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Action, Drama And Intrigue At York Hall – Turner Secures Southern Area Title, Martin and Upton Brothers Impress

by on Oct.22, 2013, under Fight Reports

Action, Drama And Intrigue At York Hall – Turner Secures Southern Area Title, Martin and Upton Brothers Impress

Report and Photos by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Last Friday night Johnny Eames and the TRAD TKO Events crew presented their latest installment – aptly named BROTHERS IN ARMS – and too be honest it was even better than their previous ones, which I, as well as I am sure anyone that attended the first two shows, would not have thought possible.

As before matchmaker Jon Pegg ensured a night of exciting and evenly matched bouts, much to the delight of the assembled fans, perhaps not so much for Johnny Eames – the reason, well that will become clear, dramatic events of the night unfold, in the following report.

Besides the ‘in the ring’ action and drama there was also a highly charged element of suspense and intrigue surrounding the final fight of the evening, which ultimately led to the Shiya Ozgul versus Chris Jenkinson bout being sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission and not the British Boxing Board of Control, who sanctioned the rest of the card.

Rather than go into the politics that led to this highly unorthodox scenario now, as there will be a statement issued later this week, let’s get onto the fight report.

Top of the bill see Aylesbury’s Nathan ‘De Lick’ Graham defending his Southern Area Light Middleweight title, against Canning Town, and TRAD TKO’s, own Freddie Turner.

TurnerGraham3482With both sets of opposing fans melodically chanting their mans name the opening bell rang, Graham started fast, going straight on the attack letting rip with big searching right hands, Turner kept his calm, slipping the barrage of exocets systematically fired by the Aylesbury man, before releasing crisp countering shot to Graham’s body.

The blistering pace of the first round caused both protagonists to miss on or catch the opposing man’s gloves numerous occasions, however both managed to achieve some great success, Graham theatrically landed a few cracking big scoring hooks, whilst Turner’s methodically countering shots to Graham’s ribs were sublime in their execution.

It was a cracking opener, to my view not really an easy round to score – mainly due to the significant differences in style, Graham with his full attacks and the subtle countering body shots from Turner.

The following couple of rounds more or less followed the same pattern, although it should be noted Turner started to land more significant noticeable shots.

However the fourth was a much easier round to score, Graham slowed the pace significantly, which in turn enable Turner to pick off the Champ with simply exquisite left hooks each time Graham dropped the newly adopted high guard.

On the opening bell for the fifth stanza Graham went straight on the attack again, catching Turner with a couple of cracking hooks. After that though it was once again Turner that wrestled back control, catching the ever forward coming Graham each and every time he went to let a shot go.

The sixth and seventh rounds see Turner more or less control the proceedings, now saying that it really doesn’t do the action, or either fighter’s performance, justice, Graham was constantly coming forward aggressively letting rip with both barrels, just he was not getting the level of success he had done in the earlier rounds, on the other hand Turner was happily digging deep into his overflowing arsenal of impressive countering shots to both body and head.

The difference between the two fighters in the eighth was clear, Graham looked weary whilst Turner was oozing confidence in abundance, forget the visual aspects, action wise it was even clearer.

Graham barely landed a meaningful shot to counter the effervescent big scoring attacks from Turner, as if to make the point late on, Turner sent Graham to the deck with a peach of an overhand right, Graham made it to his feet on seven, but was looking distressed, as if he knew his title had slipped away from his grasp.

However, I’m sure if he knew how the ninth stanza was going to pan out he may have been slightly less worried.

What can I say it was a surprisingly reinvigorated Graham that came out hard and fast as the bell rang for the penultimate round, the high tempo attacks made Turner take a more defensive stance, as Graham peppered him with double handed close range attacks, forcing Turner back onto the ropes before letting rip with a massive left to send the East Londoner to the deck.

Turner made it up on six, but looked seriously shaken and unsteady on his feet, but before Graham could continue the assault, Turner’s gumshield, which had flown out of the ring, needed to be found. The long delay, in finding the errant gumshield, gave Turner time to get his head together, so when the bout restarted he was able to duck and weave his way under and around the non-stop barrage of punches from Graham to see out the round.

Both warriors came out for the final stanza prepared for all out war and boy did they both give their all. It was three minutes of scintillating back and forth action, which had the entire York Hall faithful on their feet until the final bell rang.

What a fight, it was truly a classic and winner of my fight of night accolade, as well as surely THE front runner of ‘Fight of the Year’.

FreddieTurner(Belt)3541There was a real buzz of anticipation as everyone waited for the scores to be read out, not just by the opposing fighters camps and their fans, who both believed their man had won, but also within the assembled scribes, who were also split along similar lines.

When the score was read out, as a very close 94-93 in favour of Canning Town’s Freddie Turner, there was a level of disbelief from all sides, those from Graham’s camp thought their man had done enough to retain his crown, whilst Turner’s entourage felt their man had it by a much wider margin, I count myself in the later category as I had Freddie Turner winning by four rounds.

Side Note: Freddie Turner’s arm popped out of the socket in the third round, after some nifty work by his corner he partially regained use until the seventh, when it popped out again.

Following a short break, so that the Malta Boxing Commission officials could replace those of the British Boxing Board of Control, former Turkish amateur star Shiya Ozgul prepared for his second bout this month, against Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson.

Whilst the vast majority of the spectators, and surprisingly virtually all the attending British media, left straight after the exceptional headline bout, around a hundred and fifty highly vocal fans, Tracy Lee from the Daily Sport, Turkish TV crew and myself, remained for what turned out to be yet another all action bout.

OzgulJenkinson3576Right from the off Ozgul shot across the ring to let rip with a big overhand right, the savvy Jenkinson slipped and countered in one. Ozgul kept the pressure up throughout the round, with Jenkinson stylishly countering. Late in the round the Bolton man switched tactics, by instigating a full on attack of his own, forcing the Turkish teenager to cover up and absorb a number of shots.

More of the same in both the second and third rounds, with Ozgul energetically attacking and Jenkinson showing his mettle by taking some big shots in order to counter close up with short sharp shots to body and head.

After three rounds surprisingly it was hard to split the pair, I had Ozgul just about win the first, but just couldn’t split them on the other two.

Ozgul clearly thought the same and came out for the final stanza like a raging bull, initially overpowering Jenkinson, but not for long as the Bolton man took a step back and countered strongly before going toe-to-toe with the young Turk, the action continued non-stop until the final bell, after which the remaining crowd showed their appreciation to both boxers, for their totally committed non-stop action, with a highly vocal standing ovation.

The decibel level from the partisan Turkish contingent went up significantly when referee Billy Phillips’ score was read out, as it showed a close 39-37 points victory for Shiya Ozgul. I can’t argue too much with the decision, I scored it a draw, but as the middle rounds were very close they could easily have been scored in either mans favour.

Prior to the aforementioned title fight, TRAD TKO’s other unbeaten teenager, St Neots, Cambs’ Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin took on Ibrar Riyaz.

MartinRiyaz3405Young Martin came into this fight off the back of a truly sensational performance against Kristian Laight back in July. On Friday Martin turned in an almost equally perfect performance.

As in July Martin dominated the proceedings with some seriously classy ring craft, which enabled the nineteen year old to pick off the highly experienced Riyaz virtually at will, don’t get me wrong Riyaz put in a very good performance, just Martin was in a different class.

Throughout the first couple of rounds Riyaz often found his attacks being neutralised by the youngster, as Martin dance around him before letting rip with some seriously classy jabs and hooks.

Martin caught Riyaz with a couple of great shots early in the third, after which started to showboat a little, much to the chagrin of Riyaz.

Last round was more a less a repeat of the third, however Martin stopped the showboating after getting caught a couple of times and got back to business and secured a tidy 40-37 points victory

Got to admit Tommy Martin really is developing into a classy crowd pleasing boxer, as I said earlier he was plain sensational against Kristian Laight, his performance on Friday was just as impressive, if not better, definitely one to watch is young Tommy.

Prior to the excellent Martin-Riyaz, former Irish amateur star Anthony Upton made his professional debut, against the highly entertaining forty eight fight veteran ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr.

Young Anto is one half of the Upton Clan, the other being Paul who also fought earlier in the show, who bought a massive, highly vocal, following to liven up the proceedings.

AnthonyUptonDanCarr3394Anyway, back to the fight. Upton started well, working off a beautiful jab, as the round progressed the youngster’s confidence grew and he started to show flashes of the classy skills that enabled him win national and international accolades as an amateur, amongst them his supreme ability to pepper his opponent with lightning fast combinations to both body and head.

From the second round on Upton’s class really began to shine, his fluid movement and flowing combinations proved too much for Carr, who just went defensive at every opportunity.

After what can only be described as a boxing masterclass by Upton, it came as no surprise to anyone that the referee’s scorecard read a shutout 40-36 points victory for the Romford based youngster.

The fourth bout, of the night see former two time Lithuanian amateur Heavyweight champion, Paulius Kasilulevicius, back at York Hall for his third professional bout.

KasiluleviciusBaker3385In his previous two outings Johnny Eames had ensured his young Heavyweight prospect received stern tests, tonight would be no different as across the ring stood the twenty one stone bulk of Sheffield’s Carl ‘The Fridge’ Baker.

No surprise that initially the bout started quite slowly, with Kasilulevicius feeling out Baker, who weighed in some five stone more than himself. Working off the jab Kasilulevicius tried to exert his authority, but barely had any effect against the pure bulk of the ever coming forward Baker.

Kasilulevicius tried his hardest to keep Baker at bay, but it was proving an uphill struggle for the Lithuanian. Baker had a little success, clipping Kasilulevicius a couple of times in the first couple of minutes, but his persistence really paid off as the round was coming to an end, after backing up Kasilulevicius, Baker let rip with a straight right to send the Lithuanian off balance and down onto the lower ropes.

Kasilulevicius made the count, but on rising was still very unsteady on his feet, which ultimately led to the referee calling a halt to the proceedings on the two minute and forty six second mark.

Prior to Kasilulevicius-Baker, fellow unbeaten TRAD TKO prospect, Walthamstow based Albanian Festim Lama, in a rematch with late replacement Trowbridge, Wiltshire’s Dan Blackwell.

LamaBlackwell3380The first couple of rounds were a virtual repeat of their previous encounter, with Lama dominating the proceedings, with his trademark, highly aggressive ever forward moving style.

However early on in third things were to change – early, as Blackwell see an opening and went for it, landing a vicious left hook that wobbled the Albanian, in an instant Lama returned fire, with a salvo of equally vicious shots, but in doing so left himself open for another big left from the Trowbridge man, which sent Lama to the deck.

Lama made the count easily, but was still clearly dazed and unsteady on his feet, leaving the referee no option but to stop the fight on the fifty second mark of the third round.

