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The Good News…and the Not-So-Good News on this Upcoming Boxing card in London
by Sue TL Fox
June 27, 2013

(JUNE 27) To begin with the good news....on July 5th, at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London, there will be THREE female bouts on the card. On the undercard, featherweight Marianne Marston, now 1-0 (1KO), will be back in action to fight Karina Kopinska, 2-5-0 (1KO), of Poland.


Marianne Marston
1-0-0 (1KO)

Maxine McCartney
5-0-0 (0KO)


In addition, they have added another female bout featuring unbeaten featherweight Maxine McCarthy, 5-0-0 (0K0),  who is coming back into the ring after a two-year layoff. She is set to fight Latvia’s Julija Cvetkova, 2-10-2 (1KO).

Now for the not-so-good news....

In the main event, that has been "reported" to be a history first in that area, Angel McKenzie (a late replacement) will be facing Jennifer Retzke for a GBC light middleweight World title fight in a 10-round bout. Due to this matchup, the event is titled, “History In The Making: Women’s World Title Fight Headlines London Extravaganza on July 5th”. 

[Historical data:  Upon looking up the boxing record of JANE COUCH, she is actually the first female boxer to have fought in the UK, when she defeated Brenda Bell-Drexel on September 21, 2003, winning the WBF Light Welterweight title at the Marriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon, UK;  Couch fought Galina Gumliiska on July 1, 2000, in Southwark, London, UK, for the WIBF Lightweight title and won; on October 31, 1999, Couch fought Sharon Anyos in Raynes Park, London for two world title belts (WIBF and WBF Vacant lightweight titles); and inFebruary of 1999, Couch fought Marischa Shauw in Yorkshire, UK, for the WIBF light welterweight title.]  Box Rec Documentation


Boxrec Record
Boxrec Ranked #8
12-1-0 (9KO)

Boxrec Record
Boxrec Ranked #2
4-29-0 (0KO)


In the press release that was sent out via email, it is explained that the original opponent [Mikaela Lauren] for Retzke dropped off the card:

Totally understandable to get a replacement.

But---with that said, having the replacement opponent---Angel McKenzie fighting for a title shot?

Totally unexplainable.

The only history that we can see being made is the fact that a fighter [McKenzie] donning a very huge losing record of 4-29-0 (0KO), is actually being offered a title shot with the GBC Organization to be representative to the public and boxing community as a boxer with the fighting credentials to step into the ring to fight for such a title.

Yes...it may be historical at this venue, in London---but the bigger issue is that it is a title shot that should not have 'by any means' even been made in the first place.

Tale of the tape of McKenzie: 11 Straight losses going into this fight, without a single win since April 10, 2010, and that win came by defeating a 4-19-0 boxer in a six rounder. 29 losses since 2006, with only two minor wins in 2009 and 2010, and yet has managed to fight for a world title on December 10, 2012 for a WIBF belt, February 5, 2011, for a World Title WIBF title, and on July 8, 2008, for a Latvia lightweight title.
Boxrec Record

Okay…to move on from that topic...Other matches on card

In the press release on the men’s bouts they stated the following:

In men’s boxing action, Its not just the ladies in action, recently crowned WBU Lightweight World Champion Stephen “The Rock” Ormond heads up the male portion of the show, as well as a trio of Irish lads taking part on the night.

On his last visit to York Hall, in July last year, Ormond convincingly beat Canning Town’s Mickey Coveney.

Of the back of this superb win, Ormond was presented the opportunity to face Hungarian Laszio Robert Balogh for the vacant WBU crown.

On the 3rd May 2013, at the Carlton Hotel in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, on just his fourteenth pro outing Ormond stepped into the ring to face thirty three fight veteran Balogh.

Ormond utterly dominated the opening round, before going on to stop the Hungarian in just one minute and fifty four seconds of the second stanza.

On the 5th July the Dubliner will be facing tough Czech battler Michal Dufek.

Joining his esteemed countryman on July 5th is Irish Light Middleweight Lee Murtagh who, even though he has fought the majority of his fifty career fights in the UK, will be making his first visit to the famous home of boxing in the Capital, as preparation for his upcoming IBO Inter-Continental title battle.

The final Irish boxer on the show is Steve Collins, no not the legendary two time, two division World Champion, but his son Steve Jr, who will be making his professional debut against Lithuania’s Rolandas Cesna.

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Update of Press Release, after we posted that Jane Couch was the first to actually fight title fights in London.

They wrote the following in the release: 
**Please note we have been made aware that Ms. Jane Couch had previously headlined events with World title fights in Bristol, United Kingdom. As such please see amended copy below that now states that this will be the first event in the Capital City headlined by a World Championship fight.  Apologies to Ms. Couch for this error by myself.**

[photo above of Retkze and McCartney: Boxrec] [Source: Press Release]

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