Tag: Joel McIntyre
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
This coming Friday, March 15th, promoter Frank Maloney returns to the York Hall in Bethnal Green for his latest offering ‘Loaded and Dangerous In London’, which is headlined by Matt Skelton versus John McDermott for the vacant English Heavyweight title.
This event is a sort of homecoming for Peckham London born Frank, having not promoted at the Capital’s home of boxing since his huge show in June 2009, which was headlined by Jason Booth’s successful British Super Bantamweight title defense against Rocky Dean.
This classic Frank Maloney Promotions event featured the cream of his stable, including sadly missed former Beijing Olympic Bronze medalist Darren Sutherland, Akaash Bhatia, Ashley Sexton, Martin Power plus a host of local prospects and debutants. Of course being a FMP event it had to include a Heavyweight bout, in this case Tom Dallas versus Stas Bilokon.
Before I get carried away and start talking too much about that excellent event, I’ll change tack and move on to Frank’s greatest passion within the sport and of course his interview.
Frank is Mr. Heavyweight Boxing, OK, he lives and breathes boxing so maybe that should be Mr. Boxing, but that aside he has singlehandedly worked his socks off to try and breath some life into the Heavyweight division over the years.
His love affair with the ‘Big Boys’ may not have started when he began managing Lennox Lewis, but I can’t help but feel that was the biggest shot in the arm to this particular tryst.
Over the years Frank has taken virtually every British Heavyweight under his wing at one time or another, so when we got together, following the ‘Loaded and Dangerous in London’ press conference at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, I didn’t have much difficulty getting him to talk about Heavyweights and Heavyweight Boxing.
RIO: You have a big Heavyweight fight coming up on Saturday at York Hall. You’ve always been one of the biggest supporters of the Heavyweight Division, why is that?
FRANK MALONEY: I wouldn’t say a big Heavyweight Championship fight, I’d say an interesting Heavyweight Championship fight.
You know you’ve got two Heavyweights that people say are past their sell by date, but I’m a great believer that no Heavyweight is past his sell by date, because one punch changes the whole history of the Heavyweight division.
You know how many times we’ve written people off, they’ve written off Mohammed Ali, they’ve written off George Foreman, you know they’ve written off Larry Holmes, yet they kept coming back. They had written off Kevin McBride, then he came back and knocked out Mike Tyson.
The Heavyweights is an interesting division, an interesting situation, there’s Boxing and then there’s the Heavyweight division and everyone knows I love Heavyweights.
I’d like to bring all the old Heavyweights together, get them in a tournament to just see who the best man standing is, but they did that with Prizefighter didn’t they. The average age in that was thirty eight years old and guess what the guy that everyone loves to hate, Audley Harrision, has reinvented himself and come back bigger then ever.
Just imagine if Audley Harrison won a World title, he would have been the greatest star British Boxing could have ever had. Boxing would have been in every National Newspaper, every TV station, because this guy is a crossover star.
I have a lot of respect for Audley Harrison, I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, I’ve had the pleasure of slagging him off, but have to say knowing the guy I would have loved to have handled his career for him. Could I have made him a better fighter, I don’t know but if he had ever won a World title Boxing in this country would have totally changed.
RIO: You worked with Lennox Lewis, who was the most successful British Heavyweight, besides your current boys, such as David Price, which other Heavyweights did you take under your wing?
FRANK: Yeah I worked with Lennox and James Oyebola, he won the WBC International title and the British title under me.
I worked with Julius Francis, who was an average Heavyweight, yet he won the Lonsdale belt outright and ended up in with Mike Tyson.
I built Kevin McBride’s career up, until a bookmaker came chasing me for his debt and I gave him back his contract.
RIO: With the current World Heavyweight division being dominated by the Klitschko brothers and the domestic scene by upcoming stars such as Tyson Fury and David Price, is there a future for the loser of Friday’s big fight?
FRANK: It’s interesting, obviously there is a future for the winner of this weekend’s Heavyweight fight, but even the loser still has a future, he could still easily be recycled.
I mean it’s Boxing, every promoter is trying to recycle fighters from all divisions, as we have no new stars coming through.
We haven’t got great trainers out there no more, we’ve got fitness coaches. Saying that you come here, they’ve got some really good trainers, Johnny Eames is a very good trainer who learned his trade in the amateurs, like myself.
I look at it this way, when you go to secondary school you don’t take your primary teacher with you, when he finishes senior school and goes to university, he doesn’t take his senior teacher with him.
In Boxing it’s a little bit different as you can take your amateur coach with you when you step up to the pros, but you have to have someone else from the pros involved as well.
No one is learning how to box, every fighter now is much fitter than they have ever been but they haven’t got the skills they need to fight, that’s the problem.
RIO: You say about the lack of ‘stars’ these days, is there anyone from the current crop that you feel could one day become a true star?
FRANK: I think the simple answer is that there was no rush to sign any one of the 2012 Olympians, which was actually staged in our own City of London.
The last big signing was 2008 Beijing, and none of us promoters have got our investment back from then.
TV has changed the face of Boxing, I would say we are just about above a minority sport in Britain, you know and there are still people trying to bring it back.
If you find the right fighter, you will bring it back, but at this very moment we are a struggling sport.
Football’s taking everything, look what Sky bid for the last football and who got cut back the most, Boxing.
I’m not a great believer that there should be one promoter, which would be bad for the sport if it becomes a monopoly.
We had that during the time of Mickey Duff and the BBC, Boxing was OK but no one else got a look in.
Frank Warren took on the establishment, now in a certain way you could say Frank Warren is in the Mickey Duff situation and you’ve got young Eddie Hearn taking him on.
It’s interesting, is it even history repeating itself, we don’t know. Personally I think there’s still a lot of life in Frank Warren, I wouldn’t write him off as he’s a little bit more adaptable than Mickey Duff and them was in their day.
Frank’s got his sons working in there, which seems to be the new trend in Boxing.
