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Daily Sport Gets Up Close With Marianne Marston Ahead Of March 1st Title Fight.

by on Jan.09, 2014, under Buzz

MarianneMarston1294WEBREADYDaily Sport Gets Up Close With Marianne Marston Ahead Of March 1st Title Fight.

The Daily Sport’s boxing scribe Paul Zanon recently caught up with TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s star female boxer, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, ahead of her World Boxing Union (WBU) European title fight, against Bulgarian #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska, on the Dave Murphy, Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

The interview, which is published today in the Daily Sport – www.dailysport.co.uk – focuses mainly on Marianne’s time under the tutelage of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier in Philadelphia, but also provides a little insight into her background and career to date.

Following the interview Paul Zanon said of the fiery blonde with a knockout reputation.

“Marianne is an ambassador for Women’s boxing and an example that the discipline of the pugilistic art form should be available to all.

Her story is inspiring, but don’t let her charm get to you, she packs a serious punch.”

To read the full interview go to www.dailysport.co.uk/sport/dailysport-catches-fiery-east-end-boxer-marianne-marston/

Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ event, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 1st March 2014

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.mariannemarston.com or in person from Marianne at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com

For further information or to order tickets by phone please call – 07960 850645 or 07557 641597

Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

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‘Dappa’ Napa Backs Marston To Become WBU Europe Champion On Nov 30th

by on Nov.12, 2013, under Buzz

MarianneMarstonIanNapa2701WEBREADY‘Dappa’ Napa Backs Marston To Become WBU Europe Champion On Nov 30th

Former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa may have retired from competitive action back in 2011, but the Hackney based battler can still be found in the gym on most days.

Ian dominated the domestic Bantamweight division throughout 2007/08, winning the Lonsdale belt outright before moving onto the European scene, where he beat Carmelo Ballone to capture the European crown in October 2008.

Losing the European title on his first defense, against Malik Bouziane, Ian went straight back into British title action, once again securing the Lonsdale belt with a majority points win over Gary Davies.

In 2010 Ian defended the newly won British crown, as well as challenging for the vacant Commonwealth title, against Jamie McDonnell. After twelve sensational rounds once again Ian found himself without a title, due to a controversial split decision – Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 115-114 for Ian, Judge Ian John-Lewis scored it 114-115 for McDonnell and surprisingly judge Dave Parris scored the bout 116-112 also for McDonnell.

Five months later Ian found himself challenging Stuey Hall for the newly vacated title, however Ian struggled with the weight and was forced to retire in the eighth round.

Ian moved up to Super Bantamweight, but after losing his one and only bout in the division, against Martin Ward, Ian decided to call it a day.

Even though he had retired from the ring, Ian continues to train regularly and has always been willing to pass on his hard earned knowledge, to other upcoming young boxers.

A few months ago, whilst training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Ian agreed to help Marianne Marston, who had been struggling to get quality sparring for an upcoming bout, Ian heard of the problems encountered by Marianne and stepped up to the plate.

Marianne won her fight, with a sixty seven second first round stoppage of Katalena Lazar, after doing so praised Ian for his exceptional sparring and help in her preparation.

When it was announced that Marianne would be fighting for the WBU Europe title on November 30th, Ian once again stepped in to be Marianne’s main sparring partner, much to Marianne’s delight.

Following their most recent sparring session, at the TRAD TKO, Ian spoke briefly about the sparring sessions.

“Yeah, Marianne’s been sparring really well, I sparred her for the fight before and the little things I told her then, she’s worked on them.

Improvements have been made there, so it’s about getting the game plan set now, besides that I think she’s ready, she’s got good power, good movement and is flowing.

I don’t know the girl Marianne is fighting, but she’s going to have her hands full.

Marianne’s got even better since last time I sparred her, she’s much more unpredictable.

From my experience, having fought at that level, it’s about applying yourself on the day, you know you can do it all in training, but it’s how you fight on the day, as long as Marianne is like she is in the gym, I don’t see any reason for her not to win the title.”

WarZonePosterMarianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com alternatively in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or Ringtone Gym in Euston.

For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Manny Muhammad Swaps Basketball For Boxing Gloves – Faces Tzvetozar Iliev on Nov 30th

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Buzz

Manny Muhammad with coach Barry Smith at the TRAD KO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Manny Muhammad with coach Barry Smith at the TRAD KO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Manny Muhammad Swaps Basketball For Boxing Gloves – Faces Tzvetozar Iliev on Nov 30th

Former professional Basketball player Manny Muhammad is set to switch allegiances to pro boxing later this month, when he faces Tzvetozar Iliev on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE extravaganza at York Hall in London on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Manny, who played college Basketball for Albany State University in Georgia, USA, before joining the pro ranks with San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, has always been a pugilist at heart, having boxed as an amateur before receiving a Basketball scholarship with Albany State.

