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by on Oct.30, 2012, under Buzz


Frankie Gavin says he’ll retire British Welterweight Champion Junior Witter once and for all when they clash this Thursday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

The unbeaten Birmingham ace has only had 13 fights but he’s confident he’ll finish off the 38-year-old wily veteran to claim his Lonsdale belt, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Even though Witter, the former WBC World Light-Welterweight Champion, has never been stopped in 48 fights, Gavin reckons he could be the first.

“Witter’s had a good career, he’s won the world title, plus Commonwealth, European and British titles, but I believe that this will finally be the end of the road for him when I take that Lonsdale belt from him,”

“Full credit to him for turning back the clock to beat Colin Lynes and win the title, but I could have beaten Lynes. I’m going to give Witter the hardest night he’s ever had, I know that at his age and the amount of fight he’s had he hasn’t got the legs to be able to keep up with the pace and force I’m going to be setting and I’ll be looking to take him out from mid to late in the fight,”

“His trainer Dominic Ingle says that Witter has the body of 27-year-old, outside he may have, but inside he’ll be more like a 57-year-old. I’m too young and fresh for him and it’s now my time to step up to the mantle and start a new era,”

“Saying that, I’ve not taken Witter lightly. I’m prepared for the best Witter to turn up.”

Gavin is still Britain’s only ever world amateur champion and despite being hailed as one of the country’s best natural talents, he says there are still doubters but they will be silenced with the performance he intends to put on.

“This is my moment to step up and prove that I’m the real deal,” added Gavin.

“I’ve had a difficult year in my personal life, but that’s all sorted now and thanks to my trainer Tom Chaney I’m back to my best and I believe that I can fulfill my full potential and beyond with him,”

“I’m not looking at the past, I’m looking to the future and I’m really excited but what is ahead and what my promoter Frank Warren has got lined up, but I’ve got to beat Witter on Thursday night to make happen and I’ll do it in style.”

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by on Oct.29, 2012, under Buzz


Exciting light-heavyweight prospect Miles Shinkwin makes his second professional appearance this Thursday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Shinkwin beat James Tucker on points in his debut last month and now takes on Scunthorpe’s experienced Jody Meikle over four rounds. Boxing writer Glyn Evans talked to Shinkwin about his background and ambitions.

Frankie Gavin’s challenge for the British Welterweight title against champion Junior Witter headlines the action-packed card that also features unbeaten talents Ronnie Heffron, Craig Evans, Gary Corcoran and Charlie Hoy, plus John Dignum.

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Name: Miles Shinkwin

Weight: Light-heavyweight

Born: Watford

Age: 24

Family background: I’ve just got two older sisters. I live in Bushey but I’m moving out the family home in a fortnight.

The Shinkwins are a huge boxing family. One of my granddads plus my dad and five of my six uncles all boxed amateur. Three of em turned pro; Dad (Danny), Shaun and Ronnie.

Then there’s 18 boy cousins. Liam, Kieron, James, Callum and Connor all boxed amateur and Liam is a pro now.

Trade: I’m a heating engineer….a posh plumber! My boss is a family friend and always allows me to work a four day week in the month leading up to a fight.

Nickname: I haven’t decided on one yet.

What age did you become interested in boxing and why? I weren’t forced into it as such but mum worked nights and dad used to take me along to the boxing gym when he was training it. I got bored sitting and watching so one night just decided to join in. I was probably about eight or nine at the time.

I actually remember carrying the round cards for Dad’s pro fights at Watford Town Hall. I’d have been about six!

I played a lot of football as well as a kid but, when I was about 12, I injured my back which forced me to pull out of a fight. I needed to choose and enjoyed the boxing more so ditched the football.

What do you recall of your amateur career? I started at the Bushey ABC at the age of eight and stayed there, coached by my dad, until I turned pro this year.

Dad trained me from the beginning. All teenagers row with their parents but I now realise that he was the best! I just wish I’d matured a bit earlier. I always thought I was right and Dad was wrong. …..he weren’t!

I had 81 amateur contests and won about 65. I won the national schoolboys, junior ABAs and two NABC titles. The highlight was probably beating Travis Dickinson in the Junior ABA final. In the semis, he’d been the first fighter to beat George Groves so was a hot favourite to beat me but I had a strong last round. I also beat (2012 Olympic bronze medallist) Anthony Ogogo.

I boxed for England about 15 times between the ages of about 14 and 17 and won two Four Nations gold medals, one as a Junior, one as a Cadet.

I also won a junior multi-nations gold and the Best Boxer of the Tournament in Finland and a Junior Olympics bronze in Texas. Over there, I got beaten in the semis by Demetrius Andrade, the former world amateur champion who went to the Olympics. I also boxed at the President’s Cup in Azerbaijan and a round robin tournament in Ireland.

My two regrets are that I didn’t box senior for England or win a senior ABA title. For a couple of years I kind of got stuck between two weight divisions; a shade too big for one but not quite big enough for the next.

I entered the ABAs four times and twice got to the national semis but didn’t get that little bit of luck you need. One year Obed Mbwakongo pipped me and last year I dropped a split to Deion Jumah of Dale Youth. I thought I just won both.

Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? When I lost to Jumah, it was a 3-2 split and the deciding judge had me down by one point. I thought I can’t wait around for another year for that to happen again. Also, a big strength is that I’m very fit so the longer rounds of the pros should suit me more. I’m already sparring eight rounds straight off with (Southern Area cruiserweight king) Tony Conquest.

Tell us about your back up team: I’m managed by Mickey Helliet, promoted by Queensberry Promotions and trained by (ex British and WBU light-welter champion) Jason Rowland from the Noble Art stable at the Fight Farm gym in Basildon.

Lots of coaches can only train a fighter one way but there’s half a dozen at our gym and Jay’s strength is that he trains us all differently. He can adapt; go with what you’ve already got and put a bit extra on. That really suits me cos I didn’t want to alter my style too drastically when I turned over.

Also my golf club sponsor me to have a strength and conditioning coach/nutritionist on Saturday afternoons.

What’s your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? I’ll run three or four mornings a week before work. I mix it up; sometimes sprints and interval work, sometimes six to eight miles.

I’ll finish work at four and arrive at Jay’s gym around 5.15, Monday to Friday. It’s a 100 mile round trip. I’ll train for a couple of hours and don’t get home until 8.30.

Routinely, I’ll loosen up then do a bit of shadow boxing. Jay’s not a big believer in skipping. Then we’ll do a lot of bag work and groundwork. I’ll spar every other day if I’ve a fight lined up.

Jay’s got a lot of mad stuff; punching with weights, lugging this massive 12 stone tractor tyre about and climbing ropes. No two days are the same. It’s never boring.

Sparring is my favourite bit. I just enjoy punching people! You can’t have time off mentally like you can if you’re fitting the bag. I have very good spars with Tony Conquest. Worst bit, I hate running in winter. Anyone who tells you they enjoy going out when it’s cold and raining is a liar!

Describe your style? What are your best qualities? I’m a thinking counterpuncher with a high workrate and very quick hands for quite a big person. I’ve a good jab. Dad always taught me you can win a fight with the jab alone.

What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimise your potential as a fighter? I need to sit down on my punches more and really pick the shots; make ‘em count cos in the pros you have to hurt ‘em. In the amateurs you can land with a ‘flick’ or smash ‘em with a hammer but one still only score a point.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? For my debut, I noticed that you have a lot more time in the pros. The amateur fights are so quick, they’re over before they’ve started. In the pros, you can take your time and pick your shots. I’ve good variety so think that will suit me better.

Who is the best opponent that you’ve shared a ring with? Probably George Groves in the gym. I used to go over to Dale Youth ABC and do a lot of sparring with both him and James DeGale. James was bloody hard to hit and had exceptionally fast hands but George, who was my roommate for years on the England trips, always wanted to take you out with every shot.

All time favourite fighter: Sugar Ray Leonard. Brilliant to watch; was fast, could punch, had everything.

All time favourite fight: Sugar Ray Leonard against Marvin Hagler. I can never understand the argument from people who believe Hagler won that fight.

Which current match would you most like to see made? Mayweather-Pacquiao might be a bit stale now so I’ll go with Amir Khan against Kell Brook. I fancy Brook. He’s very accurate and Khan has no chin.

What is your routine on fight day? I’ll be up around eight o’clock for my omelette and me pint of milk. I’ll then just try to relax as much as I can. I may go around to visit my two nephews and niece.

Jay reckons I’m a bit too relaxed! I’m just very confident that I’m going to put on a good show. For my debut I was joking about as I was walking to the ring but, once the first bell goes, I can switch on and be as serious as any fighter.

Entrance music: ‘Shipping Off to Boston’ by The Dropkick Murphys. Good Irish tune!

What are your ambitions as a boxer? To get as far as I can go and I believe I’ve the ability and team behind me to make a world title. If you aim low, there’s no point doing it. Boxing’s too hard.

I definitely think I could be British light-heavyweight champion in about 18 months time.

How do you relax? Golf, golf, golf! I started five years ago and play off a six handicap. I play Saturday mornings but if I wasn’t in training, I’d play every night.

Football team: I’m quite a big Man United fan and go several times a season, home and away.

Read: I read quite a bit. At the minute I’m reading ‘Lawless’ after being impressed by the film of the same name. It’s a true story about prohibition. I’ve read the De Vinci Code many, many times.

Music: Elvis (Presley) was the best. Of today’s crop, I like Rod Stewart and James Morrison.

Films/TV: I like the comedies. Shrek One is my all time favourite. I hate horror films. No story line. On TV I like the sitcoms; Only Fools and Horses, Friends, Two and a Half Men.

Aspiration in life: To be the best I can be, to know I gave it a good old go.

Motto: He Who Dares, Wins!

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Dominic Ingle: ‘Physiological Tests Prove Junior Has The Body Of A 27 Year Old But The Wisdom Of A 38 Year Old.’

by on Oct.29, 2012, under Buzz

Dominic Ingle: ‘Physiological Tests Prove Junior Has The Body Of A 27 Year Old But The Wisdom Of A 38 Year Old.’

New meets old at the York Hall this Thursday evening, when rising former world amateur star Frankie Gavin challenges wise old warhorse Junior Witter for the British welterweight title.

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Here, in his own words, the champion’s long standing trainer-manager Dominic Ingle provides boxing writer Glynn Evans with a fascinating insight into Witter, the deep, introverted but talented switch hitter who he moulded and cajoled from a youth into a British, Commonwealth, European and world champion.

“I first became aware of Junior when he boxed Ryan Rhodes, who was the weight above, as an amateur. Even then, you could see he was a bit different to everybody else. He had similar attributes to those taught at our gym, naturally tricky, delivering shots off awkward angles, but he’d developed the style himself. A while after, he rolled up at our gym cos he’d seen all our top kids appearing on TV.

He’d come over from Bradford about three times a week but largely kept himself to himself. It were a couple of months before he said anything other than ‘Hello’ to me! He’s always been a bit of a loner and, after 16 years at this gym, I’ve never really dug under the layers and been able to get to really know him. He’s just a very quiet, unassuming guy. ! I thought he were promising and could cause people problems but never expected he’d develop into a world beater!

Like with all new blood at the gym, everyone wanted to beat him up but he developed survival techniques then gradually improved his footwork through the lines at our gym and learned how to punch on the pads. He was a good student, observing Johnny (Nelson) Ryan, Naz. While we gave him the basics, he’d experiment with his own stuff; these Michael Jackson moonwalks with a shot on the end! The only downside back then was he had a very poor diet, loved his chocolate bars.

He had a baptism of fire on his debut because he was stuck in over six-threes against Cam Raeside, the reigning Midland Area champion, but Junior held him to a draw. Early doors, he regularly featured as the opponent on other people’s shows, often against kids who’d beat him, or didn’t rate him, from the amateurs. Starting out, Junior couldn’t punch much but he could outbox’em.

The turning point came when he beat South Africa’s Jan Bergman over six rounds in just his tenth fight. Bergman had won about 34 of 35 and went on to fight for a world title but Junior completely bamboozled him for the first four, ran rings round him, then held on to get the verdict.

Though Junior hadn’t really won any major amateur titles, and hadn’t fought for even a British or Commonwealth title, we matched him against Zab Judah for the IBF world title on the Tyson bill at Hampden Park, Glasgow just three and a half years after he turned pro.

None of the other British light-welters around fancied it so Junior was the last option.

Before the Judah match was made, Junior wouldn’t say ‘boo to a goose’. Judah came over as this bad ass friend of Mike Tyson’s but, at the pre-fight press conference, we persuaded Junior to get into Judah’s face and say loads of brash stuff which got into Judah’s mind. Initially, Judah was expecting a walk in the park. All of a sudden he’s questioning himself, demanding tapes of Junior, otherwise the fights off?! From that, Junior learned valuable lessons about how easy and important it is to get a psychological edge.

While we didn’t really expect Junior to win – he’d fought a four rounder against Arv Mittoo in his fight before– we expected him to get through. Sure enough, he held his own for the first six rounds and came through unscathed. He got slagged off for being negative afterwards but that fight taught Junior that he had the ability to compete at world title level. It were a crucial stage of his development.

From that, Junior derived the confidence that he could compete at world level. He began to embrace a proper diet, we gave him more attention at the gym and sent him off sparring overseas, learning behind the scenes.

After Judah, Junior had 15 consecutive stoppage wins and picked up the vacant British, Commonwealth and European titles in just seven rounds combined. Unlike certain rivals, Junior always took chances. He was brought up by a traditional West Indian dad who’d give him a clip himself if he didn’t fight back in the street and he had three or four elder brothers who’d battle him every day. Consequently, he was frightened of nobody!

Around that time, Johnny Nelson started to play a big part. He’d stress that Junior had ten times the ability Johnny himself had but that he had to get in the gym two or three times every day if he was to really fulfil his potential.

Unlike some of the others Junior never let his hair down. He weren’t a big socialiser. He was never absent from the gym for longer than a fortnight – if he went away on holiday – and was always within 70% of his maximum fitness. Whether he’d a fight lined up or not, he’d train every single day. Junior, to his credit, did every thing that we told him even if, at the time, he didn’t think it was right. He learned every aspect of his craft.

Ricky Hatton had this Manchester style that the likes of Anthony Crolla and Scott Quigg have today where they press forward and grind you down. If you’re superfit – and Junior always were – it’s a relatively easy style for a mover to beat. Luis Collazo and Eamonn Magee gave Hatton fits and Floyd Mayweather beat him up. Junior would’ve tormented the hell out of Ricky, then caught him coming in. He’d not have seen the shots coming. We were very, very confident.

The night that Junior outscored DeMarcus Corley to win the vacant WBC light-welter title (September 2006) was a very special night for our gym. Corley was quite a good boxer himself, very tricky. It wasn’t a fantastic fight to watch – Junior’s elimination win against Lovemore N’Dou was far tougher, far better – but Junior was brilliant, completely bamboozled him.

We didn’t have a world champion in our gym at the time so I remember it really raised morale, motivated all the others coming through. From what he did as an amateur, compared to Naz or Ryan Rhodes, we always viewed Junior as an overachiever. There wasn’t the same level of expectation.

He’d always been overshadowed by Ricky Hatton who had a more attractive fan friendly style yet Junior won the WBC belt. It doesn’t get any better than that! Whatever you want to read into it, Junior was mandatory and Floyd Mayweather gave the belt up because he didn’t want to face Junior. Fact. Perhaps it just weren’t cost effective. Whatever.

