Randal Barlow, John O’Donnell & Jack Martin sign with MTK Global
MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of Randal Barlow as he turns professional.
Barlow has experience boxing as an amateur in both the UK and Ireland, and he’s excited to now be joining the paid ranks.
Barlow said: “I’m over the moon to sign with MTK. Everything I get from the team I’m going to give back tenfold and prove to everyone just what I can do.
“I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and have been doing it for 19 years now. I had an amateur career in Ireland then came to the UK and had some fights over here.
“I’m going to give this 100 per cent. Training will step up and there will be some hard graft now. I want to hopefully get out three to four times this year.”
Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Randal to the team as he makes his first steps as a professional.
“We’re going to keep him busy over these next 12 months and we’re excited to see what he has to offer when he makes his debut later this year.”
MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of former Commonwealth and English champion John O’Donnell as he looks to have a big impact in 2019.
O’Donnell (32-2) has mixed at title level for a number of years, and he has fired out a warning to the rest of the welterweight division as he prepares to make his return.
O’Donnell said: “I’m over the moon to sign with MTK. They’re doing wonders for boxing and they are one of the best teams in the business.
“I want to get in the ring as soon as possible. It’s been nearly two years since my last fight. I’m ready to get as active as I can and get some titles in the next 12 months and make a statement.
“After signing for a big company like MTK I’ve got the buzz back and the fire in my belly. I’ve been training hard over Christmas and New Year. Welterweights watch out, I’m coming.”
Promoter Lee Eaton added: “It’s great to welcome John to the team. He’s a great fighter and is a former Commonwealth and English champion who has been involved in many great fights in the past.
“After nearly two years out he will have one fight back and then will be straight back into those sorts of big fights.”
MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of amateur star Jack Martin as he turns professional.
Martin enjoyed an impressive amateur career, winning a number of titles along the way, and he’s now excited to be joining the paid ranks with MTK by his side.
Martin said: “I’m buzzing and it’s all very surreal. It means a hell of a lot to me for MTK to put their faith into me, and I hope I can repay them with some great performances.
“For me MTK are the biggest growing company in the world. They’ve got some huge names and I’m honoured to be a part of the team.
“British boxing couldn’t be in a better place at the moment, so it’s definitely a great time for me to be turning over.
“I’m 24 and I’m not getting any younger, so I’m at the perfect age to be joining the professional ranks.”
Promoter Lee Eaton added: “I’m pleased to add Jack to our already great roster of fighters.
“He’s done his apprenticeship in the amateurs and is looking to get cracking in the professionals. He will be kept very busy in his first year as a professional.”
MTK Global is delighted to announce Terry Kavanagh as its new MC after sifting through countless audition tapes from around the world.
Dublin’s Kavanagh, who has worked on a wide variety of combat sports promotions already – including TG4 TV, K1, Fightbox and more – will become the in-ring voice of MTK Global’s hugely popular fight nights broadcast live on iFL TV.
Kavanagh said: “I’m over the moon to be working with MTK Global. I already know a couple of fighters under its umbrella but it’s such a huge company and I can’t wait to get this going. 2019 is going to be a huge year.
“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to build a huge platform with a sole company rather than various promoters. At least 24 shows in a year is great for me. I believe we’re all going to work well together and I look forward to bringing my contribution to the team.
“There are a good few celebrity MCs by now. You notice them on the shows now and it’s a good thing. It’s a great thing to stand in the middle of the ring in a tuxedo, look and sound the part and then hear the crowd roar back at you.
“We do have the easier job compared to the fighters, obviously! We’re not getting in there with blood, sweat and tears like the boxers are so fair play to them as well.”
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We’re proud to welcome Terry to the team after a fiercely contested competition. There were oceans of applicants from all over the world but he stood out for us.
“Having already signed up an elite commentary team in Alex Steedman and Barry Jones, we wanted to bring in an MC who could also mirror the growth of these iFL-streamed fight nights and of our company in general. We believe we’ve found that in Terry.
“We look forward to welcoming fans to enjoy this new and improved experience. With six fight nights in six weeks kicking off at York Hall on February 22, we’re going to hit the ground running; and running fast.”