Yeah it has changed, when I started there was no Internet, there was no Twitter, there was no Facebook, there was no mobile phones, I think I had one of the first mobile phones, it was as big as briefcase, I remember being down at the Becket with it.
So it has changed, but if we’re going to survive we need to adapt. Look at Don King, the greatest promoter the World’s ever seen, look at Bob Arum, the oldest promoter but still top of the pile.
You’ve got Golden Boy trying to make it more corporate, Boxing can’t be run like a corporate business, I don’t care what you say Golden Boy are bankrolled by a major TV station, let them go out and promote, you know work to get bums on seats, then see how well they do then.
RIO: OK, so do you think that’s because we look at Boxing just as a sport, instead of taking the wider view that Boxing is part of the Entertainment business and needs to compete with other sectors for those ‘Bums on Seats’ as you put it?
FRANK: It’s the entertainment business, Boxing isn’t recession proof and people in Boxing need to learn that.
Us promoters know that, as we have to put our hand in our pocket, but now you’ve got lawyers coming into your office, you’ve got trainers coming into your office and they’re telling you how much a fighters worth. I’ve got a message for them, put your hand in your pocket and you pay that sort of money, because you’re not recession proof, you know we are hit by recession.
We’re the only sport where the TV rights have been cut down, instead of going up, everything else has had them go up, Darts, Football, Formula One, which are the main sports on TV at the moment and they are taking all the money at the moment.
Sky have cut back so much on Boxing, that was a business decision by them because they claim they were not getting the viewing figures, you can’t blame them.
Loaded have come in on the ground floor, they’re like a Conference league team in Boxing at the moment, they’re just dipping their toes in the water, but you know what but if people start coming and demanding a hundred grand for a show and all that, even thirty grand for a show, Loaded will walk away from Boxing.
It’s just not there at the moment, we’re not recession proof and we have to accept that. Maybe fighters may have to take a pay cut, maybe we’ll have to sit down and look at the whole thing again and rebuild the game.
RIO: Funny that you have made such a point of the recession, I can’t help but notice that the tickets for Loaded and Dangerous in London start at £30, whereas the starting price over the past couple of years have been £35 or £40.
FRANK: We’re trying to bring people back to boxing and there’s not a British title fight on the show, so we haven’t got the same sanction fees.
We as promoters, well my company we do sit down, myself, James Russell, Mark Harnell and my daughter Emma, who is now on board, and we look at the situation and then cost a show, we say we need x amount to break even and this is what we’ve got to aim for.
I don’t know if it’s true but I’ve heard that Amir Khan’s cheapest tickets are £75, as I said I don’t know if that’s true, I’m waiting to see the posters.
Our average ticket for David Price is £40 and that’s up North, so yes, it is unusual for standard tickets to be just £30 these days.
Saying that I do believe the right fight sells, now will Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler get the PPV numbers, which will be interesting as neither of them have crossover appeal, it’s just within Boxing they’re known.
Will they do as well as people think they will do, I’ll be watching that with great interest.
RIO: Getting back to this week’s show, I know you would prefer to remain neutral but I’m sure the fans would be interested in knowing who you think will emerge victorious on Friday.
FRANK: It’s a very interesting fight, I think that Matt Skelton can’t change the way he Boxes, so he will try and bully John to the canvas, he’s got it in his head that he’s already knocked John McDermott out.
John, who talks a great fight, the problem with John is he doesn’t have a lot of confidence in himself, you know if John gets it right John McDermott is one of the best Heavyweights out there.
He’s got a great jab, but he’s never believed in himself, he’s the unluckiest fighter in the history of British Boxing in the Heavyweight division.
RIO: So you’re not going to make a prediction then, OK, we’ll move on, you’re showcasing some upcoming young talent on the show, are there any standouts in your view?
FRANK: I’ve got to hold my hands up and say I don’t know much about them, because I’ve not promoted in London for about two or three years now, so it’s nice to come back to London and York Hall.
I’m really looking forward to it and working with Johnny (Eames) here at the TRAD TKO, who some of the young fighters are with.
I’ve left James Russell to put the whole card together, James is the sort of oil in my engine, he takes full credit for this show.
It’s the young upcoming fighters that need exposure, that’s what we’re selling to Loaded, it’s the upcoming fighters that they can highlight and develop. They’ve got the magazine, in fact I’m going to try and get them to come down and do an article on the TRAD TKO gym, because this is an old traditional gym and it’s a proving ground for young fighters so yeah I am hoping to get Loaded to do an article on it.
We’ve got a years contract with Loaded, with a years option, we’ve sat down with their management team and we’ve discussed the way forward, I do believe there’s an opening there for young fighters to get the exposure they deserve, but if people do not tune into it they’ll pull the plug on it as well.
It’s down to all of us, promoters, trainers, boxers, media and to get it out there and the fans up and down the country to watch the shows.
RIO: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today and I wish you all the success with ‘Loaded and Dangerous In London’ and all your future promotions.
FRANK: My pleasure.
Loaded and Dangerous In London, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Friday 15th March 2013, is headlined by Matt Skelton versus John McDermott for the vacant English Heavyweight title and will be broadcast live and exclusive on Loaded TV (Sky platform channel 200)
Tickets, priced £30 and £70, for the Frank Maloney promoted ‘Loaded and Dangerous In London’ event at York Hall on Friday 15th March, are on sale now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Loaded And Dangerous In London: Pompey Prospect Joel McIntyre Ready For The Limelight.
Tony Oakey Protégé Steps Up With London Test Ahead Of Future Challenge For Championship Honours.
Back in May 2010 British, Commonwealth and WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey announced his retirement from the ring. Some three months or so later Tony could be seen back in his old home from home, The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym deep in the heart of London’s East End.
This time however Tony wasn’t the one bringing the gym to a standstill, with a trademark full on sparring war, but it was another Pompey lad – Joel McIntyre.
