Notes from Training Camp:
Former British Super Bantam Matt Marsh
June 30, 2010 Huge Photos
(JUNE 30) Matthew Marsh, a former British
champion is set to fight Kris Hughes for the vacant Commonwealth
(British Empire) belt at the Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring,
Tyne and Wear on Friday July 23, 2010. Marsh has decided to stay in
London for his pre-fight training camp.
With just over three weeks to go until the big fight, Marsh has been
making the short trip from his home in West Ham to the Ultrachem TKO gym
in Canning Town to be put through his paces by co-trainers, Johnny Eames
and Derek Grainger.
Marsh, who normally would go to the TKO training camp in Tenerife,
explained the reason he decided to stay in the UK, “We talked about it
but decided to stay here as we were already sort of in camp. We were
originally training for a non-title fight at the end of June. It was
going so well we decided to stick at it here for the fight with Kris
We already had regularly sparring set up with Ian (former European
Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa), Dean (Dean Byrne), George
(George Jupp) and Ian Bailey and it’s been really good. We’ve added a
couple of southpaws now as Kris Hughes is a southpaw. So you can see I’m
getting lots of good sparring in.
Training’s going really, really well. I feel ready now, you know. I just
want to get in there.”
Marsh’s manager and co-trainer Johnny Eames then gave his views on how
the official first week in camp has been going, “Matthew’s touched on
the reason we didn’t go away to camp. We originally trained for a six
round fight at the end of June. When this got changed to a title fight
on the 23rd July we were already sort of three quarters into our
training. All’s going well, he’s weight’s fine. Sparring’s been going
great. Obviously now we have a different opponent and stance we have
employed two really, really good southpaws to help us out with it.
Our sports scientist and conditioner have now come into play. It’s all
on target. While we prefer going away, this one there really is no need,
everything we need to do can be done here. Matthew’s coming into the gym
twice a day, doing his boxing training at one time and his conditioning
at another. Everything’s the same as if we were abroad at training camp.
He’s on target and hopefully he’ll beat Kris Hughes on the night.”
Matthew Marsh versus Kris Hughes for the vacant Commonwealth title is at
the Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear on Friday
23rd July 2010, Supporting headline fight Marsh vs Hughes at the Frank
Maloney promoted event will be the British Bantamweight Title bout
between Stuey Hall and Martin Power.
Also on the Sky Sports televised show will be Nigel Wright versus Dean
Harrison for the English Light Welterweight title and Tony Jeffries
versus International Masters Light Heavyweight champion Michael Banbula
in a non-championship bout. Other support bouts to be announced.
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