Back in April Dave Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew made a major impact when they presented the first ever GBA sanctioned show in the UK, the all action THUNDER & LIGHTNING event at York Hall.
In October, Murphy and co went one better with their second offering, the sensational NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, which was co-headlined by the GBC World title showdown, between Jennifer Retzke and Big Brother star Angel McKenzie, and the return of WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince.
Now the ever innovative Murphy and the Acourtier Events crew are set to raise the bar to a whole new level, with their WARZONE Xtreme Combat event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Whilst Xtreme Combat shows are not new in mainland Europe – where mixed discipline events, featuring professional Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai Kickboxing bouts, are becoming increasingly popular – but this type of event has yet to make inroads into the UK, until now that is.
So what can fans of the pugilistic arts expect on the 30th November?
Scintillating action packed bouts, with plenty of drama in the mix, as WARZONE features some of the most explosive fighters around, many possessing concussive knockout records, but each and every one of them a true gladiator of the modern age.
Co-headlining the pro boxing element is former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mark Prince, who will be campaigning for the WBU Europe Cruiserweight crown.
Prince, whose record stands at 20 wins (16 by way of knockout) and just the one loss – which came when he challenged long time Champ Dariusz Michalczewski for his WBO World Light Heavyweight crown – is without doubt THE most exciting all action Cruiserweight around, bar none!
In his last fight, against Czech Republic’s Jindrich Velecky, the entire crowd at the York Hall were on their feet as Prince entered the arena, for his eagerly awaited return to the fray, where they stayed for the duration of the bout, due to the scintillating performance he displayed on way to the fourth round stoppage victory.
The other boxing co-headliner sees the hugely popular Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston take a tilt at her first Championship accolade, against the highly experienced five time World title challenger and Bulgaria’s #1 ranked Galina Gumliiska for the vacant WBU Europe Super Bantamweight title.
Marston, the protégé of late, great Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has made quite an impact since professionally debuting earlier this year.
It’s unusual for any boxer to be challenging for a European title after just two pro bouts, but when you take into account the sensational way she won those fights, maybe not so much a surprise after all.
On her debut in April, Marston stopped Hungarian #1 Gabriella Roman in one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, mightily impressive in it’s own right, but when you take into account that the Woolwich, London based southpaw sent Roman to the canvas twice in the first minute it becomes a case of plain sensational.
Her second bout, against Romania’s Katalena Lazar was over even quicker, lasting a mere sixty seven seconds – nuff said.
Supporting the two Championship bouts are a pair of equally sensational young boxers.
The first being former England amateur captain Antonio Counihan, who in October won his debut pro fight, over the highly entertaining ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, by a fourth round stoppage.
The second being London based American Manny Muhammad, a former professional Basketball player, who like Prince, Marston and Counihan, is an explosive, exciting all action entertainer.
With the boxing element more or less covered – other than to say that discussions are taking place, which if successful will lead to rising superstar Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver also taking part – so now it’s onto the ISKA K-1 and Muay Thai protagonists.
The K-1 headline Championship bout is yet to be announced, but word is it will be a domestic star challenging for a major title – so watch this space.
Heading up the K-1 support is Bexley’s ISKA Southern Area Heavyweight and Fight Scene Light Heavyweight Champion Mike ‘The Nightmare’ Neun, who has been described by Addicted MMA magazine’s Jack Mills as ‘The Next Big Thing’.
6’6” tall and weighing in at a solid 100kg, Neun is unbeaten in both K-1 and MMA competitions, under both ISKA and BAMMA banners.
A fearsome fighter, Neun pushes everything to the limit, as was proved when he fought Pete Brown, it was a pure bloodbath, after Neun opened up Brown with vicious kicks and elbows!
Also on the card is Sunday Brawl Champion Ed Kelly, who fights out of The Gym South London, in Mitcham.
Kelly had an exemplary amateur career before turning pro earlier this year. Since turning over Kelly has knotched up two sensational wins and was crowned Sunday Brawl Champion back in February.
Kelly’s gym mate Adrian Shalik will also be fighting on the WARZONE event, as will former amateur star Nicole Commerford, who makes her professional debut on the 30th November.
Further K-1 and Muay Thai fights will be announced in the coming days, as well as hopefully the news that Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver will be making his third visit to York Hall this year.
Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘WARZONE’ Xtreme Combat event takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 30th November 2013
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from the fighters taking part or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com – and Ringtone Gym in Euston – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com