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With over forty pro boxers training at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, it should come as no surprise that some weekends there would be a number of their young stars in action, however this weekend it’s not the normal two or three, it’s six, what’s more they’re all fighting on the same event at York Hall on Saturday night.
The first TRAD TKO fighter to be in action on Saturday will be Hainult Cruiserweight Jerome Haywood, who will be making his professional debut against late replacement, Lithuania’s Rolandas Cesna.
Brian O’Shaughnessy trained Haywood will have some extra help in his corner, no less than former British and European Cruiserweight Champion Terry Dunstan, who has been on hand to advise, as well as spar, throughout the Essex Boy’s fight preparations.
Barry Smith trained Manny Muhammad will be looking to make it three wins out of three outings on Saturday.
Back in March, Harrow based Muhammad scored a superb points victory, over previously unbeaten Vaidas Balciauskas, this win shot him up into the top half of the World rankings – after just the one fight!
In August Muhammad increased his ranking positon with another excellent points victory, over Ernestas Dapkus.
Former Commonwealth Champion Mo Hussein has a growing stable of fighters under his control at the TRAD TKO, two of whom, brothers Onder and Siar Ozgul, will be in action at York Hall this Saturday.
Onder, who has been dubbed ‘Little Mike’ by Turkish boxing fans – due to his fighting style being similar to that of Iron Mike Tyson – will be making his third pro outing on Saturday.
On his debut Onder scored a shut out points victory over Dmitrij Kalinovskij, he followed this up a month later with a first round stoppage of Brighton’s Iain Jackson.
On Saturday Onder was due to face Matthew Pepper, but unfortunately Pepper had to pull out – due his father being hospitalized with a serious illness – so unbeaten Karel Horejsek stepped in at late notice.
Younger sibling Siar, who is currently 4-0 after top class points victories over Michal Vosyka, Chris Jenkinson, Tomas Samusas and William Wharburton – has also built up a strong following due to his all action boxing style.
On Saturday night young Siar will face Nottingham’s Matt Scriven.
The highly rated, former Team England Amateur Captain, Antonion Counihan steps up to his first six rounder, against seriously tough Lithuanian Simas Volosinas.
Antonio, who is trained by his father Paul, scored three sensational wins – over Robin Deakin, Marcin Ficner and Tibor Szucs – since turning pro just one year ago, two of these wins came by way of stoppage, Deakin and Szucs, the other by a shut out points decision.
Headlining the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event is another TRAD TKO star – British #1 Ranked (both Super Bantamweight & Pound-4-Pound) female boxer – Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston.
Marston, who is trained by Brian O’Shaughnessy, will be challenging Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas for the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship.
Marston may have a little extra pressure going into this title showdown, as news has just filtered through that should she win on Saturday that she will get to challenge for the WIBA World Super Bantamweight Championship, against current Champion Australia’s Shannon O’Connell, early in 2015.
TRAD TKO head honcho Johnny Eames was clearly pleased to have so many of his charges in action this Saturday, as he said.
“It’s good to have so many of the boys, and girl, out this weekend.
It just goes to show the depth of talent we have here at the TRAD TKO, on Saturday we’ll have one fighter, Jerome, debuting, Manny and Onder making their third pro outings, Siar in his final four rounder, this kid is more than ready to step up now, of course one of the boys is already stepping up, Antonio does his first six rounder on Saturday and to top it all our Marianne will be headlining the event and fighting for a title.
Should be a great night of boxing, hopefully all our boys will keep their unbeaten records and Marianne will bring the belt home to the gym.”
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 25th October, are available direct from any of the boxers, at the TRAD TKO Gym, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call 07960 850645.
This coming Friday professional boxer Marianne Marston will be suspending the training camp for her upcoming 25th October MBC International title fight for a day, in order to take part in a project by Philanthropic artist Clare Newton for the Street Child Charity, that will raise much needed funds for Children in Sierra Leone and Liberia who are suffering due to the Ebola epidemic.
Clare previously photographed Marianne as part of her record breaking ‘Jump4London’ photographic project to celebrate the then impending London 2012 Olympics.
The Jump4London entered the record books as the biggest photo in the world following the installation of the largest, over a kilometer in length, composite photograph exhibition, consisting of 81,663 photographs, that was unveiled at the ExCel Arena on 1st June 2012.
Marianne clearly had an impact on Clare, as it was she that the Hackney based artist visualized as the Goddess Of Spring for her latest project, a giant montage, around fifty feet in height, which will feature Marianne and children from the Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford.
