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BREAKING NEWS: Myekeni Withdraws From World Unification Battle With Marston Due to Injury.
Mdantsane, South Africa’s Unathi Myekeni has been forced to withdraw from the World Bantamweight WBU, WBFed, WIBA & WIBC World Championship Unification contest, against London, England’s Marianne Marston, which was due to take place at York Hall in London, on Sunday 6th December.
World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg broke the news, to Marston’s team earlier today, that Myekeni suffered a serious hand injury in training that would prevent her competing on December 6th
Mr. Goldberg also proposed a possible replacement, reigning FECOMBOX Mexican National Champion Jessica Arreguin Munoz, from Agua Prieta, Mexico, whose record stands at nine wins and just the single loss.
Shortly after hearing the news Marston spoke briefly on the situation and the possibility of boxing Munoz.
“My first thoughts were, oh no here we go again.
I can’t believe it I think I’ve only ever had one fight when I fought the girl we had originally planned, my last fight has to be the worse though, nine pullouts before finally fighting Jekaterina Lecko on the night.
I feel sorry for Unathi, but can’t deny I am also very disappointed as now we have to have a new opponent.
We had everything sorted for the camp based on Unathi and her fight style, but now we may need to rethink the sparring partners, especially if it is Jessica Munoz I’ll be fighting as she’s a southpaw like myself.
I already know about Jessica, I’d seen her title fight against Lesly Morales, she’s a typical Mexican fighter, as tough as they come and likes to stand right there in front of you and have a proper slugfest.
Have to say if it is Jessica the British fans will be on the feet from start to finish as it will be an all out and very bloody war and that suits me just fine, as when I was being trained by Joe (late, great Heavyweight World Champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier) and Marvis (Marvis Frazier) in Philly, that’s the way they taught me to fight.
My style may have changed considerably since I’ve been back in England, but believe me I am still more than happy and more importantly more than capable to have a good old fashioned toe-to-toe slugfest when needs be, believe me I don’t care I’ll do whatever I need to do to win those titles.
Now we have to see if Ryan (WIBA President Ryan Wissow) and Don (WBU & WIBC President Don Lewis) will accept Jessica as the replacement for Unathi, otherwise it’s back to the drawing board.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to my sponsors, Monarch Communications, Optimax, Boxfit UK and 3X Sports for being so understanding of the situation as well as their continuing to be so supportive of me and this World significant event.”
Marianne Marston, against a yet to be named opponent for the unified WBU, WBFed, WIBA and WIBC World Bantamweight Championships co-headline the Mark Lyons and Marianne Marston co-promoted LET BATTLE COMMENCE event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 6th December 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.letbattlecommence.com and www.mariannemarston.com or call 07960 850645
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London, England’s Marianne Marston is set for the toughest fight of her career to date, when she squares off against Mdantsane, South Africa’s Unathi Myekeni in a World Bantamweight Unification contest, at York Hall in London, on Sunday 6th December.
British #1, Marston was hoping to challenge interim WBC Bantamweight Champion Christina Mc Mahon for her title this October, however Mc Mahon was offered the opportunity to challenge Alicia Ashley for the WBC Super Bantamweight crown in New York on the 29th October, a golden opportunity the talented Irishwoman just couldn’t turn down.
With no championship bout on the immediate horizon Marston had decided to take on a non-championship bout at York Hall on October 23rd, then earlier this month she was offered the opportunity to challenge Myekeni in South Africa early in 2016, by World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg.
Some slick negotiations by Marston’s team and London promoter Mark Lyons, along with support from her sponsors Monarch Communications, BoxFit UK, Optimax and 3X Sports, the contest was bought forward to December and moved to London.
Marston, who secured the MBC International title, as well as the World #24 ranking, in October last year with a shut out points win over Marianna Gulyas, to line her up for the shot at a World title, however since that win Marston has only fought the once, beating Riga, Latvia’s Jekaterina Lecko by second round stoppage back in August.
Her opponent on the 6th December, Unathi Myekeni, is far more experienced, both competition wise, as well as Championship wise, and has previously held both the World Boxing Federation and World Boxing Foundation International titles as well as the World Boxing Federation Super Bantamweight World Crown.
In her last contest, Myekeni fought and lost by majority decision to fellow South African Gabisile Tshabalala for the WBFed Super Bantamweight title.
Speaking earlier Marston spoke briefly about the upcoming fight,
“I cannot begin to express how pleased I am to still get to fight for a World title this year and the fact it will be a unification of four titles makes it even more special.
When Christina told us she has the opportunity to fight in America for the WBC full title and as such our fight wouldn’t go ahead this year, I was really disappointed.
Don’t get me wrong I’m pleased for Christina, but from day one of the discussions with her management we had been preparing for that fight, everything we had been working on was to fight her, we even tried to get an opponent that was similar in style to her for the August fight, but so it goes.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen any of Unathi’s fights so don’t know too much about her, hopefully we’ll have some video of her title fights this week and then we can start looking for suitable sparring partners and really get the camp started.
I can’t thank Howard (Goldberg) enough for giving me this opportunity, as well as Ryan (WIBA President Ryan Wissow) and Don (WBU & WIBC President Don Lewis) for their allowing me to fight for their titles too, as well as Mark (Promoter Mark Lyons) and my wonderful sponsors Monarch Communications, Optimax, Boxfit UK and 3X Sports for them being right behind me and giving me the opportunity of participate in this historic unification bout, what’s more right here in London.
I also have to thank my wonderful fans, they really are fantastic, so supportive and very, very noisy, hopefully we’ll have a full house at York Hall on December 6th, if we do they’ll raise the roof when I fight, that’s for sure.”
Marianne Marston vs Unathi Myekeni for the unified WBU, WBFed, WIBA and WIBC World Bantamweight Championships co-headline the Mark Lyons and Marianne Marston co-promoted LET BATTLE COMMENCE event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 6th December 2015.
This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com
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