Last night, at the Stevenage Leisure Centre, in his sixth pro outing St Neots unbeaten teen star Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin dispatched his latest opponent, Luton’s Wagas Ahmed, in just one minute and fifty seconds of the first round.
Ahmed came off the blocks hard and fast, however the seriously talented Martin kept his cool, picking off the Luton man with ease as he charged in throwing big right hands.
However, after feeling the power of the teen’s shots, Ahmed soon changed to spoiling tactics, grabbing and holding at every opportunity, the only result being to stall the inevitable for a few extra seconds.
Martin used his superior ring craft to create an opening before throwing a powerful left, seemingly disorienting Ahmed, who confusingly turned his back and unsteadily headed towards his own corner.
Speaking earlier Martin’s promoter and manager Johnny Eames succinctly stated.
“Some people may thing that was too easy for Tommy, it probably was, the kid is a serious talent, he’s unbeaten in six in his first year as a pro and he’s still only nineteen years of age.
Tommy’s disappointed the other kid didn’t give him more of a fight, as he wanted to put in a real good performance tonight, as his sponsors Colin and Graham from Junction 17 Cars were ringside, but at the end of the day you can only fight who is in front of you.
We have big plans for Tommy and if all goes well his next fight should be on a big TV show in February.”
Sensational Welterweight prospect Gary Corcoran is back in action this coming weekend, when he takes on Welsh battler Dai Jones, on the Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Saturday 30th November 2013.
With six excellent wins under his belt already, the Paddington, London based twenty three year old is without doubt one of brightest future stars to come out of the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town in recent times.
Right from day one, Corcoran has entertained the fans, and terrorised his opponents, with his marauding all action style, just ask any of his opponents, especially Matt Seawright and Ross Payne, who both got stopped well within the distance, Payne in just 2 minutes of the first round back in November last year.
Taking a break from his final preparations Corcoran took a few moments to talk about his upcoming showdown with Dai Jones, as well as hints at Championship aspirations in 2014.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t fought for five or six months, so you can see why I’m looking forward to it so much.
I don’t know anything about him, I let my trainer look at him, I’ll just get on with it, I’ve had six good wins, hopefully this’ll be my seventh win.
This will be my last six rounder, so will be stepping up after this and hopefully I’ll get a Southern Area title under my belt in 2014 and go on from there.
My camp has been great, no problems at all, I just can’t wait to get in there and do the business.
It’s going to be a great show, unfortunately Nathan Cleverly has had to pull out, but the rest of the show is so strong the fans are going to be more than happy.
I’m not the only fighter from the TRAD TKO on the card, Frankie Buglioni and Colin Lynes are both fighting for titles and I’m on there, so there’ll be plenty for the boys to cheer for on the night.
I want to say a big thank you to all those that will be turning out to support me, you’re going to see even better from me on the 30th, even better than before – Gary Corcoran is out for more.”
Gary Corcoran versus Dai Jones takes place on Saturday 3oth November 2013 on the Frank Warren Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
Remaining tickets for ‘Rock The Box II’ are available at www.tkoboxoffice.com
Specific attention: Mr. Robert Smith and Mr. Charles Giles.
Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Giles
As you are fully aware my application for a British Boxing Board of Control licenses was refused, due to a small congenital arachnoid cyst, even though you had letters from Mr. Adrian Williams – Professor of Neurology, Mr. David Beale – eminent Neuro-Radiologist, Mr. Jack Phillips – Consultant Neurosurgeon and Mr. Paul L Grundy – Consultant Neurosurgeon stating that this type of cyst is not unusual and that in their opinion I am fit to box.
Besides my own request being refused, I am aware that you have also refused two further boxers, who had applied around the same time as myself for the same, or similar, reasons.
Today I learned that one of those you had refused to license, Robbie Turley, has now been granted a license by yourself, following his team initiating legal proceedings against the BBBofC.
I find this highly hypocritical of the BBBofC, who refused to license myself even though you had received written statements from the Neurology specialists named above, each stating that they see no reason why I should not be licensed to box professionally, especially in light of the amount of international boxing contests for Team GB I undertook as an amateur.
In addition to the above issue I am disgusted that Mr. Smith and the BBBofC deliberately made misleading statements about myself, in a statement with regard to the case between the BBBofC and Mr. Bruce Baker, for a hearing that takes place in Cardiff today – 19th November 2013.
In that statement Mr. Smith states “As far as Iain Weaver is concerned the British Boxing Board of Control refused to grant him a license on medical grounds in that he has a large arachnoid cyst on his brain of a type known to be associated with increased risk of bleeding following trauma.”
This action clearly shows the contrived and highly malicious intentions of Mr. Smith and the BBBofC, as the statements from the Neurology specialists named earlier clearly show:
Mr. Williams stated “Iain has no neurological symptoms whatsoever. In particular, he has no headaches, dizziness or impairment of function of his limbs or vision.
I would not think there is any significant risk here, the cysts always worry people, but are really quite common incidental finding in the general population. If there is an increased risk of haemorrhage after a head injury it is extremely small, and in the vast majority of these cases these incidental findings cause no trouble clinically. I therefore do not think that there is any reason to stop him proceeding with his boxing career.”
Professor Phillips stated, “Having reviewed the scans and the correspondence in the case of Iain Weaver it is my opinion that there is not a neurosurgical impediment to his continuation with his boxing career. The MRI findings demonstrate a small middle fossa arachnoid cyst which has not undergone any adverse events in all his previous boxing events. I do not see a neurosurgical justification for preventing Iain Weaver from returning to his boxing activities.”
Mr. Grundy stated, “I reviewed this 22 year old right handed boxer, who has been boxing seriously since he was a child. He has had one hundred and fifteen bouts and spars regularly. He has never had a problem with headaches, blackouts, seizures, numbness, weakness or any neurological whatsoever at any stage. He is otherwise completely fit and well. An MRI scan of his brain has shown an incidental finding.
I have shown him the MRI scan today, which shows a small anterior middle fossa arachnoid cyst, which is very typical location of this benign, congenital, anomaly. There is no other major abnormality in the brain and there is no significant mass effect from the arachnoid cyst. The arachnoid cyst itself requires no intervention.
Arachnoid cysts are of course relatively common, benign, congenital, anomalies and in the vast majority of patients these never become symptomatic however, there have been a number of reports of haemorrhage into a cyst or sub-dural haematoma resulting from bleeding from cortical draining veins. This has been reported in arachnoid cysts of varying sizes. However, the reported incidence of haemorrhage for arachnoid cysts is exceptionally small, probably a fraction of a percentage of all cysts.
I have explained to Iain that I believe the risk of him developing a haemorrhage relating to this arachnoid cyst if he continues boxing is exceptionally low, but is obviously not as low as it would be in the absence of an arachnoid cyst. He has boxed for a significant amount of time, without any problems. He has a full understanding of the issues involved and is keen to continue boxing and on that basis I would support his application.”
As the above statements clearly show that the cyst is small and is not prone to bleeding I believe this shows the contrived and highly malicious actions by Mr. Smith in making that statement to support the BBBofC case against Mr. Bruce Baker and also to deliberately and maliciously discredit Mr. Gianluca Di Caro, Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, who licensed myself after studying the reports etc.
On this matter Mr. Di Caro and the Malta Boxing Commission were not the first to agree to license me, the Spanish federation had agreed to do so but subsequently reneged, following undue pressure from Mr. Smith and Mr. Giles of the BBBofC via the European Boxing Union.
Since receiving a professional license from the Malta Boxing Commission I have also had my applications accepted by Nevada State (USA), California State (USA) and Mexico and have fought professionally four times, twice at York Hall in London on German Boxing Association sanctioned shows, once in California, USA, and once in Spain. In each case I won, twice on points, one KO and one TKO stoppage.
