|Marianne put through the paces by legend Frazier|
Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, the British born protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB) this coming Thursday evening.
The appearance on The BBC London Boxing Show presented by Steve Bunce culminates an exciting couple of months for Marianne. Following a change of British training base to The Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, she has been signed to a management contract by gym owner, and two time world champion coach, Johnny Eames; has a new full time trainer in the highly experienced Derek Grainger; she has launched a new series of boxing classes for Women and promoter Steve Goodwin has signed her to professionally debut at his September 11th show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
A clearly pleased Marianne said of her upcoming appearance on the Steve Bunce Show “I’m really looking forward to Thursday. It’s a true honour to be asked to be on his show as Steve is one of boxing’s most influential broadcasters.
I doubt Steve will remember this, but we met at Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia. It was about a week after I started training full time there, Steve and his TV crew were in Philly, for a press conference for the Calzaghe-Hopkins fight, and they popped in to the gym unannounced to see if he could get an interview with Joe.
Says it all really, I mean, there are not many people who can just turn up and get an interview with Joe, but he did!
Afterwards we were introduced and Steve kindly said that he wished me luck and looked forward to having me on his show one day, and now I am.”
Marianne spent eighteen months training in Philadelphia, PA, USA, firstly with Joe and Marvis Frazier, until their gym closed in March ‘08, and then with Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham at the James Shuler Memorial Gym. She was then signed by Ivan Cohen’s Bionic Bull Promotions to debut on the undercard of Brian Cohen’s WBC Americas title fight in Philadelphia in May ‘09.
However things didn’t go quite according to plan. Marianne returned home to London in March ‘09 to secure the appropriate Professional Athletes visa, only for it to be refused by the US Embassy due to her having insufficient ties to the UK and the fact that she had yet to fight professionally.
Not being one to give up on her dreams Marianne successfully applied for a British Professional license and following signing with Ultrachem TKO’s Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger is due to debut against Lana Cooper at the Steve Goodwin promoted event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on the 11th September 2010.
The BBC London Boxing Hour presented by Steve Bunce, and featuring Marianne “Golden Girl” Marston, is on BBC London 94.9 & DAB on Thursday 27th May at 8pm.