|John McDermott and Ali Adams pose after sparring|
Chelsea based Iraqi Heavyweight Ali Adams has called in the big guns, in the form of Southern Area Heavyweight Champion ‘Big’ John McDermott, to help him prepare for his upcoming fight, against a yet to be named opponent, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ double title headed super show, at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Adams, the World’s only Arab Heavyweight professional boxer, turned to his friend John McDermott for sparring to ensure he is fully prepared for whoever he faces on June 4th. Adams has been firm in stating that he intends to not just win, but win big time, as he is dedicating the fight to his Father who recently past away.
Those in attendance at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, during their first sparring session, were treated to some top notch boxing.
Right from the first bell both Adams and McDermott started trading hard, as the rounds went on both raised their game to a higher level. The quality of the boxing on display brought all training at the gym to a halt, as every single fighter present downed gloves to watch. As the final bell rang their work ethic and undoubted skill was rewarded with a standing ovation.
|Fighters and Coaches watch on as John McDermott and Ali Adams spar|
Following the sparring session a slightly breathless, yet elated, Adams said, “John McDermott, I always have special spar with John. He’s a very good fighter, I thank him big time for coming sparring and helping me. He’s a really good come forward fighter. He gives me a lot of pressure and stuff so it’s really good for my next fight.
I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but I’m knocking the kid out. No matter who he is I’m knocking him out first, second round, because this fight is for my Father.
My father just passed away, I just came back from Iraq. I was in in Iraq for five weeks and I came back three weeks ago.
Soon as I came back Johnny (Eames) talked to me about being reserve in Prizefighter and I accepted it. Then I trained.
I started training from three weeks ago and I’ve got two weeks to the fight, so I’ll be super fit, not just fit, super fit. No boxing I’m going out there just to knock the kid out, proper fighting you know, real boxing. Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait.”
Ali Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, will feature on the undercard of Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’, double title headlined event will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Co-headlining the show are International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett, who will be defending his crown for the first time against former Kenyan Super Featherweight Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, and former Super Middleweight supremo Toks Owoh, who was originally due to face Tony Conquest for the British Masters Cruiserweight title until Tony damaged his hand in training.
The massive 16 bout card also features Adam’s TKO Boxing Gym team mate Beckton based Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who gets a stern test against Welsh hardman Hari Miles.
Further Team TKO fighters on the card include Carshalton Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who faces former WBF Intercontinental title challenger James Todd, as well as Thamesmead Light Middleweight Nathan Weise, Plumstead’s Sam Standing and Islington Welterweight Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.
Amongst the established stars taking part on 4th June are Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine, who takes on Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr in a four round Lightweight contest, the sensational Woolwich based Albanian Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Brentwood Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Minster Kent’s popular Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate.
Making their professional debuts at the ‘Search & Destroy’ event are Lightweight Billy Lavelle, who is sure to be tested hard by the experienced Sid Razak, former unbeaten unlicensed fighter Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams, who will face Louis Byrne. As well as Lightweight Marcin Marczak and Middleweights William Cayzer and Diego Burton, who face yet to be named opponents.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the Search and Destroy 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 from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645
Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro