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Weights And Quotes From London – Darren Hamilton Vs Dave Ryan II

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Boxing News

Weights And Quotes From London – Darren Hamilton Vs Dave Ryan II

The weigh in for Spencer Fearon and Ciaran Baynes Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433) took place at The Boxers Bar, 9 Christopher Street, Shoreditch, London, earlier today.

DARREN HAMILTON Vs DAVE RYAN
British Masters Light Welterweight Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Hamilton – 63.3kg

“I’m optimistic and happy that I’ve got the chance of the rematch. I’m ready to go”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Ryan – 63.4kg

“I see it all my way again, as long as he doesn’t headbutt again, Let’s have it.”

Darren Hamilton versus Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, headlines the Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

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Darren Hamilton: I’m Fighting For Redemption, Not The Money.

by on Sep.28, 2011, under Boxing News

Darren Hamilton is seeking redemption on October 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Darren Hamilton: I’m Fighting For Redemption, Not The Money.

With all the controversy surrounding the recent Victor Ortiz – Floyd Mayweather jnr. fight many London fans may be a little confused to why Ortiz only received the penalty of a single point deduction – and a dubious sucker punch KO for his efforts – whilst back at York Hall in June Darren Hamilton was not just disqualified, but also fined and suspended, for an almost identical action against Dave Ryan.

Like Ortiz, Hamilton accepted the result without argument. In fact the likable Bristol born fighter, now residing in London, has spent a lot of time soul searching and bridge mending, as he is keen to make amends before the pair once again face each other, for The British Master Light Welterweight title, a second time on the Spencer Fearon Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This is Hard Knocks’ show at York Hall in London on Friday, 7th October.

Hamilton’s determination to make amends, for that red mist moment, became clear when he spoke earlier today, “I’m fighting for redemption, not the money, he’s fighting for the money.

Basically Dave Ryan has asked for more money to fight me again, myself personally I’m completely not interested in the money.

You wouldn’t believe what I actually went through. On the night I didn’t realise the seriousness of what I did.

Afterwards I soon found out. Not only couldn’t I box for twenty eight days, because the British Boxing Board of Control suspended me, but I also had to pay a fine to the BBBofC.

I was getting abuse from his fans. My girlfriend, who was at the fight at the time, she was getting abuse as well from his fans. Some of it I heard, it was racial abuse.

Since then I’ve also been getting abuse on the internet from his fans, which I may not like but do understand.

I let Spencer (promoter Spencer Fearon) down, I let the fans down and I let myself down, something I am really sorry for.

It’s put me in a position, like where I was before, where I have to prove myself again like I did against Ideh Ochuku, after being knocked out by Daryl Setterfield, and the time they said I didn’t have a chance against Peter McDonagh, where I was the complete underdog.

I’ve gone right back to that hunger again, this is it again right now. I am completely solemn and completely dedicated to winning this fight. My head is completely on it, it’s all I’ve been thinking about, you know.”

Darren Hamilton versus Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, will take place at the Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now 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 please call 07960 850645.

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Proud ‘Hammer’ Mitchell Balker Ready For Proper East End Tear Up On Oct 7th

by on Sep.21, 2011, under Boxing News

Mitchell Balker ready to hammer Hari Miles on October 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Proud ‘Hammer’ Mitchell Balker Ready For Proper East End Tear Up On Oct 7th

London boxing fans will get the chance to see their newest all conquering hero, Plaistow Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, in action right on their doorstep, as Spencer Fearon has signed him up to face Welsh hardman Hari Miles at his upcoming Hard knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, 7th October.

West Ham fanatic Balker shot up the rankings, to #4 in Britain and #83 in the World, after hammering then World #45 ranked Richard Turba in Blackpool last month.

It was this sensational win that prompted Spencer Fearon to pick up the phone and call Balker’s manager, Johnny Eames, to get him on the Premier Sports (Sky channel 433) televised show.

Earlier today Spencer explained his reasons for asking Balker to fight on his flagship TV show, “Why because Mitchell epitomizes what Hard Knocks is all about.

I mean look at that guy, Mitchell, he took up the challenge and got a fantastic win over Richard Turba. Nobody, but nobody, wanted to fight Richard Turba, but he fights him and gets a great win.

Now hear what I’m saying, no padded records, he wins fights, lost a fight by stoppage, comes back and beats a guy who’s a fearful puncher, who’s a demon kind of guy that nobody wants to fight, but he does and beats him.

That’s why Mitchell has to be on the next Hard Knocks show on October 7th.”

Balker, who last year relocated from Amsterdam to Plaistow so that he could be as close as possible to his beloved Upton Park and Johnny Eames’ TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, then added, “I’m really proud that Spencer Fearon wants me to fight on his big show.

I always said I will fight anyone, I came to England to fight, so when they ask me to fight Richard Turba I said yes, I did and I won.

Now Spencer wants me to fight Hari Miles, I said yes, please I want the fight. I’m really looking forward to fighting Hari Miles on October 7th, I’m ready for it.

Training is going really well, I get such good sparring at the TRAD TKO and perfect training from Barry (Smith) and Johnny (Eames), perfect preparations.

I’m really looking forward to the fight, I’m looking forward to fighting Hari Miles especially as it will be right in my own back garden as such. York Hall is so close to here.

When I moved to London I wanted to live near to Upton Park and the TRAD TKO Gym. It’s good for me here as Johnny (Eames), Kevin (Mitchell) and lots of the fighters at the gym are West Ham fans.

When I was in Holland I always watched West Ham matches when I could, I always enjoyed watching them. I’m very proud to live close to the ground, now I get to watch them at Upton Park

I’m very proud to live here and fight in the East End of London, it’s now my home, I’m very proud have the chance to fight in front of East End fans.”

Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now 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 please call 07960 850645.

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Two Time World Champ Choi Headlines ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ On October 7th

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Boxing News

Choi celebrates victory over Jackson Asiku - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Two Time World Champ Choi Headlines ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ On October 7th

Two time World Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev is set to headline Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions latest offering ‘This is Hard Knocks’, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports.

Choi won his first World Crown, the vacant WBF version, in 2006, with a spectacular third round stoppage of Kenyan WBF International Champion David Kiilu at the Tara Leisure Centre in Shaw, Lancashire and successfully defended the title twice in 2007.

