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Leon Williams: Friendship’s On Hold Until After Saturday’s Title Fight

Leon Williams and Johnny Eames share a light hearted moment following final training session - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Leon Williams and Johnny Eames share a light hearted moment following final training session - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Leon Williams: Friendship’s On Hold Until After Saturday’s Title Fight

Whilst all the recent media focus has been on next week’s highly controversial Heavyweight clash, between David Haye and Dereck Chisora, another, and probably far more significant, Clash of the Titans takes place this coming Saturday, with the long awaited showdown, between former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and current Southern Area Champ Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, taking place at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

After three false starts, each due to injury, this most defining of domestic Cruiserweight battles will also decide, for once and for all, just who is the Capital’s true #1 of the division as well as, along the line, earn the winner a shot at the coveted Lonsdale Belt.

The early betting seems to be heavily in favour of Streatham’s Former Champ Williams. No surprise really, as when the pair met as Amateurs, Romford’s Conquest was knocked out in just 45 seconds of the first round!

Earlier today, following his final training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Leon Williams spoke briefly on the upcoming battle with his old foe and good friend Tony Conquest, “We’re really good friends but that’s on hold until after the fight, during the fight it’s purely business.

The plan is to just get my rounds in, punch hard and keep pressuring him and get the win, then say sorry afterwards and I’ll be the first to buy him a drink.

Then I want a shot at getting back my British title. That’s the main goal and that’s where my motivation for this fight is coming from. If it wasn’t a stepping stone to get the Lonsdale belt back where it belongs, with me, I probably wouldn’t have taken the fight.

The Southern Area title isn’t really what I want to fight for, I’m not devaluing the title at all, it’s a very worthwhile title, just me and my team feel it is a backward step as I was British Champ earlier this year.

I will get back there, but first I have to win this fight, and I will win this fight. We train hard at the TRAD TKO, me, Johnny (Manager/Coach Johnny Eames) and Barry (co-trainer Barry Smith) and we will get back to where we were, and I will get my British title back.”

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title co-headlines Olivia Goodwin’s ‘One More Round’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th July 2012.

There are limited tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £35 (Standard Seated), still available, for Leon Williams vs. Tony Conquest, on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com – tickets are also be available direct from Leon Williams or the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Former Champ Williams Ready For July 7th Title Showdown With Conquest.

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Former Champ Williams Ready For July 7th Title Showdown With Conquest.

After three false starts, the long awaited showdown, between former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Southern Area Champ Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, is finally set to take place, on the Olivia Goodwin promoted ‘One More Round’ event at York Hall on Saturday 7th July.

The last time this highly anticipated Clash of the Titans was due to take place was back in January, as Williams’ first defense of his British Crown, however Conquest was forced to withdraw due to a viral infection.

With Conquest out Williams instead defended against Nottingham’s Shane McPhilbin.

For eleven rounds Williams totally dominated the proceedings, including sending McPhilbin to the canvas twice. However after just thirty seconds of the final round things took a dramatic turn, for the worse, after McPhilbin landed a powerful clubbing shot, to the back of the defending Champ’s head, which ultimately lead to the fight being stopped and a new British Champion crowned.

With no quick rematch with McPhilbin, or a shot at current British Champ Enzo Maccarinelli on the horizon, the only way Williams could get back into the Championship mix this year would be to challenge his good friend Conquest.

A situation that wasn’t lost on the former Champ, as he made clear when he spoke briefly, following a training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, earlier. “Yeah it’s a stepping stone, I know I gave up the Southern Area title before I beat Rob Norton and became British Champ, but it does lead to bigger and better things.

God willing, I’ll get the chance to get my Lonsdale belt back after beating Tony on the 7th.

No make that Johnny willing, Johnny, my manager Johnny Eames, will do the business side for me, I’ve just got to win.

Preparation has been very good, sparring has been the best. I’m Dereck Chisora’s main sparring partner, so that’s good experience and I learn from it all the time.

This is really going to help me with the fight. Dereck’s a very big, strong guy and after all this work Tony will feel like a lightweight in comparison – Thank you Dereck Chisora.

I’m not trashing Tony, he’s a good friend of mine and a very good boxer, but there’s no friendship when you step in the ring, you fight, and that’s what we’re going to do – fight.

Team Solid is back…and climbing the ladder to the top. Team Solid all day, every Day…Yeah.”

Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title co-headlines Olivia Goodwin’s ‘One More Round’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th July 2012.

Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £35 (Standard Seated), for Leon Williams vs. Tony Conquest are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com – tickets are also be available direct from Leon Williams or the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

TRAD TKO Fighters Head Up May 20th London Mega Show

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TRAD TKO Fighters Head Up May 20th London Mega Show

Over the past few years Miranda Carter has been quietly pioneering a series of Sunday afternoon events at York Hall in Bethnal Green. In the past these events have featured maybe six or seven bouts, however her latest offering, which takes place this coming Sunday, is far from low key affair, instead entering the mega event zone with a fourteen bout card.

