In just over a week’s time former English, British and European Cruiserweight Champion Terry Dunstan dons gloves once more, when he takes part in the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym Charity Spar-Boxing Tournament, in association with the World Boxing Union and in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, takes place at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex IG8 8AE on Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Terry, who thrilled the crowds for close to two decades with his all action and power punching style, virtually dominated the domestic scene in the late nineties.
In 1995 Terry beat then Champ Dennis Andries to lift the coveted Lonsdale belt, nine months later Terry once again beat Dennis in the rematch before going on to successfully defend the British crown against John ‘Buster’ Keaton just three months later.
Terry vacated the title in February 1998, after successfully beating Alexander Gurov, by a sensational first round knockout, to become the EBU European Cruiserweight Champion.
Six weeks later Terry vacated the European crown, to challenge Imamu Mayfield for IBF World Cruiserweight laurels, in doing so suffered his first career loss.
It would be twenty one months before the Vauxhall based slugger challenged for Championship honours once more, when he faced and lost to Carl Thompson.
It would be nine years before fans of big Tel got to see their hero in action once more, and eleven before they see him back on the Championship trail.
In December 2010 Terry once again strapped a Championship belt round his waist, when he secured the English title.
Terry’s last ring action came some seven months later, when he unsuccessfully challenged Ola Afolabi for the WBO Inter-Continental title.
Now training people in the art of Boxing, Terry can be found passing on his undoubted skills to others at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town.
It was after one of these sessions, at the famous East End fight factory, that Terry took a few moments to talk about his return to the ring, for a worthy cause.
“Of course, of course I’ll go out there for a good cause, it’s for the Indee Rose Trust and I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.
I jumped at it as soon as Johnny Eames said to me about the event, I said I’d love to do it, of course I did, it’s for Charity.
It’ll be good fun, I was going to have a kick about at the football tournament, I was hoping to score the winning goal, but the football didn’t happen last year so I’ll box instead.
Like I said it’s all for Charity, you can’t get better than that, boxing again and for a good cause.”
ABOUT THE INDEE ROSE TRUST AND THE SPAR-BOXING TOURNAMENT
For the past few years the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym has held an annual Boxers & Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in Aid of the Indee Rose Trust, however, due to being let down on a venue in 2013, the illustrious team at the East London fight factory had to rethink their fund raising efforts for this extremely worthwhile cause, that provides support for children who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.
Gym partners Johnny Eames and Gianluca Di Caro brainstormed with some of the regular supporters and participants of the Football Tournament, one suggested a Boxing Tournament, featuring some of the TRAD TKO old boys and their rivals.
No surprise that when TRAD TKO former stars boxers, such as WBU Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, WBU Lightweight Champ Graham Earl and British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian Napa, to name just a few, were approached with the concept, they loved it and in an instant to a man signed up to take part.
Within hours a virtually full card of fights were made, as stars such as WBU Middleweight Champion Wayne Elcock, British & European Cruiserweight Champ Terry Dunstan, WBO Super Featherweight Champion Nicky Cook, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh, Southern Area Champion and WBU Middleweight challenger Gary Logan, Southern Area Light Middleweight Champ Tony Hudson, British Champion Patrick Mullins as well as Gary Barron, Mark Ford, Joe Elfidh, Lee Beavis, along with TRAD TKO Coaches Ben Doughty, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Tony Cesay and Michael Sprott’s coach Andrew Edge signed up to fight.
The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym Charity Spar-Boxing Event, in association with the World Boxing Union and in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, takes place at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex IG8 8AE on Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Tickets, priced £80 (inclusive of an evening of quality spar-boxing, three course meal and after party) are available from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or through the TKO Box Office – www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the ticket line on 07960 850645.