Fight Report: Churcher KOs Horvath To Secure WBF title as Herbert Shines In Wales.

BarrChurcherMurphyFight Report: Churcher KOs Horvath To Secure WBF title as Herbert Shines In Wales.

Lee Churcher pulled out a sensational against the odds victory over Hungarian Balazs Horvath on Saturday night to secure the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental Middleweight title, at the Pill Millennium Centre in his hometown of Newport.

Churcher, who was World ranked some two hundred plus places lower than Horvath, dominated the bout right from the off. Working behind a good solid jab, the Newport lad enthralled the local fans with some slick combinations, to both body and head, so much so that the more experienced Hungarian soon had to result to holding tactics whenever Churcher was in close range.

The canny Welshman was having none of it though and just patiently waited for any opportunity that came his way to punish Horvath with vicious body shots.

By midway through the first round Churcher’s confidence really began to grow, after badly shaking Horvath with the aforementioned body shots, so it came as no surprise to anyone when shortly after Churcher sent Horvath to the deck.

Horvath recovered but once again resorted to holding tactics to frustrate Churcher through to the end of the round.

More of the same in round two more or less, except Churcher really started to get into a flow, catching Horvath with more vicious body shots, the Hungarian tried to cover up, before again trying to grab hold of the Welshman, Churcher is canny though and worked behind the jab again before letting rip with yet another huge right hand to send Horvath down for the second time.

The Hungarian made the count and immediately on the restart Churcher went back on the attack, but the Hungarian tried to stifle the Welshman’s attacks by attempting to grab hold again, Churcher though used this to his advantage and let rip with a huge body shot to send the Hungarian back down to the canvas.

Clearly in distress, Horvath made an initial attempt to get back to his feet before settling to be just up on one knee, the pain showing on the Hungarian’s face clear for all to see as he attempted to unsuccessfully beat the count.

Whilst it may not have been a classic, nothing, but nothing can take away from Lee Churcher the artistry of his craft and tactics throughout and of course claiming the third Championship accolade of his career, the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental Middleweight Championship, to add to his British Masters and BBBofC Welsh Area Title.

Main support for the Churcher-Horvath Championship bout, featured a four round Super Welterweight bout between Nottingham duo Carwyn Herbert and Matt Scriven.

What a cracking fight, both combatants going at it hammer and tongs in close combat for the full three minutes of each and every round.

After the full four rounds of non-stop action referee Chris Kelly scored the bout 40-36 to the youngster Carwyn Herbert, however that doesn’t really express the closeness of each round or the full on intent of either competitor throughout.

Supporting the two pro bouts were six Wales versus England exhibition bouts, supervision courtesy of Wales Boxing. Whilst I’m not going to cover these because they were not pro, have to say the final two bouts of the six were excellent and really could have featured on any pro card and nobody would have known the difference.

Have to say plaudits must go to co-promoters Dave Murphy (Acourtier Events) and Steven Fisher (Lights Out Promotions) for digging deep into their pockets to bring both the MBC and the WBF Championship to Wales for the first time, even if it meant there wasn’t enough money in the kitty to justify a full pro show, hopefully the Welsh fans will get behind Lee Churcher so his first defense of the WBF title can also be in Newport or nearby.

In reply to letter From WBC

From The Office of the Vice President

MALTA BOXING COMMISSION LIMITED

 

 

21st March 2016

Mr. Robert Lenhardt

Mr. Mauricio Sulaimán

WBC Board Of Governors

World Boxing Council

 

RE: Malta Boxing Commission Application For World Boxing Council Affiliation

Dear Mr. Lenhardt, Mr. Sulaimán and the honorable members of the WBC Board of Governors.

With regard to your letter dated March 18th 2016, I apologise that I mistakenly thought that affiliation with WBC affiliate the Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC), would provide a bone fide avenue to enable us to request affiliation with the WBC.

With regard to the statement on the Malta Boxing Commission’s website – which had stated that the MBC have received affiliation with the WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council, not WBC – however in order to prevent any confusion this has now been changed to just state Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC)

Obviously we are keen to gain affiliation to the World Boxing Council, especially as we are the oldest Professional Boxing Organisation for the Republic Of Malta and were inducted as a provisional member of the European Boxing Union (EBU) in 2011.

Whilst I understand that the recent MBC breakaway organisation Malta Boxing Association (MBA) is the current EBU member and that the WBC Constitution does not allow two organisations from the same country to be affiliated with the World Boxing Council.

However as both Mr. Lenhardt and Mr. Sulaimán are fully aware of verified issues regarding the MBA and it’s failure to observe the rules of professional boxing with regard to the health and safety of boxers, by allowing boxers on their events to box without proper medicals, blood screening or MRI brain scans as well as their allowing a boxer caught taking cocaine prior to his bout still box on the event that Mr. Marc James and Leif Magnusson switched from MBC to MBA after MBC Chief Medical Officer Dr Mark Xuereb and myself had withdrawn permission for him to do so.

As this information, as well as Dr Xuereb’s report etc were supplied by myself to Mr. Lenhardt and Mr. Sulaimán at the WBC and the European Boxing Union in recent months, I, and I’m sure the board of the WBC, would expect that the EBU will take the appropriate action against the MBA and as such the opportunity would be there for ourselves to apply to be the official WBC member for the Republic of Malta sometime in the near future.

As such I request advice from yourself on the correct procedure for an application for the Malta Boxing Commission to become affiliated with the World Boxing Council once this matter regarding MBA’s endangerment of boxers has been dealt with through European Boxing Union mediation.

 

Yours sincerely

Gianluca Di Caro

Vice President

Malta Boxing Commission

MBC Secures Affiliation with The Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council

EPBCMBCMBC Secures Affiliation with The Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council

Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) Vice President and co-founder Gianluca Di Caro announced earlier today that their request for affiliation with the Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC) has been successful.

Speaking earlier Mr. Di Caro said. “We are overjoyed to have been granted affiliation with the Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council and are most grateful to EPBC President Mr. Kim for assisting us to secure the affiliation and the opportunity to have MBC licensed boxers campaign for this prestigious championship.

I cannot begin to stress how important this affiliation is to the MBC and our members, as this will open the doors for our boxers to challenge for EPBC championship honours not just in Malta and the UK but also across Europe, Asia and the Pacific region.

2016 is already proving to be a pivotal and busy year for the MBC, we have nine Championship bouts lined up, five of which are World title fights, with another four in advanced negotiation.

Since announcing to our members yesterday, a number of boxers have already stated their interest in campaigning for EPBC titles, and more importantly we also have two promoters that are keen to host EPBC championship bouts.

Hopefully within the next few weeks or so we’ll be in the position to announce the first Eurasia Boxing Council Championship bout featuring an MBC boxer…watch this space.”

OPEN LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN BOXING UNION

EBUBeltOPEN LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN BOXING UNION
Re: Failure to act on the reported gross negligence by EBU member Malta Boxing Association (MBA) for actively allowing boxers they list as professional on EBU official record keepers BoxRec.com to box without required medicals, blood screening and MRI scans
 
From The Office of the Vice President
MALTA BOXING COMMISSION LIMITED
 
 
Dear Mrs Jacaponi (EBU General Secretary) and Mr. Logis (EBU President)
 
I cannot stress my disappointment that you have continually failed to take any action against European Boxing Union (EBU) member Malta Boxing Association (MBA) on this matter, especially as this is of such a serious nature, that of bringing the sport into disrepute by active endangerment of boxers health and safety by allowing them to box as professional boxers without the required professional standard medicals, blood screening and MRI scans, even though I had informed you initially of the situation months ago, as well as subsequently e.mailed you on numerous occasions on this matter.
 
The safety of the boxers involved in any contest is paramount, but to have an EBU member show such flagrant disregard for boxers health and safety as well as the rules of professional boxing, by actively allowing British and Maltese ‘White Collar’ boxers to box on their events in October http://boxrec.com/show/722524 and December 2015 http://boxrec.com/show/724148 as well after my informing you of the situation previously in January 2016 http://boxrec.com/show/727690 which were listed on EBU official record keepers BoxRec.com as PROFESSIONAL bouts even though many, if any at all, at that time had the required professional standard medicals, blood screening or MRI scans.
 
I have provided you with evidence that some of these boxers did not and in many cases still do not, have the required medicals, blood screening and MRI scans, as well as provided you the contact details for some of those boxers listed, both from Malta and the United Kingdom as well as for one of the people that had arranged for a number of the British ‘white collar’ fighters to participate on the event as ‘white collar’ boxers, who were subsequently listed on BoxRec as fought in professional bouts by the MBA.
 
I was pleased when the EBU actually punished the BDB over the doping scandal, but to allow these much more serious indiscretions by the MBA go unpunished is a disgrace.
 
