| Marianne Marston Dedicates April 27th boxing match to Smokin Joe
By Special on Doghouse Boxing (April 9, 2013) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro)
Featherweight Marianne Marston is to dedicate her upcoming fight,
against Latvias Aleksandra Jasjukevica at York Hall, Bethnal Green in
London on Saturday 27th April 2013, to the memory of her recently departed mentor, Legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin Joe Frazier.
an accidental meeting with Smokin Joe at a coffee shop in Philadelphia,
Marston was invited to try out at his North Philadelphia gym.
trial was clearly a success as Smoke immediately invited her to join
his female boxing team, which also included Heavyweight Dee Moses and
Welterweight Faatimah Balmer.
Photo - Marvis Frazier, Marianne Marston and Joe Frazier.
a series of extended trips to Philly, from her home in London, to be
coached by the legend himself and his son Marvis, Marston relocated to
the City of Brotherly Love, in order to thoroughly prepare for her
planned professional debut.
Unfortunately within a few months of her moving to Philadelphia, Smokin Joe Fraziers Gym unexpectedly closed.
though Marston had moved her training base across town, to The James
Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia and later following her return
to London, she and the Smoke regularly kept in touch, as Frazier had
always been particularly keen on news of how his Golden Girl was
progressing, as well as taking any opportunity of reminding her that he
wanted to be ringside at her first fight.
a training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London, Marston
reminisced about her time with the legend that is Smokin Joe Frazier.
Joe was my childhood hero, he always was one of the biggest influences in my wanting to box in the first place.
though I was regularly in Philly on business, I never expected to meet
Joe, at the time I didnt even realize he still had a gym there.
To meet him was something else, I suppose because it was a totally accidental meeting it makes it even more special.
To actually be coached by him was a dream come true.
times it was quite surreal, like the time I was at the gym and about to
wrap my hands, Joe came over took the wraps from me and began wrapping
my hands. I mean hes my all time hero and yet here he was wrapping my
To this day I still wrap my hands the way he showed me, I wouldnt change the way I do them for the World.
after the gym closed we kept in touch, Joe always said to me dont forget
to let him know when I will be fighting, as he wanted to be there.
Joe died I was not just deeply saddened but also felt a lot of anger,
not at Joe, but at the powers that be that had prevented me fighting
professionally until recently.
wanted to be at my debut, yet those morons and their prejudice against
Womens boxing stalled my career, its so disappointing that now Im
actually able to fight professionally Joe cant be there in the flesh
but I know hell be there in spirit.
supported Womens boxing, not just because his daughter Jacqui boxed, but
because he believed Boxing to be a sport for everyone. We were all
treated the same in the gym, we were all boxers, not male or female.
was so special and I owe him so much, not just because he trained me.
Joe taught me so much and gave me so much belief in my ability, if it
wasnt for him I probably would have given up on my dream a long time
after my return to London Joes support and kind words were a major
factor in my determination to fight the system and achieve my dream.
On the 27th April, I WILL win and WILL do it in style as I am fighting for the
memory of one of the greatest people, as well as greatest boxers, I have
ever had the pleasure of knowing, Smokin Joe Frazier.
Marston versus Aleksandra Jasjukevica features on the undercard of Dean
Irish Lightning Byrne - Jay IOW Assassin Morris International Masters
Welterweight Championship clash which headlines Dave Murphys
Thunderdrome Promotions Thunder & Lightning event at York Hall,
Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.
priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor) and £30 (Balcony) are available
on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.mariannemarston.com or in person
at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London E16 4SA -
www.tkoboxinggym.com - or the Ringtone Gym in Euston, London NW1 2PB -
www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com - Tel: 07960 850645 or 07557 641597 for
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