(MAY 24) Marianne ‘Golden Girl’
Marston, the British born protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion
of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s
BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB) this coming Thursday evening, May
The appearance on The BBC London Boxing Show presented by Steve
Bunce culminates an exciting couple of months for Marianne.
Following a change of British training base to The Ultrachem TKO Gym
in Canning Town, she has been signed to a management contract by gym
owner, and two time world champion coach, Johnny Eames; has a new
full time trainer in the highly experienced Derek Grainger; she has
launched a new series of boxing classes for Women and promoter Steve
Goodwin has signed her to professionally debut at his September 11th
show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
A clearly pleased Marianne said
of her upcoming appearance on the Steve Bunce Show “I’m really
looking forward to Thursday. It’s a true honour to be asked to
be on his show as Steve is one of boxing’s most influential
I doubt Steve will remember this, but we met at Joe Frazier’s
Gym in Philadelphia. It was about a week after I started
training full time there, Steve and his TV crew were in Philly,
for a press conference for the Calzaghe-Hopkins fight, and they
popped in to the gym unannounced to see if he could get an
interview with Joe.
Says it all really, I mean, there are not many people who can
just turn up and get an interview with Joe, but he did!
Afterwards we were introduced and Steve kindly said that he
wished me luck and looked forward to having me on his show one
day, and now I am.”
Marianne spent eighteen months
training in Philadelphia, PA, USA, firstly with Joe and Marvis
Frazier, until their gym closed in March ‘08, and then with
Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham at the James Shuler
Memorial Gym. She was then signed by Ivan Cohen’s Bionic Bull
Promotions to debut on the undercard of Brian Cohen’s WBC
Americas title fight in Philadelphia in May ‘09.
However things didn’t go quite according to plan. Marianne
returned home to London in March ‘09 to secure the appropriate
Professional Athletes visa, only for it to be refused by the US
Embassy due to her having insufficient ties to the UK and the
fact that she had yet to fight professionally.
Not being one to give up on her dreams Marianne successfully
applied for a British Professional license and following signing
with Ultrachem TKO’s Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger is due to
debut against Lana Cooper at the Steve Goodwin promoted event at
York Hall, Bethnal Green on the 11th September 2010.
The BBC London Boxing Hour presented by Steve Bunce, and
featuring Marianne “Golden Girl” Marston, is on BBC London 94.9
& DAB on Thursday 27th May at 8pm.