UK News: Maloney's Heavyweight Prospects In Action; St George's Sporting Club

Two of the most promising heavyweight prospects in Britain will be in action this Friday, March 20 on the undercard of the Ian Napa vs. Malik Bouzaine European bantamweight title fight show at Newham Leisure Centre in London. Larry Olubamiwo and Tom Dallas both turned professional last year with promoter Frank Maloney and have each hammered their way to perfect records after three bouts..

30 year old Olubamiwo has earned his "War Machine" nickname in brutal fashion as the 6'4, 260 pound Hackney resident hasn't allowed a rival to see the finish of a fight, producing three KO's against seasoned journeyman opposition.

At Newham Leisure Centre this Friday, Olubamiwo, 3-0 (3), will meet what will likely be his stiffest challenge to date, in the form of opponent Mick O'Connell, who will be making his pro debut.

In contrast to Olubamiwo, who only had 11 amateur bouts, 34 year old O'Connell had a long and glittering career in the unpaid ranks, winning 135 bouts, seven Combined Services titles as a Royal Marine, an ABA title and a Commonwealth Games silver medal to go with two stints as England team captain.

If Olubamiwo allows O'Connell to make their contest a boxing match, it's unlikey he'll have the tools to compete with the Plymouth man but "The War Machine" didn't get such a sobriquet from trying to outslick adversaries in the ring.

Olubamiwo's promotional stablemate Tom Dallas, 3-0 (1), will face 37 year old Swindon novice "Big" Ben Harding, 2-1-1 (0), in a scheduled four rounder.

Towering above opponents at 6'6, Dallas made expert use of his height and reach advantages in the amateurs, racking up an junior ABA championship and nearly capturing an ABA super heavyweight title.

As a pro, Dallas hasn't lost a round in three contests. The 230 pound 23 year old from Chatham is coming off a second round stoppage of Howard Daley in which Dallas looked to be in possession of the full arsenal, battering his quarry with an unrelenting two-fisted barrage.

At 6'3, 265 pounds, Harding is no small problem for Dallas, but that hasn't stopped the Kent prospect from promising to deliver another resounding performance in victory.

Frank Maloney Promotions presents the Bantamweight Championship of Europe as reigning titlist Ian Napa defends against Malik Bouziane along with full undercard support at Newham Leisure Centre in London, England on Friday, March 20, 2009.

Tickets, priced at 80 for Ringside and 35 General Admission, are available by logging onto or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.

Sky Sports will televise the action live on SS2 at 10PM.


FRANK MALONEY will launch the exclusive St George's Sporting Club in the heart of London's East End on Thursday 23rd April.

The inaugural dinner and boxing show will also celebrate Maloney's 25 years as a professional boxing promoter.

This special event at The Troxy will be a mixed sex event, but there will be male only St George's Sporting Club shows around the country.

Maloney's quarter-century anniversary which is fittingly staged on St George's Day will include a guest speaker, comedian, three fights and a four course meal with an English flavour.

Maloney said: "Traditional sporting clubs like the Anglo American Sporting Club have sadly become a thing of the past, but St George's Sporting Club will have many of its traits.

"There will be a summer ball in Manchester where ladies will be welcome and a special Christmas show, but there will be exclusive men only functions.

"The club will not have a fixed home as each function will be staged in a different part of the country."

The Troxy is a splendid art deco Grade II listed building situated between the City of London and Canary Wharf a left hook from where Maloney first started out in boxing at The Castle Pub.

Maloney added: "The Troxy is a magnificent building and there can't a better venue to launch the club."

Maloney first entered the boxing arena 30 years ago as a trainer, but has been staging shows from Lewisham to Las Vegas over the last 25 years.

He has also handled four major world champions Lennox Lewis, Scott Harrison, David Haye, and Paul Ingle.

Maloney is currently promotes three European champions Jamie, Moore, Rendall Munroe and Ian Napa. His British and Commonwealth champions are Chris Edwards, Lee Haskins and Napa. Commonwealth title holders on his roster are Jason Booth and Ajose Olusegun.

Olympic bronze medallists Tony Jeffries and Darren Sutherland are also promoted by FTM Sports.

Tickets will go on sale next week. To register your interest and to obtain further details about the StGeorge's Sporting Club, please call 0208 467

Article posted on 17.03.2009

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