(NOV 22) A nice lady
persuaded two nice girls to fight, and the fans were glad!
ARETI MASTRODOUKA and LANA COOPER fought for the INTERNATIONAL
MASTERS LADIES SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT title belt on LEFT JAB
"Matinee Idols" promotion at York Hall, Bethnall Green, London,
England Sunday afternoon, 18th September 2012. This belt is
sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Promoters Association.
Founded in Great Britain in 1997 the Association is composed of
32 promoters and managers; chaired by BRUCE BAKER.
The Queen of British
Professional Boxing, MIRANDA CARTER of LEFT JAB PROMOTIONS, ably
supported by her family put on another great value card.
The 8 bout tournament featured 7 men's and this women's
ARETI MASTRODOUKA v LANA COOPER
This ladies Championship fight was the fourth bout.
great professional debut on the 4th March this year, against
KRISTINE SHERGOLD - arguably the best fight of the day -
MASTRODOUKA'S last two fights were disappointing for both her
and her fans as the competition offered by JULIJA CVETKOVA in
May , and GABRIELLA VICZE in September was bordering on the
pathetic. MASTRODOUKA completely outclassed these opponents.
MASTRODOUKA ( age 36 ) is Greek by birth - her home is in Athens
. However she has been training since July 2011 under ALEX
WILKEY in the TKO Gym, London England and has a License as a
Professional Boxer from the British Boxing Board of Control.
To add to her 3 professional wins, (all at York Hall, London)
she had an impressive amateur boxing record of 28 wins, and 7
losses winning a Silver Medal as Runner Up in the 60 Kilogram's
class in the Women’s Amateur World Championships in 2002 and
Bronze in the European Championships in 2003 in Hungary. She has
been the Greek National Champion in her weight class in 2002,
2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Her record as a Full Contact Kick Boxer (1999 - 2007) was even
better, winning the Women’s World Championship in the 60 Kilos
weight class in 2004. Triumphant in 29 of her 30 fights.
IN Basketball she played for the Greek National Junior team ,
and Greek National Women's team between 1990 and 1999.
COOPER before the fight
This time she had a more formidable opponent in
Welsh girl LANA COOPER who was a late replacement for KRISTINE
SHERGOLD who we understand could not make the weight.
COOPER was returning to the ring following the
horrific accident which she suffered at York Hall on the 21st,
March 2010 when she dislocated her left shoulder (causing the
bone to petrude through the skin), whilst throwing a left hook
in her fight against LAURA SAPERSTEIN. She was stretchered
from the ring to hospital and has spent over 2 years
recovering. Now fully fit she faced the biggest fight of her
A pretty 25 year old (NOT age 28 as wrongly
described in BOXREC) from Bargoed, Wales she started boxing aged
8. She had over 40 amateur fights under the auspices of the
Welsh Amateur Boxing Association - most of which she won. When
told ( erroneously ) that women would not be able to box in the
Olympic Games , she decided to turn professional - making her
debut on the 17th October 2008 against KRISTINE SHERGOLD who
narrowly beat her 39 points to 37. Since then COOPER has had 5
more fights, including a rematch against SHERGOLD. COOPER has
two brothers, the younger following his sister as a
professional boxer. When not boxing COOPER is a personal
trainer in a local gym.
First Into the ring’s Blue Corner, COOPER a
slim 5 ft 6 inch tall girl with blonded urchin cut hair and a
bronzed tattooed physique in a black sports bra and pale mauve
and black satin shorts.
Then Into the ring’s Red Corner, MASTRODOUKA a
muscular 5 ft 7 inch woman with short black hair was clad in a
black sports bra with her familiar long blue/white shorts with
“The Master “ emblazoned across her waistband.
Mike Goodall, The Master of Ceremonies announced
the fight as a Championship over 8 x 2 minute rounds and that
at the Weigh In MASTRODOUKA weighed 9 stone 3lbs and
COOPER was also 9 stone 3lbs.
sways back causing COOPER's
straight right to fall short.
Referee Jeff Hinds called the women from their
corners and they both came out fighting. COOPER tried taking
the fight to her opponent from the centre of the ring, but it
quickly became a series of close quarters fighting clinches in
which a large number of shots were thrown - not all reaching
their intended mark. COOPER shoved MASTRODOUKA back onto the
ropes who bounced violently back off the ring ropes like a
catapult towards her opponent.
COOPER bravely kept coming forward but
MASTRODOUKA continued to pick her off with two handed quick
combination hooks to the head and body.
MASTRODOUKA quickly showed herself the more
accurate puncher of the two.
MASTRODOUKA charged COOPER with her head down and
the resultant scrimmage was separated be the Referee.
MASTRODOUKA threw a considerable number of straight right hands
but these were blocked by COOPER'S gloves or fell short.
COOPER advanced , keeping up her guard to her face and then
throwing left and right combinations which mainly fell short.
Another scrum. MASTRODOUKA kept flicking straight rights in
COOPERS face. Clinch on the ropes as bell sounds.
The fight moved into its natural rhythm. COOPER
constantly bobby forward to launch her attacks , but being
punished by MASTRODOUKA who whilst backing away caught her with
fast two handed ripostes. COOPER had difficulty making her
punches tell against a wily opponent.
MASTRODOUKA is a master technician. She has a
very wide arsenal of blows which she rains down upon her
unfortunate opponents with speed and intensity. She constantly
varies her attack form the body to the head and vice versa. She
is moving constantly , bobbing and dipping, swaying her head
from side to side. Even when stepping back she still seems to be
able to catch an opponent with scoring blows. Her attacks vary
from southpaw to orthodox - so it is difficult for her
advisories to box her in traditional fashion. COOPER, keeping
her gloves well up to protect her head tried hard to box her ,
but ended up in clinches which resembled wrestling more than
boxing. The Referee cautioned them about use of heads. MASTRODOUKA
got COOPER in a fighting clinch in the Red Corner.
COOPER bravely kept fighting back, throwing a big
right hook which fell short.
Repeatedly these forays ended with them locked
together - punching their opponent with any hand that was free.
Referee JEFF HINES had continually to break them apart.
MASTRODOUKA - head down pushed COOPER back
towards a neutral corner as the bell sounded.
Referee Jeff Hines warns MASTRODOUKA for
holding COOPER's head
The contest developed into a fast moving series
of clashes, each woman taking the initiative with violent
exchanges of short sharp blows. Whilst COOPER’S strategy was to
take the fight to her opponent , MASRODOUKA responded with her
own forays and her effective counterpunching which gave COOPER a
lot of trouble.
The action see sawed across the ring as first
COOPER and then MASTRODOUKA attacked and retreated. This was
a hard fought round. COOPER caught MASTRODOUKA with an
excellent right hook to the jaw as MASTRODOUKA was advancing. It
knocked her head back.
This was close quarters, toe to toe fighting.
The round ended with COOPER doubled up with her
back to the ropes whilst MASTRODOUKA pummeled her.
Similar pattern of fighting.
COOPER attacked chasing MASTRODOUKA around ring
and ending in a clinch which the Referee physically split up.
COOPER grabbed MASTRADOUKA around the waist and lifted her
bodily off the ground into the Red Corner. The Referee
separated them and warned both women MASTRODOUKA forced COOPER
back onto the ropes near the Blue Corner where she pummeled her
in a one sided exchange of blows - which COOPER countered by
clasping MASTRODOUKA to her body as the bell sounded.
The audience clapped.
Similar pattern of fighting.
COOPER started the attack which led to a clinch
which the Referee split up. Then another fierce exchange
resulting in another clinch. Referee Jeff Hines warned COOPER
about misuse of her elbows. He later sent COOPER to a neutral
corner whilst he warned MASTRODOUKA for hitting COOPER on the
back of the neck after MASTRODOUKA had unleashed a violent storm
of right and left handed blows of every type on her opponent who
she had trapped against the ropes near the Blue Corner. It was
obvious that this had been an attempt to "finish off", COOPER
who absorbed the blows and bravely came back fighting.
The audience clapped
Similar pattern of fighting.
Unperturbed COOPER came out fighting. Then a
clinch separated by the Referee. Then another, causing the
Referee to wade in and physically prize the women apart.
MASDTRODOUKA delivered a straight left to COOPER'S face as the
Similar pattern of fighting.
MASTRODOUKA'S muscles glisten in another mauling ruck
Similar start to previous rounds. COOPER
advanced, but quickly became enveloped in a clinch which the
Referee separated. Then another violent clinch in a neutral
corner which the Referee again separated. Then another ruck. The
Referee admonished MASTRODOUKA for an infringement,
Then another clinch and the Referee warned
MASTROUKA again. COOPER held her ground.
Finally MASTROUKA trapped COOPER in a neutral
corner as the round ended and knocked out her black plastic gum
COOPER ducts to avoid a
right hook from MASTRODOUKA
The pattern of the fight continued as before.
MASTRODOUKA raising her right leg off the canvass leant on
COOPER whose back was on the ropes. The Referee had to push them
apart from this fighting clinch. He gave COOPER a warning.
Both women at times resorted to holding their
Despite this being BOTH women's first 8 round
contest they kept up the intensity of the contest to the end.
As the fight ended some of the crowd at the
ringside rose, and the audience vociferously cheered and clapped
the two women in appreciation of their skill and courage and
such a good fight.
Referee JEFFREY HINES raises MASTRODOUKA'S
arm in Victory.
MASTRODOUKA was declared
the winner on points 80 -72. Promoter MIRANDA CARTER entered
the ring and kissed COOPER in consolation and appreciation of
her plucky performance.
BRUCE BAKER as Chairman of the Professional Boxing Promoters
Association - presented MASTRODOUKA with her Championship belt.
BRUCE BAKER-P.B.P.A, MIRANDA
ALEC WILKEY-TRAINER, MASTRODOUKA-CHAMPION,
MASTRODOUKA is now the INTERNATIONAL MASTERS
LADIES SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION and moves to 4 wins (2 K.Os)
no losses. COOPER drops to 7 losses (0, KO's).
LANA COOPER with her Trainer
and Second after the fight.
In an exclusive
interview after the fight COOPER said that MASTRODOUKA was not a
hard puncher and that she felt that but for her own long absence
from the ring, and consequent rustiness, she could have won. Her
shoulder had not caused any problem. As the photographs confirm
she was unmarked and unfazed by the ferocity of her opponent..
She is anxious to have a return match next year.
Speaking to your correspondent after the fight MASTRODOUKA in
her very polite English conceded that she had had to work harder
than in her last two fights. She is anxious to win a World Title
as quickly as possible and hopes that she will be able to
contest the WBF (World Boxing Federation) Ladies Super
featherweight title in April 2013 against KRISTINE SHERGOLD,
although she says she will fight any suitable opponent.
In conclusion, COOPER fought better than she had in some of her
previous professional fights. Although outboxed she held her
ground, fighting toe to toe when she could. She seemed more
aggressive and did not fight so negatively. She is brave and
tough - not letting her opponent physic her, and is still young
enough to gain in experience and competence. Her poor official
record belies the fact that she has been fighting good opponents
- MASTRODOUKA being undoubtedly one of the best professional
women boxers in the World today. Her high work rate of
accurately delivered punches guaranteed her victory.
The 7 mens’ contests kept the enthusiastic crowd of fans
engaged. There were no major upsets - the "Home Team" winning
all their bouts by knockouts or points victories.
Cruiserweight ROBIN DUPRE (Dagenham, London, England) making his
Professional Debut weighing 14 stone 4 lbs beat ROLANDAS CESNA
(Lithuania) (won 2 lost 9 ) weighing 14 stone 8 lbs on points,
40 -36, over 4 x 3 minute rounds.
Light Welterweight ERIN ARIF ( Rotherhithe, England,) (won 1-
lost 1) weighing 10 stone 3 lbs won on points 39 to 37 over his
more experienced opponent ALEKSAS VASERIS (Lithuania) ( 2 wins ,
5 losses, 1 draw) weighing 10 stones 5 lbs in their 4 x 3 minute
Light Heavyweight JACK MORRIS ( Margate, England) (won 8, lost
1) weighing 12 stone 10 lbs 12 ozs drew, 58 -58 points each,
against DARREN McKENNA (Hayes, London, England) ( won 2, lost 4
) weighing 12 stone 7 lbs, over 6 x 3 minute rounds.
Middleweight ALAN HIGGINS (Kilburn, London, England) (2 wins, no
losses) weighing 11 stone 7lbs 8 ozs beat MATTEO CECCHETTA
(Italy) ( won 1, lost 1, drawn 1 ) 11 stone 9 lbs by a knock out
after 1 minute and 33 seconds in the Second round of their 4 x 3
minute rounds fight.
Lightweight TOMMY MARTIN (St Neots, England) Making his
Professional Debut, weighing 9 stone 12 lbs 8 ozs beat ARTUR
SANIUK (Lithuania) ( lost 1, drawn 1 ) weighing 9 stone 11 lbs 8
ozs by a knock out after 1 minute 38 seconds in the Third round
of their 4 x 3 minute rounds fight..
Local Welterweight favorite MATT McCARTHY (Tilbury, London,
England) ( 2 wins , no losses) weighing 10 stone 10 lbs beat
ANDREW PATTERSON (Birmingham, England) (won 5 bouts, lost 35,
drawn 3 ) weighing 10 stone 12 lbs 8 ozs, convincingly on points
60 to 54 in their 6 x 2 minute round fight.
Middleweight GARY BOULDEN (Shepperton, England) (won 8, lost 1)
weighing 11 stone 4 lbs won on points 59 - 56 over DANNY BROWN (Wickford,
England) ( won 9, lost 1) weighing 11stone 7 lbs over 6 x 3
AS A POSTCRIPT TO THE TOURNAMENT ONE OF THE SENIOR OFFICIALS
FROM THE BRITISH BOARD OF CONTROL TOLD YOUR CORRESPONDENT THAT
THE WOMEN'S FIGHT HAD BEEN THE BEST ON THE BILL!
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N.U.J. Words = 2485
Copyright John E.G.Wilson
Words and pictures.
Date: 19/20/21/22nd .November 2012
– BOXING REPORT - ARETI MASTRODOUKA v LANA COOPER - Full Report
- MATINEE IDOLS - 18 November. 2012 - version 1.
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