Joe Stevens to fight this Friday
Almost a year ago to the day TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames announced the signing of six future stars to his stable, Johnny called them the ‘New Generation’, most of those announced back in October last year have gone on to prove Johnny a hundred percent right, each having secured a fair number of wins already, as well as enjoying perfect records.
The final youngster from the six prime ‘prospects’, Super Flyweight Joe Stevens, from Basildon in Essex, finally makes his highly anticipated professional debut later this week, on the Johnny’s TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in London on Friday 18th October.
The reason it has taken so long for Johnny to release Joe into the fray, is that on signing, Johnny clearly stated “Joe’s only nineteen, a great little stylist, he needs a little developing, but we’re pleased to have him on board and we’re going to move him on very slowly because he’s a little bit down on man strength at the moment.”
One year on and how things have changed, over the past few months Johnny has had Joe sparring with some of his highly experienced fighters, such as Ian Bailey, as they prepared for title fights.
Young Joe proved his mettle, which in turned persuaded Johnny that now the time is right to unleash the youngster.
Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of Johnny and coach Brian O’Shaughnessy at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, a clearly chuffed Joe spoke of his upcoming debut.
“I can’t wait, I’m really looking forward to it as it’s been a long time coming.
I’ve been here at the TRAD TKO training with the pros for a while now so am really looking forward to finally turning over.
It’s a bit of a shame it didn’t happen back in July, but it doesn’t matter now as it finally happens this week.
Training’s been great, I’ve been training with Brian (Brian O’Shaugnessy) he’s a very good trainer, working hard on reactions, speed, everything, he’s a really good trainer.
Been getting plenty of sparring, sparred Ian Bailey for his title fight, had a lot of other good spars too, it really has been very good, so am really excited and ready for Friday.
I’d like to thank the fans that have already bought tickets for my pro debut, hopefully more will buy them still as I am going to put on a really good show so they won’t regret coming”
Joe Stevens, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of Nathan Graham’s Southern Area Light Middleweight Title defense against Freddie Turner, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Joe or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645
ETCHES FACES BRAZILIAN BANGER
SHEFFIELD KO king Adam Etches will meet someone equally capable of finishing a fight inside the distance when he appears on the undercard of Kell Brook v Vyacheslav Senchenko next Saturday (October 26).
The middleweight, 22, will defend his IBF Youth title against Brazilian banger Alexandre Mendes in a match-up that’s unlikely to go the distance.
Mendes, while being something of an unknown quantity, has a record of ten wins with nine stoppages, while Etches has halted ten of his 12 professional opponents.
“I don’t know much about him but with a record like that he can clearly punch,” Etches, who has recently returned to original trainer Andy Marlow, said.
“Anyone who follows boxing knows that in your early career you fight people who know how to survive, so for him to be knocking them out shows he must be good.
“Obviously, I’ll be the favorite, but I’ll have to be on my guard and make sure I bring my A game.
“I want to be fighting people like Chris Eubank Jnr and Billy Joe Saunders so I can’t afford to slip up in this fight.”
Like when an unheralded Briedis Prescott came to England and shocked Amir Khan in 2008, Mendes believes this is an opportunity to make his name outside of South America with another KO.
He said: “This is a big fight for me, my first title shot and first away from home. I’m not worried though.
“Etches is obviously a good boxer, but I’m not traveling all the way to England to lose. I expect to knock him out.”
Lucas Browne: Gunning for Towers, Price and Parker!
Undefeated Aussie Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is about to once again invade the United Kingdom when he faces Richard Towers on November 2nd in Hull, England. The bout is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, a belt that no Australian has held since the great Peter Jackson in 1892. Browne 17-0 (15 KO) departs Australia on October 20th, giving him plenty of time to acclimatise and to also fine tune at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde gym.
“I can’t wait to get over to the UK and perform. I’ve got plenty of British and Irish fans following me on twitter and facebook and I hope they either come on the night or tune into Sky Sports. Richard and I are good friends, but this is strictly business. He’s standing in the way of my goals, so I need to take care of that.”
Both Browne and Towers are no strangers. They have sparred numerous times together in Sheffield and have previously been scheduled to fight on two occasions. The first bout was cancelled due to a sparring injury suffered by Towers, who is also undefeated at 14-0 (11 KO). The pair were re-scheduled in Australia, only to see Towers denied a visa.
“It certainly is third time lucky,” said Browne’s manager Matt Clark. “I believe we’re going to see a career best performance from Lucas. He’s preparing extremely well, without any distractions and he’s ready for this next step. His fan base in the UK and Ireland is growing rapidly and a good performance here might see him face defending Commonwealth champion David Price in his next bout.”
Browne explained that while his primary focus is Yorkshireman Towers, Price is also a target. “I’m not looking beyond Richard Towers, but I want that Commonwealth belt and the prestige that comes with it. If David Price is holding it, then he’s in my sights. I’m hearing whispers about Joey Parker wanting to fight me in New Zealand. To be honest, I don’t know much about him at all apart from that he was a good amateur. If he continues to build and improve then maybe that fight can be made, if he wants it.”
“Right now, Joey Parker has nothing that we want,” stated Clark. Our aim for some time is the Commonwealth crown. Parker doesn’t have it, so he’s not on the immediate radar. I only caught highlights of his last bout on the internet, but he got the win despite being tagged and cut. I’m sure he’ll continue to learn his craft as a professional and maybe they’ll cross paths down the line. At this point in time, all we’re looking at is Richard Towers.”
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