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Marston to Challenge Tshabalala for Her World Crown on July 2nd

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Over the past week or so the World’s press have been focusing heavily on the recently announced 9th July Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko WBO-WBA-IBO Unified Heavyweight Championships rematch. Quite rightly so, it’s a huge fight, however just one week earlier, an equally World significant unification bout is also set to take place right here in the United Kingdom.

On July 2nd, at the Arena UK in Grantham, Lincolnshire, World #15 and British #1 ranked Marianne Marston will not only be challenging South Africa’s World Boxing Federation (WBFed) Super Bantamweight World Champion Gabisile Tshabalala for her coveted crown, but will also be aiming to secure the World Boxing Union (WBU), Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) and Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) World accolades.

London based Marston, who was originally due to challenge Unathi Myekeni for the Bantamweight version of the WBFed strap back in December, that was until Myekeni was forced to withdraw following a hand injury, is clearly relishing the belated opportunity, as she made clear when she spoke earlier.

“I cannot thank WBFed President Howard Goldberg enough for making this happen, like me he was so disappointed when Unathi (Myekeni) pulled out injured last year.

In addition to Howard, I would also like to thank WIBA President Ryan Wissow, WBU President Don Lewis and Sebastien Pitois from the UBO, as they have been so supportive throughout my career, so to also challenge for their Championships really is so special for me.

I’m forty two now, so honestly thought after Unathi pulled out, that’s it for me, I’ll never get the chance to fight for a World title, OK that’s not quite true, I could have fought for a vacant title, but to me that’s just not good enough, I want to fight the best, I want to beat the World Champion.

I’ve seen video of Gabisile, when she fought Shannon (O’Connell) in 2013, but would very much like to find any video of her when she won the World title last year. I know how much I have changed, fight wise, since 2013 so really want to see if there are any changes to her style or tactics.

From what I have seen, she’s a classy fighter, very quick hands. When she fought Shannon, she was mainly counter punching, which would suit me, but for some reason I have a feeling she will have a very different approach as a defending Champion.

Either way, this will be a great fight for the fans, there’s such a contrast in our styles and in my view it’s those differences in style and tactical approach that will make this such a great fight to watch.

British boxing is booming, we have so many World Champions at the moment, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Kell Brook, Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Liam Smith, Jamie McDonnell, Lee Haskins, Tony Moran, Craig Docherty, Terry Flanagan, Anthony Crolla, James DeGale and of course my old gym mate at the TKO, Billy Joe Saunders.

Obviously they’re all men, so I want to redress the deficit a little and join them, as well as be the first British Female boxer to be crowned World Champion since Jane Couch beat Jaime Clampitt for the IWBF title in 2004.”

Gabisile Tshabalala Vs Marianne Marston for the WBFed, WBU, WIBA and UBO Super Bantamweight Unified World Championship headlines the Russ Brown promoted AS GOOD AS IT GETS event at the Arena UK in Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK on Saturday 2nd July.

This event is sanctioned by the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) www.boxbiba.com

Tickets: Priced £30 (Standard Seated) and SOLD OUT (Ringside VIP) are available online at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.mariannemarston.com

Please show your support and follow Marianne Marston on Twitter @MarianneMarston or on Facebook www.facebook.com/marianne.marston and www.facebook.com/MarianneMarstonFanPage – or see her websites www.mariannemarston.com and www.goldengirlboxing.com

BREAKING NEWS: Myekeni Withdraws From World Unification Battle With Marston Due to Injury.

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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

Please show your support and follow Marianne Marston on Twitter @MarianneMarston or on Facebook as well as the Let Battle Commence event on Twitter @LondonBattle or on Facebook.

Female World Unification Bout Co-Headlines Dec 6th London Event

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Female World Unification Bout Co-Headlines Dec 6th London Event

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

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

Baz Rehman Gets Behind Marston, Sponsors Her Oct 25th Title Clash with Gulyas

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Baz Rehman Gets Behind Marston, Sponsors Her Oct 25th Title Clash with Gulyas

East London entrepreneur Baz Rehman, who sponsored Mark Prince-Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight title fight on August 2nd, has dipped deep into his pockets once more, this time to sponsor London’s Marianne Marston’s MBC International Super Bantamweight title clash with Hungary’s Marianna Gulyas, which takes place on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event, at York Hall on Saturday 25th October.

Following watching Marianne spar with former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, at the TRAD TKO in Canning Town, Mr Rehman spoke briefly on his decision to sponsor the title fight.

“Yeah I’m sponsoring Marianne’s title fight on the 25th October.

I was going to sponsor both Marianne’s and Mark Prince’s title fights on the August 2nd at York Hall, but Marianne had to pull out, so I just sponsored Mark’s fight.

It was a very good result for Mark, I was very happy with that, so as soon as I heard Marianne is fighting on the 25th October I decided to offer my support once again.

I’m a big fan of boxing, I like to help people to achieve success you know, title success, I get excited when two good fighters come into the ring for a good meaningful fight.

It’s really hard for boxers to be able to get to the position of fighting for titles, not everyone sells enough tickets for promoters to be able to do this for them.

I’m passionate about boxing, I’ve been sponsoring Johnny Eames’ shows for a while, although Marianne hasn’t been on his shows as she fights on a Malta license, but she is a TRAD TKO fighter so obviously I want to support her as much as I would any of the boxers here.

Finally I want to say good luck to Marianne and I look forward to watching her fight on the 25th October.”

A beaming Marston then added,

“I can’t thank Baz enough for his support, it really does mean so much to me.

Baz has been such a big supporter of the TRAD TKO and the boxers here, people like him are a rarity, he does it for the love of the sport.

To be one of the fighters he has chosen to get behind is a real honour, I will not let him down, I fully intend to bring the beautiful MBC International Championship belt home with me on October 25th.

I would also like to say thanks to my long time sponsors, Optimax, BoxFit, JT Clarke London and of course the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, as well as say a huge thank you to my fantastic coach Brian O’Shaughnessy, Johnny Eames, Barry Smith, Rio (Gianluca Di Caro), the Malta Boxing Commission and my wonderful promoter Dave Murphy, without their support I would never have been in the position to fight, let alone challenge for a title.

I’d also like to thank my sparring partners on this camp, Ian Napa, Ian Bailey, Sunny Edwards, Sonia Dlay and a Russian girl called Irena, they are really putting me through my paces, nothing’s being left to chance, that’s for sure.

The two Ian’s are so experienced, I’m learning a lot for them, especially on sustaining pressure and pacing myself for a ten rounder. On the other side Sunny, Sonia and Irena, all exceptional international level amateurs, are just so fast, have seriously quick hands and are highly mobile all the time, which is great for honing my ring craft.

But most importantly, I have to say a huge thank you to my wonderful, wonderful supporters, I can’t thank them enough, they come out in force, spending their hard earned money to support me.

They are loud as loud can be, wouldn’t be surprised if this time out they’ll be the loudest there, even louder than Antonio Counihan’s Blue Army.”

Dave Murphy’s Acourtier Events, promoted ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ event, headlined by the Baz Rehman sponsored 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.comwww.acourtier.comwww.mariannemarston.com or call the box office on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.

Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

 

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events

Marston-Gulyas Title Clash Heads Up Dave Murphy London October 25th Mega Event

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Marston-Gulyas Title Clash Heads Up Dave Murphy London October 25th Mega Event

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.comwww.acourtier.comwww.mariannemarston.com or call the box office on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.

Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

 

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents

– and on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/acourtier-events

 

Fight Report: Disappointment For Marston, Prince Reigns Supreme, Sensational Ozgul Bros roll on

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Fight Report: Disappointment For Marston, Prince Reigns Supreme, Sensational Ozgul Bros roll on

 

Photos and report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

 

 

 

London’s Marianne Marston was mightily unlucky not to secure the World Boxing Union European Featherweight title on Saturday, losing by a close split points decision to Czech Republic’s Hana Horakova.

 

Marston got off to a good solid start, easily securing the first three rounds with quality jabs and stinging body shots, the fourth was a tad closer, Marston getting the nod in my eyes due to the quality of her work.

 

Early in the fifth Marston bore a pained expression and her movement became increasingly erratic, noticing that her opponent had a problem Horakova shifted up a gear and started pressuring the Londoner.

