Not for profit Boxing Club seek to expand sponsorship opportunities to local business

Marden Amateur Boxing Club based in North Tyneside and are a not for profit community club working hard to provide a facility for people of all ages improving both health and well-being along with an opportunity to compete.


We are looking to bring a second sponsor on board to help us this season as we have many costs with an expanding team of 20 competing boxers which means more kit, more travel, more championships and more equipment costs.

In return you receive:

• Regular mentions across all social media sites.
• Free tickets to our 2 shows a year including poster and programme advertisements.
• Logo added to training and competing kit.
• Press mentions.

We are lucky enough to have Radar Taxis as a big part of our team and expanding this with another business that fits our vision and drive would be fantastic.

If anyone is interested in joining the Marden family please contact Dean Preston on 07891434247

The Boxer Who Took A Life in the Ring

Ray Mancini was a champion, cultural icon, and a beacon of hope for his downtrodden town, but he struggled to escape the ghosts of his past.

Thirty-six years ago, South Korean boxer Kim Duk-Koo entered a Las Vegas ring for a world championship bout that would end with his death, trigger at least one suicide and change the sport forever.

For a generation of South Koreans, millions of whom watched live on television, the fight between Kim and world lightweight champion, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, remains a powerful memory.its tragic aftermath and the impact it had on the lives and families of its two protagonists.

For Kim, then 23 and fighting for the first time in the United States, the glitz of Caesar’s Palace with its celebrity audience including the likes of Frank Sinatra, was a different universe from his impoverished upbringing in Korea.

“I remember when we landed in Las Vegas for the fight,” his trainer, Kim Yoon-Gu,, recalled.“The city was all lit up at night. It was like landing on a garden of flowers in the desert. We’d never seen anything like it,” he told Agence France-Presse at the boxing gym he runs in Seoul.

Ray Mancini was the lightweight champion of the world, but he was also a man haunted by ghosts, ghosts that lingered and informed his life even before he stepped into the ring. First was the ghost of his father’s own boxing career. His father, Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini, was the number one contender for the lightweight crown before he was inducted into the Army. Yet in 1944, Lenny was wounded in action as a shell broke his shoulder and tore up his arm and left leg. He spent the next eight months in hospitals in England, Scotland, and France. Upon returning to America in 1945, he tried to resume his fighting career, and while he was able to win nine of his first eleven fights after being discharged, his weight had ballooned and he was no longer the same.

His second son, Ray, decided to fight himself and win the title his father never had the chance to due to his injuries. But another ghost soon developed after his older brother was shot and killed in February 1981.

Just over a year later, on May 8, 1982, Mancini fulfilled his dream and became lightweight champion of the world by defeating Arturo Frias, with the referee stopping the fight in the first round. He had won the title his father never had. Mancini became a national sensation. Frank Sinatra wanted to meet him, Sylvester Stallone wanted to make a TV movie about his life, and he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

However, Mancini is less known for his triumphs in the ring than for the tragedy that befell his opponent, Duk Koo Kim, during their 1982 fight. After fourteen rounds of furious fighting, which Mancini won by TKO, Kim suffered a subdural hematoma, falling into a coma he would never come out of. Four days later, Kim was dead. The tragedy did not end there as Kim’s mother committed suicide just months after the fight, as did the bout’s referee.

The fight itself was was a particularly brutal one. For 13 rounds, the two men went toe-to-toe in a slugging match that left both with badly swollen faces and struggling to see through bruised, puffed-up eyes. At the end of the 13th, Kim Yoon-Gu tried to lift his fighter, telling him Mancini was exhausted and exhorting him to put in one last effort to finish him off. “He clenched his teeth, nodded and said ‘Yes, I’ll do that’. And that was it. That was the last thing he ever said,” Kim said.

At the beginning of the 14th, Mancini connected with a straight right that snapped Kim’s head back and sent him crashing to the canvas. The Korean managed to haul himself up by the ropes to beat the count, but referee Richard Green stepped in to stop the fight. Kim Yoon-Gu had been tending to his corner and missed the actual knockout blow, but when he saw Kim on the ground, he knew at once that the fight was over.

“He was obviously hurt, but at that time we had no idea it was so serious,” he said. Back in his corner, Kim collapsed and was taken from the ring on a stretcher to hospital where he was diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain and underwent emergency surgery. He lapsed into a coma from which he never recovered and four days later he died.

On the flight back to South Korea, a traumatised Kim Yoon-Gu locked himself in the toilet and “cried and cried until we landed.The consequences of the Kim-Mancini bout were far-reaching and tragic in their own right. Four months after her son’s death, Kim’s distraught mother killed herself by drinking a bottle of pesticide.

Four months after that, referee Richard Green also took his own life, although there was no indication that his suicide was linked to the outcome of the fight for which he was never held in any way responsible. Mancini, a devout Catholic, endured a prolonged period of depression and, although he fought again, was never the same boxer.

“I thought about quitting the sport entirely. In the end, I decided to stick with it, but it was a very, very difficult time,” Mancini said at his gym where photos and posters of Kim Duk-Koo adorn the walls.

Mancini’s career and reputation both took a massive hit after Kim’s death. No longer was he the hard working man who managed to make the most of his fighting talents. Instead, he was tainted by Kim’s death in the eyes of the public, who saw him no longer as champion of the world, but as the man who killed Duk Koo Kim. He fought four more successful title defenses, but there was a hesitancy in his fighting that had not been there before, a lack of surety that caught up with him on June 1, 1984 when he lost his title to Livingstone Bramble.

Decades later, on June 23, 2011, Mancini had guests at his Los Angeles home for dinner. He sat on his stoop and welcomed Young Mee and Jiwan — Duk Koo Kim’s fiancee and son. Together, with Ed O’Neill of Married With Children fame, and Mancini’s children, they had dinner together. Ray thanks them for coming to America and a ghost that had haunted him for so long is finally put to rest in the midst of she who loved him most and the son who never had the chance to meet him.

The Kim-Mancini bout proved to be a watershed in boxing, triggering a series of major changes to the sport. Championship bouts were reduced from 15 to 12 rounds, the standing eight-count was introduced and the medical tests required of boxers before a fight were overhauled.

 

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio in North Shields is offering Tattoo’s for £10 all day on Saturday 25thAugust, to raise funds for a young boy named Owen who tragically has a Brain Tumour and a serious Neurological condition and is in dire need of Physiotherapy and Sensory Equipment.

In addition to the funds raised from the £10 inking sessions at Axe and Anchor they are also running a raffle with an array of fantastic prizes donated by local business’s

Tattoo Artist and owner of Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio, Dan Ridgewell was quoted as saying We are looking forward to Saturday and we’re seeing a good response to this so far. We are really hoping to be inundated with customers looking to get their £10 tattoos” he went to point out that the whole reason for the £10 tattoo date is to raise much needed charitable funds “Please remember that we are doing this for charity. For a little boy that needs sensory and physio equipment. So be mindful that we need to get as many people tattooed and make as much money for little Owen as possible. Asking for stuff that’s going to take longer is a little bit selfish guys. Read the offer please, that’s what we’re offering any more than that will cost more because we only have 8 hours to tattoo everyone that turns up to donate” 

Tattoo Artist and Proprietor of Axe and Anchor, Dan Ridgewell

If you can’t make it to Axe and Anchor on Saturday then don’t worry you can still join in and help be making a donation on the crowd funding page that has been setup for own, which can be found by clicking hereor pasting the URL below into your browser.

Axe and Anchor can be found at, 18 Prudhoe Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear,NE29 6RA with the doors opening on what is expected to be an exhausting but successful day at 10am

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP.

Prizes so far include:
A £100 tattoo voucher, a £50 tattoo voucher.
A lovely meat hamper delivered to your door! From Micky Mags at Rothbury family butchers. A £300 voucher from Chris Ratcliffe for plastering,or building work, a months membership at Marden amateur boxing club and two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Dean Preston Two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Sean Fineran
Diaries of a doorman volumes 1 and 2 from Stu Armstrong
Tickets are £1 a strip, with Every penny we make is going to little Owen

The £10 Tattoo offer constitutes: Up to three 2cm high word’s in a row in the popular Cantaneo font

Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxer attracts huge media attention worldwide!

Little over a week ago something very special happened in Manchester, as 2000 who were in attendance will tell you as the converged on Bowlers Exhibition Centre for a huge evening of professional Bare Knuckle Boxing form Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing aka UBKB ran by ‘The Debt Collector’ Shaun Smith and wife Amanda.

As seen on the trending Netflix series Bare Knuckle Fight Club, C4, Channel 5 and Spike TV, UBKB goes from strength to strength with some of the very best Bare Knuckle Fights ever fought.

The press were only to pleased to pick up the story and over the last week UBKB have featured in The Daily Mirror, The Sun, Metro, The New York Post, World News and many many more, as well as North East Bare Knuckle Fighter Luke Nevin, and Executive Media Manager, Stu Armstrong being invited into the BBC to talk about Bare Knuckle Boxing

Check out some of the links below for the amazing press and media attention over the last week.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/inside-world-bare-knuckle-boxing-13035330

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/05/gruesome-pictures-highlight-brutal-reality-bare-knuckle-boxing-uk-7800772/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/6985715/bare-knuckle-boxing-shocking-photos/

https://foto.gettyimages.com/sports/combat-sports/brutal-photos-of-bare-knuckle-boxing-in-britain/

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/nypost.com/2018/08/07/the-brutal-world-of-bare-knuckle-boxing/slide-1/amp/

http://www.theflashpress.com/gruesome-pictures-highlight-the-brutal-reality-of-bare-knuckle-boxing-in-the-uk/