The event, titled ‘Rolling Thunder’, heavily features fighters from Johnny Eames’ famous Canning Town fight factory – the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym.

Originally the event was to feature just three of the East London trained stars but after Butch Lesley had to withdraw from the original headlining British Masters title bout with Menay Edwards, this was increased to five, including the new headlining bout, a rematch between Hackbridge, Surrey’s Danny Connor and Ely, Cambridgshire’s Tyler Goodjohn, this time for the British Masters Welterweight title.

Last time these two met, back in March last year, Goodjohn came out on top, however things may be a little different this time around, as Connor has really turned his career around, racking up five top class wins out of six outing. Goodjohn on the other hand has had just two wins out of three, and the loss was a brutal knockout dished out by the forceful hands of Vinny Woolford in November last year.

Heading up the support is Connor’s TRAD TKO gym mate, former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, who will be making his first appearance since the shock loss of his coveted Lonsdale belt back in January.

Surprisingly Williams isn’t looking for an easy fight, to ease himself back, oh no the man nicknamed ‘Solid’ is so determined to get back on the Championship trail that he has elected to face Lithuania’s #1 ranked Remigijus Ziausys.

Also on the support card is rising Cruiserweight star Menay Edwards, who will be making his first outing under the TRAD TKO banner. Edwards, whose record stands at 7-1, will be looking to impress, against unbeaten Lawrence Bennett, in order to earn the right for a tilt at the Southern Area title later this year.

Making his debut at the event is yet another TRAD TKO newbie, Eric ‘Congo Warrior’ Mokonzo, who will be receiving a baptism of fire at the hands of Hayes hardman Darren McKenna.

Former World amateur #2 female boxer Areti Mastrodouka is the fifth of the TRAD TKO squad that will take part in the ‘Rolling Thunder’ event. In her debut, at Miranda Carter’s March 2012 event, Mastrodouka put on a stylish display to beat Kristine Shergold by a 60-55 points margin.

On the 20th May, 36 year old Mastrodouka is set to face a much younger opponent in 20 year old Latvian #1 ranked featherweight Julija Cvetkova.

Of the non-TRAD TKO contingent, the pick of the bunch sees Epsom, Surrey’s unbeaten Middleweight J.M. Coyle face a stern test, as he takes on Wickford, Essex hardman Danny Brown. Coyle may have the unbeaten record but Brown will be no walk over especially as he’ll be looking to extend his excellent run of a win and a draw against previously unbeaten opponents so far in 2012.

Another potential cracker sees two unbeaten fighters, Light Welterweights Luke Fowler and John Brennan, battle it out.

Also on the card are unbeaten foursome, Upminster Lightweight Ryan Taylor, Stratford Super Middleweight Scott Hartley, Luton Light Welterweight Danny Mulhern and Kensington Middleweight Daley Ojuederie, who will be joined by debutantes, Bexleyheath Lightweight Jack Dishart, Middleweight Alex McKay and Tilbury Welterweight Matt McCarthy – who are all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets for Rolling Thunder, featuring the TRAD TKO five, Danny Connor, Leon Williams, Menay Edwards, Eric Mokonzo or Areti Mastrodouka, at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Sunday 20th May 2012 are priced £35, £45 and £65 are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Good Weekend for the ‘East Enders’ – Part 2 Jimmy Tibbs on Billy Joe Saunders Commonwealth Title victory

Jimmy Tibbs and Billy Joe Saunders at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Jimmy Tibbs and Billy Joe Saunders at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Good Weekend for the ‘East Enders’ – Part 2 Jimmy Tibbs on Billy Joe Saunders Commonwealth Title victory

Photo and Interview by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

In part one we had TRAD TKO Boxing Gym head honcho Johnny Eames talking about both the successful Southern Area Lightweight title defense by his charge Ben Murphy and the Frank Warren promoted event at The Royal Albert Hall, headlined by Billy Joe Saunders, which took place on Saturday night and between them featured no less than five of the famous fight factory’s young stars.

Today it’s the turn of legendary coach Jimmy Tibbs, who will be talking about the fights of those boxers trained by him and his son Mark at the TRAD TKO, especially that of new Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders.

“Yeah, it was a very successful night and I’m very pleased at the way all the boys performed, it was very good, yeah.

Billy Joe, it wasn’t a long fight, thirty seconds someone told me, but he was prepared.

Championship fight goes to another level, Billy Joe was really up for it and went out there after the referee’s instruction.

None of them was going to give ground, then all of a sudden out of the blue Billy Joe, who’s a southpaw, whipped the left hook over the top of the right lead and this started the downfall for the other boy.”

Before turning his attention to the other fights an elated Jimmy proudly said, “We’ve got a few champions in the gym now, it all takes time and we’re all satisfied with what’s happening.

We’ve all trained hard, including the fighters, all the trainers have worked hard, including myself, we’ve all done our part.

There’s an old saying ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ and really this should be the motto here, because that’s the attitude of all the trainers and fighters at the TRAD TKO Gym.”

Getting back to his boys and their performances, Jimmy turned his attention to Freddie Turner, “ Freddie was on last, hanging around all night. I’ve had it before with fighters, you can’t help it.

He was a bit lack lustre, he could have been a little more sharper, don’t get me wrong he done more than enough to win. He got a little nick at the end of the fight , which upset him a little bit, but he won easily enough.”

Next topic of conversation was sensational Super Middleweight prospect Frankie Buglioni. Frankie stepped up to a six rounder, even though it was only his fourth pro outing. In his previous bouts Frankie had stopped Sabie Montieth and Paul Morby, both in the first round, and went the distance against super tough Ryan Clark.

“Frankie Buglioni, was another one round job. He just went out there and demolished the kid in just half a round. The kid went down three times and the referee, Richie Davis, a good referee, decided it’s only going one way so he did the right thing and stopped it.

Frankie’s a very, very good prospect, he’s got to be tested yet but I’m sure he’ll come through when it comes, he’s a very good prospect.”

Unfortunately it wasn’t a clean sweep on the night, as former Freddie Roach trained Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne lost, by a close points decision, to Terry Holmes, much to Jimmy’s surprise.

“The only disappointment of the night was young Dean Byrne. He was unlucky, it was a good eight round fight, nonstop, the crowd loved it, toe to toe.

I thought our man just nicked it, or they could have give a draw to keep everyone happy. But the referee see different, but what can you do.”

Jimmy then went on to talk about the upcoming Francis and George Warren promoted BoxAcademy show, which features three of his young charges, “Now we’re looking forward to Thursday at the Troxy, we have three boys Charlie (Hoy), Gary (Corcoran) and Tom (Baker).

The boys are all looking sharp, they’ll go out to win, they’ve done all the work in the gym now so they are ready.”

WRITER’S NOTE: since the interview was undertaken Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions ‘BoxAcademy’ event has been canceled.

“Jimmy then spoke of Ben Murphy’s successful Southern Area Lightweight Title defense, which took place at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross

It was a very good night for the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, besides our boys, Johnny (Eames) and Barry (Smith) were at Kings Cross with Ben (Murphy). They got a good result too, a first round stoppage I heard.

All in all we had a good night, besides Dean, we all had a satisfactory night.”

It may have been a slow start to the new year for the boys from the TRAD TKO but as we head into the Summer it now looks like it’s starting to get busy again. Even though the aforementioned BoxAcademy show has now unfortunately been canceled, various of their fighters are in action over the coming month.

On the 12th May Jimmy and British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes will head to Sheffield, where Colin will defend his title against former WBC Light Welterweight World Champion Junior Witter.

Just over a week later Johnny Eames, Barry Smith, Derek Grainger, Brian Lawrence and Alec Wilkey will be with their charges, former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, Menay Edwards, Eric Mokonzo, Areti Mastrodovka, Wadi Camacho and Danny Connor, who will all be in action at the Miranda Carter promoted ‘Rolling Thunder’ event at York Hall on Sunday May 20th.

Six days later, on Saturday 26th May, Brian Lawrence and English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng will head up the M1 to Nottingham, where young Erick will defend his title for the first time against AA Lowe on the undercard of Matchroom Sport promoted super fight headlined by Carl Froch versus Lucian Bute for the IBF Super Middleweight World Title.

One week later, on Saturday June 2nd, Johnny Eames and Barry Smith will make the much shorter journey to the ExCel, where their charges Mitchell Balker and George Jupp will be in action on Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions next mega event.

Tickets for both the Miranda Carter promoted ‘Rolling Thunder’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday May 20th and Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions June 2nd event at the ExCel will be available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com shortly. Tickets will also be available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Good Weekend For The ‘East Enders’ – Part 1: Johnny Eames on Ben Murphy and Billy Joe Saunders Victories

Good Weekend For The ‘East Enders’ – Part 1: Johnny Eames on Ben Murphy and Billy Joe Saunders Victories

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

It’s been rather lean times for boxing in the Capital so far this year, which in turn has meant that local fighters, especially those from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town deep in the heart of London’s East End, have barely been in action.

Last year it seemed to be barely a week between some major news on one of the many star fighters based at this legendary fight factory.

You had Kevin Mitchell utterly destroying John Murray, which was followed by speculation on World title fights against the likes of Ricky Burns or Brandon Rios, Leon ‘Solid’ Williams wrestled the British Cruiserweight title from Rob Norton’s iron grip, Colin Lynes reemerged to outshine ‘Lights Out’ Lee Purdy to grab the British Welterweight crown, Ben Murphy was sensational on both his Southern Area Lightweight title defense, against Tony Owen, and then two weeks later challenging Ashley Theophane for his British Light Welter strap. Former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders got in on the act and snatched the Southern Area Middleweight belt from Gary Boulden’s hands.