Junior made two successful defences and looked particularly good knocking out Vivian Harris (round seven) but he never really got the recognition he deserved or made that ‘crossover’ (to be appreciated by the wider sporting public).

The night he lost his title to Timothy Bradley he were only 75% there, mentally. He trained hard as always but his Dad, who he was close to, had cancer. The week before the fight they cut his Dad open and Junior finally realised there was nothing more they could do for him, that he was on his way out. It pre-occupied his mind and, at the time, his WBC world title wasn’t the most important thing to him.

Tim Bradley was always likely to be a very tough night. He’s a game, willing roughhouse who makes very good use of his head!

Still, it was close up until round seven when Junior lacked a bit of concentration and got dropped by a big overhand right. He was a bit ‘gone’, tell the truth, and did well to fence Bradley off and survive the last six rounds. He still only lost on a split decision by a couple of points. If he were 100%, the outcome might have been different but that’s boxing. You can’t expect all the planets to be aligned 100% every time you fight.

Junior was always going to be up against it the night he tried to regain the title against Devon Alexander over in America. From the moment we landed, we were given the run around. We’d had all our medicals done but the Yanks insisted we got ‘em done again over in Los Angeles. Next thing, the California State Commission denied us neutral WBC judges, insisting on all Americans….like it or lump it!

Then, warming up in the changing rooms, Junior overreached with a shot and his right elbow locked. After that, he couldn’t punch with any power. Alexander were a strong, game kid – really up for it – and Junior had to hold a lot just to buy time. He were risking disqualification so reluctantly I decided to save him for another day and retired him on his stool (after round eight).

After that, I think Junior became a little disillusioned for a while. He had some personal problems, then had surgery on his knees and was in therapy which restricted his movement when he had a comeback fight over in Canada (lpts 10, Victor Lupo Puiu). Then he did Prizefighter and got to the final but it wasn’t really his game.

He’s had to accept that he can’t be the same fighter today that he was five years back. He has to rely more on his trickery. But we knew he wasn’t ‘done’. Lately, we’ve been working closely with sports scientists from Sheffield University, strength and conditioning experts who monitor heart rates, check recovery, hydration and blood sugar levels…..

Their tests determine that, physiologically, Junior’s got the body of a 27 year old, but the wisdom of a 38 year old. That’s some package. He can still complete all the training, still beats all the 22 and 23 year olds in the gym, outlasts ‘em on the pads and controls ‘em in sparring.

There’s always been rivalry in the gym between Kell (Brook) and Junior but there’s big mutual respect. Junior appreciates that Kell is the new generation. I don’t let them spar together too often but when I do it’s always very entertaining!

So, while everyone else thought Junior was past his sell by date, it came as no surprise to us when he beat Colin Lynes to win the British welterweight title last May. And he only had one good hand!

After their first fight, Colin told me he was thinking of quitting the game because Junior had been so much better than him and I sensed he still had those inferiority ideas in his head. Sure enough, once Junior clipped him a couple of times, Colin backed off and Junior did what he needed to do to become the oldest British welterweight champion in history.

Every fight now is a bonus for Junior. I’ve told him next time he gets beat, he’ll need to call it a day. At 38, it’s too hard a game to be battling your way back into contention for a grand a fight. To date, thankfully, he’s got no damage and he’s been such a fantastic advert for our gym we won’t allow him to get hurt. We’ve a career planned for him in coaching after he retires.

But he won’t be getting beat by Frankie Gavin. It’s going to be like moving from League Two into the Premier League.

Frankie keeps rabbiting on about Junior’s ‘old man legs’ but I guarantee he’ll have never met anyone fitter than Junior. Alongside Kell, he’s had the best camp of his life. He’ll have been at it steady for 14 weeks, including a brutal fortnight over in Fuerteventura, and I guarantee he’ll be 25-30% better prepared than he was for Colin Lynes last time.

He’ll present problems Frankie Gavin’s never seen before. He’ll never have boxed or sparred anyone remotely like Junior Witter.”

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by on Oct.25, 2012, under Buzz


British Welterweight Champion Junior Witter say he’ll KO challenger Frankie Gavin inside four rounds when they clash at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Thursday 1st November, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Bradford’s Witter, 38, a former WBC World Light-Welterweight Champion, makes the first defence of the Lonsdale belt that he won in May against Colin Lynes, turning back the clock to outpoint Lynes over twelve rounds.

With 48 fights under his belt and training at the famous Wincobank Gym in Sheffield, he says he’ll have too much experience for his 27-year-old challenger who’s unbeaten in 13 fights and making his first big step up.

Witter said, “I’ve got the experience, know-how and I’ve been there, seen it and done it, what has Frankie Gavin done so far?”

“I’ve been in the ring with everyone from Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and Ryan Rhodes to Kell Brook and Kid Galahad. I’ve mixed it with all weights from flyweights to heavyweights, amateur champions to world champions, so a 13 fight novice doesn’t worry me,”

“People will say that I’m 38 and past it going in against a young challenger like Gavin. My answer is that I’m still mixing it with the youngsters in our gym and the 18, 19 and 20 year olds and that’s keeping me young and fresh,”

“There’s nothing in Gavin’s armoury or make up that bothers me, his punches, skills, nothing. Everything he does I’ll have an answer for and I’ll take him out by the fourth round,”

Witter v Gavin headlines a top quality card featuring unbeaten talents: Oldham welterweight star Ronnie Heffron; fast-rising Welsh super-featherweight Craig Evans; welterweight Gary Corcoran from Wembley; Cheshunt’s super-flyweight Charlie Hoye; plus top middleweight prospect John Dignum from Bowers Gifford and Bushey light-heavyweight ace Miles Shinkwin.

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Boxing’s Good Guys: Francis Warren And Johnny Eames Raising Funds for Charity at Witter-Gavin Nov 1st Event

by on Oct.11, 2012, under Buzz

Francis Warren and Johnny Eames at the TRAD TKO Gym in London – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Boxing’s Good Guys: Francis Warren And Johnny Eames Raising Funds for Charity at Witter-Gavin Nov 1st Event

For the past three years TRAD TKO supremo Johnny Eames and his team have organized an annual Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, in doing so have raised in excess of £60,000 for the charity.

No surprise really that this level of funding was raised, as literally a Who’s Who of Boxing – Ricky Hatton, David Haye, Nathan Cleverly, Barry McGuigan, Ricky Burns, Tony Oakey, Kevin Mitchell, Rendall Munroe, Paul, Steven, Liam and Callum Smith to name just a few – turned out in force each year, not just to play but also to spend time with the fans.

Back in September this year Francis and George Warren invited Johnny to make a collection, on behalf of the Indee Rose Trust, at their Queensberry Promotions BoxAcademy event.

At the time Francis said, “Over the years Johnny has done a fantastic job with the football tournament, so much so that the Indee Rose Trust and Boxing have become intrinsically linked.”

Following the success of this initiative at the BoxAcademy event, Francis has once again invited Johnny and the Indee Rose Trust team to make a collection at the upcoming Frank Warren promoted Junior Witter versus Frankie Gavin British Title fight, at York Hall on Thursday 1st November.

Following making the generous gesture Francis said, “As I’ve said before I’m really impressed with the work that Johnny does for the Indee Rose Trust, and really wanted to cross it over from a football event to boxing events with Queensberry Promotions and Frank Warren Promotions.”

Johnny then responded, “ It’s really great news, Francis came into the gym today and invited us to make a collection at the Junior Witter-Frankie Gavin event at York Hall on November 1st.

It’s opportunities like this that can make such a difference, every penny raised goes to helping kids suffering from brain and spinal tumours.

Indee Rose’s parents, Russell and Jane, put together fantastic ‘Treasure Boxes’ for the kids when they are in hospital, they also provide grants for the families of the kids, to take some of the financial strain away.

Indee Rose Trust’s work doesn’t end there, when the kids are on their way to recovery, there’s the Indee Rose Trust holiday home, which is for the whole family during recuperation.

All of this doesn’t come cheap, and all I can say is a big thank you to Francis, George and Frank for this fantastic opportunity to raise more funds for the Indee Rose Trust.

We did quite well last time and we’re all looking forward to doing it again on the 1st.”

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Queensberry Promotions Show Their Support For Indee Rose Trust

by on Sep.06, 2012, under Buzz

Johnny Eames (2nd left) and Francis Warren (2nd Right) celebrate with Leon Williams late last year – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Queensberry Promotions Show Their Support For Indee Rose Trust

Over the past couple of years the Boxing Fraternity have shown their support for the Indee Rose Trust, both with the participation in the annual TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament and the gifts of memorabilia for auction at various events throughout the year.

Francis and George Warren today added a new dimension, by contacting TRAD TKO head honcho and Indee Rose Trust Patron Johnny Eames with the generous offer to fundraise at their Queensberry Promotions BoxAcademy event, headlined by Tony Conquest versus Ian Tims for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight title, at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Friday.

Earlier today Francis explained how this came about, “Over the years Johnny has done a fantastic job with the football tournament, so much so that the Indee Rose Trust and Boxing have become intrinsically linked.

George and I felt that the support from the boxing fraternity for the Indee Rose Trust shouldn’t be limited to that single event and decided to make Johnny and the Indee Rose Trust team the offer to fundraise, for this very worthwhile cause, at our upcoming BoxAcademy event.”

Following receiving the offer Johnny said “Further to Ian Bailey fighting on Francis and George Warren’s show on Friday for his first title, I would also like to bring to the attention of the public that they are to allow us to fundraise for the Indee Rose Trust Charity that I am a proud Patron of.

On behalf of the Indee Rose Trust I would like to thank Francis and George for their kind and generous gesture.

It’s the first time that a promoter has allowed us to raise funds for the Indee Rose Trust so please come down and support the Indee Rose, Queensberry promotions and the fighters on Friday. ”

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Fight Report: Selby And O’Meara Retain Titles, Saunders and Turner Impress In Style.

by on Dec.15, 2011, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Selby And O’Meara Retain Titles, Saunders and Turner Impress In Style.