I am not alone in my disgust of the hypocrisy and malicious actions by the British Boxing Board of Control, not just in your dealings with regard to my application and subsequent licensing by the Malta Boxing Commission, but also that by your recent action of licensing Mr. Turley, clearly shows that you had no good reason to refuse his license in the first place, otherwise surely you would have been confident of your position in court.
Whilst I do not expect a response from yourself, with regard to the reviewing of my BBBofC license application, I feel that the BBBofC members, the boxing world and the general public deserve some sort of explanation from yourself, preferably a truthful one and not deliberately misleading like the statement I have highlighted in this letter.
Former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa may have retired from competitive action back in 2011, but the Hackney based battler can still be found in the gym on most days.
Ian dominated the domestic Bantamweight division throughout 2007/08, winning the Lonsdale belt outright before moving onto the European scene, where he beat Carmelo Ballone to capture the European crown in October 2008.
Losing the European title on his first defense, against Malik Bouziane, Ian went straight back into British title action, once again securing the Lonsdale belt with a majority points win over Gary Davies.
In 2010 Ian defended the newly won British crown, as well as challenging for the vacant Commonwealth title, against Jamie McDonnell. After twelve sensational rounds once again Ian found himself without a title, due to a controversial split decision – Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 115-114 for Ian, Judge Ian John-Lewis scored it 114-115 for McDonnell and surprisingly judge Dave Parris scored the bout 116-112 also for McDonnell.
Five months later Ian found himself challenging Stuey Hall for the newly vacated title, however Ian struggled with the weight and was forced to retire in the eighth round.
Ian moved up to Super Bantamweight, but after losing his one and only bout in the division, against Martin Ward, Ian decided to call it a day.
Even though he had retired from the ring, Ian continues to train regularly and has always been willing to pass on his hard earned knowledge, to other upcoming young boxers.
A few months ago, whilst training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Ian agreed to help Marianne Marston, who had been struggling to get quality sparring for an upcoming bout, Ian heard of the problems encountered by Marianne and stepped up to the plate.
Marianne won her fight, with a sixty seven second first round stoppage of Katalena Lazar, after doing so praised Ian for his exceptional sparring and help in her preparation.
When it was announced that Marianne would be fighting for the WBU Europe title on November 30th, Ian once again stepped in to be Marianne’s main sparring partner, much to Marianne’s delight.
Following their most recent sparring session, at the TRAD TKO, Ian spoke briefly about the sparring sessions.
“Yeah, Marianne’s been sparring really well, I sparred her for the fight before and the little things I told her then, she’s worked on them.
Improvements have been made there, so it’s about getting the game plan set now, besides that I think she’s ready, she’s got good power, good movement and is flowing.
I don’t know the girl Marianne is fighting, but she’s going to have her hands full.
Marianne’s got even better since last time I sparred her, she’s much more unpredictable.
From my experience, having fought at that level, it’s about applying yourself on the day, you know you can do it all in training, but it’s how you fight on the day, as long as Marianne is like she is in the gym, I don’t see any reason for her not to win the title.”
Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com alternatively in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or Ringtone Gym in Euston.
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
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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Manny Muhammad Swaps Basketball For Boxing Gloves – Faces Tzvetozar Iliev on Nov 30th
Former professional Basketball player Manny Muhammad is set to switch allegiances to pro boxing later this month, when he faces Tzvetozar Iliev on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE extravaganza at York Hall in London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Manny, who played college Basketball for Albany State University in Georgia, USA, before joining the pro ranks with San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, has always been a pugilist at heart, having boxed as an amateur before receiving a Basketball scholarship with Albany State.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of TRAD TKO’s Barry Smith, Manny spoke of his long awaited return to the ring.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting on November 30th, I’m a hundred percent ready right now.
It’s been a while since I competitively boxed, my Boxing career took a bit of a back seat, because I was offered $160,000 dollars a year to play college Basketball, I had to take that.
Knee injuries sort of cut my Basketball career short, so it was back to Boxing and here I am.
I’ve been training hard here at the TRAD TKO, Barry’s (coach Barry Smith) really been putting me through the paces.
I think we’ve got the best fighters in the country come to train at this gym, there’s always quality sparring, so I’m looking forward to having a solid training camp and being fit and ready, injury free, because I’ve had some injury problems in the past obviously, I’m looking to be injury free this time and really get the job done this time.
To be honest with you I have no long term goals, I want to keep training hard consistently, I’ve been told by the greatest trainers I have the ability to reach the top.
I’ve also been told I punch weight classes above my weight, I guess that’s why they feel comfortable throwing me in with heavier guys, I mean I sparred Tom Little, who’s at least fifty pounds heavier than me.
I just feel that if I’m ready I can fight anybody, so on the 30th you can expect a good solid performance, I’m not going to predict a knockout as I’d actually love to go the distance, just to my ring fitness back up and shake off any ring rust, but a convincing win for the 30th November would be great.”
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
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Portsmouth’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre gets his first taste of Championship action later this month, when he faces Tichfield’s Danny Couzens for the International Light Heavyweight International Masters title at the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event at South Parade Pier in Southsea, on Saturday 30th November.
Joel’s journey to potential Championship honours began with a chance meeting with local hero, WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, who first noticed the young scrapper aggressively attacking the heavy bag at a local gym and offered his advice.
After a year or so nurturing the youngster, Tony decided to introduce Joel to his manager and coach, the esteemed Johnny Eames, head honcho of the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.
Johnny happily welcomed the talented youngster to the team and, with Tony’s support, began guiding Joel through a series of low key fights, mainly at local shows in the Portsmouth and Southampton area.
After six resounding victories Johnny, and then recently engaged coach John Murray, felt the time was right to introduce Joel to ‘the big stage’ and negotiated an slot on the undercard of the John McDermott versus Matt Skelton title battle
Joel came through the test with flying colours, with an excellent points victory over Darren McKenna, in doing so convinced both his coach and manager that he was just a fight or two away from a minor title shot.
Two further top class wins, over Mitch Mitchell and Jody Meikle, that followed convinced Johnny and John that Joel was ready to step up to the plate and compete for his first title.
If those wins hadn’t convinced the pair that Joel was ready, then his regular full on sparring sessions with British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and star prospect Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni, clearly would have, as the Pompey lad really came into his own against two of the top talents in the sport today.
Following his latest sparring session with Frankie Buglioni, Joel took a little time to talk about his upcoming title fight.
“I’m so pleased to be fighting for my first title and it’s in front of a home crowd as well.
I’m really up for it, I’ve never been this up for a fight before.
It’s going to be a proper derby, he’s from Tichfield, so people are saying Southampton versus Portsmouth, so that’s even more reason to get in there and have it.
He says he’s had better opposition before, that doesn’t matter, he’s never fought me, that’s all I’ve got say.
To be fair to Danny, we get on quite well, we’re pretty respectful to each other, but I’ve said it before I’m not losing this fight, I’m seriously up for this fight.
This will be the first serious step up for me and I’m really excited by it.
Been sparring with Frankie Buglioni for the past few weeks, three days a week, it’s always good sparring, so good we should be charging for tickets on the door.
Frankie’s a very good fighter, you don’t get away with things twice with him, he learns from his mistakes, the same with me, if he catches me with a good shot, he wont do again, so we’re both learning from the sparring.
You have to be switched on when you spar Frank, I think he feels the same about me, it’s really good sparring.
I come up to the TRAD TKO Gym on Monday and stay to Wednesday, and other weeks come up on Wednesday and stay until Friday.
I have to say a big thank you to Tony Oakey, it was him that in me from day one, now I’m fighting for my first title.
He’s not that involved in things these days, as far as training goes, but we do still keep in touch.
Every story has a beginning, middle and an end, Tony was definitely my introduction, he bought me up to the TKO, when he was still fighting, I was training with him for his last fight and I went to his last fight, sat ringside.
He was World Champion and definitely put our town on the map, now I’m going to try and do the same.”
Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Joel McIntyre – Tel: 07557 516657
Back on October 18th St Neots teen sensation Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin put in a scintillating performance, to take the laurels against Ibrar Riyaz at York Hall, to make it five wins on five outings in the twelve months since he turned professional.
Throughout the bout Tommy dominated and controlled the proceedings with some seriously classy ring craft, which enabled the nineteen year old to pick off the highly experienced Riyaz virtually at will, to secure a superb 40-37 points victory.
After such a tough fight and with the mid season break heading up fast, most young fighters would be thinking of winding down for the Christmas break, not young Tommy, who already has another fight lined up.
On November 29th Tommy makes his sixth pro outing, against a yet to be named opponent, on former WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, in association with TRAD TKO Events, latest offering ‘Stevenage Fight Night’ at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of coach Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Tommy spoke of his upcoming November outing.
“I can’t wait and hopefully I’ll get my sixth win.
We’re fighting in Stevenage, four weeks after my last fight, but I’m young fit and healthy, so I’m more than ready to go.
It’s all about making sure I’m sharp, I’m sure Barry Smith will make sure I’m in top shape.
I’ve been coming to the TRAD TKO for coming up to a year now, I’m learning every time in the gym, Barry’s always on my back, he’s always there, if I do something wrong he corrects it.
I’m in a really good place at the minute.
Firstly I’d like to thank TKO for being there for me, secondly I’d like to thank my main sponsor, Junction 17 Cars, who have just given me a car for winning my last fight.
They’re covering all the financial side, so I can just focus on the boxing. I think that’s why I am improving all the time.
I’m living the life, Monday to Friday on my own and focusing on boxing, my Dad is covering all the tickets, with my cousin JJ and Sheridan.
Yeah, I’m more than happy with the way everything is going, more than happy.
Finally I’d like to thank all those that came to my last fight, it looks like I’ll be doubling it for this fight.”
Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the Graham Earl, in association with TRAD TKO Events, ‘Stevenage Fight Night’ at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on Friday 29th November.
Tickets priced £30 and £50 are available direct from Tommy or from Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Box Office – Tel: 01438 363200
The President of the World Boxing Union, Don ‘Moose’ Lewis, today announced the creation of WBU Europe, with the express purpose of enhancing the presence of WBU World, Inter-Continental and International Championship Boxing throughout Europe, as well as the development of the WBU Europe Championship.
WBU Europe, which is headquartered in London, England, is a joint venture between WBU President Mr. Lewis and co-founding Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, as well as the former Marketing Director of the World Boxing Federation, Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro.
The new venture was originally due to launch in January 2014, however with so much interest being shown, during initial discussions with promoters, that the launch date has been brought forward.
The first brace of WBU Europe Championship bouts will take place on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WAR ZONE’ show at York Hall on Saturday 30th November, when former WBO/IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince campaigns for the vacant Cruiserweight crown and Marianne Marston challenges for the vacant Female Super Bantamweight title.
This announcement comes at a time when the World Boxing Union is once more in the ascendancy, with no less than six Championship bouts being campaigned for at four locations in November.
Besides the two European titles previously mentioned, on November 15th Chris “Kayo Kid” Fernandez takes on Hector Alatorre for the WBU Welterweight World Championship, at The Complex in Rockwell, Salt Lake City, Utah on November 15th.
Just two weeks later Irish Champion Lee Murtagh challenges Harry Jorgey for the WBU World Middleweight crown and Reading PA’s Travis Kauffman takes on Manuel Quezada for the WBU Inter-Continental Heavyweight title, on the Marshall Kauffman King’s Boxing promoted GET READING TO RUMBLE Event at the Santander Arena in Reading PA, on Saturday, 30th November.
On the same night Vinnie Carita is set to face Alonzo Toney, for both the WBU Americas Cruiserweight and IBU Americas Cruiserweight titles in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Further WBU Europe Championship bouts, as well as World and Inter-Continental Championship bouts, that will be campaigned for in both Europe and America this year, are expected to be announced in the coming week or so.
Taking a few minutes off from his increasingly busy schedule, WBU President Don Lewis spoke briefly on the exciting new venture.
