20 Year Old Olivia Goodwin To Promote
Huge London Event On June 4th
May 10, 2011
(MAY 10) "Women Behind Boxing" Olivia Goodwin has made
the historic announcement that her first professional boxing
event, SEARCH AND DESTROY, is set to take place at
York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.
What makes this such an historic moment is that Olivia, who is
just twenty years old, becomes the UK’s youngest person ever to
promote a professional boxing event by a country mile, the
youngest previously was some eleven
years her senior.
Olivia also joins Jane Couch and Miranda Carter in an elite
clique of women that have managed to break into the male
dominated pro boxing promoter ranks.
Olivia’s plans for her first event belies her tender years, it’s
clear she has excellent negotiating skills and a cool head, as
she has secured not one but two title fights to co-headline her
maiden show as well as putting together a substantial quality
The first of the headline bouts features former English title
challenger Ryan 'Mr Attitude' Barrett undertaking the first
defense of the International Masters Lightweight title he
spectacularly won, by way of a sensational first round triple
knockdown stoppage finish over Mark 'The Flash' Alexander, in
Barrett’s opponent, on June 4th, will be former Kenyan Super
Featherweight Champion Geoffrey 'The Tiger' Munika.
Co-headlining is former IBF Super Middleweight title challenger
Toks Owoh, who will take on Romford’s unbeaten Tony Conquest for
the vacant British Masters Cruiserweight crown.
One of the UK’s most exciting and talented Super Middleweights
of the nineties and early naughties, Owoh, made his return to
the ring late last year and after two excellent warm up
victories is now set to start his
second championship campaign, albeit at Cruiserweight, in
Throughout the 1990s Owoh established a reputation as one of the
toughest and most talented boxers to emerge on the British
scene. One thing you could guarantee is plenty of excitement
when Owoh fought, his no nonsense
all action approach ensured either an early stoppage finish, or
if it went the distance an all action full on war to the final
The pinnacle of his first championship campaign see him face
Glenn ‘The Road Warrior’ Johnson for the coveted IBF
Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title on the 23rd September
On the other hand this will be Conquest’s first taste of
championship competition. Saying that it will not be his first
fight against a contender, having convincingly beaten Ghanaian
Cruiserweight Champion Prince George Akrong in March this year.
The action packed undercard features some of the best upcoming
domestic and European prospects, each looking to establish
themselves as championship contenders.
Heading up the support for the double headline bouts sees
Beckton based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker in
action against dangerous southpaw Hari Myles.
Balker will be looking for his second victory on British soil,
following his superb shut out points victory over Nick ‘The Ox’
Okoth in January.
Balker’s savvy ring craft proved to be too much for ‘The Ox’.
Right from the start he controlled the fight utilising crisp
jabs to keep Okoth on the defensive before moving in to land
solid jabs and right hands and then stepping aside to thwart any
return salvos from the heavy handed Okoth.
For four rounds Balker controlled the bout with ease so it was
no surprise that come the final bell the referee declared the
Dutchman the winner by a clear 40-36 points margin.
Another of the TKO Gym’s big boys, London based Iraqi
Heavyweight Ali Adams, will also be taking part on the show.
Coincidentally Adam’s last fight was also against Okoth back in
November. The Heavyweight bout headlined a four fight Dinner
Show, held in a magnificent marquee set up in Coram’s Field in
The first round seemed more akin to a hard sparring session
rather than an out and out fight. Round two though was a totally
different fight as Okoth stepped things up and went hard on the
Adams responded with some good stiff jabs to keep the ever
advancing Okoth at bay. About thirty seconds or so in to the
round Okoth tried to rough up Adams and in doing so left himself
open for Adams to throw a big left hook
over the top to send Okoth crashing to the deck and out for the
count. Woolwich’s Crowd pleasing Albanian Super Middleweight
Eder Kurti will be back in action also on the 4th June.
At the Unleash The Fury event at York Hall on March 5th, Kurti
received a rapturous welcome as he made his way to the ring to
face Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle. The cheers barely subsided the
whole bout as Kurti gave a
magnificent display of boxing.
From start to finish Kurti pressured Meikle, letting rip with
heavy lefts and rights to body and head. As early as round two
Meikle was already bearing the scars of battle, with blood
pouring from a nasty cut to thebridge of the nose.
Round three see Kurti set about Meikle with heavy rights to the
head and body. Somehow Miekle managed to survive the constant
onslaught, but at a cost as the cut on his nose had visibly
worsened, so much so that the referee took a long hard look
before allowing Meikle to come out for the fourth.
Kurti was magnificent throughout the final round to earn a 40-37
TKO Boxing Gym's Nathan Weise makes his welcome return to the
ring, after an eighteen month sabbatical from the sport with a
near career ending shoulder injury.
Weise is a stylish boxer, but don't think that means pitter
patter boxing as the youngster from Thamesmead packs a serious
punch - just ask Lloyd Smith who not only suffered being dropped
by a heavy right hand in the first but then succumbed to a heavy
left hook in the second which sent him crashing to the canvas -
Kris Agyei-Dua will get his third pro outing, against a yet to
be named opponent at the Search and Destroy event.
Back in March, at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Agyei-Dua fought
like a seasoned pro. From start to finish Agyei-Dua dominated
the proceedings with some beautiful boxing. He never put a foot
wrong, he jabbed with confidence and was happy to stand and
trade when needed.
Byrne is a tough opponent at the best of times but didn’t seem
to trouble Agyei-Dua at any time. Unsurprisingly Agyei-Dua
secured his second win by a shutout 40-36 points margin.
Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine is another big hitter
on on the bill. On June 4th Chunky will face Walsall’s highly
experienced battler Steve Gethin.
Back in March, after a long layoff following a bad stoppage
against Mark Alexander last year, Chunky returned to the fray
against Sid Razak.
Devine was divine, he plain out boxed the resilient Razak
throughout.Razak is no walk over at the best of times but Chunky
outclassed him from start to finish to earn a shutout 40-36
Joining his TKO Boxing Gym team mates, Balker, Adams, Weise,
O’Callghan and Standing, on June 4th is MItcham, Surrey’s Danny
‘Cassius’ Connor, who will face yet another tough test when he
comes face to face with former
WBF Intercontinental title challenger James Todd from Swansea.
Minster, Kent’s Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate gets his third professional
outing, mind you it’s hard to believe that has had only two
professional bouts as his performance at York Hall on March 5th
was more in keeping with a seasoned championship campaigner.
Classy and slick are words that come to mind to describe
Woodgate’s performance against Newark’s Jamie Norkett. From
start to finish Dan dominated proceedings and in the later
rounds looked as if he could have finished the fight at will,
having rocked the durable Norkett on various
Don’t go thinking Norkett hadn’t come to fight, he had, just
Woody was in a class of his own and rightly deserved the 40-37
point victory. Sure to have more of the same from Woodgate on
Making his second pro outing on June the 4th is TKO Gym’s
nineteen year old Brett O’Callaghan.
It will be a full six month's since O’Callaghan made his
professional debut against the vastly experienced Billy Smith
following Gary Cooper pulling out at the last minute.
Back in December the youngster showed maturity beyond his tender
years by controlling his much older opponent with fast hands and
solid jabs. As the fight moved into to the second half Smith
tried to bully O’Callaghan back
onto the ropes without success as the savvy youth used smart
footwork and his solid jabs to keep Smith at bay.
O’Callaghan's debut justifiably ended with a nice 39-37 points
victory in his favour.
TKO’s Sam Standing will be in action for the second time in just
over a month, having made his pro debut on May 7th against
Nuneaton’s highly experienced Kristian Laight.
Standing received a real baptism of fire, as Laight took the
fight to him big time. Standing, who was forced to fight on the
back foot throughout the bout, kept a cool head and picked off
the ever advancing Laight with stiff jabs and double handed
counter attacks. Whilst it was without doubt
Laight putting in the majority of the work, it was Standing that
enjoyed the bulk of success with quality punches landed and
rightly earned his first win, albeit by a very close 39-38
Also on the show are two fighters making their professional
debuts - Lightweight Marcin Merceck and Middleweight William
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the
Search and Destroy event are available on-line now at
www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The TKO
Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson
Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.