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Bailey-Naylor Title Fight Headlines TURF WAR at York Hall On July 27th

Bailey-Naylor Title Fight Headlines TURF WAR at York Hall On July 27th

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

TurfWar27thJulyPosterLondon – Monday, 8th July 2013- The latest offering from Johnny Eames and the TRAD TKO Events crew, takes place at York hall in London on Saturday 27th July and will be headlined by the Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash.

Ian will be making the first defense of a title he sensationally secured by a ninth round stoppage of Lewis Pettitt back September of last year.

Back in March, Dan Naylor unsuccessfully challenged Michael Devine for the Super Featherweight version of the regional title. Whilst the Gants Hill slugger may have been unsuccessful, he proved to be more than a handful, having sent Devine to the canvas in the first round.

No surprise I’m sure, that Johnny has stacked the undercard with the cream of the esteemed Mr. Eames’ famous East London fight factory.

Heading up the list of exciting young prospects from the TRAD TKO Gym is Canning Town’s very own unbeaten Welterweight Freddie Turner.

Freddie, whose career had been relatively static until signing with Johnny earlier this year, was due to have had his second outing under the TRAD TKO banner on June 1st, but unfortunately illness put paid to that.

Also unbeaten, in seven pro outings, is Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey protégé Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre.

On the 27th July Joel returns to York Hall, the scene of his recent victory over Darren McKenna, in stunning form, having been the sparring partner for British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders for the past few weeks.

Joining Joel on the show is fellow unbeaten Pompey boy Andy Gatenby, who returns to action just a few weeks after beating Delroy Spencer.

Yet another unbeaten prospect on the card is St Neot’s teen sensation Tommy Martin. On the 27th July, Nineteen year old Martin will be making his fourth pro outing.

Also unbeaten and making his fourth pro outing is Dagenham’s Ediz (Eddie) Hussein.

Young Eddie is the son of, and coached by, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein. For those that remember watching the all action big punching Mo will be in pugilistic heaven, as young Eddie is a chip of the old block.

If you were at Johnny’s June 1st event, you will remember the sensational knockout performance of Johnny’s newest Heavyweight prospect, Paulius Kasiulevicius.

Back on June 1st it took the 24 year old Bognor Regis based Lithuanian just two minutes and twenty five seconds to stop Czech Republic’s Frantisek Kynkal after putting him down three times!!!

Making a most welcome return to the ring on July 27th is former British Light Welterweight title challenger, Michael Grant.

Michael has been on a forced sabbatical, due to injury, since June 2011. But due to his performances in sparring, Michael, who has always been a seriously stylish boxer with Championship potential, will be coming back stronger and with some new weapons to his already stacked arsenal.

Also on the card are two of Johnny’s new youngsters making their professional debut.

The first is sensational West Ham based Irish amateur star Paul Upton.

Paul, a two time Irish National Champion, earned many accolades during his stellar amateur career including being crowned both the Dublin Champion and Ulster Senior Champion, as well as a silver medalist at the Four Nations.

Joining Paul on the night will be another teen sensation, Joe Stevens, who Johnny describes as a ‘great little stylist’. 

Johnny also previously stated that he intended to move Joe along slowly, as he has the potential to go all the way, nuff said!

Tickets, priced £35 and £60, for the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’, at York Hall on Saturday 27th July 2013, are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London. For further information call 07960 850645

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“Golden Girl” to Feature on Lauren-Retzke World Title Card on July 5th

Dave Murphy, In Association with
Present
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Featuring
MARIANNE Golden Girl’MARSTON
5th July 2013 @ York Hall, Bethnal Green, London

  

“Golden Girl” to Feature on Lauren-Retzke World Title Card on July 5th

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

MarianneJuly5thPosterMarianne Marston,the young woman dubbed ‘Golden Girl’ by the late, great Heavyweight legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is set to return to the scene of her sensational debut in April (the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London), on Friday the 5th July, where she will take part in the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’show, which will be headlined by the World Championship battle between Sweden’s Mikaela Lauren and Germany’s Jennifer Retzke

Marianne, who took just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round to dispose of Hungary’s Gabriella Roman on April 27th, is clearly overjoyed to be back in action again so soon, and on receiving news of her next fight she said:

“This is so exciting, getting to fight on the undercard of a World Championship fight on just my second outing.

It’s even more special to me as I have campaigned so hard for women’s boxing in the UK over the past few years and now I’m fighting on a show headlined by a Women’s World Championship bout.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Thanks to Dave Murphy I finally had my debut fight in April and now, just a few weeks later, here I am getting ready to fight again in July.

This is just wonderful news. I can’t thank Dave enough for giving me the opportunity to fight on this historic event.

This means so much to me as finally I am able to repay my fantastic sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and the TRAD TKO, that have stood by me through thick and thin since 2010.

I was a bit disappointed that my debut fight was so short, I hadn’t intended to stop Gabriella so quickly.  That’s just the way I’ve been taught to fight.

My style is pure ‘Smoke’ (Joe Frazier).  It couldn’t be anything else.  I mean it was Joe, Marvis (Frazier) and Val (Colbert)that developed my style.  I was trained by them for two years, two wonderful years that I will never forget.  So it’s no surprise that my natural fight style is what it is.

I wouldn’t want it any other way.  Joe took me under his wing and I’m proud that I was finally able to repay him with a good solid ‘Smoke’ style win. My only disappointment was that he isn’t still with us to see me get my debut win.

Luckily for me, my coach at the TRAD TKO, Barry (Smith), loves Smoke’s style too, and he didn’t try to change it too much.  Instead he’s added to it to make me a much more rounded fighter, one that can box on the outside instead of one that’s happiest only working on the inside.

I know I didn’t do too much on the outside in April, but it was having that ability that allowed me to break her and get on the inside in the first place.

I’ve been back in the gym since the Monday after the fight, so am going to be even more ready for July 5th.

For my first fight I couldn’t get very much sparring, luckily though, my good friend Angel McKenzie stepped in to help me with a couple of full on sparring sessions.