He vacated the WBF title a year later, in order to challenge Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews for his WBU crown. On the fifth of April 2011, at the Bolton Arena in Bolton.

Choi won his second World crown in spectacular fashion, for five scintillating rounds Choi battered Matthews, sending him to the canvas no less than five times, three times in the third and twice in fifth.

Choi, who never got the chance to defend the WBU crown, has longed for another title shot and following his sensational ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated victory over former IBO World Champion Jackson Asiku in June this year looks set to have his dream come true in the very near future.

On making the event announcement an elated Spencer Fearon said, “Yeah, Choi Tseveenpürev, we’re looking at two opponents.

We had him originally for the WBA Pan Asian title, but you know, everyone is frightened of Choi.

When we did the last show and Gary Logan, the former British title challenger, who was doing the commentary said Choi’s retained his title, and I said what title is that and he said the Champion of the nobody wants to fight club.

He’s right nobody wants to fight Choi, as soon as you get a phone call you see some astronomical money asked for. You know what I mean, guys that would be willing to fight Choi are asking me to pay 90% more than they usually get on TV shows. That’s crazy but Choi’s coming back and he’s gonna do his thing. It’ll be another fight of the year for sure.”

The main support for Choi, against whichever big name Spencer can get to put their record on the line, is a rematch, or is that grudge match, between Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton and Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan.

Back in June, when the pair first faced each other, their fight came to a very premature end, after just one minute and forty two seconds of the first round. Hamilton, who had been controlling the first round easily, backed Ryan to the ropes and as the red mist descended lunged forward, head first. The referee, Ken Curtis, instantly stopped the bout and disqualified Hamilton for head butting.

Hamilton has vowed that this time he will not let Ryan’s constant head butting make him respond in kind, this time he’s going to punish any indiscretion by boxing his head off instead.

To add even more international flavour to ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ Spencer was quick to sign high flying London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker for the show, following Balker’s sensation victory over World #45 ranked Richard Turba a few ago.

The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym fighter will face another super tough opponent, and another member of the ‘no one wants to fight club’, Wales’ Hari Miles.

Hard Knocks/The Real Fight Club unbeaten rising star Joe Catchpole will take on Balker’s TRAD TKO team mate Daryl Setterfield in a Light Middleweight contest.

Young Joe will have his hands full, as Redhill’s Setterfield is a renowned battler with a big right hand, as Catchpole’s team mate Darren Hamilton can attest, as Setterfield knocked him out cold when they went to war back in March last year.

Aylesbury Welterweight Nathan Graham will also be back in action, against Hayes, Middlesex’s Robert Lloyd Taylor. Graham will be looking to get back to winning ways, after the close loss to former World Champ Junior Witter at Prizefighter – Welterweights in June and his prior loss to Adil Anwar, when they fought for the International Masters Welterweight title in March.

Also making his return to York Hall on the 7th October is exciting young Croydon Light Welterweight Danny Davis, who made his debut at the Hard Knocks ‘Shamrock Showdown’ back in March.

Finally Spencer’s prodigy James Wallace will be making his debut at ‘This Is Hard Knocks’.

Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports.

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.

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Fight Report – Unleash The Fury, York Hall Saturday March 5th

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Fight Reports

Met Sekiraqi goes down for the first time - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Fight Report – Unleash The Fury, York Hall Saturday March 5th
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On Saturday night , at York Hall in Bethnal Green, was the first of two events to celebrate Steve Goodwin’s first year as a boxing promoter. Over the past year Steve has promoted some of the biggest and best events in the Capital for a long, long while.

It was his intention to put on two massive shows in March but fate stepped in to decimate the card for his first.

In the run up to the show Steve had fighters dropping out like flies, some due to injury others down to an inability to shift the required level of tickets whilst others suffered due to the lack of opponents – various opponents had to withdraw due to being stopped in their fights the previous weekend. To add insult to injury there were so many shows on this weekend that available opponents were rarer than hens teeth.

At the start of play instead of the anticipated fourteen bouts there were just seven. Saying that they were seven highly entertaining all action bouts.

Whilst the Toks Owoh – against a very late replacement Remigijus Ziausys, who took the fight with 24 hours notice and see him arrive in England on Saturday morning – was the headline bout I have decided to report the excellent, albeit shortened, event from show opener to final bout in that order as virtually every fight was worthy of headline status.

Phil Gill versus Jason Nesbitt

One thing you can guarantee when Phil Gill is in the ring it will be an all action affair. Sure enough that’s what the York Hall crowd were to get. Gill went to work hard and fast right from the opening bell, letting rip with both hands throughout the first round. His excellent ring craft barely allowed Nesbitt get any meaningful shots of his own in.

Gill didn’t quite get to dominate the second round quite to the level of the first as Nesbitt managed to find his range and let go with a couple of cracking right hands to the body. Gill didn’t drop the pace and just responded with even more fast powerful left and rights.

Round three was more even with both protagonists letting rip with shot after shot in quick succession, in fact this round could have gone to either way as both came so close to stopping the other at one point.

In the first minute Gill let rip with a cracking left-right body head combination but was unable to finish off the clearly shaken Nesbitt. From then on it was a punch trading war until the final seconds when Nesbitt turned the tables with a hard right to the body that really rattled Gill, Nesbitt turned the tables and started to let rip with both hands until the final bell.

The final round was much as before, with both pushing hard. Throughout the contest Gill had not only thrown more shots but also landed the most meaningful ones and was rightly pronounced victor by a 39-37 points margin.

Wayne Alwan-Arab versus Danny Dontchev

Danny Dontchev’s a great ambassador for the sport, doesn’t win that many bouts but always comes to fight. On Saturday night he lost again, this time to the unbeaten in twelve Wayne Alwan-Arab, albeit rather contentiously in my view as I felt he had earned a draw at very least if not the win.

Alwan-Arab dominate a good percentage of the first round but Dontchev gave more than just a good account of himself, especially in the final minute of the round where he pressured Alwan-Arab back onto the ropes and let rip with flurry after flurry of punches.

