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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
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.”
For further information on the event or the Malta Boxing Commission and the MBC International Championship please go to www.maltaboxingcommission.com or www.mbcchampionshipboxing.com
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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.
After a fourteen year sabbatical Mark Prince returned to the championship fray on Saturday night, in doing so adds the MBC International title to the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental title honours he won in the 1990s
Mark Prince added the MBC International Championship belt to his trophy cabinet, following a unanimous points victory over Czech Republic’s Jiri Svacina, at York Hall in London on Saturday night.
Since his return to the sport in October last year, to raise awareness for the Kiyan Prince Foundation – Prince’s son Kiyan, a talented young footballer with Queens Park Rangers who was murdered in 2006, the foundation in his name is dedicated to educating young people against knife crime – Prince had only two bouts prior to facing Svacina, both ended well within the distance, leaving most observers expecting an explosive early finish from the Tottenham man.
However, no one took into account just how tough and awkward an opponent Svacina is, or just how much the sparring sessions with Wladimir Klitschko had added to his game.
From the start it was clear this was going to be a technical fight, both protagonists taking it really slow, feeling each other out with strong jabs but little else.
Throughout the early rounds Prince mainly used his jab to try and work an opening, but Svacina is a savvy character, keeping his awkward guard in place throughout.
As the rounds progressed, without too much out and out action, referee Steve Holdsworth pulled the pair together, to give them a stiff talking to about the lack of action, after which both reacted with a flurry of attacks.
Without doubt the best attacks came from Prince, who controlled centre ring throughout, however Svacina’s countering kept the Londoner in check.
After the final bell rang, there was no surprise that it was Mark Prince that was announced victorious, by unanimous decision.
Judges Tony Cesay and Lee Murtagh scored the bout 100-90, whilst judge Keith Webb scored the bout 100 -93.
Following the bout Mark Prince said, “Firstly I must thank Shyam (promoter Shyam Batra) for giving me this opportunity and Baz (Rehman) for sponsoring the fight.
He’s (Svacina) an awkward customer, he frustrated me, I wanted to step things up but couldn’t risk it, he throws shots from unusual angles.
I’m happy to have gone the distance, it’s good to get the rounds in, though disappointed for the fans that the fight was not that thrilling to watch.
Winning the title mean so much to me, but it means much more to the memory of my wonderful talented son Kiyan and those we help through the Kiyan Prince Foundation.
That’s what this is all about, it’s not personal glory, it’s to show the young people, that the KPF come into contact with that anything is possible, if you want it and are dedicated enough you too can be a winner.”
Due to a spate of late injuries and pullouts on the proposed ten fight card, including a very late ham string injury for former England amateur Captain Antonio Counihan, the decimated card featured just five bouts.
With the loss of the second MBC International title fight, also due to injury, the revised main support bout also featured a recent returnee, George ‘Hit Hard’ Hillyard, who faced tough Irishman Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan.
An enthralling close fought, bloody affair, that entertained the York Hall faithful from start to finish, this bout quite rightly earned the accolade of Fight of the Night.
After six all action rounds the bloodied Hillyard came out on top by a 59-55 points decision from referee Steve Holdsworth.
In the third bout of the night American Manny Muhammad secured another solid win, over Lithuania’s Ernastas Dapkus. Referee Lee Murtagh scoring the bout 39-37
Former amateur star Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro survived a major scare in the build up to the fight, just one week earlier suffering a serious ankle injury – so serious that initially it was diagnosed as broken! but you wouldn’t have thought it by his performance. Decastro pressured tough Lithuanian Sergej Drob for virtually every second of the four round out, to secure a 40-36 points victory.
The opening bout featured the highly rated former Senegalese amateur star Matar Sambou making his professional debut, against Tadas Stulginskas, who KO’d Suz Member in just over a minute on his last visit to York Hall back in March.
It was another short fight for Stulginskas, although this time it was Sambou in the ascendance, stopping the Lithuanian in just one minute and forty seconds of the first round.
Without doubt it was a baptism of fire for new promoter Shyam Batra, one that he came through with flying colours. Congratulations are also in order for the Malta Boxing Commission who sanctioned the event.
The Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight title clash and the support bouts, were broadcast live on-line by Boxing Evolution, repeat plays are available on www.boxingevolution.tv.