The second fight of the night see Paul Upton, brother of Anthony, make his second pro outing under the TRAD TKO banner, against Norwich’s Duane ‘Mad Dog’ Green.

PaulUptonDuaneGreen3341Back in July Paul put on a scintillating performance, on way to a shut out victory over Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell.

As the Romford based youngster made his ring entrance, lead by an uncle dressed as a leprechaun, a cacophony of cheers, whistles and drums filled the famous old venue and continued throughout the sensational bout.

Right from the off Upton took control of centre ring, much to the delight of his highly vocal followers, round after round the youngster kept up a high tempo, picking off Green at will.

The only modicum of success for Green came in the final stanza, when he landed a solid right hook, other than that it was Upton all the way.

Earlier I described Anthony Upton’s performance as a master class, which it was, but Paul’s performance was another level altogether and believe me he genuinely deserved the shutout 40-36 points victory, his performance was nothing short of magnificent.

The opening fight of the night featured the professional debut of Basildon Super Bantamweight Joe Stevens, against the highly experienced Anwar Alfadli.

StevensAlfadli3322It proved to be a baptism of fire for the youngster, even though he started quite well Alfadli proved way too strong and experienced, as was proved early in the first round when Alfadli sent Stevens to the canvas.

Unfortunately Stevens rushed things, in an attempt to make up for two point deduction, and it was not until the third that the youngster settled down and relied on his excellent boxing skills, in doing so I felt he had outboxed the more experienced Alfadli enough to secure the third and fourth, and with the second being a very close round maybe enough to have secured a draw, however the man that counts, the referee, thought differently awarding Alfadli the win by a 39-36 points margin.

Phew, what a night, the esteemed Mr. Eames and his team really do know how to put on the type of show that the fans want, true 50/50 all action fights.

You may recall at the beginning I said that matchmaker Jon Pegg ensured close evenly matched bouts, I think the fact that TRAD TKO’s house fighters Kasilulevicius, Lama and Stevens all suffering defeats proves that point.

Roll on the next Johnny Eames promoted event, his shows are a breath of fresh air.

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Nathan Graham Vs. Freddie Turner – Weights & Quotes From London

by on Oct.18, 2013, under Buzz

TurnerGraham3289Nathan Graham Vs. Freddie Turner – Weights & Quotes From London

The weigh-in for tonight’s Southern Area Light Middleweight title clash, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, between Champion Nathan Graham and Challenger Freddie Turner, took place yesterday afternoon at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.

WEIGHTS & QUOTES

Nathan Graham – 10 stone 13 ½ pounds

“God Willing I’ll retain my title.

Weight’s good, I’m under 70kg, so I’m easily inside.

A fight’s a fight, obviously I’m looking to come out victorious, simple as that.

Freddie Turner – 10 stone 13 pounds

“Perfect, I came in early to check my weight, the weight I knew would be fine anyway, done it well, Jimmy’s (coach Jimmy Tibbs) rigorously checked my weight, it’s al gone perfect.

Of course I’m predicting a win, I’m not going to say a stoppage, points or whatever, just know that I will come back with the belt.

I know I’ve done everything right, I know my future is going up, I’m not going to stop here, I’m going up and up, so I know it’s going to be a win for me.”

Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or buy on the door tonight

For further information call 07960 850645

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Brothers In Arms: Paul And Anthony Upton In Action On Friday.

by on Oct.16, 2013, under Buzz

AnthonyPaulUpton2797WEBREADYBrothers In Arms: Paul And Anthony Upton In Action On Friday.

This coming Friday boxing brothers Paul and Anthony Upton will be in action, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO promoter BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Paul and Anthony make up half of the well known boxing Upton Clan, the other half being Sonny, who is signed with Ricky Hatton, and James, who continues to campaign in the amateurs at present.

Between them the members of the Upton Clan virtually dominated the Irish amateur scene over the past few years, Paul and Anthony alone secured no less than seven National titles, as well as numerous International honours.

On Friday Paul, who was the first of the brothers to compete in the pro ranks – scoring a superb points win over the highly experienced Dee Mitchell on his debut back in July – will be in action against Norwich’s Duane Green.

Whilst, Anthony has drawn the experienced ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr, from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, for his pro debut.

Following the penultimate training session at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Paul spoke briefly about his debut fight and his upcoming second outing.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out again.

My debut, well it was a tough fight, I was against Dee Mitchell, I really wasn’t meant to be fighting him, Freddie Turner was meant to fight him but they couldn’t get anyone for me.

It was a nice learning experience, fighting someone with that much experience, he was tough but I stuck with my boxing and loved it.

I’m so pleased that Johnny is keeping me busy, that’s how we want to be, really busy and build our record up and keeping the wins going.”

Anthony, who waited patiently as his brother Paul spoke, then added.

“I can’t wait, what can I say, it’s been a long time coming and I just can’t wait to get out there.

Training’s gone well, the support is good, the team behind us is all good, Mo’s (former Commonwealth Champion Mo Hussein) a good trainer so everything is great, now it’s down to me to get the win.”

Paul Upton, against Duane Green and Anthony Upton against Dan Carr feature on the undercard of Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Anthony or Paul or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Heavyweight Prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius Returns To York Hall This Friday

by on Oct.15, 2013, under Boxing News

KasiuleviciusGinters2506WEBREADYHeavyweight Prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius Returns To York Hall This Friday

TRAD TKO’s sensational young Heavyweight prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius is back in action this coming Friday, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS show at York Hall.