The giant image will then be auctioned at a Charity Gala event in November and the monies raised will provide the Street Child Charity with much need funding that will help children in Sierra Leone and Liberia who are suffering due to the outbreak of Ebola in those countries.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of her coach Brian O’Shaughnessy, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Marianne spoke of the upcoming photographic project she is to feature in.
“When I first got the call from Clare I was more than a bit hesitant, I mean I’m in the final weeks of my training camp for my title fight on October 25th, but after she explained that this was for the Street Children charity I jumped at the opportunity.
Hopefully this project will raise a large amount of money for the Street Child Charity, It’s a truly worthwhile charity that does wonderful work around the World helping children in need.
Children are the future, if there is any way we can help prevent suffering and unnecessary early mortality of young children we, all of us, should do something to help, so I am.
Holding a BSc (Hon) in Micro Biology I am aware of the levels of research, as well as the funding levels that are required to undertake the necessary research into the Ebola virus
Companies like America’s GeoVax Laboratories are already working on two vaccines, but this research will take a couple of years at least and unless there is enough funding even longer.
GeoVax are developing a vaccine against the ZEBOV strain of Ebola, which is responsible for the current outbreak, as well as another is being developed as a future routine immunisation to protect against the three known fatal strains of Ebola.
Hopefully Clare’s latest project will go some way to helping the Street Child Charity as well as raise awareness of the need to make enough funding available to companies like GeoVax.”
For further information on Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, or for updates and schedule please go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston
ABOUT STREET CHILD
Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa.
Starting in Sierra Leone, then the poorest country in the world, Street Child have supported over 20,000 urban and rural children to access a quality education.
Street Child’s principal focus is upon empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there.
There have already been thousands of cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two principal nations in which we work.
The governments of both nations have declared a State of National Emergency and are working towards containing the spread the disease within what is already a low capacity and culturally complex environment; their efforts are increasingly in desperate need of support.
Street Child’s actions have two key strands:
1. Humanitarian Response
Street Child are supporting the day-to-day, essential human needs of individuals and households whose lives and livelihoods have been terribly affected: either by Ebola itself; or by the effect of dramatic quarantine and other anti-Ebola measures and consequences. Typical support is through provisions as basic as dry rations and water.
The help that government and other international organisations and charities are providing is simply not enough to help all those that need it. The additional help Street Child provides is a vital lifeline for those receiving it.
- Raising Awareness
Ebola is entering and progressing in vulnerable communities through lack of information and non-acceptance of the basic facts about the virus and how to protect oneself from it. There is an urgent need for these vital messages to be spread.
In Sierra Leone, Street Child has a unique national presence, with active teams in nearly every major town as well as in many of the most remote parts of the country. This broad network gives Street Child the opportunity to reach, with the vital messages needed, many disparate high risk communities.
In Liberia, Street Child presence in West Point, one of the most affected parts of the capital, and in other parts of Monrovia, also provides a real opportunity to support the national awareness-raising effort.
As well as key information and advice on basic hygiene practices, Street Child is providing buckets, soap and chlorine to actually enable communities to take positive steps to increase hygiene and reduce prospects for the spread of the virus in their area.
Whilst the Street Child ongoing efforts are already helping to raise awareness in vulnerable areas, there is vital need across the board for this activity not to just to continue but to be scaled urgently; Street Child believe this is one of the keys to containing the spread of Ebola.
Street Child Ebola Appeal
To donate to the Street Child Ebola Appeal please go to http://www.street-child.co.uk
East London entrepreneur Baz Rehman, who sponsored Mark Prince-Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight title fight on August 2nd, has dipped deep into his pockets once more, this time to sponsor London’s Marianne Marston’s MBC International Super Bantamweight title clash with Hungary’s Marianna Gulyas, which takes place on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event, at York Hall on Saturday 25th October.
Following watching Marianne spar with former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, at the TRAD TKO in Canning Town, Mr Rehman spoke briefly on his decision to sponsor the title fight.
“Yeah I’m sponsoring Marianne’s title fight on the 25th October.
I was going to sponsor both Marianne’s and Mark Prince’s title fights on the August 2nd at York Hall, but Marianne had to pull out, so I just sponsored Mark’s fight.
It was a very good result for Mark, I was very happy with that, so as soon as I heard Marianne is fighting on the 25th October I decided to offer my support once again.
