Mum’s the word for Miranda’s first show

IT S LADIES first at York Hall, Bethnal Green when promoter Miranda Carter stages the first show of the new season on Sunday, September 13 and, as usual, calls up Newham s popular ticket-sellers to attract the fight fans, writes LEN WHALEY. Mother of thre

IT'S LADIES first at York Hall, Bethnal Green when promoter Miranda Carter stages the first show of the new season on Sunday, September 13 and, as usual, calls up Newham's popular ticket-sellers to attract the fight fans, writes LEN WHALEY.

Mother of three, Miranda, certainly does not fit the usual blueprint of a fight promoter, but she relishes a challenge and her Left Jab Promotions Group has staged several successful shows at Bethnal Green.

Her September bill is the latest in her series of Sunday afternoon boxing promotions which have proved popular, attracting the fight fans to the east London venue.

She features the young prospects on her bill including new pro Tony Conquest - just one of a line-up of fighters based at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town who will be in action on the night.


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He bids for honours under the guidance of local pro manager Richard Clarke who works in partnership with trainer Jason Rowland the former WBU lightwelter weight title-holder with a growing stable of fighters currently training at the Ultrachem TKO Gym.

Light-middleweight crowd pleaser Pat McAleese looks to continue his seven-fight unbeaten run when he appears on the show alongside Matt Jack and former West Ham BC amateur Nathan Weise, also trained by Johnny Eames at the Canning Town gym.

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Also on parade will be Liam Shinkwin, an unbeaten lightweight, and John Wayne Hibbert who, like Conquest, are both trained by Jason Rowland, who has switched to the cornerman role following an outstanding 28-fight pro career, which included just two defeats - one at the hands of Ricky Hatton in a 2001 title clash.

"It has been hard, but I have enjoyed working with Jason Rowland," said Conquest, who during his career at the Dagenham BC battled through to become was nationally ranked number three in the cruiserweight division.

The 24-year-old launches his bid for pro glory at York Hall, which was the scene of one of his biggest amateur triumphs.

His ABA title march included wins over quality opposition - including south London rival James Haye, younger brother of David, the former amateur star who is set to challenge for the world heavyweight title in Germany in November.

The younger Haye, like his big brother a product of Lambeth's Fitzroy Lodge BC, was rated a real threat to the Dagenham BC hope's title ambitions when they clashed in the London ABA finals.

Conquest showed his superiority as he clinched a clear points verdict over Haye to move through to the national rounds of the 2009 title trail.

A convincing victory over Guernsey BC opponent Matt Jennings in the quarter-finals at Sheffield saw Conquest enter the final four of the competition, where Banbury BC opponent Robert Evans ended his ABA title ambitions, as he punched out a 13-9 points success before going on to take the national award.

Now the amateur days are over with a pro campaign, and new trainer Jason Rowland insists it's just the start of the road that: "Could take Tony right to the top.

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