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Formidable TRAD TKO Winning Streak Falters, As Mitchell And Edwards Lose

by on Sep.25, 2012, under Buzz

Formidable TRAD TKO Winning Streak Falters, As Mitchell And Edwards Lose

The formidable winning streak, of the fighters from the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, came to a shuddering halt this past weekend, after both Kevin Mitchell and Menay Edwards lost.

Just two weeks previously English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng successfully defended his crown, Ian Bailey and Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor secured Southern Area titles, as well as a brace of great wins by rising stars Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho, Tom Baker and Charlie Hoy.

Last week was almost as successful, with Billy Joe Saunders successfully defending his Commonwealth Middleweight crown, whilst gym mates Gary Corcoran, Billy Morgan, Frankie Buglioni, Ediz Hussein, Joel McIntyre and Tommy Watson kept their unbeaten records intact.

The only blot on the copy book coming by way of Peter McDonagh being on the wrong side of a points decision, even though he dominated most of the Southern Area Welterweight title bout, against ‘home fighter’ Bradley Skeete.

With 13-1 winning ratio, already in September, in the bag, the TRAD TKO crew were looking forward to another highly successful weekend, with Kevin Mitchell challenging Ricky Burns for his WBO World Lightweight title, as well as six of their young guns in action on Sunday.

In the build up to Mitchell-Burns everyone see it as a very, very close fight, with an the experts putting their weight equally behind Kevin and Ricky. However, come fight night things didn’t go according to plan.

After a fairly even first round Ricky began to exert his authority in earnest, by backing Kevin up at will and picking him off with big rights.

By round four Kevin’s challenge was already beginning to look decidedly rocky, then the unexpected happened, as Ricky landed a sweet short left hook to send Kevin to the canvas.

Kevin kept his head and stayed on one knee until the count of eight, before rising. When he did though, Ricky was over him like a rash, and inevitably sending the Dagenham Destroyer to the deck once more.

This time Kevin jumped up in an instant. With just ten seconds or so to until the end of the round Ricky didn’t waste a second, instantly firing a salvo of big shots to send Kevin back onto the ropes. The Scot’s onslaught continued, but as there was no reply from Kevin, it came as no surprise that, Referee Terry O’Connor stepped in to save him from more punishment, even though there was only six seconds left on the clock.

“Well the run of form at the TRAD TKO had to come to an end eventually, it’s just a shame that it had to happen with our stalwart, Kevin Mitchell.

What can I say about the fight, I thought it was an even first round and I just thought Ricky looked bigger and stronger.

I couldn’t really put my finger on what went wrong with Kevin, it seems he just kept loading up with the left hand and Ricky was finding the answer with the right hand.

It wasn’t the right hand that actually did the damage, it was a short clip left hook that seemed to take Kevin’s senses away.

They were both giving it the bravado thing, banging their chests. When that happened I thought we were in for a cracking fight.

Where does Kevin go from here, It’s entirely up to Kevin. He’s lost to a very good fighter, who rightly so people are talking about being the number one Lightweight in the world, so it’s not the end of the world as far as Kevin is concerned, now the ball’s in his court, hopefully he carries on, I’d like to see him carry on as he’s got plenty left in the tank.”

With Kevin’s loss it was down to the youngsters from the gym to get the superb winning streak back on track, at Miranda Carter’s ‘Sunday Best’ event at York Hall.

However things didn’t get off to a particularly smooth start, after young George Jupp was forced to pull out at the weigh in.

In the ring things looked a lot brighter, with Ben Doughty trained Frankie Monkhouse securing his second pro win with an excellent 39-37 points win over Danny Dontchev.

Frankie certainly impressed, boxing cleverly behind the jab, as well as sending the highly durable Dontchev to the canvas, in the first, with a cracking body shot.

Next up was former World #2 Amateur Areti Mastrodouka securing her third straight win as a pro, with a sensational first round stoppage of Gabriella Vicze.

Alec Wilkey’s newest charge, Eren Arif, received a baptism of fire on his pro debut, as his opponent was the awkward, yet highly entertaining, Johnny Greaves.

Eren kept his cool, as Greaves played to the crowd, and boxed beautifully to secure a tidy points win.

Already with two of his charges with solid wins under their belts, Alec Wilkey was in jubilant mood when young Brett O’Callaghan secured a third, with a shutout 40-36 points win over the highly experienced Duncan Cottier.

The final fight of the night featured Derek Grainger trained Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards in what was deemed to be a warm up for a shot at Tony Conquest’s WBO intercontinental Cruiserweight crown later this year.

With both Menay and his opponent, Neil Dawson, having very similar records, it was always known this was going to be a true 50/50 battle, but no one expected the all out war that ensued.

The pair of warriors seemed determined to stand their ground and slug it out. Menay got sent to the canvas in the first, Dawson hit the deck in the second. There could easily have been more trips to the canvas, as each got rocked on numerous occasions, but neither did.

At the end of the six hard fought rounds Rotherham’s Dawson just edged it, to take victory by a 58-56 margin.

With four out of five wins on the Sunday, Johnny was a little more positive in outlook as he spoke about the night’s action featuring the TRAD TKO fighters.

“On Sunday we started off with Frankie Monkhouse, Frankie put in a good result against Danny Dontchev, not the easiest person in the world to fight but Frankie stuck to his game plan and won the fight quite well.

We were a bit disappointed with the opponent that was brought over for Areti, but you can’t blame the agent as you can only go by the record and we thought it was the rights fight, but she was very, very poor.

Like I said to Areti it isn’t who you fight but how you beat them, and she beat her really well, stopped her very well with some great shots and the referee was right stopping the contest when he did.

Then we had young Erin Arif, who put in a good performance against Johnny Greaves, Greavsy was being his normal self, showboating and hitting him where he shouldn’t be hitting him, which is Ok as these are all the things you need to learn when your first out. He made a good fight of it, it was one of the best fights of the night to be honest with you.

We then go on to our Brett O’Callaghan against Duncan Cottier, Duncan played all his old tricks again.

Again another great learning fight for young Brett, he’s only just turned twenty years old so got a bright future in front of him and made it win number four at the weekend.

Then we’re on to Menay Edwards, who after a fantastic fight got a disappointing result. He decided to take himself to the ropes and go toe to toe with him.

I spoke to him last night and said to him that he’d gone back to the old Menay Edwards style that I didn’t like and this played into the other kid’s hands.

Value for money, what a fight, it was the best fight of the night, but you don’t want too many of them though.”

So there you have it, after three weekends of extreme action, the TRAD TKO team went from a magnificent 6-0 margin in week one, to an impressive 13-1 on week two and ending with a, still highly respectable, 17-3 winning ratio.

With the only event of this coming weekend, that was to feature the gym’s fighters, being canceled it will be October before the formidable TRAD TKO juggernaut gets rolling again.

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Busy Month Ahead For TRAD TKO – Twenty Three Fighters In Action In September

by on Sep.03, 2012, under Buzz

Johnny Eames and Mark Tibbs discuss the upcoming fights for the TRAD TKO team in September – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Busy Month Ahead For TRAD TKO – Twenty Three Fighters In Action In September

Normally the months of July and August is a fairly quiet time for the boxing fraternity, but not for the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, where it has been one of the busiest summer breaks for a long, long time.

Besides hosting the Russian Olympic Boxing squad, during their London 2012 campaign, the gym has been a hive of activity, as no less than twenty three of the boxers based there prepared for fights in September – including no less than three Southern Area title fights, an English title defense, a Commonwealth title defense and the big one, when based Kevin Mitchell challenges Ricky Burns for his WBO World Lightweight crown.

Somehow in the middle of this the TRAD TKO crew, headed up by Johnny Eames, still managed to put together, and compete in, the 3rd Annual Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust.

After yet another busy day in the office, TRAD TKO supremo Johnny Eames and star trainer Mark Tibbs took a little time out to talk about the upcoming schedule for their fighters, as well as those of TRAD TKO coaches Jimmy Tibbs, Bryan Lawrence, Alec Wilkey, Mo Hussein and Derek Grainger, at the famous fight factory.

Johnny kicked off the proceedings, “September is going to be a really busy time for all of us here at the TRAD TKO.

It all kicks off at York Hall on Friday the 7th September when young Ian Bailey gets his first title fight, against Lewis Pettitt.

It’s the first time in Ian’s career that he has had time to prepare, I’m not predicting a win because Lewis is a good fighter, but if I was a betting man I’d put money on Ian. Al (Lewis Pettitt’s trainer Alan Smith) offered me a bet, but I turned it down as I’d never bet on my fighters. Saying that I’m quietly confident that Ian will nick his first title and hopefully turn his career around out of the journeyman tag.

It’s quite a busy show for the TRAD TKO Gym and for Mark Tibbs in particular, Mark’s got young Charlie Hoy and Tom Baker fighting on the show also.”

As Johnny finished speaking he turned to Mark, who firmly grasped the baton and said,” Yeah it’ll be young Tom Baker’s third fight.

He’s coming on real nice, he’s getting plenty of rounds under his belt sparring with Pete McDonagh, Gary Corcoran, Billy Joe Saunders and various other TRAD TKO fighters that Johnny, Alec (Wilkey) and Barry (Smith) train.

On that bill I’ve also got Charlie Hoy, It’ll be his third pro fight also. He’s really planting down now and pushing through the shoulders so more explosive now.

I expect them both, and Ian to really impress on the 7th and all come away with tidy wins.”

Finishing with a wink Mark then turned to Johnny, who then continued.

“The very next day, Saturday the 8th, we’ve got Danny Connor, he’s the British Masters Champion and he’ll be fighting for the Southern Area title against Chris Evangelou on the Matchroom Sport London Calling show at Alexandra Palace.

Danny’s looking very good in training, he’s really turned his career around, he was a journeyman but he’s on a winning streak at the moment. His last one was a very good win and I just hope he keeps up the good performances.

Also from the TRAD TKO we’ve got Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng defending his English title, against Ryan Toms, not an easy fight on paper, but Erick seems to make not easy fights on paper look easy so I’m sure he’ll keep on in winning mode.

‘Yeah Buddy’ our Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho is also on the show, fighting another unbeaten prospect Andy Ingram. Wadi’s full of confidence so am sure he’ll come away with another good win.

the next week is even busier, first up on the 14th September we have Billy Joe Saunders topping the bill at York Hall, defending his Commonwealth title.

Again Billy has been looking awesome in training, Jimmy and Mark (Tibbs) are doing a great job with him, which ensure us keeping another great Champion in the gym.

On the same show from the TRAD TKO are young Frankie Buglioni, Gary Corcoran and Billy Morgan, these three are really starting to establish themselves as top talents. Also on the card Peter McDonagh will be fighting for an International title and finally Mo Hussein’s boy Ediz will be having his third outing.

They’ve all been working hard in the gym so I expect we’ll have a good few wins there.”

Mark Tibbs, who had sat smiling like a Cheshire Cat whilst Johnny spoke then added.

“Yeah we’re back at York Hall again on the 14th. Dad’s got Billy Joe Saunders, who’s been fantastic in training, he’s gone to another level.

He’s really focused and ready for more dangerous opponents that will come his way as he progresses towards the World scene.

On that bill I’ve got myself Frank Buglioni, big punching Frank Buglioni. He really knows how to fight but he’s learning to use his jab a bit more as he’s going into longer fights now. Frank’ll be up against a really durable Polish guy.

Young Billy Morgan now, you’ll be seeing a new Billy Morgan this season. I say a new Billy Morgan, I promise you even though he’s not the finished article, he has really developed over the summer.

He’s going to be nice and fiery and you’re gonna see a lot of power from him and a lot of seriously slick boxing.

I’ll also have Gary Corcoran in his fourth pro fight on this show. Yeah he’s coming on really well. I believe this will be his last four rounder as he’ll be moving up to six rounders.

He spars them all, Kevin Mitchell, Pete McDonagh and the others here at the TRAD TKO at that weight. he’s seriously tough and even moves around with Billy Joe, even though Billy is much heavier.

Gary had two great six round spars with Bradley Skeete, as Bradley was originally due to fight someone who was quite similar to Gary, but that fight got changed to Pete McDonagh so now Bradley has left the TRAD TKO to get sparring elsewhere.

As I just said Pete McDonagh will be fighting Bradley Skeete, Peter works with us, he’s been around a long time so he well knows the game.

All our fighters get a lot of help from Peter, he’s been helping us with some sparring with Kevin Mitchell so me and Dad have been prepping him with Tom Baker for the Bradley Skeete fight. I think it’ll be an entertaining fight, for the fans especially.

We all work together here at the TRAD TKO, after all there’s no such thing as a self made millionaire, yeah you’ve got a millionaire but he’s had a team around him doing their bit and it’s the same in the fight game.”

Johnny nodded in agreement with Mark’s comments before continuing.

“On Saturday 15th we’re back at York Hall as we’ve got Eddie Corcoran fighting for the Southern Area title, against Kris Agyei Dua on the massive Goodwin show.

Eddie’s a great fighter, he’s messed about on training for the past year or two but he’s back full time now and I’m sure that Eddie will nick his first title and then onto better things throughout the season.

On the same evening, I don’t know how I’m going to get to both of them but we’ve got Joel McIntyre and Tommy Watson boxing down in Portsmouth. These are two very good new comers and look forward to them impressing everyone.”

Johnny stopped momentarily and looked at Mark before continuing.

“The following week we’ve got the big one, when Kevin Mitchell goes to the SECC in Glasgow to challenge Ricky Burns for his World title. It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, a big fight between two very good friends of mine.

I’ve been friends with Kevin a lot longer than I have with Ricky so I’m going to have to lean towards Kevin. A hundred percent Kevin beats a hundred percent Ricky in my opinion, but it could go either way.

Ricky, please don’t drop me out as a friend as it’s all about opinions in Boxing and you might prove me wrong, if you do, you do but I lean slightly towards Kevin on that one.”

A beaming Mark took over at this point.

“Yeah the big one on the 22nd, Kevin Mitchell – Ricky Burns up in Glasgow.

You know what Kevin Mitchell is physically in tremendous shape but most importantly mentally he’s in the right place, he’s second to none.

I’ve really got to give my Dad credit, I can’t give my Dad credit what I mean is my Dad is doing everything he can for Kevin, I’m doing my bit, the team at the TRAD TKO are doing their bit, everyone is doing their bit, Johnny’s doing his bit sorting out some sparring with his boys as well.

It’s good, really good, everyone’s come together to get a World Champion in Kevin Mitchell. Yeah good stuff.”

This time it was Johnny’s turn to sit nodding and smiling as Mark spoke, before returning to the business in hand.

“Yeah it’s been a little while since we had a World Champion here, Kevin deserves it so we’re all behind him.

Ok, after the trip to Glasgow we’re back in London at York Hall the very next day for the Miranda Carter show, ‘Sunday Best’, which is going to be a very busy one for us.

We’ve got Menay Edwards, George Jupp, Brett O’Callaghan, Areti Mastrodouka, Scott Hartley and Erin Arif all fighting.

So we’ve got six boys, sorry five boys and one girl, fighting on Miranda’s show, I wonder if we should have gone in partnership with her for the show. Miranda if you want to throw a few quid our way you’re more than welcome.

The next week we’ve got Southern Area Champion Ben Murphy fighting a six rounder as he treads water waiting for a shot at the British title. It’s on a Micky Helliett show down in Brighton.

We don’t know his opponent yet, but Ben’s Ben, even if he was fighting tomorrow he’d be ready. He’s been sparring regular at the TRAD TKO gym, looking good as always. In fact I had to give him two weeks off, which killed him.

He’s back in the gym now and on September 29th he’ll be firing on all cylinders and hopefully we’ll get him the British title fight he deserves after that.

On the same night we have Caine Brodie will be having his second fight in Peterborough under the Rob Waterman banner.

We’ve just signed a promotional deal with Rob for Caine and Leon Williams, who knows we may even have Leon on that bill as well.

I want to give big thanks to Rob for giving Leon a chance to get his career back on track, the kid deserves it and Rob was quick to come on board to help.

So there you have it four fantastic weekends of action for the boys, and girl, from the TRAD TKO Gym in September.

We’ve already got tickets for sale for most of the events at the gym, as well as on-line at our Box Office – www.tkoboxoffice.com – the others not yet on-line will be in the coming few days, so get your wallet out and come and support the TRAD TKO boys, and girl.”

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Kevin Mitchell Launches ‘Limited Edition’ T-Shirt Ahead Of Burns Super Fight

by on Aug.28, 2012, under Buzz

Kevin Mitchell Launches ‘Limited Edition’ T-Shirt Ahead Of Burns Super Fight

WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion Kevin Mitchell today launched his own clothing and fightwear brand, with a limited edition T-Shirt created especially for his upcoming World Title showdown with Ricky Burns, which takes place at the SECC in Glasgow next month.

The T-Shirt, which features an image of a celebrating Kevin on the front, goes on sale today at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym shop, as well as the gym’s on-line shop at just £17.50

Following a training session earlier today Kevin spoke briefly about the new clothing line.

“Yeah, I’ve got a new T-Shirt, now my fights are getting bigger I think it’s time I had my own brand.

I’m working with the TRAD TKO on selling the T-Shirts, they’ll be selling them through the gym shop and on-line, so we’ll start getting them out there this week.

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and the timing’s right. I fight Ricky Burns for the World title next month and I’m sure my fans would like to be wearing one of the new shirts.”

Kevin then went on to say how fans could win one of his new T-Shirts, as well as a signed Burns versus Mitchell poster.

“It’s good to give away some freebies to help promote girl’s boxing, so I’ve signed a poster for my fight against Ricky and also giving away one of my new T-Shirts in a Facebook competition on the Women’s World Boxing Championships page – www.facebook.com/WomensWorldBoxingChampionships

I’m really getting behind girl’s boxing, I’ve become a big fan and am really looking forward to the World Boxing Federation Women’s World Championships next year.

I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of girl’s boxing until I watched the Olympics. Saying that I have always supported Marianne (Marston) and Areti (Mastrodouka) as they are gym mates at the TRAD TKO.

But I’ve not seen Marianne or Areti fight yet, so watching Katie Taylor, Nicole Adams and the rest of the girls at the Olympics is what opened my eyes and gave me the insight, they proved just how good fighters girls are and now I’m a big fan.

Hopefully one of the girls will get the signed poster and T-Shirt – Happy days.”

The Kevin Mitchell ‘Limited Edition’ T-Shirt are available now at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or on-line at www.tkoboxinggym.com

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Jamie Moore: Shrugs Of Injury Woes To Play In Charity Footy Tournament This Sunday

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Buzz

Jamie Moore: Shrugs Of Injury Woes To Play In Charity Footy Tournament This Sunday

Former British, Commonwealth and European Light Middleweight Champion Jamie Moore is the latest in a long line of stars – that includes WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly, former undisputed Super Middleweight Champion of the World Joe Calzaghe, soon to be WBO Lightweight World title challenger Kevin Mitchell, Commonwealth Middleweight Champ Billy Joe Saunders, former European Bantamweight Champ Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, former British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith to name but a very few – to sign up for this Sunday’s TRAD TKO 3rd Annual Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust.

Jamie virtually dominated the domestic Light Middle scene for most of the noughties, during which time the big punching southpaw competed in no less than fourteen championship bouts, winning eleven, ten of which were by way of stoppage.

Mightily impressive stats, but they still don’t tell the full story of ‘Magnificent Moore’. Jamie has been in some real barnstormers, such as the fantastic trilogy of fights with Liverpool’s Michael Jones, the ‘06 Fight of the Year Battle Royale with Matthew Macklin and his European Championship campaign, which see him utterly destroy Michele Piccirillo, in three to lift the crown, then Roman Dzhuman, in just two rounds on his first defense, before finally succumbing to Ryan Rhodes in late ‘09.

It’s Jamie’s competitive nature that has drawn him to make the journey south, from his home in Salford, to take part in the tournament, even though he is carrying an injury, as he explained earlier. “Yeah I’m coming down, but I’ve got a problem with my ankle, I’m going to see how it feels otherwise I’ll have to be a goalkeeper.