Alwan-Arab shot out the trap at the start of the second and started to really pressure Dontchev. It was far from one way traffic though as Dontchev dug in and really tested the young Hackney based Zimbabwean throughout. I see the round a draw

Round three see Dontchev starting like a rocket and step up the pressure on Alwan-Arab. Throughout the round Dontchev kept pressing as well as landing some cracking right hands. It was a very good round for Dontchev.

Round four was more of the same and a surefire upset win for Dontchev looked on the cards, that is until about midway through the round when Dontchev slipped as he closed in on a fast retreating Alwan-Arab. Surprisingly the referee continued the count started by the timekeeper even though it was a clear slip. The crowd showed their disapproval of the count and Dontchev protested but to no avail. Dontchev stepped up the pressure but time wasn’t on his side.

When the referee’s scorecard was read out – a shutout 40-35 points victory for Alwan-Arab – the crowd again showed their disapproval.

Eder Kurti versus Jodie Meikle

Woolwich based Albanian Super Middleweight Eder Kurti received a rapturous welcome as he made his way to the ring to face Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle. The cheers barely subsided the whole bout as Kurti gave a magnificent display of boxing.

From start to finish Kurti pressured Meikle, letting rip with heavy lefts and rights to body and head. As early as round two Meikle was already bearing the scars of battle, with blood pouring from a nasty cut to the bridge of the nose.

Round three see Kurti set about Meikle with heavy rights to the head and body. Somehow Miekle managed to survive the constant onslaught, but at a cost as the cut on his nose had visibly worsened, so much so that the referee took a long hard look before allowing Miekle to come out for the fourth.

Kurti was magnificent throughout the final round to earn a 40-37 points victory.

Toks Owoh versus Remigijus Ziausys

Toks Owoh put on a beautiful, controlled display from start to finish. He barely seemed to break a sweat throughout and used his stinging jab to keep the forward pushing late replacement Remigijus Ziausys at bay.

Owoh kept the pace comfortable and appeared to be looking to get the rounds under his belt rather than go for an early finish. Saying that on a couple of occasions Owoh shaped up and looked set to shift out of cruise control and go for a knockout finish, alas it was only momentary as he would quickly revert to using the jab and occasional heavy right.

Whilst it wasn’t the sort of ‘dog fight’ performance long time fans of Owoh are used to, it was a very tidy and totally dominating one. As I had said there were flashes of ‘The Viper’ of old and am sure that should an opponent of right calibre be available in the future the warlord in Owoh will come to the fore and fans will be treated once again to the battle royales we have come to expect from him.

Dan Woodgate versus Jamie Norkett

It’s hard to believe that Minster, Kent’s Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate has had only two professional bouts, his performance on Saturday night was more in keeping with a seasoned championship campaigner.

Classy and slick are words that come to mind to describe Woodgate’s performance against Newark’s Jamie Norkett. From start to finish Woodgate dominated proceedings and in the later rounds looked as if he could have finished the fight at will, having rocked the durable Norkett on various occasions.

Don’t go thinking Norkett hadn’t come to fight, he had, just Woodgate was in a class of his own and rightly deserved the 40-37 point victory.

Jamie Boness versus Louis Byrne

Bigglewade’s Jamie Boness had his hands full with Guildford’s Louis Byrne. Throughout the bout the pair went at it hammer and tongs. Rounds one and two I see in favour of Boness just because he landed the more meaningful punches.

Round three was a much closer affair, with each controlling the action at times. Round four was a cracker and see both going all out for an early finish. In the end it was Boness that had secured the win by a very close 39-38 points margin.

Met Sekiraqi versus Floyd Moore

The final fight of the night saw the much hyped debut of Harlesden based Kosovon Met Sekiraqi, against Fareham’s Floyd Moore. The reception Sekiraqi received from the three hundred plus Kosovons in the audience was so loud you would have thought there were three thousand of them.

To describe the first round as a war is another understatement, Sekiraqi seemed intent to behead Moore with massive haymakers. Moore on the other hand did really well to avoid decapitation and put in some excellent, and far more controlled, attacks of his own between having to defend against the banshie attacks. Late in the round Moore rocked Sekiraqi with a peach of a right but was unable to capitalise before the bell rang

Even before round two started it was clear this fight wouldn’t go the distance and sure enough after about fourty seconds down goes Sekiraqi after Moore landed a simply divine right to the head of the attacking Kosovon.

Sekiraqi made the count, just, and was allowed to continue. Less than a minute later he was back down on the canvas for a second time, following yet another a cracking right from Moore.

Again Sekiraqi made the count but this time the referee had seen enough and waved the fight off after one minute and fourty nine seconds of the second round, much to the annoyance of the Kosovon fans.

Lloyd Honeyghan with Steve Goodwin - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

All in all it was an excellent event with exciting well matched bouts, now the Goodwin Juggernaut moves on to Gorsebrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex where part two of his anniversary celebration takes part on March 19th with the quadruple headlined ‘Essex Eruption’ event featuring Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, Yassine El Maachi, ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, Tony Conquest, Ricky Boylan, ‘Saint’ George Jupp, Michael Grant, Michael Devine, Daniel Herdman, Michael Norgrove, Richard Hines, Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown against quality opponents.

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Toks Owoh Interview: Owoh Talks Glen Johnson, Billy Boyle, Title Aspirations and More…

by on Feb.23, 2011, under Interviews

Toks Owoh at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Toks Owoh Interview: Owoh Talks Glen Johnson, Billy Boyle, Title Aspirations and More…
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

One of the UK’s most exciting and talented Super Middleweights of the nineties and early naughties, Toks Owoh, made his return to the ring late last year and is now set to start his second championship campaign, albeit at Cruiserweight, in earnest at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ Super Show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on the 5th March 2011.

Throughout the 1990s Toks established a reputation as one of the toughest and most talented boxers to emerge on the British scene. One thing you could guarantee is plenty of excitement when Toks fought, his no nonsense all action approach ensured either an early stoppage finish, or if it went the distance an all action full on war to the final bell.

As early as his fourth professional bout Toks was well and truly on Frank Warren’s radar, and by his sixth was signed by the aforementioned Frank Warren to his Sports Network promotions company.

Throughout the nineties Toks built up a formidable 13-1 record, with no less than ten of his wins being by stoppage or knockout. His one and only loss in the 1990s came at the hands of New Jersey hardman Omar Sheika in 1998. By the dawn of the new millennium Toks was ranked #3 in the world and was already being touted as the World Champion in waiting.

