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Daniel Herdman Says “It’s The Opportunity Of A Lifetime” After Prizefighter Call Up.

by on Aug.02, 2011, under Boxing News

Daniel Herdman overjoyed with Prizefighter call up - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Daniel Herdman Says “It’s The Opportunity Of A Lifetime” After Prizefighter Call Up.

Stevenage’s Daniel Herdman will be one of the competitors taking part in the Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter tournament, when the top rated series returns for the new season on the 15th September with Prizefighter – Light Middleweight II.

Daniel, who as an amateur won a Junior ABA title and Olympic Junior silver medal as well as earned regular England international honours, has had a torrid time since turning pro in 2007.

Losing his first pro bout, against Latvian Gatis Skuja, Daniel then strung a run of three excellent wins, over Ben Hudson, Duncan Cottier and Russell Pearce, in 2008, before a broken hand forced him to take a two year sabbatical from the sport.

Early in 2010 Daniel returned to training, with Johnny Eames at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, but it would take close to six months before he finally returned to the fray and secured his fourth win, with a scintillating performance over tough battler Ryan Clark at York Hall in December last year.

Earlier today Daniel spoke briefly about his selection to take part in the upcoming Prizefighter – Light Middleweight II, “I’m over the moon, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime being invited to be in Prizefighter. I think it’s a great opportunity for young people like myself to get on the rankings.

I think I should do really well as the Prizefighter format should suit me and my boxing style. Three rounds will suit me right down to the ground as I like to get inside and really fight, don’t really like to stand off so it’ll be really exciting for the fans to watch.

As I said being in Prizefighter is a great opportunity, If you win it you’re straight in for a title shot, probably a Southern Area but maybe even a British title. It gets you right in the mix, it’s a great opportunity.”

Daniel joins former two weight champion Takaloo, Big Brother star JJ Bird, Steve Harkin and three unbeaten fighters, Peter Vaughan, Wayne Goddard and Kris Agyei-Dua in the season opening Prizefighter – Light Middleweight II on Thursday 15th September.

Tickets, priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP, for Prizefighter Light Middleweights II at York Hall, Bethnal Green in East London on Thursday 15th September 2011 are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information call 07960 850645.

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Takaloo and JJ Bird lead the Prizefighter Light-Middleweight II charge

by on Jul.29, 2011, under Events

Takaloo and JJ Bird lead the Prizefighter Light-Middleweight II charge

Seven names announced for York Hall showdown on September 15

Former two-weight World champ Takaloo tops the bill for the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Thursday 15 September – leading a classic mix of fighters aiming to triumph live on Sky Sports.

Tickets are now on sale for the 20th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments which sees a reality TV star, unbeaten novices and young hopefuls all join the former WBU Light-Middleweight and Welterweight belt holder Takaloo, who recently applied for a license from the board and must come through a warm-up test before the night.

The hugely popular ‘Margate Rock’ returns to the ring from a three year absence and hopes to roll back the years to the days he fought in title showdowns with the likes of Anthony Farnell, Wayne Alexander, Michael Jennings and Eamonn Magee.

Adding some razzmatazz to proceedings is Peterborough’s JJ Bird finished, the 24 year-old who finished fourth in the last series of Big Brother, who will bank on support from flatmate Aston Merrygold from pop group JLS as he returns to the ring after two years out of action.

Peter Vaughan is one of three unbeaten fighters in the line-up, and ‘The Raging Bull’ will be full of confidence after outpointing previously unbeaten Phill Fury in a real war on the Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora undercard at Wembley Arena on Saturday, taking his record to three wins and one draw.

Hampshire fighter Wayne Goddard takes a 9-0 record into the tournament while Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua has three points wins to his name since making his pro debut at 30 years-old in February.

All of former Amateur star Daniel Herdman’s pro dates have been at York Hall so the ‘Hurricane’ from Stevenage, who won the Junior ABAs before turning pro in 2007, will feel right at home as he guns for the trophy.

Steve Harkin’s place in the line-up came down to his loyal followers, as fans of the 29 year-old from Liverpool began a campaign on Twitter that sees the 5-1-2 fighter become the seventh name in the mix, with promoters Matchroom Sport hoping to name the final contender early next week.

As previously announced, for the first time in Prizefighter the draw will be made in the ring on the night, and before the action begins we will see the first “Prizefighter Prospect” in action as Matchroom Sport offer a young boxer the chance to fight in front of a big crowd before the eight Prizefighters battle for the title and the £32,000 winner’s cheque – with Ryan “Crash Bang” Taylor the first fighter to be offered this golden opportunity.