Johnny has done a great job organising the event each year and it shows the spirit of the boxing community as everyone comes and supports each other, you know.

There’s a lot of rivalry in Boxing, but it goes to show how they all come together for a really good cause and give everyone a really good day out.

It’s got to the point now where everyone certainly knows about it and I’m sure it will continue for years and years to come.”

Jamie then went on to talk about a couple of the teams that will be taking part on Sunday, “I’ve heard Nathan Cleverly is bringing his own team down this year, I’m sure he’ll have a load of ringers in it.

Smigga’ll (Paul Smith) be down again, he wasn’t happy his team didn’t make it to the final last year, so they’ll have been training hard I’m sure.

It’s what it’s all about we can raise a load of dough for the Indee Rose, meet the fans and have a great day out at the same time”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com – in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or on the gate on Sunday.

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will also be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Teams Announced For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament

by on Aug.06, 2012, under Buzz

Teams Announced For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament

The London 2012 Olympics is in full swing and Great Britain’s sports fans are well and truly enjoying the drama of the greatest show on earth unfold. For the fans of Boxing, and Football it has been quite a roller coaster ride watching the domestic squads in action.

There’s been some great victories, especially for the Team GB boxers, both male and female, as well as disappointment after the Team GB football team went out on penalties.

So with no Team GB football team to cheer on, or any footy at all for another few weeks yet, what better than to get down to Canvey Island this coming Sunday to support the boxers taking part in the 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, which takes place at the Concord Rangers FC’s stadium in Canvey Island on Sunday, 12th August.

Over the past couple of years the tournament has attracted stars from the Worlds of Boxing, Music, TV and Film, such as Ricky Hatton, David Haye, Barry McGuigan, Nathan Cleverly, Ricky Burns, Kevin Mitchell, Paul Smith, Rendall Munroe, Iron Maiden, Johnny Borrell, Mark Whingett etc as well as cast members from Shameless and Eastenders.

This year’s event is going to be no different with teams and stars from all over the United Kingdom taking part.

Heading up the star studded list is the Welsh Warriors, lead by WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly and featuring in it’s lineup the legendary unbeaten, undisputed Super Middleweight Champion of the World Joe Calzaghe.

Keeping in theme WBU Lightweight World Champion Willie Limond’s Team Scotland, unfortunately not featuring WBO Lightweight World Champ Ricky Burns though, as he will be preparing for his upcoming battle against Kevin Mitchell in September – shame as Kevin will be there cheering on the TRAD TKO All Stars as usual.

Former Amateur star turned pro boxing coach Alio Wilton’s ’Irish Setters’ make their third appearance in the tournament, as usual Alio’s squad will be chock a block with both Pro and Amateur Irish boxing stars.

Former British and WBA International Super Middleweight Champion Paul ‘Smigga’ Smith will be bringing down a seriously strong squad – that includes his brothers, former British and Commonwealth and current WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Champion Stephen, Liam, who is unbeaten in ten pro outings and last but not least Amateur star Callum, who just missed out on qualification for the London 2012 Olympics – in an attempt to become the first two time winner of the tournament, having won the inaugural event.

Paul and Stephen’s coach, Joe Gallagher, will again be bringing down his own squad of star boxers, including former British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla, former British and European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin, 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Callum Johnson, British and WBA Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Champion Scott Quigg etc from his base at Amir Khan’s Gym in Bolton.

Former British Light Middleweight Champion Sam Webb and rising Welterweight star Bradley Skeet will be amongst the squad of London trainer Al Smith’s Sarf London/ iBox Gym team, which also, if the rumours are to be believed, features a host of ringers from the world of professional football.

The scribes from Boxing News Magazine, will be hoping to do much better than they have the past couple of years, and again if the boxing grapevine is to be believed they have signed up some big name boxers and a couple of ringers, they may be the dark horse of the tournament.

Hertfordshire Boxer Danny Chamberlain is fielding a team for the first time this year, not too sure who is in his team as the canny lad is keeping his cards close to his chest, about the only thing he has given away is that there’s a few local stars in his squad.

Making their second appearance is Ben Day and Scott Borthwick’s Ringtone Gym team, don’t be surprised if this year Ben’s mate, Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell, makes his second appearance, having missed last year’s tournament due to recording commitments.

Last year’s winners – TRAD TKO Clapton Rangers, will again be fielding a team chock a block with former Tottenham and West Ham United players, although this year, due to Johnny Eames making a slight rule change, there will be some of the TKO boxers in the squad.

Indee Rose’s father Russell Dopson will again be fielding a team drawn from the Essex area, not too sure who Russell has in his squad but can be sure they will be highly competitive.

Last but not least TRAD TKO All Stars will be back in action. Runners-up for the past two years, you can be sure that Johnny Eames and co-manager/Captain Commonwealth Middleweight Champ Billy Joe Saunders have a few tricks up their sleeves as they attempt to finally bring the trophy home to the magnificent Canning Town Fight Factory. However as last year’s star player, Nathan Cleverly is bringing his own team this year Johnny and Billy Joe have been busy recruiting some other big names they hope will get them that elusive victory.

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com – in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or on the gate on Sunday.

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will also be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Cleverly Eyes Victory On August 12th, With Joe Calzaghe by His Side

by on Aug.01, 2012, under Buzz

Ringtone’s Ben Day covers Nathan Cleverly at last years event – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Cleverly Eyes Victory On August 12th, With Joe Calzaghe by His Side

At last year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, so many big names turned out to entertain the fans, amongst them a couple of chart toppers, a brace of Soap Opera stars but there can be no surprise that the biggest contingent was from the World of Boxing.

Boy oh boy, there were more stars than you could shake a stick at, including WBO Lightweight World Champion Ricky Burns and his upcoming title challenger WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion Kevin Mitchell, British, Commonwealth, European and WBA International Super Bantamweight Champion Rendall Munroe, British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla, Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith to name but a very few.

The boxers were in relaxed mood, well sort of as it seemed that they were as determined to win a game of football as they are when they box. Without doubt each and every one of them was a true star in their own right, however one star shone just that little bit brighter – WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly.

Just as Ricky Hatton the year before, Nathan was the perfect ambassador for the sport, he played in every game he could and his undoubted skill clearly contributed to the TRAD TKO All Stars Team making it all the way to the final, only to lose the penalty shoot out against TRAD TKO Clapton Rangers, and when he wasn’t on the pitch Nathan was busy signing autographs and posing for pictures with the fans.

Nathan, along with all those named above, plus many more, will be back again this year, but as he explains it will be with his own team, which includes another legendary World Champ. “We’re all looking forward to the day, I really enjoyed playing last year, as did all the fighters involved.

It was a great day, really enjoyed the game of football and it was a great cause. When I heard how much money we raised I knew it had been a real success.

I’m bringing my own team this year, the Welsh Warriors, I’m bringing everyone down this year, all my friends will be in the team, including Joe Calzaghe.

Last year I linked back up with Tony Oakey, he was my first real introduction to Championship boxing, he was my first twelve round fight. He was a real warrior so it was great to catch up.

This year Joe’ll be there, he’s a real legend of the sport, he was a big inspiration for me and of course he’s a good friend of mine as well.

With Joe and the other lads in the team I think we’ll be in with a good chance to win the tournament this year. Last year I was in the TRAD TKO All Stars team that made the final, but we lost on penalties. This year I think we could go all the way as we should be the bookies favourite.

We’re all looking forward to coming down to London and have another great day playing football, meeting the fans and raising much needed money for the Indee Rose Trust.”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Barry McGuigan Rallies The Troops For August 12th Boxers Football Tournament

by on Jul.31, 2012, under Buzz

Johnny Eames, George Jupp, Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton at the TRAD TKO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Barry McGuigan Rallies The Troops For August 12th Boxers Football Tournament

There are few men in the sport of boxing more respected than Barry McGuigan – Rightly so as the former British, European and WBA Featherweight World Champion is a true legend in his own life time.

During his relatively short eight year pro career Barry fought some thirty eight times, nine of which were title fights. Now a successful manager, promoter, boxing writer and pundit Barry’s life seems just a busy as it was back in the 1980’s, yet the man known in his fighting days as ‘The Clones Cyclone’ still found the time to talk about the upcoming 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, that takes place on Sunday the 12th August.

“First of all I think it’s a magnanimous and generous of Johnny (TRAD TKO Supremo Johnny Eames) to organise this event every year, especially in the light of he has been suffering from cancer himself for the past year or so, just goes to show his personal determination and generosity.

The Indee Rose tournament, as an event, is simply the biggest coming together of boxers that I know of, it’s a brilliant idea. It’s a great event, it’s very competitive yet it’s a great day out for everyone.

The great thing about boxing is you can come up to the guys, they’re very humble and always happy to give their time as well, they’re very special people.

Even those that have big fights coming up, they may not play but they still turn up to show their support and meet the fans, it’s lovely you know.

The generosity and humility in boxing always sets it apart from other sports, it’s a dangerous sport, a great sport and paradoxically Boxers are probably the most generous people in sport.

Last year the event raised over £20,000 for the Indee Rose Trust, which went to help bring some joy to the kids, who are suffering from brain and spinal tumours, with their wonderful care packages.

I know Johnny and all the boxers that take part will want to do even better this year.”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa Back In Action August 12th – Swaps Boxing Gloves For Football Boots

by on Jul.30, 2012, under Buzz

Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa and Johnny Eames at the TRAD TKO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa Back In Action August 12th – Swaps Boxing Gloves For Football Boots

One of the sport of Boxing’s true characters, former British and European Bantamweight Champion, Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa is the latest star to sign up for the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised 3rd Annual Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, which takes place at the Concord Rangers FC stadium in Canvey Island on Sunday 12th August.

During his magnificent thirteen year pro career Ian fought in no less than fifteen Championship bouts and virtually dominated the domestic and European scene between June 2007, after beating Jason Booth to become British Champ, and March 2009, when he lost the coveted European crown to Malik Bouziane.

That wasn’t the end of his Championship career though, as in October 2009 Ian successfully regained the British title, with a close victory over Gary Davies. He then went on to unsuccessfully defend his crown, and challenge for the vacant Commonwealth strap against Jamie McDonnell.

Ian had one final shot at Championship glory in June 2010, when he faced Stuey Hall for the British title vacated by Jamie McDonnell. Unfortunately Ian was forced to retire in the corner in the eighth, after suffering from heat exhaustion.

Ian had just one more fight, at Super Bantamweight against Martin Ward, before calling it a day. Today Ian is still involved in the sport, happily giving his time mentoring and coaching youngsters in East London.

Following his giving a pads session to English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Ian spoke briefly on his upcoming Indee Rose tournament debut, “Yeah, I’m taking part in the Indee Rose Football Tournament this year, it’s all for a really good cause.

It’s something that I really want to do, I get to play football, meet up with all the boxers again and spend time with the fans. Most importantly though we will raise a lot a money for kids who are suffering from brain and spinal tumours.

I’m not sure which team I’m in yet, or been allocated a position whatsoever, but it doesn’t matter as I’ll play anywhere, winger, forward, whatever. Although don’t expect me to get any headers.

It’s gonna be a great day for everyone, can’t wait.”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Boxing Stars Lace Up Boots For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Charity Football Tournament On August 12th

by on Jul.10, 2012, under Events

Boxing Stars Lace Up Boots For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Charity Football Tournament On August 12th

For the past couple of years around this time TRAD TKO Boxing Gym supremo Johnny Eames has taken a break, from the business of Boxing, to head up the team that organises the annual Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, to raise much needed funding for the Indee Rose Trust, which provides support and care packages for youngsters suffering from brain and spinal tumours.

This year is no different, as earlier today Johnny announced the date and location for this year’s extravaganza – Sunday, 12th August at the Concord Rangers Football Club on Canvey Island, Essex.

For those of you that have yet to attend one of these excellent tournaments, boy have you missed out on a great day out, as well as the chance to watch some of the sport’s biggest stars in action.

The list of those that have taken part in previous events, many of whom will again be at Canvey Island on the 12th August, is a veritable who’s who of British Boxing, Music and Television.

Boxing luminaries, such as David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Nathan Cleverly Matthew Macklin, Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns, Barry McGuigan, Paul and Stephen Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Willie Limond, Rendall Munroe, Anthony Crolla, Graham Earl, Tony Oakey, Wayne Elcock, Ross Minter, Martin Power etc. have previously taken part, of which many will again be in action on the 12th August and joined by celebrities such as Alex Reid, Johnny Borrell (Razorlight), Iron Maiden, Mark Wingett (Jim Carver – The Bill), Stephen Bell (Coronation Street), various of the Eastenders and Shameless cast etc.

These special events have proved a huge hit with the fans, with both the previous events raising in excess of £20,000 for this exceptionally worthwhile cause. A figure that Johnny, as well as the Boxers and Celebrities already signed up for this year’s event, will be determined to better.

On making the announcement Johnny, who last year himself underwent treatment for Cancer, said, “Yeah, this year sees the third annual TRAD TKO Charity football tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust. Which, for those that don’t know, has boxers and celebrities taking part and raising money for children with brain and spinal tumors.

It’s a great cause, we’ve had a great response from the boxing community, as well as from celebrities from music and TV, for the first two years and this years been no different.

In fact this year’s been crazy, even though we haven’t press released it yet because we’ve been busy with other things, yet the phone hasn’t stopped, everyone, celebrities and boxers, want to take part.

The past couple of years we’ve had a proper who’s who of boxing turn out, the likes of David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Nathan Cleverly, Ricky Burns, Rendall Munroe, Kevin Mitchell, Billy Joe Saunders, Paul Smith, just to name a few, but the list is endless and if I’ve not mentioned you, I don’t mean nothing by it, there are so many of you that come and turn out for it and we really appreciate that you do.

Last year’s was fantastic, we raised over twenty grand again, which far exceeded anything we expected as we put it together over a three week period due to my treatment. But that’s made me more determined to raise even more this year really.

This year we’ve got Joe Gallagher bring his team down again, which I’m sure will have more players than it did last year. Billy Nelson’s bringing a Scottish team down, Nathan Cleverly’s bringing his own team down from Wales, full of Welsh fighters and celebrities. It’s a real four nations as we’ve also got Alio bringing the Irish boys over again.

Paul Smith and the scousers, who won the first year, will be back. Paul who like me is a patron of the Indee Rose Trust and does great work up in Liverpool for the kids – he likes to keep it low profile but we’re watching and know what great work you’re doing, it’s fantastic what you do kid.

It’s just a great cause and if you haven’t been before, you really should get yourself along there on the 12th August, it’ll be at Concord Rangers Football Club on Canvey Island.

Keep a check on the TKO website, my facebook page and for press releases to learn more about who’ll be there as well as tickets and stuff.

Look forward to seeing you all there.”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organised Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: £10.00 and V.I.P. £20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Children’s tickets, priced £5.00, will be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Good Weekend for the ‘East Enders’ – Part 2 Jimmy Tibbs on Billy Joe Saunders Commonwealth Title victory

by on May.02, 2012, under Interviews

Jimmy Tibbs and Billy Joe Saunders at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Good Weekend for the ‘East Enders’ – Part 2 Jimmy Tibbs on Billy Joe Saunders Commonwealth Title victory

Photo and Interview by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

In part one we had TRAD TKO Boxing Gym head honcho Johnny Eames talking about both the successful Southern Area Lightweight title defense by his charge Ben Murphy and the Frank Warren promoted event at The Royal Albert Hall, headlined by Billy Joe Saunders, which took place on Saturday night and between them featured no less than five of the famous fight factory’s young stars.

Today it’s the turn of legendary coach Jimmy Tibbs, who will be talking about the fights of those boxers trained by him and his son Mark at the TRAD TKO, especially that of new Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders.

“Yeah, it was a very successful night and I’m very pleased at the way all the boys performed, it was very good, yeah.

Billy Joe, it wasn’t a long fight, thirty seconds someone told me, but he was prepared.

Championship fight goes to another level, Billy Joe was really up for it and went out there after the referee’s instruction.

None of them was going to give ground, then all of a sudden out of the blue Billy Joe, who’s a southpaw, whipped the left hook over the top of the right lead and this started the downfall for the other boy.”

Before turning his attention to the other fights an elated Jimmy proudly said, “We’ve got a few champions in the gym now, it all takes time and we’re all satisfied with what’s happening.

We’ve all trained hard, including the fighters, all the trainers have worked hard, including myself, we’ve all done our part.

There’s an old saying ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ and really this should be the motto here, because that’s the attitude of all the trainers and fighters at the TRAD TKO Gym.”

Getting back to his boys and their performances, Jimmy turned his attention to Freddie Turner, “ Freddie was on last, hanging around all night. I’ve had it before with fighters, you can’t help it.

He was a bit lack lustre, he could have been a little more sharper, don’t get me wrong he done more than enough to win. He got a little nick at the end of the fight , which upset him a little bit, but he won easily enough.”

Next topic of conversation was sensational Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni. Frankie stepped up to a six rounder, even though it was only his fourth pro outing. In his previous bouts Frankie had stopped Sabie Montieth and Paul Morby, both in the first round, and went the distance against super tough Ryan Clark.

“Frankie Buglioni, was another one round job. He just went out there and demolished the kid in just half a round. The kid went down three times and the referee, Richie Davis, a good referee, decided it’s only going one way so he did the right thing and stopped it.

Frankie’s a very, very good prospect, he’s got to be tested yet but I’m sure he’ll come through when it comes, he’s a very good prospect.”

Unfortunately it wasn’t a clean sweep on the night, as former Freddie Roach trained Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne lost, by a close points decision, to Terry Holmes, much to Jimmy’s surprise.

“The only disappointment of the night was young Dean Byrne. He was unlucky, it was a good eight round fight, nonstop, the crowd loved it, toe to toe.

I thought our man just nicked it, or they could have give a draw to keep everyone happy. But the referee see different, but what can you do.”

Jimmy then went on to talk about the upcoming Francis and George Warren promoted BoxAcademy show, which features three of his young charges, “Now we’re looking forward to Thursday at the Troxy, we have three boys Charlie (Hoy), Gary (Corcoran) and Tom (Baker).

The boys are all looking sharp, they’ll go out to win, they’ve done all the work in the gym now so they are ready.”

WRITER’S NOTE: since the interview was undertaken Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions ‘BoxAcademy’ event has been canceled.

“Jimmy then spoke of Ben Murphy’s successful Southern Area Lightweight Title defense, which took place at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross

It was a very good night for the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, besides our boys, Johnny (Eames) and Barry (Smith) were at Kings Cross with Ben (Murphy). They got a good result too, a first round stoppage I heard.

All in all we had a good night, besides Dean, we all had a satisfactory night.”

It may have been a slow start to the new year for the boys from the TRAD TKO but as we head into the Summer it now looks like it’s starting to get busy again. Even though the aforementioned BoxAcademy show has now unfortunately been canceled, various of their fighters are in action over the coming month.

On the 12th May Jimmy and British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes will head to Sheffield, where Colin will defend his title against former WBC Light Welterweight World Champion Junior Witter.

Just over a week later Johnny Eames, Barry Smith, Derek Grainger, Brian Lawrence and Alec Wilkey will be with their charges, former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, Menay Edwards, Eric Mokonzo, Areti Mastrodovka, Wadi Camacho and Danny Connor, who will all be in action at the Miranda Carter promoted ‘Rolling Thunder’ event at York Hall on Sunday May 20th.

Six days later, on Saturday 26th May, Brian Lawrence and English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng will head up the M1 to Nottingham, where young Erick will defend his title for the first time against AA Lowe on the undercard of Matchroom Sport promoted super fight headlined by Carl Froch versus Lucian Bute for the IBF Super Middleweight World Title.

One week later, on Saturday June 2nd, Johnny Eames and Barry Smith will make the much shorter journey to the ExCel, where their charges Mitchell Balker and George Jupp will be in action on Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions next mega event.

Tickets for both the Miranda Carter promoted ‘Rolling Thunder’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday May 20th and Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions June 2nd event at the ExCel will be available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com shortly. Tickets will also be available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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