Lyons & James-Elliott Plan Huge Season Opener At York Hall 29th Aug.

YorkHallAug29thPosterLyons & James-Elliott Plan Huge Season Opener At York Hall 29th Aug.


Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott are really pulling out all the stops in preparation for their and the Capital City’s new season opener event, LORDS OF THE RING II, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th August.


With eighteen bouts already on the card, LORDS OF THE RINGS II is looking set to be the biggest pro boxing event in the Capital this year.


Heading up the massive card is reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Welterweight World Champion Chris Goodwin, who will be facing a yet to be announced opponent.


A two division World Champion, Goodwin (19-2-1) was the first British boxer to secure a World lightweight crown in almost twenty years, when he beat Istvan Kiss for the World Boxing Foundation Lightweight title back August 2012.


He then went on to secure the WBF Intercontinental crown in April 2014 before adding the WBF World Welterweight crown, with a split point win over Mikheil Avakyan at the Northgate Arena in Chester just four months later.


Main support sees Woolwich, London’s British #1 ranked and reigning MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, in a non-championship bout ahead of her upcoming World title challenge.


Marston, who was discovered and coached by legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier and two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, also became the #1 pound-for-pound ranked British female, following her sensational shut out points victory over then Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas to secure the MBC International crown in October 2014.


This win sent Marston soring up the rankings, from #58 in the World to #24 and in contention to muster a challenge for a World accolade.


Heading up the support card sees London’s Jimmy Campbell (11-8-0) making his UK debut, as throughout his career Campbell had competed exclusively in America until now.


During his career Campbell has been in with some of the sports biggest names, such as WBC World Champion Anthony Dirrell and WBA World Champion Virgil Hill.


On August 29th Campbell faces Scunthorpe’s Jody ‘The Entertainer’ Meikle, whilst Meikle is not quite on the same level as Dirrell and Hill you can be sure that Campbell will get one of the toughest tests when he goes toe-to-toe with ‘The Entertainer’.


Welsh and British Masters Champion Lee ‘Lights Out’ Churcher will also be in action, unfortunately not in the planned MBC International title fight with George Hillyard, but in a non-championship six rounder against a yet to be named opponent.


Whilst on the subject of Champions – 13 time, unified World KI Rules, Full Contact Kick Boxing and Muay Thai Champion Marlon Hunt will be making his much anticipated professional Boxing debut, against Scunthorpe’s Matthew Pepper.


The Lords of the Ring event also features another Globe trotting British fighter, the sensational Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver (5-1-0), who will be making a rare appearance on a British event.


Last time out. In Parsippany, New Jersey, was the victim of a little bit of ‘home cooking’ to the score cards – after dominating his opponent, Newark, New Jersey’s Wanzell Ellison, from start to finish, Weaver was shocked to end up on the losing side of a highly contentious split decision – so you can be sure that former Team GB star Weaver will be wanting to make a big statement and get another big win on his record.


Bardsley, Lincolnshire’s unbeaten Middleweight prospect Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro (4-0-0) will also be in action, as will Kensington’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Daley Ojuederie (3-0-1), both against yet to be announced opponents.


This event also features the long awaited return to the fray of ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, following a fifteen-month sabbatical from the sport.


Finally, making their professional debuts on August 29th are a number of top amateurs, including Doncaster’s sensational Tom Bell (Bantamweight), Sheffield’s Luke Junior (Welterweight), Newcastle’s Jak Johnson (Super Featherweight), Hertfordshire’s Daniel Mendes (Cruiserweight), Junior Walker (Super Welterweight), Johannes Umelo (Heavyweight), Mo Holloway, Malta’s Kerstin Brown (Bantamweight) and Billy Elliott (Welterweight).


The Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys promotions LORDS OF THE RING II event will take place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th August 2015.


This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC)


Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at and or call 07960 850645 or 07807 282559.

Antonio Counihan: I’m Going To Put On A Great Performance For the Fans on October 25th.

AntonioCounihan4248Antonio Counihan: I’m Going To Put On A Great Performance For the Fans on October 25th.

Solihull’s Antonio Counihan, who has been described as one of the most talented and exciting young lightweights to hit the British pro scene over the past year, is set to return to the Capital City in October, when he features on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT mega event at York Hall on Saturday 25th October.

During his stellar amateur career young Antonio fought eighty competitive bouts, fifteen of which were Team GB Internationals, accruing numerous national accolades along the way, including winning the Junior ABAs, The Great Britain Championships and the Haringey Box Cup, as well as the ultimate honour of having the Captaincy of the England National Amateur Boxing Squad bestowed upon him.

With such a superb amateur pedigree it should come as no surprise to anyone, that since turning pro just twelve months ago, Antonio has already racked up three top class victories, two by stoppage, over Robin Deakin and Tibor Szucs and a shut out points victory over Marcin Ficner.

To describe Antonio’s performances as first class is an understatement, the youngster dominated and outclassed his opponents from start to finish.

One of Antonio’s previous opponents, Robin Deakin, even went as far as stating that the Solihull youngster is a truly special talent and the best fighter he’s ever boxed.

Praise indeed, since Robin’s boxed the likes of WBC Champion Stephen Smith, English Champions Liam and Ryan Walsh, WBF Champion Patrick Hyland and WBO Inter-Continental Champion Anthony Crolla amongst many other domestic stars.

Antonio’s management are well aware just how special their charge is and as such on October 25th Antonio steps up to a six rounder, against a yet to be named opponent, in preparation for an early shot at an International title in 2015.

Speaking from his home on yesterday, Antonio said.

“I really can’t wait for it, I’m ready for it and sold lot of tickets already and look forward to putting on a good performance for the fans.

My training’s gone really well, had plenty of sparring and none of it less than six rounds so well ready for this.

I really can’t wait to do my first six rounder, I honestly felt I could have done six my last fight, but so it goes I’m ready for a six rounder.

I just can’t wait, I’m really looking forward to putting on a good performance for the fans, thank you for buying tickets and I promise I’ll show you a good performance.”

Following learning of the praise Robin Deakin had lavished on him Antonio continued.

“Robin’s fought good fighters like Anthony Crolla, Ryan Walsh and Stephen Smith and everyone, so for him to say that about me is a massive compliment.

It was my debut so it’s always good to get out of the way, I hadn’t boxed for a while so was a bit apprehensive before it, you know it’s your debut and that’s always something special.

He really gave me a lot of grief before the fight, I know we’ve become quite good friends now, but for him to say that really is a massive compliment.”

Boxing on CBSAntonio Counihan, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Baz Rehman sponsored Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas MBC International title clash, takes place on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday, 25th October 2014.

The event is sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available from Antonio on 07535 806545, any of the boxers taking part, on-line at and – or call the ticket line on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.

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