Tickets for Prizefighter Welterweights II at York Hall, Bethnal Green in east London are available from Matchroom Sport priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP – to buy call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

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Fight Report: Essex Eruption – Conquest Cruises, McAleese Supreme But Jupp Robbed

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Essex Eruption – Conquest Cruises, McAleese Supreme But Jupp Robbed

Photos and Report By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On Saturday night Steve Goodwin undertook his first big event outside of London with his superb Essex Eruption, sponsored by Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama Fists of Rage, at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham.

The event was due to be quadruple headlined, but due to an injury to Yassine El Maachi and the BBBofC realising at the last minute that Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ suspension, due to his being stopped on the 5th February, didn’t expire until the day after the event, it became a double header instead.

It wasn’t just the loss of two of the headline bouts, there were various other last minute injuries that reduced the event to eight bouts instead of the proposed fourteen. Either way those that were lucky enough to attend the off-TV show were treated to a fantastic evening of top class boxing.

With El Maachi and Williams out Romford’s unbeaten Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest bout against current Ghanaian Cruiserweight Champion Prince George Akrong was elevated to main feature.

Right from the opening bell Conquest hunted down Akrong, whose ringname is the Hungry Lion, with a clear intention to get the African challenger out of there early. About two minutes in Conquest let rip with a huge right which missed Akrong’s chin but caught him on the shoulder and send him crashing unceremoniously onto his backside.

Throughout the second round Conquest pushed forward utilising every punch in his packed arsenal, but Akrong’s strength, and determination to shine in front of the British crowd, see him weather the constant onslaught as well as occasionally test the taller and bigger Conquest ‘s chin with massive overhand rights.

Much of the same in the third, that was until mid way through the last minute of the round when Conquest shook the big African to the core with a massive right. In a flash Conquest let rip with heavy lefts and rights as Akrong, with his back against the ropes, covered up in an effort to survive until the end of the round, which he did.

The fourth was all action, with Conquest determined to start of where he finished in the previous round. However Akrong showed his mettle by going forward and taking the fight to Conquest, at times going toe-to-toe exchanging bomb after bomb.

The fifth was almost a replay of the third, with Conquest pushing hard. Eventually the pressure paid off, Conquest backed Akrong onto the ropes and let rip with huge left to the body followed with a big right to the head. Akrong wobbled badly, but even though his legs had clearly gone he managed to stay on his feet. Conquest, who had stepped back expecting the African to drop, went back on the attack letting big lefts and rights go until the final bell.

Round six see Conquest step things up and hurt Akrong with a big right hand within seconds of the start. Conquest followed the African warrior around the ring letting off bomb after bomb. After about thirty seconds Conquest landed a peach of right to send Akrong to the deck again. The African got to his feet but looked severely shaken. The referee accepted Akrong’s pleas to allow him to continue but in an instant Conquest was on him letting rip with more big lefts and rights, Akrong didn’t respond or even seem to have any defense and the referee jumped in to call a halt to the proceedings after just one minute of the round.

Co-headline to the Conquest-Akrong bout see the welcome return of Newmarket Light Middleweight prospect ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, against Spain’s Fran Gonzalez.

There was no feeling out period, both protagonists went to work right from the opening bell. The action was nonstop and produced some of the best pure boxing of the show. For the full three minutes they matched each other punch for punch, it was that close throughout.

Round two see McAleese step things up to try and wrestle control of the round from the gutsy Spaniard. However Gonzalez had no intention to allow him to do so and countered every attack.

Round three see more of the same at first, but the tide was beginning to turn in McAleese’s favour around the two minute mark. McAleese added more venom to his attacks, in doing so forcing Gonzalez to go on the defensive.

Round four see McAleese continue in the same vein, often backing Gonzalez onto the ropes before letting rip with heavy flurries of left and rights to body and head. During one of the later attacks McAleese caught the Spaniard with a heavy left to the ribs, Gonzalez was clearly hurting and covered up. This encouraged McAleese to turn the pressure up another notch. McAleese was relentless playing Gonzalez’s ribs like a xylophone with wickedly fast ten-twelve punch salvos.

Round five was a cracking round for McAleese, who constantly backed up the tiring Gonzalez before letting rip with ten punch plus flurries. As the round progressed Gonzalez occasionally responded with the odd counter attack, but was often thwarted by the fast hands of the Newmarket man.

