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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.
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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