“The WBU is both pleased and proud of our new joint venture of WBU Europe with my friend and partner Gianluca Di Caro.
While we have sought a working partner in Europe the last 2 years, no one met our criteria until Mr. Di Caro became available.
From our first discussion regarding the formation of WBU Europe, it has been a smooth journey to our launch on 30 November 2013.
We congratulate all the persons behind the scenes who made this new venture possible.“
Please go online to www.wbueurope.eu or www.wbuboxing.org for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.
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Open Letter To The British Boxing Board Of Control – Sub Section To European Boxing Union and EBU Member Countries
Open Letter To The British Boxing Board Of Control – Sub Section To European Boxing Union and EBU Member Countries
Specific attention: Mr Robert Smith, Mr Charles Giles, Mr Bob Logist and Mrs Enza Jacaponi
Dear Robert, Charles, Bob and Enza
As you are aware I personally authorised the Malta Boxing Commission sanctioning of Shiya Ozgul versus Chris Jenkinson, which took place immediately after the BBBofC sanctioned bouts concluded, at York Hall in London on Friday, 18th October 2013.
The sanctioning of the bout was legally and professionally undertaken, including full medical coverage – two doctors including a neurosurgeon, ambulance and two paramedics – as well as overseen by licensed officials, including timekeeper, supervisor, world renowned referee and two inspectors.
My reason for doing so, was initiated by the failure by the British Boxing Board of Control’s head office to ensure that requests for information, such as the engagement of a foreign boxer, to reach ourselves in adequate time.
The letter from BBBofC head office arrived on the morning of the 17th October, we responded immediately and submitted the request by e.mail, after which we were informed that the request was submitted too late.
The promoter, TRAD TKO Events Johnny Eames, spoke with Dennis Gilmartin at BBBofC head office and explained the situation, unfortunately his pleas for assistance from the BBBofC fell on deaf ears.
I took particular umbrage over this, as this lack of support for a long time BBBofC license holder not only put the event in financial danger, but also would have prevented the two boxers involved in earning a living.
The BBBofC does not employ, or financially remunerate the boxers in any way, as such the BBBofC have no right to hinder or prevent any legally licensed professional boxer plying his or her trade with such restrictive action(s).
Whilst yes, the BBBofC is a professional boxing sanctioning organisation, it is also a members club and as such should be assisting the membership, not hindering them with restrictive practices.
As managing director of TKO Boxing Gym Limited I decided that the actions of the BBBofC were totally unreasonable and as such in my other role of co-founder and Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission decided to ensure that the fight would indeed take place, in order to prevent both the financial loss to TRAD TKO Events as well as loss of earnings for the boxers.
In addition, as you are also aware the same week I authorised the Malta Boxing Commission licensing of WBO European Super Featherweight Champion Ben Jones, so that he could box Juli Giner in Barcelona, Spain on the 18th October.
I authorised the request after being informed that the BBBofC head office had refused permission, once again stating that the request arrived too late – even though it was e.mailed to the BBBofC head office some ten days prior, but not acted upon, allegedly due to Mr. Gilmartin being away from the office.
My actions were undertaken solely to ensure that Mr. Jones would be able to ply his trade, as is his legal right.
On the matter of the rights of European domiciled and licensed professional boxers to ply their trade within other European countries, I had previously consulted Lawyers specialising in European law to ensure that the Malta Boxing Commission operated within the parameters of European Union law.
However, to ensure there were no changes since doing so, I contacted lawyers again this week and have been assured that the rights of the boxers, to ply their trade, are the same as previously stated – as contained within the following EU directives and articles.
European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC.
Article 20(1) TFEU establishes the concept of EU citizenship by stating that ‘Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union’, while Article 21(1) TFEU provides that ‘Every citizen of the Union shall have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down in this Treaty and by the measures adopted to give it effect’.
Additionally, please note that under current Home Office regulations, sportsmen attending an international competition do not need work permits.
