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News: Huck vs Rusal; Andre Ward; Marianne 'Golden Girl' Marston

Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) will make a third defence of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on Vitaliy Rusal. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, ranked 12th by the WBA, is unbeaten in 23 fights (16 KOs). “Rusal has never left the ring as the loser,” coach Ulli Wegner warned. “He is a strong boxer who knows how to fight. Marco needs to be on full alert. He must not underestimate him. I will make sure he will be well prepared..

Huck, who last knocked out Geoffrey Batello in January, has set his sights on his 25th victory. “I am proud to be the European champion and I want to defend my title,” he stated. “I am keen to defeat Rusal but I know that it will not be easy.”

The 24-year-old has only the best memories of Bamberg. “In 2007 I defeated Vadim Tokarev in an IBF eliminator,” he stated. “The crowd was great and really gave me a boost. I look forward to returning.”

Also in action will be EE-EU light-middleweight champion Alexander Abraham (24-0, 16 KOs) and Alexander Frenkel (16-0, 12 KOs) as well as hard-hitting Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez (18-1, 11 KOs), who takes on Aaron Williams (19-1, 13 KOs).


Andre Ward To Make Guest Appearance On Tonight's ShoBox Telecast On SHOWTIME

Undefeated, No. 1-ranked super middleweight and 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Andre Ward will be interviewed between fights on ShoBox: The New Generation tonight/Friday, April 17, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) will discuss, among other things, the eagerly awaited super middleweight world title fight between unbeaten, defending WBC champion Carl Froch and former undisputed middleweight titleholder Jermain Taylor on Saturday, April 25, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast.)

The talented Ward will face his toughest test when he defends his NABO and NABF 168-pound titles against hard-hitting Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) on a special primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) on Saturday, May 16.

The Ward-Miranda 12-rounder will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Ward's hometown.


Philadelphia Newspaper Lobby US Embassy Over Visa For British Boxer Marianne 'Golden Girl' Marston.

British Super Bantamweight Marianne 'Golden Girl' Marston, who was refused a visa in order to compete on the under card of Brian Cohen's WBC Americas Light Heavyweight title fight on the 9th May at South Philadelphia High School, has learned that her plight has not gone unnoticed in the City that has been her adopted home for the best part of two years.

Journalist and boxing columnist Kerry O'Connor, who writes for Philadelphia newspaper Center City Weekly Press and Examiner.com, heard of Marianne's plight and decided that something pro-active should be done to correct the matter. His solution was to start a campaign of support by encouraging readers of his column to write directly to the American Embassy In London to lobby them to reconsider Marianne's visa application.

O'Connor wrote in his Philadelphia Boxing column on Examiner.com on the 17th April "Earlier in the week, boxing fans said goodbye to the Golden Boy. Today, I'm reporting that we're being denied the chance to say hello to the Golden Girl.

Marianne "Golden Girl" Marston, a Super Bantamweight boxer from London, England, was supposed to make her professional debut May 9th here at South Philadelphia High School.

However, after two years of playing by the rules, and filing proper paperwork with the American Embassy so she could come back and forth between Philly
and London to train, the Embassy has denied her visa application."

O'Connor then provides his readers with further information regarding Marianne and her plight before suggesting to his readers, "If you'd like to see Marianne get her visa, let the US Embassy know! Send an e.mail titled: "Let Marianne box" to Special Consular Services at SCSLondon@state.gov "

The Wednesday 22nd April issue of the Weekly Press will feature a more in-depth article by O'Connor, including an interview with Steve 'USS' Cunningham, to generate as much interest as possible in the campaign.

So what has made O'Connor leap to support Marianne and campaign on her behalf? "I found the circumstances surrounding Marianne's denial of a visa to be very unfair," said O'Connor. "She's always abided by the rules regarding her travels between the UK and the States in the past, so to say she might not return to London after the fight is ridiculous. She is just as deserving of a chance to box in the States as Ricky Hatton. Let her have her dream. Let her fight."

On learning of Kerry O'Connor campaigning on her behalf a very grateful Marianne said, "When I got a call telling me of the support coming from Kerry through his column I was blown away, I was speechless, what a truly wonderful thing to do.

In some ways I'm not surprised though as everyone there is so nice. Philadelphia is a very special place filled with such wonderful people. When I made the decision to train full time in America I had two choices, Philly or Los Angeles. What swung me to choose Philly was the people, they made me feel at home from the very first day I visited there. I know I was right to do so as they care about others. Kerry proves that, we've never met or spoken yet he has done this for me. Wow, that is something else.

I can't thank Kerry enough as I love Philly and can't wait to get back...and fight."

If, like Kerry O'Connor, you would like to help Marianne fulfill her dream to professionally fight in America please send an e.mail titled: "Let Marianne box" to Special Consular Services at SCSLondon@state.gov asking them to reconsider Marianne Marston's visa application.

Article posted on 17.04.2009



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