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Promoters Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott today announced that they have added two further Female professional bouts, in addition to the one already on the card, to their upcoming LORDS OF THE RING II event, which takes place at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday August 29th.
Heading up the female contingent on the Capital City’s new season opener, is British #1 ranked (Super Bantamweight & Pound For Pound) and reigning MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion Marianne Marston.
This will be the first chance for Marston’s fans to see her in action this year, as she suffered a relapse to the severely damaged piriformis muscle she tore during the buildup to the WBU European title challenge against Hana Horakova in March last year.
Marston will be looking to be on her best form, now the injury is completely healed, as the Londoner has been lined up to challenge for a World title later this year.
Joining Marston on the LORDS OF THE RING II event will be unbeaten Lightweight Sam Smith from Leeds and a fellow Londoner Shaunagh Brown, who will be making her professional debut.
Smith, who fights out of the Bethlehem Gym in Leeds, has made quite a statement, since turning pro in March this year, scoring three stoppage wins as well as already securing her first Championship accolade, when she beat Zsofia Bedo by third round stoppage to secure the International Masters Bronze Lightweight title.
Making her professional debut on the event is Team GB Athlete Shaunagh ‘The Hammer’ Brown from Peckham, South London.
Brown, who is coached by former Commonwealth Champion Mark Reefer at the Champions TKO gym in Hackney, has enjoyed enviable success throughout her athletics career, including winning the Gold medal (Discus) at the ESAA Championships in both 2005 and 2006, Silver at the AAA U20 Championships also in 2006.
At the England Athletics U20 Championships in 2008, Brown secured not one but two medals in different disciplines, Gold for the Discus and Silver for the Shot Put. In 2009, at the Aviva England Athletics U20 Championships, Brown then added the Gold Medal for Shot Put to her collection.
Speaking earlier promoter Mark Lyons made it clear he and his business partner Billy James-Elliott are elated to be at the forefront of Women’s boxing in the UK,
“This is the new season opener for boxing in London and we decided that new season, new start so what better than to bring to the fore some of the magnificent female fighters we have in this country.
Without doubt it’s about time there were more female fights in the pro ranks, over the past few years about the only British female fighters that have seen regular action are Marianne (Marston) and Angel McKenzie, but now with Sam (Smith), Shaunagh (Brown) and others such as Juliette Winter coming on board, Women’s boxing can really start to gain some momentum.
It’s unheard of to have three female bouts on a pro event in the UK, after the 29th August hopefully this will no longer be the case and we get to see these young women in action, as well as getting the media coverage they deserve.
Marianne has more than proved she is Championship level and rightly has earned a shot at the World title later this year and I don’t doubt for one minute that Sam will also be challenging for major titles in the near future too, as will Shaunagh.
Shaunagh has enjoyed success in the sporting arena previously, Discus, Shot Put and Hammer Throwing, both Nationally and Internationally, the girl’s a winner and am sure she will be just as successful as a boxer as she was is in her other chosen sports.
It’s going to be a great event, besides the three female bouts, there’s a lot of great fights lined up that feature some top fighters, such as WBF World Champion Chris Goodwin, former Team GB star Iain Weaver and Jimmy Campbell, Jimmy has been in with the best of his division, such as World Champions Anthony Dirrell and Virgil Hill.
On top of that we have a card rammed with upcoming young talents, as well as some future stars making their pro debuts, so it definitely is an event that caters for all boxing fans, young, old, male or female there’s something for everyone.”
The Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys promotions LORDS OF THE RING II event will take place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th August 2015.
This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com
Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.wiseguypromotions.com or call 07960 850645 or 07807 282559.
London’s Marianne Marston is set to challenge Hungary’s Marianna Gulyas for the vacant MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship, which will take place on the upcoming Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 25th October 2014.
Woolwich’s Marston will be looking to secure a solid victory in front of a home crowd to get her World title dream back on track, following the shock loss to Hana Horacova back in March.
Marston had been odds on favourite to secure the WBU European Featherweight title, against Horacova, however fate dealt the TRAD TKO trained battler a nightmare of a hand to overcome, after she ruptured the Piriformis muscle mid way through the third round.
Up to that point the gutsy South Londoner utterly dominated proceedings, mind you she didn’t do too badly, even with the injury handicap, for the next round or two, but by round six it was clear that the injury had a major effect on her ability to move properly, which the savvy Horacova took major advantage off, by going hard on the offensive until the final bell.
Somehow Marston managed to stay the course, only to see her dream of being crowned WBU European Champion fade away when the judges scorecards were read out, judges Ken Curtis and Seamus Dunne scoring in favour of Horacova, 75-78 and 76-77 respectively with judge Billy Phillips scoring the bout 77-76 in favour of Marston.
However late last month Marston’s World Championship aspirations were thrown a lifeline, as the MBC and various World Sanctioning organisations continued to rank her for Championship eligibility.
However, first she will have to get past Gulyus, an experienced Championship boxer – having competed for the EBU European title at two weights as well as the IBF Inter-Continental title at Featherweight previously – who is World ranked some twenty places above the gutsy Londoner.
The stacked support card includes the long awaited rematch between Finsbury Park’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander and Crawley’s Rockin’ Robin Deakin.
When they first faced each other, back in March ’09, it was Alexander that was declared victor, however with a solid eight week camp to prepare, Deakin believes that this time it will be him receiving the victory laurels.
Another match up that is sure to whet the appetite of any true boxing fan is the Light Heavyweight contest between London based Turk Onder Ozgul and Scunthorpe’s Matthew Pepper, a toe to toe Battle Royale from first bell to last is guaranteed with this one, that’s for sure.
Also on the support card is Onder’s younger sibling, exciting Light Middleweight star Siar Ozgul, who is set to face his toughest test yet, when he takes on Nottingham’s Matt Scriven.
A truly talented youngster, Siar already has four top class wins under his belt since turning pro in October last year.
Former Team GB amateur captain Antonio Counihan makes his fourth pro outing, against a yet to be named opponent. The 23 year old from Solihull has made a fantastic start to his pro career – winning all three bouts to date, two by stoppage finish – so much so that he is being lined up for an early shot at a title for early next year.
Former American Basketball star Manny Muhammad will be looking to make further strides in his second pro sporting career, having won both his bouts to date, including the sensational victory over previously unbeaten prospect Vaidas Balciauskas.
Sensational power puncher Nathan Decastro will be back in action, he too will be looking to continue his unbeaten record, having secured two maiden victories, including a sensational first round stoppage of Paulius Butvidas back in March this year.
Exciting former amateur star Matar Sambou makes his second pro outing, following his first round stoppage of Tadas Stulginkas on August 2nd.
Derby’s British Masters Super Flyweight Champion and World title challenger Juliette Winter makes her welcome return to York Hall, the scene of her Fight of the Year nominated battle against Shanee Martin back in ’07.
Last but not least, making his much anticipated professional debut is Hainault, Essex Cruiserweight Jerome Haywood, who could be set for a baptism of fire as he is set to face Ireland’s John Waldron.
Watch this space, as further bouts are expected to be announced shortly, including the return of exciting Light Welterweight prospect Dave Pereira and Tottenham Welterweight Joel Ani.
Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC).
Dave Murphy’s Acourtier Events, promoted ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ event, featuring 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.
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