When we, the Malta Boxing Commission, were an EBU member you, the EBU, made a point of stressing Boxer safety being paramount, in fact your so called members agreement – http://www.boxebu.biz/#!ebu—agreement/cli6 make the following points;
 
“No EBU-Affiliated Federation will allow a boxer nor an official to take part in a contest (in their home country or abroad) that does not fulfil the medical or federal requirements or is not under supervision of an EBU-Affiliated Federation, provided there is one in the country where the contest is scheduled to take place.”
 
As well as “All EBU-Affiliated Federations will apply at least the following same minimum medical standards on the yearly examinations (at least once a year) of their licensed boxers: – Physical examination to include full explanation of any adverse medical history past or present;
 
MRI-scan of the head;
 
Blood tests for HIV and other venereal infections;
 
Detailed examinations of the eyes by an ophthalmic optician or surgeon (retina);
 
Vaccination against Hepatitis B or negative attestation and negative attestation for Hepatitis C”
 
Which clearly has not happened at any of the MBA events possibly including the one attended by EBU President Bob Logist on the 3rd July 2015.
 
In addition as many of those boxing on the event were from the United Kingdom and were not licensed boxers, your so-called member agreement also states:
 
“Boxers will always be licensed by the EBU-Affiliated Federation of the country in which the boxer is living, provided there is such a Federation.
 
Exceptions are possible only with the written authorization of that Federation.”
 
As these were not BBBofC licensed boxers the MBA have clearly run roughshod over another EBU rule.
 
I am particularly disgusted that you have taken no action, especially due to the fact that one of the boxers on the January 2016 event had collapsed in the ring and the poor quality of the medical coverage arranged by the MBA meant that our (Malta Boxing Commission) Chief Surgeon, who luckily was at the venue at the time, had to deal with this matter.
 
I find the lack of action by the European Boxing Union an utter disgrace, especially since the level of effort the EBU made on behalf of the BBBofC to punish the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for the licensing of David Haye and Dereck Chisora and subsequent sanctioning of the event featuring the two above mentioned boxers, which ultimately lead not only to LBF losing their EBU membership but was also instrumental in your decision to find a way to suspend ourselves, The Malta Boxing Commission (MBC), as we had voiced our support of the LBF as well as licensed some of the boxers that took part on that event.
 
The dubious suspension of the MBC membership in 2012 by the EBU had nothing to do with boxing, the sanctioning of events, licensing or the health and safety of boxers, but a minor dispute between myself and former MBC president, who had failed to act on due diligence information supplied in support of the BBBofC by myself, yet you revoke our (MBC) membership but fail to react when provided evidence of the clear gross negligence of Malta Boxing Association (MBA).
 
Since the time of our suspension and subsequent removal as a member in 2012 we have had to endure outrageous levels of interference and attempts to discredit the MBC, which can only be described as a choreographed smear campaign, as well as deliberate sabotage by the EBU and it’s members, the British Boxing Board of Control, Boxing Union of Ireland, Malta Boxing Association, Bulgarian Professional Boxing Union, Hungarian Professional Boxing Federation and most recently the Professional Boxing Association Of Greece who actively have been preventing contracted boxers from their federations taking part on MBC sanctioned events, stating that this is because we, the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC), are not an EBU member, as well as in some cases threatening that the boxers would be suspended by their licensing federation and the EBU and if ranked lose their ranking.
Be aware that we have written and documented evidence on the matter in hand, MBA allowing non professional boxers to be boxing as well as against professional boxers without the required medicals and Brain Scans, but also we are in possession of over 3600 pages of documented evidence of the unlawful actions by the EBU and those members mentioned previously, including threats of suspension/license revoked against boxers that were contracted to take part on MBC events.
 
In addition it should be noted that the digital recording that I have in my possession, which has been distributed to a number of journalists as well as our lawyers, of the statement by Mr. Peter Stucki at the EBU 2015 AGM in Paris, clearly shows that the EBU supposedly expect their members to act within the rules of professional boxing and imply that others such as ourselves, the Malta Boxing Commission do not, which is not true.
 
How dare Mr. Stucki and the EBU call non-EBU member Boxing Organisations ‘Pirates’ when we, and others not named, such as the GBA and Luxembourg, operate to a much higher standard than many of the current EBU members, as is clear by the actions of the MBA and certain other EBU members.
 
I, as well as I’m sure the whole of the boxing world now that I have published this, would expect at least some form of action from yourself with regard to the serious gross negligence of EBU member the Malta Boxing Association (MBA), who have not only broken the most important rules of professional boxing and in doing so endangered the health and safety of those boxers that took part on the aforementioned events.
 
I look forward to your response
 
 
Gianluca Di Caro
Vice President
Malta Boxing Commission
 

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CoritoVsEllisWEBREADYCorito Stops Ellis as Gelder Outpoints Bogdanovic In Malta

On Friday night, at the Aria Complex in San Gwann, Malta’s own Heavyweight King Billy Corito scored yet another emphatic victory, this time over late replacement, Great Britain’s Matt Ellis.

Originally Corito was lined up to face Lee Kellett, who unfortunately was unable to make it through the floods in Cumbria to compete against the local star on this special Stephen Vaughan promoted Malta versus UK charity event, Fight For Life in aid of Caritas.

In front of a packed house, both fighters started hard and fast, Ellis utilising his jab to good effect to stop the local hero getting in too close, however as the bout progressed nothing Ellis could do could stop Corito getting in close and letting rip with big rights to the body of the Englishman.

The first two rounds were very close, but the third was a different matter altogether, Corito started fast and backed the Englishman onto the ropes with some superb combinations, once there Corito proceeded to target the body and then around the thirty second mark let rip with a powerful body shot that sent Ellis to the canvas, then as referee Lee Murtagh began the count the Englishman’s corner threw the towel in, which was ignored and the referee continued to count Ellis out.

The official time of the stoppage was thirty three seconds of the third round.

Following his victory Corito was informed by Stephen Vaughan that his next fight will be in the United Kingdom, where he will fight in a six rounder on the undercard of Tasif Khan versus Isaac Quaye WBU Super Flyweight World Championship bout in Bradford on February 6th.

BogdanovicVsGelderWEBREADYPrior to Corito-Ellis, local Light Heavyweight Goran Bogdanovic made his professional debut against Bilston, West Midlands, UK’s Jamie Gelder.

Gelder started hard and fast, taking the fight to Bogdanovic, and then continued to keep up the high pace of attack for the entire four rounds, forcing Bogdanovic to be defensive throughout.

Bogdanovic did have some success, backing the Englishman onto the ropes and letting rip with fast and furious combinations of his own, however not enough to capture any of the rounds.

After four sensational rounds of boxing Judges Nick Aish and Stephen Farrugia both scored it 36-40, whilst Judge Gwayn Bonsfield scored the bout 37-39, all in favour of Jamie Gelder.

Supporting the two professional bouts were a number of Malta vs UK Novice Pro bouts as well as two exhibition bouts featuring local fighters.

Photos – Viktor Vella

Hillyard, Marston & Khan World Title Battles Co-Headline 6th Dec London Event

Red Colosseum Wallpaper.jpgHillyard, Marston & Khan World Title Battles Co-Headline 6th Dec London Event

London promoter Mark Lyons has joined forces with Championship campaigning Marianne Marston to co-promote a huge pre-Christmas event, aptly named LET BATTLE COMMENCE, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Sunday 6th December.

Heading up the fifteen-bout card are no less than three World Championship battles:

Bradford’s Tasif Khan makes his first foray onto the World stage, when he challenges Ghana’s Isaac Quaye for the World Boxing Union Super Flyweight Championship.

Reigning World Boxing Union Super Middleweight International Champion, Nazeing, Essex’s George ‘Hithard’ Hillyard aims to add the vacant WBU World crown to his collection, when he faces a yet to be named opponent.

Finally British #1 and reigning MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion Marianne Marston will go toe to toe with Hungary’s Csilla Nemedi in a four, WBU, WBF, WIBA & WIBC, Bantamweight World title unification bout.

Also on the Championship trail on this historic event will be a number of fast rising young stars.

Former Team GB star Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver gets his first taste of professional Championship boxing, when he challenges a yet to be named opponent for the International Masters Super Featherweight title.

Bardney, Lincolnshire’s unbeaten prospect, Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro also will be fighting for an International Masters Championship, albeit at Middleweight.

The final Championship bout will see reigning MBC International Welterweight Champion, Hackney’s Siar Ozgul, challenge for another International Crown, this time at Super Welterweight.

Supporting the six Championship bouts are nine bouts featuring the cream of local talent, including another reigning Champion, WBF Super Bantamweight Intercontinental supremo Paul Economides in a non-championship six rounder.

Joining Paul on the undercard is another well known Champ, former British and Commonwealth King, Michael Aldiss, who made his most welcome return to the ring back in October.

Another hugely popular recent returnee to the hallowed square ring, Super Middleweight Manzo Smith will also be in action, as will Rockin’ Robin Deakin, who will be seeking to add another win to his card, following his victory over Deniss Kornilovs back in August.

Unbeaten, big punching Cruiserweight prospect Daniel Mendez will be looking to add a third scalp to his belt on the night, as Adam Taylor seeks to get his career back on track when he faces off against a yet to be named opponent.

Back in August Marianne Marston, Shaunagh Brown and Sam Smith made history when they all fought on the same event at York Hall, as that was the first time that three female bouts took place on a pro event in the UK, well on the 6th December that record will get broken, as joining Marianne on the card will be former Big Brother star and multi title challenger Angel ‘The Entertainer’ McKenzie, British Masters Super Flyweight Champion and World Championship challenger Juliette Winter and making her most welcome return to the sport Jamie Johnson.

In addition to the top class boxing fayre, the event will also feature the first live performance by local singing star Stephan Dante, who will be performing her viral smash ‘Nails Did’, as well as further tracks from her soon to be released debut album.

To cram all this action in the doors will open at 2:30pm, with the first bout starting at 3pm.

Tasif Khan vs Isaac Quaye, Marianne Marston vs Csilla Nemedi and George Hillyard vs TBA World Title bouts co-headline the Monarch Communications, BoxFit UK, 3X Sports and Sulnox Eco Systems PLC sponsored Mark Lyons and Marianne Marston co-promoted LET BATTLE COMMENCE event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 6th December 2015.

This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.letbattlecommence.com and www.mariannemarston.com or call 07960 850645

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

Marianne Marston lands a big left to the body of Jekaterina Lecko at York Hall back in August - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Marianne Marston lands a big left to the body of Jekaterina Lecko at York Hall back in August – Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

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

Mdantsane, South Africa’s Unathi Myekeni has been forced to withdraw from the World Bantamweight WBU, WBFed, WIBA & WIBC World Championship Unification contest, against London, England’s Marianne Marston, which was due to take place at York Hall in London, on Sunday 6th December.

World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg broke the news, to Marston’s team earlier today, that Myekeni suffered a serious hand injury in training that would prevent her competing on December 6th

Mr. Goldberg also proposed a possible replacement, reigning FECOMBOX Mexican National Champion Jessica Arreguin Munoz, from Agua Prieta, Mexico, whose record stands at nine wins and just the single loss.

Shortly after hearing the news Marston spoke briefly on the situation and the possibility of boxing Munoz.

“My first thoughts were, oh no here we go again.

I can’t believe it I think I’ve only ever had one fight when I fought the girl we had originally planned, my last fight has to be the worse though, nine pullouts before finally fighting Jekaterina Lecko on the night.

I feel sorry for Unathi, but can’t deny I am also very disappointed as now we have to have a new opponent.

We had everything sorted for the camp based on Unathi and her fight style, but now we may need to rethink the sparring partners, especially if it is Jessica Munoz I’ll be fighting as she’s a southpaw like myself.

I already know about Jessica, I’d seen her title fight against Lesly Morales, she’s a typical Mexican fighter, as tough as they come and likes to stand right there in front of you and have a proper slugfest.

Have to say if it is Jessica the British fans will be on the feet from start to finish as it will be an all out and very bloody war and that suits me just fine, as when I was being trained by Joe (late, great Heavyweight World Champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier) and Marvis (Marvis Frazier) in Philly, that’s the way they taught me to fight.

My style may have changed considerably since I’ve been back in England, but believe me I am still more than happy and more importantly more than capable to have a good old fashioned toe-to-toe slugfest when needs be, believe me I don’t care I’ll do whatever I need to do to win those titles.

Now we have to see if Ryan (WIBA President Ryan Wissow) and Don (WBU & WIBC President Don Lewis) will accept Jessica as the replacement for Unathi, otherwise it’s back to the drawing board.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to my sponsors, Monarch Communications, Optimax, Boxfit UK and 3X Sports for being so understanding of the situation as well as their continuing to be so supportive of me and this World significant event.”

Marianne Marston, against a yet to be named opponent for the unified WBU, WBFed, WIBA and WIBC World Bantamweight Championships co-headline the Mark Lyons and Marianne Marston co-promoted LET BATTLE COMMENCE event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 6th December 2015.

This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.letbattlecommence.com and www.mariannemarston.com or call 07960 850645

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

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

Championship Officials Announced For Roy Jones Jr Vs Tony Moran Sept 12th

RefereesSept12thLiverpoolWEBREADYChampionship Officials Announced For Roy Jones Jr Vs Tony Moran Sept 12th

 

World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg and Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) Vice President Gianluca Di Caro today jointly announced the appointment of the officials for the Championship bouts for the Stephen Vaughan promoted LEGEND event at Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September.

 

Roy Jones Jr Vs. Tony Moran

World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship

MBC International Cruiserweight Championship

 

WBF Supervisor: Mr. Howard Goldberg

MBC International Supervisor: Ms. Marianne Marston

 

MBC Inspectors: Mr. David Smith and Mr. Stephen Smith

 

Referee: Mr. Richie Davies

 

Judges: Mr. Lee Murtagh, Mr. Jimmy Byrne and Mr. Marcel Nartz

 

 

Paul Economides Vs Prosper Ankrah

World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship

 

WBF Supervisor: Mr. Olaf Schroeder

 

MBC Inspectors: Mr. David Smith and Mr. Stephen Smith

 

Referee: Mr. Lee Murtagh

 

Judges: Mr. Richie Davies, Mr. Jimmy Byrne, Mr. Marcel Nartz

 

 

Tasif Khan Vs Isaac Quaye

World Boxing Federation International Super Flyweight Championship

 

WBF Supervisor: Mr. Olaf Schroeder

 

MBC Inspectors: Mr. David Smith and Mr. Stephen Smith

 

 

Referee: Mr. Jimmy Byrne

 

Judges: Mr. Richie Davies, Mr. Lee Murtagh, Mr. Marcel Nartz

 

 

Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, call 0333 200 0905 or buy on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv

 

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

 

For further Information on the World Boxing Federation please go to www.worldboxingfederation.net

 

For further information on the MBC International Championship please go to

www.mbcchampionshipboxing.com

 

Economides Defends WBF Title Against Ankrah On Undercard Of Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran on Sept 12th.

PaulEconomidesWBF0236WEBREADYEconomides Defends WBF Title Against Ankrah On Undercard Of Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran on Sept 12th.

In just eight days time Chester’s Paul Economides steps into the ring to undertake the first defense of his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Bantamweight crown, against Ghana’s Prosper Ankrah, on the Stephen Vaughan promoted LEGEND event, at the Aintree Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th September, which is headlined by Roy Jones Jr’s first ever UK fight, against Tony Moran.

Economides, who sensationally stopped Hungary’s David Kanalas in the second round back in August last year to secure the WBF Intercontinental title, is no stranger to Championship action, having previously secured the WBF International crown just four months previously as well as fought for the Welsh Area titles in two different weight divisions.

Ankrah, like Economides, is also an experienced Championship boxer, having secured both the Ghanaian Bantamweight and West African Boxing Union Bantamweight titles as well as challenged for both the Commonwealth and WBO International crowns.

Whilst the Ghanaian may be the clear bookies favourite, due to his superior record of 24 wins (15 by stoppage) and 5 losses, against Economides’ 17 wins (4 by stoppage) and also having 5 losses on his record, a number of well known British pundits are bucking the trend, predicting that Economides will stop Ankrah.

The basis for this being that all four of Economides’ stoppage wins have come over a period of twelve months and not one of his four opponents during that time survived past the second round and as if to add fuel to the fire of this argument, they point to the fact that Economides became the first to stop the highly durable two time Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quaye.

Economides refused to be drawn into the speculation when he spoke about the upcoming fight.

“It’s a massive stage this one, I’m so excited to be on this bill as chief support for the Roy Jones Jr and Tony Moran title fight.

Crazy but I kinda forgot about my own fight at first, I got a bit too excited about the Roy Jones fight.

Everything’s good now and I’m fully focused on September 12th as I know I have a major task on my hands fighting Prosper Ankrah, he’s tough, he can fight but no problems I’m more than ready for him.

The fight’s just over a week away and I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a big stage but that doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s going to be the event of the season so anyone who hasn’t got their tickets yet, get them now before it’s too late, this is going to be a very, very special night, can’t wait.”

Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, buy on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv or call 0333 200 0905.

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com