(AUG 20) Woolwich, London based
Super Bantamweight Marianne Marston has enlisted former British
and European Bantamweight Champion Ian Dappa Napa as her main
sparring partner, as she prepares for her upcoming bout on the
Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted mega fourteen bout show
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal
Green, London on Friday 4th October.
Marston and Ian Napa sparring
at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym In London
Marianne, who back in April
sensationally stopped Hungarian #1 ranked Gabriella Roman in
just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round, is
being fast tracked for a WBF International title fight by her
promoter Dave Murphy and World Boxing Federation President
Howard Goldberg - which if everything goes according to plan
will take place in London on November 30th this year.
But before then she will have to
deal with Masa Bacanov, who she faces on the Demis Tonna Prize
Boxing Promotions Rumble in the Med Part IV Judgement Day event
at the Dolmen Hotel and Spa Resort in Bugibba, Malta on August
30th and against a yet to be named opponent, who she will be
fighting on the mega NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS event at York Hall on
Its with these key fights in mind that lead Marianne to suggest
to her promoter, the aforementioned Dave Murphy, approaching her
long time gym mate Ian Napa to be her regular sparring partner.
The choice of Dappa as a sparring partner is clearly an inspired
move, during his thirteen year career Ian won seven Championship
bouts, acquiring and defending the Southern Area (Flyweight) and
both the British and European Bantamweight titles, as well as
challenging for a World crown at Flyweight.
Not just that though, during his exceptional career Ian has
fought a whos who of Champions, including: Jason Booth, Oleg
Kiryukhin and Peter Culshaw at Flyweight and Jason Booth again,
Martin Power, Simone Maludrottu, Lee Haskins, Carmello Ballone,
Malik Bouziane, Gary Davies, Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall at
Speaking after their second sparring session, at the TRAD TKO
Boxing Gym in Canning Town, a clearly pleased Marianne spoke
about the new acquisition to her team.
Its awesome, just awesome to spar with such a talented boxer
I cant deny that I have been a big fan of Ian for years, even
when I was living and training in Philadelphia I would never
miss any of his fights.
When I came back to London I was lucky enough to train at the
same gym as him, Ben Murphy and Erick The Eagle Ochieng, then
shortly after I moved to the TRAD TKO their coach Bryan Lawrence
also moved his team here, so we've sort of trained side by side
for the past three years or so.
Ians seriously technical and has an almost impenetrable defense,
he really is the perfect sparring partner for me to learn from.
Lets face it if I can survive his constant pressure and wicked
shots, as well as actually get through that defense then I'm
doing pretty well.
I can't think of any better sparring I could possibly get, dont
get me wrong I appreciate all and any sparring I get, just the
sparring I get from Ian is of such high quality that I will
benefit from it even more.
I seriously doubt that there will be any opponent that will test
me anywhere close to the way he does.
I've another couple of sessions to go with Ian before I go to
Malta to fight Masa (Bacanov) and then when I get back hopefully
well get straight back into sparring, so I can be a hundred
percent ready for October 4th.
Dont get me wrong, Im not looking past Masa, anything but -
she's one tough cookie that not only boxes but is also a
competitive kickboxer - but I already know that I will be handed
a seriously tough test on October 4th and really thats the fight
I have got Ian in to make sure I am a hundred percent ready for.
Fighting at the York Hall on such a massive bill, I mean theres
two World title fights headlining a massive fourteen fight card,
it will be such a thrill and I want to give the very best
account of myself I can, I dont want to just win, I want to win
I'm hoping that I can get some rounds in this time, getting
first round stoppage wins is great for my record, but I want to
showcase my boxing skills and to do that I really do need to get
some rounds under my belt, plus itll be nice to give my
sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and TRAD TKO more than just
two minutes ring exposure.
Saying that Ill do what I have to do, if that means another
early stoppage finish, so it goes. Im extremely competitive by
nature and want my fight to be the one the fans go home talking
Marianne Marston, against a yet to be named opponent, will
feature on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF
CHAMPIONS event, headlined by Michel Trabant vs TBA and Jennifer
Retzke versus Angel McKenzie World title clashes, at York Hall
in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are
available on-line at tkoboxoffice.com - mariannemarston.com -
acourtier.com - or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in
Canning town tkoboxinggym.com.