Boxers off to the sun

WHILE Nicky Cook prepares for his trip to Tenerife, another squad of Newham boxers flew out yesterday (Tuesday) to train in the sunshine of the holiday island. Trainer Johnny Eames took a group of fighters from the TKO Gym in Canning Town for some warm we

WHILE Nicky Cook prepares for his trip to Tenerife, another squad of Newham boxers flew out yesterday (Tuesday) to train in the sunshine of the holiday island.

Trainer Johnny Eames took a group of fighters from the TKO Gym in Canning Town for some warm weather sessions at the Tenerife high altitude TKO training centre.

The group return on Thursday, January 21 - just a day before unbeaten super-bantamweight Michael Maguire is booked for action in a supporting bout on the Frank Maloney promotion at the Brentwood Centre.

He travelled in the TKO party alongside Matthew Marsh, who is preparing to challenge Jason Booth for the British super-bantamweight championship in the feature fight at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre on February 5.

Another TKO fighter building up for a title fight during his training stay at Tenerife is Tony Oakey. The 34-year-old former WBU world champion is currently training for his English light-heavyweight title contest against Norwich's Danny McIntosh, scheduled to take place at the Aston Arena, Birmingham, on February 19.

Also booked on the trip was light-middleweight Pat McAleese, who has built up an unbeaten nine-fight campaign under trainer Eames.

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TKO GYM heavyweight Scott Belshaw is also set for action on next week's Frank Maloney promotion at Brentwood, but didn't travel to Tenerife.

He opted to stay at home for sparring sessions with unbeaten Londoner Derek Chisora, who faces Matt Skelton for the English heavyweight title on Frank Warren's February 13 show at Wembley.

Former Repton amateur Larry Olubamiwo meets Belshaw on the Brentwood bill.

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