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Tom Little – “I’m Looking Forward To Setting The Heavyweight Division Alight”

by on Jul.28, 2011, under Boxing News

Tom Little with Graham Earl at Graham's House of Champions Gym in Luton - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Tom Little – “I’m Looking Forward To Setting The Heavyweight Division Alight”

Hatfield Heavyweight Tom Little is set to debut, against Lithuanian Rolandas Cesna, at the Graham Earl Promotions ‘Renaissance’ event at the Liquid Nightclub in Luton on Sunday, 31st July.

Former World Champ Graham Earl knows a good prospect when he sees one, so when he recently said, “I’ll be debuting an exciting new Heavyweight on the 31st“ and “he’s one of the best Heavyweights I’ve ever seen”, you know that Tom has to be special.

As an amateur young Tom, who stands at a whooping 6’6” in his socks, won sixteen of his twenty two contests. Besides his height, Tom’s main advantage is his exceptional speed, making him somewhat unique in a division renowned for big lumbering punchers.

Speaking earlier today Tom expanded on this as well as spoke about his upcoming debut, “I’m really looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to setting the Heavyweight division alight

I always knew my style was more suited to the pros than the amateurs, especially for the Heavyweight scene, because I’ve got a lot of speed which I believe the current crop aren’t going to be able to live with, which I’m going to prove on the 31st when I showcase myself to everybody.

I’ve got a good tall range, stunning stiff jab. There’s some fighters out there that are bigger than me but that don’t mean much in the Heavyweights because you can’t hurt something you can’t hit.

Basically I can’t wait to get out there, start winning and get myself noticed so people start talking about me.”

Tom Little versus Rolandas Cesna will be supporting the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Oshunrinde and Jahmaine Smyle that headlines ‘Renaissance

Graham Earl has put together an exciting undercard to support Oshunrinde-Smyle II that features, besides Tom Little, Belfast’s big banging Joe Hillerby as well as the debuts of James Smith and Danny Mulhern.

Tickets, priced £30, for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at Liquid Nightclub, Gordon Street, Luton on Sunday July 31st 2011 are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at Graham Earl’s House of Champions Gym, Unit 11 Hitchin Road Industrial Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0DZ

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Teenage Sensation Terry Holmes Back In Action July 31st.

by on Jul.25, 2011, under Boxing News

Terry Holmes ready for Bheki Moyo this Saturday - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Teenage Sensation Terry Holmes Back In Action July 31st.

Stevenage teenager Terry Holmes is set for his fourth pro outing this coming weekend, when he takes on Earl’s Court’s Bheki Moyo at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at the Liquid Nightclub in Luton.

Terry, who is just nineteen year of age, has made an impressive start to his professional boxing career, having already notched up three superb wins against very good competition, in Johnny Greaves, Danny Connor and Jason Nesbitt.

What’s more Terry didn’t just win, he won every single round to secure shutout 40-36 points victories on all three outings to date.

Following a sparring session, under the watchful eyes of Graham Earl, young Terry spoke briefly on the upcoming showdown with Bheki Moyo, “Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. Looking to build my record now so looking for another win.

I want to win well, same old thing you know, stick with my jabs, big rights and my combinations. just going to do the same things as last time, no sense in trying to knock him out, if it comes it comes and if the chance comes that’s it.

I’m just going to try and relax, use my jab and pick him off with my combinations.

I’m not trying to rush things, but I’m looking to build myself up to get in some kind run going and possible title contention in the next year or so. There’s a long way to go, I’m only nineteen so I’ve got plenty of age to go, there’s no rush.”

Terry Holmes versus Bheki Moyo will be supporting the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Oshunrinde and Jahmaine Smyle that headlines ‘Renaissance

Graham Earl has put together an exciting undercard to support Oshunrinde-Smyle II that features, besides Terry Holmes, Belfast’s big banging Joe Hillerby as well as the debuts of local lads James Smith, Danny Mulhern and Tom Little.

Tickets, priced £30, for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at Liquid Nightclub, Gordon Street, Luton on Sunday July 31st 2011 are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at Graham Earl’s House of Champions Gym, Unit 11 Hitchin Road Industrial Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0DZ

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Oshunrinde And Smyle Go Face To Face Ahead Of 31st July Showdown

by on Jul.20, 2011, under Buzz

Manny Oshunrinde and Jahmaine Smyle face off ahead of July 31st showdown - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Oshunrinde And Smyle Go Face To Face Ahead Of 31st July Showdown

Earlier today Dollis Hill, London, based American Super Middleweight Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde and Leicester’s Jahmaine Smyle came face to face for the first time ahead of their highly anticipated rematch, which headlines the Graham Earl promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at Liquid Nightclub, Gordon Street, Luton, on Sunday July 31st 2011.

The big punching duo’s first encounter, at York Hall in January, lasted a mere seventy one seconds before referee Kieran McCann stopped the bout due to a bad cut above Smyle’s right eye, declaring the bout a technical draw and stating the cut was due to accidental clash of heads.

Oshunrinde and his coach, TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Barry Smith, were outraged, claiming there never was a clash of heads and the cut was caused by Oshunrinde’s solid jabs and big hooks and should have been declared as a TKO in their favour.

