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Monaghans Prizefighters
 

Monaghan's Prizefighters 2

Parcel Of Rogues
 
Heading off from our home town of Gillingham Kent on a cold morning in March we were looking forward to meeting up with promoter Tyrone Monaghan and our first visit to his Boxing Show in Didcot. Things have a habit of continuing in a trend so despite missing our station twice on the underground in London and watching the skies open as we got nearer Didcot and the snow falling to earth like so many loosing at the we were still strangely in buoyant mood.
 
Getting off at the station and freezing to the platform the sight of Tyrone pulling up in the station car park to take us to the venue was a very welcome sight.
 
Things jogging along nicely at the venue with people busily setting up the ring and other such show things we set about planning what was to be done. A quick visit to to settle in and we were then taken back to the show site by Tyrone ( Promoters note picked up and taken to and from) and the day was set for what was too follow.
 
Anyone having read my ramblings already know I have yet to start the review but for those of you unfamiliar with my scribing then if you sitting comfortably I shall begin the review proper.
 
A superb evening of Boxing from Monaghan's Prizefighters aka The Parcel of Rogues at Didcot FC Social Club to raise funds for Childrens ADHD and Autism and if things go as well as they did on Tyrone's first show the charity will be in receipt of a healthy amount of to help them keep up their good work.
The show boasted nine fights including a bout between two Wing Chun fighters, Craig Ifill and Josh Edwards and two bouts of Tag Boxing where teams of two fighters have the opportunity to "tag out" as they would in a wrestling match. This is the first time I have witnessed such a fight, apart from in Gillingham High Street on a Friday night, and it certainly made for some quick action and a certain amount of tactical boxing and once you get past the "tagging" aspect it makes for some good viewing. Tyrone Monaghan is the first promoter to feature this and hopefully we will be seeing some more in future shows.
 
Monaghans Prizefighters 2
Tyrone started for good causes last year after his father, guest of honour at the show bare knuckle boxing legend Mr Paddy Monaghan was seriously ill in hospital.
 
After much and soul searching or as Paddy told us "They didn't want me up there, and they didn't want me down there, so I was sent back here"  Tyrone launched his Parcel of Rogues to raise money for those in need for one reason or another, so far raising a healthy amount for two very worthy and deserving causes one being a local hospital that needed a very expensive "Tilt & Space" wheel chair and thanks to Tyrone's Rogues is now a lot nearer becoming a reality.
 
Not one to do things by half Tyrone's other guest of honour was Wing Chun Master, Sifu Samuel Kwok. I won't go into Wing Chun or Master Kwok here as I know very little about the art of Wing Chun and hope to get to learn a bit about it next time I'm up with the Rogues so to save myself from making a bigger fool of myself than I need to I will leave the subject here.
In the meantime if you wish to learn more about Master Kwok and Ip Man Wing Chun pop off to Master Kwok's site and take a read http://www.kwokwingchun.com/
 
Classic Fights were also at the show and with Prizefighters helped with items for the raffle and auction which took place midway through the event bringing a welcome change of pace from what had been up till now fast and furious action.
 
While at Prizefighters we got the chance to speak to Tyrone and this is what he had to say.
 

Tyrone Monaghan Interview 

 
 
Monaghan's Prizefighters Promoter Tyrone Monaghan gives an interview to Cage Amateurs Dan Towers after his recent Prizefighters Fight Night 2 at Didcot FC Social Club.
 
Tyrone is a staunch supporter of the campaign to release Charlie Bronson who in my very humble opinion is now a prisoner of politics rather than anything else. To help out with effort to secure his release you can make a donation here and find information and where you can sign the petition. http://www.thecharliebronsonappealfund.co.uk 
 
Well that's about it from me the video will be available soon, I hope, keep your eyes out here for the latest regarding Monaghan's Prizefighters next show. Jon P
 
This page will be updating as I wade through the great footage and photos we have from this excellent show including a Wing Chun fight and two bouts of tag team boxing plus an interview with Tyrone and some great boxing.
 