I’m a big fan of boxing, I like to help people to achieve success you know, title success, I get excited when two good fighters come into the ring for a good meaningful fight.
It’s really hard for boxers to be able to get to the position of fighting for titles, not everyone sells enough tickets for promoters to be able to do this for them.
I’m passionate about boxing, I’ve been sponsoring Johnny Eames’ shows for a while, although Marianne hasn’t been on his shows as she fights on a Malta license, but she is a TRAD TKO fighter so obviously I want to support her as much as I would any of the boxers here.
Finally I want to say good luck to Marianne and I look forward to watching her fight on the 25th October.”
A beaming Marston then added,
“I can’t thank Baz enough for his support, it really does mean so much to me.
Baz has been such a big supporter of the TRAD TKO and the boxers here, people like him are a rarity, he does it for the love of the sport.
To be one of the fighters he has chosen to get behind is a real honour, I will not let him down, I fully intend to bring the beautiful MBC International Championship belt home with me on October 25th.
I would also like to say thanks to my long time sponsors, Optimax, BoxFit, JT Clarke London and of course the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, as well as say a huge thank you to my fantastic coach Brian O’Shaughnessy, Johnny Eames, Barry Smith, Rio (Gianluca Di Caro), the Malta Boxing Commission and my wonderful promoter Dave Murphy, without their support I would never have been in the position to fight, let alone challenge for a title.
I’d also like to thank my sparring partners on this camp, Ian Napa, Ian Bailey, Sunny Edwards, Sonia Dlay and a Russian girl called Irena, they are really putting me through my paces, nothing’s being left to chance, that’s for sure.
The two Ian’s are so experienced, I’m learning a lot for them, especially on sustaining pressure and pacing myself for a ten rounder. On the other side Sunny, Sonia and Irena, all exceptional international level amateurs, are just so fast, have seriously quick hands and are highly mobile all the time, which is great for honing my ring craft.
But most importantly, I have to say a huge thank you to my wonderful, wonderful supporters, I can’t thank them enough, they come out in force, spending their hard earned money to support me.
They are loud as loud can be, wouldn’t be surprised if this time out they’ll be the loudest there, even louder than Antonio Counihan’s Blue Army.”
Dave Murphy’s Acourtier Events, promoted ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ event, headlined by the Baz Rehman sponsored Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas MBC International title clash, takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday, 25th October 2014.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.acourtier.com – www.mariannemarston.com or call the box office on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 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
Over the past few years Baz Rehman has been quietly in the background of a good few boxing events in the Capital, with the East London based entrepreneur investing in various promotions, including some of the early Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted shows.
No surprise then that Baz can often be found at the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, where a chance meeting with Mark Prince led to him getting behind ‘The Prince’, by agreeing to sponsor his upcoming MBC International Championship battle with Czech Republic’s Jiri Svacina, which takes place on the Shyam Batra SSE promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall on August 2nd.
Following a quick photo shoot of Mark and Baz with the MBC International Championship belt, Baz spoke about his involvement in the upcoming title fight.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the fight, not just because I am sponsoring it, it is going to be a great fight for the fans.
I’m a big fan of the sport, I’ve been involved in it for a while now, It’s my hobby being involved in the promoting of fights, it all started with Johnny Eames when he started promoting and it’s gone on from there, it’s something I always intended getting even more involved with, so after chatting with Mark and Rio (MBC International President Gianluca Di Caro) I knew I wanted to be involved.
To my mind Cruiserweight is the new Heavyweight, it’s the most exciting division in the sport today. Two heavy hitting all action big guys going toe to toe, that’s what the sport is really all about.
Mark is not just a good fighter, his pedigree is second to none in the UK, he’s fought twenty two times, lost only one and that was a world title fight, he’s already won titles and I’m confident that he’ll win the MBC International title on August 2nd and then it’s onto the world scene.
I’m involved now, I will be behind Mark all the way.”
The Prince then succinctly added,
“At the end of the day I’m more than pleased that Baz is getting behind me and sponsoring the fight.
I am glad that Baz is taking care of all that and sponsoring the title fight, this enables everyone to look forward to a great fight between me and Jiri on Saturday August 2nd.
There’ll be no hiccups, apart from Jiri hitting the canvas in whatever round that I desire.”
Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina, for the Baz Rehman sponsored MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.
Tickets, priced £35 (standard) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Mark Prince (07868 844224 or Champagne on 07446 320593) or any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645
The CALL OF DUTY event is also available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99
For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions