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As London based Super Bantamweight Marianne Marston prepares for her upcoming bout on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ massive fourteen-fight card taking place on Friday, October 4 at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa has been enlisted to serve as her main sparring partner.
Following a sensational first round stoppage of Hungarian #1 ranked Gabriella Roman in April, Marston is being fast tracked for a WBF International title fight, targeted for November 30 in London, by her promoter Dave Murphy and World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg.
She will first have to deal with Masa Bacanov on August 30 on the Demis Tonna Prize Boxing Promotions ‘Rumble in the Med Part IV – Judgement Day’ event at the Dolmen Hotel and Spa Resort in Bugibba, Malta. This will be followed by the October 4 fight against a yet to be named opponent.
It’s with these key fights in mind that led Marston to suggest to promoter Dave Murphy that her long time gym mate Ian Napa be approached to be her regular sparring partner. During his exceptional thirteen year career, Napa fought a "who's who" of champions, winning seven championship bouts, acquiring and defending the Southern Area (Flyweight) and both the British and European Bantamweight titles. He also challenged for a world crown at Flyweight.
Marston spoke about the benefits of having Napa on her team following their second sparring session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.
"Ian’s seriously technical and has an almost impenetrable defense. He really is the perfect sparring partner for me to learn from. Let’s face it, if I can survive his constant pressure and wicked shots, as well as actually get through that defense, then I’m doing pretty well," Marston said.
"I can’t think of any better sparring I could possibly get. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all and any sparring I get, just the sparring I get from Ian is of such high quality that I will benefit from it even more. I seriously doubt that there will be any opponent that will test me anywhere close to the way he does."
Marston plans to have a few more sessions with Napa before heading to Malta to fight Bacanov and then will resume sparring in preparation for her October 4 bout.
"Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking past Masa, anything but – she’s one tough cookie that not only boxes but is also a competitive kickboxer – but I already know that I will be handed a seriously tough test on October 4th and, really, that’s the fight I have got Ian in to make sure I am a hundred percent ready for."
Marianne Marston, against a yet to be named opponent, will feature on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, headlined by Michel Trabant vs TBA and Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie World title clashes, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013.
Tickets priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at TKO Box Office, or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town and Ringtone Gym in Euston, or from any of the boxers taking part in the event. You may also call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.
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