(MAR 10) The awful British
Weather – cold with pouring rain, did not put off the loyal band
of boxing fans at London, England’s York Hall, Bethnall Green on
the afternoon of Sunday, 4th March 2012.
SEIZE THE DAY was the event’s title staged by The Queen of
British Professional Boxing, Miranda Carter of LEFT JAB
This ladies Super Featherweight fight was the first in an eigiht-bout
tournament. Originally listed as over 4 x 3 minute rounds...it
was in fact (correctly) fought over 6 x 2 minute rounds.
ARETI “The Master” MASTRODOUKA who will be 36 years old
later this month, was making her world debut as a professional
MANAGER JOHNNY EAMES,
MASTRODOUKA, TRAINER ALEC WILKEY
Born in Greece, her home is in
Athens. However, Areti has been training since July 2011 under
ALEX WILKEY in the TKO Gym, London, England, where she is
managed by JOHNNY EAMES.
Before this fight she had an amateur boxing record of 28 wins,
and 7 losses Twice winning a Silver Medal as Runner Up in the 60
Kilogram's class in the Women’s Amateur World Championships in
2002 and 2003
Her record as a Full Contact Kickboxer was even better, winning
the Women’s World Championship in the 60 Kilos weight class.
Triumphant in 29 of her 30 fights.
Granted an annual licence by the British Boxing Board of Control
she is keen to make her way as a professional boxer and is
looking for sponsorship.
Her opponent: KRISTINE "Rattler" SHERGOLD (31) from Exeter,
Devon, England who, after a short period as an amateur boxer has
had an uneven record as a professional with 4 wins and 5 losses.
SHERGOLD GETS READY
In the ring’s Red
Corner, SHERGOLD a muscular 5 ft 6 inch woman with long light
auburn hair tied back in a black vest with speckled black and
golden satin shorts with her nick name "Rattler" around the
In the ring’s Blue Corner, MASTRODOUKA also a muscular 5 ft 7
inch woman with short black hair was clad in a black sports bra
with long black shorts with “The Master “ emblazoned across her
Master of Ceremonies Mike Goodall announced that the fight was
over 6 x 2 minute rounds and that at the Weigh In MASTRODOUKA
was 9 stone 3lbs and SHERGOLD was 9 stone 6 lbs. These were two
Referee Jeff Hinds called the women from their corners and they
both came out fighting. SHERGOLD started by flicking straight
lefts in MASTRODOUKAS face, but they fell short. They danced
around and she threw a left hook which also failed to connect.
MASTRODOUKA started her response with a straight left to the
chest, SHERGOLD simultaneously countering with a straight right.
In a quick exchange of punches MASTRODOUKA scored a great left
hook to the jaw which momentarily threw SHERGOLDS head back.
The momentum increased.
MASTRODOUKAS LEFT HOOK WITH HER GLOVES
kept coming forward but MASTRODOUKA continued to pick her off
with two handed quick combinations to the head and body.
A lot of heavy blows where thrown by both women, but a lot
MASTRODOUKA quickly showed herself the more accurate puncher of
The fight moved into its natural rhythm. SHERGOLD constantly
bobby forward to launch her attacks , but being punished by
MASRODOUKA who whilst backing away caught her with fast two
handed ripostes. SHERGOLD had difficulty making her punches tell
against a wily opponent.
Both women fought in the centre of the ring.
Repeatedly these ended in a mauling clinch with SHERGOLD'S head
on MASTRODOUKA'S right shoulder with her left arm around her
or neck whilst she punched her with her right hand. MASRODOUKA
retaliated delivering right or left jabs at her opponent’s body
SHERGOLD threw a powerful straight left which her opponent
Both women caught the other with solid punches to the head and
stomach. SHERGOLD getting the worse of it.
A mauling ruck.
The round ended with a clinch with MASTRODOUKA hitting SHERGOLD
in the body with right and left combinations.
MASTRODOUKA started the attack with a fast left hand hook, then
after flicking her straight right hand in her opponents face she
unleashed a barrage of right and left hook combinations mainly
to the body, forcing SHERGOLD briefly into the Red corner.
Bobbing and weaving SHERGOLD extricated herself whilst fighting
back with her own right and left hooks. She flicked a straight
right in MASTRODOUKAS face. MASTRODOUCKA then threw a vicious
right hook which mercifully SHERGOLD ducked.
This was close quarters, toe to toe fighting.
Another mauling ruck which the Referee separated. Then another !
The contest developed into a fast moving series of clashes, each
woman taking the initiative with violent exchanges of short
sharp blows. Whilst SHERGOLD’S strategy was to take the fight to
her opponent , MASRODOUKA responded with her own forays and her
effective counterpunching which gave SHERGOLD a lot of trouble
The action see sawed across the ring as first SHERGOLD and then
MASTRODOUKA attacked and retreated. This was a hard fought
As the bell sounded SHERGOLD and MASRODOUKA both threw long
straight lefts to her opponent's head which both missed.
DUCKS AS MASTRODOUKA LEADS WITH HER RIGHT
her attacks - a rush forward with straight lefts and left hooks
followed by right hooks. Again not all reached their intended
MASTODOUKA flicked her right glove into her opponents face. She
then ducked down to deliver a left hook inside to the chest,
quickly followed by combination hooks to the head. The boxers
circled. MASTRODOUKA attacked.
SHERGOLD unleashed a big sweeping downwards thrusting left hand
hook which missed.
A brief clinch, MASTRODOUKA repeated her now familiar tac tic of
waiving her right glove in her opponents face and then quickly
ducking down to deliver telling left hooks inside to the solar
More brisk exchange of blows. Another clinch.
The two boxers circled and feinted as the bell sounded.
FINDS SHERGOLD WITH HER LEFT ARM OVER
MASTRODOUKAS LEFT SHOULDER
SHERGOLD bobbing and
swaying attacked. Another tough exchange of blows.
Head down SHERGOLD pushed MASTRODOUKA bodily into the Red
The Referee stepped in to separate them.
MASTRODOUKA landed a good straight right to SHERGOLDS face.
The pace did not slacked with SHERGOLD keeping up her relentless
attacks, but running into stout resistance – her opponent
picking up the points This was tough fighting with SHERGOLD
covering up before resuming her attacks.
She held her opponent briefly whilst delivering short jabs.
MASTODOUKA crouched down and pushed SHERGOLD towards the ropes.
The Referee separated them.
More fast exchanges. SHERGOLD throwing a big right hook to the
body at the end of the round, which missed.
ANOTHER OF MASTRODOUKAS PUNCHES LANDS
Both women came out
of their corners and touched gloves. MASRODOUKA threw a straight
left to the chest. SHERGOLD responded with her left. Her
opponent backpedalled, with her in pursuit. She threw a left
hook which missed, but received a left hook to the face. A
fighting clinch. SHERGOLD laid her head on her opponents left
shoulder whilst she delivered short jabs to the body, and a
right hook to the back of MASTRODOUKSA head for which she
received a warning from Referee Jeff Hinds.
Crouching MASTRODOUKA returned to the attack with a right and
left combination of hooks to the body. SHERGOLDS counterpunches
missed their marks.
SHERGOLD attacked again and another fighting clinch ensued –
which the Referee stepped in to separate.
Then a sprawling ruck – both fighters exchanging a series of two
handed blows. Culminating in another clinch which the Referee
MASTODOUKA attacked and another clinch needed the Referee’s
SHERGOLD was swung round and caught repeatedly by MASTRODOUKA
with an array of good punches to the face and torso in the swift
moving action which continued up to the final bell.
The fans clapped and hooted their appreciation of a hard fought
TRAINER ALEC WILKEY LOOKS ON AS THE
REFEREE HOLDS UP
MASTRODOUKAS ARM IN VICTORY
As soon as the fight
ended the Referee Jeff Hinds unhesitatingly raised MASTRODOUKA'S
arm as winner. It being confirmed when the score was announced
as 60 points to 55 in her favour.
This was a good fight and a credit to womens' professional
boxing. Both women where here to fight, and fought well - giving
and receiving good punches. SHERGOLD should not be too
disappointed with her loss against such an experienced opponent.
She maintained a high work rate and bravely continued to attack
right up to the end despite being continually punished for her
aggression by the talented Greek. She had difficulty landing
telling punches on her slippery advisary. Homogenic MASTRODOUKA
fights like a man. She is very fast with both her fists, and
moves well, delivering combinations to her opponent's head and
body - wherever she sees an opening. Although describing herself
as a Southpaw she seemed equally adept at leading with either
hand. She continued to work inside with a good variety of
punches. Her prefight record speaks for itself !
As a professional boxer MASTRODOUKA advances to 1 win and no
losses, and SHERGOLD drops to 4 wins 6 losses
Speaking to your correspondent in her dressing room after the
fight MASTRODOUKA in halting English paid tribute to her
opponent. " I think it was a good fight. I think Kristine went
inside to win and she did her best. She was a good fighter but I
was better I was sick for two weeks (during training) ... I
think I will be better (next time) Thank you "
SHERGOLD following previous practice refused to be interviewed.
Obviously upset by the decision she quickly left the building
for her long journey home.
In the succeeding 7 mens’ contests : -
Light middleweight DANIEL MULHERN (Luton) beat OLAFS SIMANIS
(Latvia) 40 points to 36 points over 4 rounds
Light welterweight BOBBY GEORGE (Luton) beat IDEH OCKUKO (Bermondsey)
40 points to 36 points over 4 rounds.
Welterweight EDDIE CORCORAN (Wembley) beat DUNCAN COTTIER
(Woodford) 40 points to 36 points over 4 rounds
Super Middleweight SCOTT HARTLEY (Stratford) beat MARCO
STEPHENSON (Luton) 40 points to 38 points over 4 rounds
Welterweight TYLER GOODJOHN (Haddenham) beat JEGORAS MICHALIOVAS
(Lithuania) 40 points to 37 points over 4 rounds
Heavyweight WADI CAMACHO (Canning Town) beat ROLANDAS CESNA
(Lithuania) by a TKO (Referee stopped contest) in the Second
Cruiserweight BUTCH LESLEY (Islington) beat IGORIS BORUCHA
(Lithuania ) 60 points to 56 points over 6 rounds
© John E.G.Wilson