At the time nobody at the TRAD TKO knew who the kid with the crazy tattoos was, but after just one sparring session everyone in the gym knew he was going to be ‘one to watch’ though.
Under Tony and TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames’ tutelage the rough diamond, that was Joel McIntyre, was slowly but surely being polished into a genuine Championship prospect.
Johnny has had him regularly sparring with some of the best in the business, former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders being just two of the most recent ‘names’ to employ Joel as a sparring partner.
It wasn’t enough that the tough youngster could hold his own in sparring against such illustrious opponents though, they wanted Joel to learn his trade the traditional way, so throughout the past couple of years Tony and Johnny carefully nurtured Joel, guiding him through a series of low key fights, mainly at local shows in the Portsmouth and Southampton area, as they plotted a major launch of the talented youngster to a much wider boxing audience.
After six resounding victories Tony and Johnny felt it was now time to introduce Joel to ‘the big stage’ and what better than to have him compete on the undercard of a televised Heavyweight Title event, to prepare him for a shot at the Southern Area title in the near future.
So on Friday night, at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London, on the Loaded TV broadcast ‘Loaded and Dangerous in London’ event, which is headlined by the Matt Skelton versus John McDermott battle for the vacant English Heavyweight title, a star will surely be born when Joel finally makes his long awaited TV debut.
Even though the spotlight is about to shine brightly on him, young Joel seemed quite relaxed, about his upcoming big time boxing TV debut, when he spoke earlier.
“I’m really looking forward to March 15th, it’ll be my first televised fight.
As a kid I’d watch the boxing on TV, even after I started boxing I’d always watch any televised boxing, so who’d think I would be fighting on TV myself and after just six fights.
I can’t thank Johnny (manager Johnny Eames), Frank Maloney and Loaded TV enough for the opportunity to fight on this show.
Training’s been great, I’ve had the best preparation I could possibly ask for this fight. Billy Joe (British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders) asked for me to be one of his sparring partners to prepare for his title defense against Matthew Hall on the 21st March, which will also be at York Hall.
Have been getting in a lot of rounds with Billy Joe, which really is something of an experience. We know each other quite well now, we’ve sparred so many rounds, which is really good and keeps you on your toes. It’s just good to be in the same ring as him, to be fair.
I love training and sparring here at the TRAD TKO, but it’s hard for me to do so all the time so usually train with John Murray at VK Gym in Bognor, which has brilliant facilities.
As I said I have had the best preparation I could ask for, besides the sparring with Billy Joe, I’ve been getting some serious conditioning work and training. My fitness has gone right up, my weight’s good, yeah couldn’t be more pleased about it really.
It’s a Frank Maloney show, you know there’s the poster with some big names on it, Skelton, McDermott, and there’s my name as well.
It seems like a step up for me already so when Johnny says I’m ready to step up for a title, Southern Area, English, I feel I’m ready for it, I know I can trust my manager and trainer to know when they feel I’m ready to go for it, if they told me tomorrow I’m ready for a title then I know I am.”
Joel’s esteemed manager, and the UK’s newest promoter, Johnny Eames then added.
“So yeah touching on what Joel said, we are looking to move Joel into title contention, we were hoping that Danny Couzens was successful in his challenge for the Southern Area Light Heavyweight title on Saturday night, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
The reason is we’re close to securing the exclusive boxing event rights to a venue on the South Coast, it’s a big venue and we had hoped to have had Danny, who’s a good friend of the gym, having his first defense of the Southern Area title and Joel having his first shot at a title both on home turf so to speak. It would have been a huge local derby, Portsmouth versus Southampton is always a huge event no matter what sport.
That’s not to be, but new Southern Area Champ Leon Senior is from Swanley in Kent, I’m pretty sure he would bring a big crowd if we can make the fight in a couple of months time.
It will be Joel’s seventh fight on Friday, he’s improving so much all the time, when he’s in the gym regular. We’ve changed his training regime around, which has helped him a lot because he can spend a bit more time at home.
John Murray has definitely improved his fitness, without a shadow of a doubt and now Joel has the best of both worlds, as he comes up here for a bit of tuition and quality sparring.
We’re looking for Joel to take over the South Coast from Tony Oakey, who is his mentor and someone that bought Joel to the gym in the first place. Joel still has Tony’s backing, we speak regularly on the phone. He called last Saturday and said how much he’s looking forward to Joel getting his first title fight.
We want to take him the same route as Tony, Southern Area, British and Commonwealth titles and of course World Champion.
If Joel achieves half of that, then he’s done great, so yeah we’re looking forward to it.”
Joel McIntyre, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Matt Skelton versus John McDermott for the vacant English Heavyweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Friday 15th March 2013, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on Loaded TV (Sky platform channel 200)
Tickets, priced £30 and £70, for the Frank Maloney promoted ‘Loaded and Dangerous In London’ event at York Hall on Friday 15th March, are on sale now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or direct from Joel McIntyre at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Loaded And Dangerous In London – Teenage Prospect Tommy Martin Aims To Impress On March 15th
St. Neots, Cambridgeshire’s Tommy Martin, takes part in his third professional outing on March 15th, when he features on the undercard of the Matt Skelton versus John McDermott English Heavyweight title clash on the Frank Maloney promoted ‘Loaded and Dangerous in London’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on Loaded TV (Sky platform Channel 200)
Tommy, who is just eighteen years of age, has made quite an impact since turning pro in November last year.
In just his first fight the teenager showcased his immense punching power, by stopping his opponent, Lithuania’s Artur Saniuk, in the first minute of the third round.
Then just last month the former St Ives Boxing Academy captain showed his maturity, by boxing smart, against the highly experienced Jason Nesbitt from Birmingham, to secure a shutout 60-54 points victory, not too shabby at all considering Nesbitt’s experience and size, Nesbitt weighed-in some seven pounds heavier than Tommy.
With the prospect of fighting on his first televised event an ebullient Tommy said.
“I’ve been with Johnny (TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames) six months now and already have my third fight coming up on the 15th.
