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Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng interview

by on Jan.18, 2013, under Interviews

Jamie Cox - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Jamie Cox – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng interview

By Michael J Jones

TRAD TKO’s Light-middleweight contender Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng is riding a crest of a wave following his best year as a pro in 2012. Virtually unknown this time last year, Ochieng has put himself firmly on the fistic map with four impressive victories in twelve months, also picking up (and defending) the English title.

At 25-years-old and 12-1 (4), the novice pro looks set for more title glory in 2013 as he appears to improve with every contest. Trained by Brian Lawrence in London, “The Eagle” holds fine victories over fellow prospects in Liam Cameron and Nick Quigley but also showed a clever boxing brain to clearly beat tricky veterans A.A. Lowe and Max Maxwell.

A successful boxing career never seemed likely in the Londoner’s younger days however. After moving to the UK from Kenya aged eleven, the younger Erick would have a shock upon arriving at his parent’s house.

“I was brought up in Kenya by my Gran but she passed away” explains Erick. “I moved over to be with my parents in the UK but when I got here I found out my parents had separated!”

The youngster’s parents had moved to the UK when Erick was five. Upon arriving at the ‘family home’ he found his mother living alone. Erick found life difficult as he had to take in a completely new way of life he had never previously experienced.

“I had it in my head I would come home to a happy family but there was always that relationship gap between me and my mum. Coupled with the cultural shock of moving to a new environment, I ended up being caught up in the wrong crowd.”

Disillusioned and struggling with a new way of life, Erick went off the rails and was soon moved to a foster home.

“I just wanted to be like my friends; they liked to smoke weed, stay out late, steal…..in the end I was actually happy I was being moved to a foster home as I thought that meant freedom (away from home).”

Still barely in his teens, Ochieng had a spell in a few different foster homes before returning to his mother’s house but was soon back to his old ways.

“My mum told me I could only return if I lived by strict rules but I wanted to do what my mates were doing which was making money and riding motor-bikes!”

Erick was put in care for a second time and was moved to a home in Tottenham where his life would change forever. While there, a care-worker (and former boxer) would take some of the local boys on the pads. Erick joined in and enjoyed the training. Just weeks later he took the five minute trip to the local gym; Tottenham ABC.

Erick remembers “I started out with absolutely no technique, but I was very strong. I started out in the proper gym and I got told by one of the trainers I had talent. I was training hard but I was still being bad…..then I had a vision.”

After attending Church in a service that focused on using talents, the young amateur started thinking about how he could better himself. He decided to give boxing everything he had before one day having the vision that would solidify his future intentions.

“I had a vision of myself holding two world titles. I think it was the WBC and WBA belts; one was around my waist and the other around my shoulder. That made me know what I was to become and gave me the drive I needed.”

The inspired teenager started training as hard as he could and was soon ignoring his so-called ‘friends’ to focus fully on his new love.

“Jesus Christ saved me” states Erick pleasantly. “Within weeks I was just going to college and then training; there was no time anymore for anything else. Jesus saved me and boxing helped me. Before my first amateur fight I was beating up guys in the gym who had a lot more experience than me.”

The strong up-an-comer would go a solid 55-10 in the vested code before turning pro in September 2009. After six straight wins the prospect would lose his unbeaten record to Yorkshire’s Luke Robinson over four rounds, but Erick is philosophical about his only defeat to date.

“I don’t see that as a loss, just a learning experience and a blessing in disguise” reflects the Londoner. “We were told it was a six rounder but when we got there it had been changed to four rounds. Robinson came out like a rocket and threw a lot of punches while my shots were the quality ones. The referee scored on volume and not quality so he got the decision by a point.”

The beaten fighter didn’t dwell on his first reverse and was thrown-in less than two months later with former amateur star and unbeaten prospect Liam Cameron in Sheffield in his first bout over eight rounds. It looked a daunting task coming off a defeat but Ochieng was very confident beforehand.

“My loss made me work even harder than before. Liam Cameron was a former ABA champion and 9-0 but the pro game is totally a different ball game to the amateurs. I know if I am prepared I can beat anybody” says Erick without arrogance.

Ochieng pounded out a clear decision over Cameron and, after another victory, was rewarded with an English title shot at York Hall against Liverpool star Nick Quigley. The scheduled ten-rounder was fought at a frenetic pace before Ochieng was crowned the winner when the former Prizefighter finalist couldn’t come out for the last round.
“He came for war in that fight. I expected him to use his height and reach and try and box me behind the jab but he came with a different tactic; just to get in my face! I ended up beating him at his own game, I was beating him inside, off the ropes….great champions can adapt and I showed I could (adapt) in that fight” Erick says with pride about a fight he calls his favourite performance of last year.

The new champion followed up his title winning effort with excellent defences versus A.A. Lowe, Ryan Toms and Max Maxwell. In each fight Ochieng has shown he can box to orders against a variety of opponents.

“I can fight in various ways” explains the Matchroom-promoted champion. “I can put pressure on, box ‘in a pocket’, fight inside….a lot of people didn’t realise but they’ll soon understand. I’m after anyone who has a title, I’ve got the best team behind me, they’re job is finding the opponent; my job is to beat them.”

The 25-year-old trains twice a day under the knowledgeable Brian Lawrence and lists Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield as his favourite fighters; “anyone I can learn from.”

With light-middleweight probably the best division in the UK, the 12-1 Ochieng looks set for more title action this year starting on March 9th at Wembley. British champion Brian Rose, Commonwealth holder Liam Smith and European champion Sergei Rabchenko need to watch their backs as an Eagle has them in his sights…
“Last year was a great one for me but I’ve come on in leaps and bounds and next year will be even better” promises the likable Ochieng.

It appears “The Eagle” may just have landed.

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Interview With Rising Light Middleweight Star Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Buzz, Interviews

Erick 'The Eagle' Ochieng at the TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Interview With Rising Light Middleweight Star Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

I’m sure that many of those reading this will already be well aware of the talented young Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng from Stoke Newington in London. It’s hard not to be as Erick receives a lot more column inches in the boxing press than most seven fight veterans. Rightly so as young Erick is proving to be a true star in the making.

His undoubted talent has already earned him a shot at the British Southern Area title. Whilst this would normally be a huge step-up in class for most young fighters, who are highly protected and fighting only carefully matched contests for their first ten or so bouts, Erick’s manager-trainer Brian Lawrence has always felt confident enough to take any fight offered for his young charge throughout his fledgling career.

Prime examples are his third and his most recent fights. Back in May last year Brian was offered another unbeaten prospect Curtis Valentine, as an opponent, which he gladly accepted.

On learning he was to fight Valentine, Erick told Boxing News’ Andrew Wake, “I don’t really want to be put in with journeymen. The better people I fight now will show my potential. If you are protected you don’t get better, if you are challenged in your early fights it makes you a better fighter in the long run.”

That statement just about sums up Erick’s attitude, he doesn’t want to be protected he wants well matched fights where he is tested. Something you would have expected when he took on the challenge of facing reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble in a non-championship bout for his sixth fight back in February.

The stern test he had been hoping for failed to materalise as Noble closed shop and pulled down the shutters, preferring to go on the defensive and hope for a chink to appear in the Eagles’ armour. It never did and Erick cruised to a shutout 60-54 points victory having barely broken into a sweat.

Immediately after the victory over Noble, Erick was told that he will be challenging for the Southern Area title at the first opportunity, which will probably be sometime in May or June.

With his first title shot on the horizon you could easily expect young Erick to sit back and relax before starting his preparations, but you’d be wrong as on the 18th March he fought again, on Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ – and controversially lost.

As before Erick had accepted another tough challenge, this time against Castleford’s Luke Robinson, who had a five win, one draw and one loss record. I say controversial loss because everyone, the assembled media and packed York Hall crowd, felt he had clearly won by at least three rounds to Robinson’s one, however the only person who didn’t share that view was the man that counts – referee Ken Curtis – who for some reason scored it the complete opposite way with a 38-39 points decision in favour of Robinson.

My fight report (below) of the Shamrock Showdown event, which was taken from the round by round recordings I make during the breaks, clearly shows that in my view Erick is the clear winner by a country mile – a view that was shared by all the journalists present.

Back to the action as the second bout of the night, between highly rated and unbeaten Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng and former ABA winner Luke ‘Lionheart’ Robinson, proved to be a cracking fight, albeit with a highly controversial end result.

Robinson was out of the traps quickly to close down Ochieng, to neutralise his highly effective jab. Ochieng used a bit of savvy and went on the back foot to find some room to get his jabs off. Robinson kept coming forward throwing some pretty wild shots until eventually he had backed Ochieng onto the ropes. Robinson kept throwing wild off target shots at the ever ducking and weaving ‘Eagle’. Ochieng responded with some highly effective stiff jabs to force Robinson back until his next rally. It was a close round, Robinson the more aggressive, but failing to hit the ever moving target, whilst Ochieng was more controlled and getting results by landing good solid jabs.

Round two was more of the same with Robinson pushing. Ochieng on the other hand was content to stay with his back to the ropes and pick off Robinson at will, with stiff jabs and punishing one-twos to the body. An easy round to call as Robinson barely landed a punch for all his wind milling whilst Ochieng, who barely threw a couple of dozen shots the whole round, landed each effort solidly, much to the delight of this fans who in unison chanted ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ after each contact.

Both rounds three and four were more of the same, Robinson flies out of the trap but ‘The Eagle’ just stays calm and picks him off at will – Robinson pushes forward but barely lands a glove on the ever mobile Ochieng, yet gets caught himself by every precision counter.

The crowd jeer as the referee raises Robinson’s arm aloft declaring him victorious by a 39-38 points margin. Ochieng and his manager-coach Brian Lawrence look around confused as Robinson celebrates.

Shortly after the result was officially read out promoter Spencer Fearon announced that there will be a rematch at his next show, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

Even after being robbed of a clear win Erick just shrugged his shoulders and said. “I know I won and the fans know I won, that’s what matters. I’m disappointed to have a loss on my record but have put that behind me and focusing on the next fight, which I have been told will be for the Southern Area title.”

You just can’t help admiring Erick’s attitude, I don’t think I for one would just accept such a blatant bad decision so easily. Saying that there is a lot to admire with this young man, as I found out when I caught up with him, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, and got to talk with him about his career to date as well as his future aspirations.

Rio) Hi Erick, thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. How’s training been going?

Erick) First of all I want to thank God for my career. I also want to thank my supporters, they’re awesome I get such great support

I’m focused and coming on strong with my technique, you know I’m really happy with the progress and the coaching. Brian Lawrence, my coach-manager, does great work, great support.

I’ve had seven fights now, six wins, one loss and I’m looking for the Southern Area title, which will be my next fight. So things are looking bright, as I say I am already World Champion as the world is about to find out soon.

Rio) Your first couple of fights were unusually tough for a prospect. How do you feel having such tough fights against quality opponents so early on in your career has benefited you?

Erick) My first fight I had Matt Scriven, for my second fight I had Prince David, that was his debut fight. When you go in against them kind of guys they’re coming to win. It was good to have this fight, fights like this make you stronger.

I knew that I had greatness in front of me, fighting those kind of guys showed me what kind of fighter I am. It shows what category of fighter you are fighting people like Prince David.

I then fought Curtis Valentine, who was also unbeaten, so you can say I have been tested and not protected. Which is good, too many fighters are protected until the reach ten or sometimes even twenty fights before they get a proper challenger in their career.

So for me it’s good, because I know having these kind of fights just make me stronger. You know I get stronger every time. The better my opponent perform, the better I perform. The higher I go the brighter I shine.

Rio) I was at York Hall when you stopped the highly durable Alex Spitko, it was a classy performance, could you give us your view on the fight?

Erick) Alex Spitko, he’s known as a hard man, hard chin, he doesn’t crack and give in. He’s a tough fighter and I just stayed with him and just boxed him. Looked good, I was in great shape, I had great fun there and I just picked him off with my jab. He was like walking into my jab and then I just boxed him.

