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Gatenby Relishes Return to Venue ‘Where It All Began’ On Nov 30th.

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Boxing News

Andy Gatenby with manager Johnny Eames (L) and coach John Murray (R)

Andy Gatenby with manager Johnny Eames (L) and coach John Murray (R)

Gatenby Relishes Return to Venue ‘Where It All Began’ On Nov 30th.

Portsmouth’s Andy Gatenby is relishing returning to South Parade Pier in Southsea to box on November 30th, when he takes on a yet to be named opponent on the undercard of gym mate Joel McIntyre’s first tilt at Championship honours, on the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event.

The reason for Andy’s enthusiasm stems from his amateur days, as he enjoyed numerous successes at the Victorian landmark.

With six resounding victories under his belt at the famous South Coast venue, young Andy is hopeful that his upcoming return as a professional boxer will be equally successful, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to South Parade Pier, this will be the first time I’ve boxed there since I turned professional.

I’ve had about six fights there as an amateur, so it’s a good vibe for me as I’m going back to where it all began for me, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.

Training’s been going really well, but next week we’re stepping things up, I’ll be going up to London for a week’s camp, so I’ll be at the TRAD TKO all next week and get some good sparring in.

Since turning pro I’ve fought three times, the first one was alright, the second was better than the first and my last fight was better than both the first and second put together.

I’ve improved with every fight, so if all goes well I will do so again on the 30th.”

Southsea3011Andy Gatenby, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Bragging Rights’ event at South Parade Pier, Southsea on Saturday 30th November

Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Andy Gatenby – Tel: 07767 830195

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McIntyre Hits the Title Trail – Looks To Emulate Mentor Oakey’s Successes

by on Nov.08, 2013, under Buzz

JoelMcIntyre2569WEBREADYMcIntyre Hits the Title Trail – Looks To Emulate Mentor Oakey’s Successes

Portsmouth’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre gets his first taste of Championship action later this month, when he faces Tichfield’s Danny Couzens for the International Light Heavyweight International Masters title at the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event at South Parade Pier in Southsea, on Saturday 30th November.

Joel’s journey to potential Championship honours began with a chance meeting with local hero, WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, who first noticed the young scrapper aggressively attacking the heavy bag at a local gym and offered his advice.

After a year or so nurturing the youngster, Tony decided to introduce Joel to his manager and coach, the esteemed Johnny Eames, head honcho of the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.

Johnny happily welcomed the talented youngster to the team and, with Tony’s support, began guiding Joel through a series of low key fights, mainly at local shows in the Portsmouth and Southampton area.

After six resounding victories Johnny, and then recently engaged coach John Murray, felt the time was right to introduce Joel to ‘the big stage’ and negotiated an slot on the undercard of the John McDermott versus Matt Skelton title battle

Joel came through the test with flying colours, with an excellent points victory over Darren McKenna, in doing so convinced both his coach and manager that he was just a fight or two away from a minor title shot.

Two further top class wins, over Mitch Mitchell and Jody Meikle, that followed convinced Johnny and John that Joel was ready to step up to the plate and compete for his first title.

If those wins hadn’t convinced the pair that Joel was ready, then his regular full on sparring sessions with British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and star prospect Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni, clearly would have, as the Pompey lad really came into his own against two of the top talents in the sport today.

Following his latest sparring session with Frankie Buglioni, Joel took a little time to talk about his upcoming title fight.

“I’m so pleased to be fighting for my first title and it’s in front of a home crowd as well.

I’m really up for it, I’ve never been this up for a fight before.

It’s going to be a proper derby, he’s from Tichfield, so people are saying Southampton versus Portsmouth, so that’s even more reason to get in there and have it.

He says he’s had better opposition before, that doesn’t matter, he’s never fought me, that’s all I’ve got say.

To be fair to Danny, we get on quite well, we’re pretty respectful to each other, but I’ve said it before I’m not losing this fight, I’m seriously up for this fight.

This will be the first serious step up for me and I’m really excited by it.

Been sparring with Frankie Buglioni for the past few weeks, three days a week, it’s always good sparring, so good we should be charging for tickets on the door.

Frankie’s a very good fighter, you don’t get away with things twice with him, he learns from his mistakes, the same with me, if he catches me with a good shot, he wont do again, so we’re both learning from the sparring.

You have to be switched on when you spar Frank, I think he feels the same about me, it’s really good sparring.

I come up to the TRAD TKO Gym on Monday and stay to Wednesday, and other weeks come up on Wednesday and stay until Friday.

I have to say a big thank you to Tony Oakey, it was him that in me from day one, now I’m fighting for my first title.

He’s not that involved in things these days, as far as training goes, but we do still keep in touch.

Every story has a beginning, middle and an end, Tony was definitely my introduction, he bought me up to the TKO, when he was still fighting, I was training with him for his last fight and I went to his last fight, sat ringside.

He was World Champion and definitely put our town on the map, now I’m going to try and do the same.”

Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight 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 £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Joel McIntyre – Tel: 07557 516657

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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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Weights And Quotes From London – Drama As Bailey Fails To Make Weight.

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Buzz

BaileyNaylor2117Weights And Quotes From London – Drama As Bailey Fails To Make Weight.

There was drama earlier at the weigh in for tomorrows Southern Area Featherweight Title clash at York Hall in London, between defending Champion Ian Bailey and challenger Dan Naylor, after Bailey failed to make the Championship weight.

Ian Bailey – 9st 3 ¼ lbs

“Unfortunately it’s my fault, yeah I’ll have to look into that in the future.

I now have two options, move up a weight, or get in touch with someone that really knows how to make sure I can make the weight, It’s a science and it’s so important to have someone who knows their stuff.

It’s going to be a wicked fight, even though I can’t retain the title.

Hopefully we can agree to do a rematch later on and I’ll make sure I can make the weight then.”

Dan Naylor – 8st 12 ½ Lbs

“Yeah bang on, I made sure I did everything properly and am pleased I made the weight, even though I hadn’t fought at Featherweight for a few years, we always knew I could make that weight, so yeah I’m pleased with the result – on the scales.

I can win it, obviously he’s failed the weight but it’s still there for me to win.

I don’t think the weight is going to make any difference tomorrow, it’s going to be a real good battle, the fans are going to love it.”

Promoter Johnny Eames then spoke briefly about the fight.

“I’m a little bit disappointed Ian hasn’t made the weight, I could have tried to get him to lose the weight, but my decision was not to, so how it is the title fight carries on, but Ian can’t retain the title.

It’s down to Dan Naylor to win it, should Ian win then the title becomes vacant. It’s still a good ten rounder.

The rest of the undercard is all in place and I’m sure it’ll be a great night of boxing for the fans.

The first show was good, this one will be even better.

As I said I’m disappointed Ian didn’t make the weight, for whatever reason, but these things happen and I’m pleased that the BBBofC have allowed the fight to still go ahead.

Finally I want to put a big thanks out to new partners on the shows, Baz Rahman and his brother Shaz – Baz and Shaz, that sounds like a singing duo, but it’s not – they’ve been a great help and I’m sure with us putting on a great show again they’ll enjoy the night.

I know that it’s going to be a great night of boxing for those that come, those that didn’t well your going to miss a really great night.”

Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Paulius Kasiulevicius: I’ll Knock Ginters Out In One, Maybe Two, Round

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Buzz

KasiuleviciusKynkal1633WEBREADYPaulius Kasiulevicius: I’ll Knock Ginters Out In One, Maybe Two, Round

TRAD TKO Gym supremo Johnny Eames has always had an eye for serious talent, back in May he was saying that his latest heavyweight signing, two time Lithuanian Amateur Heavyweight Champion Paulius Kasiulevicius, will be World Champion.

On the first of June at York Hall Johnny let the big man of the lead, boy was Johnny right, Paulius was plain sensational, stopping Frantisek Kynkal in just two minutes and twenty five seconds of the first round, that’s after putting him down twice earlier in the first stanza.

What you first have to remember Kynkal isn’t a journeyman, he had a 2-1 record, with both wins coming by way of stoppage, so Johnny was taking a big risk putting his new discovery in with such a big puncher for his debut.

Paulius proved Johnny right, now just five weeks later the big man is back in action, on the TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ event at York Hall, London this coming Saturday, what’s more Paulius is in against yet another big hitter, Janis Ginters, who like Kynkal has two wins under his belt, both by stoppage finish.