Hot on the heels of their last very successfully boxing show The Prizefighters Fight Club are preparing for the next night of action filled boxing.
 
On 22nd March 2013 Didcot Town Football Club in Oxfordshire hosts the first big show of the year for Promoter and owner of Angel Films Ireland Ltd Tyrone Monaghan.
 
Angel Films
Despite being busy working on a production Angel Films Ireland are making about his father BKB legend Paddy Monaghan, Tyrone is driven to put on these shows not only by his love of boxing but by events that took place concerning his father and the sudden realisation that nothing should be taken for granted and that there are also people that could be helped by fund raising events such as these as well as people having a good night out.
 
Please note due to tickets selling so quickly for the last show, and having seen photographs and read reviews which back up the thinking that if you want a ticket, sooner rather than later would be the best approach as this is a strictly TICKET ONLY event. 
 
The Rough Diamond
Prices start at a very reasonable £20 for a Bronze Ticket which is standing only, through to the Silver £30 seated, finishing up with the still very reasonably priced VIP Gold Ringside for £40.
 
During the evening there will be an auction of some great Fight Memorabilia to raise funds for Childrens ADHD & Autism this shows good cause and lastly before we speak to Tyrone this show is being recorded, hopefully to be shown on Sky TVs Active Channel so anyone with a company there's a chance of some sponsorship opportunities.
 
For tickets, information or companies or individuals wishing to sponsor you can either Inbox Tyrone Monaghan on his Facebook page email him at prizefighters@hotmail.co.uk 
 
or get over to The Prizefighters Fight Night  page on good old FaceBook.
 
Catching up with Tyrone for 10 minutes we had time to ask him.
Tilt And Space
 
Q/ Tell us about the first show and what gave you the idea for PrizeFighters?
A/ My Da Paddy Monaghan was in hospital last year, his heart stopped four times but thank God he’s still with us. The staff in the hospital were in desperate need of a special wheel chair called the 'Tilt-and-Space, ' they looked after my Da so well and in my way of thanking them I thought I 'd hold a 'Fight Night ' to raise money for the hospital.
 
Q/ Tell us about the tag team boxing idea that you are putting into practice?
A/ I was thinking what could I do about the 'Fight Night ' to make it a little different and more exciting than the average boxing show and while I was writing a book the idea of Tag-Team-Boxing came into my head, I thought about it wrote down the rules and mentioned it to my girlfriend Emma, she thought it was a great idea. Then I ran it past my Da for his opinion, he thought about it then said “go for it, it could take off big time.”
 
Q/ How is the show currently looking for March?
A/ The March show is looking good, our show in November was a complete success and I sold out of tickets about a week before the event and this event is going the same way. I’ve already sold out of the Bronze standing, I have a few Gold VIP Ringside left, I have a lot of Silver Seated left but its early days yet and I have only been selling the tickets for five days so I am not doing that bad.
 
Q/What do you look for in a fighter that will be on the show?
A/ What I look for is anyone who’s got the balls to get in and fight. I don’t care if they’re raw novices or if they’re the next future world champion, they’re all treated the same way and that’s with respect. I evenly match them by weight and fight experience. I call the fighters 'A Parcel of Rogues ' because most of them are but they all have big hearts with what they’re doing in giving up their time to fight for the fund raising and that to me is something special, they’re all winners to me.
 
Q/ Are you planning on putting regular shows on?
A/I started off in November to help the hospital it was going to be the one and only 'Fight Night ' but when I gave the Sister of the Ward the money we had raised, I felt good inside. When I left, I felt 10 foot tall,, knowing that all the fighters and everyone who helped with the event made a difference to the hospital and I thought, I’m going to do this again. A friend of mine has a son who’s got both ADHD and Autism, he asked me “can I put on a Fight Night and help raise money for that charity”.  Until then I didn’t ' know how common ADHD and Autism is. Another friend of mine has had a series of strokes and my Da has had over twenty mini strokes, my friend asked me if I can do a 'Fight Night’ for stroke victims, how I could refuse so after 22nd March I am going to do another one at the end of June, the date has yet to be confirmed. It’s good to help make a difference.
 
 

Paddy Monaghan

We have had the pleasure to do an interview with Paddy. That has not yet been released. I had heard how un-well Paddy had been and previously we had spoken on the phone. I was happy just to get to talk on the phone but we got a great surprise when we met up at B-Bad. Paddy was asked if he would chat with us and did not hesitate. His family was concerned as he was on medication but they let the interview go on. All I will say is that it was one of the best interviews we have ever done and we saw the true fighter that Paddy is that night. It was not till after I was told how ill he was but for that night the fighter came back out and you would never have thought for one moment he had the health problems he did. Paddy and Tyrone are both gentlemen and the work that Tyrone is doing for charity shows that he is his father’s son.
 
 
Paddy Monaghan
Paddy & Family Enjoy A Drink At B-BAD
 
Heres a short piece of video from the last show
 
 

Let’s meet Tyrone’s Parcel of Rogues

 
Ashley Holmes
 
 
Name: Ashley ' Mash ' Holmes
Hometown: Witney, Oxfordshire
Age: 20
Trains@ Black Bourton
Weight: 12st 5lbs
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/Did boxing from the age of 14ish to the age of about 15 n a half had a couple of inter club fights nothing special. I’d be lucky to be remembered ha.
 
Q/ how often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ Training in the gym 3 times a week and running every other day 2-3 miles and a general workout every day.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/Umm now without giving future opponents any free facts, I would say I’m very determined and persistent and I won 't stop till I get what I want and that’s to WIN!
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/It’s a great opportunity and I’m very grateful. It’s putting me back in touch with a sport I fell out of love with and have been looking to get back into for quite a while now.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ A good performance and an interesting fight lol... see you all there.
 
 
Darren Jones
 
Name: Darren Jones. THE WEST SWINDON SOLDIER
Hometown: Swindon U.K
Age: 29
Trains@ Scrappers Gym
Weight: 85Kg
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ I have had five fights all together, LOST 2, DREW 1, WON 2
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ I train seven days a week and work a lot on my roadwork.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/ It is an honour to fight on Prizefighters and Tyrone has helped me so much.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ The fans can expect me to give them a great fight and I will win another fight to put on my record.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Tom Brennan
 
 
Name: Tom Brennan
Hometown: Milton-under-Wychwood
Age: 20
Trains@: Home trained
Weight: 12stone
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ I've been training for roughly 6 months and had 1 fight which I won.
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ I train 4/5 times a week. Split between road work and pad/bag work.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ I have a good right hand and solid jaw.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/I feel very lucky to be involved in an evening for such a good cause; the charity means a lot as I have family with ADHD/autism. The fact it’s being shown on sky to makes me feel very privileged.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/They can expect a hard fought battle on my part, especially with the fact I have some close friends and family members there along with good support from all the boys to make taking the win all the more important.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Name:  Gary Austin
Hometown: Didcot
Age: 24
Trains@: South Morton boxing club
Weight : 11 stone

Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ Haven't got any history yet this will be my first fight :)
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/I'm training every other day with a mix of boxing and football which is getting me fit fast buy doing a lot of running. Am also doing a lot of bag work and sparring.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ At the moment I would say speed with my punching and also my moving.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/I'm over the moon about fighting on the show and to get my first fight out the way and also in my home town which is going to be great for family and friends to come and watch.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ A good really good fight with me and Steve training very hard at the moment so it's going to be a close fight. Let’s get it on !!!!!
 
 
Adie Selby
 
Name: Adie Selby
Hometown: Milton Heights
Age: 40
Trains@: Undisclosed
Weight: 78kg

Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ Had my first fight in eighteen years in November last year. I have won 13 and lost 3.
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ I train with Kick Boxers a few times a week.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ I never give up.

Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/ How many 40 year olds win or get the chance to win.
 
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ I will fight till my last breathe.
 
