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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

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.

Please go online to www.wbuboxing.org or www.wbueurope.eu for additional information on upcoming WBU and WBU Europe sanctioned title fights.

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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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Marston Gets Mighty Serious Ahead Of Oct 4th Fight – Enlists ‘Dappa’ Napa As Sparring Partner

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Marston Gets Mighty Serious Ahead Of Oct 4th Fight – Enlists ‘Dappa’ Napa As Sparring Partner

Woolwich, London based Super Bantamweight Marianne Marston has enlisted former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa as her main sparring partner, as she prepares for her upcoming bout on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted mega fourteen bout show ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 4th October.

Marianne, who back in April sensationally stopped Hungarian #1 ranked Gabriella Roman in just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, is being fast tracked for a WBF International title fight by her promoter Dave Murphy and World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg – which if everything goes according to plan will take place in London on November 30th this year.

But before then she will have to deal with Masa Bacanov, who she faces on the Demis Tonna Prize Boxing Promotions ‘Rumble in the Med Part IV – Judgement Day’ event at the Dolmen Hotel and Spa Resort in Bugibba, Malta on August 30th and against a yet to be named opponent, who she will be fighting on the mega ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event at York Hall on October 4th.

It’s with these key fights in mind that lead Marianne to suggest to her promoter, the aforementioned Dave Murphy, approaching her long time gym mate Ian Napa to be her regular sparring partner.

The choice of  ‘Dappa’ as a sparring partner is clearly an inspired move, during his thirteen year career Ian won seven Championship bouts, acquiring and defending the Southern Area (Flyweight) and both the British and European Bantamweight titles, as well as challenging for a World crown at Flyweight.

Not just that though, during his exceptional career Ian has fought a who’s who of Champions, including: Jason Booth, Oleg Kiryukhin and Peter Culshaw at Flyweight and Jason Booth again, Martin Power, Simone Maludrottu, Lee Haskins, Carmello Ballone, Malik Bouziane, Gary Davies, Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall at Bantamweight.

Speaking after their second sparring session, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, a clearly pleased Marianne spoke about the new acquisition to her team.

“It’s awesome, just awesome to spar with such a talented boxer like Ian.

I can’t deny that I have been a big fan of Ian for years, even when I was living and training in Philadelphia I would never miss any of his fights.

When I came back to London I was lucky enough to train at the same gym as him, Ben Murphy and Erick ‘The Eagle” Ochieng, then shortly after I moved to the TRAD TKO their coach Bryan Lawrence also moved his team here, so we’ve sort of trained side by side for the past three years or so.

Ian’s seriously technical and has an almost impenetrable defense, he really is the perfect sparring partner for me to learn from.

Let’s face it if I can survive his constant pressure and wicked shots, as well as actually get through that defense then I’m doing pretty well.

I can’t think of any better sparring I could possibly get, don’t get me wrong I appreciate all and any sparring I get, just the sparring I get from Ian is of such high quality that I will benefit from it even more.

I seriously doubt that there will be any opponent that will test me anywhere close to the way he does.

I’ve another couple of sessions to go with Ian before I go to Malta to fight Masa (Bacanov) and then when I get back hopefully we’ll get straight back into sparring, so I can be a hundred percent ready for October 4th.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking past Masa, anything but – she’s one tough cookie that not only boxes but is also a competitive kickboxer – but I already know that I will be handed a seriously tough test on October 4th and really that’s the fight I have got Ian in to make sure I am a hundred percent ready for.

Fighting at the York Hall on such a massive bill, I mean there’s two World title fights headlining a massive fourteen fight card, it will be such a thrill and I want to give the very best account of myself I can, I don’t want to just win, I want to win in style.

I’m hoping that I can get some rounds in this time, getting first round stoppage wins is great for my record, but I want to showcase my boxing skills and to do that I really do need to get some rounds under my belt, plus it’ll be nice to give my sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and TRAD TKO more than just two minutes ring exposure.

Saying that I’ll do what I have to do, if that means another early stoppage finish, so it goes. I’m extremely competitive by nature and want my fight to be the one the fans go home talking about.”

Marianne Marston, against a yet to be named opponent, will feature on the Dave Murphy  Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, headlined by Michel Trabant vs TBA and  Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie World title clashes, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.comwww.mariannemarston.comwww.acourtier.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – or from any of the boxers taking part in the event, or  call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.

Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event or the Acourtier stable of boxers. Follow Acourtier Events on Twitter @AcourtierEvents  – friend us at www.Facebook.com/AcourtierEvents
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Follow Marianne ‘ Golden Girl’ Marston, for updates and schedule go to: Web: www.mariannemarston.com – Twitter: @MarianneMarston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/marianne.marston

‘Golden Girl’ To Feature On Lauren-Retzke World Title Card On July 5th

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‘Golden Girl’ To Feature On Lauren-Retzke World Title Card On July 5th

Marianne Marston, the young woman dubbed ‘Golden Girl’ by the late, great Heavyweight legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is set to return to the scene of her sensational debut in April, the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday the 5th July, where she will take part in the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ show, which will be headlined by the World Championship battle between Sweden’s Mikaela Lauren and Germany’s Jennifer Retzke

Marianne, who took just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round to dispose of Hungary’s Gabriella Roman on April 27th, is clearly overjoyed to be back in action again so soon, as on receiving news of her next fight she said.

“This is so exciting, getting to fight on the undercard of a World Championship fight on just my second outing.

It’s even more special to me as I have campaigned so hard for Women’s boxing in the UK over the past few years and now I’m fighting on a show headlined by a Women’s World Championship bout, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Thanks to Dave Murphy I finally had my debut fight in April and now, just a few weeks later, here I am getting ready to fight again in July.