As I’m sure many of you will recall, that back in May Johnny boldly stated that the two time Lithuanian Amateur Heavyweight Champion is a future World Champion.

Two exceptional stoppage wins later and now it seems many of the established boxing hierarchy are of the same opinion as the esteemed Mr Eames.

The normal route for an upcoming fighter is to be ‘eased in’ with moderately easy fights at first, not so for Paulius, for his first fight Johnny selected Frantisek Kynkal, whose record stood at three fights, two wins both by stoppage finish and the one loss on his debut.

Paulius made short work of the Czech, stopping him in just two minutes and twenty five seconds of the first round.

On his second outing, in July, Johnny selected Latvian Janis Ginters, who like Kynkal was straight coming off a first round stoppage win, as well as two having two stoppage finishes on his record.

Once again Paulius proved his credentials, stopping the Latvian #3 ranked Ginters after one minute and forty two seconds of the second round.

For his upcoming third bout, this coming Friday, Johnny is lining up another serious test for the big Lithuanian, whilst no details have been released at this time, it is expected to be yet another stern test for the 24 year old.

Facing such opponents clearly doesn’t faze Paulius one iota, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“Yeah, Johnny is keeping me busy, which I like.

I won both my fights by stoppage, I think I the next one will be the same, I hope, I’m working on that.

We’re working well, training hard, you see the results.

The first ones were easy, wasn’t really hard fights for me, I know my skills, I know what to do.

My opponent, just looking at him I straight away know what to do, this is my skills, I have fifteen years boxing so I look at my opponent and know what to do, my strategy and how I can box him.

I don’t know his name, I think he’s British, I don’t know his name but it doesn’t matter anyway, I think he’s not happy for that, fighting with me but you can’t say nothing before a fight when it’s heavyweight, one punch and the fight is finishing, both ways, so I’m not saying I will knock him out or he will knock me out, we’re just boxing and we’ll see.

I’ve been sparring with many guys, big names as well, so I’m ready to get back into the big ring.

Thanks for the support of my fans, everyone else come and support me for the more knockouts I’m going to do.”

Paulius Kasiulevicius, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Nathan Graham’s Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Paulius or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Former Amateur Star Joe Stevens Makes Pro Debut This Friday.

by on Oct.14, 2013, under Buzz

JoeStevens1943WEBREADYFormer Amateur Star Joe Stevens Makes Pro Debut This Friday.

Almost a year ago to the day TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames announced the signing of six future stars to his stable, Johnny called them the ‘New Generation’, most of those announced back in October last year have gone on to prove Johnny a hundred percent right, each having secured a fair number of wins already, as well as enjoying perfect records.

The final youngster from the six prime ‘prospects’, Super Flyweight Joe Stevens, from Basildon in Essex, finally makes his highly anticipated professional debut later this week, on the Johnny’s TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in London on Friday 18th October.

The reason it has taken so long for Johnny to release Joe into the fray, is that on signing, Johnny clearly stated “Joe’s only nineteen, a great little stylist, he needs a little developing, but we’re pleased to have him on board and we’re going to move him on very slowly because he’s a little bit down on man strength at the moment.”

One year on and how things have changed, over the past few months Johnny has had Joe sparring with some of his highly experienced fighters, such as Ian Bailey, as they prepared for title fights.

Young Joe proved his mettle, which in turned persuaded Johnny that now the time is right to unleash the youngster.

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of Johnny and coach Brian O’Shaughnessy at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, a clearly chuffed Joe spoke of his upcoming debut.

“I can’t wait, I’m really looking forward to it as it’s been a long time coming.

I’ve been here at the TRAD TKO training with the pros for a while now so am really looking forward to finally turning over.

It’s a bit of a shame it didn’t happen back in July, but it doesn’t matter now as it finally happens this week.

Training’s been great, I’ve been training with Brian (Brian O’Shaugnessy) he’s a very good trainer, working hard on reactions, speed, everything, he’s a really good trainer.

Been getting plenty of sparring, sparred Ian Bailey for his title fight, had a lot of other good spars too, it really has been very good, so am really excited and ready for Friday.

I’d like to thank the fans that have already bought tickets for my pro debut, hopefully more will buy them still as I am going to put on a really good show so they won’t regret coming”

Joe Stevens, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Nathan Graham’s Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Joe or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Teen Prospect Tommy Martin Back In Action This Friday, Faces Ibrar Riaz at York Hall

by on Oct.13, 2013, under Boxing News

MartinLaight2441WEBREADYTeen Prospect Tommy Martin Back In Action This Friday, Faces Ibrar Riaz at York Hall

St Neots, Cambridgeshire’s exciting teenage prospect Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin is back in action this coming Friday, when he takes on the highly experienced Ibrar Riaz on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in London on Friday 18th October.

Nineteen year old Tommy, who is unbeaten in four outings, put on a stunning performance, when he faced Kristian Laight back in July.

The noticeable step up in form, was clearly due to the fact that Tommy was making his first outing under the expert guidance of his then newly appointment coach Barry Smith.

Tommy oozed confidence from every pore, his movement was sublime and each attack was carried out with precision more akin to that of a Swiss watch movement.

Round by round Tommy schooled the highly experienced Laight like someone with many more years boxing under his belt, picking his shots like a Shogun picks his weapon, Tommy wasted nothing as he systematically tore apart Laight.