Not just that but every week at least one of the crew were in action somewhere or another and it seemed that every Prizefighter had at least one TRAD TKO representative on the show.

Other than Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng’s magnificent lifting of the English Light Middleweight title, so far 2012 has produced very few highlights for the Canning Town stars and a major low, when Leon Williams, who was defending his title for the first time against Shane McPhilbin, got stopped in the twelfth.

Leon was just 2 minutes away from certain victory – he had sent McPhilbin to the canvas twice and was eleven rounds up going into the final round – when McPhilbin caught him with a clubbing punch to the back of the head, which sent the Champ to the canvas. Unfortunately Williams was still disoriented when the fight was restarted and McPhilbin took full advantage to claim a ‘Rocky’ style against the odds victory.

There were a few minor outings for the likes of Billy Joe and Kevin, but it has been the youngsters, such as George Jupp, Frankie Buglioni, Wadi Camacho, Billy Morgan, Charlie Hoy etc. that have kept the TRAD TKO banner flying so far this year.

However this past weekend that all changed, with a bang, with no less than five fighters in action, four at the Royal Albert Hall and Ben Murphy defending his Southern Area title at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross.

Jimmy and Mark Tibbs oversee the proceedings at The Royal Albert Hall, as it was four of their charges in action. Headlining the show was Billy Joe Saunders, who took on Tony Hill for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight title, with support from the sensational Frankie Buglioni, Freddie Turner and ‘Irish Lightning’ Dean Byrne.

I’m not going to go too much into this show now as Part 2 will feature Jimmy Tibbs and his view on this historic event, all I will say is that as I am sure you know Billy Joe is the new Commonwealth Champ, Frankie got his third first round stoppage win in four outings, Freddie Turner cruised to a points victory and Dean lost a very close fight to Terry Holmes.

Whilst Jimmy and Mark hand their hands full at The Royal Albert Hall, TRAD TKO head honcho Johnny Eames and his talented sidekick Barry Smith were at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross, where Ben Murphy was defending his Southern Area strap against Phil Gill.

Whilst all the press coverage seems to have focused on Billy Joe’s magnificent victory, Ben’s victory, which was wrongly overlooked by the media, was equally sensational.

Ben dominated the proceedings right from the opening bell, after just one minute Phil Gill was backed onto the ropes, Ben let rip with a vicious right that shook the Waltham Abbey man to the core, Phil grabbed hold to try and tie up Ben, big mistake as all this did was step back and fire off a battery of big left and right hands.

Phil was reeling from the attack and it looked like a knockout finish was on the cards, that was until the referee Jeff Hinds decided enough was enough and stepped in to stop the fight after just two minutes and thirty five seconds of the first round.

Earlier today I spoke with Ben’s coach the ever entertaining Johnny Eames to get his views on the excellent performances of the squad last weekend, amongst other things.

“First of all I want to congratulate Billy Joe Saunders on his magnificent win, for winning the Commonwealth title. I actually spoke to Billy yesterday and he was very congratulatory on Ben Murphy as well, which is nice as it shows comradeship as well.

Getting on to Ben Murphy, yeah I mean it’s as if he was wanted to get beaten, he was on his own promoter and manager’s show, who coincidentally manages the other guy. Ben’s the Champion yet we were in the room with all the losers, we was in the away corner, with all the losers, the only difference is we came out the winner.

Fair play to Phil Gill for taking the fight, I mean once again it was like a man against a boy, I mean after the first three punches Phil Gill nearly went, and Ben just pressed it on.

The most pleasing thing about Ben’s win is Barry Smith and myself have been working on a few things in the gym, on getting his distance right, and this is the first fight he has had his distance right from bell one as the result shows for itself.

I don’t think Phil landed one punch, well probably did land one, but when he did Ben just laughed and walked right through it and did what he does, only better than he normally does it. You know the accuracy was fine, if you see Phil Gill after the fight he looked like he’d been in ten rounds, not one.

All I can say now is, any lightweight in Britain, and I mean any lightweight in Britain Ben will fight. It’s not up to me to press for fights that’s the job of his manager, I’d like to think he will.

We had a couple of stern words after the fight, myself and his manager, and I told him what I felt as that’s the type of person I am. I feel for my fighters, I live for my fighters and Ben is one of my fighters. If you ain’t treating him right you get told you ain’t treating him right, simple as that.

Derry Matthews is a friend of mine, and he’s a really nice guy, but I do believe that Ben will beat him, without a shadow of a doubt. Again I say any lightweight in Britain Ben will fight and I hope his manager presses those claims.”

Johnny then went on to praise the three further TRAD TKO based boxers that fought on the undercard of Billy Joe’s Commonwealth title fight at The Royal Albert Hall.

“Obviously I didn’t get to see the show, as I was with Ben in Kings Cross, but well done to Mark and Jimmy (Tibbs) for the performances of their boys, Freddie Turner and Frankie Buglioni at the weekend and commiseration to Dean Byrne, who was in a fight that I believe he should have won, could have won, but they say ‘should have, could have, would have’ don’t count. He was in the away corner, unfortunately sometimes that goes against you, you know you’ve just got to get over these things and press on.”

With a busy month or so ahead for the TRAD TKO team Johnny then turned his attention to upcoming fights featuring their boxers, “This Thursday Mark and Jimmy (Tibbs) have Charlie (Hoy), Tom (Baker) and Gary (Corcoran) out at Francis and George Warren’s BoxAcademy show at the Troxy.

**STOP PRESS** Just as this article was being sent out news arrived that the BoxAcademy event at the Troxy this Thursday has been cancelled.

Colin Lynes is next out, on the 12th May in Sheffield. He’ll be defending his title against Junior Witter. It’s not an easy fight but am sure Colin will win it.

Then we have Danny Connor in his first ten rounder, at York Hall on Miranda Carter’s May 20th show. He’ll be in a rematch with Tyler Goodjohn.

I’m sure he will perform how he normally performs. Danny’s really improving under the watchful eye of Alec (Wilkey).

We’ve got a few fighters on that show. Del’s (Derek Grainger) doing a great job with Menay (Edwards) and Eric (Mokonzo) and obviously Barry (Smith) and myself are really happy that Leon (Williams) will be out again.

Sorry I forgot Areti (Mastrodovka), another of Alec’s fighters on the show, I’m not a great lover of Women’s boxing but am certain that she can go on to be a star in Women’s boxing.

A week later, on the 26th, Erick’s (Ochieng) got a big night in Nottingham. Erick’ll be defending his English title against Andrew Lowe. Brian (Lawrence) has done a great job with Erick, Andrew’s a battler but really can’t see anything but a win for Erick.

Getting back, it’s nice to be busy, then again we’ve been quiet for a period, there haven’t been that many shows to get our boys out on.

I also forgot to mention we have Mitchell (Balker) and George (Jupp) on Spencer Fearon’s June 2nd show at the ExCel, just two weeks after Miranda Carter’s show.

So yes it’s a busy time at the TRAD TKO gym and hopefully we can come through with all wins.”

Whilst Johnny and the boys from the gym may have had a quiet start to the year it seems that the coming months will be anything but quiet, which isn’t just good for them but also us – the boxing fans.

Watch out for Good Weekend for the East Enders – part two, which has Jimmy Tibbs giving his inside view on the excellent Frank Warren show at The Royal Albert Hall.

Shamrock Showdown II – Choi Headlines, Lindsay Returns and Fearon Showcases New Signings

Spencer Fearon with Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker at teh TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (RIo) Di Caro

Spencer Fearon with Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker at teh TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (RIo) Di Caro

Shamrock Showdown II – Choi Headlines, Lindsay Returns and Fearon Showcases New Signings

They don’t call promoter Spencer Fearon ‘Mr Boxing’ for nothing, the man who boxed under the name ‘The Spirit’ has turned the London Boxing scene on it’s head, since making the move to promoting, and in the process his Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions organisation has rightfully earned the reputation of putting on the best shows in the Capital, bar none.

Why you may ask? Well the answer is simple, the fans are treated to genuine 50/50 fights between the most heavily avoided fighters in the land, and beyond. The result is virtually every fight on every show becomes an instant all ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.

Take his last show, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green back in October last year, there were five barn storming fights, in fact every fight was top class so it really is hard to know which fight to highlight.

It could so easily be Choi Tseveenpurev out and out war with Janis Puksins, mind you it only took Choi four minutes and forty six seconds to dispatch the young upstart, or it could be the feisty all action British Masters title rematch between Darren Hamilton and Dave Ryan. Then again Nathan Graham’s firestorm win over Aleksandrs Radjuks was something special as was Kreshnik Qato’s bruising battle with Terry Carruthers but for this I’ve decided to go with the sensational Simon O’Donnell versus Ty Mitchell bout.

The fight started out with Derby’s Mitchell taking the fight to the ultra slick O’Donnell, pitter-pattering his way in with his superb jab before unloading big right hands with great effect, so much so that O’Donnell was sent to the canvas midway through the first round.

Round two see the pair go on full out attack, Mitchell dropping his hands in an attempt to out speed the super fast forward coming O’Donnell. Round three was more of the same but the turning point came about midway through the third, when O’Donnell landed a pair of massive right hands, the last sending Mitchell’s gumshield into orbit.

That was it then, O’Donnell had the mark of his man and he wasn’t going to let him off lightly, constantly letting rip with big rights and vicious left hooks at every opportunity in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Whilst still looking to land the big shots in the sixth, O’Donnell turned to his slick jabbing until the opening came and he fired off a massive right hand left hook combination that sent the Midlander crashing down and out to the canvas, Mitchell did get to his feet but was clearly in no state to continue.