Taking on such opponents right from the off doesn’t seem to faze Paulius one iota, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“I’m ready for Saturday, I’ve been sparring with big names, world class fighters, so I’m ready a hundred percent.

What can I tell you about my first fight, it was just one round, so I’ll try to do again on Saturday, I’ll do my best.

In that last fight I had a big, big boy, he was three stones heavier than me, so he was massive like, but anyway I stopped him in the first round.

I will knock anyone out who steps in with me in the ring.

To the fans, come and support me again, I want more to come and see me, I want the Lithuanian community in there, I want to get sponsors so want lots of fans to come and see me.

I need sponsors, it’s hard training with no money it’s hard living in England , you know what I mean, in time I think I will have sponsors, I’m an exciting fighter going places and already have lots of fans.

I did my best and will do my best on Saturday, that’s what I’m training for and get more people to support me. It makes me train harder in the gym for my support and people that come to see me, I want to do my best in the ring, you know.

We will see in my next fight, but it wont be a long fight, I think it will only be one or two rounds before I knock him out, people will like that.”

Paulius Kasiulevicius versus Janis Ginters features on the undercard of the Ian Bailey – Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Paul Upton Pro Debut: Gets Tough Test In Dee Mitchell This Saturday

by on Jul.25, 2013, under Boxing News

PaulUpton1941WEBREADYPaul Upton Pro Debut: Gets Tough Test In Dee Mitchell This Saturday

Outstanding Irish amateur star Paul Upton makes his professional debut, on the undercard of TRAD TKO gym mate Ian Bailey’s defense of his Southern Area Featherweight title against Dan Naylor, at the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ mega event, at York Hall n Bethnal Green, London, this coming Saturday night.

Paul, who along with his brother Anthony signed with the TRAD TKO squad back in February, had a stellar amateur career, amassed various national and international accolades, including twice being crowned Irish National Champion, as well as Ulster Senior Champion and a Four Nations Silver Medalist.

Young Paul was mightily unlucky not to represent Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, having lost out by just two points to eventual Gold Medalist Paddy Gallagher.

On Saturday Paul will be facing the highly experienced Dee Mitchell, who in his last couple of outings faced the likes of Southern Area Welterweight Champion Bradley Skeete and Southern Area Light Middleweight title challenger Kris Agyei-Dua.

Even so, young Paul appeared totally unfazed by the news, that he will be facing such an experienced battler as Dee Mitchell, when he spoke earlier.

“Looking forward to fighting on Saturday, as I haven’t boxed in over a year.

Since I’ve turned professional I’ve been itching to get my debut out of the way, got the license now so can’t wait to fight.

I’ve just been told I’ll be fighting Dee Mitchell, I don’t know much about him but that don’t matter, I just want to get out there and fight and he’s getting beat anyway.

I’ve already done all my tickets so will have a good following on the night.

On that I just want to say to the fans, thank you for the support and keep following me as I’m going to make it to the top.

Paul Upton versus Dee Mitchell features on the undercard of the Ian Bailey – Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Dan Naylor’s Ready For Second Title Shot Of The Year, Challenges Ian Bailey On Saturday.

by on Jul.24, 2013, under Boxing News

DanNaylor1934WEBREADYDan Naylor’s Ready For Second Title Shot Of The Year, Challenges Ian Bailey On Saturday.

Dan Naylor is hoping it’s a case of second time lucky, when he challenges Southern Area Featherweight Champion Ian Bailey for his coveted crown, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, this coming Saturday.

Back in March, Dan was unsuccessful in his challenge for the vacant Super Featherweight title, against Michael Devine. It was a cracking back and forth contest, which see both combatants visit the canvas, Devine in the first and young Dan in the tenth and final round.

Speaking earlier the twenty six year old from Gants Hill said of his opponent in the upcoming fight.

“Yeah, he’s got the title. I’ve watched the fight when he won it, I thought he was losing but he showed his fitness, strength and that. He showed a lot of desire and will to win the belt.

Obviously he’s going to want to keep it, I’m going to have to work double hard to take it from him.

Personally I thought I was robbed for the Southern Area last time at Super Feather, so I know you’ve not just got to beat these kids, you’ve really got to go for it.

Ian Bailey, well I’ve seen him a lot and he’s a come forward aggressive fighter, he wants to keep that belt, as much as anyone else who’d won it, it’ll be the same for me when I win it, so yeah I can see us both going at it and giving a really good show for everyone that comes to the show.

I know Bailey’s fought southpaws before and I’m sure he’s had southpaw sparring, so I’m pretty sure he wont be worried about me being a southpaw, although I use the southpaw stance really well, while other people in sparring and fights say how awkward I am, so hopefully I can use it to my advantage.

I know people will be coming from far and wide for the fight, so I want to say I’m really going to be putting on a show, I’m always dedicated, prepared and got a really good opponent and I think it will make for a cracking fight and the undercard is absolutely packed with talent and upcoming young boxers for the fans to watch prior to the main event.

It’s going to be a great fight, don’t miss it.”

Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Stern Test For Freddie Turner This Saturday – Now Faces Max Maxwell

by on Jul.24, 2013, under Buzz

FreddieTurner986WEBREADYStern Test For Freddie Turner This Saturday – Now Faces Max Maxwell

Freddie Turner is set to receive his sternest test to date, when he faces former British title challenger Max Maxwell, who replaces original opponent Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, this coming Saturday.

Max, who lost out on the British crown against Brian Rose back in March last year, has fought some of the very best British and English Champions of recent times, Prince Arron (twice), Sam Webb, Navid Mansouri as well as Freddie’s fellow TRAD TKO gym mate Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng.

Back in June, on Johnny Eames’ inaugural promotion at York Hall, Max put on a sensational performance, and was mightily unlucky not to get the decision, against former WBF World Champion Kreshnik.

On learning that Max was to replace Dee Mitchell, Freddie seemed more than a little pleased to be fighting someone of such pedigree.

“This is just the kind of fight I want, Max is a great all action fighter and will test me for sure.

As with Dee, I believe I’ve got the tools to overcome him, it’ll be a real hard fight and I’m really looking forward to it.

I like the way Johnny is directing my career, it’s fights like this that will get me ready for the title fights, that he says will be coming my way later this year.

This is going to be a really great fight for the fans, it will be non-stop from the opening bell, it’s going to be an all out war.

It’s going to be a great show, I mean look at the line-up, our Ian Bailey is defending his title against Dan Naylor and the card is littered with the most exciting young prospects from the TRAD TKO stable, Joel McIntyre, Tommy Martin, Michael Grant, Joe Stephens, Ediz Hussein, Paul Upton, Pauius Kasiulivevicius, not just that but also the return of Ryan Barrett.

What more could boxing fans want, genuine prospects in genuine 50-50 fights, I know if I wasn’t fighting on the show, York Hall is the place I’d be on Saturday night.”

Freddie Turner versus Max Maxwell features on the undercard of the Ian Bailey-Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash, at the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Joel McIntyre Plans To Emulate Sparring Partner Billy Joe Saunders success, With Emphatic Win Over James Tucker This Saturday

by on Jul.23, 2013, under Boxing News

BillyJoeSaundersJoelMcIntyre0336WEBREADYJoel McIntyre Plans To Emulate Sparring Partner Billy Joe Saunders success, With Emphatic Win Over James Tucker This Saturday

Unbeaten Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre is back in action, at York Hall in London, this coming Saturday, where he takes on Doncaster’s James ‘The Slugger’ Tucker on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ mega show.

Over the past year or so, Joel, the protégé of fellow Portsmouth star, former Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Coakey’ Oakey, has been making regular trips to the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, where he has been the regular sparring partner for British, Commonwealth and now WBO International Middleweight King Billy Joe Saunders for his major title fights.

It’s this experience that the Pompey lad believes has been key to his excellent form to date, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“Really looking forward to fighting at York Hall on the 27th July.

Yeah, we’ve got James Tucker, have to say it’s good to get to know who you’ve got nice and early for a change.

I’ve seen him fight before, when he fought Danny Couzens down my end.

In my opinion he won the fight, he was busy and done well, so yeah he’s definitely going to come and give a good account of himself.

It’s nice to come up to London to fight, most of my fights have been local to myself in Portsmouth. Saying that, my last two have been here in London.

It’s a bit of a way for my fans to travel, but you get more recognition when you fight in London, so I can’t complain too much and take them as they come.

It suits me better to fight in London at the moment, for the past few weeks I have been based here during the week.

Been up here at the TRAD TKO a lot recently, sparring Billy Joe getting him nice and sharp for his fight against Spike (Gary O’Sullivan) last Saturday.

Billy Joe did brilliant, he showed he’s a class above the rest in the Middleweight division, it was a really great win.

I intend to do the same against James Tucker on Saturday, I’ll fight my fight and get a great win.

It’s really good timing, with us fighting so close, mind you it seems to happen that way, last few times I was up here sparring Billy Joe, we were both fighting around the same time. It always works out quite good.

It’s was brilliant sparring for me and been getting nice and fit, I’m happy so that’s all that matters.

I have to say I really appreciate all the support I get from my fans, I know it’s not easy for them when they have to travel, but they always come and pack it out, they really get the York Hall rocking you know.

There’s other boys, friends of mine that’ll also be fighting, all good prospects, I mean it’s a seriously strong card, I can’t believe how good it is.

All the boys on the show have really good followings, but I know that the lads that come down for me will be supporting them as well, I mean we’re family, we’re the TRAD TKO family.”

Joel McIntyre versus James Tucker features on the undercard of the Ian Bailey – Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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Ian Bailey Quietly Confident At Retaining Title Against Dan Naylor On July 27th

by on Jul.11, 2013, under Boxing News

IanBailey1974WEBREADYIan Bailey Quietly Confident At Retaining Title Against Dan Naylor On July 27th

Back in September last year Slough’s Ian Bailey faced highly rated, unbeaten prospect Lewis Pettitt, for the vacant Southern Area Featherweight title. All the smart money was on Lewis being crowned Champion, however a few even smarter cookies, such as TRAD TKO supremo Johnny Eames, Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton, knew that if there was one person in this business you just don’t underestimate, it was young Ian.

Barry McGuigan protégé Carl and Ian participated in one of the best fights of 2010, when the pair went toe to toe for six totally committed rounds. OK, Carl won, but the King’s Hall, Belfast crowd showed their appreciation by giving Ian a highly vocal standing ovation for his gutsy performance – that’s how good that battle was.

Back to September last year, Ian once again put on another truly sensational performance, this time ripping the heart out of Lewis Pettitt, before stopping him in the ninth round.

For his first defense, at the Johnny Eames’ latest offering ‘Turf War’ at York hall in London on Saturday 27th July, Ian once again finds himself against another true battler, this time in the form of Gants Hill’s Dan Naylor.

Following another full on training session, at the TRAD TKO gym in Canning Town, Ian took a little time to talk about his championship winning performance as well as his upcoming title defense.

“It’s good to be fighting in London, of late I haven’t fought in London that much.

I won this title here, but most of the time the fights are up north, now and again there’s a Scotland, but usually it’s Liverpool or Manchester, so it will be really great to be fighting in London.

It’s great that I’ll be on the same show as all the guys that train here at the TRAD TKO, it’ll be a change that I know everyone in the changing room, they’re all friends, it’s like fighting for the same team really.

As I said, last time I fought in London, in fact last time I fought at York Hall, I beat Lewis Pettitt to win the title.

That was a good fight for the people watching it. I’d done a lot of sparring with Ben Murphy leading up to it, so the pace was really hard and fast.

I was super fit so I knew that the way things were going from round four, five, I knew that he was going to get worn out.

He was throwing less punches, he had less power in the punches, so I knew the end was coming.

I’d left it quite late, but then again I probably wasn’t in the best shape I could have been, due to my messing up the weight and all that business.

It was a good fight, yeah, a real good fight for me.

I think that the fight against Dan Naylor will be very similar. Fortunately I see Dan fighting the other weekend. I turned on BoxNation to watch Vassell and Gavin and he was on there fighting Joe Murray.

I had seen him fight on YouTube, but it was a little bit grainy, not that clever.

Yeah, he’s a southpaw, he’s not terribly awkward, he’s very tough and I know he’s going to be very fit.

He tends to mix things up, goes forward and then goes back, he’s a good body puncher.

This all makes for a really good fight, he’s not going to run away or anything.

I’m just going to do what I normally do, obviously this time I’ve had a lot of preparation, but I’m just going to go there be as tucked up as I can and put pressure on this guy.

It’s going to be a brilliant fight, I think I’ll grind him down and stop him sometime after the fifth.”

Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash, headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 27th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any boxer on the event. For further information call 07960 850645 or 07557 641597.

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