Laight put up a great fight, just Tommy was in a class of his own, after four superb all action rounds Ritchie Davies declared the youngster victorious by a shutout 40-36 points margin.

Following yet another full on training session, under the watchful eyes of Barry Smith, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Tommy spoke of his upcoming bout.

“I can’t wait, I’m really enjoying training at the minute, with Barry Smith and Johnny (manager and promoter Johnny Eames).

It’s nice to shake things up a bit, get stuck in with Barry and looking at a different way of fighting now.

We’ve been improving, as shown in the last fight, that’s why I think we’re going off in the same way this time.

It was a big improvement the last fight and we haven’t been out of the gym since then, I’m learning every day and loving it.

Hopefully this’ll be my last four rounder, I’ve been asking for more than six from Johnny but as he says I am only nineteen and he’s putting the reins on me a bit. That’s not a problem as I’m just getting out there and boxing.

I’ve just got a new sponsor onboard, Junction 17 Cars, they’re looking after me while I’m up here in London, making sure that all the financial side is all sorted so I can focus on the boxing and the winning.

I don’t really know anything about my opponent, to be honest I never look into the opponents because I trust my manager, I’m happy just to wait and see on the night.

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has bought tickets again, when you get behind me it makes me want to improve as a fighter so that I can please you lot, so keep coming and I’ll keep fighting well.”

Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin versus Ibrar Riaz, features on the undercard of the Nathan Graham Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Tommy or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Festim Lama: I’m Ready For War On October 18th

by on Oct.11, 2013, under Boxing News

LamaBlackwell1514WEBREADYFestim Lama: I’m Ready For War On October 18th

Exciting London based Albanian Middleweight prospect Festim Lama makes his third professional outing on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall on Friday 18th October 2013.

24 year Lama had a stellar amateur career, having fought over fourty fights in the UK and numerous more as a youngster in his homeland, before turning professional with renowned coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames, in February this year.

Since turning pro Lama has wowed the York Hall faithful with two sensational, all action, performances.

In his first, against Newcastle’s Didier Blanch, Lama dominated the proceedings, with his ever forward double handed attacks, ultimately stopping Blanch on the fourty four second mark of the third round.

In his second bout, against Trowbridge’s Dan Blackwell, it was more of the same, although this time Blackwell proved more durable than Blanch, having survived the full twelve minutes of non-stop attack.

Following a training session at the famous East End fight factory universally known as the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Lama spoke briefly about his upcoming bout.

“I feel good, I’ve been training hard, I can’t wait to fight now, it’s been three or four months now since I last had a fight.

The first one I stopped him in the third round and the second one I won it in points, that was a good fight and now I got this fight.

I’m aggressive, that’s my style really, I go forward, take them to war you know, that’s the way I fight.

It’s a hundred percent I will win the fight, I’m ready for war on October 18th.

We’ll see where we go you know, this will be another four rounder, then maybe we step up to six rounds next fight, that’s what I’m looking for.

I have a lot of support this time, lots of Albanians are coming to support me and any Albanians that know me are welcome to come and support me, that’ll be good.

I’m going to give them a good fight, I’m going to take that man to work, so it’s going to be a great night.”

Festim Lama, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Freddie Turner Fired Up Ahead Of October 18th Title Shot.

by on Oct.10, 2013, under Boxing News

TurnerMaxwell2386WEBREADYFreddie Turner Fired Up Ahead Of October 18th Title Shot.

Canning Town’s Freddie Turner is set for his first taste of Championship boxing in just over a weeks time, when he challenges Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Nathan Graham for his crown on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall on Friday 18th October 2013.

A reinvigorated Turner has put in a couple of stunning performances since signing with renowned coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames, back in January.

After fighting just the once in 2012, it was less than four weeks, from signing, that Turner made his first outing under the TRAD TKO banner, scoring a solid points win over Costas Osben in February.

Next up Turner was supposed to fight on the undercard of Colin Lynes versus Beka Sutidze, but unfortunately due to illness had to withdraw.

However he didn’t have to wait too long for his next outing, which came in July, on the TRAD TKO Events TURF WAR event, when he faced Birmingham’s Max ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell.

After a cautious start against the former British Title challenger, Turner stepped up the pace to turn in one of the most sensational performances of his career, to score a locked out 60-54 points victory.

It was after this near perfect performance, against Maxwell, that Johnny to bring the proposed title shot forward, no surprise really the East Londoner leapt at the chance to challenge Graham for his Southern Area title.

Following a training session, with future Hall of Famer Jimmy Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Gym, Turner spoke briefly about the positive change in his career since joining Johnny, as well as the upcoming title shot.

“Johnny said he’d get it, what can I say he done exactly what he said he’d do.

I’ve not even been with Johnny a year and he’s done everything he said he’d do.

I’ve had it before where people said they’d do things and they didn’t, Johnny’s done it, what can I say he’s got me more fights than he said he’d get me by now, he did say he’d get me a title shot and he’s done it, I can’t fault him at all, I’m really happy about everything.

It’s improved my boxing, everybody’s been saying how good I’ve been looking, this is all due to I’m feeling good and I’m settled, as I have a plan and I’ve got a future.

Before I didn’t know what I was doing, it was all over the place but now it’s going smooth, everything’s going perfect, I just cannot wait for the 18th, I really can’t.

I’ve seen Nathan about, bits and bobs of his fights, before when I was a Welterweight I was looking at fighters in that division

I’m really tall for a Welter, I filled out over the past few months and started to grow into a man really. I’m punching hard, I’ve gone to Light Middle and I feel comfortable.