Toks fought anyone that was willing to get in the ring with him. The year 2000 epitomised his willingness to do just this. In February he took on tough Ukrainian Kostyantyn Okhrey and firmly disposed of him in the fourth.

Then in June Toks traveled to Burton-on-Trent to face Hull’s Tony Booth for the second time in his career. At the weigh-in Toks came in at 169lbs, but Booth came in at 180lbs, a whopping eleven pounds heavier. Toks just shrugged this off and the fight went on regardless. Unsurprisingly Toks punished Booth by stopping him in the third round.

Three months later Toks finally gets a title shot, for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight belt. Originally Toks opponent was to be tough African southpaw Joe Lieya, but just a few days before the fight he pulled out and Glen Johnson stepped in.

Again Toks just accepted the situation, even though he had been training for a southpaw, and another all out war ensued, however this time it was Toks that got stopped in the sixth round.

After such a glorious career Toks more or less dropped off the radar, only making the occasional return to the ring during the next five years.

His final fight was against Paul Bonson in a four rounder Cruiserweight contest at the Equinox Night Club in London on the 24th July 2005, Toks won and then seemed to just disappear from boxing altogether. That is until now.

Earlier this week Toks popped in to the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town to chat with me, I spent a highly entertaining hour or so with him where he happily answered my questions, although have to be honest and admit I didn’t get to use all my pre-prepared questions as Toks covered them as he chatted away. So without further ado I am proud to present a conversation with Mr Toks Owoh – the unabridged version.

Rio – Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. My first question is an obvious one. Why did you retire and why did you choose to come out of retirement now?

Toks Owoh – Actually I did not want to retire, because that’s not my style. When I lost to Glen Johnson my comeback fight after that was supposed to be against Richie Woodhall for the WBU World title.

That’s when I was with Frank Warren. I went away to train for the fight, come back and the fight did not happen because Richie Woodhall pulled out. He said he had a bad back and retired after that.

There was no replacement for me. You know it’s like training for a war, but there’s no war. You know what I mean, you’re building an army but there’s no war. At the end of the day it’s like me wasting my money and there’s nobody to reimburse me for the money I’d already spent and that kind of hurt me, I was very disappointed with the promotion I was with at that time and I took a step back.

I was supposed to have another fight, which was supposed to be a warm up fight and that did not happen. So I left the promotion and took a couple of months off.

I went to another promoter and had a couple of fights with them, probably three or four fights and after that I decided to take a bit of a rest because I had been trying to keep my weight down for so long. I’d been at Super Middleweight for nearly ten years, that’s a very hard thing to do, staying at the same weight. So I thought you know what I’m going to give my body a rest for a couple of months.

I had a fight in 2005 at Cruiserweight just to give my body a rest. So I decided I’m not going to do Super Middleweight no more and I’m going to move up, because I couldn’t keep to the weight, it was killing me making the weight.

Then my Mum passed away, so I went to Africa to bury my Mum. Afterwards I come back to England to resume my career. A year and half into that I done my brain scan, medical and everything and ready to fight and my Dad passed away so it was like a double blow for me.

When my Dad passed away that was very, very difficult for me because, not only did I love my Mum and Dad, there’d been there for me. I was the only one born in England, out of twenty three kids. One of my Brothers is in Chicago, the eldest, so I have no choice after him it’s me. So I had no choice but to go back home, because my Dad had businesses over there, Hotels, Bakery, Restaurants and everything over there. I had no choice but to go home to bury my Dad and make sure everything is OK for my brothers and sisters , you know what I mean. I went over there, secured that, then when I come back and when I come back decided it was time to finish the unfinished business.

Rio – You’ve been right up there, ranked #3 in the world and fought for a major title – The IBF Inter-Continental against Glen Johnson. Could you give me your view of the fight with Glen?

Toks – When I fought Glen Johnson I was #3 in the World, I was rated high by the WBO and IBF. I was rated very high at that time. At that time I was undefeated for a long time. With Glenn Johnson I don’t want to say that he beat me fair and square. I’m not the kind of person that cries over spilt milk. I lost, I lost, I failed to prepare properly and I failed.

I failed to prepare properly and my body wasn’t right at the time. I was carrying an injury nobody knew about. I was in the situation where I had sold a lot of tickets. I was young, stupid and sold a lot of tickets so wanted to fight.

If you look at my record, look at my fights with Sports Network you’ll see that I sold a lot of tickets.

My fans come to watch me, but often the opponent pull out, that happened four or five times, it’s painful, nothing’s more painful than that. I’d rather fight and lose than let the fans down. It’s the most painful thing when someone pulls out. It hurts me more than anything. Not just that but also the pay day, it’s the only job that I have. Apart from the pay day the pain that you go through in the gym, letting the fans down hurts more than anything.

Coming back to the Glen Johnson fight it went six rounds, hard six rounds. I believe the hardest six rounds that he’s ever had. If you watch the tape, he tells me that he wasn’t expecting that.

You have to remember for that fight I was supposed to fight another guy, who was a southpaw. I was training for a southpaw. The mistake I made was to take the Glen Johnson fight too soon. I took the fight because I didn’t want to pull out because the guy I was due to be fighting pulled out. So they got me someone that had just fought for the IBF World title. Just three days before they told me the opponent had been changed from someone that could have been easier to a really hard one.

I’m a warrior, a fighter and I do this for a living. At the end of the day I got into the ring and I did my best. I wasn’t well, I wasn’t well at all. I was taking tablets for the pain in my side for weeks and weeks before the fight. But I wanted to get the title so bad and I didn’t want to let the fans down.

I gave him a good fight, he stopped Roy Jones in two rounds, I gave him a good fight, he didn’t knock me out. I was stopped on my feet. It was a good fight.

Rio – How badly did that loss affect you?

Toks – The effect of that loss was huge, that could have propelled me to something big, it was huge. This is the question, was I unlucky to get Glen Johnson at that day. But everything happens for a reason. There’s a reason why I am alive today, there’s a lot of people from then that are dead now. There’s a purpose because I am going to become a champion. Plus I had the opportunity to do it . I’ve been in a lot of dog fights but I haven’t been bashed up. I’m still fresh, in my mind I’m still fresh.