Speaking at Graham Earl’s House of Champions Gym in Luton Oshunrinde said, “It feels like redemption don’t it, yeah. It’s less than two weeks away, you can call it redemption but really I’m setting the record straight on a bad refereeing decision in January.

I’m feeling pretty good, I’m ready to rock and roll. When I beat him the first time I wasn’t in tip top shape, but now I feel like I am peaking really, really well.

Training’s going really, really good. Everything is right and coming into play, and I feel good.

I’ve been getting great sparring, been sparring great guys like Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker and this really good young kid that’s just turning over, he’s making his pro debut, Frankie Buglioni. He’s very good, he’s had an illustrious amateur career. He’s surprised me because he’s actually give me good sparring.

For this fight I’ve been sparring six and eight rounds to make sure I have the fitness. You always see me training , I always put a hundred and ten percent in because I’m trying to improve.
It didn’t go four rounds last time, I’m not going to make any predictions, other than a win. I don’t want to seem to cocky so I’m just going to predict the win and just box like I do in training.”

Jahmaine Smyle just sat smiling as Oshunrinde spoke, when he’d finished Smyle responded by saying, “I can’t wait to get in there. I’ve trained hard, I’ve been training for this for six weeks like.

I’m really looking forward to this, I can’t wait to get back in there. I’ve had good sparring, it’s all good, I’m ready.

The last one I only got caught by three shots before I got cut and they stopped it, under that new rule. It wasn’t a punch that did the cut, he caught me with the side of the gloves.

I’ve had some tough fights, that wasn’t one of them. I got through to the semis of Prizefighter, I think I had a tough draw, my last fight was a close fight, I thought I won it but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

All I know is I’m going to win, one hundred and ten percent. I’m not saying I’m going for a knockout, if it comes it comes, you know what I mean, I’m going to box him, I’m going to work him. I’m going to beat him.”

Graham Earl has put together an exciting undercard, to support Manny Oshunrinde versus Jahmaine Smyle II, featuring Graham Earl Promotions big banging stars Terry Holmes and Joe Hillerby as well as debuts for local lads James Smith, Danny Mulhern and and Tom Little.

Tickets, priced £30, for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at Liquid Nightclub, Gordon Street, Luton on Sunday July 31st 2011 are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at Graham Earl’s House of Champions Gym, Unit 11 Hitchin Road Industrial Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0DZ

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Graham Earl To Showcase Local Fighters On His 31st July ‘Renaissance’ Show

by on Jul.11, 2011, under Events

Graham Earl To Showcase Local Fighters On His 31st July ‘Renaissance’ Show

With the rematch of his classic 2007 ‘Fight of the Year’ encounter with Michael Katsidis firmly on hold for the foreseeable future, Graham Earl is keeping busy by presenting his third event of the year, ‘Renaissance’, which will take place in his home town of Luton on Sunday 31st July.

Heading up the card at the ‘Renaissance’ event are a pair of Graham Earl’s prodigies, Stevenage’s Terry Holmes and Belfast’s Joe Hillerby.

Terry Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his three previous outings, his last outing, against Jason Nesbitt at York Hall in May, is a fine example of the Stevenage teenager’s battling spirit

Holmes started strong and took the fight to the much more experienced Nesbitt. Each attack by him was met with strong resistance, Nesbitt countered with precision forcing Holmes to rethink his fight plan. It was a close round but Holmes had done the better work to earn the points.

Round two see Nesbitt take a leaf out of Holmes’ book, by starting fast and taking the fight to the Stevenage man. This worked to Holmes’ favour, Holmes is a classy boxer and Nesbitt’s new tactics allowed him to turn on the style. The later half of the round was all Holmes who plain boxed Nesbitt’s head off.

Round three and four produced more of the same, with Holmes utilising his superior boxing skills to easily secure the rounds, and the bout as the referee declared Holmes victorious by a shutout 40-36 points margin.

Belfast’s big hitting Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his fourth outing. Hillerby has also made quite an impact since turning pro in October last year. No surprise really, after all he’s an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!

His second fight, against tough battler Ryan Clark, went the full distance and proved to be one of the most exciting action packed fights of the night at Graham’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.

Hillerby’s third bout, against last minute replacement Bheki Moyo – and I do mean last minute as Moyo took the bout with less than ninety minutes notice after the original opponent failed to show – also went the distance, although it did look like the ‘Belfast Banger’ may have been showing his appreciation, for the game Earl’s Court based South African stepping in to save the fight, as it looked like he could have stopped Moyo on a couple of occasions but pulled back.

Joining Terry Holmes and Joe Hillerby on the show is Luton based Floridian Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshundrinde, who will be looking to get his career on track, following his loss, due to retirement after injuring his hand, to Tichfield’s Danny Couzens back in May.

On the 31st Oshunrinde, who is coached by Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London, will be facing Jahmaine Smyle for the second time in his fledgling career.

Their first meeting, at the magnificent ‘Capital Punishment’ event in January, had a highly contentious finish which see Oshunrinde robbed of his first win on British soil, when the referee declared the bout a technical draw and not the clear first round stoppage finish it was, following the fight being stopped due to a serious cut over Smyle’s right eye.

‘Renaissance’ will also feature the debut of three of Graham Earl’s newest signings, Luton’s James Smith, Hatfield’s Tom Little and Donegal’s Danny Mulhern.

Tickets, priced £30, for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Renaissance’ event at Liquid Nightclub, Gordon Street, Luton on Sunday July 31st 2011 are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Fight Report: Redemption For Cadman, Williams KOs Couzens, Grant Sensational And Moyo Saves The Day.

by on May.09, 2011, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Redemption For Cadman, Williams KOs Couzens, Grant Sensational And Moyo Saves The Day.

Photos and Report By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On Saturday night, whilst most British boxing fans were either watching Prizefighter on Sky or waiting for the Pacquiao-Mosley super bout from Las Vegas, the thousand or so fans that made their way to the famous York Hall in London, for the latest offering from former World Champion turned promoter Graham Earl, were treated to a cracking fight night.

The ‘Redemption day’ event may not have attracted a TV audience, more the shame because if it had a larger viewing audience would have been treated to some of the best drama and action seen in the ring this year – anywhere!

Heading up Graham’s show were two Southern Area title fights, and it’s with one, the highly anticipated Paul Morby-Daniel Cadman rematch for the Super Middleweight crown, that I’ll start.

For those that aren’t aware of the first meeting between these two back in January here is a very brief rundown. For ten nonstop rounds the pair battered the living daylights out of each other. My fight report of the time showed that I felt that many of the rounds were too close to call, however I did state that I thought that Cadman had probably just done enough to get nod on more than Morby. When the referee, Jeff Hinds, declared it a draw I wasn’t too surprised, as in all honesty it was probably the right decision.

There you go I told you it would be brief, I know that’s a bit unusual for me but that’s for a good reason – the early rounds of Morby-Cadman II were virtually a replay of the original battle and I don’t want to repeat myself too much in the report.

Right from the opening bell both protagonists took up where they left off in January, no feeling each other this time, it was instant all out war. The first five rounds were far too close to call, as control passed back and fourth in equal measure. It’s hard for me to report the highlights of the rounds as virtually every second was a highlight of sorts, even the roughhouse tactics and ‘professional’ fouls – of which there were plenty to keep referee Ken Curtis on his toes.

Round six became the first real turning point of fight, it was a great round. Again it was very close round with the action going back and fourth in equal measure but Daniel Cadman had started to exert his authority more and was landing the crisper, cleaner punches. This was enough for me to see this in his favour.

Like in the previous rounds the action in the seventh was nonstop, however Cadman shifted up a gear and started to pressure the Morby more, so much so that the slick southpaw was often having to box on the back foot. The final minute or so see Cadman chasing Morby around the ring with heavy double handed shots before corralling him against the ropes and letting off salvo after salvo of big shots. A clear round for Cadman.

Round eight was more of the same, that is until with just seconds to go before the bell it looked like Morby’s championship reign was going to end with a visit to the canvas, as Cadman again backed Morby onto the ropes before letting rip with bone shattering bomb after bomb. Morby managed to break free but didn’t get far before he forced back on to the ropes by yet another salvo of exocets.

Morby, who had taken so much punishment in the previous round, came back with a vengeance in the ninth. However Cadman wasn’t going to back down. The first couple of minutes was pure boxing heaven, with both showcasing their exceptional boxing skills and full arsenal of punches.

The final minute was another story altogether. Cadman again forced Morby onto the ropes and stated to play his ribs like a xylophone with wickedly fast double handed hooks. Each time Morby broke loose Cadman would just chase him down and start all over again. Saying that though I felt that over the three minutes both had worked equally hard and landed equivalent levels of punches so found this a hard one to call for either man.

As the bell rang to start the final round Paul Morby shot from his corner and went looking for a knockout finish, however Daniel Cadman was having none of it and wrestled control around the second minute. Then started another all out assault by Cadman, who again pushed Morby back onto the ropes before letting rip with another massive salvo of punches. Initially equal levels of punches came back at Cadman, but he just didn’t slow down the intensity of his attack.

With around ten seconds to go Cadman let rip with a massive overhand right to the head that sent Morby stumbling. In a flash a second, and then a third overhand right crashed into Morby’s skull. Somehow Morby stayed on his feet as yet again Cadman started letting rip with double handed salvos, which continued until the final bell. It was a storming final round, the perfect finale for an exceptional bout.

For thirty minutes both protagonists had given there all, they had provided exceptional entertainment for the assembled crowd, unlike with their previous encounter surely this time there would be a clear winner.

The man that would make the call, Ken Curtis, had done a fantastic job refereeing the bout, it could so easily have degenerated into a messy brawl but for his excellent and forceful interventions, and in my view he also got the decision spot on by declaring Daniel Cadman victorious by a 98-95 points margin.

After taking the plaudits from the fans, and receiving the coveted Southern Area Super Middleweight belt, Daniel Cadman said, “I am absolutely rubber ducked, I tried my hardest and got there in the end. I’m a bit too tired to talk much, but I am over the moon.

Everything’s down to Tony Simms, he believed in me when others didn’t and I want to thank him and this win is for him.”

Hastily fitted in between the two headline fights was a bout between Belfast’s Joe Hillerby against late replacement, Earl’s Court based South African, Bheki ‘Becks-Tiger’ Moyo.

When I say late replacement I mean Moyo took the fight with around ninety minutes notice, after the original opponent Matt Scriven failed to show. Luckily for Earl and Hillerby renowned manager Mickey Helliet was on hand. After various phone calls at 8.45pm Mickey managed to pull off an amazing coup by getting Moyo to agree to fight.