On the last round I knocked him out. He walked into my right hand, ‘cos I couldn’t hit him with my jab, after you hit with the jab you couldn’t hit him with any other punches. He’s a good fighter. I’m happy I’m getting this kind of fight in my early stages.

Rio) Your fight was against British Masters champion Lee Noble, not quite the nonstop action type of fight we’re used to seeing you in, why was this?

Erick) I was quite relaxed on the fight because I knew what kind of fighter he is. He came out covered up and was waiting for me to run out of gas and get tired. But I knew what kind of fighter he is so I just used my jab. I listened to my corner and just worked my jab, I was setting him up with my jab so that if he opened up I could have caught him.

Ever since I see what he did with Pat (TKO Gym mate Pat McAleese), I respect him as a good fighter, he’s strong. He’s not a bum, he’s been down that road plenty of times.

He’s had twenty five fights, he knows his stuff. He’s quite strong and was heavier than me. I knew I had to be smart, use my jab. I feel I could have done a bit more because I knew what type of fighter he is. I made sure I had a lot more in reserve. After the six rounds I feel quite good, I could have done more rounds. But it’s all good I was happy to do the six rounder, now I’ve a six rounder under my belt.

Rio) OK, now we’re up to your last fight against Luke Robinson – The referee Ken Curtis gave the decision against you. What are your thoughts on the fight?

Erick) I’m disappointed to have lost, It was supposed to be a six rounder, but it was reduced to a four rounder.

My plan for a six rounder was to break him down and then knock him out. I stuck with the plan even though it was now a four rounder. I rocked him a couple of times but didn’t have enough time to take him out. I thought I had done enough but the referee said I lost by just one point. That’s boxing, I’m disappointed to have a loss on my record but have put that behind me and focusing on the next fight.

Rio) You’ve got the Southern Area coming up soon, and you just touched on your aim to fight for the British by the end of the year. I assume these are the first titles you aim to fight for?

Erick) We’re looking to the Southern Area soon and then our eyes are on the British. We’ve got time to wait as I am young, strong and smart. But I’m ready to rise and do the business, we don’t want to have padded fights and then wait before challenging for the British title, that doesn’t make sense, that’s a lot of time being wasted.

I have the potential so why not go for the title when I can do it. I’ve got what it takes, I’ve got the goods and I believe I can go for it soon.

My plan is by my fifteenth fight I’d want to challenge for the European, I could then challenge for a World title when I’ve had around twenty fights. So we’re looking for on my tenth fight the British, God willing, and then a couple more fights under my belt and a bit more experience then the European and then we’re going to knocking at the Golden Boy for the World title.

We’re aiming high, but I can’t say enough about Brian Lawrence, he’s an expert coach and he’s been at that level. When he looks at me as a fighter, he looks at me as a World Champion, that’s why he wants me to perform at a higher level. That’s why he push me to perform higher. He has the experience, as you know he’s worked with Don King and others, so you can’t go wrong. And I’ve got Christ on my side.

Rio) You’ve been with Brian from the start, what made you choose him?

Erick) As I have said Brian is a very good coach, experienced and he knows what he’s doing. He knows how to watch fighters and can see things before it happens. Some coaches, to be honest, don’t know what they are doing. They might get you fit but they don’t know when to let you rest and the like. Brian is an awesome coach.

He’s got Ian Napa on the team. I learn a lot from Ian, his style, his defense. He’s a great fighter and has been European champion, he’s been there and knows what it takes.

It’s good because he’s also got Ben Murphy, he’s strong and you learn sparring him, it’s a different style. I’ve even sparred Damian, we did a two or three rounds.

The TKO is an awesome gym, always buzzing, fighters of all weights and experience. Great sparring anytime, you can’t ask for more than that. Awesome.

Rio) You touched on that you get great sparring, who have you sparred recently?

Erick) I’ve sparred here with lots of the guys here. I sparred Sam (British Light Middleweight Champion Sam Webb) when he was preparing for Martin Concepcion, Ben (Murphy) obviously. I sparred Kevin Mitchell here when he was preparing for the Michael Katsides fight. Sparred lots of the guys here

I’ve sparred Darren Barker and Lee Purdy, not here though. I sparred with Sugar Jackson in Belgium. I went there and really had to dig deep you know. I went there for a week and then they bought in another guy for the second week, but he got tired so they sent him home and called me and said could you come back for another week. So I went back for the second week. Which was awesome, because he’s a strong fighter and keep coming forward. I’m strong myself, however that taught me to be able to box on the back foot, use my jab and make him miss. It went great, it’s that kind of sparring that make me a great fighter.

Rio) Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today, finally is there anything you would like to add?

Erick) I want to give a shout out to all my supporters, you know who you are – EAGLE, EAGLE, EAGLE – I want to give special thanks to Ken from BoxFit, he sponsor me at the moment, and I want to give special thanks to Tim, Dan and Paul of my sponsor King Apparel . Thank you for your support, it’s much appreciated.

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New Southern Area Champ Hamilton Eyes Early British Title Shot

by on Mar.24, 2011, under Buzz

Darren Hamilton with his recently aquired Southern Area Belt - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

New Southern Area Champ Hamilton Eyes Early British Title Shot

Just one week ago Darren Hamilton was a virtually unknown fighter. However since his total dominating performance over Peter McDonagh, to lift the BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions excellent ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event, Hamilton has been receiving glowing plaudits from the media and boxing circles, with many comparing him favourably with Frankie Gavin.

The sensational eigth round stoppage win over McDonagh has rocketed Hamilton up the rankings, from #37 to #15, and brought him to the attention of British Light Welter Champion Ashey ‘Treasure’ Theopane, who is said to be considering Hamilton as a voluntary defense opponent.

Those lucky enough to have scored tickets, for the sold out show, were treated to one of the best all action title battles of the year so far.

Darren Hamilton in action against peter McDonagh at York Hall in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

The first round started a little slow, as both protagonists felt each other out, Hamilton had made some radical changes to his fight style, instead of his usual covered up defensive style he was far more open in attack mode, and took control of the round behind a fluid jab.

More of the same in round two with Hamilton taking the fight to McDonagh. Not to say that McDonagh didn’t have some success with his counters, he did but Hamilton was flowing, his movement was supreme which caused most of McDonagh’s punches to miss, even when McDonagh had backed Hamilton on to the ropes.

McDonagh pushed more in third, constantly backing Hamilton on to the ropes. The big problem for McDonagh was that once he got him backed up he wasn’t able to take advantage of the position. Hamilton just dipped and swayed to avoid McDonagh’s huge shots before opening up with some of his own, which invariably landed. By mid way through the tables had turned and Hamilton was backing McDonagh up and letting rip with extraordinary levels of punches, most of which were hitting the target. McDonagh was already looking to be in serious trouble.

Round four was all Hamilton, incredibly he’d stepped up the work rate each time he corned McDonagh on the ropes. Often his 10-15 punch flurries were totally unanswered and it looked just a matter of time before the referee would step in to stop and the fight, but he didn’t.

More of the same in the fifth with Hamilton totally dominating the proceedings and pushing McDonagh back constantly before letting rip with exocet after exocet. About half way through the round it looked to be all over bar the shouting as Hamilton backed McDonagh into the corner and let rip with a heavy handed twenty four punch flurry ending with a big overhand right to the head followed by a cracking left to the body. McDonagh legs were gone but the savvy Bermondsey boy grabbed hold of Hamilton and hung on for dear life until his head cleared.

Hamilton was on a roll and secured the sixth in similar fashion. His constant attacks were causing McDonagh major problems. McDonagh tried to change his fight plan, by charging down Hamilton with wild swinging shots, however each forward move lead to him being on the receiving end of a multi-punch double handed counter.

Round seven was virtually a replay of the fifth, with Hamilton walking McDonagh back onto the ropes before letting rip with heavy handed unanswered ten-twelve punch combinations, all of which were now landing as McDonagh’s defense was virtually gone.

Hamilton stepped it up even more in the eighth, chasing McDonagh around the ring letting off overhand rights and heavy body shots at will. McDonagh was taking so much punishment and a knockout end to his title reign looked inevitable. His corner were looking concerned as late on Hamilton launched yet another vicious attack which lead to them throwing the towel into the ring with just two seconds of the round left on the clock.

Following a light work out session, at the Real Fight Club in Shoreditch, Hamilton talked briefly on the fight and his championship plans. “Without sounding too big headed, I really didn’t think it was going to be that easy, but at the same time I enjoyed it, I enjoyed every moment of it.

I saw what his gameplan was from the beginning. I thought before he even came in I said to myself that’s what his gameplan is going to be, he’s gonna to try and wear me out for the first four rounds. He’s going to make me throw lots of impacts that’ll catch him on the arms.

In my head I immediately said to myself that as soon as he starts doing that I’m gonna, as soon as he starts doing that and I’m catching his arms and gloves I’m not gonna over excert myself.

When I found that the effect of the right to his body I realised there was no need to stop doing it. I’d been training to punch non-stop for fifteen, twenty, twenty five rounds continuously, so I knew I wouldn’t out punch myself. It would be impossible to do so. I just kept going and when I caught him with a good body shot I heard him wince, I heard the wind come out of him. So I just kept applying the pressure, applying the pressure.

By the secon or third round I knew I’d won it. I thought all I have to do is just keep going. I kept listening to my corner, I kept listening to Spencer (Fearon) and my friends, who were telling me to keep jabbing, keep the pressure on him, so I did until I stopped him in the eigth round.

I think the show Spencer put on was amazing. From the spectators point of view they got much more than their moneys worth. I was at the back, usually I’m a guy that loves to go first and then I enjoy coming out and watching the fights. I was just sat there but I could hear, I couldn’t see the fights obviously because I was out back and wasn’t allowed to come out of the dressing room. But hearing the cheering itself, it sounded like back in the day, like gladiators in an arena, that sort of roar, it was exciting. The atmosphere, the sounds, everything together was really good as Spencer did a great job putting together a great show.

What’s next on the horizon, the British, British Masters, I don’t know. I’ll go in whatever direction Spencer thinks is best for me. Anyone they put in front of me I’ll fight. But I wouldn’t mind a crack at the British title, definitely.”

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Erick Ochieng: Undaunted By Controversial Loss – Focuses On Title Shot.

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Boxing News

Erick 'The Eagle' Ochieng at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Erick Ochieng: Undaunted By Controversial Loss – Focuses On Title Shot.

Last Friday night Stoke Newington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng suffered a highly contentious loss to Castleford’s Luke ‘Lionheart’ Robinson at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Ochieng versus Robinson was main support to the co-headlining title fights of Adil Anwar versus Nathan Graham (International Masters) and Peter McDonagh versus Darren Hamilton (Southern Area) at the excellent Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event.

Right from the opening bell Robinson quickly closed down Ochieng, in order to neutralise Ochieng’s highly effective jab. Ochieng was savvy and went on the back foot to find some room to get his jab off.

Robinson kept coming forward, throwing some pretty wild shots, until eventually he had backed Ochieng onto the ropes. Robinson kept throwing wild off target shots at the ever ducking and weaving Ochieng, who in return responded with some highly effective stiff jabs to force Robinson back.

It was a close round, Robinson the more aggressive, but failing to hit the ever moving target, whilst Ochieng was more controlled and getting results by landing good solid jabs.

Round two was more of the same with Robinson pushing. Ochieng on the other hand was content to stay with his back to the ropes and pick off Robinson at will with stiff jabs and punishing one-twos to the body.

An easy round to call as Robinson barely landed a punch for all his wind milling whilst Ochieng, who barely threw a couple of dozen shots throughout the whole round, landed each effort solidly, much to the delight of this fans who in unison chanted ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ after each contact.

Both rounds three and four were more of the same, Robinson flies out of the trap but ‘The Eagle’ just stays calm and picks him off at will – Robinson pushes forward but barely lands a glove on the ever mobile Ochieng, yet gets caught himself by every precision counter.

The crowd jeer as referee Ken Curtis raises Robinson’s arm aloft declaring him victorious by a 39-38 points margin. the packed York Hall crowd jeer and boo the decision whilst Ochieng and his manager-coach Brian Lawrence look around confused as Robinson celebrates.

Shortly after the result was officially read out promoter Spencer Fearon announced that there will be a rematch at his next show, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

On returning to training, at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Ochieng was clearly undaunted with the controversial loss as he said, “I’m disappointed to have lost, but I thank God for the opportunity to fight. I’m going to become stronger from this.

It was supposed to be a six rounder, but it was reduced from a six rounder to a four rounder.

My plan for a six rounder was to break him down and then knock him out.

I rocked him a couple of times but didn’t have enough time to take him out. I lost by just one point.

As I say I am just glad to get the opportunity to fight.

I have terrific supporters, they’re awesome. I just want to thank them all for coming down.

You haven’t seen the best of the Eagle yet, the best is still to come.

I’ve got the Southern Area (title fight) coming up soon and will be back on winning ways then.”

As Ochieng had stated he will be fighting for the Southern Area Light Middleweight title in the near future. However, there is a high possibility that the proposed rematch with Luke Robinson may come first as Spencer Fearon has stated that his next York Hall show will be in May or June.

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Shamrock Showdown Fight Report – Upsets And Drama As Hamilton And Anwar Win Big Time

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Fight Reports

Shamrock Showdown Fight Report – Upsets And Drama As Hamilton And Anwar Win Big Time

Photo and Report By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Promoter Spencer Fearon always talks a good fight and his build up to Friday’s double title fight headlined Shamrock Showdown show may have seemed to have been nothing but a load of hype – but it wasn’t, If anything Spencer undersold the show by a country mile.

Spencer has always stated that his shows would feature real 50/50 fights, no journey man specials designed to build up records rather than entertain the paying public. He sure didn’t disappoint on this promise or his promises of all action, drama packed bouts.

The show may have only had four bouts, following Menay Edwards and Jamie Arlain both pulling out rather than face Johnny Eames’ super tough Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym pairing – London based Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker and Carshalton’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor respectively – and Alex Dilmaghani had to pull out after injuring his ankle in training just a few days earlier, but they were four top class, action filled bouts.

Headlining the show was The Real Fight Club’s very own Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton’s challenge for Peter McDonagh’s Southern Area Light Welterweight crown.

At the weigh-in Hamilton stated that the fight could either be a very technical stand off, which may be boring for the spectators, or it could be a small hall classic. Well ‘Mr R&B’ got that one hundred percent right when he said it could be a small hall classic.

The first round started a little slow, as both protagonists felt each other out, Hamilton had made some radical changes to his fight style, instead of his usual covered up style he was more open, and took control of the round behind a fluid jab.

More of the same in round two with Hamilton taking the fight to McDonagh. Not to say that McDonagh didn’t have some success with his counters, he did but Hamilton was flowing, his movement was supreme which caused most of McDonagh’s punches to miss, even when McDonagh had backed Hamilton on to the ropes.

McDonagh pushed more in third, constantly backing Hamilton on to the ropes. The big problem for McDonagh was that once he got him backed up he wasn’t able to take advantage of the position. Hamilton just dipped and swayed to avoid McDonagh’s wild shots before opening up with some of his own, which invariably landed. By mid way through the tables had turned and Hamilton was backing McDonagh up and letting rip with extraordinary levels of punches, most of which were hitting the target. McDonagh was already looking to be in trouble.

Round four was all Hamilton, incredibly he’d stepped up the work rate each time he corned McDonagh on the ropes. Often his 10-15 punch flurries were totally unanswered and it looked just a matter of time before the referee would step in to stop and the fight, but he didn’t.

More of the same in the fifth with Hamilton totally dominating the proceedings and pushing McDonagh back constantly before letting rip with exocet after exocet. About half way through the round it looked to be all over bar the shouting as Hamilton backed McDonagh into the corner and let rip with a heavy handed twenty four punch flurry ending with a big overhand right to the head followed by a cracking left to the body. McDonagh legs were gone but the Savvy lad grabbed hold of Hamilton and hung on for dear life until his head cleared.

Hamilton was on a roll and secured the sixth in similar fashion. His constant attacks were causing McDonagh a major problem. McDonagh tried to change his fight plan, by charging down Hamilton with wild swinging shots, however each forward move lead to him being on the receiving end of a double handed counter.

Round seven was virtually a replay of the fifth, with Hamilton walking McDonagh back onto the ropes before letting rip with heavy handed unanswered ten-twelve punch combinations, all of which were now landing as McDonagh’s defense was virtually gone.

Hamilton stepped it up even more in the eighth, chasing McDonagh around the ring letting off overhand rights and heavy body shots at will. McDonagh was taking so much punishment and a knockout end to his title reign looked inevitable. His corner were looking concerned as late on Hamilton launched yet another vicious attack which lead to them throwing the towel into the ring with just two seconds of the round left on the clock.

To put this win for Hamilton, who was ranked #37 in the UK before the bout, into context, McDonagh was ranked #11 and had just come off an excellent win against then top ten ranked Curtis Woodhouse.

Even more importantly Hamilton’s performance was vastly superior to that of the much better known Frankie Gavin, you could say Hamilton out Gavin’d Gavin with his fast hands. Hmm, now that’s a future match up to make every boxing aficionado salivate in anticipation.

Co-feature to the Hamilton-McDonagh was another well matched between two heavily avoided classy fighters – #15 ranked Adil ‘Platinum Kid’ Anwar and #8 ranked Nathan ‘De Lick’ Graham – for the International Masters Light Welterweight title. The Hamilton-McDonagh fight was a cracker and worthy of a ‘Fight of the Year’ nomination, in normal circumstances. However this fight even outshone that!

Both fighters started hard and fast in the first round with some superb exchanges taking place throughout. Second round started in similar fashion but by about midway through Graham had started to exert some serious pressure, landing more and the most telling punches.

Round three was an all action thriller that started off with Graham piling on the pressure against the slippery, quick footed Anwar. But that was not to last as Anwar landed a cracking right that sent Graham down to the canvas. Graham was quick of the block as the fight resumed and pushed hard to win back the lost point.

About midway through the round Graham was piling on the pressure when Anwar let rip with lightning quick right that sent Graham to the deck for a second time.

This time it was Anwar that attacked hard an fast as the count finished. Graham fought back and tried to take the upper hand. During yet another forceful exchange, prior to which it looked like Graham was about stop Anwar, Graham chased down a rapidly backing up Anwar before suddenly leaping forward with a heavy left, but as he did so Anwar also let a big left off which sent the off balance Graham past him and through the ropes and into the photographers area. Graham scrambled back into the ring just as the bell rang to end the round.

Round four was another all action affair which see Graham dominate for about eighty percent of the round. With just seconds remaining Graham slipped and was unlucky that it was judged to be a knockdown.

The fifth was a very close round with neither really getting the upper hand, both worked their socks off with the dominance exchanging hands to equal measure. Great round of boxing that had the fans on their feet from start to finish, as had the previous rounds.

More of the same in the sixth and again Graham makes a visit to the canvas, whilst I felt this was a genuine knockdown, the referee waved it off which kind of made up for the previous slip counting against him. Graham pulled back a point with this round as not only was he the more forceful he also landed the most meaningful shots by far.

Round seven was an awesome round, with both protagonists giving their all from start to finish. At one point Graham was lucky not to end up outside the ring again, after forcing Anwar back onto the ropes Graham let rip with a big left, but just as he did Anwar side stepped and the momentum carried Graham right over the top rope.

Graham seemed to be really looking for a knockout finish to the eighth, constantly coming forward and letting of bomb after bomb, as Anwar was beginning to look tired and in survival mode. Anwar defense seemed to be stay out of the way and was constantly moving away from Graham and letting out lazy jabs. Each time Graham got close Anwar would frustrate him by grabbing hold before skipping away to safety.

More of the same in the ninth, although this time Anwar’s tactics worked against Graham in the worse way possible as he was caught by a surprise heavy right that sent him crashing to the deck again just mere seconds before the bell.

The tenth and final round was a frantic affair with Graham hunting for knockout finish, which is the only way he could possibly salvage a win for the magnificent effort he had been putting in, however just over midway through the round Anwar lets rip with a cracking right counter to send Graham through the ropes and onto the BBBofC officials table.

Just seconds after returning to the fray Graham finds himself again down and through the ropes, this time on the opposite side of the ring. This time the referee calls a halt to the proceedings on the 2 minutes and 20 second mark.

Preceding the Anwar- Graham bout Hard Knock Boxing Promotions presented awards to Choi Tseveenpurev – for his excellent round 2 performance against Derry Matthews at Prizefighter Super Featherweights last November – and Ashley Theopane for his beating Lenny Daws to become British Light Welterweight Champion.

Side note to this Spencer Fearon has said that he is hoping to have Darren Hamilton challenge Ashley Theopane for the British title in the near future.

Back to the action as the second bout of the night, between highly rated and unbeaten Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng and former ABA winner Luke ‘Lionheart’ Robinson, proved to be a cracking fight, albeit with a highly controversial end result.

Robinson was out of the traps quickly to close down Ochieng, to neutralise his highly effective jab. Ochieng used a bit of savvy and went on the back foot to find some room to get his jabs off. Robinson kept coming forward throwing some pretty wild shots until eventually he had backed Ochieng onto the ropes. Robinson kept throwing wild off target shots at the ever ducking and weaving Ochieng. Ochieng responded with some highly effective stiff jabs to force Robinson back until his next rally. It was a close round, Robinson the more aggressive, but failing to hit the ever moving target, whilst Ochieng was more controlled and getting results by landing good solid jabs.

Round two was more of the same with Robinson pushing. Ochieng on the other hand was content to stay with his back to the ropes and pick off Robinson at will, with stiff jabs and punishing one-twos to the body. An easy round to call as Robinson barely landed a punch for all his wind milling whilst Ochieng, who barely threw a couple of dozen shots the whole round, landed each effort solidly, much to the delight of this fans who in unison chanted ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ after each contact.

Both rounds three and four were more of the same, Robinson flies out of the trap but ‘The Eagle’ just stays calm and picks him off at will – Robinson pushes forward but barely lands a glove on the ever mobile Ochieng, yet gets caught himself by every precision counter.

The crowd jeer as the referee raises Robinson’s arm aloft declaring him victorious by a 39-38 points margin. Ochieng and his manager-coach Brian Lawrence look around confused as Robinson celebrates.

Shortly after the result was officially read out promoter Spencer Fearon announced that there will be a rematch at his next show, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

The opening bout of the night see the debut of Danny Davies against Lithuanian Vlad ‘The Impaler’ Balaklijec.

The two very different styles made for an interesting fight. Throughout Davies looked to walk down the elusive Balaklijec with some effect, especially the final round where Davies landed some good straight rights and a couple of hooks.

In the end Davies’ come forward style got the better of slick ‘Prince Naseem’ style of Balaklijec and after four entertaining rounds was rightly declared the winner by a generous 40-36 margin.

Spencer Fearon is a great addition to the promoter ranks and if he keeps putting on bouts of this quality is surely set to be one of the main players in the near future.

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Weights and Quotes McDonagh-Hamilton Southern Area Light Welterweight Title

by on Mar.17, 2011, under Buzz

Peter McDonagh and Darren Hamilton face to face at the weigh in - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Weights and Quotes McDonagh-Hamilton Southern Area Light Welterweight Title

The weigh in for Peter McDonagh versus Darren Hamilton BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight Title, sponsored by Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama ‘Fists of Rage’ movie, was held earlier today at The Real Fight Club in Shoreditch, London.

McDonagh versus Hamilton will take place on Friday 18th March at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York hall, Bethnal Green, London.

WEIGHTS & QUOTES.

Peter McDonagh – 140 lbs

“It’s a good fight, he’s hungry, it’s his first chance at a title challenge.

He’s very respectful, I mean he said to me ‘thank’s for giving me the opportunity’ which is nice.

I’m going to take care of business tomorrow night and then move on and hopefully Spencer will get me the British title fight.”

Peter McDonagh, Spencer Fearon and Darren Hamilton at the Real Fight Club in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Darren Hamilton – 139 lbs

“I can see it go one of two ways, because of the contrast of styles. It’ll either be a small hall classic or it could be a very boring fight.

It’s a very tactical fight, so sometimes it can be something that not everyone will want to see. Obviously it’s not going to be a tear up.

Peter McDonagh boxes two ways, he’s not going to know what to do with me as there’s no footage of me on YouTube. There’ll be a lot of standing off by him and I’ll do what I do best. Lots of tactics, lots of jabs, there’s not going to be any heavy trading early on I don’t think.

I’m going to do my own thing, fight my own fight. It might not be what the public want to see, they may want to see a tear up. As I say it could be one of two things it could be a boring tactical fight or a small hall classic”

Following the weigh in promoter Spencer Fearon spoke briefly, well sort of, on the top class event, “The shows called Shamrock Showdown for the simple fact that today is Saint Patrick’s Day, do you realise that actually St. Patrick was Welsh. We live in a multi-ethnic society and we’re uniting everybody with Hard Knocks everybody is welcome, so come down to York Hall and show your support for Peter McDonagh and Darren Hamilton as they fight for the Southern Area title. That’s a real good fight and I’m the promoter of the show.

You’ve also got Erick Ochieng, who’s ‘The Eagle’, so I’ve replaced one Eagle with another, ‘cos Kreshnik Qato is not on this show but will be on my next show in a couple of months time. So I’ve got a new Eagle, I’ve got a vicious dark skinned African terrorist – he scares me – he’s fighting a guy called Luke Robinson, who was an ABA titlist a few years ago. That’s a real good 50/50 fight.

I haven’t forgot Nathan Graham versus Adil Anwar, which is going to be a superb fight for the International Masters title. These are two guys with very similar records. Nathan is 11-1 and Adil is 10-1. Nobody wants to fight Adil Anwar, nobody wants to fight Nathan Graham, so you know what I said why don’t you fight each other. I mean I put the money up.

All the fights are like that. I stick to my ethos, my ethos is every fight could be a main event and that’s what I’m doing.

It’s not easy doing small hall shows when you have no TV. But everyone knows me, I’m a peoples person and will get everybody in. We’re going to have a rammed York Hall.

I want to say a massive thank you to TKO, a big thank you to Rio and a big massive thank you to that thief Johnny Eames, just joking I love Johnny. Big massive thanks to all those people coming out to support our boys.”

Tickets for Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th March 2011 are priced £35 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 To Sponsor Hamilton-McDonagh Title Fight This Friday

by on Mar.14, 2011, under Buzz

Fists Of Rage Movie To Sponsor Hamilton-McDonagh Title Fight This Friday

Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama ‘Fists Of Rage’ are to sponsor Darren Hamilton versus Peter McDonagh, Southern Area Light Welterweight title clash, this coming Friday at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

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

Sports publicist Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro, who arranged the placement of the ‘Fists of Rage’ movie as sponsor for the Hamilton-McDonagh title fight, spoke briefly on the news, “Fists of Rage is an all action fight movie, so when Andrew at Revolver Entertainment spoke with me, regarding suitable boxing events in London to promote the Fists of Rage release on DVD, I immediately recommended Darren Hamilton’s challenge for Peter McDonagh’s Southern Area title on Spencer Fearon’s ‘Shamrock Showdown’ show.

Like the Fists of Rage movie Darren is all action, his unorthodox defense and wicked speed of hand always make for an exciting fight. It’s the perfect match to showcase such an exciting all action movie as Fists of Rage.”

Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton’s versus Peter McDonagh’s for the BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight title headlines Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall on Friday 18th March 2011.

Spencer Fearon has put together a top class undercard to support rising Light Welterweight star Darren Hamilton’s first tilt at a championship title.

Co-main support sees exciting London based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker take on recent Prizefighter – Light Heavyweights semifinalist Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards and Worthing Lightweight Alex Dilmaghani looking to extend his unbeaten record to six when he faces the highly experienced Sheffield hard man Daniel Thorpe.

Also on the card are a pair of Balker’s Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym mates. Mitcham, Surrey, Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who will be facing Jamie Arlain and the sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng who draws yet another tough opponent in Luke Robinson.

Also on the card will be Aylesbury’s classy Middleweight Nathan Graham against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th March 2011 are priced £35 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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Mitchell Balker Looks To Topple ‘The Emperor’ On 18th March

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Buzz

Mitchell Balker - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Mitchell Balker Looks To Topple ‘The Emperor’ On 18th March

London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker is set to face recent Prizefighter – Light Heavyweights semifinalist Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall on Friday 18th March 2011.

Balker, who relocated to London late last year to be managed and co-trained by top UK coach Johnny Eames at his Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, shrugged aside the disappointment of the last minute cancellation of his planned fight with John Anthony on Saturday night by saying, “It’s disappointing when you are ready to fight. I was ready, I had peaked.

Now I have backed down the training a little and start training for the new fight on the 18th. I feel very good for it, as always I am happy to fight.

I don’t know much about Menay other than he fought in Prizefighter recently, it should be a good fight.

You’re going to see Mitchell boxing, you’re going to see Mitchell in top shape, You’re going to see Mitchell win. That’s what you are going to see.”

Mitchell Balker versus Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards will be supporting Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton’s challenge for Peter McDonagh’s BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall on Friday 18th March 2011.

Spencer Fearon has put together a top class undercard to support rising Light Welterweight star Darren Hamilton’s first tilt at a championship title. In addition to the aforementioned Balker versus Edwards the highly rated Worthing Lightweight Alex Dilmaghani looking to extend his unbeaten record to six when he faces the highly experienced Sheffield hard man Daniel Thorpe.