This time though Barry has a back-up plan.  Besides getting some regular sparring organized, he has a few of the guys from the gym to move around with me when he wants me to try out some new stuff.

I’m not promising a longer fight, but hopefully this time I will get to showcase my boxing skills a bit more.

I can’t wait to get back in the ring, it’s where I’m supposed to be and where I intend to be as often as possible now I’ve finally got the chance. “

Marianne Marston versus a yet to be named opponent will feature on the undercard of the Mikaela Lauren versus Jennifer Retze Light Middleweight World Championship clash that headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event 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.mariannemarston.com – www.acourtier.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.

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Weaver, Marston And Poetsh Impress In Style.

Fight Report:  York Hall, London, April 27th: Weaver, Marston And Poetsh Impress In Style

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

WeaverLawniczakChris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the vacant World Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Lightweight title, was due to headline the Dave Murphy promoted ‘Thunder and Lightning’ event that took place at the famous York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday night.

However, after Goodwin failed to make the championship weight on Friday, as well as an agreed catch weight on Saturday, the organizers were forced to cancel the championship bout.

With the Goodwin versus Fagan fight off, the headline status moved instead to the eagerly awaited professional debut of European Silver and Commonwealth Boxing Championships Gold medalist Iain Weaver, against Poland’s Damian Lawniczak.

Weaver entered the arena with the largest entourage I have ever seen take part in a ring walk at York Hall, and amongst the twenty strong team were Southern Area Champion Bradley Skeete as well as many of Weaver’s gym mates from Al Smith’s Gym.

Right from the opening bell Weaver determinedly stamped his authority on the fight, landing some superb sharp jabs and crisp lefts. Weaver’s amateur pedigree shined through, and his movement and ring craft was nothing short of poetry in motion.

You couldn’t help but feel for Lawniczak, who responded whenever the opportunity arose – which wasn’t as often as I’m sure he would have liked. Each time the young Pole had any success, Weaver would respond in kind with double handed flurries, forcing Lawniczak to go back on the defensive.

Round two saw Weaver step up the pressure, unloading a multitude of shots, to both body and head, from every conceivable angle possible. His seriously quick hands were virtually a blur as he unloaded a barrage of double handed shots.

About midway through the round, Weaver changed tactics and started throwing hard right hand jabs, often followed with sharp left hooks to the body. 

More of the same followed in the third, although the savvy Lawniczak used holding tactics a little more, to keep the barrage of shots reigning down on him to a minimum.

In the final stanza Weaver played to the crowd, keeping his distance to prevent the Pole from holding before stepping in and picking his shots and weaving to prevent any return shots from landing.

To describe Weaver’s performance as excellent is one of the understatements of the year, it was an awesome display from the Dorset youngster.  As such, it came as no surprise to anyone, when world class referee Micky Vann’s scorecard was read out, it showed a shutout 40-36 points win for young Weaver.

MarstonRomanMain support saw another professional debut, this time it was Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, the protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

Marston, who faced a late change of opponent in Hungarian Gabriella Roman (who stepped in after Aleksandra Jasjukevica pulled out just a few days previously), was intent on enjoying every single second of her well overdue professional debut.

On entering the arena, Marston played to a legion of chanting fans, many wearing identical red BoxFit t-shirts to her own, each emblazoned with the legend ‘Team Golden Girl’ as well as sponsors TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, BoxFit, Optimax and Winkball, and more significantly a dedication to the memory of her legendary mentor Smokin’ Joe Frazier, before standing and shadow boxing to her ring walk track ‘Move’ by Thousand Foot Crutch.

About a minute into the track Marston slowly began her ring walk, bumping gloves with the many admirers that lined the route.

Soaking up every moment of the occasion, Marston finally entered the ring and once again acknowledged the highly vocal and appreciative crowd until the final chord of the emotive ring walk track.

Once referee Ken Curtis had completed his pre fight rule talk it was time for action.

Marston lithely prowled her way across the ring to meet her opponent head on with a massive right hand jab, closely followed with a big left, Roman was clearly stunned by the massive early assault, but still managed to cover up just as a second double handed barrage was thrown, closely followed up with a big left to the head sending the Hungarian girl to the canvas.

Roman recovered sufficiently to box defensively against the ever forward moving Marston, however after about twenty seconds or so Marston corralled the Hungarian in her own corner, with nowhere to go Roman covered up in preparation for yet another double handed assault.

As the seemingly never ending barrage rained down, Roman succumbed to the inevitable and went down for a second time.

With barely enough time to catch her breath Roman once again was forced to cover up, as Marston continued to throw massive double handed barrages.

The onslaught proved too much for Roman, who had let her hands drop enough for Marston to land a big right to the head, followed by an equally vicious left that send her reeling against the corner post.

Marston could smell blood and pounced in for the kill, first landing a massive overhand right closely followed by another wicked left hook, which shook Roman to the core. 

Then, on the one minute forty seven second mark, just as Marston was about to throw yet another big left to the head of the clearly disoriented Hungarian, referee Ken Curtis jumped in to save the now virtually defenseless Roman from further punishment.

As soon as she realized it was over and she had won, an ecstatic Marston turned towards the legion of fans to her left and made an emotional statement, dedicating her victory to the memory of her mentor Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

Prior to the mid-event break Ideh Ockuko faced Brendan Bean.

The first round started quite edgily, as both men played a waiting game, but soon livened up about midway through.  First to go on full attack was Ockuko who first backed Bean up before letting rip with a solid right.

Bean stepped up to the plate and went toe to toe with Ockuko for the final quarter of the round.

The second round started as the first ended with both men in centre ring with big exchanges.  Ockuko decided to mix things up a bit, slipping in a series of big shots to the body followed by a wickedly quick sharp uppercut, which if it had landed would surely have knocked Bean out cold.

Throughout the round both men fought their hearts out, but it was Ockuko who was landing the better shots.

