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English Light Middleweight Champion
London – Wednesday, 12th September 2012
Erick Ochieng: Now I’m Ready For The Big Fish – Rose or Cox Next?
On Saturday night, at Alexandra Palace in London, English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng retained his title in style, with a fifth round stoppage over Southern Area champ Ryan Toms.
In doing so the 25 year old from Stoke Newington, via Nairobi, Kenya, sent a solid statement of intent to British Champion Brian Rose and Commonwealth Champion Jamie Cox that he has them firmly in his sights.
Even though he is without doubt a natural talent, Ochieng firmly puts his meteoric rise down to his manager and coach Bryan Lawrence and his unconventional approach, by today’s standard, of taking tough learning fights rather than ‘protecting’ his charge with journeymen throughout the early stages of his career.
Whilst it is true that during his early career Ochieng fought the odd journeyman, such as Matt Scriven (Erick’s debut fight) and Alex Spitko, as well as a couple of tough fighters with negative records, the vast amount of his fights have been against genuine prospects.
In just his second bout Ochieng took on, and beat, Prince David Davis in his own back yard in Nottingham, then following a fantastic second round KO against seriously tough Jon Harrison faced, and beat, unbeaten previously unbeaten prospect Curtis Valentine.
In his fifth bout Ochieng stopped the durable Alex Spitko, before going on to beat former yet another seriously tough opponent in Lee Noble.
Ochieng then suffered his only loss of his career, a highly contentious points decision to rising prospect Luke Robinson, after which referee Ken Curtis was slated by the media for this rather dubious decision.
Not being one to dwell on things, within weeks Bryan Lawrence accepted another testing challenge for his talented charge, one that could easily be described as an early career defining fight, against Liam Cameron, a seasoned, and previously undefeated in nine outings, prospect. What’s more again the bout would be in the opponents own back yard.
With another big scalp under his belt, an eliminator for the British title was quickly lined up, but fell through just weeks before fight night. Instead Ochieng took a low key six rounder, against Dee Mitchell, at the York Hall in London in order to keep busy.
This proved to be a very good move, as a few days after his victory over Mitchell, Ochieng received news that he was to get a shot at the vacant English title, the bad news though it was to be against Liverpool’s Scott Quigley, who like Erick had just the one loss – which came at the hands of Robert Lloyd Taylor in the final of the excellent Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter Light Middleweight tournament.
Over a thousand punches were thrown in the first eight rounds of the barnstorming, Fight of the Year’ nominated battle. The pair of Warriors stood toe to toe most of the fight throwing seemingly never ending salvos of massive uppercuts, heavy hooks and solid straights.
After eight nonstop action filled rounds, Ochieng was five rounds up on the judges scorecards and Quigley already had the look of a beaten man, as was proved just seconds into the ninth, when Quigley’s corner threw in the towel to save their man any further punishment.
Some four months later Ochieng and Lawrence were heading back up the M1 to Nottingham, where ‘The Eagle’ was set to face yet another midlander, AA Lowe, in his home town, this time though it was for the first defense of his English Crown and more importantly for Ochieng it would be in front of a massive Worldwide audience on the undercard of Carl Froch’s defense of his IBF World crown against Lucian Bute.
‘The Eagle’ put on a masterful display, boxing of the back foot and picking his punches, and boy did he pick them in style on his way to securing a virtual shut out points victory.
Which brings us full circle to Saturday night and the magnificent stoppage win over Ryan Toms, leaving only the question of what now for the soaring Eagle?
On returning to the TRAD TKO Gym earlier today, the effervescent Ochieng shared his view of the fight, as well as provided an insight into his future plans.
“First of all I want to give thanks to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the victory.
It was awesome, you know, I knew Toms was going to be a tough opponent, which he was, he had a tough head for sure.
Everyone that can punch is dangerous, he stopped Nathan Weisse in his last fight so I knew he had power in his left hand and I knew I had to stay away from his left, if you’re fighting a southpaw you have to stay away from the left, which is what I was doing.
In the first couple of rounds I kept making him miss and focused on him and what I am going to do. I was just trying to find my distance, you know just measuring him up, because he has that good defense.
At the end of the fourth Bryan said you’ve got to walk him down and hold your ground more, so in the fifth that’s what I did, I held my ground and hit him on the body, when I did I see it in his face, he didn’t like the feel of them punches on his body, so then I thought ‘ah these body punches are getting to him’, so went at him again and threw a big left hook and he just went straight down.
For the count I went to the corner and I came back and went right back at the body, because I knew the body shots were hurting him, I see the opportunity and grabbed it with both hands and threw more shots to the body until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
I was overjoyed and great things ahead.
I spoke with Eddie Hearn and we decided I’m going to vacate the title now and we’re ready for the big fish. We’re looking at the Commonwealth or the British, whichever comes first I’m ready for it.
I have a great team behind me, they’re doing a great job and the fan base, well what can I say, I have a great fans, you know ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ what can I say they’re just great and really support me. They really want to see me fight, not just because I’m a good looking funny guy, they come along and they are loud, which is great as this really pushes me.
I’m really happy the way things are progressing, as I keep saying I’m a World Champion in the making, it’s just a matter of time.”
Erick Ochieng Eyes Clash With Rose Or Cox in near future
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
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INDEE ROSE TRUST
London – Thursday, 6th September 2012
Queensberry Promotions Show Their Support For Indee Rose Trust
Over the past couple of years the Boxing Fraternity have shown their support for the Indee Rose Trust, both with the participation in the annual TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament and the gifts of memorabilia for auction at various events throughout the year.
Francis and George Warren today added a new dimension, by contacting TRAD TKO head honcho and Indee Rose Trust Patron with the generous offer to fundraise at their Queensberry Promotions BoxAcademy event, headlined by Tony Conquest versus Ian Tims for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight title, at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Friday.
Earlier today Francis explained how this came about, “Over the years Johnny has done a fantastic job with the football tournament, so much so that the Indee Rose Trust and Boxing have become intrinsically linked.
George and I felt that the support from the boxing fraternity for the Indee Rose Trust shouldn’t be limited to that single event and decided to make Johnny and the Indee Rose Trust team the offer to fundraise, for this very worthwhile cause, at our upcoming BoxAcademy event.”
Following receiving the offer Johnny said “Further to Ian Bailey fighting on Francis and George Warren’s show on Friday for his first title, I would also like to bring to the attention of the public that they are to allow us to fundraise for the Indee Rose Trust Charity that I am a proud Patron of.
On behalf of the Indee Rose Trust I would like to thank Francis and George for their kind and generous gesture.
It’s the first time that a promoter has allowed us to raise funds for the Indee Rose Trust so please come down and support the Indee Rose, Queensberry promotions and the fighters on Friday. ”
PHOTOS: Johnny Eames (2nd from left) and Francis Warren (2nd from right) at York Hall in 2011.
PHOTO CREDIT: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
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Maltese Professional Boxer – Clayton “The Punisher” Vella will be leaving Malta this Saturday for a training camp at the renowned TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London.
Vella who is Malta’s first locally registered professional boxer is 25 years of age and is at the moment preparing for his professional debut.
Before deciding to switch to the professional ranks, Vella was fighting on the Maltese unlicensed boxing circuit, were he built himself a reputation as an aggressive and hard hitting fighter.
Vella is looking forward to his sessions at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, which was founded by World class boxing coach Johnny Eames and is located in the heart of London’s Docklands, at Canning Town.
The TKO first opened it’s doors in September 2006, as the home gym for his stable of Eames highly successful professional boxers.
Whilst TRAD TKO Boxing Gym is primarily a gym created for professional boxers and their coaches, Johnny Eames is a firm believer that the gym and it’s facilities should be available for all, regardless of age or experience, and as such has a team of World class BBBofC licensed coaches and sports conditioning specialists who are available to assist anyone, whether professional, amateur or those that just want to box for fitness, to achieve their goals.
Recently TRAD TKO BBBofC Coach, Barry Smith was in Malta for two weeks and he held several training sessions with some of Malta’s new professional boxing prospects.
In an interview with ‘Malta Boxing News’ Barry said that he was surprised at the standard and enthusiasm of the Maltese boxers and he looked forward to working further with the local prospects.
Olivia Goodwin Main Events – Presents – SEARCH AND DESTROY – 4th June 2011 @ York Hall, London
London – Monday, 30th May 2011
Dan Woodgate – Someone’s In Trouble On June 4th
Minster, Kent’s exciting Light Heavyweight prospect Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate is set for his fifth professional outing, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Classy and slick are words that come to mind to describe Woodgate’s performance on his last outing, against Newark’s Jamie Norkett in Dagenham back in March. From start to finish Woodgate dominated proceedings and in the later rounds looked as if he could have finished the fight at will, having rocked the durable Norkett on various occasions.
