‘Oakey Kokey’ Puts His Weight Behind McIntyre Ahead Of Sept 11th Showdown With Ambler
Former WBU Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey believes that his Light Heavyweight discovery Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre, who debuts, against Welsh battler Jamie Ambler on the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘It’s Personal’ double title show at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday 11th September, has what it takes to go all the way in the sport.
Speaking from his Portsmouth home Oakey, who retired in May this year, said, “Joel McIntyre’s a little protégé of mine. A little while ago I was asked to have a look at this local lad. I’d already heard stories about him as he’s from the same little neighbourhood as myself and he fought for the same amateur club I did.
I get asked to look at lads regularly to see if they if they have what it takes to move from the amateurs to the pros. People don’t realise there is such a difference between the professional boxing and amateur boxing, they’re two completely different games.
Anyway, I liked what I saw so arranged for Joel to go and trial with Johnny Eames, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London, as I wanted to get him the best trainer and training possible.
After a couple of weeks in London I asked Johnny if it was all right with him if we did a couple of rounds. I didn’t want to mess with what Johnny was doing, you know, but wanted to have a move around with him. I wanted to really see what he had to offer.
I didn’t go too hard on him, just enough to see how good he was. I really liked what I saw, there’s a lot to like about him. He’s got all the tools there and just needs to be taught how to use them properly, which’ll be no problem for Johnny and Del (Derek Grainger), they’re the best in the business.
I think Joel has the potential to go all the way in boxing. He’s strong, he’s aggressive and he’s also got a lot of boxing ability. I look at Joel and I see a lot of myself, he was a bit of a tearaway kid. I hope that boxing will steer him in the right direction the same way as it did me, you know, which is a good thing.
I think he’ll surprise a few people, he’s the type of fighter who you’ll be able to take a chance with after a few fights.
He looks up to me and I try and help him as much as possible back here. When he’s not in London I help him train here in Portsmouth. I’m trying look after him the best I can as I think he has a bright future in boxing and I’ll be there in London cheering him on September 11th.”
Co-headlining ‘It’s Personal’ are Former English Super Bantamweight Champion Ryan Barratt versus Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, for the vacant International Masters Lightweight title and ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese versus Lee Noble, for the British Masters Light Middleweight Title.
‘It’s Personal’ also features the British professional debut of the legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s protégé Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston.
Marston, who is now trained in the UK by Derek Grainger at the ‘fight factory’ known as the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, will be facing a stern test in the highly experienced Welsh battler Lana Cooper in a four round Featherweight contest.
The exciting, Brian Lawrence trained/managed, Light Middleweight star Erick ‘The Eagle Ochieng, who recently defeated Curtis Valentine in the battle of the undefeated, is looking to extend his unblemished record against Brummy hardman Dee Mitchell.
Another Light Middleweight prospect, Michael Norgrove, also looks to extend his perfect record. Norgrove, whose record ot 2-0, has his hardest test to date when he faces Finchley’s Ian Eldridge.
Welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, who also has a perfect unbeaten record, is set to face his sternest test to date when he faces the experienced brawler Kevin McAuley from Halesowen.
Ultrachem TKO’s exceptional Featherweight discovery, 19 year old George Jupp, is set for his second career fight against the highly experienced Latvian Pavels Senkovs.
Unbeaten prospect Tony “The Conqueror” Conquest is set to face one of the most experienced Cruserweight’s around, Hastings Rasani, who has fought the best the division has offered over the years, David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, Troy Ross, Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott, Terry Dunston, Mark Krence, Tony Bellew, Dean Francis… and the list just goes on. This is no easy fight for Conquest, who will need to be right on his game.
Super Middleweight Eder Kurti will be looking to maintain his six fight winning streak against Sabie Monteith.
Bethnal Green’s highly popular Light Welterweight Jamie Arlain is set to explode on the professional scene. Arlain will be facing Bulgarian Danny Dontchev.
Exciting Welterweight prospect Phil Gill aka “The Phil Gill Experience” looks to continue his unbeaten record against the experienced Sid Razak.
Also at Welterweight Bobby Gladman, who has a perfect 6-0 record is set for a four round contest against a yet to be named opponent.
Tickets for ‘It’s Personal’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 11th September 2010 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tickets.justlisten2this.com or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.