(MAY 25) Areti Mastrodouka
put on an emphatic display in only her second professional bout
with a resounding stoppage win against Julija Cvetkova at the
York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 20th May. Mastrodouka was
looking to build upon her successful debut back in March and did
so in style with referee Marcus McDonnell having to step in and
call a halt to the fight late in the second round, as Cvetkova
was in no position to continue.
The 36-year-old female fighter
made the trip from Athens in Greece to London in order to train
for the fight against the experienced Latvian.
Areti and manager Jonny Eames and
trainer Alec Wilkey
Areti, nicknamed ‘The Master’ has
recently joined the setup at the TKO Gym in Canning Town after
deciding to turn professional. After a flourishing amateur
career including a silver medal at the World Championships,
Mastrodouka decided to make the transition into the pro game
under the tutelage of coach Alec Wilkey and manager Johnny Eames
of the TKO Gym. She won her first bout against Kristine Shergold
from Devon with a points victory and was confident coming in
against Cvetkova, who has previously been in the ring with some
experienced fighters and taken many the distance.
Despite being only 20 years of
age, Cvetkova had fought in 13 professional contests prior to
her match with Mastrodouka, with 2 wins, 10 losses and 2 draws.
The action commenced shortly after 3pm and the female match up
in the featherweight division was scheduled for 6x2 minute
rounds and was to be the second bout of the afternoon. A packed
crowd took to their seats at the York Hall on what was set to be
a great Sunday of live boxing, with the 8 fight card featuring
some good match ups and different styles.
The first round got off to a slow start with a cagey first
minute as both fighters fathomed the style of their opponent.
After this it was Mastrodouka who took the initiative and
started to take control of the fight, finding her range with the
jab. The first incident of significance came late in the first
when Cvetkova hit the canvas. Although Mastrodouka threw a punch
it appeared to be more of a slip from Cvetkova, but referee
Marcus McDonnell scored it as a knockdown and gave the Latvian
an 8-count. This gave Mastrodouka confidence and enabled her to
gain some rhythm towards the end of the round and it was evident
it was going to be a one-sided contest.
Ref Marcus McDonnell raises Aretii's hand
‘The Master’ came out firing in the second hoping to build on
her first round performance, aiming some sharp hooks to the body
of Cvetkova which looked to be taking their toll on the smaller
Latvian. Southpaw Mastrodouka was keeping her opponent on the
back foot and landing some scoring left hands and after a
barrage of punches Cvetkova eventually went down. She beat the
count of the referee but after another slip and more pressure
from the Greek fighter the referee had no other option but to
stop the fight towards the end of the 2nd round.
Areti said, “My opponent was experienced and I thought I dealt
with her well. Hopefully I can now get a few more wins and in
the future a shot for a world title.” Trainer Alec added, “Areti
showed her class against a decent opponent who has fought some
good European fighters. She fought a great fight and finished it
Also performing on the day were other boxers from the TKO Gym
camp, including Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor who fought for the vacant
British Masters Welterweight Title against Tyler ‘Tornado’
Goodjohn. Connor, who is also trained by Alec Wilkey, displayed
some good boxing skills and used his jab to good effect to come
out on top over the 10 rounds in a thrilling main event getting
the judge’s decision by a point (96-95). Menay Edwards also
recorded another win against Remigijus Ziausys taking his tally
to 8 wins and 1 loss. And Eric Mokonzo was unlucky on his debut,
stopped in the second round by Darren McKenna after flooring
McKenna in the first.
Areti is currently seeking a sponsor in order to take her career
to the next level and chase her dream of becoming world
champion. If you are interested contact Alec on 07944791360.