Photos and Report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Frank Warren knows a thing or two about putting on a top class fight night and boy has he put some great shows on over the years. Usually his real all action extravaganzas are reserved for the bigger venues around the country, places like the O2, Excel, M.E.N., Echo Arena etc. however last night the King of British Boxing pulled out all the stops for a small hall show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Heading up the classy lineup was Lee Selby’s first defense of the British and Commonwealth Featherweight straps he won back in September, with a fantastic eight round stoppage of Liverpool’s Stephen Smith.

Right from the off Selby went on the offensive, effectively using his jab to keep the super tough, and former holder of both titles, Simpson at bay. Each time the Scot made any move forward the Champ just stood his ground before throwing out a series of stiff jabs to push him back. Nice nonstop action opening round that was easy to score in Selby’s favour.

Second round was even livelier, Simpson just kept going forward, but as before Selby just resorted to his jab for the early part to thwart every move Simpson made. Frustration was already starting to settle in and by the end of the second minute Simpson started to throw some wild shots, problem was he left himself open to be picked off by some nice double handed counters. Another excellent round for the Champion.

More of the same in the third, Simpson’s shots were getting even wilder and again were leaving him open for Selby to counter, which he did with more force than in the earlier rounds.

Simpson’s trainer, Billy Nelson, obviously gave him a good talking to between the rounds as he came out and took the fight to Selby in a much more controlled fashion, so much so that he was actually getting some good success, landing some big shots. Selby responded in similar fashion and this lead to some great exchanges. Much closer round, but I still felt it was Selby’s round – just.

It was more of the same in the fifth, but as before it was Selby that seemed to be getting the better of each exchange. The round was a real firecracker that had the fans on the feet from almost the opening bell right through to the second minute mark, when Selby let rip with a peach of a left hook to the body that sent the Scottish challenger to his knees.

Simpson made it to his feet to take the count, but referee Marcus McDonnell could see that he was in no fit state to continue and waved the fight off on the 2 minute 2 second mark.

In doing so handed Simpson his first stoppage loss in his illustrious career. Selby, now with five stoppages in six outings, proved without doubt he’s the best domestic Featherweight and ready for a shot at the European crown.

As with virtually every Frank Warren Promotions show supporting the main event is another title fight of similar stature, last night’s was no exception. West Drayton’s Steve O’Meara stepped in to defend the Southern Area Light Middleweight belt he won back in September, with a sensational first round knockout of then champion Ryan Toms.

O’Meara’s opponent, Thamesmead’s super slick ‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise, bought to the table a 7-1-2 record that included a recent draw over previous champ Toms.

No surprise that the Mark Tibbs trained Weise went straight on the attack forcing O’Meara onto the back foot. O’Meara remained calm as he looked for an opening, he didn’t have to wait too long though, as around the fifty second mark Weise stepped in to let off yet another jab O’Meara released a wickedly fast left jab-right hook combination that sent Weise crashing to the deck in an instance.

A hush fell across York Hall as referee Ken Curtis instantly waved the fight off and the ringside doctor and paramedics rushed in to assist the prone Weise. It was a good few minutes before Weise was raised to a stool – the crowd responded with a standing ovation – but it was clear that Weise still wasn’t one hundred percent, the paramedics kept administering oxygen for a few more minutes before leading him from the ring to the waiting ambulance.

It has to be one of the worse knockouts I have seen in a long, long time but I can assure everyone that Nathan is one hundred percent OK, he turned up at the TRAD TKO Gym, to let his manager Johnny Eames, myself and all the fighters here know that he is OK literally as I was writing this report.

One of Frank Warren Promotions brightest stars, former Olympian and Nathan Weise’s gym mate Billy Joe Saunders, was drafted in at the last minute to face Belfast’s Tommy Tolan following Gym mate Ediz Hussein’s fight being called off, due to his coming down with the flu.

Slick southpaw Saunders went straight on the offensive and landed a massive left that shook Tolan to the core. In an instant Saunders stepped up the attack and literally chased Tolan from one corner to the next and beyond before landing another powerful left. Tolan legs had gone but he managed to stay on his feet, but referee Jeff Hinds had seen enough and just as Saunders was about to let rip with another shot stepped in and stopped the fight on the one minute and seven second mark.

Unbeaten in twelve, with five stoppages out of his last six outings and the Southern Area title already firmly in his grip, it’s clear that Saunders is ready to step up for a shot at either Nick Blackwell (English title) or Martin Murray (British title) for their crowns in the New Year, either of which would be a mouthwatering prospect.

Prior to Saunders-Tolan see unbeaten Welterweight George Michael Carman in action against the ubiquitous ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin.

Now I hate writing negatives on any fighter, I know how much hard work precedes a fight and it takes serious guts to step into the ring, but having seen Carman in action twice now, the first when he managed to receive a highly dubious ‘draw’ result against Tom Bowen at Wembley in November – back then I, and it seems most of those present, felt Carman lost every single round by a country mile – I really can’t see why he is being so protected.

I mean Deakin is a Super Featherweight, Lightweight at best, with a negative 1-41 record, yet Carman couldn’t even handle him – in my between round notes I said that I wasn’t sure if this was boxing or handbags at fifty paces and that it is hard to think that there is only one journeyman in the ring, sorry but yes it was that bad.

The first three rounds were scrappy to put it mildly, with Deakin keeping the Slough man on the back foot for most of the time. It was only in the fourth that Carman actually started to get the better of the much lighter Deakin.

I have to admit that when he did get ‘fighty’ he was quite slick, but in all honesty it was still totally ineffective work. Deakin was deducted a point in the final round, not sure what for as I didn’t see any wrong doing from where I was. Anyway that aside at the end of the fourth referee Jeff Hinds scorecard read 40-35 in favour of Carman.

Canning Town’s Freddie Turner must have been a little surprised that it was the original opponent Kevin McCauley, and not stated replacement Michael Frontin, that he faced on the night. No matter either way to the Jimmy and Mark Tibbs trained fighter, he was just happy to get a decent opponent for him to showcase his sublime talents.

Round one was a bit of a cagey affair, as both fighters took their time to suss the others tactics. Whilst neither were in the zone yet Turner worked the hardest and landed the most meaningful shots to take the round in my book.

The second however was a much livelier affair, Turner was on the offensive in the early part and landed a couple of big scoring shots. As the round progressed McCauley started to push forward and managed to back Turner onto the ropes before letting rip with double handed flurries. Turner, taking a leaf from fellow TRAD TKO gym mate Kevin Mitchell’s book, just dipped and swayed to avoid every single shot. Another easy round to call, it was Turner’s all the way.

More of the same in the third, including Turner, back to the ropes, luring McCauley in and after a little dipping and swaying effectively countering with stiff jabs and big lefts. The lack of effect really started to get to McCauley, who started to resort to some dirty tactics, including late on in the round backing Turner up before blatantly head butting, which opened up a nasty gash over Turner’s right eye.

Needless to say this fired Turner up when he came out in the fourth, the Canning Town youngster went hard on the offensive, in response McCauley decided to stand and trade – which suited Turner fine, but not Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, who could be heard shouting at their charge to keep calm and just box McCauley.

With four rounds firmly in Turner’s favour McCauley decided he needed to step things up and started targeting the cut, albeit to no avail as Turner’s defensive skills are second to none. McCauley frustrations were clear for all to see as he started throwing wild shots in the hope that something will actually land. Turner responded with some cracking counters that clearly were hurting McCauley, both physically and mentally.

McCauley comes out hard and fast for the final round and tries to plain bully Turner, big mistake as this just allowed Turner to showcase his excellent ringcraft to even more effect as he see his way to a shutout 60-54 points victory.

Turner-McCauley was a seriously cracking fight, as was the fight that preceded it – when Cranham’s Lee Markham took on fellow Essex boy Danny Brown.

The first round was a close fought affair, with both determined to win the battle of the Essex boys, however Markham’s was just a little more effective and took the round in my book.

Markham stepped it up more in the second and landed a wicked shot to the body that caused Brown to take one knee. Brown made the count and continued, however deciding not to take too many chances overly protected his body which allowed Markham to land some big shots to the head.

Still protecting the body Brown came out on the offensive in the third and took the fight to Markham. For three minutes the pair exchanged punches in equal measure. However, as Brown was still wary of being on the receiving end of another big left to the body kept leaving his head unprotected, which made easy pickings for the Cranham boy big right hand.

More of the same in the fourth and final round, both letting rip with big shots as they again went to war for the full three minutes, much to the crowd’s delight. At the end of four excellent rounds no one was surprised that referee Ken Curtis scored the bout 39-36 in favour of Markham.

The opening bout of the night was an all action cracker too, between nineteen year old Alfie Smith and Jason Nesbitt.

Smith showed his intentions right from the start, attacking the body of Nesbitt with big left and right hands. The highly experienced Nesbitt tried to cover up to negate the onslaughts, which only encourage the teenager to play upstairs before returning to the body in style.

More of the same tactics, in the second, from Smith which was really beginning to take a toll on Nesbitt, who was huffing and puffing before the midway point. I had a good long hard look at Nesbitt between rounds and he really looked down hearted and honestly didn’t expect him to stay the course, but I was wrong.

For the final couple of rounds Smith continued his all out assault on Nesbitt’s body. The Brummy battler tried his hardest to take a part of the fight but each time he did the Rottweiler like Smith let rip with big left and rights to push him back. I would think Nesbitt was very happy to hear the final bell, although not as happy as young Smith who has the second win under his belt, and by a tidy shutout 40-36 points margin.

I have to say that as the final major fight show of the year Frank Warren did us all proud, it was a great show which had it all, drama, excitement and three stoppage victories. I know that after such I for one can head into the Christmas break happy in the knowledge that my appetite for boxing is well and truly sated and will see me through to the first big show of the New Year, Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ first defense of his British Cruiserweight title at York Hall on Friday 13th January.

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Michael Maguire’s Return Bought Forward, Faces Najah Ali On Wednesday

by on Dec.12, 2011, under Buzz

Michael Maguire returns this Wednesday - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Michael Maguire’s Return Bought Forward, Faces Najah Ali On Wednesday

Sensational Super Flyweight prospect Michael Maguire’s much anticipated return to the ring has been bought forward and will now take place on the undercard of the Queensberry Promotions event, headlined by the Lee Selby versus John Simpson British and Commonwealth title clash, at York Hall this coming Wednesday.

The bout, which was originally scheduled to take place in Liverpool on Friday, sees the former amateur World under-nineteen #1 in action against another former amateur star, 2004 Olympian Najah Ali.

Maguire, who recently returned to training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town following a two year sabbatical from the sport, seemed unconcerned with the change of date and venue when he spoke earlier, “I don’t care where or when I fight, I’ve been training hard for it and can’t wait to get the first one over and done with.

I’ve had some sparring with Martin Power and Charlie Hoy, I’m happy with myself, I’ve been doing six rounds easily now and want to do more rounds as I’m getting fitter and fitter.”

The 22 year old from Peterborough then went on to talk briefly on his decision to take a break and why he felt it was now time to return to the fray, “I think I turned over a bit soon and felt I needed a little time out.

I feel I’ve come back at the right age. I’m training harder, feeling stronger and believe I can really go somewhere now.

Michael Maguire versus Najah Ali features on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry promotions event, headlined by the British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and John Simpson. takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Ch. 456 and Virgin 546), on Wednesday the 14th December 2011.

Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

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All Change For Turner – McCauley Out, Frontin In This Wednesday

by on Dec.12, 2011, under Boxing News

Freddie Turner ready for action this Wednesday - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

All Change For Turner – McCauley Out, Frontin In This Wednesday

In the World of pro boxing nothing, but nothing, is set in stone until the very moment you actually enter the ring on fight night. So many things can, and do, go awry that it’s definitely a matter of be prepared for any occurrence, especially a last minute change of opponent, which is just what has happened to Welterweight prospect Freddie Turner this week.

This coming Wednesday Freddie was due to face British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Kevin McCauley in a non-championship bout. Without doubt a tough assignment for the Canning Town youngster with just four pro bouts, all wins, under his belt, but with legendary father and son team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs masterminding his preparations Freddie was more than confident he was thoroughly prepared in every way for the showdown.

Then on Friday, just as Freddie began to wind down his camp, he receives the call that instead of McCauley he’ll be facing a different opponent and yet another reigning champ, this time the holder of the International Masters Light Welterweight crown, Edmonton based Mauritian Michael Frontin.

As luck would have it Freddie is more than a little aware of Frontin and his fight style, as well as having been ringside when TRAD TKO Boxing Gym mate Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne fought him in October, as such he has easily been able to alter his fight plan and is clearly relishing the prospect of adding Frontin’s scalp to his belt, as was clear when he spoke earlier, “Yeah, I’ve got a change of opponent from Kevin McCauley to Michael Frontin.

He was a good amateur, he won a silver medal in the Commonwealths, boxed Frankie Gavin in the final.

I’ve watched him, he’s slippery, got a good jab, he knows what he’s doing. Yeah he’s good, he’s good.

His last fight was against Patrick Liam Walsh, I thought he won it but they gave it to the other kid. I thought he’d done enough to nick it.

He has got a good round and a bad round, so hopefully I’ll get him on a bad round.

He fought Dean Byrne, on Byrne’s British debut, he had a couple of good rounds in that, he gave Dean problems in the fourth and the fifth and later on in the fight so he has got ability, I mean taking on a 14 and O fighter that came from the Wild Card Gym in LA and giving him trouble shows he must be handy.

It’s a good step up, which is what I need. I don’t want to just fight journeymen that just tuck up so you can’t get them, I want someone that’s going to let go so I can find the gaps and hopefully catch him, yeah.”

Freddie Turner, against Michael Frontin, features on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry promotions event, headlined by the British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and John Simpson. takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Ch. 456 and Virgin 546), on Wednesday the 14th December 2011.

Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

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Tough Test For Freddie Turner – Faces Kevin McCauley on Dec 14th

by on Dec.07, 2011, under Boxing News

Freddie Turner quietly confident of success on the 14th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Tough Test For Freddie Turner – Faces Kevin McCauley on Dec 14th

On Wednesday 14th December Canning Town’s exciting unbeaten Welterweight prospect Freddie Turner will be making the short journey to the York Hall in Bethnal Green, where he is set to face Birmingham’s Kevin McCauley.

With just four pro bouts under his belt, all won by shutout 40-36 points margin, young Freddie will surely be facing the toughest fight of his fledgling career to date, as McCauley is not just more experienced but also the reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion.

Saying that Freddie is more than confident that he will win through on the night, having said earlier, “Yes, just found out it’ll be Kevin McCauley I’ll be fighting on the 14th.

He’s a tough kid who loves to come forward. He’s no walk over, I mean he went to Scotland and beat Craig Windsor Jnr. in his own back yard to win the British Masters title last month. I think that says all that needs to be said about him.

That doesn’t bother me though, I never mind who I fight, I believe in my talent and ability and hopefully it’ll all come together on the night.

I’ve been training hard, all’s well and looking good. I live clean and train hard, nothing can stop me now really.

I’m with the best training team, Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, in the country at the minute and they’re producing great champions.

I’m in a great, great stable, again the best in the UK – The TRAD TKO. There’s always plenty of great sparring, it’s really good and I really enjoy it here.

All’s really well and I can’t wait for the 14th, he’s gonna get smashed.”

Freddie Turner, against Kevin McCauley, features on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry promotions event, headlined by the British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and John Simpson. takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, and broadcast live on Sky Sports, on Wednesday the 14th December 2011.

Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

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