Round three was more of the same, with Ockuko landing the best shots throughout, including a sweet left uppercut.

Both men slowed the pace in the final round, but as before, it was Ockuko getting the best from each exchange.

When referee Paul Thomas’ score card was read out it rightly showed Ockuko as the victor, but by a surprising 39-37 points margin, whereas I had it as a shutout 40-36 points victory for Ockuko.

Third fight of the night saw Chris Rackley against the Hjag Gill.

It was a quick start by both combatants, although most shots from either man failed to penetrate the others’ guard in the early exchanges. The first clean shot came from Gill, who landed a peach of a body shot.

From then on it was Gill totally dominating the round, leaving Rackley to go more and more defensive, with the odd counter to the body of the elusive Gill.

Throughout the second round, Gill’s superior movement caused Rackley to miss way too often, which in turn left openings for Gill to pounce and rough Rackley up.

However, as the second round came to a close, Rackley had started to get a little success, landing a succession of clean shots in the final seconds.

Round three saw Rackley start to take control of the fight, forcing Gill onto the back foot. Gill fought well defensively but by the end of the round Rackley was well in control,landing a cracking right that clearly stunned Gill.

With the fight in the balance it came as no surprise that both combatants came out hard and fast in the final round. Almost right from the start the crowd was on their feet, as a true toe to toe battle royale ensued.

Both men enjoyed success throughout, however, it was Rackley that landed the more meaningful shots, enough to win the round, which in turn proved to be enough to secure the contest, by a close 39-38 points victory.

The second fight of the night pitted Scrappa Smith against Lewis van Poetsh.

Right from the off Poetsh pressured Smith, who kept trying to get his jab going to try and stymie the relentless forward coming attacks from Poetsh without much success. Poetsh was having more and more success landing vicious left and rights to the body.

It was more of the same in the second, although Smith was having some success when working on the inside.  The problem was Poetsh was getting more!

About midway through, Poetsh landed a scintillating left-right combination which clearly hurt Smith, so much so that Scrappa became more defensive minded, which left Poetsh opportunity after opportunity to showcase his excellent boxing skills.

The pace slowed in round three.  Smith used his jab effectively in the early part of the round, but by the midway point Poetsh had once again began to exert his authority and was able to pick off Smith at will.

Realizing he was behind, Smith went hard on the attack in the final stanza, leaving Poetsh no option but to counter, which he did rather effectively, so much so that once again he had landed the more meaningful shots.

Even before referee Mickey Vann’s scorecard was readout it was clear an upset was on the cards, so no surprises then when the result showed a 39-37 points victory in favour of Poetsh.

Opening up the show was Mark Douglas versus Dmitri Kalinovskij.

Douglas shot out of his corner like an Olympic sprinter when the bell rang to start the contest; quickly closing down Kalinovskij and landing a storming overhand right that had clearly stunned the Lithuanian visitor.

Douglas then went to work, throwing bomb after bomb to head and body.  Kalinovskij tried to counter at any given opportunity but the pressure from Douglas proved too much and around the two minute mark, Douglas sent the Lithuanian to the canvas with a massive right.

Douglas kept up the pressure in the second, pounding Kalinovskij’s body with big left and right hands.  Around the one minute mark, the Lithuanian found himself backed into the corner, and Douglas stepped in and started letting rip with big left and rights. After about ten to fifteen seconds of pounding, with nothing coming back from Kalinovskij, referee Paul Thomas had no option but to step in to save the Lithuanian further punishment.

Have to say it was so refreshing to attend a small hall show where there fights were properly matched, something lacking on the British scene for a long while, where instead so called prospects are getting ridiculously easy fights way too far into their career.

Dave Murphy and his crew deserve a big slap on the back for keeping the show on track, not an easy task with not only the loss of the Goodwin-Fagan title fight, but also the loss of the proposed main support bout, Dean Byrne versus Jay Morris for the vacant International Masters Welterweight title just days previously.

The reason Byrne-Morris failed to materialize is very different to that of the headline bout.  In this case, the British Boxing Board of Control told BBBofC license holders taking part, stating that if they take part in the event it will be deemed they have resigned their license with the board or at least put their license holding in jeopardy.

Hmm, that sounds familiar, didn’t they do the same prior to David Haye versus Dereck Chisora back in July last year!

In addition to the loss of the two main fights, just ten days before the event Murphy and his crew also had to find new sanctioning following the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (who sanctioned the infamous Haye-Chisora event at Upton Park last year), pulling out after pressure exerted on them by the Luxembourg Sports Ministry, following the BBBofC contacting the Luxembourg Embassy in London to complain about the LBF sanctioning another event in the UK.

However, after some nifty negotiations with the extremely efficient German Boxing Association (GBA), which was only finalized on the preceding Monday, the show was back on track.

As I said, the show was of a much higher standard, bout-matching wise, than we are used to here in the UK. Hopefully that means all future events, sanctioned by the GBA in the UK, will be to the same high standards, if it is that can only be good for the sport

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Oisin Fagan: “On Saturday, I’m Bringing The Title Back To Ireland”

Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions
Presents
“THUNDER & LIGHTNING”
Featuring
CHRIS GOODWIN VS. OISIN FAGAN
WBF INTER-CONTINENTAL LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

27th April 2013 @ York Hall, London

 

Oisin Fagan: “On Saturday, I’m Bringing The Title Back To Ireland”

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London-Friday, 26th April 2013-  After a two year sabbatical from the sport, Dublin’s Oisin “Gael Force” Fagan returns to active duty this coming Saturday, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England, where he and Chester’s Chris Goodwin will battle it out for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Inter-Continental Lightweight Title.

Fagan, who during his career has been in with some of the top stars of the sport, including Amir Khan and Paul Spadafora, has surprised many pundits with his decision to mark his return to the fray, with a championship bout against a young and highly rated prospect such as Goodwin.

Speaking from his home in Dublin a seriously determined sounding Fagan said.

“I’m just pleased that the fight is finally going ahead, even though I’ve had only four or five days to prepare.

They may think that this coming together so quickly may catch me on the hop, but it won’t.   I train every day, and I don’t take any time off between fights.  So if they’re relying on that, they’ve better think again.

I’ve fought some of the top names in the sport including a couple of World Champions, so even though I’m fighting away again, fighting in England against an Englishman doesn’t bother me.

I’m coming to win you know, the WBF title is coming back to Ireland with me.”

Chris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the WBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title, headlines Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions “Thunder & Lightning” event at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.

Tickets, priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor) and £30 (Balcony) are available on-line at either www.tkoboxoffice.com or www.mariannemarston.com

Tickets can also be purchased from any of the listed Boxers and are also available 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.

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Byrne-Morris Headlines April 27th York Hall Event

Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions
Presents
‘THUNDER & LIGHTNING’
27th April 2013 @ York Hall, London

 

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

 Byrne-Morris Headlines April 27th York Hall Event

 April27thEventPosterWEBREADYLondon – Wednesday 3rd April 2013- Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne versus Jay ‘IOW Assassin’ Morris, for the International Masters Welterweight title, heads up the upcoming Dave Murphy promoted ‘Thunder & Lightning’ event,which takes place at York Hall in London on Saturday 27th April 2013.

On paper, globe trotting Irishman Byrne has to be the bookies favourite, especially following his sensational performance against former USBA Welterweight Champion Carson Jones back in December – where he was mightily unlucky to receive ‘a draw’ and not the clear win that most pundits thought he thoroughly deserved.

Saying that though, former British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Morris is no walk over. The fifty two fight veteran from the Isle of Wight is as tough as they come.

One thing for sure is this will be a classic boxer versus puncher encounter, with Byrne utilizing his classy boxing skills to maximum effect to keep the ‘Isle of Wight Assassin’ on the outside, whilst Morris will be eager to close down Byrne, get inside and pound the body of the slick Irishman.

In keeping with the international theme of the event, main support for Byrne versus Morris sees Lithuanian knockout artist Virgilijus Stapulionis returning to the UK to once again thrill the fans – Don’t blink though, as in his previous two visits to the Capital the big punching middleweight dispatched his opponents within one round. 

Peckham’s Diego Burton makes a welcome return to York Hall, where he has previously won twice, as well as scored a credible draw on his debut. 

TRAD TKO’s very own Marianne Marston makes her well overdue debut, against Latvia’s Aleksandra Jasjukevica.

Marston, the protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier and two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, is a big punching Southpaw that learned her craft in the fighting City of  Philadelphia, USA –‘nuff said!

Bermondsey based Nigerian battler Ideh Ockuko will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Ockuko’s last fight, against unbeaten prospect Adam Dingsdale, was a fantastic barnstormer that could have gone either way, in the end though the decision went to Dingsdale by a very close 38-39 points margin.   

Chris Rackley will be making his third professional outing. The 21 year old Welterweight from Slough in Berkshire will be keen to impress when he returns to York Hall, the scene of his hard fought draw against the highly experienced Liam Griffiths back in February. 

Another youngster, 22 year old Scrappa Smith from West Drayton, makes his first visit to York Hall and will also be looking to build on his two great wins to date. 

Local boy, Francis Maina from Limehouse, will be looking to get back to winning ways, having lost his last three outings – all away from home fights and against unbeaten prospects. 

Last but not least, Wokingham’s Mark Douglas makes his long awaited return to the ring, following a long, forced, sabbatical after he dislocated his shoulder whilst battling with Lee Purdy for the Southern Area strap back in 2009. 

Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne versus Jay ‘IOW Assassin’ Morris, for the International Masters Welterweight Championship, headlines Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions ‘Thunder & Lightning’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.

Tickets, priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor)  and £30 (Balcony) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.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.

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Six Wins Out Of Six for TRAD TKO, Plus Two New Champions

Six Wins Out Of Six for TRAD TKO, Plus Two New Champions

By Gianuluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Monday, 10th September 2012- The new season has started with a bang for the fighters from the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. Besides their fighters winning all six bouts, two of the young guns also secured championship titles.

The weekend got off to a first class start at the BoxNation broadcast, “BoxAcademy” at York Hall on Friday, promoted by Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. First on the card was Mark Tibbs trained Super Flyweight Charlie Hoy, who out-pointed Anwar Alfadli by a 40-37 points margin. This was followed up with a great points win for another Mark Tibbs trained young gun, when Middleweight Tom Bake secured his third win, by a 40-36 points margin over Joe Walsh.

The final TRAD TKO fighter, Johnny Eames trained Ian Bailey, came in as the clear bookies underdog in the battle for the Southern Area Featherweight title, against previously unbeaten Lewis Pettitt.

One thing that you can be sure of is that don’t ever right off a TRAD TKO fighter, especially not a battler such as young Ian.

The first four or five rounds almost certainly went the way of Pettitt, but from then on it was Bailey all the way. The diminutive battler stepped it up a gear, and dominated the action right through to the two minute, twenty five second point of the ninth round, when referee Bob Williams stepped in to save Pettitt from further punishment.

TRAD TKO Supremo, and if there’s any justice in this World, a future Hall of Famer, Johnny Eames gave his view of the night’s performance. “Yeah, what a great weekend for the TRAD TKO gym and all its fighters, whether they are trained by myself, or Jimmy Tibbs, Mark Tibbs, Bryan Lawrence, Barry Smith, Alec Wilkey, Derek Grainger or Mo Hussain. They’re all out of the same camp.

What a great start to the season for us all, it all started on Friday evening at York Hall at the Queensberry show, promoted by Francis and George Warren.

A great start to the night for the TRAD TKO Gym trained fighters, with Charlie Hoy, a great win for him.  He looked really good in doing it. I thought he was going to stop the kid at one time, but he didn’t; instead winning it clearly on points.

Young Tom Baker was next, another great win, fantastic win, he boxed really well.

