Choi won his first World Crown, the vacant WBF version, in 2006, with a spectacular third round stoppage of Kenyan WBF International Champion David Kiilu at the Tara Leisure Centre in Shaw, Lancashire and successfully defended the title twice in 2007.
He vacated the WBF title a year later, in order to challenge Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews for his WBU crown. On the fifth of April 2011, at the Bolton Arena in Bolton.
Choi won his second World crown in spectacular fashion, for five scintillating rounds Choi battered Matthews, sending him to the canvas no less than five times, three times in the third and twice in fifth.
Choi in action against Jackson Asiku at York Hall earlier this year
Choi, who never got the chance to defend the WBU crown, has longed for another title shot and following his sensational ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated victory over former IBO World Champion Jackson Asiku in June this year looks set to have his dream come true in the very near future.
On making the event announcement an elated Spencer Fearon said, “Yeah, Choi Tseveenpürev, we’re looking at two opponents.
We had him originally for the WBA Pan Asian title, but you know, everyone is frightened of Choi.
When we did the last show and Gary Logan, the former British title challenger, who was doing the commentary said Choi’s retained his title, and I said what title is that and he said the Champion of the nobody wants to fight club.
He’s right nobody wants to fight Choi, as soon as you get a phone call you see some astronomical money asked for. You know what I mean, guys that would be willing to fight Choi are asking me to pay 90% more than they usually get on TV shows. That’s crazy but Choi’s coming back and he’s gonna do his thing. It’ll be another fight of the year for sure.”
The main support for Choi, against whichever big name Spencer can get to put their record on the line, is a rematch, or is that grudge match, between Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton and Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan.
Choi celbrates his magnificent victory against Jackson Asiku.
Back in June, when the pair first faced each other, their fight came to a very premature end, after just one minute and forty two seconds of the first round. Hamilton, who had been controlling the first round easily, backed Ryan to the ropes and as the red mist descended lunged forward, head first. The referee, Ken Curtis, instantly stopped the bout and disqualified Hamilton for head butting.
Hamilton has vowed that this time he will not let Ryan’s constant head butting make him respond in kind, this time he’s going to punish any indiscretion by boxing his head off instead.
To add even more international flavour to ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ Spencer was quick to sign high flying London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker for the show, following Balker’s sensation victory over World No 45 ranked Richard Turba a few ago.
The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym fighter will face another super tough opponent, and another member of the ‘no one wants to fight club’, Wales’ Hari Miles.
Hard Knocks/The Real Fight Club unbeaten rising star Joe Catchpole will take on Balker’s TRAD TKO team mate Daryl Setterfield in a Light Middleweight contest.
Young Joe will have his hands full, as Redhill’s Setterfield is a renowned battler with a big right hand, as Catchpole’s team mate Darren Hamilton can attest, as Setterfield knocked him out cold when they went to war back in March last year.
Aylesbury Welterweight Nathan Graham will also be back in action, against Hayes, Middlesex’s Robert Lloyd Taylor. Graham will be looking to get back to winning ways, after the close loss to former World Champ Junior Witter at Prizefighter – Welterweights in June and his prior loss to Adil Anwar, when they fought for the International Masters Welterweight title in March.
Also making his return to York Hall on the 7th October is exciting young Croydon Light Welterweight Danny Davis, who made his debut at the Hard Knocks ‘Shamrock Showdown’ back in March.
Finally Spencer’s prodigy James Wallace will be making his debut at ‘This Is Hard Knocks’.
Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports.
Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.
by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro