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Fight Report: Search And Destroy, York Hall June 4th

by on Jun.06, 2011, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Search And Destroy, York Hall June 4th

Report, Photos and Interviews by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Saturday’s Search & Destroy was set to be an historic occasion right from the off, as the event was being promoted by the youngest professional boxing promoter ever, twenty year old Olivia Goodwin.

Considering her tender years Olivia put on one heluva show, initially the event was planned as a sixteen bout double title show but as is the professional game there were a few dropouts, including the planned British Masters title fight between Toks Owoh and Tony Conquest. On the night ended up as still with a whooping thirteen fight card crammed to the gills with quality, closely matched bouts and all the razzmatazz you would expect from a major Championship event.

Headlining the show see Thamesmead’s Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett making his first defense of the International Masters Lightweight title he won in spectacular style, stopping Mark Alexander in just 96 seconds, back in September.

Barrett’s opponent was the former Kenyan Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, a dangerous opponent who had held British Welterweight Champion Lee Purdy to a draw previously.

The first round started quite slow, after about a minute or so Barrett was the first to dip his toes in the water, letting rip with a solid jab quickly followed by a solid left hook. Munika tried to respond but before he could Barrett let rip with a double handed attack ending with a massive overhand left that shook the Kenyan to the core. How Munika stayed on his feet God only knows, but he did and managed to stay out of too much trouble to see out the round. Easy round to score as Ryan was on top most of the round.

The knock down may not have come in the first round but it sure did in the second, and it came fast. Barrett was out of the blocks in a flash, Munika had barely got three foot from his corner before the first of Barrett’s exocets hit the target. The Kenyan dipped and swayed in an attempt to avoid the wave after wave of big lefts and rights raining down on him, then just as he tried to respond with a jab he got caught by a massive left that sent him back towards the ropes and crashing to the canvas.

The shot was massive and no one really expected Munika to recover, but he did. As soon as Munika was on his feet Barrett went back on the attack and an early finish looked on the cards. Wrong, Munika decided to stand and trade before turning to more savvy defensive tactics to see the round out. 10-8 round to Barrett.

The third, fourth and fifth rounds the pace slowed, as Barrett had switched to long game tactics, and some nice tidy boxing came from both men. In all rounds the most most work and meaningful shots were all from Barrett, earning him the rounds easily.

Going into the sixth Barrett was already five rounds and a knockdown up and looked to be cruising to an easy victory, that is until the unthinkable happened. Early on in the sixth both started mixing it up on the inside, Barrett looked comfortably in control but in a flash things would change.

The crowd jumped to their feet in unison as the Londoner collapsed onto to all fours, following receiving a short, sharp left to the body. Barrett was clearly in a lot of discomfort, the paramedics and doctor rushed into the ring as referee Ken Curtis waved the fight off.

Following receiving the International Master Lightweight belt, from the Masters Organisation’s supremo Bruce Baker, Geoffrey Munika said, “Ryan Barrett is a good fighter, he handled me well today but I got him with a lucky punch. He’s a good fighter.

Now I’m talking with Danny and my other trainer and I want the Commonwealth title now. I’ve been in this boxing business four years now so I would like to fight someone like Derry Matthews, yeah I want the Commonwealth title.”

The main support for the title fights was due to pit the talented London based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker against equally tough Hari ‘H Bomb’ Miles. However due to spraining his ankle on Thursday the bout was called off.

In place of this highly anticipated Balker-Miles bout the main support instead see Dunstable’s Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams take on Guildford’s Louis Byrne.

Adams has the reputation of being something of a knockout artist, having won seven of his ten wins on the unlicensed circuit by KO. However Byrne is as savvy as they come and knows how to stay out of trouble when needs be.

All four rounds were closely contested, so close that I personally scored two of the rounds even. The action was nonstop both protagonists taking turns to attack. There were no real outstanding exchanges, just first class boxing from the pair, much to the crowds delight. At the end of the bout the referee raised Adam’s hand in victory. I’m not sure of the margin as Adam’s huge support were so loud I couldn’t hear the result!

As I have previously stated Olivia had put together a stacked card featuring the cream of London and Home Counties fighters. There were some seriously great fights, like Weise-Fox, Adams-Ziausys and Woodgate-Monteith, that really deserve a much more in-depth report than I can give due to space constraints, I only hope that my short reports below get across just how good these fights were, as were every other bout on the night, just those three, and Billy Cayzer’s performance, really were exceptional.

NATHAN WEISE Vs. AARON FOX

Fox was originally due to fight Weise’s TKO Gym mate Sam Standing, but due to him coming in a whooping fifteen pounds over the weight limit some quick switching of opponents came into to play.

Weise made his welcome return, after eighteen months out due to a near career ending shoulder injury, to the ring in some style.