Then of course for me, the performance of the whole weekend, out of all the boys, was young Ian Bailey, who clearly wasn’t given a chance, by anybody, to beat young Lewis Pettitt.

But what we do good up here is upset the form book, and we did it again. Ian Bailey pulled his nuts out and broke Lewis Pettitt’s heart. In the end, Lewis just ran out of ideas. He just didn’t know what to do, other than get backed up onto the ropes.

Young Ian was like a prowling dog, for want of a better word.  Young Ian, he was waiting for his moment and that moment finally arrived in the ninth round and boy did he go to work. Young Lewis just didn’t have an answer; but I don’t want to take anything away from Lewis Pettitt, as he put in a fantastic performance, and deserved the extra thousand pounds given to each fighter for the best fight of the night.

I can’t put into words, how pleased I am for young Ian Bailey. He’s been all around the country, fighting all the top prospects at four of five days notice. Some of them he should have got the decision, he never did.

We don’ cry over spilled milk here.  Ian just gets on with it and comes back to the gym and just carries on. He so deserves to be a champion. Hopefully his career turns the corner now.

I’ve already had two very good offers for him to fight, but in my opinion it’s a little bit too soon, after a fight like that; but promoters please keep asking as Ian will fight your boys. He’ll fight anybody at Super Bantam or Featherweight. He doesn’t care.”

With a nice little cache of three fights, three wins, plus a Southern Area strap, the TRAD TKO crew then headed across town to Alexandra Palace where three more of their young guns were ready for action at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promoted “London Calling” event on Saturday night.

First of the youngsters in action on Saturday was the Bryan Lawrence managed and trained rising Cruiserweight star Wadi “Machoman” Camacho, against fellow unbeaten prospect Andy Ingram.

Camacho, who bears an uncanny resemblance to David Haye, showcased his fully stocked arsenal as he tore the Long Eaton based visitor to pieces, until the referee stepped in at the two minute and forty one second mark of the second round, to save Ingram from further punishment.

With two fights to go, it was sensation Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng defending his English Light Middleweight Crown, against super tough Ryan Toms.

To describe Ochieng’s performance as awesome is an understatement, Toms has a fearsome knockout reputation, yet it was the 25 year old from Stoke Newington that was busy inflicting serious damage to his opponent, so much so that the highly durable Toms challenge was bought to an end at the two minute and thirty seven second mark of the fifth round.

After this performance it is clear that “The Eagle” is ready to fly to a higher level, so expect a British or Commonwealth title challenge in the very near future.

The final fight of the night saw the Alec Wilkey trained Danny Connor, who like Ian Bailey the night before, come in as clear underdog in his challenge to unbeaten Chris Evangelou. Just as with Bailey, Connor wasn’t fazed by his underdog status one iota.

Each time Evangelou came at him with a single or double handed attack, Connor responded with an equally vicious six, seven or eight strong flurry of punches to push his unbeaten opponent back.

After ten scintillatingly close rounds, the smart money seemed to favour a win for the Matchroom Sport house fighter Evangelou, but that was not to be.  When referee Ken Curtis’ scorecard was read out, it showed a tidy 98-94 points victory  in favour of Connor.

The straight talking Johnny Eames gave his view on the Saturday show, as well as the comments made by the Sky Sports’ commentary team during the broadcast of the Connor-Evangelou bout.

“Ok, we get on to Saturday night, the big, big Matchroom show with top of the bill Tony Bellew.

First up was Bryan Lawrence trained Wadi Camacho, going in against an unbeaten fighter. Someone had to lose their “O”, and it wasn’t Wadi as he’d done a great job.  Yeah Buddy stopped him.

We then had our second title up from the gym, which was Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng who was fighting Ryan Toms.

Ryan’s a proven warrior, and he can punch a little bit, but Erick overcome the early pressure and pulled a win off in the fifth with a great body shot. I’m sure Ryan’s got really sore ribs this morning. I thought that was a fantastic body shot.

Finally there was our Danny Connor, who again was against an unbeaten fighter in Chris Evangelou.

There’s been a big thing being made about Evangelou and him training in Mayweather’s gym, spending loads of money training in Vegas and that.

It goes to show you that the TRAD TKO gym is better than training in Vegas. There was only one winner and that was Danny Connor. I’m not taking anything away from Chris, but in the future, save your dad’s money and come and train with us.

On a similar vein, what on earth were the Sky pundits watching? I just haven’t got a clue. It wasn’t the fight we were watching that’s for sure.

You can’t win a round with just four or five big hooks when the other kids hitting you twelve, fourteen or fifteen times. I think the computer scoring was wrong too, on punches landed, as that was showing it as pretty close as well.

For me these pundits have got to stop getting on the back of the ticket selling house fighter. To me I see the fight how it is.  Danny clearly won the fight. There’s talk of a rematch, and if I have anything to do with it there won’t be a rematch right away, as I feel Danny deserves to enjoy his title. Why should he be thrown straight back into something where he is going to get robbed. Danny is the Champion and it’s his call.”

Now, I know said six out of six, plus two new titles for the TRAD TKO crew, but three and half thousand miles away, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey another TRAD TKO associated fighter, former two time IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve “USS” Cunningham made his maiden outing in the Heavyweight division, against Jason Gavern at the Kathy Duva Main Events promoted event on Saturday night.

Cunningham came through with flying colours, winning every round, to earn an almost shutout 100-90 (twice) & 99-90 points decision.

Also on the card was Cunningham’s old foe Tomasz Adamek. Hopefully a rematch of their 2008 “Fight of the Year” nominated battle may finally happen, albeit at Heavyweight.

Perhaps in the near future we could even see “USS” Cunningham cruise into London. When David Haye moved to the heavyweight division the only major belt he didn’t have in his collection was the IBF version, which was held by Cunningham. Maybe, just maybe, in the near future we can finally see the greatest fight that never was – Cunningham versus Haye right here in the Capital.

As with the other fights, Johnny gave his views on the Heavyweight debut of Steve Cunningham. “Rio (TRAD TKO publicist Gianluca Di Caro) terms Steve as a TRAD TKO Fighter because he’s sponsored by our sponsor through him, so we class him as one of our own.

Hopefully he’ll be coming to England soon and we’ll be really pleased to see him at the gym.

Steve Cunningham has just moved up to Heavyweight, had his first fight at the new weight, fighting a geezer, Jason Gavern. I don’t know too much about Jason, but Steve pulled out a great win, great performance winning all ten rounds on points and looking as sharp as he did as a Cruiserweight. So congratulations to Steve Cunningham and we look forward to meeting you.”

Even after such a magnificent, and rewarding, weekend the TRAD TKO crew can’t rest on their laurels, as there are no less than nine of their fighters in action next weekend also.

The busy weekend starts on Friday at York Hall, where probably the best British boxer around at this time, Billy Joe Saunders defends his Commonwealth Middleweight crown for the second time, against tough unbeaten Aussie knockout artist Jarrod Fletcher.

Main support for Billy Joe comes from fellow TRAD TKO gym mate Peter McDonagh, who takes on Bradley Skeete for the vacant Southern Area Welterweight title.

It doesn’t end there, as also on the Frank Warren promoted  “Three Kings” event are a brace of TRAD TKO unbeaten young guns – Frankie Buglioni, Billy Morgan, Gary Corcoran and Ediz Hussein.

The very next day some of the TRAD TKO crew return to York Hall, when Eddie Corcoran challenges Kris Agyei Dua for the vacant Southern Area Light Middleweight title at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted “London’s Calling” event.

The reason I said some is because others will be heading down to Portsmouth, where exciting Light Heavyweight prospect Joel McIntyre and new boy Tommy Watson are in action at the Jay Morris promoted “Punishment on the Pier” event.

Tickets for all this weekend’s  events above, plus Mitchell-Burns and other boxing events, are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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Post Olympics: Women’s Boxing Set To Flourish With Major London Event In 2013

LEFT JAB PROMOTIONS – TKO EVENTS INTERNATIONAL
WBF Women’s World Boxing Championships
London 2013

 

 Post Olympics: Women’s Boxing Set To Flourish With Major London Event In 2013

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Wednesday, 15th August 2012- Great Britain’s Nicola Adams, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and America’s Claressa Shields may have won Gold at the London 2012 Olympics, however, all the women that took part deserve some of the glory and recognition for the part they played.

Each and every female boxer that took part in this historic event shone brightly, and they proved without doubt that Women’s Boxing is just as competitive and exciting as those of their male counterparts.

Things may look rosy at this time, and everyone is high on the stunning debut of women’s boxing at the Olympics, but just how long will this last before the excitement we all felt, as we watched Nicola, Katie and Claressa fight their way to Gold, becomes just a faded memory?

The natural progression for any of the male boxers taking part in the Olympics is a lucrative promotional deal with Frank Warren, Eddie Hearn or Frank Maloney, however, with the British boxing hierarchy’s attitude towards women’s boxing this may not be an avenue open to Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall, unless they fight abroad like the current crop of British female pro boxers.

British pro boxer, and coach at the TRAD TKO gym in Canning Town, Marianne Marston may just prove to be the White Knight that women’s professional boxing has been waiting for.

Marianne, who was discovered by legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and trained by Joe and his son Marvis at their landmark gym in North Philadelphia until it closed in 2008, is already well known for campaigning for the women’s boxing cause through the media, as well as encouraging women into the sport through her highly successful London based women’s boxing classes.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that Marianne has also been highly active in her attempts to bring a significant women’s boxing event to the UK.

It hasn’t been an easy journey.  In mid 2011, Marianne (along with father and daughter promoting team Steve and Olivia Goodwin) proposed an all female event to the BBBofC.

The event, which was to feature three Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) championship bouts, was turned down on the basis that the BBBofC do not recognise the WIBA, or any of the female championship boxing organisations.

Not to be deterred, Marianne continued in her quest, and as she explains it, finally seems set to happen early in 2013.

“Firstly I have to congratulate Nicola, Katie and Claressa for winning the first Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold medals.

They all fought brilliantly, they did the sport proud, as did all the girls that took part, now it’s time to truly establish women’s boxing here in the UK.

100 years ago they said women couldn’t be doctors, or lawyers, or vote.  30 years ago they said women weren’t capable of running a marathon.  This year we have proved everyone wrong who said women couldn’t box.

Nicola, Katie, Claressa and all the female boxers at London 2012 have proved to the world that women can fight just as well as the men, and, just as important that there is an appetite and an audience for women’s boxing.

So now we’re coming for all those in the world of professional boxing who have tried to stop women from competing here in the UK. You know who you are, and you have no excuses left.”

With her frustrations well and truly vented, Marianne then continued, “After the board (BBBofC) refused to sanction the event in 2011, I had no intention of giving up.  I am not a quitter.

First I contacted World Boxing Federation President, Howard Goldberg.  I particularly wanted to work with the WBF after noticing on Boxcec that most of the #1 ranked girls, people like Zita Zatyko, Christina Hammer, Anne Sophie Mathis, were all WBF Champions.

I then had a chat with promoter Miranda Carter to see if she would be interested in promoting the event.  Miranda’s great.  She’s always been a big supporter of women’s boxing and regularly has a female fight on her shows.

Once Howard and Miranda were on board I contacted another big supporter of women’s boxing, Bruce Baker, Chairman of the PBPA (Professional Boxing Promoters Association).

I particularly wanted to work with Bruce as I had found out that the Masters titles were originally created for female fighters, so that they could have a domestic title to fight for.

All went well and it was decided to aim for October this year.  However, after discussions with potential sponsors earlier this year, it soon became clear that we would be better off aiming at early 2013, as many of the companies we approached said that their current budget had been decimated by the Olympics.

This delay actually may have done us a big favour.  The original concept had us promoting an all female show headlined by a world title or two, but what we have now is a totally different concept.

Howard is particularly proud that the WBF female world champions are highly ranked (most the world #1 of their division), and those that aren’t #1 are all ranked in the top 5.

Because of this we decided to make this a truly world significant annual event, and created the WBF Women’s World Boxing Championships.

It’s getting quite exciting.  We’ve got the website up, facebook and twitter accounts and WBF European coordinator Olaf Schroeder already has the basis of a provisional card in place.

There will be a minimum of four world championship bouts, supported by a WBF International title fight, an International Masters title fight and two special Challenge Cup bouts.

It’s going be truly international.  We’ll have German pair Christina Hammer and Ramona Kuehne, as well as Hungary’s Zita Zatyko defending their World titles.  Maria Lindberg will be challenging for the vacant Light Middle World title, probably against fellow Swede Mikaela Lauren, and we’re also hoping to get Holly Holm versus Anne Sophie Mathis. It would be awesome to host the trilogy fight here in London.

Their first two fights were stormers. Anne Sophie won the first and Holly the second, both were fought in America, but I can’t see why the American’s should get all the good fights.  Let’s have the decider on neutral grounds right here in London.

Finally, we have Juliette Winter and New York based Suszannah Warner fighting for the vacant WBF International Flyweight title.

My TRAD TKO gym mate, former world #2 amateur, Areti Mastrodouka will fight Kristine Shergold for the International Masters Super Featherweight title.  Last time this pair met they brought the house down.  It was fight of the night.

We couldn’t put on a show here without having Angel McKenzie on it.  She’s great and has helped me so much since I’ve been back in the UK.

Angel will be fighting one of the special Challenge Cup bouts, and I’ll be fighting for the other.

Going back to the Olympics for a second, it would be great to have at least one of the girls that competed on the show. Obviously we’d really love it to be Nicola, Katie or Claressa, but in all honesty all the girls were brilliant.  It would be great to have one or two come and compete at this event as well.

With such a lineup I’m sure we’ll easily fill the ExCel to capacity, just as the girls did during the Olympics. It will be electric.  I can’t wait.”

The date for the first World Boxing Federation Women’s World Boxing Championships 2013 is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Further information is available at www.womensworldboxingchampionships.com, or follow at www.facebook.com/WomensWorldBoxingChampionships and  twitter.com/WBFWomensBoxing

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Boxing Stars Lace Up Boots For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Charity Football Tournament

TRAD TKO BOXING GYM
3RD ANNUAL BOXERS & CELEBRITIES
CHARITY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
In Aid of the
INDEE ROSE TRUST
Sunday, 12th August 2012 @ Concord Rangers FC, Canvey Island, Essex
 

 Boxing Stars Lace Up Boots For 3rd Annual TRAD TKO Charity Football Tournament 

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Tuesday, 10th June 2012- For the past couple of years around this time, TRAD TKO Boxing Gym supremo Johnny Eames has taken a break from the business of boxing to head up the annual Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, an event that raises much needed funding for the Indee Rose Trust, which provides support and care packages for youngsters suffering from brain and spinal tumors.

This year is no different, as earlier today Johnny announced the date and location for this year’s extravaganza – Sunday, 12th August at the Concord Rangers Football Club on Canvey Island, Essex.

For those of you that have yet to attend one of these excellent tournaments, you have missed out on a great day out, as well as the chance to watch some of the sport’s biggest stars in action.

The list of those that have taken part in previous events, many of whom will again be at Canvey Island on the 12th August, is a veritable who’s who of British boxing, music and television.

Boxing luminaries, such as David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Nathan Cleverly, Matthew Macklin, Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns, Barry McGuigan, Paul and Stephen Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Willie Limond, Rendall Munroe, Anthony Crolla, Graham Earl, Tony Oakey, Wayne Elcock, Ross Minter, Martin Power etc. have previously taken part, and many will again be in action on the 12th August and joined by celebrities such as Alex Reid, Johnny Borrell (Razorlight), Iron Maiden, Mark Wingett (Jim Carver – The Bill), Stephen Bell (Coronation Street), and various members of the Eastenders and Shameless cast.

These special events have proved to be a huge hit with the fans (with previous events raising in excess of ú20,000 for this exceptionally worthwhile cause), and with all of the boxers and celebrities already signed up for this year’s event, this year will likely be even better.

On making the announcement, Johnny, who underwent treatment for Cancer last year himself, said, “Yeah, this year is the third annual TRAD TKO Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, which, for those that don’t know, has boxers and celebrities taking part and raising money for children with brain and spinal tumors.

It’s a great cause, and we’ve had a great response from the boxing community, as well as celebrities from music and TV; and this year’s been no different.

In fact, this year’s been crazy.  Even though we have been too busy to send out press releases, the phone hasn’t stopped.  Everyone, celebrities and boxers, want to take part.

The past couple of years we’ve had a proper who’s who of boxing turn out, with guys like David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Nathan Cleverly, Ricky Burns, Rendall Munroe, Kevin Mitchell, Billy Joe Saunders, Paul Smith, in attendance, but the list is endless, and if I’ve not mentioned you, I don’t mean nothing by it, there are so many of you that come and turn out for it and we really appreciate that you do.

Last year’s was fantastic.  We raised over twenty grand again, which far exceeded anything we expected as, as my treatment forced us to put it together over a three week period.  But that’s made me more determined to raise even more this year really.

This year we’ve got Joe Gallagher bringing his team down again (which I’m sure will have more players than it did last year), Billy Nelson’s bringing a Scottish team down, and Nathan Cleverly’s bringing his own team down from Wales, full of Welsh fighters and celebrities. It’s a real “four nations” as we’ve also got Alio bringing the Irish boys over again.

Paul Smith and the Scousers, who won the first year, will be back. Paul, who like me, is a patron of the Indee Rose Trust and does great work up in Liverpool for the kids.  He likes to keep it low profile; but we’re watching and know what great work you’re doing, it’s fantastic what you do kid.

It’s just a great cause, and if you haven’t been before, you really should get yourself out to the Concord Rangers Football Club on Canvey Island on the 12th August.  Keep a check on the TKO website, my facebook page, and for press releases to learn more about who’ll be there as well as tickets and stuff.

Look forward to seeing you all there.”

This year’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym organized “Boxers and Celebrities Football Tournament,” in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, kicks off at 12:00pm at the Concord Rangers FC, Thames Road, Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Tickets for this very special event, priced: Standard: ú10.00 and V.I.P. ú20.00, are available on-line from www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

ChildrenÆs tickets, priced ú5.00, will be available on the day.

For further information either call the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym on 020 7474 3199 or see www.indeerosetrust.org – www.tkoboxinggym.com or facebook.com/theindeerosetrust

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Prospect Wadi Camacho Ready to Impress At Prizefighter – International Heavyweights

TRAD TKO BOXING GYM
WADI “MACHO MAN” CAMACHO
PRIZEFIGHTER PROSPECTS
Prizefighter International Heavyweight
20th June 2012 @ York Hall, Bethnal Green

Prospect Wadi Camacho Ready to Impress At Prizefighter – International Heavyweights

By Gianluca (Rio) DiCaro

London – Tuesday, 19th June 2012- After just three professional outings, Canning Town Cruiserweight prospect Wadi  ”Macho Man” Camacho gets the chance to shine on the national stage this coming Wednesday, when he takes part in a Prizefighter Prospects bout that supports the latest installment of the highly successful Skysports televised Betfair Prizefighter series.

Camacho, who is managed and trained by Brian Lawrence at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, earned the coveted “Prospects” spot following his crowd pleasing, winning, performances against Ireland based Ugandan Moses Matovu in January, a sensational second round stoppage of Lithuanian hardman Rolandas Cesna in March, and just last month his supreme domination of Lithuanian Igor Borucha.

Following his final training session last night, a relaxed Camacho said, “I’m so looking forward to it.  It’s good to be allowed to fight on a big stage, so it’s gonna’ be bombs away really.

My first fight was a bit tough but I dealt with the guy on that night, the same with my other two.  This one may be even tougher.

This kid’ll be coming to impress also, you don’t get that many opportunities when you first start out to be on such a big televised show. He’ll be coming to fight, but I’ll just do the business on him also.

I know it’s early days but I’ve only got eyes for one thing. One day I want the Lonsdale Belt round my waist. I know if that is to happen I have to fight every fight as if it’s a title fight, I have to win and I have to impress.

Brian, (Manager/Coach Brian Lawrence) has a pedigree of producing Champions.  If I keep on winning, hopefully he’ll get me a shot next year, or the year after, but right now though, it’s still a learning process and I have to still prove myself.

The way my preparations have gone, the training and the sparring, it’s been excellent. My power has really increased; it’s unbelievable; and my weight is fantastic, you know, I’m weighing 14-8 now, and I’ve comfortably come down from 15-6, which is spot on.

To all my fans can I say – Enjoy the night.  I tell you all the time, I’m a cool guy and I will be showering big bombs on the night.”

Wadi Camacho versus Paul Morris features as support to the Matchroom Sport promoted Betfair Prizefighter – International Heavyweights tournament, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday 20th June 2012, and is broadcast live and exclusive on Skysports.

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Former Champ Williams Ready For July 7th Title Showdown with Conquest

GOODWIN MAIN EVENTS
LEON “SOLID” WILLIAMS vs. TONY “CONQUEROR” CONQUEST
Southern Area Cruiserweight Championship
7th July 2012 @ York Hall, London

 

Former Champ Williams Ready For July 7th Title Showdown with Conquest

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Wednesday, 13th June 2012- After three false starts, the long awaited showdown, between former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon “Solid” Williams and Southern Area Champ Tony “Conqueror” Conquest, is finally set to take place, on the Olivia Goodwin promoted “One More Round” event at York Hall on Saturday 7th July.

The last time this highly anticipated Clash of the Titans was due to take place was back in January, as Williams’ first defense of his British Crown; however, Conquest was forced to withdraw due to a viral infection.

With Conquest out, Williams instead defended against Nottingham’s Shane McPhilbin.

For eleven rounds Williams totally dominated the proceedings, including sending McPhilbin to the canvas twice. However, after just thirty seconds of the final round, things took a dramatic turn for the worse, after McPhilbin landed a powerful clubbing shot to the back of the defending Champ’s head, which ultimately lead to the fight being stopped and a new British Champion crowned.

With no quick rematch with McPhilbin, or a shot at current British Champ Enzo Maccarinelli on the horizon, the only way Williams could get back into the Championship mix this year would be to challenge his good friend Conquest.

A situation that wasn’t lost on the former Champ, as he made clear when he spoke briefly, following a training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, earlier.

“Yeah it’s a stepping stone, I know I gave up the Southern Area title before I beat Rob Norton and became British Champ, but it does lead to bigger and better things.

God willing, I’ll get the chance to get my Lonsdale belt back after beating Tony on the 7th ; no make that Johnny willing, Johnny, my manager Johnny Eames, will do the business side for me, I’ve just got to win.

Preparation has been very good, sparring has been the best. I’m Dereck Chisora’s main sparring partner, so that’s good experience and I learn from it all the time.

This is really going to help me with the fight. Dereck’s a very big, strong guy and after all this work Tony will feel like a lightweight in comparison – Thank you Dereck Chisora.

I’m not trashing Tony, he’s a good friend of mine and a very good boxer, but there’s no friendship when you step in the ring, you fight, and that’s what we’re going to do – fight.

Team Solid is back…and climbing the ladder to the top. Team Solid all day, every Day…Yeah.”

Leon “Solid” Williams versus Tony “Conqueror” Conquest for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title co-headlines Olivia Goodwin’s “One More Round” event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th July 2012.

Tickets, priced ú60 (Ringside) and ú35 (Standard Seated), for Leon Williams vs. Tony Conquest are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com – tickets are also available direct from Leon Williams or the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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