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Goodwin Boxing: El Maachi Calls Out Ryan Rhodes

International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi is set to be back in action again this month, co-headlining the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ Super Show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

El Maachi, whose ring moniker is the ‘The Showman’, has proven to be one of the most sensation all action young boxers to hit the scene since the legendary Prince Naseem Hamed exploded on the scene in the 1990s. Coincidentally his laid back, almost arrogant hands down style has often been favourably compared to the Boxing Prince.

Back in December El Maachi put on a masterful display that see him totally outbox WBC Latino Light Middleweight champion Jimmy Colas to retain his International Masters Light Middleweight crown. El Maachi’s performance was exceptionally slick and was rightly described as one of the best performances of the year by any domestic fighter.

Colas was ranked #4 Light Middleweight in Europe when El Maachi beat him, the only fighters ranked higher than Colas at that time were Great Britain’s own Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Hatton and Sam Webb, perhaps this in itself explains why the main players, at both Light Middleweight and Welterweight, avoid fighting this tough Finsbury Park based Moroccan.

Prime example of the domestic fighters unwillingness to fight El Maachi was when his promoter, Steve Goodwin, offered then British Champion Anthony Small £50,000 if he beat El Maachi. Small turned the offer down, Goodwin then increased the offer to whopping £75,000, yet Small still didn’t want to know.

With no British opponents of the level being willing to step in the ring with El Maachi Steve Goodwin has paid big money to bring top class fighters over from Europe for him, as he will be doing yet again on March 19th.

Earlier today El Maachi made his feelings clear on this matter when he said, “I would love to have Ryan Rhodes to fight because he is the one everyone says is the best in England, you know. But I know this fight is never going to happen because he knows that I will beat him. Ryan Rhodes is running away from a lot of fighters.”

El Maachi then went on to talk briefly about the upcoming fight, “You’re going to see a different style, which we’re working on right now. They’re gonna see a proper knockout. Whoever going to fight me is going to get knocked out.

Steve (Goodwin) is looking for a good opponent for me. He’s talking with a top ten ranked American, but not sure if that is for this fight. Whoever I fight it’s going to be a war. ”

Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi, against a yet to be named opponent will co-headline the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ mega show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

‘Essex Eruption’ co-headlined by Southern Area Cruiserweight champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus David Vicena, British Master challenger ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese faces Franz Gonzalez and Romford’s top ten rated Cruiserweight Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest against a yet to be named opponent,

The undercard of the quadruple headlined super show includes a whole host of local talent including Ultrachem TKO team mates Daniel Herdman, who faces Kevin McCauley, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan versus Kristian Laight and the highly rated unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp against a yet to be named opponent.

Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five when he faces Czech Republic’s Jan Balog. Another fighter who will be looking to increase his uneaten record is Biggleswade’s Jamie Boness.

Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Danny Brown will be making their second outing in a Month, after both securing wins on their debuts at York Hall on February 20th.

Further fights are expected to be announced shortly to bring the ‘Essex Eruption’ card to fourteen bouts.

Tickets for 'Essex Eruption' at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale now.

For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, call: 07960 850645 or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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