He looks capable, he knows what he’s doing, he’s gone the distance a few times, I mean he’s the Champion, you don’t get that for being nothing.

It’s going to be a good fight, I’m not into bad mouthing or slagging off, but I do believe that I’ll beat him and beat him well.

It’s going to be a good fight, I hope he brings his best because I am.

It’s for the fans that I do boxing, I’m an entertainer, I love to entertain and for the fans to come all the way to York Hall and spend their hard earned money, I know it’s tough but it makes it worth while, when it gets tough in there to hear the people you know shouting and screaming for you, it makes it all worth while.

All I can say Is that I’m always grateful and that I’m really, really happy that I have such a good fan base, I love them all, I’m really happy for them and hope they enjoy the night.”

Battlefield 3Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Johnny Eames Announces Line-Up For October 18th York Hall Event

by on Sep.17, 2013, under Events

Battlefield 3Johnny Eames Announces Line-Up For October 18th York Hall Event

TRAD TKO Boxing Gym supremo Johnny Eames today announced the line-up of the first event, from the promotional arm of the famous East London fight factory of the new season, the appropriately titled BROTHERS IN ARMS, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 18th October 2013.

Heading up the show is a real barnstormer, as Nathan Graham defends his BBBofC Southern Area Light Middleweight title, against TRAD TKO’s very own Freddie Turner.

Nathan makes not just his first defense of the crown, that he won back in December 2012, following Kris Agyei-Dua’s unfortunate fourth round retirement from a painful dislocated shoulder, but also his first ring appearance of 2013.

No such potential ring rust for Freddie, as he will be making his third outing since signing with the esteemed Mr. Eames earlier this year.

In his two previous outings, under the TRAD TKO banner, young Freddie has scored resounding points victories over Costas Osben and former British title challenger Max Maxwell.

Heading up the support sees TRAD TKO’s sensational, big punching, Heavyweight prospect Paulius Kasiulevicius back in action, against a yet to be named opponent.

No doubt once again Johnny will be looking to give the former two-time Lithuanian National Amateur Heavyweight Champion another serious test, especially after the short work he made of his previous pair of opponents.

Back in June, on his pro debut, Paulius stopped Czech Republic’s Frantisek Kynkal in just two minutes and twenty five seconds of the first round, no mean feat considering Kynkal also has a knockout reputation, stopping both his previous opponents early also.

Then back in July Paulius stopped another equally big hitter, Janis Ginters, who in May stopped Ivo Apsitis and then just two weeks before locking horns at York Hall with Paulius also stopped Deniss Grocevs, no soft option as both these Ginters victims fell in the first.

Another of the TRAD TKO stable of unbeaten prospects that will be in action, on October 18th, is Middleweight Festim Lama.

With just two fights under his belt young Festim is proving to be quite a crowd pleaser, due to his all action, non-stop pressuring, fight style. In his first outing Festim stopped Didier Blanch in the third, then back in June scored a shut out points victory over Dan Blackwell.

Teen Lightweight sensation Tommy Martin makes his fifth outing in under a year, since signing with the aforementioned Johnny Eames.

On his last outing, on the TURF WAR event in July, young Tommy put on one of the best performances of his career to date, on way to scoring a shut out points victory over Kristian Laight.

Nineteen year old Tommy will be looking to put in yet another seriously impressive performance, as he is hoping to persuade Johnny it’s time for him to step up to six rounders.

Making his pro debut will be another TRAD TKO teen, this time Basildon, Essex, Super Flyweight Joe Stevens. Johnny has high hopes for Joe and feels the kid has got what it takes to become a future title contender.

The event is titled BROTHERS IN ARMS for a very good reason, as the event will feature not just one pair of brothers but two.

The first sibling pairing is the Romford based Upton brothers, Paul and Anthony. Both were outstanding amateurs, with a host of amateur accolades under their belts.

Paul made his pro debut back in June, scoring a superb 40-37 points victory over the highly experienced Brummie Dee Mitchell, whilst Anthony will be making his pro debut on the BROTHERS IN ARMS event.

The second pairing are Onder and Siar Ozgul, who just like the Upton boys, both have world class amateur credentials, having both represented Turkey in international competition and secured an array of accolades during their amateur careers.

Onder also represented Turkey in the AIBA World Series of Boxing, so in a way already has a level of pro boxing experience.

So there we have it, once again it seems Johnny and the TRAD TKO team are serving up another sensational night of boxing, with lashings of all action, equally matched bouts, just what is needed to warm the cockles of any discerning fight fan on what will surely be a chilly mid-Autumn night in the Capital.

Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

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Fight Report: Bailey Victorious But Loses Title – Turner, Kasiulevicius, Upton and Martin Impress In Style

by on Jul.29, 2013, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Bailey Victorious But Loses Title – Turner, Kasiulevicius, Upton and Martin Impress In Style

Photos and report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

As the fans arrived at York Hall on Saturday night there was one hell of a storm breaking over London, but even the inclement weather couldn’t prevent Johnny Eames, Baz Rahman and the TRAD TKO events team from staging what must be the #1 contender for ‘Fight Night of the Year’ honours.

It wasn’t just the skies opening up that threatened to dampen the proceedings, Johnny, Baz and the TRAD TKO crew had to endure so much drama and disappointment in the build up to the show, caused by a spate of illness, injury and licensing issues forcing one third of the twelve bout card to be cancelled, as if that wasn’t enough to top it all off, defending Southern Area Champ Ian Bailey failed to make championship weight.

Even so, Johnny insisted the show must go on, so with eight, instead of the planned twelve bouts, the show did indeed go on and to be absolutely honest it was first class.

As previously mentioned, defending champion Ian Bailey failed to make the weight, so even if he won he would not retain his title, only Dan Naylor could be crowned Champion, but first he’d have to battle ten rounds with the tenacious pitbull like Bailey.

BaileyNaylor2651The first couple of rounds Naylor more or less dominated the proceedings, pushing forward and using his height and reach to keep Bailey on the back foot. For virtually the full six minutes Bailey just couldn’t find a way past the solid jabbing from Naylor, even when he did manage to slip the jab and drop in a shot or two to the body of his opponent, he’d get picked off by a cracking left.

During the break after round two, Bailey’s coach Barry Smith changed the game plan and could be seen instructing the Slough man on how to take advantage of Naylor’s weaknesses.

The change of tactics worked right from the off, Bailey took control, forcing Naylor back on to the ropes before letting rip with fast double handed attacks, which forced Naylor to cover up and counter whenever the opportunity arose.

Round after round Bailey kept up the vicious attack, easily neutralizing Naylor’s height and reach advantage. Naylor’s corner continuously screamed at their charge to get back to boxing and don’t get dragged in to mixing it with the diminutive battler.

Easier said than done, each time Naylor tried to regain centre ground he would be pushed back and forced to endure more rib cracking double handed shots to the body.

By round seven Naylor was beginning to look well beaten and in my taped notes at the end of the round I had said there’s no way he was going to go the distance, boy was I wrong.

Naylor came out in round eight and went hard on the attack, but Bailey wasn’t prepared to give one inch of ground and so started a toe to toe Battle Royale that continued to the final second of the final round.

After ten bruising rounds there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Bailey had won, even Naylor who went over to congratulate the former Champ the instant the final bell rang.

When referee Jeff Hines scorecards were read out, as expected it showed Bailey victorious, but by a deceptively close 97-94 points margin.

With the Southern Area Featherweight title now vacant, there were already discussions between the two camps for a rematch in the new season. If this does happen I can assure you I will be first in the queue because I wouldn’t miss that for anything.

McIntyreMitchell2569Main support for Bailey-Naylor, see Portsmouth’s Joel McIntyre take on Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell.

As the opening bell rang both McIntyre and Mitchell went at it hammer and tongs, entertaining the crowd with a good old fashioned slug fest. Neither clearly wanted to concede a single centimeter of centre ring as they traded leather back and forth for virtually the full three minutes.

McIntyre’s coach, John Murray, calmly instructed his charge before sending him out for the second. What then followed was a complete change of attitude from the Pompey boy, instead of charging in like a bull in a china shop, he played of his jab to create openings for some excellent combinations.

By the end of the round Mitchell was being forced to cover up as McIntyre confidence grew.

Round three to six were all McIntyre, he just let his boxing flow, taking his opponent apart in centre ring before forcing Mitchell back onto the ropes and letting rip with solid double handed attacks, to both body and head.

After six sensational rounds there could only be one winner, McIntyre, so when referee Ritchie Davies’ scorecard was read out it came as no surprise to anyone that McIntyre had secured the victory by a shutout 60-54 points margin.

KasiuleviciusGinters2506Prior to McIntyre-Mitchell, there was a Heavyweight battle, featuring former two time Lithuanian Amateur Heavyweight Champion Paulius Kasiulicius against Latvia’s Janis Ginters.

For those who don’t know of Kasiulicius, this is the kid that Johnny Eames stated is going to be World Champion, this is also the kid that the esteemed Mr. Eames tested on his debut by putting him in with Frantisek Kynkal, who then held a 2-1 positive record and had stopped both his previous opponents. Kasiulicius stopped him in the first round, so no surprise Johnny chose another tough opponent for his second pro fight – Ginters was coming off a first round stoppage win, over Deniss Grocevs, just three weeks previous.

Right from the opening bell Ginters went looking for another early finish, throwing bomb after bomb each time Kasiulicius came within range. However Kasiulicius is surprisingly agile for such a big man and would just move aside before returning a big right of his own.

As the round progressed Kasiulicius began to dictate the proceedings, using his superior height and reach to pick off Ginters at will. Late in the round Kasiulicius landed a peach of a shot that rocked Ginters to the core, fortunately Ginters has a rock solid chin and was able to make it to the bell.

Round two was a totally different affair, Kasiulicius just plain schooled Ginters before backing him on the ropes and letting rip with heavy hands to both body and head. The assault went on for well over a minute before referee Jeff Hinds stepped in on the one minute and forty two seconds mark to prevent Ginters receiving further unnecessary punishment.

MartinLaight2441Fifth fight of the night see St Neots teenager Tommy Martin, who was making his first outing under the expert guidance of his newly appointment coach Barry Smith, against Nuneaton’s Kristian Laight.

The resurgence in form from the nineteen year old was clear for all to see, Martin oozed confidence from every pore, his movement was sublime and each attack was carried out with precision more akin to that of a Swiss watch movement.

Round by round Martin schooled the highly experienced Laight like someone with many more years boxing under his belt, picking his shots like a Shogun picks his weapon, Martin wasted nothing as he systematically tore apart Laight.

Don’t get me wrong Laight put up a great fight, just Martin was in a class of his own and was cruising to a shutout points victory in my eyes.

After four superb all action rounds referee Ritchie Davies obviously see it the same way as myself, by declaring Martin victorious by a 40-36 points margin.

TurnerMaxwell2386Prior to the excellent Martin-Laight bout, Canning Town’s Freddie Turner was in action against seriously tough opposition, in the form of the classy and super tough former British title challenger Max Maxwell, in a six rounder.

The respect between the pair was obvious as they traded leather in earnest for the first minute or so of the bout, I can’t deny it was beautiful boxing, but as neither was gaining, or come to that losing, any significant ground it was clear that that if this wasn’t going to turn into a technical ‘game of chess’ one of them would need to change their game plan.

Which is just what Turner did in the opening seconds of the second round, by working the angles and picking his shots with such finesse. Maxwell didn’t seem too fazed by the change in tactics and looked to turn the heat up, however Turner neutralized each attack with superior movement, which in turn presented the East London southpaw further opportunities to open up with solid jabs and slick combinations, have to say to describe Turner’s boxing as poetry in motion would be an understatement, it was exquisite in it’s execution.

At the end of the round Turner’s coach, Jimmy Tibbs, could barely hide the smile that had broken out on his face as he congratulated his charge on his excellent performance.

Boosted by the words of encouragement from his legendary coach, Turner continued in the same vein, his measured approach was reaping benefits throughout, in fact his forceful, yet measured, approach almost paid off big time late in the fourth, when Turner landed a powerful left that rocked Maxwell, in a flash Turner jumped in to try and finish off his illustrious opponent, throwing a barrage of double handed shots, albeit just to late as the bell rang to end the round.

More of the same in the final couple of rounds, Turner showcased his fully loaded arsenal of punches, whilst Maxwell tried in vein to contain the rampaging southpaw.

After six scintillating rounds referee Ritchie Davies rightly hailed Turner victorious, by a superb 60-55 points margin.

UptonMitchell2318The third bout of the night signaled the professional debut of the highly decorated Irish amateur star Paul Upton, against Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell.

The heavily partisan crowd went wild as Paulie, the eldest of the fighting Upton Clan, entered the arena.

Right from the off Upton showcased his undoubted skills to the appreciative audience, as he kept his more experienced opponent at bay with some superb jabbing and slick combinations.

As the rounds progressed Upton gradually turned up the heat, at the same time the highly vocal crowd sent the decibel reading off the dial each time the slick youngster landed shots to body and head of the Brummie battler.

Just before the youngster came out for the final round his coach, former Commonwealth Champ Mo Hussein, gave his charge instructions to just go out there and enjoy himself.

From start to finish, with the fans vocal encouragement reverberating around the hallowed York Hall, Upton did as instructed, keeping centre ring and toying with Mitchell, picking him off with crisp jabs and the occasional double handed flurry until the final bell rang.

After four sensational rounds of sublime boxing it came as no surprise that referee Ritchie Davies’ scorecard read 40-37 in favour of Paul Upton.

DuffyMorris2200The second bout of the night featured former Irish MMA star Joe Duffy, against a late change of opponent in renowned hard man Jay ‘Isle of Wight Assassin’ Morris.

From the off it was clear that Duffy wasn’t going to have an easy night, Morris was all over him like a rash, saying that Duffy didn’t seem to concerned and tried to concentrate on his boxing.

For the first couple of rounds Duffy managed to control the proceedings pretty much, but as the fight progressed Morris started to get the upper hand, with Duffy boxing off the back foot Morris didn’t need too much encouragement to come in and plain bully the Irishman.

Referee Jeff Hinds had his hands full in the fourth stanza, as the battle became a close quarters affair, whilst Duffy tried to hold station, Morris could smell blood and began attacking with renewed vigor, trouble was both fighters stance meant that accidental head clashes became order of the day.

Duffy’s corner concern that a cut could become a deciding factor in the fight see them instruct their man to get behind his jab to keep the marauding Morris at bay, unfortunately that wasn’t enough.

Morris more or less dominated the final couple of rounds, although most of his shots were against gloves or the arm of Duffy, who closed his guard right up.

Whilst it had become quite a scrappy affair, the final couple of rounds also produced some of the best boxing from both combatants.

After six extremely hard fought rounds referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout 58-57, in favour of Joe Duffy, I personally had the same score, but in favour of Jay Morris, but have to admit some of the rounds were that close it could have gone either way so no complaints.

BarrettWarburton2175Getting the whole show on the road was the most welcome return of former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett after a fifteen month forced sabbatical from the sport.

Now competing in the Welterweight division, Barrett’s opponent for his first fight back was Atherton, Lancashire’s William Warburton.

The opening round was a bit of a technical affair, as both combatants tested the water, however the second and third were non-stop action and see both digging deep into their respective arsenals as they battled for supremacy of centre ring.

As the final round unfolded Barrett appeared to be struggling slightly, which hadn’t gone unnoticed by Warburton, who started to apply serious pressure on the Londoner.

Barrett managed to hang on to the final bell and earn a close 38-37 points victory on his return to fray.

It really was a great night of fights, each bout was closely matched and in all honesty in many cases the victory could have gone either way.

We need more shows like this, you know properly matched and not heavily tilted towards the house fighter, as seems to be order of the day with far too many shows these day.

Have to say it, at the end of the day messieurs Eames and Rahman did more than enough to keep the fans, lucky enough to have attended, buzzing as we head into the summer break – roll on next season, I for one can’t wait.

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