(JULY 15) The long awaited
professional debut of Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston is set for the
11th September, on the undercard of Ultrachem TKO Gym mate Mark ‘The
Flash’ Alexander’s Lightweight title fight, against Ryan Barrett, at
the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘It’s Personal’ event at the York Hall in
Bethnal Green, London.
Marston, who will be facing the highly experienced Welsh battler
Lana Cooper on the 11th September, was originally due to debut in
May last year, against Christina Leadbeater, on the undercard of
Brian Cohen’s WBC Americas title fight in South Philadelphia.
However, instead of facing Leadbeater in Philadelphia, Marston, the
protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe
Frazier, had a much bigger battle on her hands, some 3500 miles
away, with the American Embassy in London who had refused to issue
her with the necessary visa required to fight professionally in
Following a training session,
under the watchful eyes of her manager Johnny Eames and her
coach Derek Grainger, at the famed fight factory known as the
Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, Marston spoke of her upcoming
fight. “I am so pleased to finally getting to fight. It’s going
to be extra special for me as the fight is actually here in
England. I mean, the reason I went to America to train, in the
first place, was because there didn’t seem any chance of me
getting to fight here as there are so few British female pros.
OK, not just that. When you get asked by Smoke (Smokin’ Joe
Frazier) to go to Philadelphia to be trained by him and Marvis (Marvis
Frazier) you grab it firmly with both hands.
I was heartbroken when I was refused the visa to fight in
America, especially as I had been over there training for over
two years with no problem, I thought that’s it I’ll never get to
fight now. How wrong could I have been?
Mind you I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if I hadn’t
switched my training to the Ultrachem TKO Gym in April. Johnny
and Derek have been awesome. I barely had any coaching at the
other London gym I was at. Terry (former Team GB head coach
Terry Edwards MBE) would come and help me when he could, as
would Ben (Light Welterweight Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day) and
Karl (Welterweight Karol ‘Dr KO’ Ozimkowski).
Within a week of being here, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym, Johnny
became my manager and Derek my coach. Now they’ve got me a fight
right here in London!
I’ve watched Lana fight, when she fought my good friend, and
sparring partner, Angel (Angel McKenzie) back last year. I seem
to recall she was taller than Angel, which means she’ll be
taller than me also. I would think she’ll aim to keep me on the
outside, as she did with Angel. I’m quite happy to fight on the
outside as Steve (IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve ‘USS’
Cunningham) worked with me on this when I was in Philly.
I’m used to fighting heavier girls than myself, in fact everyone
I sparred in Philly was bigger and heavier than me other than
Christina (Leadbeater) who is the same weight as me.
I have been taught my craft by the best in the business, Smoke
(Joe Frazier), Marvis (Frazier), Steve (Cunningham), Terry
(Edwards) and Derek (Grainger). Now it’s down to me to prove
that their time, effort and belief in me was not wasted. I have
no intention of letting them, or myself, down.”
Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston versus Lana Cooper will be on
Saturday 11th September 2010 as part of the Steve Goodwin
promoted ‘It’s Personal’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green,
Headlining Goodwin Promotions ‘It’s Personal’ event will be
former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett against
Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander in a Lightweight title clash.
Co-headline will feature undefeated Light Middleweight rising
star ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese in a championship fight against a yet
to be named opponent.
Supporting the title double header will be no less than five
undefeated stars; Cruiserweight Tony Conquest, 4 (1KO)-0,
Welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, 6(4KO)-0, Lightweight Bradley
Evans 5-0-1, Light Middleweight Michael Norgrove 2-0 and
Lightweight Tony Owen 7(1KO)-0 all against yet to named
Goodwin promotions ‘It’s Personal’ event also features the
professional debuts of Lightweight Jamie Arlain and exciting,
Ultrachem TKO Trained, Light Heavyweight Joel McIntyre.
Tickets for ‘It’s Personal’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green,
London on Saturday 11th September 2010 are priced £35
(Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at
www.tickets.justlisten2this.com or in person at The Ultrachem
TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London