It’s on the Frank Maloney Loaded and Dangerous In London show at York Hall, this will be my first televised show and it’ll be on Loaded TV.
To be honest I had just finished my second fight and as soon I came to collect my money from Johnny he said straight away we’ve got another date.
I’d literally just come back up to London, I stay here five days a week and go back home to Cambridge at weekends, so I went straight back into camp for another six weeks to prepare for the 15th March.
I have really good backing, since my last fight I’ve done 250 tickets now, so hopefully after this fight, if they keep getting televised, things will only get bigger and better.
With a good headlining act it hopefully helps me sell a lot more tickets, no offense to Miranda Carter shows but without a big attraction headlining it makes it hard to sell tickets, as I don’t just sell myself, I sell the show.
It’s the same with my training, I live the life, it’s the whole thing, so I live in London during the week so can concentrate on honing my skills and improving my fitness. If you don’t live the life you soon get found out, that’s the truth.
I came to the TRAD TKO for my first couple of weeks sparring and found it really, really hard, but since I’ve been living the life as a professional, being in the gym five days a week it really begins to show itself in the ring, there’s no hiding place in there.
I’d like to thank all my fans for their support and say to all boxing fans, it’s going to be a fantastic show, not just my fight but the card is so strong it will be pugilistic heaven, so if you can’t make it to York Hall on the 15th March make sure you tune in to Loaded TV.”
Tommy Martin, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Matt Skelton versus John McDermott for the vacant English Heavyweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Friday 15th March 2013, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on Loaded TV (Sky platform channel 200)
Tickets, priced £30 and £70, for the Frank Maloney promoted ‘Loaded and Dangerous In London’ event at York Hall on Friday 15th March, are on sale now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or direct from Tommy Martin at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Former WBU Lightweight Champion of the World, now turned Boxing promoter, Graham Earl is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour, on BBC Radio London 94.9 between 8pm and 9pm this coming Thursday, 13th January 2011, to talk about his upcoming show ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ which takes place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.
During his illustrious career Graham won virtually every domestic title going, including the Southern Area, British, Commonwealth and of course the WBU World title. Whilst the later may have been Graham’s crowning glory it was his next fight, against Michael ‘The Great’ Katsides for the interim WBO belt, that Graham is most fondly remembered for.
Graham, always a crowd favourite due to his ever gutsy performances, showed he had the heart the size of a Lion’s after going to war with Katsides right from the opening bell. Graham was sent to canvas twice in the final 30 seconds of first round but on both occasions was back on his feet to resume the toe-to-toe punch fest.
Round two was more of the same, again Graham was sent to the canvas but as before Graham was back on his feet quickly. Some twenty seconds or so later Graham’s trainer Johnny Eames threw the towel into the ring as Graham, with his back against the ropes, absorbed massive salvo after massive salvo from Katsides.
Referee Mickey Vann picked the towel up and threw it back, just seconds later it was Katsides turn to take the count after Graham lets rip with a massive right hand which turned the Australian’s legs to jelly. Following the count Graham marched forward and pressured Katsides, who was clearly was in trouble, for the rest of the round.
Round three see Graham revert to boxing rather than locking horns with Katsides, following a series of lows blows from Katsides, which eventually cost the Aussie a point deduction, Graham easily secured the round by a clear 10-8 points margin.
Round four was just plain brutal, Katsides stepped up his attack but Graham once again showed his resolve by letting rip with massive rights and combinations of equal venom.
Graham again reverted to his boxing in the fifth round and put on a magnificent performance. In the final twenty seconds of the round Katsides backed Graham into a corner and started to let rip with bomb after bomb, Graham ducked and weaved before letting rip with massive right hands of his own.
Unfortunately for Graham, even after putting on such a solid performance in the fifth, his team felt he was taking far too many shots and retired him in the corner.
Graham may have lost the fight but he won the hearts and minds of boxing fans the world over with his gutsy never say die performance that night. The fight quite rightly was declared the ‘Fight of the Year’.
When Graham fought you were guaranteed value for your money and now he has turned his attention to promoting nothing has changed, his ‘Capital Punishment’ event which is headlined by the much anticipated Southern Area Super Middleweight title fight between Paul Morby and Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman and is supported by a top class undercard.
Speaking earlier today Graham Earl said, “It’s always an honour to be on Buncey’s show.
Steve is the voice of British Boxing and his shows are always entertaining. I’m really looking forward to being on his show this Thursday.”
Final word has to go to the show’s host Steve Bunce who said, “In addition to Graham I’ve got Willie Casey on the show, Jimmy Batten from the 70s and 80s and the last interview with Gary Mason.
It’s the original and still the best – it covers the lot: Million-pound fights, down and out boxers, new promoters, old promoters, cranks, unknown amateurs, fruitcakes, world champions, legends, lunatics and the best from boxing every single week. It has broadcast every single Thursday since Jan 7th 2010!”
Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour goes out on BBC Radio London every Thursday between 8-9pm on BBC London 94.9, online live on BBC iPlayer.
Tickets for the Graham Earl promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 22nd January 2011 are priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) and are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com – or for further information call 07960 850645
Sutton’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor intends to start 2011 of with a bang after a fairly disappointing end to 2010, following the cancellation of Bruce Baker’s ‘Christmas Punch’ event due to the extreme snow storms that battered Surrey in December.
Connor’s first outing of the year sees him up against Graham Earl’s protégé Terry Holmes at the former World Champion boxer turned promoter’s ‘Capital Punishment’ show, headlined by Paul Morby’s defense of his Southern Area Super Middleweight title against Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.
Following a brutal sparring session with Sam Standing at Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, ‘Cassius’ took a little time to talk about his upcoming showdown with Holmes. “I’m up against a guy called Terry Holmes, from Stevenage.
He’s a traveling kid so he’s bred into boxing. He’s going to be a tough come forward type and he’s supposed to be a bit of a good boxer who likes to mix it up a bit, but then again I can mix it up. I can fight just as good as him, if not better.
He’s 1 and 0, but he beat Johnny Greaves, who’s a bit of a journeyman. No disrespect to Johnny Greaves but we all know what journeymen are there for.
I’m not a journeyman I am on my way up and this is going to be my year so this is the start of something big and I’m taking him out.
I’ve been sparring Sam Standing, he’s another pro that’s just turned over. Been doing a little bit with Ricky Boylan, I’ve also been doing my sprints and that with him.
I’ve also been sparing with Southern Area champ Ben Murphy, he’s an experienced pro who can really bring me on. He knows all the tricks of the trade.
It’s the best sparring you can get so everything is going brilliant and I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone what I am about with this fight.
It’s gonna be a stoppage. I’m not messing about I’m just gonna knock him out. I’m going to start the year in style.”
Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor versus Terry Holmes will be on the undercard of Paul Morby vs. Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title showdown at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.
Graham Earl has put together a top class support card for the Morby vs Cadman title fight that includes the first London outing for Ultrachem TKO’s highly exciting Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker, who is set for a baptism of fire when he faces Battersea’s super tough ‘Fighting Fireman’ Nick Okoth, who was runner up at the exceptional Sky televised Prizefighter – Cruiserweights back in April last year.
Also on the card are British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Jay ‘The Isle Of Wight Assassin’ Morris, Hove’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight Navid Iran, unbeaten Middleweight Joe ‘The Belfast Banger’ Hillerby, Leicester’s Super Middleweight Jahmaine ‘ Smasher’ Smyle, Danny Connor’s Ultrachem TKO gym mate Daryl Setterfield and Miami, Florida exile, now living in Luton, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde all against yet to be named opponents.
Tickets, priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com – or for further information call 07960 850645.
Former WBU World Lightweight Champion Graham Earl returns to his old stomping ground, The York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 22nd January. However it will not be a return to the ring as Graham will be promoting London’s first championship boxing event of 2011 – ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’
Graham has a long history of championship glory at York Hall. In March 2001 he secured his first title by beating Brian Gentry to lift the BBBofC Southern Area Lightweight belt. Graham successfully defended the title three times, twice at York Hall.
In June 2004 the ‘Home of London Boxing’ was also the scene of his victory over Bobby Vanzie, for the second time, to lift the coveted British Lightweight title. Unusually Graham had to win the British title twice against Bobby Vanzie. In July 2003 Graham defeated Vanzie at the Goresbrook Centre in Dagenham in a very close fight, but was was stripped of the title when he was unable to defend due to an injury. The BBBofC then sanctioned him to fight for the vacated title, again against Vanzie!
Graham defended his British title twice at York Hall, firstly against Steve Murray in July 2004 and then against Kevin Bennett in June 2005, when he also gained the Commonwealth crown.
But without doubt the reason York Hall is etched deep in Graham’s heart is that it was the setting of his most glorious victory, when he beat Angel Hugo Ramirez to become the WBU Lightweight Champion of the World on the 28th October 2006.
Come January Graham will be hoping that his charge Paul Morby, who headlines the ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ show with his first defense the BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title against a seriously tough challenger in Essex’s Daniel ‘Mr Slick’ Cadman, will enjoy the same level of success at the famous London landmark as he did.
Portsmouth’s Morby came off a four loss streak to cause one of the upsets of the season by beating the highly experienced Matthew Barney and lift the Southern Area title in October.
Morby’s going to have his hands full though as ‘Mr Slick’ is tough and well capable of taking this fight to the wire. Back in June Cadman made the semifinals of Prizefighter – Super Middleweights only to lose by a close unanimous 28-29 points decision to eventual tournament winner Patrick Mendy.
To support the Morby-Cadman main event, Graham has put together an under card featuring top class boxers including British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Jay ‘The I.O.W. Assassin’ Morris, and no less than five young unbeaten fighters, Middleweight Joe Hillerby, Light Welterweight Terry Holmes, Light Heavyweight Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre, Light Heavyweight Navid ‘Nav’ Iran and rising Super Featherweight star ‘Saint’ George Jupp
Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011 are now on sale and priced £35 (Unreserved) or £50 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Steve Goodwin Sets Sights On ‘Major British Scalp’ For Yassine El Maachi
Following his superb victory over European number four ranked Jimmy Colas on Saturday, London based Moroccan Light Middleweight Yassine El Maachi has smashed his way into the World rankings and is now justifiably on the verge of international stardom.
Yassine’s performance against Colas was nothing short of electrifying. His was the performance of the year and the bout was without doubt the British ‘Fight of the Year’ by a country mile.
For ten rounds ‘The Showman’ systematically took apart one of Europe’s best Light Middleweights. To put this in context, domestically the only Light Middleweights that were ranked higher than Jimmy Colas are current British Champion Sam Webb and former European Champion Ryan Rhodes.
It’s a well known fact that most of the British Light Middleweights have actively avoided facing Yassine in the past, including Ryan Rhodes, Prince Arron, Anthony Small, Steve O’Meara etc. Even when Yassine’s Promoter Steve Goodwin offered a £50,000 bonus – if Yassine was knocked out – there were no takers.
Steve had no option but to turn to Europe for opponents, first Bertrand Aloa and then of course Jimmy Colas, but now Yassine is World ranked hopefully the domestic fighters will realise that they can no longer avoid him if they are to be taken seriously and take up the challenge.
Following the fight, Yassine and his promoter Steve Goodwin touched on this subject when they spoke briefly on what the future holds for the most exciting and entertaining Light Middleweight prospect.
“The guy was 28 wins and 6 losses, I see who he has fought and the guy is tough. I done my job today.” said Yassine on his opponent Jimmy Colas before swiftly moving on to talk about his future plans. “I see myself now as number four in Europe, I would be number four in Europe if I had a British passport.
I hope at last those boxers are going to start chasing me. It’s not like before, I was not ranked so no one wanted to fight me. I’m ranked with the WBC, I’m top twenty or top thirty, I’m not sure I will now check the internet for what’s my ranking now.
