Former European Welterweight Champion Michel ‘Phantom’ Trabant,
challenging for the vacant GBC Super Middleweight World Title, heads up
the latest offering from Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events team, the
aptly named ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London,
on Friday 4th October.
Co-headlining is the rescheduled Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie
vacant GBC Female Welterweight World title clash, which was originally
scheduled to headline the Acourtier Events ‘Independence Day’ event on
In keeping with the ‘Night of Champions’ theme, main support for the two
World Championship co-headliners, sees Malta’s WBU International Light
Welterweight Champion ‘Super’ Steve Martin make a welcome return to the
UK, to defend the title he secured last year, by a fifth round stoppage of
Germany based Turk Sabri Ulas Goecmen.
Irish Light Middleweight Champion Lee Murtagh will also be in
Championship action, when he defends the title he won back in July last
year, after Joe Hillerby retired with a dislocated shoulder, and
subsequently successfully defended against Willie Thompson in October.
The mega fourteen bout card will also mark the return to the fray of not
just one former Champion, but two.
Luton’s former British, Commonwealth and WBU Lightweight World Champion
Graham ‘The Duke’ Earl, returns to action in the Light Welterweight
Earl, who virtually dominated the domestic Lightweight scene in the mid
noughties, contested eleven Championship bouts, winning nine including the
WBU World crown, between 2001 and 2007.
The second returning star is South London’s former WBO Inter-Continental
Light Heavyweight Champion, and former World title challenger, Mark
Prince, who will be making his first outing in the Cruiserweight division.
Prince, whose only loss came when he challenged Dariusz Michalczewski for
his WBO Light Heavyweight World Crown in 1998, holds an excellent
professional record of nineteen wins, fifteen by way of stoppage, and just
the single loss.
The final former Champion in action on October 4th is former English Super
Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett , who faces Jan Balog in a
Making his welcome return to York Hall, the scene of his pro debut back in
April, is former Team GB star Ian Weaver.
Weaver, who since his great debut win over Damian Lawniczak has fought in
California, USA, where he scored a tremendous first round knockout win
over Karihi Tehei in July.
Also making her return to York Hall on the 4th October, the scene of her
superb first round stoppage victory over Hungarian #1 ranked Gabriella
Roman back in April, is the Woolwich, London based protégé of Smokin’ Joe
Frazier, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston.
Making his first outing since signing with Acourtier Events is exciting
Light Middleweight Phil Fury, the cousin and teammate of Heavyweight
prospect Tyson Fury.
Sensational Danish Light Welterweight prospect Osama Hadifi makes his UK
debut. Highly rated Hadifi has a perfect six fight, six wins, all by
first round knockout, record.
Unbeaten Featherweight prospect Maxine McCarthy will be making her first
visit to York Hall, where she will take on Latvia’s Julija Cvetkova.
Last but not least, two exceptional amateur stars, Shiya Ozgul and Antonio
Counihan will be making their professional debuts on October 4th.
Dalston, London based Ozgul is just nineteen years of age, yet has already
fought over eighty times as an amateur, during which he not only
represented Turkey in various international competitions, but was also
crowned Junior Turkish Champion. On October 4th Ozgul will face Hungary’s
Solihull’s Counihan had an outstanding amateur career, during which he
fought eighty competitive bouts, fifteen of which were Team GB
Internationals, as well as had the honour of Captaincy of the England
National Amateur Boxing Squad bestowed upon him as well as accrued
numerous national accolades along the way, including winning the Junior
ABAs, The Great Britain Championships and the Haringey Box Cup.
For his debut fight young Antonio has been set the challenge of facing six
fight veteran Arturas Zbarauskas from Lithuania.
Dave Murphy’s Acourtier Events, promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event, which
takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 4th October
Tickets, priced Ł35 (Standard Seated) and Ł60 (Ringside) are available
on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com – www.mariannemarston.com –
www.acourtier.com – or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning
town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston –
www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – or from any of the boxers taking part
in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for
Go online to www.Acourtier.com for additional information on the NIGHT OF
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