Considering his only arriving at York Hall some fifteen minutes or so earlier Moyo fought with the heart of a Tiger. Hillerby has a reputation as a big hitter and boy does he live up to that reputation. For four rounds he attacked the plucky South African with vigour. Moyo on the other hand had come to fight and gave his all and boxed beautifully on the back foot. Unsurprisingly Hillerby secured every round to earn a tidy 40-36 points victory.

I have to admit that I was mightily pleased that Hillerby didn’t stop Moyo, as looked possible on a couple of occasions, and the bout went the full distance.

Shortly after the fight Mickey Helliet said, “Yeah he was in the pub, next minute he’s in the ring. Good man, he went the distance. Once again he’s stepped in and helped a promoter, he’s a good man, a good man and he saved the fight and has been well paid for it.”

OK back to the championship action, with the Southern Area Cruiserweight title clash between Streatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Titchfield’s Danny Couzens.

Round one was quite a slow, close affair, as the pair felt each other out for the vast majority of the first couple of minutes. The bout heated up more in the final minute as Couzens started to pressure and Williams resorted to counter punching with the occasional all out attack. Consequently I found the round a little hard to score in favour of either.

Round two was another close round with some excellent back and fourth action. Again it was Couzens mainly doing the pressuring and Williams landing the most telling punches. I gave this round to Williams as midway through he landed a massive hook to the body that clearly shook Couzens. Then, as Couzens went on the defensive, Williams came forward landing more body shots.

Williams continued the body assault, in the third, with vicious hooks. With Couzens backed up on the ropes Williams started interspersing mighty uppercuts between the hooks to the body. Amazingly Couzens managed to move just enough to avoid the lightning fast uppercuts, but in doing so opened himself up to receive more punishment to the body. An easy round to call, it was Williams all the way.

Williams started fast in the fourth with wave after wave of body shots, about thirty seconds in, after yet another flurry of body shots, Williams let rip with a massive overhand right to the temple. Couzens instantly crashed to the deck.

Obviously overjoyed Williams started celebrating, that was until his manager/coach Johnny Eames drew his attention to the prone Couzens. The ecstatic crowd fell silent as the medics rushed to Couzens aid. After a few scary minutes Couzens finally showed signs of movement and the crowd responded with a round of applause as he is raised to a stool.

After receiving an ovation, following the fight was declared in his favour, Leon Williams briefly said, “That’s how I wanted it, I wanted a straight KO. You don’t get any extra for overtime. it was perfect, a perfect finish.

He’s a cool guy and we’ll keep in touch. Team Solid, we’re good to go.”

Prior to Leon William’s title defense his fellow TKO Boxing Gym mate Sam Standing made his pro debut, against Nuneaton’s highly experienced Kristian Laight.

Standing received a real baptism of fire, as Laight took the fight to him big time. Standing, who was forced to fight on the back foot throughout the bout, kept a cool head and picked off the ever advancing Laight with stiff jabs and double handed counter attacks. Whilst it was without doubt Laight putting in the majority of the work, it was Standing that enjoyed the bulk of success with quality punches landed and rightly earned his first win, albeit by a very close 39-38 margin.

Another debut preceded Standing-Laight, this time featuring Brighton Heavyweight Scott Whyley against one fight veteran Lithuanian Rolandas Cesna.

After a fairly slow and close first round Whyley came to life in the second by not only taking the fight to Cesna but also by landing the more solid and meaningful shots. Round three and four see much more of the same as Whyley’s confidence grew, which earned him a tidy 39-37 points maiden victory.

It’s good to see some new blood coming through the Heavyweight ranks. Whyley was cool, calm and collected and was more than happy to trade with both hands. Whyley’s performance, especially in the later rounds, bodes well for fans of the ‘big boys’.

London based American Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde was looking to get his first win on British soil, following his being cruelly robbed of a first round stoppage win back in January when the fight was mistakenly declared a technical draw. Tichfield’s Sammy Couzens was the target for the big Floridian hitter, however things didn’t go according to plan.

Right from the opening bell Couzens took the fight to Oshunrinde, he was all over the American like a rash. Oshunrinde responded with massive bombs in an attempt to slow the pumped up Couzens’ constant attacks.

Both the first and second rounds were close fought affairs with both Oshunrinde and Couzens slugging it out nonstop. Round three on the other hand was all Couzens, his attacks were measured and forceful. Throughout the round Oshunrinde seemed content to absorb the constant onslaught, but in doing so handed Couzens the round on a plate.

As the ring girl stepped into the ring Oshunrinde’s trainer, Barry Smith, signaled to referee, Bob Williams, that his man was in no condition to continue. An elated Sammy Couzens leapt for joy as Williams waved the fight off.

Newly married Terry Holmes cut his honeymoon short in order to prepare for the fight with Birmingham’s Jason Nesbitt.

A relaxed looking Holmes started strong and took the fight to the highly experienced Nesbitt. However Nesbitt was in no mood to present Holmes a late wedding present. Each attack by Holmes was met with strong resistance, Nesbitt countered with precision forcing Holmes to rethink his fight plan. It was a close round but I felt Holmes had done the better work to earn the points.