A sure fire stoppage finish looked on the cards in the final round, as again McAleese caught Gonzalez with a massive left to the ribs. However the durable Gonzalez survived the follow up salvos and went defensive to see out the final couple of minutes. The referee scored the bout 60-54 in favour of a delighted McAleese.

The sixth bout of the evening see unbeaten in four Light Middleweight Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove against the super tough Jan Balog from the Czech Republic.

Right from the off Balog went on the attack, forcing Norgrove to go defensive. Throughout the round Balog pressured and Norgrove could only respond with a good stiff jab.

Round two see Norgrove initially readjust his fight plan, choosing instead to go toe to toe with Balog. The only problem is the gutsy Czech only had one form of defense – attack. Norgrove was taking some big punches and by about midway through the round had a noticeable swelling over his left eye. Saying that Norgrove had responded really well and was out boxing his Czech opponent.

Balog pushed hard in the third, but had started to get a bit wild in his attacks, allowing Norgrove to pick him off with some good stiff jabs.

Round four was a lively affair. Norgrove was boxing beautifully and seemed to have neutralised Balog, that is until the second minute when Balog caught Norgrove with a heavy overhand right. Norgrove’s legs buckled and was on his way to the canvas. However thinking quickly Norgrove threw his arms around Balog but instead of it keeping him on his feet he just pulled Balog down with him. For some strange reason the referee decided not to give the count even though Norgrove had clearly been floored by a punch.

The tide turned in the fifth Norgrove used his superior boxing skills to dominate the round. Balog occasionally responded with a wild counter but there was little he could do to stop the constant hard and fast attacks.

Any chance of Balog causing an upset evaporated in the final round. Norgove stepped up the pressure against the rapidly tiring Czech and was controlling things beautifully. Norgrove had been using his jab and straight rights to good effect, however this changed early in the sixth when Norgrove started to go for the body. After the third attack to the ribs Balog took to one knee for an eight count.

When the bout resumed Norgrove went back on the attack in search of his first stoppage finish. It looked like he may just get it, following another cracking shot to the body that forced Balog to one knee for a second time. However Balog did get to his feet to see out the final seconds of the round.

After six scintillating rounds Michael Norgrove was declared victorious by a 60-54 points margin.

I have to add that I’ve watched every one of Michael Norgrove’s fights and I have had my doubts about him, I felt that he would come up short if actually tested. Well on Saturday night he was tested, and tested hard, but came through with flying colours and boxed the best I have seen to date. Also he showed resilience and an ability to mix it up when needed.

Next up was Carshalton Lightweight ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan against tall, tough and awkward southpaw Kristian Laight. Fireworks had been predicted and sure enough that’s just what we got.

Right from the opening bell both fighters made it clear they wanted centre ring, yet neither were willing to concede ground. Some great boxing from both protagonists ensued. It was a very close fought round but Boylan probably edged tit with the cleaner more meaningful shots.

Round two was more of the same, except the tide was flowing Boylan’s way more. Boylan had settled the fastest and concentrated on pure boxing to counter Laight’s attempts to force things by brute force.

Round three continued in the same vein, with Boylan out boxing his older opponent. About midway through the round Boylan landed a beautiful right to the body, Laight instantly winced and grabbed hold of Boylan to get his breath back. As the referee broke them apart Boylan went on the attack letting some cracking left and rights go in quick succession. Laight went on the back foot to try and see out the round, which he did.

Round four was all Boylan, he boxed superbly throughout to earn a tidy 39-37 points victory.

Less than a month after winning on his debut Kris Agyei-Dua was back in action on Saturday against Louis Byrne.

It is hard to think that Agyei-Dua has only had the single bout, he fought like a seasoned pro. From start to finish Agyei-Dua dominated the proceedings with some beautiful boxing. He never put a foot wrong, he jabbed with confidence and was happy to stand and trade when needed.

Byrne is a tough opponent at the best of times but didn’t seem to trouble Agyei-Dua at any time. Unsurprisingly Agyei-Dua secured his second win by a shutout 40-36 points margin.

The third bout of the night see the very welcome return of Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine, after a long layoff following a bad stoppage against Mark Alexander last year, against Sid Razak.

Devine was divine, he plain out boxed the resilient Razak throughout. Razak is no walk over at the best of times but Devine outclassed him from start to finish to earn a shutout 40-36 points victory.

Belvedere’s unbeaten Featherweight ‘Saint’ George Jupp was next up against Raffi Khan from Harrow.

Right from the opening bell Khan went on the attack, Jupp kept his cool and kept the aggressive Khan at bay with some solid jabs. Whenever Khan came rushing forward Jupp would use superior footwork, to move out of range, or solid jabbing to stop him in his tracks. Khan was getting some success but usually his shots were wide of the mark.

Whilst it was hard to call the first round, the second and third were clearly young Jupp’s, who had used his Jab to good effect throughout the two rounds. It wasn’t just his jabbing though, in the middle rounds Jupp showed that he is willing to mix it up when needs be.

Khan began to rush his attacks, backing Jupp towards the ropes, and letting rip with wild shots. Most times Jupp would just step around, leaving Khan punching at fresh air, but on a couple occasions Jupp countered with both hands and about mid way through the round Jupp landed a peach of a right which opened up a cut above Khan’s eye.

Clearly aware he was behind on points Khan became even more forceful with his attacks in the final round, often letting rip with multi-punch flurries. Jupp would counter with solid jabs as before but instead of backing off Khan kept coming forward. Khan kept the pressure up to the final bell.

When the referee’s score card was read out – 39-38 in favour of Khan – the crowd jeered, Jupp’s manager/coach Johnny Eames remonstrated with the referee and the assembled photo corps, of which I was one, all agreed that Jupp had won clearly won the middle rounds and probably had done enough to claim the first also.

I feel I should comment at this point that on Friday at York Hall Erick Ochieng suffered the same fate as Jupp, he clearly won two rounds and probably did enough to get a third but the decision went against him.

I bring this up because it seems that some referees and judges are often judging by aggression level mainly.

A prime example of this was Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa’s British and Commonwealth title loss to Jamie McDonnell last year. Napa clearly won the bout, having landed the most meaningful shots, as was proved when Sky televised highlights.

Sky were unable to find a single bit of footage where McDonnell had even landed a punch. McDonnell had been the more aggressive but had failed to make any impact due to Napa’s superior defense and countering.

The same goes for both Ochieng and Jupp in their bouts. in both cases they had exceptional defenses. In almost every attack their opponents made they failed to land a single punch and were easily caught by controlled counter punching.

I know that part of judging process includes aggression but surely ineffective aggression shouldn’t count for more than actual punches landed.

Anyway enough of my griping, the opening bout of the night see Danny Brown take on Iain Jackson in a Middleweight bout.

This was a cracking opening bout and really set the tone for the rest of the show. Both went to war from the opening bell, trading toe-to-toe for virtually the whole bout. Brown landed the most meaningful punches and rightly earned the victory by a 39-37 points margin.

As usual Steve Goodwin put on an exceptional show, one that deserved a much wider audience. It’s about time Sky started looking at some of the excellent small hall promoters, like Steve Goodwin, who constantly put on top class shows, instead of concentrating on the big three who parade out the same old names show after show.

Steve Goodwin’s next event will be at the York Hall on June 4th, miss it and you’ll miss one helluva show featuring some of the Capital’s most talented rising stars.

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Jupp Confident Ahead Of Khan Clash on March 19th

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Boxing News

George Jupp in confident mood ahead of Khan clash - photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Jupp Confident Ahead Of Khan Clash on March 19th

Unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp is set to face Harrow’s Raffi Khan at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ – sponsored by Fists of Rage new to DVD movie – at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex, this coming Saturday.

20 year old Jupp is proving to be something of a sensation on the London scene and is being tipped as a future champion by many local boxing luminaries, especially since his magnificent performance back in December, when he stopped the highly durable Pavels Senkovs.

Those in the know point to the fact that Senkovs had only been stopped once, in thirty fights, previously and that was the result of a cut from an accidental clash of heads.

Jupp’s opponent Raffi Khan has only had one outing to date, when he traveled to Glasgow to face Michael Roberts in October last year. The reports that came back were exceptional with many saying that Khan was unlucky to lose the points decision – by a very close 57-58 margin.

On learning that his opponent on Saturday will be Khan, Jupp said, “I haven’t seen him and don’t know too much about him. I only know he’s had one fight and lost it.

It was a very close fight up in Scotland with Michael Roberts, who’s a very good fighter. So Khan’s obviously a very capable fighter so it should be a brilliant fight, I’m really looking forward to it.

I know it’s come late in the day but I’ve been training for whoever they could get for me. I’m fit and I’m on my game so it doesn’t matter who they got for me I know I’m ready

I’ve been doing a lot of sparring with Kaash (Akaash Bhatia), I’ve also been sparring a couple of Irish boys from Graham Earl’s camp. I’ve been sparring anyone in the gym really, I’ve been sparring Ricky Boylan so I’ve had really good sparring for it.

I couldn’t have asked for better preparation really so roll on the 19th, it should be a good test and hopefully a good fight for the public.”

‘Saint’ George Jupp versus Raffi Khan will feature on the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Co-headlining the ‘Essex Eruption’ event are fellow Ultrachem TKO Gym mates Leon ‘Solid’ Williams against David Vicena and ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese versus Fran Gonzalez as well as Romford Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest versus Prince George Akrong, which is sponsored by Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama movie ‘Fists Of Rage’, and Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi against Ulises David Lopez

The undercard includes a whole host of local talent including two more of Georgie’s TKO team mates, Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman versus Kevin McCauley and ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan faces Kristian Laight.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog.

Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Fists Of Rage, distributed by Revolver Entertainment, is new to DVD and will be released nationally on the 28th March 2011 and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon – www.amazon.co.uk – and HMV – www.hmv.com

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Fists Of Rage Movie Sponsor Conquest – Akrong In Dagenham On Saturday

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Buzz

Tony Conquest against Hastings Rasani at York Hall in September - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Fists Of Rage Movie Sponsor Conquest – Akrong In Dagenham On Saturday

Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama movie ‘Fists of Rage’ is to sponsor Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest versus Prince George Akrong, which co-headlines the Steve Goodwin quadruple headlined ‘Essex Eruption’ event at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, this coming Saturday.

Revolver Entertainment moved fast, to secure Fists of Fury as bout sponsor, following last night’s announcement that the fight between top ten ranked Conquest and Ghanaian Cruiserweight Champion Akrong had been made.

Fourteen fight veteran Akrong secured the Ghanaian Cruiserweight title with a convincing unanimous 116-114 and 118-112 (twice) points decision over Isaac Paakwesi Ankrah in Accra, Ghana on the 4th December 2009.

An opponent such as Akrong is seen as a step up in class for Conquest, not that this will faze the Romford based Cruiserweight one iota as he has previously stated that he is aiming to get a title shot before the year is over.

Saying that Conquest’s last fight, back in September, was against the seriously tough Hastings Rasani, who is no walk in the park at the best of times as Leon Williams, JJ Ojuederie, Billy Boyle and three time world title challenger Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott can attest, having all lost to the Brummie hardman.

Right from the start Conquest oozed confidence and made easy work of controlling the fight. As Conquest showcased his range of combinations Rasani just stood his ground, seemingly content to bide his time.

Conquest was savvy, using sharp attacks and swift movement to prevent Rasani being able to mount any sustained attacks of his own. After six rounds Conquest was rightfully declared the winner by a clear 60-54 points margin.

On securing ‘Fist of Rage’ as sponsor for the Conquest-Akrong bout sports publicist Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro said, “It’s great news for the sport that Revolver Entertainment are now sponsoring the headline bouts at both London shows this weekend, with their excellent all action ‘Fists of Rage’ movie.

Revolver Entertainment’s decision to sponsor Tony’s fight against Prince George Akrong speaks volumes to the quality and importance of this fight.

Steve Goodwin has been fantastic, even though this offer came at such short notice, he has gone out of his way to ensure that the ‘Fists of Rage’ movie will receive maximum exposure at his Essex Eruption event.”

Revolver Entertainment, one of the UK & Eire’s leading ‘All Rights’ distribution companies, is shaking up the industry with a unique approach to managing and promoting its enviable and edgy slate of Film and DVD releases.

Revolver Entertainment’s latest offering – Fists of Rage – is an all action drama rammed full of breakneck speed battles and sensational mixed martial arts. It’s bare knuckled bloodshed at its breathtaking best!

Two street warriors come to understand that not every battle is fought for money or power in this gritty urban action thriller featuring Jason Barry (Titanic), Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die), and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (WWE Legend). When street gangs clash with the local police in a series of bloody battles, neighbourhood friends Raymond (Wong) and Gabriel (Barry) are forced to choose sides. In the ensuing brutality, Raymond is plunged into the cold confines of prison as Gabriel is forced to fight a vicious war on foreign soil. Later, when Raymond and Gabriel arrive back in their old neighbourhood, the two soldiers put their survival skills to the ultimate test as they struggle to maintain their honour in a city where life is cheap and death comes fast.

Fists Of Rage, directed by David Worth (Kickboxer) and distributed by Revolver Entertainment, is new to DVD and will be released nationally on the 28th March 2011

Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest versus Prince George Akrong, sponsored by Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama movie ‘Fists Of Rage’, will co-headline the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ mega show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Co- headlining ‘Essex Eruption’ are Southern Area Cruiserweight champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus David Vicena, British Master challenger ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese faces Franz Gonzalez and International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi versus Ulises David Lopez

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including Ultrachem TKO team mates Daniel Herdman, who faces Kevin McCauley, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Fists Of Rage, distributed by Revolver Entertainment, is new to DVD and will be released nationally on the 28th March 2011 and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon – www.amazon.co.uk – and HMV – www.hmv.com

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El Maachi Set To Battle South American Champ Lopez In Dagenham This Saturday

by on Mar.14, 2011, under Buzz

Yassine El Maachi celebrates victory over France's Jimmy Colas at York Hall in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

El Maachi Set To Battle South American Champ Lopez In Dagenham This Saturday

International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi is set for the toughest fight of his career to date, when he comes face to face with Argentinian and South American Light Middleweight Champion Ulises David Lopez, at the Steve Goodwin Promoted quadruple headlined ‘Essex Eruption’ super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex this coming Saturday.

El Maachi, who successfully defended his International Masters crown against European #4 ranked Jimmy Colas back in December, has been frantically searching for a top fifty World ranked opponent for Saturday’s show and finally gets his wish as Lopez is ranked one spot higher, at 48, than the Finsbury Park, London based Moroccan.

The fight with El Maachi comes just one week after Lopez, whose ring moniker is ‘Cloroformo’ due to his penchant for sending his opponents to sleep – by knockout not boredom that is, retained his South American Light Middleweight crown.

The reason Lopez was able to take the fight with El Maachi so soon after a major title fight was that the bout was cut short after his opponent, former Argentinian and South American Light Welterweight Champion Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, was disqualified in the third round due to persistent illegal ‘below the belt’ blows.

On receiving the news that he will be facing Lopez on Saturday a jubilant El Maachi said, “I said I only want to fight someone ranked top fifty. Lopez is top fifty World ranked. It’s what I have always said I wanted and I got what I wanted.

It may be short notice but Lopez is fight ready, he trained for twelve rounds for his fight last week, he went three. He’s going to be a tough challenge. I’m ready for that challenge. I’m ready to fight anyone in the top fifty.

Like I told you last week, you’re gonna see a proper knockout. I said whoever going to fight me is going to get knocked out. Lopez is going to get knocked out.”

Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, against Ulises David Lopez will co-headline the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ mega show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Co- headlining ‘Essex Eruption’ are Southern Area Cruiserweight champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus David Vicena, British Master challenger ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese faces Franz Gonzalez and Romford’s top ten rated Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest against a yet to be named opponent,

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including Ultrachem TKO team mates Daniel Herdman, who faces Kevin McCauley, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Rising Star ‘Saint’ George Jupp Added To Goresbrook 19th March Super Show

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Buzz

George Jupp at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Rising Star ‘Saint’ George Jupp Added To Goresbrook 19th March Super Show

Rising Belvedere Featherweight star ‘Saint’ George Jupp is set for his first outing of the year at the Steve Goodwin promoted quadruple headline ‘Essex Eruption’ event at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on Saturday 15th March 2011.

George, whose professional record is a perfect three wins out of three outings, is proving to be one of the most exciting new prospects to emerge from Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town in recent times, as the man himself makes clear, having recently stated. “George is potentially the best boy we’ve got in the gym at the moment, with a view to how far he can go.

Anything can happen in boxing, but if he carries on the way he is at least British Champion without a shadow of doubt.”

George Jupp lands a crisp right against Pavels Senkovs at York Hall in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

As if to prove the point, Johnny Eames was happy for George to take an early rematch, in December, with tough Mansfield based Latvian Pavels Senkovs.

Back in September George gave Senkovs a boxing master class to secure a clear 40-36 points victory.

This time around though Senkovs had revenge on his mind, big time. Right from the opening bell Senkovs went straight on the attack, George used his brain and stayed out of a slugging match, instead responding with solid jabs and accurate left-rights to keep the Latvian at bay.

George frustrated the ever forward pushing Senkovs with his superior boxing skills round after round. Half way through the final round, just as Senkovs mounted yet another forceful attack, George countered with a powerful left-right combination to the head, which stopped Senkovs in his tracks and opened a deep cut over his left eye. Within seconds referee Jeff Hines spotted the blood gushing from the wound and jumped in and stopped the fight with just over a minute of the bout remaining to present George with the first stoppage win of his fledgling career.

Earlier today, following sparring with three of Graham Earl’s Irish fighters over for training camp in preparation for his April 2nd Belfast show, George spoke about his upcoming fight as well as the Jupp-Senkovs II battle, “Just over a week to go now, I can’t wait. I’ve been training hard and yeah can’t wait to fight now.

I enjoyed my last fight, I got him out of there. He’s a really strong character but I stuck with my boxing to try and keep him long. I caught him with a few flush one-twos and cut his eye. It was a good stoppage that, it’s good to have a stoppage on the card as well.

I’m hoping to out as much as I can, keep on boxing and as long as I’m winning then I’ll be happy. Anything that Johnny (manager and co-trainer Johnny Eames) wants me to do then I’m ready for. Yeah, keep winning.”

‘Saint’ George Jupp, against a yet to be named opponent, will feature on the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Co-headlining the ‘Essex Eruption’ event are fellow Ultrachem TKO Gym mates Leon ‘Solid’ Williams against David Vicena and ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese versus Fran Gonzalez as well as Romford Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest and Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, who will both be against yet to be named opponents

The undercard includes a whole host of local talent including two more of Georgie’s TKO team mates, Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman versus Kevin McCauley and ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan faces Kristian Laight.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog.

Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Pat McAleese – There’ll Be No Spanish Conquest For Gonzalez On March 19th

by on Mar.09, 2011, under Buzz

Pat McAleese ready for Fran Gonzalez on March 19th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Pat McAleese – There’ll Be No Spanish Conquest For Gonzalez On March 19th

‘Phat’ Pat McAleese returns to the ring next weekend, for the first time since his shock September defeat when he challenged for the British Masters Light Middleweight title, at the Steve Goodwin ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined extravaganza at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

McAleese, who will be co-headlining the event along with Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi and top ten ranked Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest, is set for his first international competition when he faces Spain’s Francisco “Fran” Gonzalez.

Back in September McAleese suffered the first defeat of his career when he faced Barnsley’s Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble in a rematch, having met and drawn on the Ricky Hatton promoted show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre back in March.

McAleese beautifully controlled the early rounds utilising his full arsenal of punches to such effect that Noble could only respond with urgent jabs to keep the Newmarket man at bay. By the end of round six McAleese had clearly secured five, with just the fourth being a close affair.

Early in round seven the tide began to change, following Noble letting rip with a beautiful right hook that shook McAleese to the core. Noble tried to capitalise but McAleese swiftly moved off the ropes even though his legs were less than stable. Noble’s confidence rose and he was able to pick off his opponent with wickedly quick jabs and combinations.

Round eight started see a tiring McAleese taking the fight back to Noble, who was happy just to whip out his hurting jab to keep McAleese at bay. Round nine was more of the same except McAleese had started to start getting a little more success.

Late in the round McAleese dipped to let rip with a body shot but was caught with a lightning fast uppercut that stopped him in his tracks. Noble then just pushed his gloves against the already comatose McAleese to send him crashing to the canvas just as the bell rang.

Following a training session, under the ever watchful eyes of co-trainers Johnny Eames and Brian O’Shaughnessy at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, McAleese spoke briefly about the upcoming Gonzalez showdown as well as his future title aspirations, “I’ve had a little look on the internet, Gonzalez seems to come forward which, with the new stuff I’ve been learning in the gym, since my defeat I’ve been working hard in the gym learning some new things, I think it’s going to suit me and hopefully come the 19th I’ll make him look silly.

I’ve been sparring with everyone really, every sort of style you can think of. This Spaniard looks quite orthodox, with me sparring all different styles from southpaw to orthodox, different heights and so on, it’s going to go in my favour. I can adapt to anything .

Before the end of the hopefully I’ll get to go for another title. That’s my goal, by the end of 2011 is to be a champion, hold a belt. This is just the first stepping stone to my comeback. I’m just going to take each stepping stone by stepping stone, each of these stepping stones can lead to a title.

I really want to thank everyone that comes and supports me. I’ve done a load of tickets again this time. Thanks for sticking by me, I really appreciate it and I wont let you down come the 19th.”

‘Phat’ Pat McAleese versus Fran Gonzalez will be co-headlining the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Co-headlining the ‘Essex Eruption’ event with McAleese are fellow Ultrachem TKO Gym mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams against David Vicena, Romford Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest and Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, who will both be against yet to be named opponents

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including three more of McAleese’s TKO team mates Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman versus Kevin McCauley, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan faces Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Herdman Predicts Explosive Action Ahead Of March 19th McCauley Clash

by on Mar.08, 2011, under Buzz

Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman ready for action on the 19th March - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Herdman Predicts Explosive Action Ahead Of March 19th McCauley Clash

Stevenage’s exceptional Light Middleweight prospect Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman gets his first outing of the year, when he faces Halesowen hardman Kevin McCauley at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011

Daniel recently made a successful return to the sport, following a two year sabbatical after breaking his hand during his June 2008 battle with Russell Pearce.

Daniel Herman lands a right hand against Ryan Clark at York Hall in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Back in December Daniel faced super tough Lincolnshire battler Ryan Clark at York Hall. A cracking fight ensued, neither fighter gave or expected any quarter, both attacked in similar style often finishing off with vicious left-right combinations to the body or head. Daniel, being the much more busier in his attacks, took the first couple of rounds. Clark stepped it up in the third, which would prove to be a very close round, as both had equal success with their heavy handed attacks.

Daniel not only took control of the final round but also came close to securing a stoppage finish mid way through, after following in with a vicious double hand attack after forcing Clark back onto the ropes. Daniel kept up the pressure until the final bell and was declared victor by a clear 39-37 points margin.

Following sparring, at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Daniel briefly spoke about the Clark fight and his upcoming 19th March clash with Kevin McCauley, “I was so pleased to get a win on my return, especially against such a tough opponent as Ryan.

My hand feels absolutely fine, no problems whatsoever.

Kevin’s another very tough opponent but my preparations have been going really well and have had plenty of good sparring to get ready for the 19th.

I feel good and strong so am really looking forward to getting back out. I’m ready so expect fireworks on the 19th because I’m really going to go for it.

It’s a big show, Steve Goodwin always gives the fans great shows, this one is massive. I’ll be going out to give the best performance on the night. I want to not only win, I want to win big and get fight of the night.”

Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman versus Kevin McCauley will be at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

‘Essex Eruption’, is co-headlined by Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams against David Vicena, British Master challenger ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, who faces Franz Gonzalez, Romford’s top ten rated Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest and Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, who will both be against yet to be named opponents

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including Daniel’s Ultrachem TKO team mates ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Williams In Confident Mood Ahead Of Vicena Clash On 19th March.

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Buzz

Leon Williams in confident mood ahead of showdown with David Vicena - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Williams In Confident Mood Ahead Of Vicena Clash On 19th March.

Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams is set for his second outing of the year when he faces Czech Republic hardman David Vicena at the Steve Goodwin Promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headline super show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Leon will be looking to get back in winning ways, following his surprising stoppage loss against Richard Turba last month, in order to focus fully on his upcoming Southern Area title defense as well as his planned assault on the British title trail.

Leon has been matched with a tough opponent, as David Vicena has proven himself more than handful for top ranked fighters on many occasions. His last two fights were against #2 ranked Sandro Siproshvili and #3 ranked Roman Kracik and although he lost both times it was by extremely close majority decisions, having drawn the contest on a single judges card on both occasions.

Following a sparring session, with London Based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, Leon spoke briefly about the upcoming fight and his desire to redress the couple of blemishes on his record, “I’m going to be going forward, that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’ll put the pressure on and do what I do best and that’s fight.

It’ll be a good warm up for my title defense. I’ll be looking to take him out, I’m going to make my name now.

After this fight I’ll be straight back in the gym and start planning for the next fight, hopefully within the month. Get ready for another fight, whether it’s another defense, or an eight rounder, ten rounder. I want to keep it moving and I really want to put things right on my record, you know those losses at Prizefighter and my last fight.

Against John Lewis-Dickenson I felt they scored it like amateur boxing. I thought I was a professional not an amateur. They scored it on a points system yet I was putting on the pressure, landing the cleaner shots yet they gave it to him with scoring like an amateur.

I’d definitely fight him again, I definitely want to fight him again and I’ll take him out.

The fight with Richard Turba I put that down to the preparation I did before the fight, things I don’t normally do. I don’t ever go down, I’ve been caught clean on many occasions but I never go down. I put that down to my preparations.

First round I didn’t get caught by any shots. I fought on the back foot. I’m not a back foot fighter but it worked for me. Second round I got caught, that was down to my preparation that I done.

If I got to fight him again I put it on him and do what I do best and that’s come forward and make it a real fight.

It’ll be fantastic if I can get a rematch with them both. There’ll be a different result, most definitely.”

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus David Vicena will co-headline the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

‘Essex Eruption’, in addition to Leon Williams, is co-headlined by British Master challenger ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, who faces Franz Gonzalez, Romford’s top ten rated Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest and Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, who will both be against yet to be named opponents

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including Leon’s Ultrachem TKO team mates Daniel Herdman, who faces Kevin McCauley, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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