Also on the card are a pair of Balker’s Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym mates. Mitcham, Surrey, Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who will be facing Jamie Arlain and the sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng who draws yet another tough opponent in Luke Robinson.

Also on the card will be Aylesbury’s classy Middleweight Nathan Graham against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th March 2011 are priced £35 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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Erick Ochieng: The Eagle’s Ready To Soar Against Robinson On March 18th

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Buzz

Erick 'The Eagle' Ochieng - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Erick Ochieng: The Eagle’s Ready To Soar Against Robinson On March 18th.

Stoke Newington’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng is back in action on Friday the 18th March 2011 when he faces Castleford’s Luke Robinson at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Ochieng, who will be fighting for the BBBofC Southern Area Light Middleweight title in May, could so easily have just rested on his laurels following last month’s dominating performance over British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Lee Noble. However Ochieng would rather keep busy and use competitive fights as part of his preparation for his first title challenge.

Following a training session, under the ever watchful eyes of his manager-coach Brian Lawrence at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Ochieng spoke briefly about the upcoming fight, “Yeah, the Eagle’s out again on the 18th.

My last fight against Lee Noble was a good fight, it could have been greater if he’d come out to fight. You know what I won and I thank God for the victory.

A good crowd was out supporting me so I’m expecting an even bigger crowd to be out on the 18th March.

I’ll be fighting Luke Robinson, I don’t know much about him but he fought one of my old opponents Curtis Valentine. I haven’t got to watch him fight, but that doesn’t matter the Eagle’s ready and looking good, feeling good and feeling strong. It’s going to be an awesome fight.

We’ve got the Southern Area in May, it’s been moved to May, so this’ll be good a six rounder. I just want to get another six rounder under my belt. This guy’ll get to feel my power, my speed, my technique, yeah so he’s a warm-up you could say.

The Eagle’s rising and I want to thank all my supporters, give thanks to my sponsors Ken from BoxFit. I want to give thanks to King Apiro, Paul Dan and Kim. Thank you all.”

Brian Lawrence, who had sat next to his talented charge throughout, then added, “The Lee Noble fight was a good fight for Erick. Lee Nobles tough. Erick got a good win against a current champion, so as Erick could beat him so convincingly it speaks volumes. it was a good fight for Erick as he’s learning all the time and he’s just moving up the rankings.

Now we’ve got another six rounder. We’re just keeping him busy ‘cos we’ve got the Southern Area coming up. We’re just waiting for the Boxing Board to see who their going to put up for Erick to fight for the Southern Area.

We’re expecting another win on the 18th and then keep progressing with him.”

Final word on Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng though has to go to promoter Spencer Fearon who said, “Yeah Erick and his fans bring the hype and passion that Hard Knocks is all about. So I have replaced one Eagle for another as Kreshnic Qato will be fighting back for his WBF title in May on my Hard Knocks show.”

Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng versus Luke Robinson will be supporting Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton’s challenge for Peter McDonagh’s BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall on Friday 18th March 2011.

Spencer Fearon has put together a top class undercard to support rising Light Welterweight star Darren Hamilton’s first tilt at a championship title. In addition to the aforementioned Ochieng versus Robinson the highly rated Worthing Lightweight Alex Dilmaghani looking to extend his unbeaten record to six when he faces the highly experienced Sheffield hard man Daniel Thorpe.

Also on the card are a pair of Ochieng’s Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym mates. First up is Mitcham, Surrey, Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who will be facing Jamie Arlain.

Adding an International flavour to the proceedings is the other. London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker gets another stern test when he faces recent Prizefighter semi-finalist Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards.

Also on the card will be Aylesbury’s classy Middleweight Nathan Graham against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th March 2011 are priced £35 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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Erick Ochieng – Easy Win Over Noble Leads To Title Shot.

by on Feb.08, 2011, under Buzz

Erick Ochieng at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Erick Ochieng – Easy Win Over Noble Leads To Title Shot.

On Saturday night Stoke Newington’s exceptional Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng easily secured his sixth win, albeit not in his usual all action style.

Ochieng’s opponent, the reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble, clearly didn’t come to fight, instead he just closed up shop and pulled down the shutters, in a similar way that he did against Ochieng’s Ultrachem TKO Gym mate ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese back in September.

‘The Eagle’ had been ringside when Noble knocked out a tiring McAleese – who had thrown a hundred plus punches for over eight rounds – in the ninth with more or less his first real punch of the fight.

On Saturday Ochieng showed a maturity that belied his tender years, by choosing a more patient route than McAleese, by using his jab to good effect and waiting for the opportunity to open up Noble’s fortress like defense.

After six rounds no real opportunity had arisen and judge Ken Curtis rightfully declared the fight a shutout 60-54 points victory to ‘The Eagle’.

Earlier today Ochieng popped into the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, whilst there he gave his view of the fight as well as announced the exciting news regarding his next fight. “I thank God for the victory man. Lee was quite heavy, he was eleven-eight and I was eleven-three.

First round I just kept showing him my jab. He was covering up a lot so all I could do was hit him with the jab. Eventually he come forward a bit so I’d hit him with my jab. He was eating my Jab all the time. There wasn’t much I could do he just wasn’t throwing, so I kept jabbing.

That’s all he did was cover up and sometimes used his jab. He’s quite strong but he didn’t want to give me any openings or make a fight of it.

I was in great shape and was ready for any opportunities. He should have opened up and come to fight. I came to fight but he didn’t want to know, he just covered up and stayed out of trouble.

At the end of the six rounds I won, I still won. I feel good, that’s six in a row. Yeah and now my next fight will be for the Southern Area title.

I have such great fans, they were standing shouting ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ throughout. I was disappointed for them that he didn’t want to make a fight of it. They still kept chanting though.

I have such great fans and can’t thank them enough for the great support. Thanks, you guys are the best fans in the world.”

It is expected that an announcement will be made soon on the date and opponent for Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng’s challenge for the Southern Area Light Middleweight title – Watch this space.

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