BoxRec I will definitely, definitely be under fourty and I’m just looking for who’s going to come next.”
As previously stated many of the British Light Middleweights have actively avoided facing him and to add insult to injury there have been some unsavoury comments coming from Ryan Rhodes and his camp who issued a press release last week saying of Yassine, “He is a complete joke.” and “If I fought him it would be like a Premier League team taking on a side from the Conference in a major cup final.”
Yassine, who didn’t respond to the Rhodes’ comments prior to Saturday’s fight, took the opportunity to address them now, “Ryan Rhodes said I’m not in his league, I’m below his league.
Fair enough but he’s fighting now, the guy’s 109 ranks below me. ONE HUNDRED AND NINE below me. That means he’s fighting a nobody. His rank on BoxRec is 162 and I’m ranked 51, before my fight. This one talks for itself, I don’t have to say much about it.”
Yassine’s promoter Steve Goodwin, who was close to bursting a blood vessel and could barely contain himself, had plenty to say on the matter though, “Yassine delivered tonight and I promise Yassine that I’ll deliver back and I hope that we can get these Light Middleweights to stop issuing ridiculous press statements rubbishing him.
Let me tell you something, if Yassine gets a British passport, Ryan Rhodes we’re coming to get you and Ryan Rhodes we’re going to take your title and you know it.
Ryan Rhodes takes on a 39 year old bum and Yassine El Maachi takes on the European number 4, how dare he spout such total nonsense. If Yassine gets him in the ring in 2011 he’ll destroy him.
Roll on 2011 as it will be a defining year for Yassine El Maachi.”
With so much bad blood between the El Maachi and Rhodes camps the prospect of the pair meeting in the near future would seem remote, unless that is Yassine is granted a British passport as then he would then be eligible for British, Commonwealth and European championship honours.
The more likely scenario, with Rhodes publicly stating his intention to challenge for a World title in the coming year and Yassine shooting up the WBC rankings, would be that the pair will one day meet and battle it out for World title honours. Now that is a seriously mouth watering prospect.
Watch this space…
Those lucky enough to score tickets for Steve Goodwin’s ‘Judgement Day’ event at York Hall on Saturday night were treated to a thrilling night of pugilistic artistry at a level rarely seen these days.
At the end of the five hour, 13 fight marathon, those present, and just those present, as it was an off-TV show, witnessed one of the greatest fights held on British soil this year. Without doubt if this was an on-TV show Yassine El Maachi – Jimmy Colas would be nominated for ‘Fight of the Year’ honours.
Yassine El Maachi put on a masterful display that see him totally outbox Jimmy Colas to retain his International Light Middleweight crown. To describe Yassine’s performance as exceptional would be an understatement, awe inspiring may be a better statement but still wouldn’t get across just how slick, classy and totally dominating his performance over the former EBU-EU, and current WBC Latino Light Middleweight champion was.
From the first bell El Maachi teased and frustrated Colas with his unorthodox attacks. Time after time El Maachi would trip the light fantastic before letting rip with a flurry of punches, leaving Colas lashing out at his shadow. Close to the end of the round the crowd erupted as Colas went crashing to the canvas, albeit from a push, El Maachi sauntered over and stood, hands raised above his head, over the prone Haitian and taunted him to the crowds delight.
Round two was more of the same El Maachi dancing around and picking off the hapless Colas at will. The third began with El Maachi pawing with his jab before delivering a series of wicked uppercuts that rocked Colas to the core. Towards the end of the round El Maachi stepped up the showboating as the crowd chanted Yassine, Yassine, Yassine.
Rounds four and five were very much more of the same; fluid movement followed by wickedly fast uppercuts and combinations before sashaying away before Colas could even respond. El Maachi was deducted a point by the referee, Jeff Hines, in the final quarter of round five for head butting. The crowd showed their disapproval of the referee‘s decision as it was just a clearly unintentional by-product of his unorthodox movement during a forceful attack.
Rounds six and seven the action continued in the same vein although at a slightly slower pace, which allowed Colas a modicum of close range success. El Maachi stepped the pace up again in round eight which culminated in a scintillatingly fast and vicious right-left combination that rocked Colas.
El Maachi shifted to high gear for the final rounds, in doing so he put on one helluva show and picking off Colas with exquisite uppercuts, right crosses and blisteringly fast combinations. A knockout finish looked to be on the cards but in the end Colas showed his durability by surviving the constant onslaught, and a rather amusing tangle that saw the pair tumble to the canvas in the final seconds of the round.
Referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout 98-92 to the reigning champ Yassine El Maachi.
The main support for El Maachi-Colas featured the resurgent former English Super Featherweight, and current International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett against Croatian Almin Kovacevic.
Barrett controlled the fight from the opening bell using his super slick jab. Round two saw Barrett mix it up a bit, letting rip with some crisp left hooks that clearly hurt the advancing Kovacevic. More success followed in the third as Barrett again let rip with a vicious hook to the body. Kovacevic was clearly struggling and grabbed Barrett to prevent any chance of a follow-up. Each time Barrett came forward the Croatian would grab hold of Barrett to stifle any attack. Late in the round Kovacevic received a warning for the constant holding.
Kovacevic was again warned in the fourth for holding each time Barrett tried to work up close. The fifth round saw Kovacevic being deducted a point for his constant holding, moments later Barrett pinned him to the ropes with constant left-right barrage of shots, Kovacevic blatantly throwing an elbow into Barrett’s cheek, Barrett responding with a massive left that sent the Croatian crashing to the deck. After taking the eight count Kovacevic then received a second point deduction for the elbow from referee Jeff Hines. Barrett went in for the finish but again Kovacevic grabbed hold, Jeff Hines again separating them, but on the restart Kovacevic thwarted Barrett’s attack by grabbing hold, albeit for the last time as Jeff Hines called a halt to the proceedings by disqualifying Kovacevic for continued holding.
Another disqualification preceded the Barrett-Kovacevic bout. This time John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder was declared victor after Sabie Montieth was disqualified for illegal use of the head by referee Robert Williams after just 30 seconds of the first round!
The major shock of the night came when Canning Town’s hugely popular Super Featherweight debutant Richard Hines was stopped in the third round by Norfolk’s Scott Moises. I say shock as the skillful Hines had easily controlled the first two rounds, and was in charge in the third until Moises let rip with a cracking left-right that sent him crashing to the deck. Hines beat the count but it was clear that his fight was over as his legs wobbled badly as he stood. Referee Robert Williams instantly called the fight off and declared Moises winner by knockout.
Tyler Goodjohn gave a masterful display against the experienced Jason Nesbitt to earn a well deserved 40-36 points decision. Goodjohn controlled the first couple of rounds utilising his jab along with stinging body shots. Nesbitt came back in the early part of the third but Goodjohn had no intention of conceding any ground to the more experienced Brummy and took back control with some exceptional boxing to dominate to the rest of the bout.
Prior to Goodjohn-Nesbitt was a lightweight contest featuring the debut of Ultrachem TKO Gym’s ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan against Sid Razak of Birmingham. Boylan, a former London ABA finalist, controlled the fight from start with lightning quick combinations that pushed back the normally forward coming Razak.
It was hard to think that Boylan was debuting, as his performance was exceptionally slick and mature in it’s approach. Round after round Razak was having to cover up as Boylan peppered him with solid combinations to the head and body. In the final round ‘Pretty Ricky’ changed tactics and boxed on the back foot but still Razak was unable to get any semblance of control due to Boylan’s impressive movement and powerful combinations. Surprisingly the referee deemed the fight as a 59-56 points win for ‘Pretty’ Ricky and not the clear shut out it was.
Woodford Green’s Light Middleweight Michael Norgrove secured his fourth career victory over the experienced Matt Scriven from Nottingham. I have to say that whilst I do agree with the referee that Norgrove won, I can’t agree with the shutout 60-56 score.
The first couple of rounds were close but as Scriven not only worked harder but also landed the more meaningful shots he should have at least have had one of the accredited to him. Round three was where the turning point of the bout came. Norgrove actually started to fight rather than pose, but still most of his jabs were air-jabs rather than having any serious intent.
Scriven was forced to mount his attacks coming in low under the jabs, which eventually lead to him receiving a warning from the referee for leading with the head in the fourth. The final rounds see Norgrove well in control as he pressured his more experienced opponent before letting rip with a series of crisp combinations. Referee scored the bout 60-56
Stevenage’s Daniel Herdman made a welcome return to the ring, following a two year sabbatical after breaking his hand, against the seriously tough Ryan Clark.
What a cracking fight, neither gave or expected any quarter, both attacked in similar style often finishing off with vicious left-right combinations to the body or head. Herdman, being the much more busier in his attacks, took the first couple of rounds. Clark stepped it up in the third, which would prove to be a very close round, as both had equal success with their heavy handed attacks.
Herdman not only took control of the final round but also came close to securing a stoppage finish mid way through, after following in with a vicious double hand attack after forcing Clarke back onto the ropes. Herdman kept up the pressure until the final bell and was declared victor by a 39-37 points margin.
Welterweight Phil ‘The Phil Gill Experience’ Gill found himself with a much heavier opponent following Jason Carr stepping in to replace Swansea’s Craig Dyer at the last minute. Mind you that didn’t dampen the spirits of the feisty Mr Gill, he seemed to relish hunting down his larger opponent before letting rip with an array of combinations and heavy right hands. Gill had worn Carr down so much that by the final round all Carr could do was dip and sway against the ropes in an effort to avoid the barrage of punches the Terrier like Gill was throwing. Surprisingly the referee deemed the bout a 39-37 victory for Phil Gill and not a shut out as I see it.
Ultrachem TKO’s Eighteen year old Super Middleweight Brett O’Callaghan made his professional debut against the vastly experienced Billy Smith following Gary Cooper pulling out at the last minute.
The youngster showed maturity beyond his tender years by controlling his much older opponent with fast hands and solid jabs. As the fight moved into to the second half Smith tried to bully the younger O’Callaghan back onto the ropes without success as the savvy youth used smart footwork and his solid jabs to keep Smith at bay.
O’Callaghan baptism of fire ended with a nice 39-37 points victory justifiably in his favour.
The assembled crowd at York Hall were on their feet and in full voice the moment they see the stetson wearing John Wayne Hibbert appear and didn’t abate throughout their heroes six round encounter with William Warburton.
Hibbert ensured that by putting on one of his trademark attacking displays. About the only time the decibel levels dropped was after Hibbert received a cut above the left eye in third round. Hibbert seemed unfazed by the cut as he kept on pressuring Warburton to secure a tidy 59-55 points victory.
The second fight of the night was a rematch for Ultrachem TKO’s exceptional 19 year old Super Featherweight ‘Saint’ George Jupp and Latvian Pavels Senkovs. Back in September Jupp gave Senkovs a boxing master class to secure a clear points victory. Senkovs had revenge on his mind and went straight on the attack, Jupp again used his brain and stayed out of a slugging match responding with solid jabs and accurate left-rights to keep the Latvian at bay. Jupp used his perfect jabs to control and frustrate Senkovs who clearly wanted to avenge his previous loss. Alas Senkovs hopes ended half way through the final round when the referee Jeff Hines stopped the fight due to a rather nasty cut over his left eye.
The opening fight of Judgement Day was Light Middleweight contest between Bobby Gladman and Danny Donchev. Gladman showed some serious class to keep the lively Donchev under control, after a close first round Gladman found his range and totally dominated the middle two rounds. Donchev came on hard again in the final round and although enjoyed some success Gladman landed the more meaningful shots to secure a tidy 39-37 points victory.
Yassine El Maachi – Jimmy Colas Weights And Quotes.
The official weigh-in for the Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi – Jimmy ‘Pit Bull’ Colas International Masters Light Middleweight title clash was held at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, London tonight.
Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett and Almin Kovacevi also weighed-in ahead of their clash, as main support for El Maachi-Colas at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Judgement Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
YASSINE EL MAACHI – JIMMY COLAS.
Yassine El Maachi 11st 0lbs
Jimmy Colas 11st 0lbs
Whilst waiting for Jimmy Colas to arrive a smiling Yassine El Maachi gave his prediction on the fight result. “Well the guy is tough, he’s not really an easy opponent. He’s number four in Europe, so I will probably stop him in round three or four. If not then maybe the fight will go the distance.”
A late arriving Jimmy Colas, speaking through his interpreter, said “I never underestimate my opponents who all deserve respect. I am well prepared to stage a relentless 10-round war against El Maachi.”
RYAN BARRETT – ALMIN KOVACEVI
Ryan Barrett 10st 1lb
Almin Kovacevi 9st 13lbs
Following the weigh in Ryan Barrett said “I’m looking forward to fighting tomorrow. It’ll be my first time out since the Mark Alexander blast out. I’d expect to do more rounds this time than what I got from Mark.
I think this guys gonna come and give it 100% for four or five rounds, making it a bit awkward and I expect a nice comfortable points win at the end of it really.
Maybe Steve (Goodwin) could try and drag one of these other top guys into fighting at one of his shows for a major title afterwards.”
Ultrachem TKO’s Young Guns Set To Shine On Dec 4th
Johnny Eames has a long history of producing champion boxers at his Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym, located deep in the heart of the East End of London in Canning Town, but since the retirement of WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh, and English Light Heavyweight Champion Peter Haymer earlier this year has been without a championship standard bearer.
Not one to be downhearted Johnny has been hard at work signing and developing future title contenders. This coming Saturday four of his ‘Class of 2010’ are in action, two for the very first time, at Steve Goodwin’s ‘Judgement Day’ mega show, headlined by the Yassine El Maachi vs Jimmy Colas International Masters title fight, at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Even though blizzard like conditions engulfed the whole of London Johnny’s charges still made their way into the gym today (Tuesday) for their final preparations. After training Johnny took the time to talk about each of his new boys.
The first to receive the Headmaster’s report was Featherweight ‘Saint’ George Jupp from Belvedere, who has had two outings to date.
George’s first against fellow debutant Peter Barney in Portsmouth back in May, which he won convincingly by a tidy 40-37 points decision.
His next fight, at the York Hall in September, against Pavels Senkovs was even better. Right from the opening bell George plain outclassed Senkovs with slick long jabs and lightning fast hands.
Senkovs constantly tried to bully his way back into the fight but nineteen year old George showed a maturity that belied his tender age, by not being drawn into a dangerous toe-to-toe slugging match.
After four scintillating rounds George was rewarded with a shutout 40-36 points decision, as well as a much deserved standing ovation from the packed house.
“I’ve done a few interviews about Georgie Jupp.” stated Johnny “This kid I think is going to go places.
He’s dedicated and keen. Each time he comes into the gym he’s learning and after every fight he learns.
I would tip Georgie as one to watch for the future. He’s only nineteen years of age so he’s got a lot of learning to do yet, so we wont be boxing as regular as the others but we hold out for good things for George.”
Johnny then turned his attention to the baby of the TKO stable, 18 year old Brett O’Callaghan, who faces the tough young Welsh banger Gary Cooper. “Young Brett comes to us as just an eighteen year old and has had a limited amount of amateur fights, probably just thirty or fourty, winning half and losing half, but there’s something about this kid. He’s very dedicated and holds his own with some of the bigger boys in the gym who are obviously a little older and more experienced. For a young ‘un he seems to have learned a lot very, very quickly and I hold out a bright future for young Brett.”
Whilst not one who started his pro career under the watchful eyes of Johnny Eames Stevenage’s Daniel Herdman returns to the ring after a two year sabbatical following breaking his hand back in June ‘08. Johnny gave his candid view on Daniel’s return, “Daniel’s already had four fights with a very good trainer friend of mine, Tony Simms. He broke is hand in his last fight and subsequent to that has been out for the past two years. For whatever reason it may be he felt he needed a change of trainer so we spoke with Tony and let him know first and now he’s here with us at the TKO gym.
This’ll be his first fight with us, he’s been looking very, very good in sparring. It’s just a matter of if we can control him in the ring, because he’s a bit aggressive and a little bit wild. We need to curb that in him but I’m sure that when fight night comes on Saturday Daniel will be boxing Ryan Clark rather than what he feels he should be doing “
The final TKO new boy to receive his report card from Johnny is ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan, who is set for a baptism of fire as his opponent is the experienced Sid Razak.
“’Pretty’ Ricky’s a great kid.” said Headmaster Eames, “Very, very dedicated, obsessively dedicated I would say. Again he’s only a young ‘un, he’s 22 years of age. He reached the London ABA finals this year.
Unfortunately the fight he’s got is two minute rounds against Sid Razak, who he’s scheduled to be fighting, is two minute rounds which messed up our plans a little bit as we were training to three minute rounds.
Ricky really learns and he’s been coming along really, really well. Del’s (Derek Grainger) done some great work with him, as he has done with all the others on the show, and I’m just looking forward to fight night for them all.
I’m pretty sure it will be a successful night for the four TKO fighters on the show.”
‘Saint’ George Jupp versus TBA, Brett O’Callaghan vesus Gary Cooper, Daniel Herdman versus Ryan Clark and ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Sid Razak are part of a huge thirteen fight card supporting Yassine El Maachi versus Jimmy Colas for the International Masters Light Heavyweight title that headlines the Steve Goodwin promoted “JUDGEMENT DAY” event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 4th December 2010.
Tickets for Judgement Day at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th December 2010 are priced £35 ( (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).