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Wadi Camacho vs. Toks Owoh on December 8th in London; IABA update

In January this year Canning Town’s rising Cruiserweight star Wadi
‘Machoman’ Camacho won his first professional fight, beating Northern
Ireland based Ugandan Moses Matovu.

Just under eleven months later, on Saturday 8th December, the Barcelona
born Cruiser Bruiser will step into the ring at the London Olympia for his
first Championship title fight, when he takes on former World Title
challenger Toks Owoh for the Southern Area strap at the Matchroom Sport
promoted ‘Betfair Christmas Cracker’ event.

The meteoric rise of ‘Machoman’ lies firmly in the hands of his promoter,
Matchroom Sports own Eddie Hearn and his manager/coach Bryan Lawrence,
along with a little bit of help from the ‘big boys’ at Canning Town’s TRAD
TKO Boxing Gym.

Bryan Lawrence, who also manages and coaches English Light Middleweight
Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng who also fights on the ‘Betfair
Christmas Cracker’ event, had no qualms approaching Eddie Hearn to promote
Wadi right from day one.

Bryan and Eddie’s faith in the 6’4” southpaw paid off, with five excellent
wins, over Moses Matovu, Rolandas Cesna, Igor Borucha, Paul Morris and
Andy Ingram in under nine months, so much so that when the opportunity
arose for Wadi to fight for the vacant Southern Area title, they grabbed
it with both hands.

Following yet another bruising sparring session, at Johnny Eames’ famous
TRAD TKO fight factory, Wadi confidently strutted into the office before
announcing, “Yeah Buddy!, it’s gonna be so amazing, I mean amazing, so

I’m so chuffed that this opportunity has come just now, obviously I was
dreaming I’d fight for a title this year, and now it’s come true.

Yeah, I’ve got Toks now, but whoever I had they were gonna get big

The last time I see Toks fight, it was against Tony Conquest for the
Southern Area, I really don’t like to diss people, but he’s got no
mobility, I just put him in the same status as Tony Conquest, the same
level as well.

As I said, I promise you this, Toks is gonna get some real punishment on
the eighth of December.

I’ve been training hard, I know Toks will be also, but I’ve got something
special planned for my fans, the public and especially my family and this
is all about me winning my first title for them.

I’m totally dedicated, I really want this, so I train three times a day
and have been getting some world class sparring.

I’ve been over in Ireland sparring with Prizefighter International
Heavyweight Champion Mike Perez. He was preparing for a big showdown with
Ruslan Chagaev in Germany this weekend.

It was an amazing experience, I learned so much, he actually put me in my

You know, we had some serious sparring, we were doing eight threes and ten
threes with just thirty second rests, so that was something new as well in
my training schedule.

Nothing’s better than sparring a big hitter, and he had to respect my
power also. He even said to me that I’m fit and he really felt my shots.

You know when someone who weighs seventeen stone, when you weigh just
fourteen, says that, it speaks for itself.

After my excellent training camp and the experience I’ve had in Ireland
I’m even more confident that the belts gonna be around my waist on the
eighth, then it’s on to bigger things, maybe the English title next year,
Yeah Buddy!”

Tickets, priced £40 (Unreserved), £60 (Corner Ringside), £SOLD OUT
(Ringside) and £150 (VIP), for Betfair ‘Christmas Cracker’ are available
on-line at or direct from Wadi at the TRAD TKO Boxing


Irish Amateur Boxing Association

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have confirmed a 7-strong squad for the inaugural European U/23 Championships in Kaliningrad, Russia next month.

Former Irish Elite champion Declan Geraghty, who made the last-16 at the 2009 AIBA World Senior Championship in Milan where he was beaten by eventual silver medallist (Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Mongolia), will wear the Irish bantamweight vest by the Baltic Sea.

Jason Quigley, an ex European Youth champion who made a big impression with the Las Angeles Matadors in the World Series of Boxing last season, is also included in the Irish panel along with Hugh Myres of the Ryston BC.

Myres asked quite a few questions of AIBA World number 7 ranked Paddy Barnes in the 2012 Elite light-flyweight final at Dublin’s National Stadium, Barnes winning by a four-point margin before claiming his second Olympic medal at London 2012.

Experienced Belfast lightweight Mark O’Hara and Waterford, Dublin and Kildare prospects Rohan Date, Thurles Moran and Christy Joyce have also been named on the Irish side.

Zuar Antia and John Finn will be working Ireland’s corner in Russia.

Antia, along with Billy Walsh and Pete Taylor, helped steer Ireland to four medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

Boxing is scheduled to begin in Kaliningrad on December 9th.

Irish squad European U/23 Championships Kaliningrad, Russia December 9th/19th

49kg: Hugh Myres (Ryston)

56kg: Declan Geraghty (Corinthians)

60kg: Mark O’Hara (Holy Trinity)

64kg: Rohan Date (St Pauls)

69kg: Thurles Moran (Phibsboro)

75kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)

91kg: Christy Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)

Coach/Team Manager: John Finn

Coach: Zuar Antia


New York (November 29, 2012) The professional boxing card originally set for Friday, DECEMBER 14 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York has been postponed to Saturday, FEBRUARY 2, 2013, it was announced today by Star Boxing and the Times Union Center.

“We had a terrific card planned but the main event featuring undefeated world ranked heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks against undefeated Fred Allen will not happen. Unfortunately Fred Allen pulled out of the fight. This was an excellent matchup featuring two, young undefeated heavyweights from the United States, but the promoter of the event – Star Boxing has secured an even better heavyweight challenger, which will give our fans something more exciting on February 2,” said Bob Belber, General Manager of the Times Union Center.

“We deeply regret having to reschedule this event, but we want to be sure to give fans an opponent worthy of facing Hanks for the title. Therefore we are moving the card to FEBRUARY 2 and we look forward to returning to the Times Union Center and presenting a terrific card featuring the Joe Hanks title fight for the great fans in the Albany area in February,” said Joe DeGuardia – President of Star Boxing.

Fans may use the December 14 tickets for the rescheduled date on February 2. For any fans that prefer a refund, refunds will be made at the point of purchase by no later than December 14 . Full details of the FEBRUARY 2 event will be announced shortly.

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