 
 
 

Graig Ifill
 
Name: Graig Ifill
Hometown: Richmond
Age: 30
Trains@Samuel Kwok Ip Man Wing Chun Association
Weight: 70 kg

Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/I was always a scrapper from a young child my parents were down my school every other week because of another fight haha , I then came across martial arts , sparring and fighting in a controlled environment I love it and its kept me out of trouble, as to fight is now a passion that I was once told off for, I'm now praised for.
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/I train 6 days a week, a 6 mile jog every morning, I train Wing Chun Shaolin and Tai Chi 3 times a week in the early evening, I then power train at night 40 bench press, 40 chin ups, 40 arm curls, 40 shoulder press, 40 press ups, 40 sit ups and I'm done for the day, Saturday is my day off.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ Well my martial foundation is Wing Chun so I would have to say my explosive speed with the finish him attitude.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity prize fighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/ It's always an honour for me to fight.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ I don't really want to give the game away too much lol,it's going to be very fast paced and expect to see kicks too.
 
 
 
Name: Mark Ince
Age: 31
Hometown: Northampton
Weight: 63-64kg
 
Hi my name is (the coward) I am a mixed martial artist.
Q/ How did you first start in combat sport
A/I first got involved with this type of sport as a child and got a taste for the challenge almost straight away.
 
Q/ You have a rather strange nickname for a fighter can you tell us more about this
A/I'm called the coward because there is no courage without fear and all my  life I have been overcoming my fears.
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting experience?
A/I have had 1 k1 fight which I lost due to throwing the fight because of 5 broken ribs I simply could not breath but it was great fun.
 
Q/ What is your preferred fighting style?
A/ I have to say I prefer to lose the gloves but will fight anyone anywhere anytime any style.
 
Q/ What are your plans for 2013
A/My plans for 2013 are simple; find my weight.
 
Q/ Who has inspired you to fight?
A/When it comes to boxing I have been led on by Ali and Tyson such different qualities but both true champions.
 
Q/ What is your strongest fighting asset?
A/ My best asset I would say is head movement and my jab.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given you?
A/ Honoured.
 
 
Name: Gav Towler-Wilson
Hometown: Swindon
Age: 26
Trains@: Ringside Gym / Wherever possible
Weight: 82kgs
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ Back in 2007-2009 I was 15-1-4 amateur White collar I have lost one in Dec 11 and drew one in Oct 12
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ I train minimum of 6 days a week and up to 3 times a day. Working on power, speed, cardio and stamina.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/Determination to give my all and win. My fond love of the sport gives me inspiration to compete, better myself and pay justice to boxing.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity prize fighters have
given you to fight on the show?
A/ I am honoured to be able to help out any which way or form for charities that benefit from the show. This will be my first time fighting for prizefighters and I appreciate the chance to be a part of the show.
 
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/To see a new type of boxing in the Tag-Team Main event with explosive power and speed combined, anything can happen.... but an exciting fight is guaranteed!
  Bradley Livingstone
 
 
Name: Bradley Livingstone
Hometown: born in Swindon live in Witney
Age: 18
Train: Nick Beachey
Weight: 10.1

Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week
A/ I'm in the gym 3 days a week pads/sparing, light weights.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ Speed and my right hand.
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity Prizefighters have given to you to fight on the show.
A/ I'm Really proud to be given a chance to raise money for a great cause.
 
Q/What can fight fans expect on fight night
A/ Hopefully a few surprises!
 
 
 


 
 
 
Andrew Waters fight photographer and possible fighter on the night

Q/ How did you first get into fight photography
A/I started to take photos of fighting events as I work at a boxing gym and was fed up of photographers charging teenagers and children for pictures of there fights so I started to take pictures at boxing and kickboxing events for friends, I am a big boxing and fight fan of all style.
 
Q/How did you find the standard of Boxing at Prizefighters first show?
A/The standard of boxing was very good as some had never been in a ring before,I could tell the ones who had. there styles varied from defence to all out brawling, there was tough fighters and strong hearts in the fighting game, boxing is stand up and is based on target perfect style, to other styles like kick boxing, mma or karate, the boxers who fight at the first one all showed very good all out excitement, as no head guards made it a true battle for all who entered the ring, young troops is the one to watch he kept him composure, calm and boxed truly well for his first ring fight.
 