Round two see Nesbitt take a leaf out of Holmes’ book, by starting fast and taking the fight to the Stevenage man. This worked to Holmes’ favour, Holmes is a classy boxer and Nesbitt’s new tactics allowed Holmes to turn on the style. The later half of the round was all Holmes who plain boxed Nesbitt’s head off.

Round three and four produced more of the same, with Holmes utilising his superior boxing skills to easily secure the rounds, and the bout as the referee declared Holmes victorious by a shutout 40-36 points margin.

I was mightily impressed by Holmes’ performance and made a note directly after the bout that read ‘the combinations and skills displayed by Terry Holmes belied his minimal experience. He was brilliant, excellent.’

Former English title challenger Michael Grant made his long awaited return to the ring. Graham Earl had chosen Tooting’s Danny Dontchev as his newly signed charge’s first victim, sorry I mean opponent. Naw, I was right the first time. To describe Grant’s performance as brilliant would have to rate as one of the biggest understatements of the year, it was awesome.

Danny Dontchev is no mug, he’s a good all round boxer with plenty of experience and was selected to give Grant a tough test. The only problem is Grant is a championship quality fighter and it showed.

Any cobwebs accrued during Grant’s extended layoff were soon cleared, by midway through the first round he had already taken full control of the bout. Grant’s fluid movement caused Dontchev problems right from the start, allowing Grant to pick his shots and land them at will.

As the bout progressed Grant showcased his extensive arsenal of punches, as well as his world class ringcraft. The highly experienced Dontchev started to get frustrated and launched a series of wild attacks. Grant would just dance his way out of harms way before returning fire with a variety of exquisite shots.

Dontchev changed tactics and tried to rough up the slick stylist on the inside, again to no avail. Grant wasn’t fazed one iota and just continued to box his way.

It was an easy workout for Grant, as such it came as no surprise that at the end of his boxing exhibition Grant was declared victor by a 40-36 points margin by referee Bob Williams.

The opening bout of the night featured Belfast’s debuting Mark Ginley, against Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr.

This was a cracking opening bout. Right from the off young Mark Ginley boxed beautifully, he kept his cool even when Carr tried roughhouse tactics. Throughout the bout Ginley used his jab to keep the hard charging Carr at bay. Even when Carr got through young Ginley kept his head and defended skillfully.

Carr had a little more success in the third and landed a peach of a right hand that caused a noticeable swelling on Ginley’s cheek as well as a slight cut below the eye. However Ginley still won the round in my view due to his superior boxing.

Ginley controlled the final round with relative ease to be declared the victor by a 40-37 margin.

My congratulations go out to Graham Earl and his team for putting on such a quality show. Graham’s firm belief that all bouts should be evenly matched guarantees that boxing fans get full value for their money. We can only hope that the powers that be at Sky TV start taking note and decide to add Graham Earl promoted shows to their roster soon.

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Weights and Quotes from London: Morby-Cadman II and Williams-Couzens

by on May.06, 2011, under Boxing News

Weights and Quotes from London: Morby-Cadman II and Williams-Couzens

Earlier today, at the TKO Boxing Gym in London, the weigh-in took place for the Paul Morby versus Daniel Cadman, Southern Area Super Middleweight Title, and the Leon Williams versus Danny Couzens, Southern Area Cruiserweight Title, which co-headline the Graham Earl ‘Redemption Day’ event at York Hall on Saturday.

Paul Morby and Daniel Cadman go nose to nose for the second time this year - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Southern Area Super Middleweight Title

Paul Morby – 11st 13lbs 4oz

Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman – 11st 13lbs 8oz

Morby-Cadman II Quotes

Paul Morby, “Yeah, it’s a big day tomorrow, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident.

We’ve tweaked my training, we’ve changed it a little bit for this fight, Daniel will be able to see how much we’ve changed it tomorrow.

I’m gonna do what I have to do. Because the last fight was so close I’ve changed my training, I’m still doing the same things but I’ve added new dimensions and it’s these that are making me feel so confident.”

Daniel Cadman, “Just can’t wait to get in there, to be honest I just want to put the record straight.

Last time we fought I thought I’d won, a lot of people thought I’d won, so I’m going to put the record straight really.

The shows called Redemption Day, so hopefully there will be redemption and I’ll get a good win.

Training has been going really well. I’ve trained hard, longer than before. We were to fight in the last show but it didn’t happen which was a big disappointment.

I can’t wait, can’t wait.”

 

Danny Couzens and Leon Williams come face to face ahead of their title clash - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Southern Area Cruiserweight Title

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams – 14st 2lbs 12oz

Danny Couzens – 13st 5lbs

Williams-Couzens Quotes

Leon Williams, “It’s going to be a great day for Team Solid and there’s gonna be some bone crushing, I’m gonna crack his jaw man.

It’s a good fight and I’m ready to go, I’m excited, I’m pumped up. I’m sexually frustrated, I need to get this fight out of the way so I can get some love, yeah.”

Danny Couzens, “Personally I’m just going to go in there and show him my boxing skills and out box him, yeah that’s it.”

 

American Manny Oshundrinde looks to beat Sam Couzens to secure his first UK win - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Super Middleweight

Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde – 12 st 5lbs

Sam Couzens – 12st 8lbs 3/4oz

Oshunrinde-Couzens Quotes

Emmanuel Oshunrinde, “I’m ready to go, I’m really excited. I feel great and I’m ready to go to work baby, you know how we do.”

Sam Couzens, “I’m gonna take him apart.”

Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or at York Hall on the night.

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Graham Earl Signs Michael Grant – Fights Youssef Al Hamidi On May 7th

by on May.03, 2011, under Buzz

Michael Grant at the TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Graham Earl Signs Michael Grant – Fights Youssef Al Hamidi On May 7th

Former World Champion turned promoter Graham Earl has signed one time English title challenger Michael Grant to his rapidly growing stable of thoroughbred boxing prospects.

Grant is set to make his maiden outing under the Graham Earl Promotions banner this coming Saturday, at Graham’s ‘Redemption Day’ double title headed event at York Hall in Bethnal Green. Grant’s opponent has been named as tough Dewsbury, Yorkshire based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi.

On making the announcement Graham Earl said, “Michael’s a good fighter, he’s done his apprenticeship. We know he’s a very good fighter and should be right up there challenging for more titles, the only reason he isn’t is that he doesn’t get to fight that often.

That will change now, so it’s down to him to show everyone that we made the right decision in signing him.”

Grant then spoke briefly on both signing with Graham Earl Promotions and Saturday’s showdown with Al Hamidi, “I’m really pleased that Graham has taken an interest in me.

It means so much to me as Graham is obviously going to get me the fights that I need to get and want this year. I’m really, really happy to be with Graham.

This is a now or never for me, I’ve had some time out and now I’ve really got to get out there and make a point.

Youssef is very experienced and has been in with some good names, he’s never been stopped, so he’s a really strong and durable fella. He’ll be a good come back fight for me.

I’m confident I’ll get the win, I’m much stronger at Lightweight and I expect to be getting a lot of stoppages at this weight.

I’m not saying I’m one hundred percent going to stop Youssef, he’s very strong and never been stopped in fourty odd fights, but I feel so much stronger at this weight and his record gives me more of an incentive to go for it to make a big statement on my return.”

Michael Grant, against Youssef Al Hamidi features on the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event which is co-headlined by fellow TKO Boxing Gym mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams who defends the BBBofC Southern Area Cruiserweight title against Danny Couzens at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Co-headlining will be the eagerly anticipated Paul Morby-Daniel Cadman rematch for the Southern Area Super Middleweight title.

In addition to Michael Grant, Graham Earl has lined up a seriously strong undercard featuring some of the Country’s most exciting young warlords.

Former American Basketball star Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde will be hoping that his return to York Hall will be more satisfying than his previous outing there.

Oshunrinde was clearly robbed of his first win on British soil when his shortened fight with Jahmaine Smyle was declared a technical draw, following the fight being stopped, in the first round, due to a serious cut over Smyle’s right eye.

On May 7th Oshunrinde will be facing Sam Couzens, brother of Danny who faces Leon Williams.

Graham also has his exciting Light Welterweight Terry Holmes out for his third professional bout, against a yet to be named opponent. Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his two previous outings and Graham has big expectations for the heavy hitting nineteen year old from Stevenage.

Another big hitter, Belfast’s Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his third outing. Hillerby, who debuted in October 2010, has made quite an impact on the scene. No surprise really, after all he is an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!

His second fight, against super tough Ryan Clark, lasted the full course and turned out to be one of the most action packed fights of the night at Graham Earl’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.

Lowestoft Featherweight Craig Poxton will be looking to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Grant’s opponent on Saturday Youssef Al Hamidi a year ago.

Making their professional debuts at ‘Redemption Day’ are Belfast’s Mark Ginley, Heavyweight Scott Whyley whilst former Armed Services boxer Sam Standing will be joining his TKO Boxing Gym mates Williams, Grant and Oshunrinde on the show.

Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Morby-Cadman II – Paul Morby Determined To Retain Title On May 7th

by on Apr.26, 2011, under Buzz

Paul Morby intends to retain his title on May 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Morby-Cadman II – Paul Morby Determined To Retain Title On May 7th

Back in January Portsmouth’s Paul Morby defended his Southern Area Super Middleweight title against Daniel Cadman, after ten scintillating rounds referee Jeff Hinds surprised the thousand plus crowd that packed into York Hall by holding both protagonists hands aloft, declaring the bout a draw.

No surprise then that Cadman’s camp immediately called for a rematch, especially as they, and many of those in attendance on the night, felt he had done enough to wrestle the belt from Morby’s grip.

What’s more Morby was more than happy to accept a rematch, if only to put the record straight and prove that he was the legitimate champion, and in doing so set the scene for Morby-Cadman II, which will take place on the Graham Earl promoted, and aptly named, ‘Redemption Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Action from Morby-Cadman I at York Hall in London back in January - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Rarely has a battle for a minor belt, such as the Southern Area, held so much significance. It’s not just about putting the record straight, by proving their superiority over the other, as that’s something every fighter strives for, but victory on May 7th will propel the winner up the rankings and into the mix for either an English or British title shot.

The winner on the 7th May could well be destined for a major pay day in the very near future as James DeGale, the current British Super Middleweight Champion, defends his crown against George Groves on the 21st May. The winner of DeGale-Groves will surely be looking to get a defense under their belt before challenging for the European title, and as such the winner of Morby-Cadman II could easily find themselves challenging for the coveted Lonsdale belt on a major televised show by the end of the year.

Following a sparring session at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London, Morby took a little time to talk about the previous meeting with Daniel Cadman as well as their upcoming encounter on the 7th May, “It’s an exciting prospect, because he thinks he won the last fight and I think I won the last fight. So we’ve both got a point to prove.

Yeah it was close, he come forward throwing more solid shots. I caught him more frequently but they weren’t that solid.

It’s going to be a very different ending. I have no doubts about that, I have no doubts whatsoever. This is the best I’ve felt before a fight for years. Seriously Michael’s pushing me in training, the boys are pushing me in sparring. I’m fit and ready to go now.

To Daniel I have one thing to say, if you are a superstitious man don’t let no black cats walk in front of you, don’t walk under any ladders. You’ll need to be crossing your fingers from now until May 7th as you need all the help you can get, you’re in trouble.”

The rematch between Paul Morby and Daniel Cadman, for the Southern Area Super Middleweight title, headlines the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Co-headlining is Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, who will be defending his BBBofC Southern Area Cruiserweight title, against Danny Couzens.

Heading up the support card for the two co-headlining title fights sees the sensational former English Light Welterweight title challenger Michael Grant making his first appearance as a Lightweight.

In addition to Michael Grant, Graham Earl has lined up a seriously strong undercard featuring some of the Country’s most exciting young warlords.

Former American Basketball star Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde will be hoping that his return to York Hall will be more satisfying than his previous outing there.

Oshunrinde was clearly robbed of his first win on British soil when his shortened fight with Jahmaine Smyle was declared a technical draw, following the fight being stopped, in the first round, due to a serious cut over Smyle’s right eye.

On May 7th Oshunrinde will be facing Sam Couzens, brother of Danny who faces Leon Williams.

Graham also has his exciting Light Welterweight Terry Holmes out for his third professional bout, against a yet to be named opponent. Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his two previous outings and Graham has big expectations for the heavy hitting nineteen year old from Stevenage.

Another big hitter, Belfast’s Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his third outing. Hillerby, who debuted in October 2010, has made quite an impact on the scene. No surprise really, after all he is an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!

His second fight, against super tough Ryan Clark, lasted the full course and turned out to be one of the most action packed fights of the night at Graham Earl’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.

Lowestoft Featherweight Craig Poxton will be looking to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Youssef Al Hamidi a year ago.

Making their professional debuts at ‘Redemption Day’ are Belfast’s Mark Ginley, Heavyweight Scott Whyley whilst former Armed Services boxer Sam Standing will be joining his TKO Boxing Gym mates Williams, Grant and Oshunrinde on the show.

Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are now on sale and priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Oshunrinde Vows To Knock Couzens Out On May 7th

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Buzz

Manny Oshunrinde vows to get his first win on British soil on May 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Oshunrinde Vows To Knock Couzens Out On May 7th

Dollis Hill, London based American Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde feels that he has a point to prove when he returns to York Hall to face Sam Couzens, at the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ double title headlined event, on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Back in January, at Graham Earl’s ‘Capital Punishment’ event, Oshunrinde plain outclassed and out punched Jahmaine Smyle until the referee called a halt to the proceedings, after just two minutes and eleven seconds of the first round, due to a bad cut over Smyle’s right eye.

Oshunrinde’s pure delight at getting his first win on British soil quickly turned to disbelief as the referee then declared the bout a technical draw, claiming the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads.

The only problem is that at no time were their heads in close proximity for the alleged clash to occur. Video replays showed that the damage to Smyle’s right eye, and the heavily swollen left eye, were entirely due to Oshunrinde’s exceptionally long and hard straight jabs.

Following a sparring session with Leon Williams, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Oshunrinde spoke of the fight with Smyle briefly before moving on to his upcoming showdown with Sam Couzens on May 7th, “The last fight I was pretty confident before the fight. I trained really hard here at the TKO Gym with Johnny (Eames) and Barry (Smith) as you know.

I felt really good, you know Jahmaine Smyle was making out like he was some kind of bulldozer and was going to walk right through me.

Tell you what, he couldn’t get past my left hand, so that really proved my critics wrong I guess. It was a pretty controversial night, you know you were right there ringside and you saw the appalling refereeing decision.

Anyway I’m putting that in the past because right now I’m looking forward to May 7th when I get to fight Sam Couzens. Hopefully this time I’ll get that KO on my record, that is as long as there is no controversial technical decision, if you know what I mean.

I’ve been training really hard and been sparring a big Cruiserweight, Leon Williams, the Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion and sparring’s going great you know. He’s bullying me a little bit but you’ve got to do it and it’s good sparring for me.

I’ve also been sparring with another Cruiserweight here, Mitchell Balker, the Dutch guy. He’s real technical, real come forward fighter, real hard worker. They are really putting me through it, they’re two weight classes above me but I’m holding my own. I’m not just getting through it I’m also learning in the process of handling bigger, heavier guys. I’m benefitting a lot from it.

I want a KO finish on my record, one that stands, not just that but I want to get my first victory on British soil, so to speak. I’ve had eight fights overseas with eight knockouts, which apparently the British Boxing Board of Control don’t recognise. Apparently the boxing organisation is not recognised by them as a legitimate professional organisation which is wrong as they have been proven to be authentic, but that’s the way things are sometimes.