This is just wonderful news, I can’t thank Dave enough for giving me the opportunity to fight on this historic event.

This means so much to me as finally I am able to repay my fantastic sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and the TRAD TKO, that have stood by me through thick and thin since 2010.

I was a bit disappointed that my debut fight was so short, I hadn’t intended to stop Gabriella so quickly, just that’s the way I’ve been taught to fight.

My style is pure ‘Smoke’ (Joe Frazier), it couldn’t be anything else, I mean it was Joe, Marvis (Frazier) and Val (Colbert) that developed my style, I was trained by them for two years, two wonderful years that I will never forget, so no surprise that my natural fight style is what it is.

I wouldn’t want it any other way, Joe took me under his wing and I’m proud that I was finally able to repay him with a good solid ‘Smoke’ style win. My only disappointment was that he isn’t still with us to see me get my debut win.

Luckily for me, my coach at the TRAD TKO, Barry (Smith), loves Smoke’s style too, he didn’t try to change it too much, instead he’s added to it to make me a much more rounded fighter, one that can box on the outside instead of one that’s happiest only working on the inside.

I know I didn’t do too much on the outside in April, but it was having that ability that allowed me to break her and get on the inside in the first place.

I’ve been back in the gym since the Monday after the fight, so am going to be even more ready for July 5th.

For my first fight I couldn’t get very much sparring, luckily though my good friend Angel McKenzie stepped in to help me with a couple of full on sparring sessions.

This time though Barry has a back up plan, besides getting some regular sparring organized, he has a few of the guys from the gym to move around with me when he wants me to try out some new stuff.

I’m not promising a longer fight, but hopefully this time I will get to showcase my boxing skills a bit more.

I can’t wait to get back in the ring, it’s where I’m supposed to be and where I intend to be as often as possible now I’ve finally got the chance. “

Marianne Marston versus a yet to be named opponent will feature on the undercard of the Mikaela Lauren versus Jennifer Retze Light Middleweight World Championship clash that headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 5th July 2013

Tickets, priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor) and £30 (Balcony) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com – www.acourtier.com – or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London E16 4SA – www.tkoboxinggym.com – or the Ringtone Gym in Euston, London NW1 2PB – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – Tel: 07960 850645 or 07557 641597 for further information.

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Philadelphia Newspaper Lobby US Embassy Over Visa For British Boxer Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston.

Philadelphia Newspaper Lobby US Embassy Over Visa For British Boxer Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston.

British Super Bantamweight Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, who was refused a visa in order to compete on the under card of Brian Cohen’s WBC Americas Light Heavyweight title fight on the 9th May at South Philadelphia High School, has learned that her plight has not gone unnoticed in the City that has been her adopted home for the best part of two years.

Journalist and boxing columnist Kerry O’Connor, who writes for Philadelphia newspaper Center City Weekly Press and Examiner.com, heard of Marianne’s plight and decided that something pro-active should be done to correct the matter. His solution was to start a campaign of support by encouraging readers of his column to write directly to the American Embassy In London to lobby them to reconsider Marianne’s visa application.

O’Connor wrote in his Philadelphia Boxing column on Examiner.com on the 17th April “Earlier in the week, boxing fans said goodbye to the Golden Boy. Today, I’m reporting that we’re being denied the chance to say hello to the Golden Girl.

Marianne “Golden Girl” Marston, a Super Bantamweight boxer from London, England, was supposed to make her professional debut May 9th here at South Philadelphia High School.

However, after two years of playing by the rules, and filing proper paperwork with the American Embassy so she could come back and forth between Philly and London to train, the Embassy has denied her visa application.”

O’Connor then provides his readers with further information regarding Marianne and her plight before suggesting to his readers, “If you’d like to see Marianne get her visa, let the US Embassy know! Send an e.mail titled: “Let Marianne box” to Special Consular Services at SCSLondon@state.gov ”

The Wednesday 22nd April issue of the Weekly Press features a more in-depth article by O’Connor, including an interview with Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, to generate as much interest as possible in the campaign. To read the front page article on-line go to www.weeklypress.com

So what has made O’Connor leap to support Marianne and campaign on her behalf? “I found the circumstances surrounding Marianne’s denial of a visa to be very unfair,” said O’Connor. “She’s always abided by the rules regarding her travels between the UK and the States in the past, so to say she might not return to London after the fight is ridiculous. She is just as deserving of a chance to box in the States as Ricky Hatton. Let her have her dream. Let her fight.”

On learning of Kerry O’Connor campaigning on her behalf a very grateful Marianne said, “When I got a call telling me of the support coming from Kerry through his column I was blown away, I was speechless, what a truly wonderful thing to do.

In some ways I’m not surprised though as everyone there is so nice. Philadelphia is a very special place filled with such wonderful people. When I made the decision to train full time in America I had two choices, Philly or Los Angeles. What swung me to choose Philly was the people, they made me feel at home from the very first day I visited there. I know I was right to do so as they care about others. Kerry proves that, we’ve never met or spoken yet he has done this for me. Wow, that is something else.

I can’t thank Kerry enough as I love Philly and can’t wait to get back…and fight.”

If, like Kerry O’Connor, you would like to help Marianne fulfill her dream to professionally fight in America please send an e.mail titled: “Let Marianne box” to Special Consular Services at SCSLondon@state.gov asking them to reconsider Marianne Marston’s visa application.

Or write to:

Richard LeBaron, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim

U.S. Embassy, London

24 Grosvenor Square

London, W1A 1AE

United Kingdom

 

Tel: Switchboard:

[44] (0)20 7499-9000

 

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For tickets and further details for the ‘Brawl on Broad Street’ event on 9th May 2009 at South Philadelphia High School please contact:

 

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