Q/Do you train at the moment?
A/ Yes I do train three times a week,I do cardio lessons with children and teens, I do train regular and hard, but I don't train to fight so this will see if the training I do pays off, I am a fitness instructor before photographer, and on the night will tell whether my age is against me or my skills will shine through and save me,  I should have hung up the gloves by now , but fighting is in my heart I am what I am.
 
Q/ We heard a rumour you may be fighting on the show. What experience do you have?
A/ yes I have been asked to stand in as an extra if either of there light weight division don't show up, I am 42 years old, 9 stone 9 and half pounds in weight, its hard to get this weight have had 2 years kick boxing experience and 2 years coaching boxing, but all with head guards at a none pro level. I have had many street fights and couple of demonstration fights in a ring but nothing serious, this will be first with out head guard, and looking forward to getting in there and battle. it is for a good cause and only 2 minutes a round three rounds, so for six minutes I am hoping to give it my all, win loose or draw, I will be the best second they ever had, I am no pro but hoping experience will hold my little legs up on the night, speed mixed with foot work should do it.
 Mathew Thorn
 
 
 
Name: Mat Thorn
 
Q/we are more used to seeing you fighting without gloves do you have a preference
A/My preference will always be bare knuckle.
 
Q/I believe you have fought on Tyrones show before, as you have returned I'm guessing you must be happy with the way things are run here.
A/I am very happy, Its for a good cause and the fighters have a positive attitude. The event is professionally run.
We are looking forward to it, it does look a good show.
 
Q/So what have you been doing regarding training since we saw you at B-BAD
A/I have been training and working out. I've concentrating on taking advice and working on defensive strategies and footwork I've worked mostly on picking shots carefully.
 
Q/Gloved boxing uses different tactics. Am I right in saying that and if so what are they?
A/Without giving too much away, I've been practicing on pads and bag combinations which includes more use of my devastating cross.
 
 
 

 

 
Name: Lewis Mackay
Hometown: Wootton
Age: 22
Trains@ Home
Weight: 82kg
 
Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ I have done boxing training on and off since I was 13 and I have had one charity fight back in September 2011.
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ I train 3 time a week boxing and 3 time a week with football. 

Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins. I don't give up and I keep pushing myself past limits.

Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity prize fighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/It's a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, I have worked with children with ADHD and Autism and I am pleased to raise money for them.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ A show that they will not forget!!
  
 
Name: Steve 'The Cobra' Cox
Hometown: Didcot
Age: 36
Trains@ South Moreton Boxing Club and Willow Brook Gym
Weight: 11st

Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/ No bouts, training only
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/ Gym 2 - 3 times a week, boxing once a week and use the bags at home any spare time I have.
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/ Power and venom
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity prize fighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/ I feel honoured for the opportunity. Especially in my home town.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ Fireworks. An explosive fight between Gary and myself is guaranteed!
  
Chris Jones
 
 
Name: Chris Jones
Age:30
Trains@ Walcot ABC
Weight: 12.5

Q/ Tell us about your fighting history?
A/Had two fights fist one was stopped by ref and lost my second fight
 
Q/ How often are you training and what is your routine across a week?
A/Training in gym 5 days a week running 4 times a week and fitting in shadow boxing as much as possible
 
Q/ What would you say is your strongest Boxing asset?
A/Passion
 
Q/ How do you feel about the opportunity prize fighters have given you to fight on the show?
A/I am happy that I can combine my passion for boxing well raising money for charity's that are close to my heart.
 
Q/ What can the fans expect from you on fight night?
A/ A great show with a KO fight
 
Tyrone Can be contacted on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/tyrone.monaghan
 
 
The Rough Diamond Film Page  https://www.facebook.com/TheRoughDiamond
 
Friends Classic Fights are at https://www.facebook.com/classic.fights
 
The Charlie Bronson Appeal Fund   http://www.thecharliebronsonappealfund.co.uk