London life the key to Tony’s success

TONY OAKEY admits that leaving his Portsmouth home to train under Johnny Eames at Newham s Ultrachem TKO Gym has brought a new lease of life to his ring career that looked finished. Now, at the age of 33, and surely near the end of an 11-year pro career,

TONY OAKEY admits that leaving his Portsmouth home to train under Johnny Eames at Newham's Ultrachem TKO Gym has brought a new lease of life to his ring career that looked finished.

Now, at the age of 33, and surely near the end of an 11-year pro career, he still has British title ambitions which he aims to achieve at the local gym.

The former British and WBU champion (pictured right) added the British Masters title to his lengthy honours list when he stopped Welsh rival Shon Davies in four rounds in his home town on Saturday night.

Now he wants to regain the British title and hopes that Saturday's promoter, former world titleholder Ricky Hatton, can set up the chance.


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Fight-wise, Oakey knows that one more British title success will earn him the Lonsdale belt outright, and he would welcome that chance before his own supporters.

After a British title defeat by Dean Francis and a Commonwealth title loss against Nathan Cleverly last year, Oakey bounced back in style winning the �25,000 cheque for his success in the Prizefighter tournament on the Matchroom promotion at York Hall in February.

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He followed that up with Saturday's success at the Mountbatten Centre on the show, promoted by hattonboxing.tv, with the backing of Eames' Ultrachem Gym.

His only worry on his way to victory over Davies was the gash on the bridge of his nose that sent the blood running down his face in the second round.

However, with good work from cornerman Jimmy Tibbs, he was able to continue the assault that proved too much for the brave battler from Llanelli.

It was Oakey's savage body punching that paved the way for victory over the Welsh titleholder, who was clearly in trouble after taking powerful hooks to the mid-section.

As Davies slumped to his knees clutching his body, the referee moved in to signal the fight was over after one minute 48 seconds of the fourth round.

* PAT McAleese, another TKO fighter in action on the show, made it six straight wins on the undercard with a points success over opponent Paul Morby.

"There must be easier ways of celebrating a 23rd birthday," said McAleese, who floored his rival early on, but had to battle as southpaw Morby rallied in the late rounds.

After winning his first fight away from York Hall, the TKO fighter admitted: "I learned a lot tonight," but offered the loser a return chance.

* BOBBY GEORGE made it a winning debut in his pro start as a TKO Gym fighter, when he halted Ghanian Lanquaye Wilson in the opening round.

George, formerly Boris Giorgiev, who won a light-welter bronze medal boxing for Bulgaria at the 2004 Athens Olympics, outgunned his opponent from the start, and Wilson made two trips to the canvas before the referee intervened after one minute 48 seconds.

* NATHAN WEISE, a former West Ham BC amateur, produced an explosive left-hook to stretch out Portsmouth's Lloyd Smith in their light middleweight meeting.

Weise showed his usual relaxed style before unleashing the powerful left hook to the jaw that sent his opponent crashing down and out after two minutes 20 seconds of the second round.

The referee signalled the end without completing the count. "You'll be hearing a lot more of me," said the confident TKO light-middleweight, who enjoyes a 'Sugarboy,' nickname and produced a sweet finish for his latest win on his record of just one points defeat in five pro starts.

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