Earlier today Woodgate spoke briefly about the March fight and his upcoming bout on June 4th, “My last fight went really well, just as planned. I’d picked up an injury with the first punch of the third round, my left shoulder went and I couldn’t lift my left arm properly.
I thought it was going to be really noticeable, I just couldn’t get it back. After that happened I think I started boxing better. I started bringing my right hand into play, and uppercuts and made it easy for myself really.
He was a good tough lad. I knew I would never have stopped him with one hand so there wasn’t any point in trying to go for it in the last round. I knew I was winning so just carried on with the good boxing and didn’t take any chances.
Not a clue who I’m fighting yet, not too worried. I was chatting with Steve Goodwin and said to him my training camp started a couple of weeks ago and I’m already feel like I’m a month ahead of myself to where I was last time.
Fitness wise I’m in a lot better position this time. Whereas last time I was living out of hotels and wasn’t able to eat properly, obviously because I didn’t have cooking facilities.
I feel a lot better in myself, lot healthier, lot fresher and I think I’m punching a lot harder. Basically on June 4th you’re going to see the same Dan Woodgate, just a little bit better I think. I don’t try to change too many things, I believe if something works just stick with it.
I’ve got a new trainer, I’ve been with him six months now. I go up to training camp with him and learn something new so obviously you’ll see different things but style wise it’ll be the same Dan Woodgate.
Better punching, bigger punching Dan Woodgate so I think someone’s in trouble on June 4th.”
Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, against a yet to be named opponent, will be part of the fifteen bout undercard supporting the Ryan Barrett – Geoffrey Munika International Masters lightweight Title fight at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the ‘Search and Destroy’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645
Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate ready for June 4th
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
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Ricky Burns Interview
Ricky Burns Interview – Ricky talks about Nicky Cook, Roman Martinez, Mzonke Fana and more
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Last Friday I was lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with the highly likable WBO Super Featherweight Champion of the World Ricky Burns, who is set to defend his title for the third time against Nicky Cook at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on the 16th July.
On Wednesday Ricky, along with his coach Billy Smith, made the long trip down from Scotland to spend a couple of days training and sparring at the renowned TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London, as part of the preparations for the Nicky Cook showdown.
Throughout the visit Ricky proved highly popular, not just with the members of the press that descended on the gym but also with the fighters that are based there. Ricky gave his time willingly and when he wasn’t actually training or sparring would be perched on the side of a ring happily chatting with anyone that approached him.
Luckily for me I had prearranged the interview, if I hadn’t I doubt that I would have got a look in with so many people vying for his attention, so without further ado it is my pleasure to present a Q & A with Mr. Ricky Burns.
Rio – You’re been down here in London for a few days to spar with Kevin Mitchell, how did that go?
Ricky - All the sparring’s been good, I always say the harder the sparring the better so we’re going to come back down again on the 20th June.
We’ve known Johnny (TKO supremo Johnny Eames) for years, so we like to get down here because there are so many boxers here. Everyday you come in there are so many fighters who you can get put in sparring with.
We’ve just organised it and we’re going to be coming back down on the 20th June for another week, because it’s such a great gym with so many people we come down and use it. Really looking forward to it.
Rio - Besides Kevin you also sparred with some of the other fighters based here, how did those sessions go?
Ricky – Obviously they’re just coming up the ranks and that, some of them like George (Jupp) and Eddie (Hussein) have only had a few fights so we just had a good move around.
I was also sparring with Dean Byrne, that was quite good tough sparring and that, you can’t ask for anything more.
Rio – You’re defending your title for the third time against Nicky Cook, on the 16th July, what’s you thoughts on the fight?
Ricky – I sat down and spoken with Billy about it. Nicky Cook has just fought again, that was his first fight in two years. Come fight night I think I’m going to be far too much for him. Although in his day he was good, but when Marquez beat him he was struggling himself, he was struggling with the weight and that. So two years on how is he going to get on making the weight then. The fight is seven weeks away and we’ll find out.
Rio – I’m adding an extra question in here – as you just said the fight is seven weeks away, yet in sparring you look fight ready already. How come?