 

Marston put on a brave face and came right back in the sixth, doing just enough quality work to secure the round, even though the injury seemed to escalate in the seventh Marston more than held her own.

 

Going into the final round it was certainly close, Horakova shifted up another gear, throwing big rights at every opportunity, with just seconds to go the Czech girl landed a peach of a shot, rocking Marston, Horakova then threw everything she had at the off balance Londoner, but somehow Marston managed to stay on her feet until the final bell.

 

The fight was a cracker, a real close fought match, so no one was that surprised when it was announced that there was a split decision result, that came later as it was Horakova that had two judges score the bout in her favour and Marston just the one.

 

In a post fight interview with Sky Sports, Marston expressed her disappointment, that the injury, which had first surfaced during the final sparring session with Ian Napa just ten days earlier, had reemerged.

 

Main support, for the excellent Marston–Horakova title fight, see Tottenham’s Mark Prince in scintillating form, stopping Oleg Lopajeus in just two minutes and twenty seconds.

 

With two sensational early stoppage wins under his belt, since his return to the fray last year, surely it’s just a matter of time before the former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion is back in Championship action.

 

Talking about returning stars, Canning Town’s George ‘Hit hard’ Hillyard was back in pro action after a four year absence.

 

Early on Hillyard’s pedigree shone brightly, easily dominating Kirill Psonko, as the rounds went on Hillyard backed off a little, happily countering the Lithuanian, then with just seconds to go in the final round the unbelievable happened, Psonko lands a peach of a right which sent Hillyard to the canvas, Hillyard made the count but in an instant Psonko threw a barrage of punches at the still dazed Londoner, leaving referee Ken Curtis no option but to stop the bout.

 

After the fight Hillyard made it clear he wants a rematch with Psonko as soon as possible, the word is that this will take place on May 31st.

 

Former Turkish amateur star Onder Ozgul made his welcome debut, some six months or so after his younger sibling Siar.

 

Right from start to finish Ozgul dominated the fight against Dmitrij Kalinovskij, working on the inside Ozgul tore into the Lithuanian with heavy lefts and rights. Kudos to Kalinovskij that he made it to the final bell, not many would survive the vicious exocets thrown by the man known in Turkey as ‘Little Mike’ due to Ozgul’s similarity in approach to that of ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson!

 

Former pro basketball player Manny Muhammad made the transition to pro boxing with ease, the big American with a laid back style boxed well to secure a 39-38 points win over Vaidas Balciauskas.

 

Turkish teen star Siar Ozgul continued his winning ways, with a sensational all action performance to take all the points over Tomas Samusas. Without doubt one of the finds of the year, Ozgul has to be one of the most exciting young fighters on the UK scene today, definitely one to watch.

 

Preston’s Suz Member had a disastrous start to his pro career, known as the knockout king on the semi-pro circuit big things were expected, however this time it was him who was to suffer a double knockdown, at the hands of Tadas Stulginskas, in under a minute.

 

After the second knockdown Member’s coach, the legendary Middleweight World Champion Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, had seen enough and threw in the towel on the one minute and two second mark.

 

I’m sure that many of you had read, or had a least heard of the article in the Daily Mail that Robin Deakin was the UK’s worse boxer, due to his record of one win in fifty fights, the boxing world and more importantly promoter Dave Murphy rallied in his support.

 

However, his performance on the night, against Damian Lawniczak, didn’t do anything to prove the Daily Mail writer wrong. For whatever reason Deakin threw all ringcraft out of the window, it really was a poor performance so no surprise that referee Seamus Dunne scored it 40-37 in Lawniczak’s favour.

 

Bardney, Lincolnshire’s Nathan Decastro made a sensational pro debut, stopping Lithuania’s Paulius Butvidas in just one minute and five seconds of the first round.

 

Have to say this was a seriously impressive victory, Decastro was controlled in his approach, stylishly picking the shots to send the Lithuanian to the deck twice before referee Ken Curtis called a halt to the proceedings.

 

What can I say, former England amateur Captain Antonio Counihan was once again just plain sensational, this kid really is star quality and have to say easily deserved the shutout points victory over Marcin Filner.

 

The opening bout of the night see WBF Lightweight Champion Chris Goodwin in a non-championship six round warm up, against Poland’s Maurycy Gijko.

 

No surprise that Goodwin secured a shut out points victory and he really deserved it, dominating the proceedings from start to finish.

 

The event, which was the first to be sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission in the UK, was well supported, with around a thousand fans in attendance being treated to a night of excellent pugilistic action.

 

The only downer to the night was that Acourtier Events promoter Dave Murphy’s wife Sandy was in hospital in a critical condition, understandably Mr. Murphy elected to be at his beloved’s bedside.

 

The Acourtier team, along with the officials from both the Malta Boxing Commission and the World Boxing Union banded together to ensure the event went ahead in Mr. and Mrs. Murphy’s absence.

Marianne Marston: I’ve waited longer and worked harder, I will be the Champion On March 1st

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Marianne Marston: I’ve waited longer and worked harder, I will be the Champion On March 1st

 

It was officially announced earlier today that instead of challenging Galina Gumliiska, for the World Boxing Union European Super Bantamweight title this coming Saturday, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, TRAD TKO Gym’s Marianne Marston will instead be challenging Czech Republic’s Hana Horakova, for the Featherweight version of the WBU European strap.

 

This forced change apparently came about after Galina Gumliiska failed to receive medical clearance from Professional Boxing League Of Bulgaria.

 

After frantic calls, by Dave Murphy, Marianne’s promoter, to try and secure a Championship eligible Super Bantamweight for his charge, an agreement was reached with Hana Horakova’s management.

 

However this was done on the proviso that the bout be made at Featherweight as Hana would struggle to get much below 57kg in time, the required Championship weight limit for Super Bantamweight being 55.34kg.

 

This caused concerns for Marianne’s coach, Brian O’Shaughnessy, as Marianne had been comfortably below the maximum Super Bantamweight Championship weight limit for over a week.

 

After discussions between coach, manager and of course Marianne, it was decided that if they could get the Featherweight title authorized they’ll go for it, so started another round of frantic phone calls, this time back and forth between London and WBU headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

 

At around ten o’clock last night the authorization was secured and an announcement made by World Boxing Union President Don Lewis.

 

On receiving the news, a relieved Marianne said, “I can’t thank Don Lewis enough for this opportunity in the first place, but for him to make this last minute change is way beyond the call of duty.

 

It really is an honour, I’m excited to get the opportunity to fight for such a famous title, one of my all time heroes Ricky Hatton was a WBU Champion, so this really is something special for me.”

 

Even though her opponent is far more experienced, being a fourteen fight veteran, as well as challenged for the WBF Intercontinental Lightweight title as recently as October last year, Marianne believes that it is her that has the advantage.

 

Pointing to the exceptional sparring sessions with former British and European Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa, two time ABA, five time National Champion Sunny Edwards and TRAD TKO gym mates Sam Cantwell and Joe Stevens, undertaken over the past weeks.

 

“We’ve watched her videos already, especially the title fight against Natalia (Smirnova).

 

Brian’s noticed certain things that we can capitalize on, it goes to show it really is worth studying your opponent at any opportunity.

 

If he believes I can cope with her, I can cope with her, he wouldn’t put me in with someone that I didn’t stand a chance of beating, he and Dave (Murphy) haven’t steered me wrong yet.

 

I will be the WBU European Champion, I’ve waited longer and worked harder than I would have ever thought possible and I’m not letting this go, but it’s not just about winning it, it’s about winning it in style, I have got to box well, boxing fantastically really, it means everything to me to become the World Boxing Union European Champion.”

 

Marianne Marston versus Hana Horakova, for the World Boxing Union European Featherweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE Event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday, 1st March 2014.

 

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) & £60 (Ringside) are available from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, or call the TRAD TKO ticket line on 07960 850645.

 

Alternatively tickets can be purchased on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from Marianne’s website www.mariannemarston.com

 

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Marston Vs.Gumliiska For Inaugural WBU European Title on March 1st

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Marston Vs.Gumliiska For Inaugural WBU European Title on March 1st

World Boxing Union President, Mr Don Lewis, today announced that London, England’s Marianne Marston and Sofia, Bulgaria’s Galina Gumliiska, will be the first to compete for the new WBU European Championship crown.

Marston versus Gumliiska, for the vacant WBU Female Super Bantamweight European title, will take place at the York Hall in London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Marston, the protégé of the late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is by far the less experienced of the pair, having only fought professionally twice previously.

However, as both those victories came by way of first round stoppage, Ms. Marston is firmly ranked the British #1 Pound 4 Pound Female Boxer, by BoxRec.com, who also confidently rank her as the #1 Super Bantamweight in the UK, #4 in the Commonwealth, #6 in Europe and #55 in the World.

On the other hand Gumliiska, who is ranked #1 in Bulgaria, #8 in Europe and #31 in the World, at Super Featherweight, by BoxRec.com, is mightily experienced in comparison, having competed some thirty eight times, seven of those being Championship bouts.

Gumliiska’s last title challenge was in June last year, when she unsuccessfully challenged Germany’s Marie Riederer for the WIBF Light Welterweight World title.

Earlier today Mr. Lewis spoke briefly on the upcoming historic bout.

“I’m genuinely pleased that Marianne and Galina are to compete against each other for the inaugural WBU European title.

This is a very good match-up, a genuine 50/50 fight if ever there was one.

I’ve been watching Marianne’s career with interest, in fact since 2008 when I first met her at Joe Frazier’s gym.

Back then Joe said she would be World Champion one day, then it seems everything conspired to stop her fighting, but she’s a fighter through and through and just stuck in there and finally got to compete last year.

I’m genuinely pleased that Marianne is fighting for WBU honors, but have to say it will not be easy for her.

Galina is one seriously tough cookie, over the years she’s fought numerous Championship bouts, always against the top girls.

It’ll be an interesting clash of styles, Marianne’s is pure ‘Smokin’ Joe, she likes to work on the inside, but Galina has experience, she has a lot of ring savvy, I’m sure she’ll work off her jab to keep Marianne on the outside as much as possible.

The winner, well that’s an easy one – Boxing and Boxing fans.”

Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston versus Galina Gumliiska, for the vacant World Boxing Union Super Bantamweight European Championship, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted WARZONE, which takes place at York Hall in London on Saturday 1st March 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 & £60 are available from www.acourtier.com  or call the ticket line on 07960 850645.

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Gone In Sixty Seconds! – Marston Stops Lazar In One

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Gone In Sixty Seconds! – Marston Stops Lazar In One

On Friday night at York Hall in London, TRAD TKO Gym’s Marianne Marston made very short work of her fight with Katalina Lazar, stopping the Romanian late replacement in just sixty seven seconds of the first round.

In front of a highly partisan crowd, that included a large contingent of fans from her favourite football team, Arsenal, Marianne put on yet another sensational performance.

From the off Marianne and Katalina exchanged stiff jabs, then around the twenty second mark Marianne switched focus to the body, letting rip with a vicious hook to the body, with the wind knocked out of her Katalina had no option but to take to one knee.

Katalina managed to make it to her feet just as referee Ken Curtis reached the nine count.

Right from the restart Marianne went back to throwing stiff jabs, forcing Katalina to adopt a high guard, which played right into the South Londoner’s hands, who first shoots out a solid right hand jab, quickly followed by a left cross to the body, which was enough to send Katalina back to the canvas, this time though she failed to make the count.

The first round knockout was officially timed at just sixty seven seconds, Marianne’s record now stands at two fights, two wins, both by first round stoppage.

Earlier today Marianne spoke briefly of the fight, as well as hinting at a possible title shot later this year.

“I don’t really know what to say about it actually.

I’m pleased it was easy and disappointed it was easy at the same time, obviously I would have liked the opportunity to show off a little bit.

I’m sure there’s going to be some point, somewhere in my career, where I’m going to dream about having fights as easy as that, but right now I would rather have a little more of a challenge, so people can see what I can do.

Obviously if my original opponent, Masa Bacanov, hadn’t broke her hand I think it would have been a different fight, I would have still won, but it would have been a different fight.

Saying that, I can’t thank Katalina enough for taking the fight at such short notice, the details weren’t finalized until late on Thursday, I don’t think we even got hold of her manager until five or six o’clock and the details weren’t finalized until three minutes past midnight.

I don’t think either of us had a particularly good night that night, she had to travel three hundred kilometers from where she lived to get to the airport in the morning.

Yeah, I’m happy to get another win under my belt as there’s a possible title fight coming up later this year.

I have been told I am due to fight for the WBF Super Bantamweight International title, it was supposed to be on November 30th at York Hall, but with the big Frank Warren show at the Copper Box on the same day, this may now be changed to a later date.

Obviously if it does go ahead in November or December, I’m going to have to get my rounds in during sparring, although I had hoped to get to do more rounds in the fight

Karina Kopinska, the girl I’ll be fighting is number one in Poland. I’m assuming she’s going to be a little tougher, so I’m going to have to make sure I’m a lot tougher.

I can’t thank my coach Brian O’Shaughnessy and sparring partner Ian Napa enough, they really put me through my paces to prepare for the fight and I know they’ll have me even more prepared, as well a teach me some new tricks,  for my next fight.

I’d like to say a big thank you to my sponsors BoxFit, Optimax, Winkball and TRAD TKO Gym, for their incredible support, sorry you didn’t get much ring exposure as it was another short one.

I’d also like to say a big, big thank you to all those wonderful people that turned out to support me, I was really so taken aback by the level of support I now have, there was even a group of Arsenal supporters that came along to support me, a fellow Gooner.

I really can’t thank every single one of you enough for the wonderful support you showed me on Friday night, it was so special, thank you.

Hopefully see you all again when I next fight.”

Follow Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

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Zsiga Replaces Injured Bacanov – Faces Marston At York Hall On Oct 4th

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Zsiga Replaces Injured Bacanov – Faces Marston At York Hall On Oct 4th

TRAD TKO’s Marianne Marston? will now face Hungary’s Melinda Zsiga, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS mega show at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Friday.

Promoter Dave Murphy pulled out all the stops to try and find a replacement opponent for Marianne, after receiving news on Friday that original opponent, Bosnian #1 Masa Bacalov, had badly injured her hand during sparring,

Burning the candle at both ends over the weekend, the promoter’s persistence finally paid off on Sunday, with Melinda agreeing to step up to the plate and face Marianne at short notice.

Melinda, who normally campaigns in the Super Featherweight division, is one tough cookie, she’s proved that well and truly, having gone the distance with WIBF & GBC World Champion, Krisztina Belinsky,  former WBC & WBF World Champion Renata Szebledi as well as current EBU Champion Sabrina Giuiani, who she has gone the distance with twice in her career.

On receiving the news of her new opponent Marianne said.

“I can’t thank Melinda enough, for taking the fight at such short notice, as well as send my sympathies to Masa once again, I hope her injury isn’t too serious.

I don’t know too much about Melinda, other than she is a Super Feather and has fought some top girls.

The only YouTube video’s I have found of her are of her fitness modeling, which doesn’t help me at all, but so it goes, I know I have had the very best preparations for the fight.

I’ve had a great camp at the TRAD TKO Gym, Brian (coach Brian O’Shaughnessy) has been working on some new stuff with me and I’ve had some phenomenal sparring with Ian (former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa) and Angel (Angel McKenzie).

Weight wise, I’m already down to 55.5kg with five days to go, so am probably going to have to give away at least a kilo and half to two kilos on the night, the fight is being made at 57kg as it’s way too short notice for her to get down to Super Bantamweight Championship weight of 55.34kg, but so it goes.

Besides Melinda, I can’t thank Dave (promoter Dave Murphy) enough for sorting a new opponent so quickly, I would also like to thank my sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, for their unwavering support over the years.

With this all sorted, now I can get back to focusing on Friday, it’s going to be a great night of fights, particularly looking forward to watching Angel take on Jennifer Retzke for the World title, but also looking forward to seeing Iain Weaver in action again as well as Steve Martin, who is in camp here with Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO.”

Marianne Marston versus Melinda Zsiga, will feature on the Dave Murphy  Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, headlined by the Jennifer Retzke – Angel McKenzie World title clash, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Marianne or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com

Alternatively tickets are available on-line at www.mariannemarston.comwww.acourtier.com –  www.tkoboxoffice.com

For further information call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597

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