This weekend the Capital’s boxing fans will be treated to a mouth watering battle for supremacy between current and former champions.
The international contest, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, pits Mongolia’s WBF/WBU Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev against Australia’s former IBO Featherweight Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku in a non-Championship bout.
In an amazing coup promoter Spencer Fearon has managed to persuade the two top flight fighters to headline his Hard Knocks Boxing promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event this coming Saturday.
Choi won the vacant WBF title in 2006, with a spectacular third round stoppage of Kenyan WBF International Champion David Kiilu at the Tara Leisure Centre in Shaw, Lancashire, and successfully defended the title twice in 2007.
The following year Choi vacated the WBF title in order to challenge Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews for his WBU crown. On the fifth of April 2011, at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, Choi won his second crown in spectacular fashion.
For five scintillating rounds Choi battered the highly rated Champion, sending Matthews to the canvas no less than five times, three times in the third and twice in fifth - the first via a wicked hook to the body midway through followed by vicious fight ending body shot in the final seconds of the round.
Choi, who never got the chance to defend the WBU crown, has longed for another championship shot and is hopeful that Saturday’s fight with Asiku, who lost his grip on the IBO belt in September, will kick start a third championship campaign.
Speaking earlier Choi spoke of the upcoming fight and his fiercely burning championship aspirations, “My training’s over and I can knock him out, that’s it.
After this my ambition is another title, I have two belts now, WBF and WBU, but nobody wants to fight me for the belts.
I want a major belt, I need a Mexican. I like fighting, I’m ready for long time now.
The last year has been the worse time you know, so many protected fighters, they are just like kids, so protected and don’t want real fight.
British boxing used to be very, very good, nowadays they’re just like little boys, they fight like little boys.
Mongolese amateur kids would beat any top professional boxers in lower weight divisions.
I’m very happy now with Spencer (Fearon) and fighting in London. Best crowds at Hard Knock promotions shows. The best fans in the world, I will make them happy with a good win Saturday.”
WBU/WBF Featherweight Champion Choijiljavyn ‘Choi Tseveenpürev, better known as Choi The Mongolian Warrior against former IBO Featherweight Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku from Australia headlines Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 18th June 2011.
Main support, for Choi versus Jackson Asiku, sees Newly crowned Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton take on Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan for the British Masters Light Welterweight title.
A top class undercard in support of the two featured bouts that includes West Drayton’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Steve O’Meara who takes on Newark’s heavy hitting A.A. Lowe in a highly anticipated eight rounder.
Worthing, Sussex’s unbeaten Lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani is set to face a tough battle against former Irish title challenger, West Ham’s own Mickey Coveney.
Next up is another unbeaten rising star, Dagenham’s Joe Catchpole who will face Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence. Also at Light Middleweight, Hayes’ resident war lord Robert Lloyd Taylor is back in action against Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.
Philadelphia, USA based Irish Middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fightin Irish’ O’Donnell makes his first visit to the York Hall to take on Doncaster’s Jason ‘Daddy Cool’ Ball.
Finally the highly rated London based Slovakian Heavyweight Marek Onda will be making his professional debut.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645