Spencer’s next offering, Shamrock Showdown II, at The Troxy in Limehouse, London this coming Friday (23rd March), is clearly going to offer those lucky enough to score a ticket more of the same fare.

For a start Simon O’Donnell will be back in action, as will Hard Knocks stalwarts Darren Hamilton and Nathan Graham.

Heading up the show will see the Mongolian Warrior himself, ‘Choi’, taking on Bastien Rozeaux for the WBC International Silver title. Choi is a supreme knockout artist, but in Rozeaux he may have met his equal, as the Frenchman has an eighty percent knockout record, so expect an all out war with an early finish.

For ‘SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN II’ Spencer will be showcasing three of his latest signings. First up is the former IBF Youth and British Featherweight Champion Martin Lindsay.

Lindsay, whose record stands at 17-1, has been out of the ring since losing his British title, to John Simpson back in December 2010, and will surely be looking to impress in order to get back into Championship contention once again.

SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN II also features the debut of Spencer’s protégé Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo, whom Mr Boxing describes as ‘seriously special’, so read that as this kid is exceptional and a star of the future.

The final new signing on the show is TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who takes on unbeaten Leed’s hardman Phil ‘China’ Clarke.

Now those of you who do not know Balker are in for a treat. As an amateur this kid traveled to New York on his own to take part in, and win, the prestigious Golden Gloves at the famous Madison Square Gardens.

After winning his first three pro bout Balker then relocated to London to be managed and trained by the esteemed Johnny Eames. In his first UK fight he took on top British cruiserweight Matty Askin, which he lost in a rather controversial manner, after the referee stepped in to stop the fight midway through an exchange that clearly hurt Hatton’s prospect and give the decision in favour of Askin.

Balker bounced straight back with a great shutout victory over Nick Okoth before facing world ranked knockout artist Richard Turba on yet another Hatton show, this time Balker made sure that Turba wouldn’t get any home advantage, even after visiting the canvas in the second, by dominating every single round in magnificent style to take a close 57-56 points victory.

That was a seriously big win, one which rocketed the Dutchman into the World top fifty, however it also sent him the top of the domestic ‘Fighter’s to Avoid’ list and it became almost impossible to get him any more fights in the UK, that is until Spencer took him into the Hard Knocks fold.

“he’s a good fighter, he has the potential to be a great fighter if he’s given the opportunity. He’s an exciting fighter and this will be a highly exciting fight over six rounds.

He’s sold a lot of tickets, which is surprising as he’s from the Netherlands, so he’s going to come out and impress his supporters.

He’s gonna do his job and he’s in for a good fight, this other kid’s a good fighter, fair play to Mark Gateson, he brings his boys together and they come to win, they don’t come to make up the numbers and Phil Clarke’s got a good pedigree, he’s unbeaten in seven.

Mitchell’s in great, great shape and It’s going to be a great, great fight, I’m looking forward to it.

Anyone that comes to the show or subscribe to Premier Sports are set for a fantastic evening of Boxing.

I put on proper fights, our shows are full of exciting fights and this one is no different, it don’t matter if our fighters win or not I just want the best fights and that means ones that are evenly matched and either fighter can win.

Get there, get there, just go to the TKO website and buy tickets and get ready for the best show in town, it’ll be incredible – I’m living the dream, Hard Knocks for life.”

Mitchell Balker versus China Clarke will feature on the support card of Choi Tseveenpurev’s challenge for the vacant WBC Silver International Featherweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ event at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433)

Limited amount of tickets still available, priced £35 on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Spencer Fearon Announces Barn Burning Lineup For Shamrock Showdown II

Spencer Fearon presents Shamrock Showdown II - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Spencer Fearon presents Shamrock Showdown II - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Spencer Fearon Announces Barn Burning Lineup For Shamrock Showdown II

Promoter Spencer Fearon today announced the impressive lineup for his upcoming Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433) broadcast mega event ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ which takes place at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March.

Never shy about beating his own drum – rightly so since he gives the fans exactly what they want, a night of scintillating evenly matched bouts featuring the Nation’s most exciting young warriors, as well as an old war horse in the form of the magnificent former two time World Champion Choi Tseveenpurev – Spencer has come up trumps with yet another World Class headliner, when Choi takes on French hardman Bastien Rozeaux for the vacant WBC International Silver Featherweight Title.

Following watching a bruising sparring session, between one of his current star prospects Mitchell Balker and former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams at the legendary TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, the boxer formerly known as ‘The Spirit’, now simply known as ‘Mr Boxing’ enthused profusely about his upcoming Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions show.

“This show is gonna be everything that Hard Knocks is all about, we’ve some great fights on there.

We’ve got Nathan Graham versus Robert Lloyd Taylor, that’s gonna be an incredible barn burner over six rounds.

We’ve got Phil ‘China’ Clarke versus our guy Mitchell Balker from right here at the TRAD TKO Gym, that’s gonna be something incredible.

Mitchell can’t get a fight, Phil Clarke has always been complaining that he can’t get a fight, so it’s simple he can’t get a fight and Mitchell can’t get a fight so we match them together, that’s what Hard Knocks is all about – genuine 50/50 fights.

Darren Hamilton’s back and strutting his stuff, we’ve got Simon O’Donnell the Irish Middleweight – he’s in the Prizefighter as well.

Massive big up to Eddie Hearn for putting Simon in Prizefighter. It took just one phone call to Eddie where I said you’ve got to put this guy in it. I sent him over a DVD of Simon’s last fight, against Ty Mitchell, which was a real barn burner, it was an incredible fight.

Of course we’ve got Choi doing his stuff against Bastien Rozeaux. This guy’s got an eighty percent knockout ration, so he’s no bum. This is for the WBC International Silver title.

People forget that Choi is fourty one next birthday and it’s hard to get credible opponents for him. You get people who say ‘Yes we’ll fight him’ and then they check him out and the money goes sky high because these people don’t want to mix it with him.

The reason we’ve got Martin Lindsay on the show is because potentially we would like to match him against Choi, we want to make this happen, we can make it on Premier Sports or we can make it on Sky Sports or even make it on World of Sport, but that fight has got to happen.

We wanted Choi-Lindsay for this show but his Lindsay’s people said no as they wanted a couple of warm up fights first, which I understand, but I want to make that fight happen, it’s a huge fight and the fans deserve to see a fight of this magnitude, that’s a great, great fight. I’m all about the fans so I will make this happen.

Larry Ekundayo, don’t forget this kid, he’s a Welterweight prospect who has a fantastic story. It’s taken three years of legal wrangling to get his stay in the country, he’s now been granted his stay and he’s got his license from the British Boxing Board of Control, so now Larry’s going out to do his stuff now.

Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo is going to be something special and he’s going live on Premier Sports as well.

I’ve got to thank Premier Sports for giving me that platform of going out and giving people good fights, ya know that’s what it’s all about Hard Knocks for life, Spencer Fearon for life, Ciaran Baynes for life, we’re just doing our stuff man.”

Choi Tseveenpurev vs Bastien Rozeaux for the vacant WBC International Silver Featherweight title headlines Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ event at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433)

Tickets, priced £35 are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Balker-Clarke Added To Spencer Fearon’s ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ On 23rd March

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Balker-Clarke Added To Spencer Fearon’s ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ On 23rd March

After six months without a fight, London based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker finally gets the chance to return to the fray at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Promotions first event of the year, Shamrock Showdown II, at The Troxy in Limehouse, London on the 23rd March.

Ever since Balker relocated to the UK, to train at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, his manager Johnny Eames has found it hard to secure his talented charge any bouts, especially after word got out that prior to turning pro that Balker had traveled to America to take part in, and win, the prestigious New York Golden Gloves tournament at the famous Madison Square Gardens.

However finding fights for the Dutch #1 here in the UK was made virtually impossible following a sensation against the odds victory over World ranked Blackpool based Slovakian knockout maestro Richard Turba back in August last year, which unsurprisingly rocketed Balker to the top of the domestic Cruiserweights ‘Fighters to Avoid’ list.

Things now look set to change for Balker though, as the aforementioned Spencer Fearon was so impressed by the Dutchman’s never say die attitude, as well as the victory over Turba, that he decided to add him to upcoming Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433) televised show, and true to form matched him in a genuine 50/50 fight against unbeaten Leeds hardman China Clarke.

Following yet another sparring war, with former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Caine Brodie, a jubilant Balker said, “I feel very good and very excited about it, you know I’m always ready, so let’s do it.

I know nothing about my opponent, Spencer (Promoter Spencer Fearon) told me there is an opponent, China Clarke, so there is an opponent so we are going to have a fight and we’re going to make a special fight for the fans, and the TV, as they haven’t seen me fight for so long.

Even when there was no fight coming up I still stay in the gym, training and sparring, so I am always ready, my manager Johnny (Eames) and trainer Barry (Smith) make sure of that.

I have been sparring Leon (Williams) Caine (Brodie) and Paul (David) a lot, it’s the best preparation I could hope for, Leon was British Champion, Paul is the English Champion and Caine is a tough competitor at any time, so it’s good hard sparring with three of the best fighters in the UK.

Knowing Spencer it will be a hard fight, a 50-50 fight, but to me It’s a very special fight, my first with Hard Knocks and Premier Sports, so I will be really up for it and looking to win big.”

Mitchell Balker versus China Clarke will feature on the support card of Choi Tseveenpurev’s challenge for the vacant WBC Silver International Featherweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ event at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433)

Tickets, priced £35 are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA

Amateur Star Charlie Hoy Ready For Pro Debut On January 13th

Charlie Hoy with coach Mark Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Charlie Hoy with coach Mark Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Amateur Star Charlie Hoy Ready For Pro Debut On January 13th

Former Repton Amateur star Charlie Hoy makes his professional debut, against Newport’s Darren Pryce, on the undercard of TRAD TKO Gym mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ British Cruiserweight title defense at York Hall in London on Friday, 13th January, 2012.

Hoy, who is trained by Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the famous Canning Town gym, had a stellar amateur record of 68 fights, of which he only lost 10, and won various national titles, including three schoolboy ABAs, three Four Nations, three ABCs and reached the finals of the Senior ABAs in 2011.

Speaking earlier, Hoy obviously feels he is well prepared for his maiden pro-outing as he said, “I’m really looking forward to it, I’m excited to be debuting at York Hall on the 13th.

I have two great trainers, Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, behind me, so my preparations have been first class, as has the sparring.

I’ve had the best sparring I could possibly get, the best Super Flyweight in the country Michael Maguire, English Flyweight Champion Ashley Sexton and former British Bantamweight Champion Martin Power, there’s nothing better than that really.

All the hard work’s been done in the gym so I’m just going to go out there and enjoy myself and hopefully get a good win on the 13th.”

Charlie Hoy, against Darren Pryce, features on the undercard of Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Shane McPhilbin for the British Cruiserweight title that headlines Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions first event of the New Year, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 13th January 2012 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)

Tickets, Standard Seated – £40 and Ringside SOLD OUT for Williams vs. McPhilbin are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets are also available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

New Year Outing For Prizefighter Star George Jupp, Faces Dan Naylor on the 13th Jan.

Johnny Eames, George Jupp, Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton at the TRAD TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

George Jupp in action against Choi in Prizefighter - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

New Year Outing For Prizefighter Star George Jupp, Faces Dan Naylor on the 13th Jan.

Choi Tseveenpurev may have won the Prizefighter-Featherweights tournament back in October, but it was without doubt his semifinal opponent, 20 year old ‘Saint’ George Jupp, that stole the limelight – and the plaudits, for his sensational performance against the twice his age two-time World Champion.

The Belvedere youngster showed a maturity that belied his tender years as he traded with the Mongolian Warrior, matching him punch for punch throughout, only to lose out on a place in the final by the slimmest of margins.

Jupp’s disappointment, of not making the final and potentially winning the £32K prize money, was short lived as within days Francis and George Warren signed him to a promotional contract with their Queensberry Promotions organisation.

To complete his joy, the Warren brothers have ‘Saint’ George making his maiden outing, under their promotional banner, on the undercard of fellow TRAD TKO Boxing Gym and Queensberry Promotions team mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ first defense of his British Cruiserweight title, against Shane McPhilbin, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 13th January.

Johnny Eames, George Jupp, Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton at the TRAD TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Following a sparring session, with Super Bantamweight Commonwealth Champ Carl Frampton, yesterday Jupp spoke briefly about the Choi battle, “Yeah, it was a close fight, I couldn’t really scream about the decision as it could have gone either way.

If ten people watched it, five thought I won and five thought he won.

I thought it was a good fight and I take a lot of confidence from that, I mean he’s a two time World Champion and there’s no one at my level that’s going to have done that.”

before moving onto discuss the upcoming bout against Dan Naylor, “I’ve seen a few video’s of Dan, he’s quite a slick southpaw. I’m glad I’m fighting someone like him so I can show my skills to full effect.

He’s in your face, unlike some other opponents, which suits me and my style of fighting.

I keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully this six rounder goes OK and I get a few rounds under my belt.

It’s important to get a couple of six rounders under my belt as hopefully within the next twelve months or so I’ll then be able to get in position for a shot at the Southern Area title.

Saying that I’ll keep looking at each fight as gaining more experience, I will never look past any opponent as each fight is an important part of my learning curve.

It’s hard not to think of titles as we’re doing really well here at the TRAD TKO at the moment, we have had so many Champions over the past year, I think it’s five or six.

That’s why I’m really glad to be fighting on this show, as one of our British Champions, Leon Williams, is headlining.

I can’t wait, I’ve been training hard all over Christmas, been getting some good sparring with Michael Maguire, he’s lighter than me and he’s so good technically he’s hard work. If you can catch him with a clean punch you can catch anyone.

Also been sparring with Juris (Varuskins), he’s quite a tough kid, he pushes you for every round, and Danny (Connor), he’s a bit heavier than me, a bit of an awkward type and of course today was sparring Carl (Frampton), he’s already a champion so very much on top of his game. So I’m getting the best of all worlds, sparring like, with all the different styles.

I am really happy with the way the training and sparring has been going and I’m really looking forward to the 13th.”

‘Saint’ George Jupp, against Dan Naylor, features on the undercard of Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Shane McPhilbin for the British Cruiserweight title headlines Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions first event of the New Year, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 13th January 2012 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)

Tickets, Standard Seated – £40 and Ringside SOLD OUT for Williams vs. McPhilbin are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets are also available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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