Ricky – I’m always fight ready. After my last fight I took a couple of weeks off and I was straight back in. I was helping John Simpson, I have also been sparring with paul Appleby, Michael Roberts as well. So again my fitness is always there.
Rio – You beat Roman Martinez for the title – how did you see that fight and how did it make you feel to lift the belt?
Ricky – Obviously I gave everybody a fright in the the first round, you know when you watch back I was off balance when he hit me. If I hadn’t been off balance at the time he hit me it could have been a lot worse because I would have took the full force. But again when I got up to my feet I looked straight round to Billy to let him know I was all right, you could just see everybody putting their hands to their heads.
Again though winning that title was just like another fight for me, just this time I’m a World Champion like.
Rio – You surprise me, I know that you were the Commonwealth Champion and defended that quite a few times but I would have thought fighting for a World title would have been something special for you.
Ricky - Do you know what it isn’t, you know, I treated it just like any other fight. All my fights are big to me so I don’t see any big deal to it.
A fight’s a fight, you know, a couple of weeks ago Billy phoned me up as one of the boxers has pulled out of a home show at the last minute. He phoned me up to ask if I’d do an exhibition, I ended up doing an exhibition with a guy that was making his debut. It was only four threes mind you, but I get excited about that as much as I did getting into World fights so it’s just the way I am.
Rio – You’ve had some great fights, which stands out the most to you?
Ricky – Obviously winning the World title, you can’t beat that, but when I fought Michael Gomez is the fight that sticks in my head.
He wound me right up at the press conference before that fight. Everybody that knows me knows I’m a quiet guy, I keep myself to myself and do the talking in the ring. He got so under my skin, although I didn’t show it in the buildup, at the finish of the fight I showed it. If the ref hadn’t jumped in a stopped the fight I was not stopping. That’s a fight that stands out for me.
Rio – After you’ve defended your World title for the third time, what’s next for Ricky Burns?
Ricky – You know, I’ll just fight whoever is put in front of me, that’s the way I’ll always see it. Obviously I want the big unification fight against Mzonke Fana but I have just recently heard he has been stripped of his IBF title, but fighting for the Ring belt, that;’s the belt we want, the Rocky belt .
After the fight we’ll sit down and talk, obviously I have to make sure I win first or no bigger fights going to happen, so we’ll get this fight on the road and take it from there.
Rio – Which Boxer influenced you most?
Ricky – Do you know what, when I was growing up I was always watching Prince Naseem. He’s doing the managing now, he’s managing Callum Johnson.
When I made my first defense Callum was on the undercard and Naseem was at the press conferences and that. You know honestly I was that nervous meeting him and that, but then again that’s just the way I am. That was a big deal for me.
My favourite boxer around now is Floyd Mayweather. I always thought he boxed really well. The fight against Pacquiao has got to happen, It’s the biggest fight out there that can happen, so fingers crossed that it can come off.
Rio – Besides Mzonke Fana is there any other fighter you would really like to fight?
Ricky – Obviously there’s the two Japanese boys that have the WBC and the WBA , I not to sure about their names (ed – Takahiro Ao and Takashi Uchiyama) but again I’m always happy to fight anyone, that’s just my attitude.
Since I was wee and put on a pair of gloves I used to go to all the shows and on at my coach ‘get me a fight, get me a fight’ It’s just the way I’ve always been.
The way I keep myself grounded is I always tell myself that to give one hundred and ten percent every fight. I always say to Billy ‘If you get beat you get beat. If you win, you win, that’s it’ and I think it’s the right attitude I’ve got.
Again if I’m in a fight I’m in it and Billy knows I’ll always give one hundred and ten percent in the gym every time I’m in.
Ricky – I have great fans, especially back home in Scotland I have great support. Obviously with the Nicky Cook fight being in Liverpool I think Frank Warren is trying to get me more support by getting my name out there. But I think there will be a great crowd coming down from Scotland so fingers crossed hopefully we’ll start getting my name put about a bit.
Ricky Burns’ third defense of his WBO World Super Featherweight title, against Nicky Cook, will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday 16th July 2011.
Jimmy Tibbs watches on as Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell mix it up
Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell
Ricky Burns and George Jupp spar at the TKO Boxing Gym in London
L-R Billy Smith, Dean Byrne, Ricky Burns, ‘Eddie’ Hussein, George Jupp, Johnny Eames and Mo Hussein.
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro