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The Daily Sport’s boxing scribe Paul Zanon recently caught up with TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s star female boxer, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, ahead of her World Boxing Union (WBU) European title fight, against Bulgarian #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska, on the Dave Murphy, Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE event at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 1st March 2014.
The interview, which is published today in the Daily Sport – www.dailysport.co.uk – focuses mainly on Marianne’s time under the tutelage of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier in Philadelphia, but also provides a little insight into her background and career to date.
Following the interview Paul Zanon said of the fiery blonde with a knockout reputation.
“Marianne is an ambassador for Women’s boxing and an example that the discipline of the pugilistic art form should be available to all.
Her story is inspiring, but don’t let her charm get to you, she packs a serious punch.”
To read the full interview go to www.dailysport.co.uk/sport/dailysport-catches-fiery-east-end-boxer-marianne-marston/
Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ event, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 1st March 2014
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.mariannemarston.com or in person from Marianne at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com
For further information or to order tickets by phone please call – 07960 850645 or 07557 641597
Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston
Last night, at the Stevenage Leisure Centre, in his sixth pro outing St Neots unbeaten teen star Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin dispatched his latest opponent, Luton’s Wagas Ahmed, in just one minute and fifty seconds of the first round.
Ahmed came off the blocks hard and fast, however the seriously talented Martin kept his cool, picking off the Luton man with ease as he charged in throwing big right hands.
However, after feeling the power of the teen’s shots, Ahmed soon changed to spoiling tactics, grabbing and holding at every opportunity, the only result being to stall the inevitable for a few extra seconds.
Martin used his superior ring craft to create an opening before throwing a powerful left, seemingly disorienting Ahmed, who confusingly turned his back and unsteadily headed towards his own corner.
Speaking earlier Martin’s promoter and manager Johnny Eames succinctly stated.
“Some people may thing that was too easy for Tommy, it probably was, the kid is a serious talent, he’s unbeaten in six in his first year as a pro and he’s still only nineteen years of age.
Tommy’s disappointed the other kid didn’t give him more of a fight, as he wanted to put in a real good performance tonight, as his sponsors Colin and Graham from Junction 17 Cars were ringside, but at the end of the day you can only fight who is in front of you.
We have big plans for Tommy and if all goes well his next fight should be on a big TV show in February.”
Sensational Welterweight prospect Gary Corcoran is back in action this coming weekend, when he takes on Welsh battler Dai Jones, on the Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Saturday 30th November 2013.
With six excellent wins under his belt already, the Paddington, London based twenty three year old is without doubt one of brightest future stars to come out of the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town in recent times.
Right from day one, Corcoran has entertained the fans, and terrorised his opponents, with his marauding all action style, just ask any of his opponents, especially Matt Seawright and Ross Payne, who both got stopped well within the distance, Payne in just 2 minutes of the first round back in November last year.
Taking a break from his final preparations Corcoran took a few moments to talk about his upcoming showdown with Dai Jones, as well as hints at Championship aspirations in 2014.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t fought for five or six months, so you can see why I’m looking forward to it so much.
I don’t know anything about him, I let my trainer look at him, I’ll just get on with it, I’ve had six good wins, hopefully this’ll be my seventh win.
This will be my last six rounder, so will be stepping up after this and hopefully I’ll get a Southern Area title under my belt in 2014 and go on from there.
My camp has been great, no problems at all, I just can’t wait to get in there and do the business.
It’s going to be a great show, unfortunately Nathan Cleverly has had to pull out, but the rest of the show is so strong the fans are going to be more than happy.
I’m not the only fighter from the TRAD TKO on the card, Frankie Buglioni and Colin Lynes are both fighting for titles and I’m on there, so there’ll be plenty for the boys to cheer for on the night.
I want to say a big thank you to all those that will be turning out to support me, you’re going to see even better from me on the 30th, even better than before – Gary Corcoran is out for more.”