Anyway I am just going to look forward to my next fight. This is my year and I’m just going to rack up all the wins I can get and then hopefully by the end of this year we’re talking titles. I’m feeling good, I’m with the right trainers, I’m with the right sparring partners and I’m in the right family, the TKO family, which is a pretty good place to be.

I’m just looking onwards and upwards and am looking to make a name for myself.

Last time I beat him up with just my jab, this time I’m using my whole arsenal. I can guarantee that Sam hasn’t fought anybody like me before. I’m gonna box his head off”

Manny Oshunrinde, against Sam Couzens features on the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event which is co-headlined by fellow TKO Boxing Gym mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams who defends the BBBofC Southern Area Cruiserweight title against Danny Couzens at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Co-headlining will be the eagerly anticipated Paul Morby-Daniel Cadman rematch for the Southern Area Super Middleweight title.

Heading up the support card for the two title fights sees the sensational former English Light Welterweight title challenger Michael Grant making his first appearance as a Lightweight.

In addition to Michael Grant, Graham Earl has lined up a seriously strong undercard featuring some of the Country’s most exciting young warlords.

Graham also has his exciting Light Welterweight Terry Holmes out for his third professional bout, against a yet to be named opponent. Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his two previous outings and Graham has big expectations for the heavy hitting nineteen year old from Stevenage.

Another big hitter, Belfast’s Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his third outing. Hillerby, who debuted in October 2010, has made quite an impact on the scene. No surprise really, after all he is an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!

His second fight, against super tough Ryan Clark, lasted the full course and turned out to be one of the most action packed fights of the night at Graham Earl’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.

Lowestoft Featherweight Craig Poxton will be looking to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Youssef Al Hamidi a year ago.

Making their professional debuts at ‘Redemption Day’ are Belfast’s Mark Ginley, Heavyweight Scott Whyley whilst former Armed Services boxer Sam Standing will be joining his TKO Boxing Gym mates Williams, Grant and Oshunrinde on the show.

Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are now on sale and priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Out-Standing! – Former Army Boxer Sam To Pro-Debut On May 7th

by on Apr.19, 2011, under Buzz

Sam Standing primed and ready for action on May 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Out-Standing! – Former Army Boxer Sam To Pro-Debut On May 7th

Former Army boxer Sam Standing is used to a good fight, but come the 7th of May this will take on a whole new meaning for the 25 year old year old from Plumstead, South London, as he takes a big step up, from amateur to professional status, and makes his pro-debut at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ double title event at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Standing, a former South East Divs Gold Medalist, has been getting the best possible preparation from his co-trainers Derek Grainger and Johnny Eames, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, to ensure his transition from amateur to pro is as smooth a process as possible. Such is their faith in Standing that the esteemed pairing even enlisted the help of former IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes as his sparring partner.

Sam Standing and Colin Lynes spar at the TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Following one of the sparring sessions Standing took a little time out to talk about his amateur career and his upcoming pro-debut. “I started boxing when I was eleven, I started Thai boxing and then went onto boxing. I boxed for about six years and then I boxed for the Army for four years. I had fifty three amateur fights and eventually won the South East ABA, but lost in the finals of the National ABAs.

I’m learning the trade at the moment, been sparring Colin Lynes and working a lot with Derek Grainger. As I said I’m still learning the trade really, learning the pro style.

I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, they’ve mentioned a few names but nothing confirmed yet.

I’m pretty excited and can’t wait to give the pro game a go. Pretty excited to finally achieve what I want to really do, become a professional in the sport I love.

I’m going to give my all and hopefully come away with a tidy win on May 7th.”

Sam Standing against a yet to be announced opponent will feature on the undercard of fellow TKO Gym mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ first defense of his Southern Area Cruiserweight title against Danny Couzens, which co headlines the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ double title headed event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Co-headlining will be the eagerly anticipated Paul Morby-Daniel Cadman rematch for the Southern Area Super Middleweight title.

Heading up the support card for the two title fights sees yet another TKO Boxing Gym mate, the sensational former English Light Welterweight title challenger Michael Grant, who will be making his first appearance as a Lightweight.

In addition to Standing and Grant, Graham Earl has lined up a seriously strong undercard featuring some of the Country’s most exciting young warlords.

Former American Basketball star Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde will be hoping that his return to York Hall will be more satisfying than his previous outing there.

Oshunrinde was clearly robbed of his first win on British soil when his shortened fight with Jahmaine Smyle was declared a technical draw, following the fight being stopped, in the first round, due to a serious cut over Smyle’s right eye.

Graham also has his exciting Light Welterweight Terry Holmes out for his third professional bout, against a yet to be named opponent. Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his two previous outings and Graham has big expectations for the heavy hitting nineteen year old from Stevenage.

Another big hitter, Belfast’s Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his third outing. Hillerby, who debuted in October 2010, has made quite an impact on the scene. No surprise really, after all he is an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!

His second fight, against super tough Ryan Clark, lasted the full course and turned out to be one of the most action packed fights of the night at Graham Earl’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.

Lowestoft Featherweight Craig Poxton will be looking to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Youssef Al Hamidi a year ago.

Making their professional debuts at ‘Redemption Day’ are Belfast’s Mark Ginley and Heavyweight Scott Whyley.

Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are now on sale and priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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