Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxer &
Celebrity Football Tournament-In Aid Of The Indee Rose Trust
July 23, 2010 Huge Photo of Hatton
(JULY 23) Today Ultrachem TKO boss Johnny
Eames announced the teams that will be taking part in the Celebrity
Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at Brockwell
Stadium, Canvey Island, Essex, this coming Sunday.
There will be ten teams taking part in the nine-a-side tournament
playing under a two league format. All teams play four times within the
league system followed by an eleven-a-side final between the winners of
Ultrachem TKO Team 1, which is managed by head honcho Johnny Eames
includes former undisputed Light Welterweight champion Ricky Hatton and
WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World David Haye heading up a star
studded lineup that includes David Haye’s manager and coach Adam Booth,
Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, Matthew Marsh, Derek Grainger, Wayne
Elcock, Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, George Hillyard, Billy Morgan as
well as a couple of ringers in former Crystal Palace footballers Tommy &
Ringers, in the form of ex-pro footballers seem to be quite a feature of
the tournament. It appears that almost every team has secured a little
professional assistance to ensure that the infamous Willie Limond’s
“Bravehearts” , who at the previous Ultrachem TKO Gym Charity Football
Tournament fielded a team littered with former Scottish Premiership
players, do not get to lift the trophy.
Prime example of the infiltration of former pro footballers is the
Ultrachem TKO Team 2, which is managed by Craig Burns & ‘Our’ Monty. In
all fairness though it should be said that the Ultrachem TKO Gym’s
second team was hastily put together, following Gavin Rees’ Welsh
Wizards having pulled out earlier this week. Gym owner’s son Ritchie
Eames, who played for West Ham, Tottenham Hotspurs and Barnet as a
youth, and the aforementioned Monty, hit the phones to put together a
replacement team, consisting of mainly Ritchie’s former pro football
mates, at very short notice.
Ultrachem TKO Gym/Indee Rose Trust Team, which is managed by Martin
Stewart, has been a little better behaved and features a host of boxers
and celebrities including former WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion
Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, Lightweight Contender Kevin Mitchell, British
Light Middleweight Champion, Sam Webb, unbeaten Light Middleweight
‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan, George Keen, Lee Cook,
former British Light Middleweight Champion Gary Woolcombe, Bradley
Skeet, Akaash ‘Kash The Bash’ Bhatia, Mark Wingett (Jim Carver - The
Bill), Andrew Tiernan (Prime Suspect, 300, Cracker) and Heavyweight
Contender Ali Adams amongst others.
Another team not to rely on any professional assistance are the Sports
Writers Team, lead by Player/Manager Steve Lillis (News of the World)
and featuring top UK boxing promoter Frank Maloney, Sports Network’s
matchmaker Dean Powell, Sky Sports presenter Ed Robinson, Boxing News’
Tris Dixon & Matt Christie, actors Gerald Kerns & Ciaren Griffiths
(Shameless), Stephen Bell (former pro boxer now Coronation Street star),
Olympic boxer Tony Jeffries plus a motley crew of top British sports
Paul Smith’s Mickey Mousers Team, who’re managed by Paul Smith Snr, make
the long journey south with a squad that includes Paul Smith (British
Super Middleweight Champion), Stephen Smith (Commonwealth Super
Featherweight contender), Callam & Liam Smith (Unbeaten pros), Paul
Edwards (unbeaten Super Flyweight contender) plus a fair sprinkling of
Willie Limond’s “Bravehearts”, lead by player/manager WBU World Champion
Willie Limond, seems to again feature a selection of former Scottish
Premiership players. Although in fairness Limond does include Kevin and
Raymond Limond, Jason Hastie and British Super Featherweight Champion
Craige Docherty from the world of boxing.
Graham Earl’s House Of Champions, lead by player/manager former WBU
Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, are a bit more up front having
named Lui Field & James Smith, (Luton Town Youth), Rory Smith (Dunstable
Town), Alvin Rajadarmi (Greys Athletic), along with the cream of Luton,
Bedfordshire’s amateur boxing stars, in his squad.
Ireland’s Team Alio, managed by “Iron” Mike Tyson’s sparring partner
‘Big’ Joe Egan & Alan ‘Alio’ Wilton, have named Luke Wilton (British
Flyweight Contender), Aran Wilton, Matthew Wilton, Stevie Quinn (former
Super Bantamweight contender), Steve Quinn Jnr, Ben Little, Lloyd
Abbott, John McCaughey, Garreth Thompson, Paul McCausland, Mark Gamble,
James Paisley (Former Ultrachem TKO fighter) and a dodgy sounding (Jon
Joe) Renaldo amongst the team to cross the Irish Sea to take part.
Jimmy Mack’s Mashers, managed by Alec Wilkey, is heavily boxing biased
with Lewis Pettit (unbeaten Super Bantamweight), Jimmy McDonald (former
Featherweight World Champion), Cassius Conner (Unbeaten Welterweight)
and Light Welterweight Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day heading up their squad.
Now whilst Mr Day may not technically class as a ringer, being a pro
boxer, I have it on good authority that he chose boxing over a highly
promising footballing career.
Last but not least Team Iron Maiden, who unfortunately will not be
featuring the anticipated ringer of all ringers, former West Ham, Spurs,
Man Utd and England striker, Teddy Sheringham due to him suffering a
knee ligament injury, have left the organisers totally in the dark, and
unable to check for suspected ringers, by submitting the following team
list - R Wilson, N McCabe, C Rowlatt, J McCabe, V Nicoll, D Rowlatt, T
Larkin, T Newton, R Verschoyle, K Hoad, G Harris, A Monagle, J Lovell, J
Lovell, C J Rowlatt, J Mann, J Shakey, L McCabe.
Following the on-pitch action there will be a Boxing Memorabilia Auction
- featuring items donated by the stars taking part as well as some of
the famous boxers, such as undefeated and undisputed Champion of the
World Joe Calzaghe, who were unable to make it on the day.
The Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxers & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of
The Indee Rose Trust will be at the Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on
Sunday 25th July 2010. Kick-off will be a 12:00 Noon.
Tickets are priced:
Tickets are available on the day at Canvey Island FC and are also still
available until 2pm Saturday from The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House,
Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA - Tel: 0207 474 3199