Weise took the fight to Fox right from the opening bell, he danced around Fox picking him off with beautiful crisp jabs. Fox would respond, but more often than not without much effect as Weise would have moved out of range.

Both the first and second rounds were more or less a pure boxing exhibition by Weise, with Fox have limited success in return. Round three see Weise step up a gear, utilising his packed arsenal punches to full effect.

For the final round Weise really went to town and a stoppage win looked on the cards. About midway through the round Fox found himself corralled against the ropes. Weise clinically took him apart, landing massive double handed shots to the body and head. The combinations thrown were crisp and effective. Fox was in serious trouble and Weise looked formidable.

Surprisingly Weise never went in for the kill instead he played with Fox like a cat with a mouse until the final bell and secure a tidy 40-36 points victory.

On any other show this would easily be the Fight of the Night, but there was one that just pipped it.

MICHAEL DEVINE Vs. DAN CARR

Both the first rounds see Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine out class Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr. Throughout the rounds Devine was divine (I know I used this in a previous report on him, but he was). He picked his shots and executed them perfectly, even when Carr would use his patented bullying tactics. Devine easily controlled the often wild and erratic Carr with ease to take both rounds.

Round three was another cracking round in similar ilk to the previous two, marred only by ‘Dirty’ Dan’s deciding to let rip with one more shot well after the final bell.

After receiving a good talking to from the referee Carr went on the attack big time. Devine kept his cool utilising his jab to keep the ever advancing Carr at arms length, before stepping forward to let rip with yet another heavy hook or straight right.

Midway through Devine had had enough and instead stood his ground and slugged it out toe to toe before lithely stepping back and letting rip with a massive overhand right whistled by Carr’s ear. If that had landed it would surely have been lights out for Carr. Devine returned to his previous tactics to see the fight out. No surprise when the score card was read out, 40-37 in favour of Michael Devine.

SAM STANDING Vs. JOHNNY GREAVES

The replacement opponent for Plumstead’s Sam Standing, with Aaron Fox being pulled for being fifteen pounds over the weight limit, was West Ham’s Johnny Greaves.

Greaves must have been mightily peeved at being called in at late notice as he went for it hammer and tongs right from the start. Standing kept a cool head to outbox the ever charging Greaves at bay.

Throughout the bout Greaves would try to bully and push his younger opponent, but Standing stuck to his game plan and boxed beautifully to take the victory by a tidy 40-37 points.

ALI ADAMS Vs. REMIGIJUS ZIAUSYS

Prior to the start of the bout there was a minute’s silence in remembrance to Ali Adams’ Father who passed away last month. After which London based Iraqi Adams said he was dedicating the fight to his late Father.

Adams, who was a previous quarter finalist in Prizefighter – Heavyweights, rocketed from his corner as the bell rang and landed a massive right that sent the Lithuanian reeling back to the ropes. Adams stepped forward and continued the assault. Ziausys returned some heavy shots of his own in a vein attempt to stop the ever forward rolling Adams juggernaut.

For the full four rounds Ziausys attempted to stand his ground as Adams showcased his fully loaded Arsenal of punches. So often the crowd jumped to their feet shouting Ali, Ali, Ali, as Adams set about the Lithuanian, you could have been forgiven in thinking that you were at a Muhammad Ali fight in the sixties. Mind you Adams’ performance was not that different to one of those by ‘The Greatest’ himself.

No surprise then that Adams takes the win by a shutout 40-36 points victory or that this fight gets my award as the Fight of the Night.

DAN WOODGATE Vs. SABIE MONTEITH

Another Fight of the Night contender featured Minster, Kent’s Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate against the very, very tough battler Sabie Monteith.

After a fairly slow start the fight soon turned into outright war, after Monteith made his intentions crystal clear late in the first round by letting rip with a huge roundhouse, which if it landed had that much force it would have been lights out for Woodgate for sure.

Woodgate made a mental note and then proceeded to punish Monteith fully, for the rest of the first round and the following three Woodgate. The punishment was dealt out in formidable style. As the rounds progressed it was clear these two just didn’t like each other and in the fourth and final round, which has to be Round of the Night, was plain mayhem – think Gatti-Ward and you’ll have an idea just how good this round was. I loved it.

At the end of four bloody, for Moneith who had been cut in the third round by a vicious right hand, rounds Woody was rewarded by a much deserved shutout 40-36 points victory.

Prior to the Woodgate-Monteith bout promoter Olivia Goodwin was joined in the ring by ‘Magnificent’ Kevin Mitchell, outstanding Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng and cancer sufferer Jamie Woods.

Erick spoke briefly about his upcoming English title challenge whilst Kevin spoke about his date with destiny against John Murray on July 9th as well as of his friend Jamie who is battling cancer. After which Jamie received a standing ovation from the assembled crowd.

Erick and Kevin were not the only local stars in the audience, so were former European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, Scott and Vinny Woolford, Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, undisputed (WBA,IBF, WBC) Welterweight Champion Lloyd Honeyghan, Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp and many many more.

 

OK, now back to the action.

DANNY CONNOR Vs. DANNY DONTCHEV

Tooting’s Danny Dontchev was really fired up for the bout against Mitcham’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, no testing the waters in this one, Dontchev went straight on the attack. However Connor wasn’t fazed one iota and stuck to his game plan and boxed his way out of trouble.

Connor, who recently got his first pro-win over Duane Grimes, has really come on a pace and endeavoured to control the hard charging Dontchev with crisp sharp jabs and superior movement.

As the rounds went on Dontchev became increasingly frustrated at being so easily picked off, by the relatively inexperienced Connor, and started to let rip with massive bombs. The only problem was most didn’t reach the target, Connor would move fluidly around him and pick him off with either sharp jabs or a double handed flurry.

Saying that I found it hard to score most of the rounds as they were just too close to call and I wasn’t too surprised when the score was read out as 40-38 in favour of Connor, but Dontchev clearly was as he raised his arms to mock the decision and then proceeded to parade around the ring to receive the plaudits of the crowd.

KRIS AGYEI-DUA Vs. LUKE OSMAN

Chelsea’s excellent Kris Agyei-Dua got his third pro outing off to a cracking start.and dominated Treharris’ Luke Osman throughout the first round. in the second round Osman took the fight to Agyei-Dua, which suited him just fine. The pair often just stood toe to toe slugging in out much to the crowd’s delight.

The third and fourth rounds was more of the same, with control passing back and forth. Osman would push forward, occasionally backing Agyei-Dua on to the ropes, before letting rip with double handed exocets. Problem for Osman was that Agyei-Dua would duck and weave before letting rip with solid right hand counter punches.

It was a cracking fight that came so close to be included in my Fight of the Night shortlist and I have to admit I wasn’t surprised that it was a closely scored bout, 39-38 in favour of Agyei-Dua, as it was a fairly evenly fought bout.

WILLIAM CAYZER Vs. MATT SEAWRIGHT

Stoppage of the Night award has to go to debuting Billy Cayzer, for his magnificent performance and exceptional finishing, over Tamworth’s Matt Seawright,

There’s not much to say on this, except to praise the eighteen year old for his mature performance and clinical punching. For two minutes and fifty nine seconds young Cayzer dealt with the hard charging veteran with ease and the finish, well what can I say but it was the most vicious left hook to the body, and it was no surprise that the referee instantly waved the fight off as it was clear Seawright was in no condition to continue.

BRETT O’CALLAGHAN Vs. MATT SCRIVEN

In his short career nineteen year old Brett O’Callaghan doesn’t seem to get many breaks, on his debut back in December he had a last minute switch of opponent and got the highly experienced Billy Smith, on Saturday he got yet another seasoned pro to contend with in Nottingham’s Matt Scriven.

The Scriv was in no mood to give the youngster from Holloway an easy night and went to work hard and fast. O’Callaghan though is as savvy as they come and played the long game with neat jabs and clever footwork.

O’Callaghan remained cool, calm and collected throughout, The Scriv just couldn’t wind him up, and into a slugging match, no matter how hard he tried, O’Callaghan just stuck to his game plan and his boxing was pure artistry. No surprise that the referee scored this one as a shutout 40-36 points win for young Brett O’Callaghan.

I have to make a quick comment as the report just doesn’t get across just how good young Brett O’Callaghan is. In my between rounds notes I praised him so highly for his exceptional boxing, and rightly so.

I have to say I believe that I am lucky enough to be watching a young man who is going to become one of the biggest stars in the sport in a few years. I really feel this kid can go all the way to the top, he has it all plus he has the world class team of Alec Wilkey and Johnny Eames guiding him.

EDER KURTI Vs. JODY MEIKLE

Yet another fight that on any other night would be right up there on my Fight of the Night contenders list. Mind you every fight I’ve seen Woolwich’s Eder Kurti in is a real cracker. On Saturday Kurti had Scuntrhorpe’s Jody Meikle to contend with, no easy fight this for sure.

The first round was a closely fought affair, neither really going to town as both protagonists were clearly sizing the other up.

Round two and three were something else altogether though as they both really livened up. They went at each other hammer and tongs, Meikle turned up the wick first, and promptly must have regretted it as Kurti doesn’t mess around. A full scale war ensued which produced some of the best exchanges of the night, as well as some of the scrappiest.

The final round was all Kurti for me, don’t get me wrong Meikle was in there just Kurti was magnificent. He was picking his punches and landing them at will. He pulled out every weapon from his extensive Arsenal and used them to maximum effect. Body shots, hooks, uppercuts and some sensational combinations. I was surprised that this fight went the distance as Kurti landed a couple of massive left hands that would have stopped most, just Meikle one tough cookie.

