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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
Former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa may have retired from competitive action back in 2011, but the Hackney based battler can still be found in the gym on most days.
Ian dominated the domestic Bantamweight division throughout 2007/08, winning the Lonsdale belt outright before moving onto the European scene, where he beat Carmelo Ballone to capture the European crown in October 2008.
Losing the European title on his first defense, against Malik Bouziane, Ian went straight back into British title action, once again securing the Lonsdale belt with a majority points win over Gary Davies.
In 2010 Ian defended the newly won British crown, as well as challenging for the vacant Commonwealth title, against Jamie McDonnell. After twelve sensational rounds once again Ian found himself without a title, due to a controversial split decision – Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 115-114 for Ian, Judge Ian John-Lewis scored it 114-115 for McDonnell and surprisingly judge Dave Parris scored the bout 116-112 also for McDonnell.
Five months later Ian found himself challenging Stuey Hall for the newly vacated title, however Ian struggled with the weight and was forced to retire in the eighth round.
Ian moved up to Super Bantamweight, but after losing his one and only bout in the division, against Martin Ward, Ian decided to call it a day.
Even though he had retired from the ring, Ian continues to train regularly and has always been willing to pass on his hard earned knowledge, to other upcoming young boxers.
A few months ago, whilst training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Ian agreed to help Marianne Marston, who had been struggling to get quality sparring for an upcoming bout, Ian heard of the problems encountered by Marianne and stepped up to the plate.
Marianne won her fight, with a sixty seven second first round stoppage of Katalena Lazar, after doing so praised Ian for his exceptional sparring and help in her preparation.
When it was announced that Marianne would be fighting for the WBU Europe title on November 30th, Ian once again stepped in to be Marianne’s main sparring partner, much to Marianne’s delight.
Following their most recent sparring session, at the TRAD TKO, Ian spoke briefly about the sparring sessions.
“Yeah, Marianne’s been sparring really well, I sparred her for the fight before and the little things I told her then, she’s worked on them.
Improvements have been made there, so it’s about getting the game plan set now, besides that I think she’s ready, she’s got good power, good movement and is flowing.
I don’t know the girl Marianne is fighting, but she’s going to have her hands full.
Marianne’s got even better since last time I sparred her, she’s much more unpredictable.
From my experience, having fought at that level, it’s about applying yourself on the day, you know you can do it all in training, but it’s how you fight on the day, as long as Marianne is like she is in the gym, I don’t see any reason for her not to win the title.”
Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE show at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com alternatively in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or Ringtone Gym in Euston.
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Manny Muhammad Swaps Basketball For Boxing Gloves – Faces Tzvetozar Iliev on Nov 30th
Former professional Basketball player Manny Muhammad is set to switch allegiances to pro boxing later this month, when he faces Tzvetozar Iliev on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE extravaganza at York Hall in London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Manny, who played college Basketball for Albany State University in Georgia, USA, before joining the pro ranks with San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, has always been a pugilist at heart, having boxed as an amateur before receiving a Basketball scholarship with Albany State.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of TRAD TKO’s Barry Smith, Manny spoke of his long awaited return to the ring.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting on November 30th, I’m a hundred percent ready right now.
It’s been a while since I competitively boxed, my Boxing career took a bit of a back seat, because I was offered $160,000 dollars a year to play college Basketball, I had to take that.
Knee injuries sort of cut my Basketball career short, so it was back to Boxing and here I am.
I’ve been training hard here at the TRAD TKO, Barry’s (coach Barry Smith) really been putting me through the paces.
I think we’ve got the best fighters in the country come to train at this gym, there’s always quality sparring, so I’m looking forward to having a solid training camp and being fit and ready, injury free, because I’ve had some injury problems in the past obviously, I’m looking to be injury free this time and really get the job done this time.
To be honest with you I have no long term goals, I want to keep training hard consistently, I’ve been told by the greatest trainers I have the ability to reach the top.
I’ve also been told I punch weight classes above my weight, I guess that’s why they feel comfortable throwing me in with heavier guys, I mean I sparred Tom Little, who’s at least fifty pounds heavier than me.
I just feel that if I’m ready I can fight anybody, so on the 30th you can expect a good solid performance, I’m not going to predict a knockout as I’d actually love to go the distance, just to my ring fitness back up and shake off any ring rust, but a convincing win for the 30th November would be great.”
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the WARZONE event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents – and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events
On Saturday, 30th November 2013, a WBU Europe Championship double header will top the bill, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE event, which takes place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London.
Main bout of the night will see former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the vacant WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown, whilst the co-headliner sees the inaugural WBU Europe Women’s Super Bantamweight title, being competed for by London’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston against Bulgarian #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska.
Prince, who has a formidable record of 20 wins (16 KOs) and just the single loss, against long time WBO World Champion Dariusz Michalczewski, will be making his first challenge for Championship honors, since returning to the ring earlier this year following a fourteen year sabbatical.
Whilst an opponent has yet been announced for Prince, promoter Dave Murphy has gone on record stating that he is looking for a top fifty ranked opponent for Prince, as he intends to move the North Londoner into World title contention as quickly as possible.
This seemingly brash statement should come as no surprise, as Prince has competed at the highest level previously and judging by his sensational fourth round stoppage win, over Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky on October 4th, anything less would not present a challenge for the former World title challenger.
Speaking earlier, at the famous TRAD TKO Gym in London – where he was to watch co-headliner Marianne Marston sparring former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa – an elated Prince could barely contain the excitement, of being back on the Championship trail.
“I’m really excited to be fighting for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title, really excited.
I suppose it’s a bit surprising for people, because I’ve had just the one fight, coming back after fourteen years out and I’m fighting for a title already, but I’m more than capable to do such things, because the level of fighter I am.
I’m very different from most fighters, a lot of fighters couldn’t come back and demonstrate the power and skills that I have.
I’ve taken a year to prepare to get to this point, I’m really looking forward to doing this.”
The Co-headline bout is the aforementioned Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska.
Marston, the protégé of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has only competed twice in the pro ranks, both times stopping her opponent in the first round.
Whilst Marston may have just fought just twice, her opponent, Galina Gumliiska, has a wealth of experience and has fought twice for the World title, as well as six further European, International and Inter-Continental Championship fights.
Whilst Gumliiska wasn’t available to talk about the upcoming fight, Marston was and she took a little time off after her previously mentioned sparring session, to talk about the upcoming fight.
“I’m really honored to be fighting for the WBU Europe title.
However, to me this fight isn’t about the title, it’s about me being a boxer, winning the title will be the cherry on top.
I am so pleased to be fighting Galina, she has been in with the best in the business and is one seriously tough cookie.
No disrespect to Gabriella (Roman) or Katalena (Lazar), they both stepped in at short notice for our fights, after injuries and pullouts by my original opponents, but I want to fight tough credible opponents.
I came into the sport late, even later than planned thanks to the prejudice and politics of the BBBofC, but I’m here now and intend to make up for lost time.
I’m really looking forward to the fight, I know it will be a tough fight, but I intend to be at the very top of my game, hopefully that means at the end of the night it will be me that gets the WBU Europe belt around my waist.”
Mark Prince, against a yet to be named opponent, for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight title and Marianne Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title, that co-headline the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available
on-line at www.acourtier.com and www.tkoboxoffice.com
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Please go online to www.wbueurope.eu or www.wbuboxing.org for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.
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Back in April Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew made a major impact when they presented the first ever GBA sanctioned show in the UK, the all action THUNDER & LIGHTNING event at York Hall.
In October, Murphy and co went one better with their second offering, the sensational NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, which was co-headlined by the GBC World title showdown, between Jennifer Retzke and Big Brother star Angel McKenzie, and the return of WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince.
Now the ever innovative Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew are set to raise the bar to a whole new level, with their WARZONE Xtreme Combat event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Whilst Xtreme Combat shows are not new in mainland Europe – where mixed discipline events, featuring professional Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai Kickboxing bouts, are becoming increasingly popular – but this type of event has yet to make inroads into the UK, until now that is.
So what can fans of the pugilistic arts expect on the 30th November?
Scintillating action packed bouts, with plenty of drama in the mix, as WARZONE features some of the most explosive fighters around, many possessing concussive knockout records, but each and every one of them a true gladiator of the modern age.
Co-headlining the pro boxing element is former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, who will be campaigning for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown.
Prince, whose record stands at 20 wins (16 by way of knockout) and just the one loss – which came when he challenged long time Champ Dariusz Michalczewski for his WBO World Light Heavyweight crown – is without doubt THE most exciting all action Cruiserweight around, bar none!
In his last fight, against Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky, the entire crowd at the York Hall were on their feet as Prince entered the arena, for his eagerly awaited return to the fray, where they stayed for the duration of the bout, due to the scintillating performance he displayed on way to the fourth round stoppage victory.
The other boxing co-headliner sees the hugely popular Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston take a tilt at her first Championship accolade, against the highly experienced five time World title challenger and Bulgaria’s #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title.
Marston, the protégé of late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has made quite an impact since professionally debuting earlier this year.
It’s unusual for any boxer to be challenging for a European title after just two pro bouts, but when you take into account the sensational way she won those fights, maybe not so much a surprise after all.
On her debut in April, Marston stopped Hungarian #1 Gabriella Roman in one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, mightily impressive in it’s own right, but when you take into account that the Woolwich, London based southpaw sent Roman to the canvas twice in the first minute it becomes a case of plain sensational.
Her second bout, against Romania’s Katalena Lazar was over even quicker, lasting a mere sixty seven seconds – nuff said.
Supporting the two Championship bouts are a pair of equally sensational young boxers.
The first being former England amateur captain Antonio Counihan, who in October won his debut pro fight, over the highly entertaining ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, by a fourth round stoppage.
The second being London based American Manny Muhammad, a former professional Basketball player, who like Prince, Marston and Counihan, is an explosive, exciting all action entertainer.
With the boxing element more or less covered – other than to say that discussions are taking place, which if successful will lead to rising superstar Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver also taking part – so now it’s onto the ISKA K-1 and Muay Thai protagonists.
The K-1 headline Championship bout is yet to be announced, but word is it will be a domestic star challenging for a major title – so watch this space.
Heading up the K-1 support is Bexley’s ISKA Southern Area Heavyweight and Fight Scene Light Heavyweight Champion Mike ‘The Nightmare’ Neun, who has been described by Addicted MMA magazine’s Jack Mills as ‘The Next Big Thing’.
6’6” tall and weighing in at a solid 100kg, Neun is unbeaten in both K-1 and MMA competitions, under both ISKA and BAMMA banners.
A fearsome fighter, Neun pushes everything to the limit, as was proved when he fought Pete Brown, it was a pure bloodbath, after Neun opened up Brown with vicious kicks and elbows!
Also on the card is Sunday Brawl Champion Ed Kelly, who fights out of The Gym South London, in Mitcham.
Kelly had an exemplary amateur career before turning pro earlier this year. Since turning over Kelly has knotched up two sensational wins and was crowned Sunday Brawl Champion back in February.
Kelly’s gym mate Adrian Shalik will also be fighting on the WARZONE event, as will former amateur star Nicole Commerford, who makes her professional debut on the 30th November.
Further K-1 and Muay Thai fights will be announced in the coming days, as well as hopefully the news that Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver will be making his third visit to York Hall this year.
Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the fighters taking part or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com
Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.acourtier.com – www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com
For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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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
This Friday’s ‘Independence Day’ event at York Hall in London, which was to be headlined by Jennifer Retzke vs Angel McKenzie Light Middleweight World title clash, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 4th.
Promoter Dave Murphy stated “We’ve been left no option but to reschedule, after injury claimed yet another of the fighters.
This is a showpiece event, as such rather than put on a reduced quality event it has been decided to move the event lock stock and barrel to our next scheduled date at York Hall – which is October 4th.
People that have bought tickets should contact the boxer or sales agent, for a full refund.
Alternatively, from next week we will be able to exchange July 5th tickets for October 4th ones, if people would prefer that.”
Woolwich, South London’s Marianne Marston will be back in action at York Hall this coming Friday, where she faces Karina Kopinska on the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier events, ‘Independence Day’ event.
Back in April Marianne made short work of her professional debut, by stopping Gabriella Roman in just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round.
On the night there was a large contingent of her TRAD TKO gym mates cheering her on from ringside, including British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton and a brace of Prizefighter Champions, Cruiserweight Wadi Camacho and Light Middleweight Larry Ekundayo.
When it was announced that Marianne’s next fight will be at York Hall on Friday, 5th July, one of those aforementioned stars, Darren Hamilton, was more than a little disappointed that he couldn’t be there to support her, with good reason, as he will be just twenty four hours from a huge fight of his own, when he defends his British crown, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, against Adil Anwar.
Marianne and Darren go back a long way, virtually from the day the ‘Golden Girl’ returned from Philadelphia in 2009. They first trained side by side at a gym near London Bridge, then later at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.
It was following yet another full on sparring session, at Johnny Eames’ famous fight factory, that Darren spoke of Marianne’s debut fight as well as his disappointment that he would not be ringside when she fights on July 5th.
“I was there ringside when Marianne fought in April and I think it was a spectacular debut for the ‘Golden Girl’.
I have to say I wasn’t really surprised, Marianne was really ready for that fight.
She’s always in the gym and her coach Barry (Smith) pushes her as hard as any of the guys here at the TRAD TKO Gym.
Marianne may be the only girl that trains here full time, but she doesn’t get treated any differently than any of the guys, she wouldn’t have it any other way, she’s a boxer, a true warrior.
I watched Marianne sparring Angel McKenzie the week before her fight. She made sparring look easy, even against someone that is very experienced, I mean Angel’s a couple of weights heavier and has fought for World titles, I say fought but of course she is fighting for the World title on Friday.
Marianne earned her win the hard way, she trained hard, sparred hard and it showed the way she fought, I mean she stopped the other girl in the first round, which is proof in the pudding.
She’s been in the gym since the Monday after her fight, preparing for this next fight, even though she didn’t know when it would be, or even who against, so she’s going to be even more prepared for whoever she faces on the 5th July.
Unfortunately I can’t be there when she fights on the 5th July at York Hall, as I’m defending my title on the 6th in Liverpool, but I’ll be there in spirit cheering the ‘Golden Girl’ to victory once again.”
Darren Hamilton defends his British Light Welterweight crown against Adil Anwar, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday 6th July 2013, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Channel 437 and Virgin Channel 546), Tickets, priced £35, £50, £80 and Ringside £180 are available on-line from www.frankmaloney.com
Marianne Marston versus Karina Kopinska will feature on the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, headlined by the historic Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie GBC Light Middleweight World title clash, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 5th July 2013
Tickets, priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor) and £30 (Balcony) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, www.acourtier.com and www.mariannemarston.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London E16 4SA – www.tkoboxinggym.com – or the Ringtone Gym in Euston, London NW1 2PB – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – Tel: 07960 850645 or 07557 641597 for further information.
‘Celtic Warrior’ calls on British and Irish fans to get behind Steve Collins Jr. on his pro debut, at York Hall this Friday.
Over the past few months legendary two time, two division World Champion, Steve Collins, has been receiving some serious column inches in the press, due to his proposed return to action against Roy Jones Jr.
However, before the man known as the ‘Celtic Warrior’ gets to go toe-to-toe with Florida’s finest, he has a very different ‘boxing related’ role ahead of him, as the proud father ringside when his son Steve Jr. makes his professional debut, at York Hall in London this coming Friday.
Speaking from his Hertfordshire home earlier, the ‘Celtic Warrior’ spoke briefly on son Steve’s upcoming professional debut.
“First of all I’m absolutely delighted, I’m proud that Steve’s going to give boxing a shot.
He’s a terrific athlete, he’s definitely dedicated and a tough kid, you know, not just Boxing, he has a great career as a Rugby player too.
I personally feel he’s done the right thing, by going straight into the pro game, his style of boxing is right for the pros.
We thought he’d have to campaign as a Heavyweight, but because of the boxing training he’s dropped a lot of weight and so will fight as a Cruiserweight.
Boxing training is very different from Rugby training and he dropped quite a bit of weight.
All through training we thought he’d be Heavyweight, we were confident he’d be able to hold his own in the division. He’s not lost any of that power or strength so he should be very strong at Cruiserweight.
People are bound to expect him to fight like I did, but no, he has his own style, he’s very much a come forward boxer, he’ll come forward and crowd his opponent.
I think he’s a very exciting boxer to watch, the fans will love him.
Stevie’s not the only Irish fighter on the show, so we’re hoping there will be a big turnout of Irish fans on Friday to cheer Stevie and the other boys on.”
Steve Collins Jr. versus Rolandas Cesna, features on the undercard of the Jennifer Rezke – Angel McKenzie World Championship clash, that headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 5th July 2013.
Tickets, priced £30 (Gallery), £35 (Ground floor standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com – www.acourtier.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – or from any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.