Eminent MMA promoter Mark Lyons has linked up with Britain’s youngest professional boxing promoter, eighteen year old Billy James-Elliott to create a new professional boxing promotions outfit – Wise Guys Promotions.
Their first event, titled LORDS OF THE RING, will take place at the famed York Hall, In Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 2nd May 2015, and will be headlined by the vacant MBC International Welterweight Championship battle between Siar Ozgul and Matt Scriven.
Hackney based Ozgul and Nottingham’s Scriven are old foes, having fought each other as recently as October last year.
It was an all action, closely fought small hall classic, an enthralling, intense four rounds of toe-to-toe action, so much so that when Scriven approached both the event promoters and Ozgul’s management asking if he could be considered as Ozgul’s opponent for the title fight, all parties agreed in an instant.
Who wouldn’t, these two put on a magnificent display of the pugilistic arts, not too dissimilar to the classic Mickey Ward-Arturo Gatti trilogy of fights from 2002/3.
Control of the fight switched between the two warriors throughout, both gave their all for every second of every round, much to the appreciation of those in attendance, as was clear when the bout was voted the Fight of the Night and a clear contender for the end of year Fight of the Year accolade.
On that occasion it was Ozgul that rightly emerged victorious, by a 39-37 point margin, however that score line just didn’t reflect just how close each round was or give any insight in to just how thrilling the bout was.
On May 2nd Khan challenges Czech Republic’s Patrik Bartos for the International Masters Bantamweight title.
Adding an added element of intrigue to this particular match up, is that both Khan and Bartos have a recent opponent in common, Ladislav Miko, what’s more both stopped Miko early in their bouts, Bartos late in the second and Khan with a sensational one minute and fifteen second of the first round knockout.
Heading up the support card sees Chester’s WBF Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champion Paul Economides against Doncaster’s former British Super Flyweight Champion Andy Bell.
Economides comes into the bout high in confidence, following a sensational second round stoppage victory, over former Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quaye, just last month.
What makes this victory so special is that Economides became the first person to stop the gutsy thirty seven fight veteran, a major feat indeed considering Quaye had previously fought the likes of British and Commonwealth Champion Don Broadhurst, British, Commonwealth and European Champion Kevin Satchell and WBO European Champion Iain Butcher.
Ozgul, who is unbeaten in four pro outings, has been building quite a reputation for himself, following top class victories over the likes of Lithuania’s Dmitrij Kalinovskij, Bighton’s Iain Jackson, Lithuania’s Remigijus Ziausys and most recently over the Czech Republic’s big punching Karel Horejsek.
Haywood came through a seriously tough test on his debut, when he faced and beat the highly experienced Lithuanian bruiser Rolandas Cesna at York Hall back in October.
Another of the Champions TKO squad, British #1 and reigning MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston will be undertaking her final domestic bout, before starting her preparations for her World title challenge against Australia’s WIBA Champion Shannon O’Connell, which takes place later this summer.
Former BBBofC Welsh Champion Lee Churcher will be making his first visit to the famed York Hall on May 2nd, where he will face a yet to be announced opponent.
Churcher comes into the fight off the back of a run of five solid wins, since last losing to Costas Osben back in July 2011.
Sensational unbeaten Featherweight David Agadzhanyan also makes his first visit to London on May 2nd.
Agadzhanyan, who has three stoppage victories from his four bouts to date, won the battle of the undefeated in his last fight, taking Czech Republic’s Daniel Bazo’s coveted ‘O’ with a superb 39-37 point victory in Liverpool in March.
Eric Mokonzo will be looking to secure his first pro victory, following his debut loss against Darren McKenna, when he faces debut boy Andy Cona, whilst Luton’s unbeaten Manny Muhammad, who was originally due to fight Mokonzo, will now face a yet to be named opponent.
On May 2nd Finsbury Park’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander returns to York Hall, the scene of his magnificent third round stoppage victory over Lithuania’s Tadas Stulginkas back in October.
Making their pro debuts on May 2nd will be Nottingham’s Garfield Mushore and Canning Town’s Kimberley Leah.
Siar Ozgul versus Matt Scriven, for the vacant MBC International Welterweight Championship, headlines the Mark Lyons & Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys Promotions LORDS OF THE RING event, that takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd May 2015.
Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) – www.maltaboxingcommission.com
Tickets priced £35 (Standard seating) and £65 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO ticket line on 07960 850645
Malta Boxing Commission’s Managing Director and Vice President, Gianluca Di Caro and World Kick Boxing and Karate Association (WKA) Scotland President Stewart Allan today announced that they have joined forces to sanction professional boxing events in Scotland.
The new venture will not only present opportunities for Scottish Professional boxers to be able to compete more, but also will enable fighters from the Kick Boxing world to compete both as professional Boxers and Kick Boxers.
Whilst the intention of this venture is to sanction pro boxing events in Scotland, it also opens the doors to the possibility of combined pro Boxing and Kick Boxing events, with the boxing sanctioned by the MBC and Kick Boxing sanctioned by the WKA, not just in Scotland but also at any event sanctioned by the MBC in Malta, the United Kingdom or Ireland.
On making the announcement Mr. Allan said.
“We are very excited to be working with the Malta Boxing Commission, it can only be good for the sport to bring such a progressive professional boxing organisation to Scotland.
To join those from the pro boxing world with those of the Kick Boxing world is an exciting prospect, up to now the powers to be in the UK were quite happy for our Champions to switch disciplines and compete as pro boxers.
Unfortunately it has always been at the expense of the fighter’s Kick Boxing career, that’s been because once they have switched to pro boxing they are no longer allowed to compete as a Kick Boxer.
That will change, under our joint venture with the Malta Boxing Commission our fighters will be licensed and compete as pro boxers, as well as continue to campaign as Kick Boxers under the WKA.
For our fighters this means so much, they want to compete in both sports and have so much to offer to both.
This new partnership isn’t just about our fighters being able to fight in both disciplines, we will be actively be looking to develop the pro boxing side in Scotland, give Scottish boxers the chance to be more active than they have been in the past, we want to build up the MBC to benefit fighters from both disciplines.
We also want to bring more genuine 50/50 fights to Scotland, we don’t want it to be an extension of the current scene, we want to bring the fans genuine exciting closely matched fights, each and every show.”
MBC’s Mr. Di Caro then added.
“I couldn’t agree more with Stewart, this is a seriously exciting development for the sport, one that will benefit fighters from both Boxing and Kick Boxing.
When Stewart approached us with the concept we were open to it straight away, not for the reason many people will think, but because we had already made the decision that should anyone that competes in another pugilistic art that also wants to pro box, should be allowed to do so.
This decision was made some time ago, in fact it was when thirteen time World Champion Marlon Hunt first approached us about pro boxing under our banner.
Marlon is one of the top competitors in the Kick Boxing world, how could we possibly tell him that he has to give up fighting on the Kick Boxing circuit if he pro boxes, I mean he has World titles in Kick Boxing, K1, Muay Thai, with us he can defend those titles as well as begin challenging for Championships in boxing also.
I have to say, since I’ve mentioned Marlon, that when he joined us we didn’t quite realise what an asset he would become, he is a great ambassador for the MBC, with the fans and boxer’s alike, so much so that early last year he was unanimously elected onto the MBC Executive Committee.
Now, not only do we have the chance to have more of the top Kick Boxers competing in the pro boxing, but also have the opportunity of Kick Boxing World Champions from around the world competing for Championship honours as pro boxers.
On the business side of things Stewart will be the Chairman of the new MBC Scottish Region, as well as join the Executive Committee of the Malta Boxing Commission.
Stewart has big plans for the new venture and to that end has already signed up a couple of Scottish promoters, one of whom plans to promote the first MBC Scotland sanctioned event quite soon, probably in April or May.
I for one am so proud to be involved in this exciting new venture, I honestly feel that this will prove to be one of the best things to happen to our sport in a long, long time.
What’s more it will provide the boxing fans with a whole new breed of genuinely outstanding World class fighters to get behind, as well as present opportunities for Scottish boxers to be more active, which can only be good for the sport.”
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Malta Boxing Commission’s (MBC) Managing Director and Vice President Gianluca Di Caro today announced that he has formally written to Mr. Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) informing him that due to the success of previous MBC sanctioned events in the United Kingdom, that they have received numerous requests to sanction further events in the UK over the coming year.
The letter, which was also sent to all World Sanctioning organisations and the European Boxing Union (EBU), Mr. Di Caro not only informed the BBBofC of the MBC’s intention to sanction further events in the United Kingdom, but also provided additional information regarding the medical standards and Insurance levels for MBC sanctioned events, which are superior to virtually every other European Country’s, so that the BBBofC would be able to confidently give permission for their license holders to box on MBC sanctioned events in the UK.
Mr. Di Caro also informed the BBBof C that the level of events that they anticipate to sanction over the coming twelve months will be in excess of twenty, seven of which are set to take place before the 1st April, which is an impressive increase in the number of UK events sanctioned by the MBC, as the total of UK events sanctioned by them in 2014 was just five.
The first of the 2015 events is the rescheduled George Hillyard title fight headed show promoted by Shyam Batra, which now takes place at York Hall in London on Friday January 30th.
One week later, on the 6th February, Lee Murtagh promotes his second MBC sanctioned professional boxing event at the Bramley Villager in Leeds.
On the 28th February Malta Boxing Commission will be sanctioning two events, the Stephen Vaughan Jr. promoted double title headed event in Liverpool and a Dave Murphy promoted event in London.
A week later, on the 7th March, Matt Scriven promotes an event in Nottinghamshire and then on the 14th March the MBC team crosses the Irish Sea to sanction a Peter Turley promoted event in Belfast.
The final event of the first seven mentioned is another Lee Murtagh promoted show, this time in Bradford on the 29th March.
Earlier today Mr. Di Caro briefly spoke about the upturn in interest of the MBC within the UK.
“Exciting times for all involved with the Malta Boxing Boxing Commission, it really is.
The increase in events, to be sanctioned by us in 2015, is testament to the quality and professionalism of our UK based officials, I couldn’t possibly thank Mickey Vann, Ken Curtis, Billy Phillips, Lee Murtagh, Seamus Dunne, Gino Picconino, Dave Smith, Ken Honniball, Brian Gentry, Terry Clarke, Fred Little, Steven Smith, Ehsen Qureshi, Phil Jones, Micky Conway, Winston Stone, Phil Jones, Jason Lowe and Matt Amos enough for their excellent performances over the past twelve months, I also have to thank our excellent European based officials, Alf Sprung and Jan Telecki, that came over to officiate on the Championship events here.
I can’t help but feel that a major part of this increase in awareness of the MBC in the UK is also due to people like Dave Murphy, Lee Murtagh and Stephen Vaughan Jr. promoting events with MBC sanctioning, these are serious boxing people, hugely respected by most people within the business and they have chosen to be licensed by us.
Between them they promoted some seriously great events over the past year, featuring some fantastic fights, which I’m sure didn’t go unnoticed by the boxing world.
Dave’s October York Hall event was truly first class and of course as British #1 female boxer Marianne Marston, who is licensed by us, won her first title on that event, no surprise then that this event received a huge amount of media coverage and rightly so.
Stephen’s December show at the Titanic in Liverpool was something really special too, again another title headed event, this event received excellent coverage and of course had the additional benefit of being broadcast in parts of Europe.
I’m sure those events have a lot to do with the increase in popularity of the MBC sanctioning here, with both boxers and promoters alike.
So much so that we now have forty two UK based boxers licensed with us, with many more due to take out licenses before the end of January.
More impressively we now have twelve promoters around the Country, with at least another five due to be licensed by us over the coming month or so.
It really is exciting times for the MBC in the UK, which can only be good for the sport.”
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MBCBadgeMalta Boxing Commission In Demand – Five International Events Before End Of Year, Four In The UK!
Malta Boxing Commission Vice President Gianluca Di Caro today announced that the fast growing International sanctioning division of the organisation recently received numerous requests to sanction further events in the UK, in addition to the planned Internationally broadcast WBC and WBF title headed event in Malta.
Following the hugely successful sanctioning of the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MBC International Championship headed event at York Hall on October 25th, negotiations with a number of UK promoters were concluded, which has led to four further UK events, in November and December, being added to the schedule, with a possible fifth likely to be signed later this week.
The four confirmed events will take place in Leeds on Sunday November 30th, followed by two UK events on Saturday 6th December, one in Birmingham and the other in London, then on to Nottingham on Sunday 14th December. Full details of these events will be announced shortly.
The possible fifth UK event is penciled in to take place in Cumbria, date or venue not yet confirmed.
In addition to the UK events, on Saturday 6th December the Malta Boxing Commission will also be sanctioning a World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship headed event in Malta, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on the Russian Fight Club Channel.
On making the announcement, Malta Boxing Commission Vice President Gianluca Di Caro said,
“We’ve now sanctioned a number of events in the UK, which produced a lot of enquiries from promoters looking to sign with us.
I have to say that the exceptional event that we sanctioned on Saturday night in London really helped us to lock in a number of these events.
It was a very proud and special night for all of us associated with the Malta Boxing Commission and our Championship division MBC International.
Back in August 2011 the very first female boxer licensed by the Malta Boxing Commission was Marianne Marston, on Saturday night Marianne also became the very first female boxer to secure an MBC International Championship, we’re so proud of her and boy oh boy did she win it in style, it was a fantastic fight.
Gaining all the UK events is an exceptional achievement, but when you add the upcoming Fight Club broadcast MBC and WBF title headed international event, we are to sanction in Malta on December 6th, it really goes to prove the stature of the MBC is growing at a pace, especially on the International stage.
No doubt December 6th is going to be a particularly busy day for our team, working three different shows in two different countries on the same night, it’s a challenge, but a challenge our world class team more than relishes.”
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Report and Photos Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew returned to York Hall on Saturday night with their latest offering, ‘Capital Punishment’, which was headlined by the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship clash between London’s Marianne Marston and Hungary’s Marianna Gulyas.
After a slightly nervous start Haywood settled down and took the fight to his more experienced opponent, pressuring the big Lithuanian with stiff jabs and heavy rights to the body.
Haywood’s work to the body began to take a toll on Cesna, so much so that by mid way through the third Cesna was clearly struggling to cope with the constant punishment to his ribs, however he did overcomes to see the bout through to the final conclusion.
After four excellent rounds Referee Alf Sprung scored the bout 40-38 in favour of Haywood.
From the off it was clear Decastro wanted to add another stoppage victory to his record, charging in throwing big right hands at every opportunity, however it soon became clear that the tough Lithuanian was more than up for the scrap.
What followed was a virtually non stop toe-to-to battle royale, with both protagonists giving their all for every second of every round much to the delight of the York Hall crowd.
After four scintillating rounds referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout 40-37 in favour of Decastro
Counihan’s class shined through bright as the Solihull youngster went to work, easily controlling Vass with stiff jabs and amazingly quick double handed flurries.
Counihan stepped up the pressure in the third, going full out on his attacks that Vass just couldn’t counter, instead he relied on covering up in an attempt to get through the round, which turned out to be a bad move as Counihan kept punishing him with vicious body shots, so much so that by midway through the round the Vass’ corner threw in the towel.
Next up see the return of Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, who had been training and fighting over in America for the past four years or so. On Saturday night Alexander faced Tadas Stulginskas in a four rounder.
Boxing beautifully behind the jab, Alexander more or less controlled the first couple of rounds, as Stulginskas seemed content to play the waiting game, countering only when he felt he could land the punch.
Alexander stepped up the pace in the third, firing a succession of solid rights into the body of Stulginskas, which soon began to really trouble the Lithuanian, so much so that his corner threw in the towel with just seconds remaining of the third.
It was announced that Stulginskas retired due to an injury to his knee.
What a fight, without doubt the fight of the night, as both protagonists went to war.
Ozgul came out hard and strong, initially putting the Nottingham man on the back foot, however Scriven soon started to exert his authority and then the fireworks really began.
By the third round the non stop action started to take it’s toll on the Turkish youngster, which allowed Scriven to land some sensational power shots of his own.
The final round was a cracker, Ozgul backed Scriven into a corner and let rip with massive right hands, one of which sent Scriven’s mouth guard flying into the crowd ringside.
Once the errant mouth guard was retrieved and the bout restarted it was Scriven who went hard on the attack, one such attack late on in the round see Scriven land a massive right that shook Ozgul to the core, Ozgul sensibly went on the defensive for the remaining seconds to see his way to securing his fifth win.
Referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout 39-37 in favour of Ozgul, the correct verdict without doubt, but one that really doesn’t express how great this fight was or how close each and every round was.
Gulyas came into the bout as bookies favourite, due to her ranking – #3 in Europe and #31 in the World – being superior to Marston’s #8 in Europe and #58 in the world, however it transpires that the bookies couldn’t have got it more wrong if they tried.
Marston came out strong right from the off, utilizing her strong right hand jab to great effect, forcing Gulyas to go defensive and grab hold of the Londoner at every opportunity, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the bout.
More of the same in the second, then in the final second of the round Marston threw a sharp left to the jaw, that sent Gulyas to sprawling to the canvas, however much to the surprise of Marston, her team and the York Hall faithful, it didn’t count as Referee Alf Sprung deemed it a slip!
Round three Marston continued to plain outbox the Hungarian, as well as landing some short sharp body shots, one of which appeared to send Gulyas to the deck once more, however this time the referee dismissed it as a push.
Round four Marston controls the centre ground, picking off Gulyas with some cracking shots to head and body, the Hungarian barely able to respond to the constant onslaught.
Marston had really settled into her pace coming into round five, seemingly content to bide her time and just throw supremely accurate jabs shots, again Gulyas was sent to the deck by a lazy looping left to the head, which the referee again deemed as a push.
Once Gulyas was back on her feet Marston went on the attack once again and as if to make a point to the referee emphatically sent Gulyas to the deck for the fourth time – the moves that lead to this were sublime, after shooting a cracking left to the body Marston stepped in threw a big left straight into the Hungarian’s face before shooting three sharp lefts to the head.
In the sixth Gulyas attempted to take control of the centre of the ring, however Marston was having none of it, using her strong jab to great effect and normal service resumed.
Midway through the seventh Marston went on a heavy attack, landing a few real peaches of shots, that sent Gulyas reeling across the ring, the savvy Hungarian’s survival instincts clearly clicked in as she grabbed hold of Marston to prevent any further punches raining down on her.
After being separated by the referee Marston backs Gulyas to the ropes with a succession of short rights to the jaw, that once again sent the Hungarian to the canvas, however as Marston was leaning into Gulyas as the final punch was thrown again the referee deemed this to be a push.
As if to once again make a point to the referee Marston went on a full out double handed attack which Gulyas only survived by grabbing and holding the Londoner, what then ensued was more akin to wrestling as Marston tried to make enough space to let rip with some big lefts again.
The action was frenetic, once the referee split them Marston went hard on the attack and in an almost identical move to the one earlier in the round, Marston once again sent Guyas to the canvas, which as before was deemed to be a push by the referee.
Marston was clearly miffed, as on the restart she threw a big left, Gulyas’ legs wobbled and the Hungarian girl grabbed Marston by the waist and another wrestling style interlude ensued, again after the referee separated them Marston went full throttle, backing Gulyas onto the ropes before throwing a right to the body followed by a cracking hook to the head to send he Hungarian girl back to the deck for the third time in the round, this time the count was made.
On the restart Marston went in hard once more, landing three hooks to the head, once again the move was thwarted as Gulyas grabbed hold for dear life.
Marston started the eighth strong, literally chasing Gulyas across the ring throwing supremely accurate big lefts and rights, that sent an unsteady legged Gulyas backwards, then Marston closed in for the kill a tad to enthusiastically she sends Gulyas off balance and to the deck once more, which was rightly deemed a push.
Marston went straight back on the attack, only to be thwarted by constant holding from the Hungarian each time she started to get close, what followed next was downright scary for all ringside, Marston lands a big right, followed by a huge left that shot Gulyas’ head back and heading to the deck, the Hungarian girl grabbed hold of Marston, pulling her over with her, sending Marston over the first rope and onto the officials table face first.
There was a huge sigh of relief as both girls got to their feet, followed by a round of applause from the crowd. At the restart Marston once again began to throw big lefts and rights that shook Guyas, however she didn’t have to survive this onslaught for more than a few seconds before the bell rang.
Once again Gulyas tried to control centre ring in the ninth, as before Marston was unwilling to concede any ground what so ever and let rip with big shots to body and head, to which Gulyas responded with more holding,
About forty seconds into the bout Gulyas took a right to the head and as Marston moved in she bumps into the unsteady Gulyas, who goes down once more, which was rightly waved off.
Gulyas comes out all fighty for the tenth and final round, which led to a rather entertaining toe-to-toe battle that lasted about fifteen seconds or so before Marston steps it up another level again, Gulyas responds by grabbing hold to ensure she makes the final bell.
After ten highly entertaining rounds the judges scorecards were read out – Judges Ben Doughty (UK) and Matt Hamilton (South Africa) scored the bout 100-89 and Judge Lee Murtagh (UK) scored it 99-88, all in favour of Marianne Marston, the new MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion.
The BoxFit sponsored MBC International Championship belt was presented by Championship bout sponsor Baz Rehman and Melissa Lewars from Marianne’s sponsor JT Clarke London.
The final bout of the night featured Onder Ozgul against late replacement Remigijus Ziausys, following Matthew Pepper having to pull out following his father being hospitalized with a serious illness just days prior.
Onder, the older brother of Siar who fought earlier in the evening, started aggressively, initially forcing Ziausys on to the back foot, as I say initially as the plucky Lithuanian was more than happy to go toe to toe when required.
It was a cracking fight that had the crowd on their feet for almost the whole four rounds, yes it was that good.
At the end referee Lee Murtagh scored the bout as a shut out 40-36 for Ozgul, which again was the right decision, but as with Siar Ozgul-Matt Scriven doesn’t tell the whole story – it was a great, closely fought bout.
Once again Dave Murphy and his crew delivered the goods as promised, it was a fantastic night of pugilistic action, without doubt one of the best small hall shows this year, I for one can’t wait for the next.
London’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston utterly dominated proceedings, when she fought Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas to secure the vacant MBC International Super Bantamweight title, at York in London, England on Saturday night.
From start to finish it was the slick British southpaw that took the fight to her much more experienced opponent, aggressively going forward, utilizing her sharp jabs and stinging lefts to great effect, Marston appeared to be able to pick off her opponent at will, leaving Gulyas to defend on the retreat.
Gulyas visited the canvas seven times throughout the fight, however only twice did referee, Germany’s Alf Sprung, deem the visits to be knock downs, the others he waved off as slips or pushes.
There was a rather scary incident in the eighth. Marston was throwing big lefts as she backed Gulyas onto the ropes, one of these sent the Hungarian of balance, forcing her to grab the forward marching Marston, in doing so Gulyas went backwards through the ropes as well as pulling the Londoner face down, out of the ring and onto the officials table.
Luckily neither protagonist received any injuries from the incident and both were able to continue to see the fight out to the end.
After ten rounds of excellent boxing from Marston the highly vociferous crowd at the famous home of boxing in the Capital city were clearly overjoyed when the judges scorecards were read out, as was Marston and her team.
Judges Ben Doughty (UK) and Matt Hamilton (South Africa) scored the bout 100-89 and judge Lee Murtagh (UK) scorecard read 99-88 all in favour of Marianne Marston.
Following being presented with the BoxFit UK sponsored MBC International Championship belt – by supervisor Dave Smith, MBC International title bout sponsor Baz Rehman and Melissa Lewars who represented sponsor JT Clarke London Limited – Marston said.
I owe so much to so many people, without them I would never have been here fighting for a title.
I’m dedicating the fight to two people Joe Frazier and Rio (Gianluca Di Caro), they are my inspiration, they both believed in me from day one.
Unfortunately Joe passed away and couldn’t be here to see me win, but I feel that he was here in spirit and hope that he is pleased with how I fought.
Rio is right here, as always supporting me and this victory is for him, but he’ll have to share it with my coach Brian O’Shaughnessy, my sparring partners Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, Sunny Edwards, Sonia Dlay and Irema, my manager Johnny Eames and of course my wonderful promoter Dave Murphy as without them this day would never have happened.
I also have to say a huge thank you to Malta Boxing Commission and MBC International, my wonderful sponsors Optimax, BoxFit and JT Clarke London, my gym mates Billy Joe Saunders, Darren Hamilton, Tommy Martin, Joe Stevens, Ian Bailey and Freddie Turner, who have been so supportive, as has the lovely Wadi Camacho and Charlie Edwards.
More than anything I have to say a huge thanks to my supporters, they are the best in the world, thank you for everything, not just buying tickets and coming to see me fight but your wonderful messages of support.
I’m sorry if I have forgotten anyone, it’s not intentional, I can’t believe I am the MBC International Champion, it’s a dream come true.”
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Just a few days before she steps in the ring to challenge Marianna Gulyas for the MBC International Super Bantamweight title, TRAD TKO’s Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston receives an invitation to challenge Australia’s reigning Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) Super Bantamweight World Champion Shannon O’Connell for her coveted crown.
If stepping in the ring with Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas in just four days time isn’t enough pressure for the British #1, the guarantee of an opportunity to challenge O’Connell, a two time World Champion, in February 2015 has just upped the anti for the ‘Golden Girl’ ahead of this Saturday’s title clash at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
When told of the offer Marianne appeared to shrug the whole thing off, however when she spoke a little later it was clear that she is overjoyed, just that her focus is on Saturday’s MBC International title fight with Marianna Gulyas.
“It’s an honour to have been approached to fight Shannon, she’s a two time World Champion, one of, if not the best in the division, so of course I want the fight, I want to fight the best, I want to be World Champion.
The WIBA is the most prestigious of Women’s titles, not just because it is the longest established, but because it attracts the top fighters, I am truly honoured to be deemed a suitable challenger.
Without doubt the offer at a shot at Shannon’s title makes Saturday’s fight a must win situation, but in my eyes beating Marianna Gulyas on Saturday is already a must win situation for me.
Right now I’m focusing on just the one thing, being ready to fight and beat Marianna, I’m not just saying this but I really want to win the MBC International title more than anything in the World.
Once I have that belt in my possession, then and only then can I begin to contemplate any other fight.”
Marianne’s promoter, Dave Murphy, made it clear to WIBA president Ryan Wissow that should Marianne take up the challenge, he wants the fight to take place in the UK, to which Mr Wissow responded.
“I’m very excited about the WIBA possibly sanctioning our first fight in a Great Britain next year.
We pride ourselves as being a leader in this sport.
I know Shannon is up for any challenge, and Marianne wants this shot.
Hopefully this is the first of many fights we sanction in England.”
However as Marianne stated, first she has to beat Marianna Gulyas on Saturday night.
Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas, for the MBC International Super Bantamweight Championship, headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 25th October.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the TRAD TKO Gym, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call 07960 850645.
Marianne Marston title fight promo video, featuring Trapt http://youtu.be/WrDWRZZB6f8
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