No surprise again with the scoring – 39-37 in favour of Eder Kurti.

DIEGO BURTON Vs. IAIN JACKSON

The opening bout of the night see Peckham’s Diego Burton debut against Brighton’s Iain Jackson.

Not surprisingly the first round see both lads sizing each other up, some nice work from both but I couldn’t really split them so scored the round a draw.

After taking instruction from James Cook Burton came out in the second fired-up and proceeded to exert his authority with some cracking body shots. Jackson learns quickly and resorted to his jab to keep Burton at bay, but in my view too late to prevent Burton taking the round.

The tables turned in round three as Jackson turned up the pressure on the new boy to easily take the round.

A lot of back and forth action took place in the fourth and final round, personally I thought Burton had just done enough to take the round but as the referee scored the bout a draw I assume he didn’t.

All in all it was excellent night of boxing, jam packed with drama, excitement and top class boxing. Olivia may only be twenty years old but this girl really knows how to put a show on.

Afterwards I managed to catch up with Olivia Goodwin, who said, “To be honest I thought it was a cracking night, we ended up with thirteen bouts instead of the planned sixteen bouts, so we only lost three bouts which I think was absolutely tremendous because you normally lose a lot more than that.

Everything went to plan, every bout was absolutely brilliant and exciting. Their was not a down point except in the last fight with Ryan Barrett, which was very sad and obviously didn’t go to plan as we wanted. It seemed that Ryan had the upper hand but obviously things can change in a second in boxing. Unfortunately he went down and couldn’t get up. But other than that it had been absolutely electric.

The support that the boys bought with them tonight has been out of this world, I’d like to thank them all for bringing their fans and selling the tickets to make this night such a special one.

I am off to such an amazing start and all I want to do is improve and improve and get my shows bigger and bigger, and I want all my boys to come with me.”

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Barrett-Munika Weights And Quotes

by on Jun.03, 2011, under Buzz

Geoffrey Munika and Ryan Barrett come face to face for the first time - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Barrett-Munika Weights And Quotes

Earlier today the weigh-in for the Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters Lightweight title took place at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.

WEIGHTS & QUOTES

Ryan Barrett – 9st 8lbs 13oz

“Yeah the weight’s bang on, I’m under the 9-9 limit.

Training’s been going perfect, Bob, John, my Dad got me in good shape. I can’t complain with anything.

Let’s hope this’ll be as quick as the Alexander fight again.”

Geoffrey Munika – 9st 7lbs 13.5oz – 2nd weigh-in (9st 0lbs 2oz on first weigh-in)

“Tomorrow I’m going to make that title mine. I’m fit, I’m good and I’m so hungry for that title.

I’m going to give him a good fight and I’m going to go back to Africa with my new title.”

Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters lightweight Title headlines the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are still available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA . For further information call: 07960 850645

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Ryan Barrett – I Will Still Be Champion On Saturday

by on Jun.02, 2011, under Buzz

Ryan Barrett holds the International Masters belt - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Ryan Barrett – I Will Still Be Champion On Saturday

On September 11th 2010 Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett comprehensively destroyed Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, in just one minute and thirty six seconds, to be crowned the International Masters Lightweight Champion.

Ryan was clinical in his approach and within that 96 seconds sent the highly rated Alexander to the canvas no less than three times.

This coming Saturday Ryan will return to the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, to defend his title, against former Kenyan Super Featherweight Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ super show.

Ryan’s opponent on Saturday is no mug either, in his career Munika has challenged for various titles, including the WBF World crown. he’s traveled the World challenging many well known stars, include some here in the UK.

A couple of years ago Munika traveled to London, more specifically York Hall, where he challenged current British Light Welterweight Champion Ashley Theopane. Munika may have lost but he took the heavy hitting Theopane the full fight distance.

Just two weeks later Munika was back in action at York Hall, this time against the current British Welterweight Champion Lee Purdy. Munika went one step further this time, holding Purdy to a 57-57 draw.

Three months later Munika returned to the UK to face two-time British Lightweight title challenger John Watson. However this time Munika was less successful and was stopped in the first round.

Out of his last six fights Munika has won four, three by stoppage, had one technical draw, after his opponent was injured, and just the single loss, which is not that different from Ryan, who in his last six outings has five wins, with just the one by stoppage, and a single loss.

Munika’s not the only one to have fought some big British names in his career. Besides Alexander, Ryan has fought Willie Limond, for the WBU Lightweight World title – and if you see that fight you already know some good old home cooking, in Limond’s favour, took place to rob Ryan of that title. Ryan also fought British and Commonwealth champion John Simpson and more famously current WBA Light Welterweight World Champion Amir ‘King’ Khan.

That’s all history now though as, on June 4th, these two battle hardened warriors will go to war on twenty foot by twenty foot of canvas at York Hall, for ten rounds, or less, after which one of them will be crowned the International Masters Lightweight Champion as well as catapult up the rankings to compete for further championship honours.

Earlier today Ryan explained how the fight with Munika came about, “He (Geoffrey Munika) said he wanted a crack at a big fight, so I spoke to Steve and Olivia and we made the fight.

he doesn’t seem to travel too well, he got stopped by John Watson and lost to Ashley Theopane on points, so I think it’ll be a sturdy test for maybe a few rounds, like when I fought the Croatian and I think it’ll be a middle, late rounds stoppage for me really.

I am certain I will still be Champion on Saturday”

Ryan then went on to talk about his career since the victory over Mark Alexander to lift the coveted International Masters belt, as well as his future aspirations, “It seems that before the Mark Alexander fight everyone was prepared to fight me, but now the phone don’t ring and I just get lumbered with odds and ends really. It was a bad move by me, it definitely scared them all off.

I think that fight made me realise I’d played around for a few years and messed about with it. I’d not trained properly, I’m always fit just never sparred or did my training how it should have been done.

Once Steve (Goodwin) arranged the Alexander fight, it was a meaningful fight, and since then made me realise if I put my mind to it I can do it.

I’d only ever been given half a chance, they’d call me in at two weeks or so notice. The Khan one was five or six days. I never really got to have a fair crack at it. Under Steve I always get a fair crack, sometimes ten weeks to prepare for a fight, like a championship fight.

I’d get to go away, I might go abroad for a couple of weeks and run in the mountains or I get proper sparring in and I get time to prepare for a fight and one opponent, not a chop and change of opponents. It makes a big difference.

At the 9-9 limit I’d fight any of them really, I’d really like the winner of Murray-Rees or Mitchell-Murray or Alex Arthur doesn’t seem to be doing nothing. Any of those guys I’d fight for the British title.

But before that I have the fight on Saturday, once I win that then we can look at one of those other fights.”

Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters lightweight Title headlines the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Amateur Star William Cayzer To Pro-Debut On June 4th

by on Jun.01, 2011, under Buzz

William Cayzer in confident mood ahead of June 4th debut - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Amateur Star William Cayzer To Pro-Debut On June 4th

This Saturday William Cayzer’s childhood dream will come true, as the eighteen year old from Eltham in South London is set to make his professional debut at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in London on June 4th.

An outstanding amateur, young William built an enviable reputation as a future prospect following his beating two of London’s top young stars, George Carman, who is now signed with promoter Frank Warren, and TKO Boxing Gym’s Brett O’Callaghan – who also features on the bill this Saturday.

William’s coach Steve Barrett has gone on record stating that William is not just one of London’s best new prospects but is also a certain future British Champion. High praise indeed coming from such a renowned and respected trainer as Steve, who is the Father and coach of former English Super Featherweight Champion and current International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan Barrett, who headlines the Search & Destroy event.

Earlier today William took a little time to talk about his upcoming professional debut, “I believe it’s going to go all right. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do and hopefully I’ll bang him out.

As an amateur I always used to go out there and put on a good show. I was always a pro trapped in an amateurs body so yeah I’ve always been like a pro fighter. Every competition I’d gone in for I’d usually come out winning, sometimes second best but usually winning.

Since about the age of fourteen my style has been more suitable to the pros. It’s nonsense the amateur game these days, if your face don’t fit then you aint going nowhere. It’s more who you know than what you know.

I’m not a hundred percent who I’ll be fighting yet, there’s a list of fighters and we’re just waiting to have a little pick on who the opponent will be. I’m not fussed really, I don’t mind who it is, I’m going to win.”

William Cayzer versus Matt Seawright will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Teenager O’Callaghan Gets Another Stern Test, Faces Scriven on 4th June

by on May.31, 2011, under Buzz

Brett O'Callaghan in action against Billy Smith on his debut - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Teenager O’Callaghan Gets Another Stern Test, Faces Scriven on 4th June

This Saturday Islington teenage boxer Brett O’Callaghan makes his second professional outing, against the experienced Nottingham battler Matt Scriven, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on the 4th June 2011.

O’Callaghan endured a real baptism of fire on his 4th December debut, which fell just one day after his nineteenth birthday. Not only was his opponent switched at the last minute from Gary Cooper, a relatively inexperienced fighter, to the one hundred and one fight veteran Billy Smith, but he also badly damaged his hand early on in the fight.

The youngster showed maturity beyond his tender years by controlling his much older opponent with fast hands and solid jabs. As the fight moved into to the second half Smith tried to bully the younger O’Callaghan back onto the ropes without success as the savvy youth used smart footwork and his solid jabs to keep Smith at bay and earn a tidy 39-37 points victory.

Early in May, after months of physiotherapy to a damaged knuckle ligament at the London Hand Clinic, O’Callaghan returned to full training under the tutorledge of Alec Wilkey, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, to prepare for his upcoming showdown with Scriven.

Following a training session earlier O’Callaghan spoke briefly on the injury and his upcoming fight, “My first fight was against Billy Smith in December, I won it but tore a ligament in my knuckle. I’ve been having physio since then and it’s all good now. My hands better now so I can’t wait for June 4th.

I’ve not seen Matt Scriven fight before but there’s a few guys here at the gym that have fought him, so I’ve been getting some good advice that should help me on the night.

Alec (coach Alec Wilkey) and myself been working on some things. Training’s been going really well, I feel strong. Stronger and sharper than I did before my first fight.

Sparring’s been really good, been sparring Erick Ochieng, Nathan Weise and Danny Connor. Yeah, sparring’s been really good.

I’m really looking forward to Saturday, it’s going to be a great show. It’s been six months since I fought so I’m going to enjoy every minute of the fight. Hopefully at the end I’ll have my second win.”

Brett O’Callaghan versus Matt Scriven will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Dan Woodgate – Someone’s In Trouble On June 4th

by on May.30, 2011, under Buzz

Dan Woodgate ready for 4th June - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Dan Woodgate – Someone’s In Trouble On June 4th

Minster, Kent’s exciting Light Heavyweight prospect Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate is set for his fifth professional outing, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Classy and slick are words that come to mind to describe Woodgate’s performance on his last outing, against Newark’s Jamie Norkett in Dagenham back in March. From start to finish Woodgate dominated proceedings and in the later rounds looked as if he could have finished the fight at will, having rocked the durable Norkett on various occasions.

Earlier today Woodgate spoke briefly about the March fight and his upcoming bout on June 4th, “My last fight went really well, just as planned. I’d picked up an injury with the first punch of the third round, my left shoulder went and I couldn’t lift my left arm properly.

I thought it was going to be really noticeable, I just couldn’t get it back. After that happened I think I started boxing better. I started bringing my right hand into play, and uppercuts and made it easy for myself really.

He was a good tough lad. I knew I would never have stopped him with one hand so there wasn’t any point in trying to go for it in the last round. I knew I was winning so just carried on with the good boxing and didn’t take any chances.

Not a clue who I’m fighting yet, not too worried. I was chatting with Steve Goodwin and said to him my training camp started a couple of weeks ago and I’m already feel like I’m a month ahead of myself to where I was last time.

Fitness wise I’m in a lot better position this time. Whereas last time I was living out of hotels and wasn’t able to eat properly, obviously because I didn’t have cooking facilities.

I feel a lot better in myself, lot healthier, lot fresher and I think I’m punching a lot harder. Basically on June 4th you’re going to see the same Dan Woodgate, just a little bit better I think. I don’t try to change too many things, I believe if something works just stick with it.

I’ve got a new trainer, I’ve been with him six months now. I go up to training camp with him and learn something new so obviously you’ll see different things but style wise it’ll be the same Dan Woodgate.

Better punching, bigger punching Dan Woodgate so I think someone’s in trouble on June 4th.”

Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, against a yet to be named opponent, will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Byrne Notice – Big Hitting Adams Set For Tough Debut on June 4th

by on May.26, 2011, under Buzz

Mark Adams ready for June 4th debut - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Byrne Notice – Big Hitting Adams Set For Tough Debut on June 4th

Burnt Oak Middleweight Mark Adams is on the verge of having his childhood dream of being a professional boxer come true. As 25 year old Adams is set to pro-debut against Guildford’s tough battler Louis Byrne at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Some ten years ago a rather unfit and overweight, weighing in at a whooping fifteen stone, fifteen year old Mark stepped into the boxing gym for the very first time, and loved it. So much so that by time his sixteenth birthday came around Mark had not only lost all his excess weight but was just a few weeks away from undertaking his first boxing match.

Adams opted to fight on the unlicensed boxing circuit, as the style was more akin to the pro ranks, than go the increasingly technical amateur route. A choice that see him win all ten of his fights, seven by way of stoppage, as well as win various titles and tournaments.

His exciting all action style, and his indisputable punching power, soon made Adams one of the biggest draws on the local unlicensed circuit. It also attracted the increasing attention of pro boxing aficionados, who suggested he should think about becoming a pro-licensed fighter.

The increasing lure of a pro career, fueled by the constant praises from local pro boxing fans, lead to discussions with his coach and the decision was made to successfully apply for a pro-boxing license.

Earlier today Adams took a little time to talk about his boxing career to date as well as his transition to the pro ranks, “Yeah, I’m debuting on June 4th. I’ll be fighting Louis Byrne.

I used to do unlicensed boxing, I didn’t really do amateurs, I now regret that, I wish I’d gone into the amateurs, yeah I regret that I’ve done unlicensed and not amateurs, but it classes as experience.

Saying that unlicensed is more like professional boxing than amateurs, which is completely different.

I had ten fights, had seven knock outs, all wins though. I took the British titles, Southern Area title and I won the Prizefighter in it as well. I had some good fights, some tough fights, but that’s what you train for, tough fights.

I’m looking forward to June 4th, I’ve trained hard. Training for the pros is a little different to the unlicensed, not much though as it’s mainly fitness. Unlicensed is two minute rounds, now I’m going into threes.

I’ve noticed that now I’m a professional people respect me more, like people buy tickets of me now where before they didn’t want to come and watch unlicensed. So it’s a good thing now I’ve gone pro, for myself, my family and everything.

Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams versus Louis Byrne will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Michael Promises Devine Retribution For ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr On June 4th

by on May.25, 2011, under Buzz

Michael Devine in action against Sid Razak - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Michael Promises Devine Retribution For ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr On June 4th

Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine will be back in action, against Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in London on Saturday 4th June 2011

Devine-Carr will feature on the support card of Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett’s International Masters Lightweight title defense against Kenya’s Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika.

It seems ironic that Devine will be fighting on the same bill as Ryan Barrett, as Barrett comprehensively stopped Finsbury Park’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander to lift the title in September last year – the very same Mark Alexander who five months earlier ended Devine’s unbeaten run in similar fashion.

In March this year, following an eleven month sabbatical from the sport following that disastrous loss, Devine made his successful return to the fray, against the highly experienced Birmingham battler Sid Razak in Dagenham.

Throughout the bout Devine was divine, he plain out boxed the resilient Razak throughout. Razak is no walk over at the best of times but Devine outclassed him from start to finish to earn a convincing 39-37 points victory.

Speaking earlier this today Devine said, “Yeah, I’m back again. It was the first time I boxed in twelve months, it was good to get the rounds in. I made it tougher than I should have, but it was good to get in the ring again.

I thought I done better, but I watched the video and I’ve still got a few things to work on. I’m getting there and it was good to get the win and hopefully get another win on June 4th.

It’s a little bit of a step up so really looking forward to it.”

Devine then went on to talk about that fateful day in April 2010 that see him lose his precious unbeaten record, “Leading up to that fight last year, basically the training camp on the day I thought had gone well, but I was struggling to make weight. I think that’s why my resistance weren’t there. When I was warming up on the pads ready to go out I said to James (Devine’s coach James Paisley) I don’t feel right.

It was my birthday, my twenty first, had a lot of pressure. Something was missing, I didn’t have the pre-fight buzz or nothing. It was a learning curve and all that, I’m glad it happened now as it made me a better fighter.

When I went down in the first round, I thought I’m chasing the fight. I knew I could stop him if I landed, but I was too wild with my shots. It was a great learning curve for me though.

I know I showed heart against Alexander, but I can fight lots of different ways. I can stand there and trade. With Sid Razak I boxed. You’re going to see another different me on June 4th

I’m really looking forward to June 4th, it’ll be a good end to the first part of the season. I’m taking it one step at a time and want a six rounder by the end of the year.”

Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine versus ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Ali Adams Drafts In ‘Big’ John McDermott To Prepare For June 4th Fight

by on May.24, 2011, under Buzz

'Big' John McDermott spars Ali Adams at the TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Ali Adams Drafts In ‘Big’ John McDermott To Prepare For June 4th Fight

Chelsea based Iraqi Heavyweight Ali Adams has called in the big guns, in the form of Southern Area Heavyweight Champion ‘Big’ John McDermott, to help him prepare for his upcoming fight, against a yet to be named opponent, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ double title headed super show, at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Adams, the World’s only Arab Heavyweight professional boxer, turned to his friend John McDermott for sparring to ensure he is fully prepared for whoever he faces on June 4th. Adams has been firm in stating that he intends to not just win, but win big time, as he is dedicating the fight to his Father who recently past away.

Those in attendance at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, during their first sparring session, were treated to some top notch boxing.

Right from the first bell both Adams and McDermott started trading hard, as the rounds went on both raised their game to a higher level. The quality of the boxing on display brought all training at the gym to a halt, as every single fighter present downed gloves to watch. As the final bell rang their work ethic and undoubted skill was rewarded with a standing ovation.

John McDermott and Ali Adams - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Following the sparring session a slightly breathless, yet elated, Adams said, “John McDermott, I always have special spar with John. He’s a very good fighter, I thank him big time for coming sparring and helping me. He’s a really good come forward fighter. He gives me a lot of pressure and stuff so it’s really good for my next fight.

I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but I’m knocking the kid out. No matter who he is I’m knocking him out first, second round, because this fight is for my Father.

My father just passed away, I just came back from Iraq. I was in in Iraq for five weeks and I came back three weeks ago.

Soon as I came back Johnny (Eames) talked to me about being reserve in Prizefighter and I accepted it. Then I trained.

I started training from three weeks ago and I’ve got two weeks to the fight, so I’ll be super fit, not just fit, super fit. No boxing I’m going out there just to knock the kid out, proper fighting you know, real boxing. Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait.”

Ali Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, will feature on the undercard of Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’, double title headlined event will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Co-headlining the show are International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett, who will be defending his crown for the first time against former Kenyan Super Featherweight Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, and former Super Middleweight supremo Toks Owoh, who was originally due to face Tony Conquest for the British Masters Cruiserweight title until Tony damaged his hand in training.

The massive 16 bout card also features Adam’s TKO Boxing Gym team mate Beckton based Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who gets a stern test against Welsh hardman Hari Miles.

Further Team TKO fighters on the card include Carshalton Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who faces former WBF Intercontinental title challenger James Todd, as well as Thamesmead Light Middleweight Nathan Weise, Plumstead’s Sam Standing and Islington Welterweight Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.

Amongst the established stars taking part on 4th June are Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine, who takes on Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr in a four round Lightweight contest, the sensational Woolwich based Albanian Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Brentwood Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Minster Kent’s popular Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate.

Making their professional debuts at the ‘Search & Destroy’ event are Lightweight Billy Lavelle, who is sure to be tested hard by the experienced Sid Razak, former unbeaten unlicensed fighter Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams, who will face Louis Byrne. As well as Lightweight Marcin Marczak and Middleweights William Cayzer and Diego Burton, who face yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the Search and Destroy event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Stellar Polish Amateur Marcin Marczak To Pro Debut In London On June 4th

by on May.23, 2011, under Boxing News

Marcin Marczak ready for showdown with Bheki Moyo on June 4th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Stellar Polish Amateur Marcin Marczak To Pro Debut In London On June 4th

Exciting Finchley based Polish Lightweight Marcin Marczak is set to professionally debut, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ double title headed event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, on Saturday, 4th June 2011, against Earl’s Court battler Bheki ‘Becks-Tiger’ Moyo.

A long time amateur boxer in his home country, Marcin moved to London five years ago to work as a personal trainer, as well as progress his amateur career. A fortunate move to City Boxer, a mainly White Collar Boxing club in Southwark, see Marcin’s boxing aspirations move forward apace, which in turn lead to him making the decision to move to the professional ranks.

Following a testing sparring session, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Marcin spoke briefly on his upcoming debut, “I’ve waited quite a long time for the fight, I’m not young, I’m twenty nine. It’s everything I’ve been working for and looking forward to my debut.

I started boxing as a junior in Poland. There are many Boxing clubs in the town I used to box, there’s good condition for boxing where I lived.

Five years ago I came to England and started Boxing for English clubs. Then I start working for a White Collar Boxing club, City Boxer club. Then they offered me a boxing match and they said about professional boxing so I said yes, why not.

Then I met Garry (Janes), he’s my trainer and then we start working harder and harder and then I said yes why not and that’s how it happen.

It’s up to me, it’s in my hands so I now boxing in June at York Hall. What can I do, I’m ready for that.”

Marcin’s coach Garry Janes then added, “He was due to fight in March, we started training really properly around Christmas. Had a really nice build up to the fight and was ready to go and unfortunately the fight didn’t happen, so we ticked over keeping him fit until we started building him up fro the June fight, so he’s super, super fit and ready to go.

Because he missed out on that fight we’re really keen for this fight.”

Marcin Marczak versus Bheki Moyo will feature on the undercard of Olivia Goodwin’s Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’, double title headlined event will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Co-headlining the show are International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett, who will be defending his crown for the first time against former Kenyan Super Featherweight Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, and former Super Middleweight supremo Toks Owoh, who was originally due to face Tony Conquest for the British Masters Cruiserweight title until Tony damaged his hand in training.

The massive 16 bout card also features TKO Boxing Gym’s Beckton based Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who gets a stern test against Welsh hardman Hari Miles.

Further Team TKO fighters on the card include Carshalton Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who faces former WBF Intercontinental title challenger James Todd, as well as Chelsea based Iraqi Heavyweight Ali Adams, Thamesmead Light Middleweight Nathan Weise, Plumstead’s Sam Standing and Islington Welterweight Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.

Amongst the established stars taking part on 4th June are Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine, who takes on Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr in a four round Lightweight contest, the sensational Woolwich based Albanian Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Brentwood Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Minster Kent’s popular Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate.

Making their professional debuts at the ‘Search & Destroy’ event are Lightweight Billy Lavelle, who is sure to be tested hard by the experienced Sid Razak, former unbeaten unlicensed fighter Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams, who will face Louis Byrne. As well as Middleweights William Cayzer and Diego Burton, who face yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the Search and Destroy event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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