Glen Johnson got to fight for many titles and that could have been me if everything was right, if the body and the mind was right and that’s boxing for you. That’s the reason I’m back now I believe in this division. I’m comfortable at this weight and I don’t believe that anybody in this division can live with me.

I’m used to big guys. When I was twelve stone I was sparring people heavier than me, taller than me, so weight is nothing to me. I carry the punch from Super Middleweight to Cruiserweight. I can feel that on the bag, when I spar, I carry that with me.

Rio – On March 5th you are now set to face Billy Boyle after JJ Ojuederie pulled out. Do you know much about Billy and how do you see the fight going?

Toks – I’ve only seen bits and pieces of this guy Billy Boyle. He’s alright. I don’t condemn any fighters. I don’t say I’m going to this or do that. When I was younger I was a little bit Yeah I’m gonna do this and that, bit things are different now in Boxing, anything can happen.

You have to understand that I’m thirty eight years old now and my body isn’t the same as I used to be before. I’m good and there’s no real difference, that’s the weight. I’m still me, anyone that comes in the ring with me will get a good fight. It’s not going to be easy for them. Simple, it’s gonna be a very hard fight

With Billy Boyle I’m not going to say it’s gonna be easy, nothing is easy, it’s gonna be a hard fight but I’m gonna try and make it easy, because I believe I have been in this game longer than him. My experience, my power and I’ve got a variety of punches. I’ve mixed with the best, Chris Eubanks, Roy Jones, all of them I sparred. I learn a lot from them.

Rio – Your comeback fight was against Hastings Rasani at Heavyweight, you won it, could you tell me your thoughts on the fight?

Toks – Yeah that was at Heavyweight, but I’m really a Cruiserweight now, it was my come back fight and I was sixteen stone.

Hastings Rasani, God, I have to be honest with you, anybody and I’m talking about anybody after six years off to come back with Hastings Rasani. He beat JJ Ojuederei, he beat Leon Williams and he beat Bruce Scott.

To come back with Hastings Rasani as my first fight after six years, come on, to be honest with you I could have stopped him, I wasn’t in my best shape, I was flabby. I was say fourty percent in shape. I only had four months to prepare for that fight, I had a lot to catch up on. My experience and the way I know what I know in the ring that’s what got me through the fight. I wasn’t in any trouble at all with Hastings Rasani.

If you watch that fight I could have stopped him in the first round, but I took a step back and let me see how I would go for four rounds and get that into my blood stream. It’s not about taking people out it’s about getting the work out. When people get to know me they know I go about things the hard way and Hastings Rasani is doing it the hard way.

Rio – You’ve been a championship fighter, are you looking for titles on this your second campaign?

Toks – Obviously I’m looking to title fights. The British Boxing Board of Control owe me big time. The only reason I am saying that is because I have been a pro since 1994 or ‘95, it may even be ‘93 I can’t remember. (ed: since 1995). I’ve never done anything to tarnish the name of the game, you know what I mean, I’ve never take drugs, I’ve never fight outside the ring. I’ve always carried my way in the nicest way possible, I’m nice to people who are nice to me, I’ve been good to them and now it is their time to be good to me, in the way of giving me a title shot.

The British Boxing Board of Control should sanction me to fight for the British title. At one time for the Super Middleweight British title they gave it to David Starie and not me. Starie defended the title against Dean Francis. The board asked me to fight David Starie then for some reason between Frank Warren and the board they asked me which one I want, David Starie or Richie Woodhall, but they went for Richie Woodhall and the WBU title but personally I wanted to go for David Starie. You know, that’s what I want but they convinced me to go for the WBU. I said to the board no, I want to go for David Starie.

I fought about everybody around at that time, my record is strong, it’s not their place to go telling me I have to fight for these. My body is right and I make the weight, I should be fighting for the British title, I shouldn’t be going for the Southern Area because I passed that a long time ago. Know what I mean I passed that a long time ago. Southern Area is people up and coming, that’s what the Southern Area is supposed to be about, it’s about people with seven fights or so to give them their first taste of title boxing. I’ve had over twenty fights and I’ve mixed with the best in the World. At the end of the day if I’m going to start somewhere, they should start me of with the British title fight. You know what I mean, I don’t mind if I have to work for it, have a couple of fights for it. If I have to have an eliminator I don’t mind, but that’s what I deserve. I deserve that and I’m asking that from the board.

I talked to one of the guys from the Board, can’t remember his name, he was very nice and he said yeah Toks have a couple of fights and we’ll see.

Rio – Who do you have on the radar for future fights, especially bearing in mid your championship intentions?

Toks – Most of these guys in this division don’t want to fight me, know what I mean, we’re talking about Billy Boyle, he’s really a Light Heavyweight so I have to really, really move down to fourteen stone six or fourteen stone four for Billy Boyle. That’s a Cruiserweight Championship fight weight limit.

At the end of the day I put it on JJ Ojuederie, but he don’t want to know, you know what I mean, I understand JJ saying he don’t want to fight me, he don’t want to know.

We approached Leon Williams, he didn’t want to know. I like Leon Williams, when I was boxing for a title he was an amateur at that time. I remember when he was coming to the gym. He used to look up to me. I like him, he’s someone I like. But he’s someone in my way to getting the title. He’s a Cruiserweight and I’m a Cruiserweight and if you are going to get somewhere you got to get down or lay down. Move out of the way or get moved over, simple if you wont move out of the way I’ll move him over. If he wants me I’m here, the old man is here. That goes for all of them.

Matty Askin, he’s on my radar right now, Ricky Hatton (Askin’s promoter) is my boy, we knew each other well at one time, hopefully he’ll make it happen with his boy. Leon Williams I want him if he’ll have it.

Terry Dunston, how can I say, Terry and I go way, way back. He knows I’m a ruffian, me and Terry are around the same age. Like I said if anybody isn’t going to move over then I’ll make them move over. No disrespect for Terry, Terry’s my boy and he don’t have to move over I’m talking about the kids. With Terry it’s if it happens it happens as I’m not backing down for nobody. If it happens it happens but I’m saying, respect, Terry’s my boy and there’s some places you can’t go because of the respect for someone because of where we’ve been, because of the bond we have from the past. But if the worse comes to worse and we have to do it, then fuck it we’ll do it.

Anyone else in the top ten, you know Herbie Hide, whoever I don’t know them so that’s OK, Terry, it would be hard to fight Terry you know what I mean. Anybody else, Herbie Hide, Rob Norton, anybody else can get it, Leon Williams can get it. I want the guy that beat Leon Williams but JJ Ojuederie is not even on my radar no more, he had his chance.

Rio – Your ring name is Viper, how did you come to have that moniker?

Toks – The Viper, I was the first Viper, at that time Bobby Vanzie was around, but I was number one Viper. I turned professional way before Vanzie, way, way before Vanzie. At that time in the British Boxing Board of Control they asked for your nickname and my nickname was the Viper, you can check this out with the Boxing Board of Control. When Vanzie come he could box like a Viper as well.

It’s still there, it’s the eye to see where the punch can go in that split second. I’ve still got that, you see that in the gym, the Viper spit. You might see that on the fifth as I don’t like overtime. I’m in the mood now with the training I have for this fight is one hundred percent. With Rasani I was just fourty percent. You’re gonna see my body shape, your gonna see what my body looks like, for that fight and this fight. I look more compact and you’ll see the zip of my punches . It’s going to be different I know that. When I feel this way I am confident about the fight.

Rio – Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about Toks Owoh?

Toks – Before the end of the year I believe I am working toward a World title because I want to try and rack everything together. You know what I mean, the way Boxing works is funny sometimes. I was managed by Frank Warren for nearly six years, there’s a funny story to that. A lot of people have to go to the Olympics, ABA to get with Frank Warren. I didn’t even ask for him, he asked for me, you understand.

At that time I was managed by Mr Akai at All Stars, a wonderful man and I had four fights, four knockouts. In my amateur career I had a fight with a guy called Jimmy Branch and he was a very good amateur, he was top amateur, and he beat me senseless. In my first international he beat me senseless.

Years down the line, that was when I was nineteen, when I am twenty three and professional so I was packing my bags to go to America to train with Eddie Fuchs, Eddie Fuchs was still alive at that time. I went to America to spar with Jimmy Little so when I was over there they say how many fights you had and I say I’ve had just four fights. They say you know what who are you with. I didn’t have a big contract with anybody who could look after me. Eddie Fuchs say that he will look after me.

I came back to England to sell my properties and things to move over there and the call came through to me, I was with Mr Akai, but Ernie Fossey call me for a fight, I don’t know where he got my number but he called me. They were looking after Jimmy Little, he asked me what I was weighing at the moment, I’ve never talked with Ernie Fossey in my life since that day. He says they were going to use me for an opening for Jimmy Branch. So they got me for Jimmy Branch even though I didn’t want to fight Jimmy Branch because the memory of him beating me so bad that I couldn’t swallow a banana after the fight, my body was just numb. So that was still on my mind. Four or five years down the line, I’m a man now not a boy and the memory was still there.

But the only thing that made me take the fight was when they mentioned the money they were going to give me was five grand, that’s a lot of money, that would help me out over there. So you know what I say that I’ll take it. For that kind of money, hell yes I’ll take the fight.

So I took the fight and went to Norwich, on the way to Norwich was me, Israel, John and Trevor and our car had an accident. No lie our car rolled over twice and then boom. We thought we were dead. If you believe in destiny I had been going there thinking I would do my best, I will try and win, I am undefeated so whatever happens, happens.

After the accident i was pumped up. When we got there we probably had four or five people supporting me and Ian Napa, who was just coming forward with Frank Warren.

I knocked him out, it was one of the fastest knockouts of the year – fifty seven seconds. I knocked him out, it was wonderful it was revenge. It was beautiful you know.

They didn’t give me my money that day so they asked me to come in to the office to come and collect the money. I’d already booked my ticket to go to America and when I got to the office Frank made me a tea and asked me to sit down and then asked me to join his promotion. A lot of people chase them, I didn’t chase them and I would love to sign with them but when you phone Sports Network you aint getting nowhere, you know what I mean.

There’s nothing boring about Toks Owoh, Sky TV will tell you any fight I’m in something happens in them, if it goes the distance it will be a dog fight. That’s one thing with me just look at my fights with Glen Johnson, Tony Booth. I had two wars with Tony Booth, when Tony Booth was good. So I go with Frank Warren. I can’t say too much about Frank Warren, I enjoyed my time with Sports Network.

Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to work with them again. I left them they did not leave me. I decided to go because I wasn’t getting the fights I wanted. They released me and there was no court case or anything. Maybe one day I’ll get to fight one of their boys. I know they’ve got Cruiserweights over there.

At the end of the day I can see myself fighting for a World title, if every thing goes well, body well, mind well. With the promoter I’ve got now, he’s a good guy, if the plan goes well. I can sense it by the way he talks to me. He’s very nice, very genuine, straight forward and he tries best to make things work. He’s the kind of person I like and that’s the way Frank Warren used to be when I first was with him.

Rio – Thank you so much, I honestly enjoyed our chat together and genuinely wish you the success you clearly deserve.

Toks – Thank you, I wasn’t sure about coming here but glad I did. I enjoyed it too and will see you at the fight.

Toks Owoh versus Billy Boyle headlines the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March, and is supported by a top class eleven bout card that includes the return of the magnificent Michael Grant and another chance to see sensational Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker in action, plus much, much more.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now – priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside). and are available 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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Michael Grant Returns 5th March – Unleash The Fury @ York Hall

by on Feb.21, 2011, under Buzz

Michael Grant at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Michael Grant Returns 5th March – Unleash The Fury @ York Hall

Tottenham’s Michael Grant is set to return to the ring, after a year long sabbatical from the sport, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘UNLEASH THE FURY’ mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011.

Michael, who was one of the most exciting young Light Welterweight prospects to explode on the British Boxing scene in the middle naughties, dropped from the radar back in February last year, following his surprising loss to Steve Williams at their clash for the vacant English title.

As the New Year dawned Michael reappeared at long time manager-trainer Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town and started training in earnest again.

With the news that TKO’s Nathan Weise had to drop out, of the 5th March show, Michael instantly put himself forward as a replacement, and surprisingly deciding to enter the fray at Lightweight rather than his usual division.

Michael Grant and Ricky Boylan spar at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Following sparring sessions, with TKO team mates ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan and Sam Standing, Michael explained why he took the break and also his switching to the Lightweight division, “There was a lot of things, outside boxing, that were happening in my life and I really needed to sort that out first. I can’t box if I’m not one hundred percent.

Everytime I get in the ring I want to be one hundred and ten percent but I couldn’t do that at the time. Yeah, now I’m back, and back in full effect.

I think I will be a lot stronger at Lightweight. At Light Welter I could handle the weight, I could compete against people at that weight even those that were a lot bigger than me, but I feel I’ll be even stronger at Lightweight.

They’re gonna be amazed, this time out is different. My attitude, my discipline to the sport, everything is different this time. It’s going to be amazing. everyone’s gonna be shocked when they see me back in.

This time as a Lightweight I’m gonna be stopping a lot more people and going all the way. Whether it’s 6, 10, 12 rounds it doesn’t matter, I feel a lot stronger in myself, mentally and physically. It’s gonna be mad, I can’t wait to get back in there.”

Michael Grant, against a yet to be named opponent, will be on the undercard of Toks Owoh versus Billy Boyle at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011.

Main support for the Owoh-Boyle headliner features Michael’s Ultrachem TKO team mate – the exciting London based Dutch Cruiserweight – Mitchell Balker versus Doncaster hard man John Anthony.

The Unleash The Fury undercard features some of London’s best upcoming talents and includes yet another of Michael’s Ultrachem TKO Gym mates ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield against Birmingham’s Andrew ‘Paddy’ Patterson.

Minster. Kent Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate gets his third outing against Retford’s Lee Nicholson and Waltham Abbey Light Welterweight Phil Gill looks to take his unbeaten run to ten against Aysham’s Scott Moises.

Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine makes his welcome return to the ring, following his coveted ‘0’ to Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander last year, and will be looking to get back to winning ways against the highly experienced Daniel Thorpe.

Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness will be looking to extend his unbeaten record against Guildford’s Louis Byrne and Woolwich Super Middleweight Eder Kurti faces Welsh banger Jamie Ambler.

Unbeaten, in twelve, Hackney Middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab is set to face Tooting based Bulgarian Danny Dontchev.

Another of Michael’s Ultrachem TKO gym mates, Caine Brodie, also features on the card against a yet to be named opponent.

Making their pro debuts at ‘Unleash The Fury’ are Harlesden Lightweight Met Sekiraqa, against Robin Deakin and former World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli, from Cosavo, against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now – priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

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

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Ojuederie Pulls Out Of Owoh Showdown – Boyle Steps Up to The Plate On March 5th

by on Feb.21, 2011, under Buzz

Toks Owoh: I'm Ready for Billy Boyle - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Ojuederie Pulls Out Of Owoh Showdown – Boyle Steps Up to The Plate On March 5th

The highly anticipated Cruiserweight clash between Toks Owoh and JJ Ojuederie, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ super show at London’s York Hall on Saturday 5th March 2011, is off following Ojuederie pulling out, due to an injury sustained in training.

Stepping up to the plate, to replace the injured Ojuederie, is # 13 ranked Billy ‘The People’s Poet’ Boyle from Sheffield.

Former Paratrooper Boyle, who in 2009 unsuccessfully challenged Light Heavyweight supremo Nathan Cleverly for his Commonwealth crown, is likely to prove an even sterner test for the returning former World # 3 ranked and IBF Super Middleweight Inter-Continental title challenger from Chalk Farm.

On receiving the news that his replacement opponent for the 5th March is Billy Boyle a Toks said, “I don’t really know too much about Billy Boyle. I can say I have been around way before this guy.

I see his tape, I see the way he box and I’m just going to go in there and do what I know best, that’s boxing.

If it happens I take him out, I take him out, but the only thing I know to do best is to box. I’ve been doing that for twenty years now.

It’s gonna be a good fight.”

Toks Owoh versus Billy Boyle headlines the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011.

Main support for the Owoh-Boyle headliner features Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym’s sensational London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker in his third UK fight against Doncaster hard man John Anthony.

Co-main support sees Tottenham’s former championship challenger Michael Grant make his welcome return to the ring, after a year long sabbatical, in a six round Lightweight contest against a yet to be named opponent.

The Unleash The Fury undercard features some of London’s best upcoming talents and includes yet another Ultrachem TKO Gym fighter ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield against Birmingham’s Andrew ‘Paddy’ Patterson.

Minster. Kent Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate gets his third outing against Retford’s Lee Nicholson and Waltham Abbey Light Welterweight Phil Gill looks to take his unbeaten run to ten against Aysham’s Scott Moises.

Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine makes his welcome return to the ring, following his coveted ‘0’ to Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander last year, and will be looking to get back to winning ways against the highly experienced Daniel Thorpe.

Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness will be looking to extend his unbeaten record against Guildford’s Louis Byrne and Woolwich Super Middleweight Eder Kurti faces Welsh banger Jamie Ambler.

Unbeaten, in twelve, Hackney Middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab is set to face Tooting based Bulgarian Danny Dontchev.

Yet another of Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO gym fighters, Caine Brodie, also features on the card against a yet to be named opponent.

Making their pro debuts at ‘Unleash The Fury’ are Harlesden Lightweight Met Sekiraqa, against Robin Deakin and former World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli, from Cosavo, against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now – priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

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

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Toks Owoh – Journey Back To The Top Flight Begins On March 5th

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Boxing News

Toks Owoh – Journey Back To The Top Flight Begins On March 5th

Former IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title challenger Toks Owoh is set to begin his second campaign for championship glory in earnest, albeit this time in the Cruiserweight division. His opponent, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011, will be former Southern Area Light Heavyweight Champion JJ Ojuederie.

It was in 2000, after amassing a 16-1 record littered with TKO stoppages, that Toks earned the right to challenge American Glen ‘Road Warrior’ Johnson for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Crown. Toks’ dream of a World title shot came to an abrupt end when he was stopped in the sixth round.

Johnson’s unexpected victory catapulted him to World fame and embarked him on a journey that see him move to Light Heavyweight and capture the WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title, before securing IBA, IBO and IBF Light Heavyweight World crowns.

Johnson became a super star and battled, and beat, such notables as Clinton Woods Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones, Daniel Judah and Yusaf Mack, whilst Toks on the other hand was left in the wilderness. No fights materialised for almost two years and when they did he had more or less been consigned to ‘journeyman’ status.

Toks did win the first of these bouts, against Mondli Mbonambi in January 2002, but then followed three bad point losses, against Valery Odin, Eric Teymour and Ryan Walls. In the final fight of his first campaign, a four rounder against Paul Bonson at the Equinox Nightclub in London, Toks secured the win and then called it a day.

In October ‘10, following a five year sabbatical, Toks made his long overdue return to the ring with a warm-up four rounder against Hastings Rasani. A tidy 39-37 points victory convinced Toks that he still had what it takes and the search for a promoter began.

His search didn’t take that long and in December 2010 promoter Steve Goodwin signed Toks. The bout against JJ Ojuederie on March 5th will be Toks’ debut under the Goodwin Promotions banner and his first step back towards the top flight.

Earlier today Toks spoke briefly on his upcoming fight. “There’s not much for me to say. It’s Leon Williams I really want but he don’t want to fight me. He knows what I am capable of, so he don’t want to fight me. JJ’s been calling me out for a long time so why not fight him.

This is my second fight back since 2005, I was # 3 in the world at one time in my career and I think I can get myself back there. I know what I can do.

I’ve been in there with some of the best fighters in the world, I’ve learned from being in with the best. JJ’s not in my league, just look at my record JJ’s never fight anyone like I fight.

It’s gonna be a good fight, with me and JJ Ojuederie it’s gonna be a good fight.”

Toks Owoh versus JJ Ojuederie is supported by a huge fourteen bout undercard featuring some of London’s best upcoming talents and includes Ultrachem TKO’s ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield against Birmingham’s Andrew ‘Paddy’ Patterson.

Three Ultrachem TKO gym mates of Daryl Setterfield are also on the show, Light Heavyweight Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre, Light Middleweights Nathan Weise and Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.

Also appearing on the show are Rainham Super Featherweight Richard Hines, Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, unbeaten Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness, Minster. Kent Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, Woolwich Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Waltham Abbey Light Welterweight Phil Gill and unbeaten in twelve Hackney Middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab.

Making his first outing as a professional is Highbury Super Featherweight Charlie Kelly who is set to face the highly experienced Birmingham battler Anthony ‘Spanner’ Hanna.

Also making their pro debuts at ‘Unleash The Fury’ are Harlesden Lightweight Met Sekiraqa and former World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli from Cosavo.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now – priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

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

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Toks Owoh Vs. JJ Ojuederie Headline ‘Unleash The Fury’ At York Hall, March 5th.

by on Jan.27, 2011, under Buzz, Events

Toks Owoh Vs. JJ Ojuederie Headline ‘Unleash The Fury’ At York Hall, March 5th.

Steve Goodwin celebrates his first year as a boxing promoter with two huge shows in March, the first, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011, is headlined by Toks Owoh versus JJ Ojuderie and is supported by no less than fourteen bouts featuring the cream of the Capital’s upcoming young fighters.

On announcing the ‘Unleash The Fury’ event Steve Goodwin said, “The York Hall show, ‘Unleash The Fury’, on March 5th is a showcase for our boxers that are on the way up.

Our main show is at Dagenham on March 19th but we’ve got a lot of people that want to fight on our shows. Basically we’ve created a second show where we’re going to see a lot of upcoming talent, as well as a couple of boxers that have the potential to go to British and European championship level.

Toks Owoh will be headlining the show, he’s desperate to box Southern Area champion Leon Williams. He’s so desperate to fight Leon he says he’d do it for free because he wants to hurt him badly. He says he doesn’t want money for that. He’ll enjoy it. Unfortunately Leon’s got other arrangements, he’s on a Frank Maloney show in February.

Toks is hoping to put on a real good show on March 5th against JJ Ojuederie because he wants to show he can do a better job on JJ than Leon did. But he desperately wants to get Leon in the ring. Toks is after the British title, just the same as Leon is. That could be an interesting match up for later in 2011.

Also on the show we have the World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli from Cosavo. He’s very, very exciting to see. He is very well regarded and has been tipped to become a Boxing World Champion. So we’re very privileged for him to be coming over to fight on the show. He’s a true Cruiserweight prospect so we’re very excited to be seeing him.

I’m personally excited to see the come back of Michael Devine. He’s a very, very exciting come forward fighter. He lost in his last fight, on his 21st birthday, against Mark Alexander last year.

He took some time out and got himself back together. He’s working like a demon in the gym and I think this is the year we see Michael Devine progress through the ranks. Hopefully by December we’ll have Mark Alexander back in the ring with him so he can set the record straight.

It’s a big card, there will be fifteen bouts on the night. It’s going to be a big card, anything I am associated with I want to be known as giving value for money by the public and make sure that there is always a fantastic atmosphere and packed arenas.

It’s going to be a lot of four round fights with up and coming prospects. It’s going to be an exciting night of boxing. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Steve Goodwin’s ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London is headlined by a six round Cruiserweight contest between Toks Owoh versus JJ Ojuederie.

The huge fourteen bout undercard features some of London’s best upcoming talents and includes Ultrachem TKO’s ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield against Birmingham’s Andrew ‘Paddy’ Patterson.

Three Ultrachem TKO gym mates of Daryl Setterfield are also on the show, Light Heavyweight Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre, Light Middleweights Nathan Weise and Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.

Also appearing on the show are Rainham Super Featherweight Richard Hines, Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, unbeaten Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness, Minster. Kent Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, Woolwich Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Waltham Abbey Light Welterweight Phil Gill and unbeaten in twelve Hackney Middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab.

Making his first outing as a professional is Highbury Super Featherweight Charlie Kelly who is set to face the highly experienced Birmingham battler Anthony ‘Spanner’ Hanna.

Also making their pro debuts at ‘Unleash The Fury’ are Harlesden Lightweight Met Sekiraqa and former World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli from Cosavo.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now – priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

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

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