Professional boxing pair from Romford, Paul and Anthony Upton, will share the stage together on October 18th at the famous York Hall in London on the aptly titled ‘Brothers in Arms’ show.
Promoted by Showtime Sports Events, the evening of boxing also features another set of siblings in debutants Onder and Siar Ozgul accompanied by an array of up and coming talent from the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town.
All eyes will be on 20 year old light welterweight Anthony as he enters into his professional debut finally joining big brother Paul in the professional ranks.
25 year old Paul already completed his pro debut when he outpointed vastly experienced 36 year old Dee Mitchell at York Hall in July 2013.
Against an, as yet, unnamed opponent, Anthony will be looking to impress the York Hall faithful and grab the headlines on his opening night, “I’m looking forward to entering the ring for the first time as a professional and I’m so pleased my brother Paul is going to be fighting alongside me.”
Anthony has prepared for the transition into the pro ranks by training hard in the gym since February this year, “Training has gone better than ever and now it’s time to get in there and give the fans some excitement and show them my skills.”
One fight ahead of his younger brother, Paul will be looking to build upon his tough debut test, “My debut proved a tough test against a man that not many people face in their pro debuts. It was good to get the four rounds out and experience the pro game over the distance. Just looking forward to the Brothers in Arms show and giving the Upton Clan fans another good show and also looking forward to my younger brothers debut big things to come from him In the future.”
Between the Irish brothers, now residing in Essex, they have an outstanding amateur pedigree with a collection of seven national amateur titles along with countless international honours.
Paul was the Ulster Senior Champion and has won two Irish National titles and Silver at the Multi-Nations, he was extremely unlucky not to represent Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, having lost out by just two points to eventual Gold Medallist Paddy Gallagher.
Youngest Anthony has had five All Ireland titles, European Bronze and a Multi-Nations Gold plus twice being crowned Irish National Champion, as well as a Four Nations Gold Medallist.
Trainer Johnny Eames stated “It’s obvious they are two boys that have got extreme talent. I’m really looking forward to working with them, both in England and in Ireland, where they are going to be big draws.”
Paul and Anthony are in fact just two in a family of five brothers, 24 year old Sonny has recently put pen to paper by signing with his boxing hero Ricky Hatton.
Speaking from Manchester the eldest of the fighting trio said, “My brothers have gone pro and it’s a great shame we can’t turn pro together in any part of Ireland but boxing is a business at the end of the day and if we want to reach our goals then we have to sacrifice things, we always have and always will support each other 110%. To be working with such a legend as Hatton is a dream come true to be trained by the Hitman.”
Debutant and youngest of the fighting trio Anthony added “I have had a lot of support from my sponsor Tony Dobbins from Glen Insurance plus the Wright Car Company, Aidans Barbers and my father; without him none of this would have been possible. Also I’m looking forward to Sonny’s debut he has unbelievable amount of talent.”
The main event promises to be a tasty contest between unbeaten southpaw Freddie Turner (8-0-0) as he challenges the experienced Nathan Graham (14-5-1) for his BBBofC Southern Area light middleweight title.
This will be the champion’s first defence of the title that he won back in December 2012 after Kris Agyei-Dua’s unfortunate fourth round retirement from a painful dislocated shoulder.
25 year old challenger Freddie from Canning Town makes his third outing of 2013 having previously scored resounding points victories over Costas Osben and former British title challenger Max Maxwell earlier in the year.
The rest of the undercard promises to produce fireworks with appearances from Paulius Kasiulevicius as he looks to continue his 100% KO record as the 24 year old Lithuanian enters his third professional fight
The second set of brothers, Onder and Siar Ozgul both enter their professional debuts together at the historic home of boxing and mutually share world class amateur credentials, having both represented Turkey in international competition and secured an array of awards during their amateur careers.
Middleweight Festim Lama also appears on the bill and at 23 years old has already caught the eye of the York Hall faithful owing to his all action fight style. In his debut in February 2012 the Albanian stopped Didier Blanch in the penultimate round, then followed up with a decisive points victory over Dan Blackwell four months later.
Teenage lightweight sensation Tommy Martin makes his fifth outing in under a year as he looks to extend his unbeaten run further.
Super Flyweight Joe Stevens makes his professional debut at just 19 years of age. The fan of Floyd Mayweather Junior has ambitions to own a Lonsdale belt outright one day and begins that journey on October 18th.
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