(AUG 12) London’s Marianne ‘Golden
Girl’ Marston clearly isn’t prepared to leave anything to chance as
she prepares for her showdown with the highly experienced Welsh
battler Lana Cooper at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘It’s Personal’
event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 11th
Marianne, who is trained by Derek
Grainger at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, has secured
world class sparring, from Great Britain’s top Lightweight Ruth
Raper, who is the bookies favourite to secure a medal at the
2012 London Olympics, to help prepare her for her big night.
Following their first sparring session, at the Ultrachem TKO
Gym, Marianne said, “I couldn’t believe my luck, when Derek
(Grainger) said that he had Ruth coming to spar me. We had been
having difficulty finding any female sparring. We had even
advertised for sparring partners.
Up to now I have been sparring with George (Featherweight George
Jupp), well not so much sparring but moving around, with him
mirroring Lana’s style and stance. That’s the problem with
trying to spar with the guys here, they’re all Gentlemen and
can’t bring themselves to hit a girl.
Now Ruth on the other hand, she
really gave me a proper sparring session. It was seriously good.
That girl’s a talent, the last time I had to work that hard was
back in Philly against the seriously talented Faatimah Balmer.
Ruth’s a couple weights heavier than me, but that doesn’t bother
me. I’m used to sparring heavier girls. In fact out of all the
sparring I did, both in America and since being back in London,
they’ve all been way heavier than me except Christina Leadbeater
who was the same weight class as me.
I thoroughly enjoyed sparring Ruth, she’s slick and classy. We
only did four rounds this time, I felt I could have done another
four, I was really enjoying it.
It took me a little time to get my distances right, I was
rushing things too much at first, but got a good rhythm going
once I settled down. It was a great session and I can’t wait for
I have to also say that it really helps having Derek in my
corner. I’m learning so much from him. He gives me so much
confidence and self belief.
Derek gives such clear instruction, he doesn’t just explain what
he wants me to do but what the results are likely to be. He was
a great fighter and is without doubt one of the best coaches
Lastly I have to say that sparring exceptional boxers like Ruth,
Faatimah, Christina and Angel McKenzie, who I sparred a few
times last year, brings out the best in me. I love to be
challenged and mixing it up with the girl that is likely to win
a medal at the London Olympics is the best preparation I could
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, York Hall,
Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 11th September 2010, will
be former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett
versus Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, for the vacant International
Masters Lightweight title.
Co-feature on the 11th September sees Ultrachem TKO’s unbeaten
Light Middleweight prospect Pat McAleese against the ultra tough
Lee Noble. This fight also suits the event’s ‘It’s Personal’
billing as there’s no love lost between McAleese and Noble
Expect fireworks as both boxers battle it out for The British
Masters Light Middleweight title as earlier this year they
battled it out on a Ricky Hatton Promotions show, the result
then - a draw! Nuff said.
Rising Light Middleweight star Erick ‘The Eagle Ochieng, who
recently defeated Curtis Valentine in the battle of the
undefeated, is looking to extend his unblemished record against
Brummy hardman Dee Mitchell.
Another Light Middleweight prospect, Michael Norgrove, also
looks to extend his perfect record. Norgrove, whose record ot
2-0, has his hardest test to date when he faces Finchley’s Ian
Welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, who also has a perfect unbeaten
record, is set to face his sternest test to date when he faces
the experienced brawler Kevin McAuley from Halesowen.
Ultrachem TKO’s exceptional Featherweight discovery, 19 year old
George Jupp, is set for his second career fight against the
highly experienced Latvian Pavels Senkovs.
Unbeaten prospect Tony "The Conqueror" Conquest is set to face
one of the most experienced Cruserweight’s around, Hastings
Rasani, who has fought the best the division has offered over
the years, David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, Troy Ross, Bruce ‘Lionheart’
Scott, Terry Dunston, Mark Krence, Tony Bellew, Dean Francis..
and the list just goes on. This is no easy fight for Conquest,
who will need to be right on his game.
Another Ultrachem TKO Gym discovery, Portsmouth’s Light
Heavyweight Joel McIntyre, the protégé of WBU Light Heavyweight
World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, will be making his
highly anticipated professional debut. Joel will be facing Welsh
banger Jamie Ambler.
Super Middleweight Eder Kurti will be looking to maintain his
six fight winning streak against Sabie Monteith.
Bethnal Green’s highly popular Light Welterweight Jamie Arlain
is set to explode on the professional scene. Arlain will be
facing Bulgarian Danny Dontchev.
Exciting Welterweight prospect Phil Gill aka "The Phil Gill
Experience" looks to continue his unbeaten record against the
experienced Sid Razak.
Also at Welterweight Bobby Gladman, who has a perfect 6-0 record
is set for a four round contest against a yet to be named
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