Champions, such as the aforementioned Joe Frazier, two time Cruiserweight Champ Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, Light Middleweight Champion Robert ‘Bam Bam’ Hines etc as well as a veritable host of domestic Champions, such as British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton, British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and her current sparring partner, British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, to name just a very few.

What makes this level of longtime support, from such esteemed star boxers, even more remarkable is that it was only in April 2013 that Marianne finally got to live her dream and box professionally, after suffering several well publicized setbacks to her career over the preceding years.

Since then she has gone on to fight and win twice, both by first round TKO, which not only earned her the prized accolade of being ranked the #1 Pound For Pound Female British boxer, by the leading boxing stats site BoxRec.com, but also led to her being invited to challenge for titles, by not one but two World Sanctioning organisations, on just her third pro outing.

Speaking earlier, Billy Joe may just have shed some light on why so many big names back her for Championship success, as he made it crystal clear that the respect and support Marianne receives is not just for her boxing ability, but another major factor being her total dedication in the gym.

“I’m really pleased Marianne is getting a shot at a title, she’s got the whole gym behind her, we all want her to win so try and help in anyway we can.

We want her to bring another belt back to the gym, we’re building quite a collection this season, besides mine you have, Frankie’s (WBO European Super Middleweight Champion Frankie Buglioni), Freddie’s (Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Freddie Turner) and Joel’s (International Masters Light Heavyweight Champions Joel McIntyre), now Marianne, if anyone deserves it she does.

She’s probably one of the hardest trainers in the gym, she puts a lot of work in and doesn’t make excuses, she just cracks on with it, she works her heart out and that’s the key thing in the game, when you work that hard you deserve to get something out of it.

She spars good fighters up here, Ian Napa, young Sam (Cantwell) and Joe (Stevens) amongst others, everyone here at the gym wants her to win and is doing their bit to make sure she has the best camp possible.

Yeah, It’s hard for her, there’s a bit of pressure on her as well really, but she copes well with it, she comes in and gets on with her training, you know sometimes I walk into the gym and see her flat out, after I’ve finished and had a shower, she’s still training flat out and I think, well she’s got more energy and stamina than what I have.

There’s no doubt she deserves this title shot, we’re all hoping she’ll win the belt and reap the rewards for the effort she puts in day in, day out at the gym, it’ll be real nice to see her win the title.”

Boxing on CBSMarianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska for the vacant WBU European Super Bantamweight title co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE event are available direct from Marianne at the TRAD TKO Gym, in Canning Town or by calling the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or www.mariannemarston.com

Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

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Rising Prospect Paul Upton Ready For Fast & Furious Action On March 8th

by on Feb.12, 2014, under Buzz

UptonMitchell2318WEBREADYRising Prospect Paul Upton Ready For Fast & Furious Action On March 8th

Unbeaten Light Middleweight prospect Paul Upton will be back in action on next month, when he features on the undercard of TRAD TKO Gym mate Freddie Turner’s challenge for the British Masters Gold title, against Chris Jenkinson, at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday 8th March 2014.

Paul, who will be making his third professional outing on March 8th, certainly made an impact on his pro debut, beating the highly experienced Dee Mitchell by a shut out points decision, back in July.

The supremely talented youngster, boxed beautifully, simply enthralling the York Hall faithful as he showcased the exceptional skills, that had earned him numerous National and International accolades as an amateur.

On his second outing in October, Paul put in another truly scintillating performance to secure a shut out points victory, this time over Norwich’s Duane Green.

To give an idea of just how dominating young Paul’s performance was, the only modicum of success for Duane Green came in the final stanza, when he landed a solid right hook, other than that it was Paulie all the way.

Considering the glowing plaudits he has been receiving for these superb performances, young Paul’s feet surprisingly remain firmly on the ground, as was made clear when the personable youngster spoke earlier.

“Really looking forward to fighting again on March 8th, yeah, this’ll be my first fight of the New Year, so really looking forward to it.

Had a tough fight for my debut, but got a nice win and then I was more relaxed in my second fight and got the job done and got a good points victory.

A lot of people afterwards said how impressed they were with my performance, which was good, so got to keep pleasing the crowd really.

Training’s going good, my weight’s perfect, sparring now for the next few weeks and then the last week I’ll just tick over.

Don’t know who I’ll be fighting on March 8th yet, but expect whoever it is to be a good tough test, Johnny (manager Johnny Eames) will make sure of that.

I want to say thanks to Dave (Hill) from Ringside Boxing for the equipment, big thanks to the Wright Car Company for their sponsorship.

Also can’t forget to say a big thanks to the Upton Clan fans for their fantastic support, their support means so much, without the fans this just wouldn’t be happening.”

FastAndFuriousPosterPaul Upton, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Freddie Turner versus Chris Jenkinson, for the British Masters Gold Light Middleweight title, that 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 direct from Paul at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645 or on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Turkish Amateur Star Onder Ozgul Pro Debuts In London On March 1st

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Buzz

OnderOzgul0256WEBREADYTurkish Amateur Star Onder Ozgul Pro Debuts In London On March 1st

Turkish former Amateur and IABA World Series Of Boxing star Onder Ozgul is set to make his professional debut next month, when he features on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events, double WBU European title headed, WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

With over a hundred amateur bouts under his belt, Onder has built up quite a reputation in his homeland, earning the nickname ‘Little Mike’, from the fans due to his style being so similar to that of legendary ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, something he would like to emulate here in the UK, now that he has made the move to London.

Onder, who is trained by former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, will be campaigning in the Light Heavyweight division on March 1st, a division he believes, domestically, he could dominate over the coming years.

Speaking recently, which was translated by the aforementioned Mo Hussein, Onder succinctly covered his upcoming debut, as well as hinted at his future aspirations.

“I’m looking forward to fighting on March 1st, whether it really is a pro debut or just a transition fight from the WSB, it makes no difference, a fight is a fight and I love to fight.

I fought in the World Series of Boxing, which isn’t that much different from pro boxing as it is here.

I’m really excited to just get out and fight again, the training I have here in England is very different to the training I had in Turkey, it’s more professional here, I’m really happy with my training and my trainer.

I want to fight for titles, training in London makes the difference, whatever happens now is just a stepping stone to a World title, that’s why I came from Turkey to train, I want the best so I can be the best.”

Onder Ozgul, against a yet to be named opponent, will take place on the undercard of double WBU European Championship headed WARZONE event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE event are available direct from Onder at the TRAD TKO Gym, in Canning Town, or by calling the Acourtier ticket lines 07960 850645 or 07809 499896

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.acourtier.com

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Turkish Amateur Star Onder Ozgul Pro Debuts In London On March 1st

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Buzz

OnderOzgul0256WEBREADYTurkish Amateur Star Onder Ozgul Pro Debuts In London On March 1st

Turkish former Amateur and IABA World Series Of Boxing star Onder Ozgul is set to make his professional debut next month, when he features on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events, double WBU European title headed, WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

With over a hundred amateur bouts under his belt, Onder has built up quite a reputation in his homeland, earning the nickname ‘Little Mike’, from the fans due to his style being so similar to that of legendary ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, something he would like to emulate here in the UK, now that he has made the move to London.

Onder, who is trained by former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, will be campaigning in the Light Heavyweight division on March 1st, a division he believes, domestically, he could dominate over the coming years.

Speaking recently, which was translated by the aforementioned Mo Hussein, Onder succinctly covered his upcoming debut, as well as hinted at his future aspirations.

“I’m looking forward to fighting on March 1st, whether it really is a pro debut or just a transition fight from the WSB, it makes no difference, a fight is a fight and I love to fight.

I fought in the World Series of Boxing, which isn’t that much different from pro boxing as it is here.

I’m really excited to just get out and fight again, the training I have here in England is very different to the training I had in Turkey, it’s more professional here, I’m really happy with my training and my trainer.

I want to fight for titles, training in London makes the difference, whatever happens now is just a stepping stone to a World title, that’s why I came from Turkey to train, I want the best so I can be the best.”

Onder Ozgul, against a yet to be named opponent, will take place on the undercard of double WBU European Championship headed WARZONE event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE event are available direct from Onder at the TRAD TKO Gym, in Canning Town, or by calling the Acourtier ticket lines 07960 850645 or 07809 499896

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.acourtier.com

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Confident Michael Grant Ready For Billy Morgan Showdown On Feb 15th

by on Feb.09, 2014, under Buzz

A confident Michael Grant with coach Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

A confident Michael Grant with coach Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Confident Michael Grant Ready For Billy Morgan Showdown On Feb 15th

It’s rare for pro boxers from the same gym to fight each other, but that’s just what’s going to happen this coming Saturday, when Enfield’s Michael Grant takes on Canning Town’s Billy Morgan, on the undercard of the Dereck Chisora versus Kevin Johnson WBA/WBO International Heavyweight title fight, that headlines the Frank Warren promoted ‘ROCK THE BOX III’ at the Copper Box in Stratford on Saturday 15th February 2014.

Both Michael and Billy have been coached at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, for the past four years or so, Michael by Barry Smith and Billy by father and son team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs.

During that time the pair have trained alongside each other and each has helped the other with sparring for their previous fights, which in itself adds another competitive element to the February 15th showdown.

It’s hard to split the pair in most ways, yes former ABA Champion Michael has fought twice as many pro bouts as his gym mate, eighteen in all (13-4-1), against Billy’s nine bouts (9-0) but they are ranked just two places apart, Michael #31 and Billy #33 by boxing stats site BoxRec.com.

Billy has publicly stated that he’s relishing the fight, as he sees fighting Michael as a genuine step up in class.

Michael on the other hand sees the fight as ‘the one’ to get his career back on track, following a stoppage loss to unbeaten former Super Featherweight English Champion and Prizefighter Lightweight tournament winner Terry Flanagan back in October, which marked his return to competitive action following two years without a fight.

Following a sparring session with undefeated TRAD TKO gym mate Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin, Michael made it very clear he intends to be the one bringing the victor’s laurels back to the gym.

“It was surprising to me that Billy’s team wanted him to fight me, when I got the call I was OK with it, Boxing is Boxing, but still I was surprised.

My last couple of fights didn’t go the way I wanted, mainly because I got the call late and didn’t really get to prepare fully, this time though I have had plenty of time to prepare.

Yeah, I can’t wait, training’s been going really good, Barry’s been getting me fit and ready, thing is when I’m fit – it’s game’s over.

Truthfully, I see it as a fourth or fifth round stoppage, that is what I seriously see it at.

I’ve sparred Billy loads of times, don’t get me wrong I have a lot of respect for Billy, but he’s easy for me to work out, like the first two rounds he’ll come and come, after that is when I come on top, as I said when I’m fit, I’m fit and I’m a hundred and ten percent fit, so can easily step it up in the fourth or fifth and then that’s it, game over.

It’ll be a great fight until then, so all I’ve got to say to the fans is make sure you don’t blink.”

Michael Grant versus Billy Morgan 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 III’ 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 direct from Michael at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, call the TRAD TKO Ticket Line on 07960 850645 or on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa Returns – European Champ To Take Part In Charity Boxing Event Feb 22nd

by on Feb.06, 2014, under Buzz

IanNapaIndeeRoseTournyIan ‘Dappa’ Napa Returns – European Champ To Take Part In Charity Boxing Event Feb 22nd

Later this month, former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa is set to make a most welcome return to the fray, well sort of, 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.

Ian virtually dominated both the British and European Bantamweight division throughout the 2007 and 2008, winning the Lonsdale belt outright before moving onto the European scene, where he beat Carmelo Ballone to capture the European crown in October 2008.

In 2011 Ian retired from competitive action, but to this day continues to train regularly at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, as well as happily sharing his extensive knowledge, or donning gloves and headgear for some quality sparring, with some of the famous East End fight factory’s young prospects.

Following one of the aforementioned sparring sessions the ever smiling ‘Dappa’ Napa spoke of his upcoming return to ring action, especially as it is for a good cause.

“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it and it’s all for a good cause, I’m always up for stuff like this, that’s in my nature.

I believe in supporting organisations of all types, I’ve done various things for charity. I’ve also done things for anti knife and gun crime.

I remember that people from all walks of life supported and helped me and it’s good to give back when you can.

Yeah I’m in training, but I already decided that this year that I’ll take up healthy living, unlike the other years when I finished my boxing and everything just went out the window, but now I’ve taken up the healthy living, so I’m training hard, which is good for this event as well.

I’ve been told I’ll be sparring Matthew Marsh for this one, he’s someone I’ve sparred with in the past.

Obviously this is years later, but you know it’s all fun, know what I mean, we’ll have a good time and hopefully raise a lot of money for the Indee Rose Trust – that’s the aim.”

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.

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Unbeaten Teen Star Shiya Ozgul Added To 1st March York Hall Double Title Headed Event

by on Feb.05, 2014, under Buzz

TRAD TKO's Shiya Ozgul in action against Chris Jenkinson last year - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

TRAD TKO’s Shiya Ozgul in action against Chris Jenkinson last year – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Unbeaten Teen Star Shiya Ozgul Added To 1st March York Hall Double Title Headed Event

Hackney based Turkish teen sensation Shiya Ozgul is set to make his third professional outing, following a late call-up to feature on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events, double WBU European title headed, WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Prior to turning professional in 2012, Shiya had a stellar amateur career, having fought over eighty times and was a regular in the Turkish National Amateur Squad.

On the 4th October last year, Shiya successfully made the transition from amateur to the pro ranks, conclusively out-boxing seven fight veteran Michal Vosyka from the Czech Republic.

Just two weeks later the nineteen year old was already back in action, this time against Bolton’s very own Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson, once again Shiya showed a maturity in his boxing that belied his tender years on way to securing his second career win by a 39-37 points margin.

It may have been five months since his last fight, but throughout that time the Hackney based youngster remained in the gym, so was ready more than ready when he got the call earlier this week to appear on March 1st.

Following a sparring session, under the watchful eyes of his coach, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, young Shiya took a few moments out to speak about his upcoming fight.

“I’m very pleased to fight again on March 1st.

I am really confident that I will have good win, I have very good training with Mo, I am confident that I will be even better.

I train hard, I had good wins, I want to be better, I want to fight for titles, that’s what I train for, I want to be World Champion one day.

The fans will like what they see, it will be a good win.”

Shiya Ozgul, against a yet to be named opponent, will take place on the undercard of double WBU European Championship headed WARZONE event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE event are available direct from Shiya at the TRAD TKO Gym, in Canning Town, or by calling the Acourtier ticket lines 07960 850645 or 07809 499896

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
- and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events

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