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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
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.