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of TRAD TKO’s Barry Smith, Manny spoke of his long awaited return to the ring.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting on November 30th, I’m a hundred percent ready right now.

It’s been a while since I competitively boxed, my Boxing career took a bit of a back seat, because I was offered $160,000 dollars a year to play college Basketball, I had to take that.

Knee injuries sort of cut my Basketball career short, so it was back to Boxing and here I am.

I’ve been training hard here at the TRAD TKO, Barry’s (coach Barry Smith) really been putting me through the paces.

I think we’ve got the best fighters in the country come to train at this gym, there’s always quality sparring, so I’m looking forward to having a solid training camp and being fit and ready, injury free, because I’ve had some injury problems in the past obviously, I’m looking to be injury free this time and really get the job done this time.

To be honest with you I have no long term goals, I want to keep training hard consistently, I’ve been told by the greatest trainers I have the ability to reach the top.

I’ve also been told I punch weight classes above my weight, I guess that’s why they feel comfortable throwing me in with heavier guys, I mean I sparred Tom Little, who’s at least fifty pounds heavier than me.

I just feel that if I’m ready I can fight anybody, so on the 30th you can expect a good solid performance, I’m not going to predict a knockout as I’d actually love to go the distance, just to my ring fitness back up and shake off any ring rust, but a convincing win for the 30th November would be great.”

WarZonePosterManny Muhammad versus Tzvetozar Iliev takes place on Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents – and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events

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Prince And Marston Set For WBU Title Double Header In London On Nov 30th

by on Nov.07, 2013, under Events

MarstonPrince3633WEBREADYPrince And Marston Set For WBU Title Double Header In London On Nov 30th

On Saturday, 30th November 2013, a WBU Europe Championship double header will top the bill, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE event, which takes place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London.

Main bout of the night will see former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the vacant WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown, whilst the co-headliner sees the inaugural WBU Europe Women’s Super Bantamweight title, being competed for by London’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston against Bulgarian #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska.

Prince, who has a formidable record of 20 wins (16 KOs) and just the single loss, against long time WBO World Champion Dariusz Michalczewski, will be making his first challenge for Championship honors, since returning to the ring earlier this year following a fourteen year sabbatical.

Whilst an opponent has yet been announced for Prince, promoter Dave Murphy has gone on record stating that he is looking for a top fifty ranked opponent for Prince, as he intends to move the North Londoner into World title contention as quickly as possible.

This seemingly brash statement should come as no surprise, as Prince has competed at the highest level previously and judging by his sensational fourth round stoppage win, over Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky on October 4th, anything less would not present a challenge for the former World title challenger.

Speaking earlier, at the famous TRAD TKO Gym in London – where he was to watch co-headliner Marianne Marston sparring former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa – an elated Prince could barely contain the excitement, of being back on the Championship trail.

“I’m really excited to be fighting for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title, really excited.

I suppose it’s a bit surprising for people, because I’ve had just the one fight, coming back after fourteen years out and I’m fighting for a title already, but I’m more than capable to do such things, because the level of fighter I am.

I’m very different from most fighters, a lot of fighters couldn’t come back and demonstrate the power and skills that I have.

I’ve taken a year to prepare to get to this point, I’m really looking forward to doing this.”

The Co-headline bout is the aforementioned Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska.

Marston, the protégé of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has only competed twice in the pro ranks, both times stopping her opponent in the first round.

Whilst Marston may have just fought just twice, her opponent, Galina Gumliiska, has a wealth of experience and has fought twice for the World title, as well as six further European, International and Inter-Continental Championship fights.

Whilst Gumliiska wasn’t available to talk about the upcoming fight, Marston was and she took a little time off after her previously mentioned sparring session, to talk about the upcoming fight.

“I’m really honored to be fighting for the WBU Europe title.

However, to me this fight isn’t about the title, it’s about me being a boxer, winning the title will be the cherry on top.

I am so pleased to be fighting Galina, she has been in with the best in the business and is one seriously tough cookie.

No disrespect to Gabriella (Roman) or Katalena (Lazar), they both stepped in at short notice for our fights, after injuries and pullouts by my original opponents, but I want to fight tough credible opponents.

I came into the sport late, even later than planned thanks to the prejudice and politics of the BBBofC, but I’m here now and intend to make up for lost time.

I’m really looking forward to the fight, I know it will be a tough fight, but I intend to be at the very top of my game, hopefully that means at the end of the night it will be me that gets the WBU Europe belt around my waist.”

WarZonePosterMark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title and Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, that co-headline the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available
on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com

For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

Please go online to www.wbueurope.eu or www.wbuboxing.org for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.

Follow WBU and WBU Europe on Twitter @WBUEurope – friend us at www.facebook.com/WBUEurope and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/wbu-europe

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WARZONE: Xtreme Combat Event – Pro Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai – Set For Nov 30th York Hall Debut

by on Oct.30, 2013, under Events

WarZonePosterWARZONE: Xtreme Combat Event – Pro Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai – Set For Nov 30th York Hall Debut

Back in April Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew made a major impact when they presented the first ever GBA sanctioned show in the UK, the all action THUNDER & LIGHTNING event at York Hall.

In October, Murphy and co went one better with their second offering, the sensational NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, which was co-headlined by the GBC World title showdown, between Jennifer Retzke and Big Brother star Angel McKenzie, and the return of WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince.

Now the ever innovative Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew are set to raise the bar to a whole new level, with their WARZONE Xtreme Combat event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Whilst Xtreme Combat shows are not new in mainland Europe – where mixed discipline events, featuring professional Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai Kickboxing bouts, are becoming increasingly popular – but this type of event has yet to make inroads into the UK, until now that is.

So what can fans of the pugilistic arts expect on the 30th November?

Scintillating action packed bouts, with plenty of drama in the mix, as WARZONE features some of the most explosive fighters around, many possessing concussive knockout records, but each and every one of them a true gladiator of the modern age.

Co-headlining the pro boxing element is former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, who will be campaigning for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown.

Prince, whose record stands at 20 wins (16 by way of knockout) and just the one loss – which came when he challenged long time Champ Dariusz Michalczewski for his WBO World Light Heavyweight crown – is without doubt THE most exciting all action Cruiserweight around, bar none!

In his last fight, against Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky, the entire crowd at the York Hall were on their feet as Prince entered the arena, for his eagerly awaited return to the fray, where they stayed for the duration of the bout, due to the scintillating performance he displayed on way to the fourth round stoppage victory.

The other boxing co-headliner sees the hugely popular Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston take a tilt at her first Championship accolade, against the highly experienced five time World title challenger and Bulgaria’s #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title.

Marston, the protégé of late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has made quite an impact since professionally debuting earlier this year.

It’s unusual for any boxer to be challenging for a European title after just two pro bouts, but when you take into account the sensational way she won those fights, maybe not so much a surprise after all.

On her debut in April, Marston stopped Hungarian #1 Gabriella Roman in one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, mightily impressive in it’s own right, but when you take into account that the Woolwich, London based southpaw sent Roman to the canvas twice in the first minute it becomes a case of plain sensational.

Her second bout, against Romania’s Katalena Lazar was over even quicker, lasting a mere sixty seven seconds – nuff said.

Supporting the two Championship bouts are a pair of equally sensational young boxers.

The first being former England amateur captain Antonio Counihan, who in October won his debut pro fight, over the highly entertaining ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, by a fourth round stoppage.

The second being London based American Manny Muhammad, a former professional Basketball player, who like Prince, Marston and Counihan, is an explosive, exciting all action entertainer.

With the boxing element more or less covered – other than to say that discussions are taking place, which if successful will lead to rising superstar Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver also taking part – so now it’s onto the ISKA K-1 and Muay Thai protagonists.

The K-1 headline Championship bout is yet to be announced, but word is it will be a domestic star challenging for a major title – so watch this space.

Heading up the K-1 support is Bexley’s ISKA Southern Area Heavyweight and Fight Scene Light Heavyweight Champion Mike ‘The Nightmare’ Neun, who has been described by Addicted MMA magazine’s Jack Mills as ‘The Next Big Thing’.

6’6” tall and weighing in at a solid 100kg, Neun is unbeaten in both K-1 and MMA competitions, under both ISKA and BAMMA banners.

A fearsome fighter, Neun pushes everything to the limit, as was proved when he fought Pete Brown, it was a pure bloodbath, after Neun opened up Brown with vicious kicks and elbows!

Also on the card is Sunday Brawl Champion Ed Kelly, who fights out of The Gym South London, in Mitcham.

Kelly had an exemplary amateur career before turning pro earlier this year. Since turning over Kelly has knotched up two sensational wins and was crowned Sunday Brawl Champion back in February.

Kelly’s gym mate Adrian Shalik will also be fighting on the WARZONE event, as will former amateur star Nicole Commerford, who makes her professional debut on the 30th November.

Further K-1 and Muay Thai fights will be announced in the coming days, as well as hopefully the news that Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver will be making his third visit to York Hall this year.

Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the fighters taking part or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.acourtier.com – www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com

For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
- and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events

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World Boxing Union Launch WBU Europe – Inaugural Titles Headline Nov 30th London Event

by on Oct.29, 2013, under Buzz

WBUEuropeLogoWorld Boxing Union Launch WBU Europe – Inaugural Titles Headline Nov 30th London Event

The President of the World Boxing Union, Don ‘Moose’ Lewis, today announced the creation of WBU Europe, with the express purpose of enhancing the presence of WBU World, Inter-Continental and International Championship Boxing throughout Europe, as well as the development of the WBU Europe Championship.

WBU Europe, which is headquartered in London, England, is a joint venture between WBU President Mr. Lewis and co-founding Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, as well as the former Marketing Director of the World Boxing Federation, Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro.

The new venture was originally due to launch in January 2014, however with so much interest being shown, during initial discussions with promoters, that the launch date has been brought forward.

The first brace of WBU Europe Championship bouts will take place on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WAR ZONE’ show at York Hall on Saturday 30th November, when former WBO/IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince campaigns for the vacant Cruiserweight crown and Marianne Marston challenges for the vacant Female Super Bantamweight title.

This announcement comes at a time when the World Boxing Union is once more in the ascendancy, with no less than six Championship bouts being campaigned for at four locations in November.

Besides the two European titles previously mentioned, on November 15th Chris “Kayo Kid” Fernandez takes on Hector Alatorre for the WBU Welterweight World Championship, at The Complex in Rockwell, Salt Lake City, Utah on November 15th.

Just two weeks later Irish Champion Lee Murtagh challenges Harry Jorgey for the WBU World Middleweight crown and Reading PA’s Travis Kauffman takes on Manuel Quezada for the WBU Inter-Continental Heavyweight title, on the Marshall Kauffman King’s Boxing promoted GET READING TO RUMBLE Event at the Santander Arena in Reading PA, on Saturday, 30th November.

On the same night Vinnie Carita is set to face Alonzo Toney, for both the WBU Americas Cruiserweight and IBU Americas Cruiserweight titles in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Further WBU Europe Championship bouts, as well as World and Inter-Continental Championship bouts, that will be campaigned for in both Europe and America this year, are expected to be announced in the coming week or so.

Taking a few minutes off from his increasingly busy schedule, WBU President Don Lewis spoke briefly on the exciting new venture.

“The WBU is both pleased and proud of our new joint venture of WBU Europe with my friend and partner Gianluca Di Caro.

While we have sought a working partner in Europe the last 2 years, no one met our criteria until Mr. Di Caro became available.

From our first discussion regarding the formation of WBU Europe, it has been a smooth journey to our launch on 30 November 2013.

We congratulate all the persons behind the scenes who made this new venture possible.“

Please go online to www.wbueurope.eu or www.wbuboxing.org for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.

Follow WBU and WBU Europe on Twitter @WBUEurope – friend us at www.facebook.com/WBUEurope and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/wbu-europe

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Gone In Sixty Seconds! – Marston Stops Lazar In One

by on Oct.08, 2013, under Buzz

MarstonLazar3046Gone In Sixty Seconds! – Marston Stops Lazar In One

On Friday night at York Hall in London, TRAD TKO Gym’s Marianne Marston made very short work of her fight with Katalina Lazar, stopping the Romanian late replacement in just sixty seven seconds of the first round.

In front of a highly partisan crowd, that included a large contingent of fans from her favourite football team, Arsenal, Marianne put on yet another sensational performance.

From the off Marianne and Katalina exchanged stiff jabs, then around the twenty second mark Marianne switched focus to the body, letting rip with a vicious hook to the body, with the wind knocked out of her Katalina had no option but to take to one knee.

MarstonLazar3047Katalina managed to make it to her feet just as referee Ken Curtis reached the nine count.

Right from the restart Marianne went back to throwing stiff jabs, forcing Katalina to adopt a high guard, which played right into the South Londoner’s hands, who first shoots out a solid right hand jab, quickly followed by a left cross to the body, which was enough to send Katalina back to the canvas, this time though she failed to make the count.

The first round knockout was officially timed at just sixty seven seconds, Marianne’s record now stands at two fights, two wins, both by first round stoppage.

MarianneMarston3055Earlier today Marianne spoke briefly of the fight, as well as hinting at a possible title shot later this year.

“I don’t really know what to say about it actually.

I’m pleased it was easy and disappointed it was easy at the same time, obviously I would have liked the opportunity to show off a little bit.

I’m sure there’s going to be some point, somewhere in my career, where I’m going to dream about having fights as easy as that, but right now I would rather have a little more of a challenge, so people can see what I can do.

Obviously if my original opponent, Masa Bacanov, hadn’t broke her hand I think it would have been a different fight, I would have still won, but it would have been a different fight.

Saying that, I can’t thank Katalina enough for taking the fight at such short notice, the details weren’t finalized until late on Thursday, I don’t think we even got hold of her manager until five or six o’clock and the details weren’t finalized until three minutes past midnight.

I don’t think either of us had a particularly good night that night, she had to travel three hundred kilometers from where she lived to get to the airport in the morning.

Yeah, I’m happy to get another win under my belt as there’s a possible title fight coming up later this year.

I have been told I am due to fight for the WBF Super Bantamweight International title, it was supposed to be on November 30th at York Hall, but with the big Frank Warren show at the Copper Box on the same day, this may now be changed to a later date.

Obviously if it does go ahead in November or December, I’m going to have to get my rounds in during sparring, although I had hoped to get to do more rounds in the fight

Karina Kopinska, the girl I’ll be fighting is number one in Poland. I’m assuming she’s going to be a little tougher, so I’m going to have to make sure I’m a lot tougher.

I can’t thank my coach Brian O’Shaughnessy and sparring partner Ian Napa enough, they really put me through my paces to prepare for the fight and I know they’ll have me even more prepared, as well a teach me some new tricks, for my next fight.

I’d like to say a big thank you to my sponsors BoxFit, Optimax, Winkball and TRAD TKO Gym, for their incredible support, sorry you didn’t get much ring exposure as it was another short one.

I’d also like to say a big, big thank you to all those wonderful people that turned out to support me, I was really so taken aback by the level of support I now have, there was even a group of Arsenal supporters that came along to support me, a fellow Gooner.

I really can’t thank every single one of you enough for the wonderful support you showed me on Friday night, it was so special, thank you.

Hopefully see you all again when I next fight.”

Follow Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

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Fight Report: York Hall, London October 4th – Retzke Crowned Champ, Impressive Victories For Prince, Weaver, Marston And Counihan

by on Oct.07, 2013, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: York Hall, London October 4th – Retzke Crowned Champ, Impressive Victories For Prince, Weaver, Marston And Counihan

Report and Photographs Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Over the years I’ve been to some of the biggest and most extravagant World Championship events both in America and Europe, I’ve also attended hundreds of small hall shows and can’t deny that I get a buzz from them all, even those with dubious over matching, but I’ve never been emotionally blown away like I was on Friday night.

Why, well for a start Mark Prince’s return was a major factor for my emotional state and I’m sure it was for many others in attendance.

Mark had returned to the fray to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Kiyan Prince foundation – www.kiyan.org – which is a charitable trust that Mark had created in memory of his murdered son Kiyan, a talented footballer.

Another factor was former Big Brother star, Angel McKenzie, finally getting to challenge for a World title here in the UK, after various attempts abroad.

Finally, seeing Women’s boxing get a foothold here in the UK again after so long, whilst I’m sure that there must have been some back in the nineties and early noughties, but for me this is the first time I have seen two female bouts on an event here and again am sure it is for a lot of boxing fans.

Whilst not at all responsible for my emotional state I have to big up the attending fans, who really made the night something special.

The atmosphere was electric, which was a hundred percent down to the various groups of fans, whose witty ditties and chants melodically enveloped the auditorium way before there was any competitive action.

Have to admit at times it felt more like a gathering of a thousand highly vociferous football fans crammed in to a small hall, which in a way I suppose it was.

There was a massive turn out of Queens Park Rangers fans, there for returning Champ Mark Prince, next biggest, but without doubt the most vocal, kicking off the football style chanting from the moment they walked through the door, were the Birmingham City fans there for debuting fellow Brummie, ex-England Amateur captain Antonio Counihan, finally there were the Arsenal contingent that turned out in force, as well as an even larger bevy of beauties, to support Marianne Marston.

OK, so now you all know that I’m just a big soppy wuss let’s get on with the fight report.

PrinceVelecky3270No surprise really the headline fight of the night was the return of former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, who faced Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky in a six round Cruiserweight contest.

The entire crowd at the York Hall were on their feet as Mark Prince began his ring walk, it’s strange, yes we were definitely at York Hall, but somehow it didn’t feel like it, it felt more like I was back in New York at Madison Square Gardens for a major World Championship bout, the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end, it was a strange but very exciting feeling that I remember so well, just this time instead of 10-20,000 highly excitable chanting fans there were just a thousand, but the reception Mark received was equally vociferous to anything I had encountered at any major event previously.

Sensibly Prince started the bout slowly and methodically, keeping Velecky at bay with some nice sharp jabs and the occasional right hand, to easily win the first round in my book.

Prince steps up the pace in the second, taking the fight to Velecky, some seriously beautiful and effective boxing from the former champ, Prince started to dig into his well stocked arsenal of punches, landing a couple of beautiful combinations on way to securing the second round.

Prince’s championship experience really began to show in the third, throughout he was calm and controlled as he picked off Velecky, with crisp jabs and solid rights and combinations to both body and head.

More of the same in the fourth, virtually every shot Prince threw landed, with very little coming back from Velecky, as the round progressed Prince started to load up the shots, then after a particularly cracking shot to Velecky’s jaw world class referee Mickey Vann decided enough is enough and stopped the fight before Velecky gets knocked out.

Mark Prince really did role back the years on Friday, his performance from the opening bell was superb, glad to have you back Mark.

WeaverDiMari3134Main support fight to Prince-Velecky see former Team GB star Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver make his welcome return to the York Hall, the scene of his debut victory back in April, to take on unbeaten Italian Michelino Di Mari.

What a fight, right from the off the pair went at it hammer and tongs, however saying that Weaver out-boxed and outclassed the seriously talented young Italian every single round.

It really isn’t worth me trying to write a round by round synopsis as I could never do either boxer justice describing just snippets of their sensational performance or the non-stop action, both Weaver and Di Mari were exceptional, just Weaver was more exceptional.

The fight itself was a true small hall classic. As could be expected when both fighters are unbeaten, both protagonists gave their all for every single second of every single round, whilst Di Mari may have lost his precious ‘0’ he can be proud of his performance, as well as be in the knowledge that it is without doubt a future World Champion that beat him.

RetzkeMcKenzie3110Talking about World Champions, or in this case a World Championship fight, normally a World title fight would be the final bout of the night, but as British challenger Angel McKenzie had a huge contingent of youngsters in attendance it was decided that the bout would take place at 9pm.

As I said one of the challengers for the vacant GBC World Light Welterweight title is South London’s Angel ‘The Entertainer’ McKenzie, the other being IBF Light Middleweight World Champion Germany’s Jennifer Retzke.

Both protagonists started slowly, feeling each other out gingerly. There were very few actual exchanges in the first round, Retzke throwing air shots at the constantly moving McKenzie, personally I scored the first stanza a draw.

McKenzie’s constant movement in the second was clearly frustrating Retzke, who again was throwing a lot of air punches at the phantom in front of her, McKenzie on the other hand landed a couple of countering overhand rights, which in my mind was enough for her to win the round.

More of the same in third, but this time McKenzie also lands a couple of jabs as well as overhand rights, Retzke continued to throw air shots at the elusive, ever mobile, South Londoner.

Late in the round McKenzie throws another overhand and lets out a slight yelp, I later learn that she dislocated her arm and had to be hospitalized after the bout.

Round four is more or less a repeat of the first with neither having much success, Retzke throwing air shots at the constantly weaving and ducking McKenzie, whilst the South Londoner occasionally counters, again I scored the round a draw.

Round five is McKenzie’s without a doubt, Retzke still hasn’t managed to find a way of landing any meaningful shots, whilst McKenzie manages to land a few good shots in the round.

In my book, McKenzie secures the sixth, as once again Retzke throws some beautiful shots but they either miss or land on McKenzie’s gloves, yet it seems when McKenzie actual does decide to throw a shot it always lands.

Retzke finally seems to have her sights aligned, actually lands a few shots, but to the same degree McKenzie has virtually neutralized Retzke and counters at ease when she decides to. I give this round to Retzke.

McKenzie steps up the pressure in the eighth and by late in the round actually rocks Retzke, who she had backed onto the ropes. Unfortunately McKenzie lets Retzke off, she had an opportunity to finish the German off but only threw a couple of shots. Definitely McKenzie’s round

Normal service resumes, Retzke throwing a lot of air shots at the ever ducking and weaving phantom that is Angel McKenzie, as before it is McKenzie that lands more shots, all countering overhands.

What a cracking final round, Retzke steps up the pace and really pulls out all the stops, as she tries to outbox the ever mobile South Londoner, McKenzie responds positively and lifts her own pace. There were probably more punches landed in the final stanza than all the rest of the rounds put together.

As so many of the rounds were very close it was all eyes on the judges, to see if McKenzie had done enough to finally secure her first World crown, however when the judges score cards were read out they were all in favour of Jennifer Retzke.

Whilst as you see by my report I had McKenzie ahead on points, I have to say that it wasn’t an easy fight to score, a clash of fight styles a factor but mainly due to the level of punches thrown – but not landed – by Retzke and a lot of McKenzie’s shots that landed, having slipped through the guard could easily have been missed by the judges, just I had an advantage over them, I had a very close up view through the lens of my camera.

MarstonLazar3047The first of the all female bouts featured local favourite, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, against a very late replacement in Romania’s Catalina Lazar.

It had been a stressful week in Marston’s camp, following the announcement the previous Friday, that original opponent Masa Bacanov had broken her hand in sparring.

On Sunday Melinda Zsiga was announced as the replacement opponent, then on Monday Zsiga pulled out, various attempts were made to secure a new opponent and then on Wednesday Marina Kohlgruber’s management were contacted but by Thursday morning terms still hadn’t been agreed.

With time running out Marianne’s management were left with a choice of a five time World Champion or the highly experienced Daniela David.

Naturally as it was only Marston’s second pro fight it was decided to go with David, however by 6pm there was no sign of a signed contract, David’s manager Christian Velea calling to say there was a problem and Daniela would not be able to make it after all, but then added he may have a replacement, the aforementioned Catalina Lazar, however it would be another six hours before terms were finalized and flights booked.

So back to fight night, Marston came out strong, as she did in her first fight, letting rip with solid right hand jabs, Lazar countering well initially, the pair kept up the exchanges for about twenty five seconds, when Marston dropped a peach of a hook to the body, which forced the Romanian to take to one knee.

Lazar bravely managed to make it to her feet before referee Ken Curtis finished the count.

Marston went straight back on the attack with good solid jabs, as Lazar covered up, then Marston shoots out a solid right jab followed by left cross to the stomach, which was enough to send Lazar to the deck once more, this time the gutsy Romanian couldn’t beat the count.

The first round knockout was timed at just sixty seven seconds, Marston’s record now stands at two fights, two wins, both by first round stoppage.

OzgulVosyka3031Prior to the first of Marston-Lazar, London based Turkish amateur teenage star Shiya Ozgul made his maiden pro outing, against Czech Republic’s Michal Vosyka.

Ozgul started well, taking the fight to Vosyka, easily controlling the first couple of the minutes of the round, but then the Czech found a way to neutralize the eighteen year olds unconventional style.

The second round was a much closer affair with Vosyka countering each attack, even on occasions taking the fight to the Turkish youngster, however Ozgul was getting some good success with his overhand rights.

More of the same in third, with Ozgul making most of the attacks but Vosyka countering or just plain moving out of the way, it was a very close round, so much so I couldn’t split them on my scoring.

The final round was a cracker. Ozgul slowed his pace in the fourth and began picking his shots a bit better, but still Vosyka was able to neutralize many of his attacks as well as land some very good shots of his own.

By mid way the pace raised once more and the pair went toe-to-toe more or less to the final bell.

After four all action rounds referee Mickey Vann rightfully scored the bout 39-37 in favour of eighteen year old Shiya Ozgul.

CounihanDeakin2997The second bout of the night see outstanding amateur star Antonio Counihan also making his pro debut, against ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin.

Even before Counihan had started his ring walk Deakin was making mischief, winding up the huge contingent of Brummie fans that had made their way south to support their man.

The decibel levels went through the roof when the former England captain began making his way to the ring, which just encouraged ‘Rockin’ Robin to up the ante in his attempts to antagonize Counihan’s fans.

What an awesome first round, Robin Deakin may be an reinvigorated Robin Deakin, but he was no match for the young Brummie, who systematically took him apart with double handed flurries more or less from the opening bell.

It was a lively round to put it mildly, referee Ken Curtis had his hands full, after Deakin resorted to grabbing and wrestling in his attempts to contain the lively youngster, so much so that the pair crashed to the canvas not once but twice in the opening stanza.

Round two was a lively as the first, although this time neither went to the deck, Counihan kept his cool whenever Deakin would resort to ‘professional tactics’, preferring to let his boxing do the talking, and boy did he do it in style.

More mischief from Deakin late in the round, which almost see the pair go through the ropes, a side note here this particular action led to Deakin receiving a minor leg injury, leaving him to limp to the corner when the bell chimed.

Deakin initially stepped it up in the third, but it didn’t last for long as Counihan plain out boxed him, pushing him back on to the ropes before firing off a barrage of double handed exocets, Deakin was forced to cover up, but Counihan is a savvy youngster and still managed to find his way through to land some big shots.

With three clear rounds in his belt Counihan strutted his way to centre ring, on the bell that signaled the final round of his debut, and just let rip, once again forcing Deakin back on to the ropes. With his man corralled Counihan once again began a double handed assault, Deakin manages to slip away momentarily but Counihan then backs him against the ropes again and starts letting rip again, Deakin is no longer trying to counter and suddenly drops his hands, leaving referee Ken Curtis to jump in a stop the fight on the forty one second mark.

Big hand to Deakin, proved he has the heart of a Lion, but kudos to Antonio Counihan, he is one seriously class act.

KlappertDag2953First bout of the night featured GBC World and IBO International Light Middleweight Champion Nick Klappert against former World title challenger Suleyman Dag.

Klappert started well, just about taking control of the early rounds, using solid jabs to keep the much shorter Dag at bay.

By mid second round Klappert started to mix it up a bit more, letting rip with classy combinations and double hand flurries.

The slick German really got the British fans behind him in the third, after turning on a magnificent display of controlled boxing, coming in behind a crisp jab before letting rip with scintillating combinations to body and head.

After such a good round for Klappert, Dag must have realized he needed to step things up in the fourth, which he definitely tried to do, however Klappert was in a flow and his superior reach made it hard for Dag to get in close.

Dag showed great perseverance and even had a degree of success, but at a price., a damaged hand. After the bell rang to end the round it was clear that Dag was in distress, leaving his corner no option but to retire him on the stool.

Once again promoter Dave Murphy put together a sensational night of top class International boxing, sanctioned by the German Boxing Association, the only downer on the night being that instead of the planned fourteen bout mega show, with no less than four title fights, it ended up being just seven fights with the single title fight.

None of this was the fault of the GBA, the promoter or the fighters, but was mainly down to politically motivated actions by various European Boxing Union member Countries, who refused permission for their fighters to compete on the event, as it was not British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned.

Now I’m not saying the BBBofC exerted pressure on fellow EBU members, but knowing the true facts of the vote – as well as the argument offered by the BBBofC, which are very different to the misleading statements issued by both them and the EBU – that led to Luxembourg being stripped of their EBU membership, it sure has that feel about it.

That aside, roll on the next event from Mr. Murphy, as these shows are truly a breath of fresh air, providing fans with exciting and genuinely matched bouts, something lacking on the domestic scene more and more these days.

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Stern Test For Heffron On Oct 4th, Faces Former Italian Champ Cocco At York Hall

by on Oct.01, 2013, under Boxing News

HeffronCoccoStern Test For Heffron On Oct 4th, Faces Former Italian Champ Cocco At York Hall

Oldham’s Mark Heffron is set for a tough test on the 4th October, when he faces recent Italian Super Middleweight Champion Roberto ‘The Hammer’ Cocco on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS mega event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

In his career to date, Mark has racked up a six victories, five of which were by early stoppage.

On his pro debut back in September 2010, at the Bekkerfield Festival in Heerlen, Holland, Mark knocked out Germany’s Torsten Roos in the second round, just thirteen days later, at the Urania Hall, Olszten, Poland he scored a points victory over homeboy Arek Malek.

Fifteen days later Mark was on his travels once more, this time to the Dr. Papp Laszio Sporthall in Szentes, Hungary, where he dispatched the home fighter Attila Molnar in the first round.

Just over a month later Mark was once again in action, this time he had a much shorter trip, to the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, where he knocked out Burnley’s Chris O’Brien in just one minute and ten seconds of the first round.

Five months later Mark headed to the City West Hotel in Dublin, where he stopped Spain’s David Pulido in the third.

It would be a whole year before Mark was next in action, once again he packed his bags and headed to Holland, where he dispatched Frenchman Fehti Bentafna inside the first round.

With only the one outing in 2012 and none so far in 2013, Mark is clearly fired up at getting some serious ring action on October 4th, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“I’m really pleased to be fighting at York Hall next week.

It’s been well over a year since I last fought, so October 4th can’t come quick enough for me.

Gary (manager Gary Hyde) has got me a good opponent, Roberto Cocco, he only lost his Italian title in June so I’m sure he wants to get back to winning ways, as much as I want to keep my unbeaten record.

Fights like these are what the fans want, it’s also what I want, I don’t want an easy ride, I’m a fighter and I want to fight the best.

He may have a lot more experience than me, he’s had twenty three fights to my six, but stoppage wise we’re five apiece.

I can’t wait, it’s going to be a cracking fight and the fans are going to love it.”

Mark Heffron versus Roberto Cocco features on the Dave Murphy, Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com – www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – or direct from Mark or any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Martin Gets Ochuko Test At York Hall on October 4th,

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Buzz

MartinOchukoPosterMartin Gets Ochuko Test At York Hall on October 4th,

Malta’s reigning WBU International Light Welterweight Champion, ‘Super’ Steve Martin is set to face Ideh Ochuko on the Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ mega show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Friday, the 4th October.

Martin, who is coming off five straight stoppage wins – including two Championship bouts, makes a welcome return to the UK, having secured a draw against Callum Wilton back in July last year.

Once again young Steve has been set a tough test, as his opponent on October 4th is Bermondsey, London’s Ideh Ochuko.

Ideh is a tough all action fighter, not too dissimilar in style to Steve, as such a true Battle Royale from the two big punchers is expected on the night.

In his career Ideh has gone the distance with current British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton, recent Southern Area title challenger Scott Moises, Commonwealth title challenger Eddie Doyle and Central Area Lightweight Champion Scott Cardle, amongst others.

In his last bout Ideh was unlucky in his challenge, against Belfast’s Matthew Wilton, for the International Masters title.

Following a light training session, with Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Steve said.

“Barry and me just watched one of his (Ideh Ochuko) fights on YouTube, he likes to fight, this will be a great fight for the fans.

I’m ready, fighting people like him is what I want, he’ll be coming to fight, that’s what I want, it’s what the fans want, I can’t wait.”

SteveMartinBarrySmith2907Coach Barry Smith then added.

“We’ve had a training camp here in the UK, obviously here at the famous TRAD TKO, we’ve been working on everything and have had some great sparring, with the likes of Michael Grant, young talented kids like Dion Reid, Liam Skinkwin and Tommy ‘Da Gunn’ Martin.

Everything’s gone pretty good, yeah I’m really happy as a coach, it’s gone really good.

I’ve seen a bit of him (Ideh Ochuko) honestly he brings it, he’s going to bring his A-game, we know that, but we’re prepared for him and Steve Martin will be victorious on the night, I believe.”

Steve Martin versus Ideh Ochuko will feature on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ mega event, headlined by Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie World title clash, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available by calling Steve’s coach Barry Smith on 07407 499714

Alternatively tickets can be bought on-line at www.acourtier.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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