Gary Corcoran versus Dai Jones takes place on Saturday 3oth November 2013 on the Frank Warren Queensberry Promotions ‘Rock The Box II’ mega event at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
Remaining tickets for ‘Rock The Box II’ are available at www.tkoboxoffice.com
Gatenby Relishes Return to Venue ‘Where It All Began’ On Nov 30th.
Portsmouth’s Andy Gatenby is relishing returning to South Parade Pier in Southsea to box on November 30th, when he takes on a yet to be named opponent on the undercard of gym mate Joel McIntyre’s first tilt at Championship honours, on the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event.
The reason for Andy’s enthusiasm stems from his amateur days, as he enjoyed numerous successes at the Victorian landmark.
With six resounding victories under his belt at the famous South Coast venue, young Andy is hopeful that his upcoming return as a professional boxer will be equally successful, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to South Parade Pier, this will be the first time I’ve boxed there since I turned professional.
I’ve had about six fights there as an amateur, so it’s a good vibe for me as I’m going back to where it all began for me, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.
Training’s been going really well, but next week we’re stepping things up, I’ll be going up to London for a week’s camp, so I’ll be at the TRAD TKO all next week and get some good sparring in.
Since turning pro I’ve fought three times, the first one was alright, the second was better than the first and my last fight was better than both the first and second put together.
I’ve improved with every fight, so if all goes well I will do so again on the 30th.”
Andy Gatenby, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Bragging Rights’ event at South Parade Pier, Southsea on Saturday 30th November
Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Andy Gatenby – Tel: 07767 830195
Portsmouth’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre gets his first taste of Championship action later this month, when he faces Tichfield’s Danny Couzens for the International Light Heavyweight International Masters title at the TRAD TKO Events promoted BRAGGING RIGHTS event at South Parade Pier in Southsea, on Saturday 30th November.
Joel’s journey to potential Championship honours began with a chance meeting with local hero, WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, who first noticed the young scrapper aggressively attacking the heavy bag at a local gym and offered his advice.
After a year or so nurturing the youngster, Tony decided to introduce Joel to his manager and coach, the esteemed Johnny Eames, head honcho of the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.
Johnny happily welcomed the talented youngster to the team and, with Tony’s support, began guiding Joel through a series of low key fights, mainly at local shows in the Portsmouth and Southampton area.
After six resounding victories Johnny, and then recently engaged coach John Murray, felt the time was right to introduce Joel to ‘the big stage’ and negotiated an slot on the undercard of the John McDermott versus Matt Skelton title battle
Joel came through the test with flying colours, with an excellent points victory over Darren McKenna, in doing so convinced both his coach and manager that he was just a fight or two away from a minor title shot.
Two further top class wins, over Mitch Mitchell and Jody Meikle, that followed convinced Johnny and John that Joel was ready to step up to the plate and compete for his first title.
If those wins hadn’t convinced the pair that Joel was ready, then his regular full on sparring sessions with British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and star prospect Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni, clearly would have, as the Pompey lad really came into his own against two of the top talents in the sport today.
Following his latest sparring session with Frankie Buglioni, Joel took a little time to talk about his upcoming title fight.
“I’m so pleased to be fighting for my first title and it’s in front of a home crowd as well.
I’m really up for it, I’ve never been this up for a fight before.
It’s going to be a proper derby, he’s from Tichfield, so people are saying Southampton versus Portsmouth, so that’s even more reason to get in there and have it.
He says he’s had better opposition before, that doesn’t matter, he’s never fought me, that’s all I’ve got say.
To be fair to Danny, we get on quite well, we’re pretty respectful to each other, but I’ve said it before I’m not losing this fight, I’m seriously up for this fight.
This will be the first serious step up for me and I’m really excited by it.
Been sparring with Frankie Buglioni for the past few weeks, three days a week, it’s always good sparring, so good we should be charging for tickets on the door.
Frankie’s a very good fighter, you don’t get away with things twice with him, he learns from his mistakes, the same with me, if he catches me with a good shot, he wont do again, so we’re both learning from the sparring.
You have to be switched on when you spar Frank, I think he feels the same about me, it’s really good sparring.
I come up to the TRAD TKO Gym on Monday and stay to Wednesday, and other weeks come up on Wednesday and stay until Friday.
I have to say a big thank you to Tony Oakey, it was him that in me from day one, now I’m fighting for my first title.
He’s not that involved in things these days, as far as training goes, but we do still keep in touch.
Every story has a beginning, middle and an end, Tony was definitely my introduction, he bought me up to the TKO, when he was still fighting, I was training with him for his last fight and I went to his last fight, sat ringside.
He was World Champion and definitely put our town on the map, now I’m going to try and do the same.”
Joel McIntyre versus Danny Couzens, International Masters Light Heavyweight Title clash, headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £25 (Standard) – £70 (Ringside and Meal) – £10 (Under 18 years old) are available direct from Joel McIntyre – Tel: 07557 516657
Open Letter To The British Boxing Board Of Control – Sub Section To European Boxing Union and EBU Member Countries
Open Letter To The British Boxing Board Of Control – Sub Section To European Boxing Union and EBU Member Countries
Specific attention: Mr Robert Smith, Mr Charles Giles, Mr Bob Logist and Mrs Enza Jacaponi
Dear Robert, Charles, Bob and Enza
As you are aware I personally authorised the Malta Boxing Commission sanctioning of Shiya Ozgul versus Chris Jenkinson, which took place immediately after the BBBofC sanctioned bouts concluded, at York Hall in London on Friday, 18th October 2013.
The sanctioning of the bout was legally and professionally undertaken, including full medical coverage – two doctors including a neurosurgeon, ambulance and two paramedics – as well as overseen by licensed officials, including timekeeper, supervisor, world renowned referee and two inspectors.
My reason for doing so, was initiated by the failure by the British Boxing Board of Control’s head office to ensure that requests for information, such as the engagement of a foreign boxer, to reach ourselves in adequate time.
The letter from BBBofC head office arrived on the morning of the 17th October, we responded immediately and submitted the request by e.mail, after which we were informed that the request was submitted too late.
The promoter, TRAD TKO Events Johnny Eames, spoke with Dennis Gilmartin at BBBofC head office and explained the situation, unfortunately his pleas for assistance from the BBBofC fell on deaf ears.
I took particular umbrage over this, as this lack of support for a long time BBBofC license holder not only put the event in financial danger, but also would have prevented the two boxers involved in earning a living.
The BBBofC does not employ, or financially remunerate the boxers in any way, as such the BBBofC have no right to hinder or prevent any legally licensed professional boxer plying his or her trade with such restrictive action(s).
Whilst yes, the BBBofC is a professional boxing sanctioning organisation, it is also a members club and as such should be assisting the membership, not hindering them with restrictive practices.
As managing director of TKO Boxing Gym Limited I decided that the actions of the BBBofC were totally unreasonable and as such in my other role of co-founder and Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission decided to ensure that the fight would indeed take place, in order to prevent both the financial loss to TRAD TKO Events as well as loss of earnings for the boxers.
In addition, as you are also aware the same week I authorised the Malta Boxing Commission licensing of WBO European Super Featherweight Champion Ben Jones, so that he could box Juli Giner in Barcelona, Spain on the 18th October.
I authorised the request after being informed that the BBBofC head office had refused permission, once again stating that the request arrived too late – even though it was e.mailed to the BBBofC head office some ten days prior, but not acted upon, allegedly due to Mr. Gilmartin being away from the office.
My actions were undertaken solely to ensure that Mr. Jones would be able to ply his trade, as is his legal right.
On the matter of the rights of European domiciled and licensed professional boxers to ply their trade within other European countries, I had previously consulted Lawyers specialising in European law to ensure that the Malta Boxing Commission operated within the parameters of European Union law.
However, to ensure there were no changes since doing so, I contacted lawyers again this week and have been assured that the rights of the boxers, to ply their trade, are the same as previously stated – as contained within the following EU directives and articles.
European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC.
Article 20(1) TFEU establishes the concept of EU citizenship by stating that ‘Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union’, while Article 21(1) TFEU provides that ‘Every citizen of the Union shall have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down in this Treaty and by the measures adopted to give it effect’.
Additionally, please note that under current Home Office regulations, sportsmen attending an international competition do not need work permits.
I suggest that the BBBofC and the European Boxing Union and it’s members – who had previously refused to allow their boxers to fight in the United Kingdom on Luxembourg Boxing Federation and German Boxing Association sanctioned events, due to objections by the BBBofC – take the time to study these directives and articles.
The British Boxing Board of Control IS NOT Government sanctioned, it does not have any legal standing or any right, to be the sole professional boxing sanctioning organisation operating within the United Kingdom, under European Law.
The BBBofC is a Limited Liability company, as such like any other company should refrain from operating restrictive practises in order to prevent competition in the field of operation, or face the consequences of their actions.
The European Boxing Union, which is also a Limited Liability company, are also subject to the same laws, both company and European.
It should be noted that Mr. Peter Stucki had stated in writing last year, that the EBU is only a Championship Sanctioning organisation and not a governing body.
As such the EBU should confine their actions to the sanctioning of European Championship Boxing and not involve themselves in politically motivated acts, as they did in the case of the expulsion of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation at the request of the BBBofC, as well as the case of an application by Iain Weaver for a Spanish license following objections by the BBBofC.
It should be noted, that on co-creating of the Malta Boxing Commission, I insisted that we base ourselves on the BBBofC, who I totally respected, as I felt the BBBofC were the elite National Sanctioning organisation within Europe, however since the recent removal of members voting rights and various other outrageous actions that have followed, I now feel that the BBBofC standing has fallen to an all time low.
The Malta Boxing Commission were also a proud member of the European Boxing Union, however my admiration for the organisation is also at an all time low, following the disgraceful way that the EBU allowed the BBBofC to manipulate the expulsion of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation as well as the assisting of the BBBofC in their efforts to coerce fellow EBU members to do their bidding.
Whilst the actions authorised by myself last week were due to exceptional circumstances and are not the Malta Boxing Commission’s intended operating procedure, I/we reserve the right under European law to ply the trade of the Malta Boxing Commission and TKO Boxing Gym Limited, and it’s associated companies, within the confines of Europe, including the United Kingdom, and as such should I/we ever feel that the BBBofC, the EBU or associated EBU members, apply any restrictive practices that affect the rights of our members, license holders and/or TRAD TKO boxers to ply their trade, I/we will ensure that the BBBofC and/or EBU and/or EBU Member organisation(s) face the consequences of their actions.
Gianluca Di Caro
Ritchie Eames, the son of famed East London coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames is set for a taste of ring action this coming Saturday, when he competes in the LAST MAN STANDING White Collar Boxing tournament, the latest offering from Chrissy Morton and her Bad Boy Promotions crew.
To prepare for the tournament, Ritchie has been training alongside notable stars of the sport, such as British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, new Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Freddie Turner, former British, European and World Champion Colin Lynes, British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton, Prizefighter Cruiserweight winner Wadi ‘Macho Man’ Camacho, Former English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng as well as many of the brightest young prospects that train at his father’s equally famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.
The LAST MAN STANDING tournament is similar in concept to the pioneering Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter tournament, the main difference being instead of featuring a single division, LAST MAN STANDING has three, different weight category, mini tournaments, plus a four bout undercard.
Following a grueling training and sparring session at the TRAD TKO gym, Ritchie spoke briefly about the upcoming tournament.
“Yeah, I’m really looking forward to Saturday, it’s going to be a real challenge.
Like Prizefighter, you can’t predict a winner, yeah there may be favourites but to win it you’ve got to fight three times in a short amount of time.
I know a few of the guys fighting, but in my weight division I don’t know any of them, I don’t know anything about any of the potential opponents at my weight at all.
I’ve had two fights before on Chrissy’s shows, I won them both but that means nothing, for this I’m just going to see how it goes.
If I win my first fight, brilliant, but then I’ve got to be ready to go out and fight again, win that then I’m in with a chance of winning the cash prize.
Been having good training as usual so I’m as ready as I can be.
Really looking forward to it, it’ll be great, hopefully I’ll walk away with the £1000 prize money and have a big party afterwards.”
Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated) and £40 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – limited tickets will also be available at York Hall on the night.
On Friday night at York Hall in London, TRAD TKO Gym’s Marianne Marston made very short work of her fight with Katalina Lazar, stopping the Romanian late replacement in just sixty seven seconds of the first round.
In front of a highly partisan crowd, that included a large contingent of fans from her favourite football team, Arsenal, Marianne put on yet another sensational performance.
From the off Marianne and Katalina exchanged stiff jabs, then around the twenty second mark Marianne switched focus to the body, letting rip with a vicious hook to the body, with the wind knocked out of her Katalina had no option but to take to one knee.
Right from the restart Marianne went back to throwing stiff jabs, forcing Katalina to adopt a high guard, which played right into the South Londoner’s hands, who first shoots out a solid right hand jab, quickly followed by a left cross to the body, which was enough to send Katalina back to the canvas, this time though she failed to make the count.
The first round knockout was officially timed at just sixty seven seconds, Marianne’s record now stands at two fights, two wins, both by first round stoppage.
“I don’t really know what to say about it actually.
I’m pleased it was easy and disappointed it was easy at the same time, obviously I would have liked the opportunity to show off a little bit.
I’m sure there’s going to be some point, somewhere in my career, where I’m going to dream about having fights as easy as that, but right now I would rather have a little more of a challenge, so people can see what I can do.
Obviously if my original opponent, Masa Bacanov, hadn’t broke her hand I think it would have been a different fight, I would have still won, but it would have been a different fight.
Saying that, I can’t thank Katalina enough for taking the fight at such short notice, the details weren’t finalized until late on Thursday, I don’t think we even got hold of her manager until five or six o’clock and the details weren’t finalized until three minutes past midnight.
I don’t think either of us had a particularly good night that night, she had to travel three hundred kilometers from where she lived to get to the airport in the morning.
Yeah, I’m happy to get another win under my belt as there’s a possible title fight coming up later this year.
I have been told I am due to fight for the WBF Super Bantamweight International title, it was supposed to be on November 30th at York Hall, but with the big Frank Warren show at the Copper Box on the same day, this may now be changed to a later date.
Obviously if it does go ahead in November or December, I’m going to have to get my rounds in during sparring, although I had hoped to get to do more rounds in the fight
Karina Kopinska, the girl I’ll be fighting is number one in Poland. I’m assuming she’s going to be a little tougher, so I’m going to have to make sure I’m a lot tougher.
I can’t thank my coach Brian O’Shaughnessy and sparring partner Ian Napa enough, they really put me through my paces to prepare for the fight and I know they’ll have me even more prepared, as well a teach me some new tricks, for my next fight.
I’d like to say a big thank you to my sponsors BoxFit, Optimax, Winkball and TRAD TKO Gym, for their incredible support, sorry you didn’t get much ring exposure as it was another short one.
I’d also like to say a big, big thank you to all those wonderful people that turned out to support me, I was really so taken aback by the level of support I now have, there was even a group of Arsenal supporters that came along to support me, a fellow Gooner.
I really can’t thank every single one of you enough for the wonderful support you showed me on Friday night, it was so special, thank you.
Hopefully see you all again when I next fight.”
Follow Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston
BT Sport Visit TRAD TKO Gym – Interviews Broadcast Tonight
A film crew from the new British sports channel BT Sport made a visit to the famous East London fight factory, TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, earlier this week to gauge the opinions of the top coaches and many of the young boxing prospects that train there.
Amongst those interviewed were TRAD TKO supremo Johnny Eames, legendary coach Jimmy Tibbs, rising Super Middleweight star Frankie Buglioni, soon to be debuting amateur stars Anthony Upton and Amro Azzat, rising female star Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston as well as two former World title challengers, Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott and ‘The Prince’ Mark Prince.
Following the interviews the aforementioned Mr. Eames said.
“It was really nice that BT Sport chose to come and visit us for interviews here at the TRAD TKO, it’s an exciting new sports channel which we’re all looking forward to seeing develop.
All the boys were excited to see this new channel taking an interest in the gym and our fighters, hopefully they’ll take an interest in our promotions also.
BT Sport has been creating a buzz, lots of conversation in the sports world at the moment, I know that a few of the boys here would love to box on a BT Sport broadcast show, who knows in the future maybe we can do something together.”
To watch the interviews with coaches Johnny Eames and Jimmy Tibbs as well as the boxers Frankie Buglioni, who is next in action on the Frank Warren promoted event at the Copper Box at the Olympic Park, Stratford on the 21st September, Anthony Upton, who fights on the TRAD TKO Events ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall on the 18th October, Marianne Marston and Mark Prince, who are both in action at the Acourtier Events ‘Night of Champions’ mega event at York Hall on the 4th October, as well as the interviews with former British and WBU Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Champion Bruce Scott and amateur star Amro Azzat tune in to BTSport 2 on Freeview or the Sky Channel 427, on-line at www.btsport.com or via free BT Sport app on your smart phone or tablet at 8.30pm on Wednesday 4th September as the interviews follow the All Access series that documents the training regime and personal lives of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez ahead of their upcoming super-fight.
Tickets for the above mentioned September and October events, featuring Frankie Buglioni, Anthony Upton, Marianne Marston and Mark Prince go to www.tkoboxoffice.com or call 07960 850645
With two highly successful promotions under his belt, Johnny Eames has been busy scouring the amateur scene for future stars, for his TRAD TKO Events promotional outfit.
Exceptional former Navy boxer Ricky Rose becomes the latest amateur star to sign professional papers with the savvy East London legend’s expanding empire.
Following signing with the esteemed Mr. Eames young Ricky spoke briefly about his amateur career and his decision to turn over.
“I started boxing at the age of ten, my dad (Keith Rose) got me into it and inspired me to take up boxing at an early age.
I loved it, first time I went to the gym I just sat there and watched everyone train, realised I loved it and went from there.
I started competing, winning a few of my fights and went into the schoolboy championships for the first time at the age of twelve, yeah won my first national championship at the age of twelve.
My dad trained me at the Golden Gloves Gym, in Medway, Kent, went on from there to St Mary’s, again won the schoolboys there, followed by the Four Nations.
I stayed there for a few years until I started working, after starting working I soon learned just how hard it is to keep up the training let alone competing, so I joined the Military, The Royal Marine Commandos, because I knew I would be able to still box.
I loved it, I had great training, firstly with Stu O’Connor and then by Graham Aldersen, it really paid off, In the Seniors I boxed for England twice, but never got the chance to box into the ABAs, due to my Military commitments.
Got in the combines but always got robbed, I mean there’s so much rivalry between the Navy and Army that sometimes the judging was a bit suspect.
My last fight I had in the combines was against Martin Stead, he was a three time ABA Champion. Everyone thought I won it, I thought I won it.
Four and a half years I stayed in there for, as well as boxing on the team full time also did a tour in Afghanistan so I was doing a lot of soldiering as well as boxing, I loved it, it is intense but it was awesome.
As I said I spent four and half years in there and I’m twenty three now so feel it’s time for me to go into the pro game, so joined Johnny (Eames) at the TRAD TKO.
John Murray introduced to the TRAD TKO when I was in the Navy, he introduced me to the guys up here. Come up here and loved it, it’s ideal, it’s about a half hour commute in the morning, which isn’t too drastic.
You come here and put the effort in you get back everything and more you put into it.
I’ve signed with Johnny, but before I start my pro career I’m going to do a little travelling, I’m off to Asia next month to get it out of my system before committing full time to the boxing.
I’ll be going there for a couple of months and then when I come back I’ll be straight into the training camp for my pro debut.”