News: George Ashie; Antony Woolery; Anthony Weymouth
MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of fearsome puncher George Ashie.
The 34-year-old lightweight boasts a record of 28-4-1-KO20 and is set to enter the WBO world rankings after beating Michael Mokoena in April.
Ashie, who fought Kevin Mitchell in London back in 2006, is unbeaten in the last six years and is determined to fulfil his world title dreams under his new management.
Ashie said: “The road is set for greatness with MTK Global. I signed with them because I believe their team has what it takes to place me in fights that will move me towards a world title.
“Once I get that shot at one of the champions, I won’t disappoint. I’m fully prepared to achieve greatness and become a world champion in the very near future.”
MTK Global’s International Consultant Mike Altamura added: “I’m really excited George has opted to sign for MTK Global because I’ve seen potential in him for a long time.
“George is a humble warrior with a true fighting spirit. He’s a gentleman of the game and is long overdue an opportunity to fight the top lightweights in the world.
“We’ll be able to ensure he gets the right conditions in terms of training camps and the opportunity to challenge for a world championship.”
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Woolery Does The Rounds
Antony Woolery has been doing the rounds to make sure his professional boxing career doesn’t start with a double defeat.
Woolery is determined to redress the balance and have his hand raised in his home city at Wolverhampton’s Starworks Warehouse on Saturday June 9.
Another crack at success will come on promoter Errol Johnson’s first BCB Boxing offering at the venue, on a show which has been dubbed ‘Emerging Stars.’
The 33-year-old suffered a setback on his paid bow last November, when he was outpointed by Dmitrij Kalinovskij over four rounds.
He gave up 7in in height to the Lithuanian and struggled to catch his opponent with any regularity, winning just a share of a round in a 40-37 deficit.
He is planning to come down from cruiser, but first wants to level up his pro record and has left no stone unturned in preparation.
Losing again would unthinkable, so Woolery is doing all that he possibly can to see that he comes out on top come fight night.
He said: “Compared to last time, training has gone excellently. There’s been no major problems, which was about all I can ask for.
“I’ve already done quadruple the sparring I had for my debut, which was one four rounder and jumping in for a couple of rounds!
“I’m pretty much walking around the same weight as last time so, in the future, I’ll be looking to get down to light heavy.
“I don’t want to be blasting the pounds off too much because I’ve done that before, as an amateur, and it didn’t do me any good.
“I was disappointed with my debut and it felt like everything was against me from the moment I got my pro licence.
“I strained a calf in training and hurt an arm taking my kids on a dry ski slope, so luck wasn’t exactly on my side whatever I did.
“If I’d had the correct camp, I believe I would have beaten him. He had the height advantage and that played its part, but a lot of my timing was also off.
“My fitness wasn’t really there, either, but I’ve been in the gym at 6am every morning to get myself ready to go again.
“This one is for my fans, ticket sales have gone well again and the performance wasn’t up to scratch last time. I want to put on a show for them.
“Those who have followed me for a while know what they are going to get. I’m not a technical boxer, I like a scrap and that should be exciting.”
The Starworks bill will be topped by a 10-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas Essomba.
Wolverhampton’s only female pro boxer, Lauren Johnson, features on the undercard as does Polish powerhouse Damion Kiwior, who is based in the city.
Connor Jones’ time is finally about to come in the paid code, with the Dudley debutant’s bow delayed from last year.
IBO Continental and former area champion Craig Morris makes the trip from Ludlow in Shropshire to occupy the home corner, while Connor Parker travels from Derbyshire.
Former English super bantamweight champion and British title challenger Sean Davis, from Birmingham, and Walsall-based debutant Levi Ferguson complete the line-up.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, call Antony directly on 07592 437 531 or contact him on Facebook.
R.I.P. Lord Anthony Weymouth – President of the British & Irish Boxing Authority
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) President, H.E. Count Anthony John Weymouth O.T. on Friday.
On leading the tributes to Lord Weymouth, BIBA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President Gianluca Di Caro said;
“Firstly, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Lady Margaret and all of Tony’s family and many friends worldwide.
Tony’s passing came as a huge shock to myself and all involved not just with the British & Irish Boxing Authority, but also the many Charities that he actively supported and worked tirelessly for.
His passion for helping those in need was nothing short of inspirational, he was actively involved with numerous charities and worked tirelessly for these worthwhile causes.
He really made a difference for those less well off than himself or suffering due to no fault of their own, so much so that just last year one of the Charities, the IHM World Peace Organization awarded him the World Peace Appreciation Certificate.
Tony was equally passionate about our beloved sport and he fought tirelessly for the introduction of improved Boxer Health & Safety policies and procedures, many of which were introduced under his watch, not just by ourselves, in some cases other commissions followed our lead.
Tony will be sorely missed, he was so passionate for our beloved sport and the causes he supported, he was one of a kind and totally irreplaceable.
Rest In Peace my friend.”
A Memorial Service for Lord Anthony Weymouth will be take place at 11am on Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Bunurong Memorial Park, Cirrus Chapel, 790 Frankstone Dandenong Road, Dandenong South, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.