I suggest that the BBBofC and the European Boxing Union and it’s members – who had previously refused to allow their boxers to fight in the United Kingdom on Luxembourg Boxing Federation and German Boxing Association sanctioned events, due to objections by the BBBofC – take the time to study these directives and articles.
The British Boxing Board of Control IS NOT Government sanctioned, it does not have any legal standing or any right, to be the sole professional boxing sanctioning organisation operating within the United Kingdom, under European Law.
The BBBofC is a Limited Liability company, as such like any other company should refrain from operating restrictive practises in order to prevent competition in the field of operation, or face the consequences of their actions.
The European Boxing Union, which is also a Limited Liability company, are also subject to the same laws, both company and European.
It should be noted that Mr. Peter Stucki had stated in writing last year, that the EBU is only a Championship Sanctioning organisation and not a governing body.
As such the EBU should confine their actions to the sanctioning of European Championship Boxing and not involve themselves in politically motivated acts, as they did in the case of the expulsion of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation at the request of the BBBofC, as well as the case of an application by Iain Weaver for a Spanish license following objections by the BBBofC.
It should be noted, that on co-creating of the Malta Boxing Commission, I insisted that we base ourselves on the BBBofC, who I totally respected, as I felt the BBBofC were the elite National Sanctioning organisation within Europe, however since the recent removal of members voting rights and various other outrageous actions that have followed, I now feel that the BBBofC standing has fallen to an all time low.
The Malta Boxing Commission were also a proud member of the European Boxing Union, however my admiration for the organisation is also at an all time low, following the disgraceful way that the EBU allowed the BBBofC to manipulate the expulsion of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation as well as the assisting of the BBBofC in their efforts to coerce fellow EBU members to do their bidding.
Whilst the actions authorised by myself last week were due to exceptional circumstances and are not the Malta Boxing Commission’s intended operating procedure, I/we reserve the right under European law to ply the trade of the Malta Boxing Commission and TKO Boxing Gym Limited, and it’s associated companies, within the confines of Europe, including the United Kingdom, and as such should I/we ever feel that the BBBofC, the EBU or associated EBU members, apply any restrictive practices that affect the rights of our members, license holders and/or TRAD TKO boxers to ply their trade, I/we will ensure that the BBBofC and/or EBU and/or EBU Member organisation(s) face the consequences of their actions.
Gianluca Di Caro
Ritchie Eames, the son of famed East London coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames is set for a taste of ring action this coming Saturday, when he competes in the LAST MAN STANDING White Collar Boxing tournament, the latest offering from Chrissy Morton and her Bad Boy Promotions crew.
To prepare for the tournament, Ritchie has been training alongside notable stars of the sport, such as British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, new Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Freddie Turner, former British, European and World Champion Colin Lynes, British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton, Prizefighter Cruiserweight winner Wadi ‘Macho Man’ Camacho, Former English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng as well as many of the brightest young prospects that train at his father’s equally famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.
The LAST MAN STANDING tournament is similar in concept to the pioneering Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter tournament, the main difference being instead of featuring a single division, LAST MAN STANDING has three, different weight category, mini tournaments, plus a four bout undercard.
Following a grueling training and sparring session at the TRAD TKO gym, Ritchie spoke briefly about the upcoming tournament.
“Yeah, I’m really looking forward to Saturday, it’s going to be a real challenge.
Like Prizefighter, you can’t predict a winner, yeah there may be favourites but to win it you’ve got to fight three times in a short amount of time.
I know a few of the guys fighting, but in my weight division I don’t know any of them, I don’t know anything about any of the potential opponents at my weight at all.
I’ve had two fights before on Chrissy’s shows, I won them both but that means nothing, for this I’m just going to see how it goes.
If I win my first fight, brilliant, but then I’ve got to be ready to go out and fight again, win that then I’m in with a chance of winning the cash prize.
Been having good training as usual so I’m as ready as I can be.
Really looking forward to it, it’ll be great, hopefully I’ll walk away with the £1000 prize money and have a big party afterwards.”
Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated) and £40 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – limited tickets will also be available at York Hall on the night.