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Iain Weaver Returns From American Adventure Ready For York Hall Test On Oct 4th

Following three months in America, training with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach at his World famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, former Team GB star Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver returns to the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 4th October on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ mega event.

Whilst Stateside young Iain also managed to fit in a little competitive action, in front of some his highly acclaimed gym mates, such as Brandon Rios, Victor Ortiz, Mikey Garcia etc. and claimed a sensational first round knockout over French Polynesian prospect Karihi Tehei (3(KO2)- 1) at the County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California on the 12th July.

Now back home in dear old Blighty, Iain is clearly relishing returning to the York Hall in London, the scene of his professional debut, as well as maiden pro victory with a shutout 40-36 points victory over Damian Lawniczak back in April, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“It’s great to be back out and fighting in England again and have the opportunity to fight in front of my fans.
Fighting at York Hall again is great and I’ll have a lot of support.

I can’t say just how happy I am just to be able to fight in England again and I can’t wait to get back to London on October 4th.

After my fight in April I went of to Los Angeles to spend three months training and sparring at the Wild Card Gym.
I also had a fight out there against a good kid, he wasn’t unbeaten, but had had a decent three one record. Two of the wins were by knockout.

He had Jesse Reid in his corner and I won with a first round knockout, which was really good.

It was a great experience to be fighting in front of Brandon Rios, Victor Ortiz, Mikey Garcia, who were all there, so it was a good night.

So here I am now back to the famous York Hall and really looking forward to it. Last time I only had a few weeks notice to sell the tickets, but this time I’ve got a good few weeks so hopefully will do even better and sell quite a few tickets.

It’ll be another great night no doubt and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans.”

Iain Weaver, 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

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“Title Night In Tanzania”: Two WBF Titles At Stake

Hall Of Fame Boxing Promotion is brining World Boxing Federation championship boxing to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday August 30, as two WBF title fights will headline a big show at the traditional Diamond Jubilee Hall. The event has been dubbed “Title Night In Tanzania”.

The main event sees one of the East African country’s most celebrated fighters, Francis Cheka, take on American danger-man Phil “The Drill” Williams for the vacant WBF World Super Middleweight crown, while Thomas Mashali and Mada Maugo will square off in an all-Tanzanian clash for the vacant WBF All Africa title in the same weight class.

“There will be a lot of excitement in the crowd, because we are showcasing three well-known fighters from Tanzania in Cheka, Maugo and Mashali”, says promoter Jay Msangi, and continues:

“Then we have a tough fighter in Williams from the US who wants his shot at the world super middleweight title against Cheka, so we are anticipating a full house at the Diamond Jubilee, plus live television coverage across the region and continent.”

Cheka, 29-7-1 (16), has won fifteen of his last sixteen bouts, and only lost to quality opponents in a professional career that started in 2000. Among others, he has been in with current world champion Robert Stieglitz, reigning British champion Paul Smith and top middleweight contender Matthew Macklin.

Along the way Cheka has won a slew of smaller titles, and he has been waiting a long time for his chance to become world champion. But, despite a mediocre 12-5-2 (11) record, Phil Williams is going to give the home-man a serious run for his money.

Williams turned pro in 2006 and also only lost to top-notch opposition, coming up short against Marcus Oliveira, Matt Vanda, Don George, Andrzej Fonfara and Caleb Truax. He also holds a draw against Truax, and has beaten competent boxers such as Macus Upshaw, Antwon Echols and Shujaa El Amin.

Against Amin, Williams won a minor championship by first round knockout, and followed up on that good result by scoring a draw with fringe contender Derrick Findley in a back-and-forth battle this past July 26. So the 36-year-old from Queens, New York will travel to Tanzania full of confidence that he can return home a world champion.

The WBF All Africa Super Middleweight title fight between Thomas Mashali, 8-1-1 (5), and Mada Maugo, 15-9 (11), is also promising fireworks:

“It will be a terrific battle, because neither fighter wants to lose”, said Msangi. “There is some heated blood between them, with Maugo proclaiming that he will take out Mashali before the seventh round. So this is going to be a great contest for the local fans!”

The “Title Night In Tanzania” WBF championship doubleheader is going to be a huge event in Dar Es Salaam, and will be attended by plenty of local celebrities. Also, former WBF World Heavyweight Champion Francois Botha will fly in from South Africa to do TV commentary from ringside.

INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - As Ghana reassumed its leading role in the African boxing fraternity by taking its number one position, their much beloved son ,the 2008 Beijing Olympiad and IBF world Jr. Middleweight Youth King,  Issa Samir defends his turf against the Macho man Aryee Ayittey a 23 years old in October 4, 2013.

Samir's catapulted to his present position did not just happen overnight or came from Manna but, a shrewdness  efforts from the man who fought all his life to leave Bukom, a fishing shanty strip along the Ghanaian coast neat to Jamestown, Accra. The younger Samir's struggling to unshackle from the poverty saw him joining boxing as a vehicle to fight poverty.

Coming from the family of boxing where his older brother Bastie Samir is a sparring partner whose the Moneyman Floyd Maywhether depends on to sharpen his killer punches, Isaa's path to greater heights is a matter of time as he is still a toddler at 23 years!

It is a marriage of convenience when he married Golden Concept Business Group under the Ghanaian promotional and financing Guru Henry Manly-Spain soon after he had joined the paid ranked boxing. Samir's jostling for his future was akin to his leaving Bukom shanty town and wanted to pair with someone who could propel him to the greater heights and Henry Mainly-Spain a.k.a Muttuest was the man.

He will defend his title against a much younger repugnant slugger Aryee Ayittey on August 30, 2013 at the Accra National Sports Stadium before the expected thousands of his countrymen and women. The two younger sluggers are leaving nothing to  chances as they prepare properly to face one another. A win for Samir would see him joining the big leagues meaning senior titles like the IBF International and join the big leagues for bigger titles.

As for Aryee Ayittey, he has what it take to win the title from Samir and he has camped in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana to prepare for this ominous campaign in his life. He leave nothing to chances as he target to take the title from Samir and join the big leagues for better days ahead.

The Golden Concept Business Group that owns GoldenMike Boxing Promotion Syndicate and a couple of other lucrative business companies has rewritten the history of Ghanaian promotional industry by bringing in number of great battles in the country. Golden Business Concept Group is looking keenly to bring several world titles in Ghana in a very near future and the momentum campaign for this mission has already started.

"We will equip Ghana with several world champions who would fight in their home soil and promote this great nation" said Manly-Spain recently."To us boxers have to fight their titles here in Ghana, Africa and develop the industry that make many a boxers to run away to lucrative boxing markets in Europe and America" continued Manly-Spain who has built a credible promotional force under GoldenMike Promotion Syndicate managed by Michael Tetteh.

"We would bring a couple of world titles here in Ghana and plan to expand to other African countries" added Mainly-Spain who has already received promotional join venture proposals from many other African countries.

Ghana is waking up to the reality that it harbors great many talents in boxing as it has in soccer. Golden Concept Business Group has decided to explore these great potential so as it contribute towards Ghanaian social economic development through job creation foreign currencies in additional to its vast gold and oil reserves. Golden Concept Business Group is also building a formidable force for "Sports Tourism" that would increase inbound tourists to the Ghanaian prevailing tourism industry.

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