A Tribute To The Master – George Vaughn!
(September 16th) Legendary boxing trainer George Vaughan has announced his retirement from the sport after an illustrious career – spanning over an incredible 60 year period.
Vaughan’s career in boxing training started with Lee Jones before then moving onto the Rotunda, and it didn’t take ‘Georgie’ long to achieve positive results, having an immediate impact at the club.
His success as a trainer began when he won everything possible at a national level, having schoolboy, junior, and senior champions at the ABAs, making it clear from early on that Vaughan was a special talent when it came to boxing training.
He trained thousands of fighters across Liverpool, and went on to become an England international coach, with the highlight coming in 1980, when he coached fellow Scousers Joey Frost and Tony Willis at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, with Willis taking home the bronze medal.
Vaughan continued to work around clubs in Liverpool, winning everything possible time and time again, before he then became a professional coach, with even more fantastic success to follow.
He trained some of the very best fighters that Liverpool has ever seen, including the Smith Brothers, Derry Mathews, Jazza Dickens, Andy Holligan, Gary Thornhill, Peter Culshaw and more, with Vaughan instilling his vast knowledge onto them and helping them go from strength to strength in their respective careers.
It wasn’t just fighters that Vaughan helped to get started in the game, with a number of boxing coaches also crediting the Liverpool legend for getting them started in boxing, including former Team GB coaches Paul Walmsley and Jimmy Albertina, along with Australia coach Kevin Smith.
Vaughan’s excellent commitment and service to boxing made him universally respected throughout the sport, with his no nonsense attitude in the gym allowing fighters to reach their full potential, whilst also helping to get kids off the street and give them a better life.
He was always ahead of his time and never money-motivated, with his passion and love for boxing being the drive force behind Vaughan’s success, leading to him winning an array of belts as a trainer, including the British, Commonwealth, European and more.
His proud ties to Liverpool will be ingrained into history forever, winning six British titles with Scousers throughout his tremendous career as a trainer, along with the WBU title with Derry Mathews whilst it was a fully recognised belt.
Mathews was one of the fighters Vaughan was closest to, along with Jazza Dickens, and the pair have both paid tribute to their hero for what he has done for them.
Mathews said: “Where do I start and where do I finish. Everyone knows what George means to me. He means the world to me and I still speak to him daily and will still see him daily.
“For the last 20 years I’ve spoken to him every single day, and what he’s done for myself and my family, you couldn’t buy it. He’s my inspiration, my best mate, and my gaffer.
“He’s a very special person and a one off. It is amazing the stuff he has done for people in the boxing world. Not just champions, but kids on the street. He’s got people to the Olympics, helped them win ABAs, British titles and world titles.
“He treats everyone the same, there is no special treatment for anybody. It has been an honour to be under his wing and his number two in the gym. I’m a very proud person and I’m proud of him.
“I’m lucky that I only live around the corner from him and can visit him daily, and can get advice on the fighters that I’ll be bringing through. It’s a sad time that he’s leaving us, but he’s given us all some of the best times in boxing.
“In the city there should be a statue for him, as there is nobody in Liverpool that he hasn’t trained. He’s a legend, and there’s nothing more I can say. He’s the gaffer, the master. There isn’t a world to describe how powerful he is. He’s loved by us all.”
Dickens said: “My time with Georgie were the best years of my life. Boxing or not I’m honoured to have shared it with him. His work ethic, resilience, dedication and commitment can only be admired.
“If I could retire with a reputation anything like his I would be a happy man. I love working with him but the time I get to spend outside of the gym is priceless.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to know that side of George, if he chose to show the media what he shows his friends and family he would be a star. I’ll be forever grateful to say I know Georgie Vaughan the coach, the man, and the friend.”
Georgie’s legacy in boxing now continues through his son, Danny Vaughan, and his grandson, Dominic Vaughan, who are both respected trainers in their own right, as they look to make Georgie proud and keep the Vaughan name going, with it dating back to the 1800s in the sport.
Vaughan now retires at the age of 83 after dedicating his entire life to the sport, but he will always be respected and loved for helping to better the lives of people for over 60 years. Thank you to The Master.
MTK Global Stars
To Fight In Northampton October 10th!
(September 7th) Some of MTK Global’s best rising stars will return to the ring next month when they compete on an action-packed card in Northampton.
The event takes place at The Deco in Northampton on Sunday 10 October, and sees highly-rated twins Carl Fail and Ben Fail fight in their hometown for the first time, Jordan Flynn return to the ring, while Ben Vaughan makes his professional debut.
Carl Fail (2-0, 1 KO) was last in action in April, earning a dominant second round knockout win over Kristaps Zulgis, going alongside his victory over previously unbeaten Jordan Dujon during his professional debut in March.
Ben Fail (1-0) enters the paid ranks in September 2020, winning a comfortable points decision over former Southern Area title challenger Robbie Chapman, and now makes his long-awaited return.
Flynn (2-0) is back for the third fight of his professional career, following a win over Daniel Alder in December 2019, and a victory against Jamie Quinn in September 2020.
Vaughan also enters the paid ranks for the very first time, looking to capitalize on the success that he had during his time as an amateur.
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We take pride with our unrivalled expertise in boxer management, relations, training, and event promotions. We believe that our hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of the sport are the pillars of what makes us great in the world of boxing.
WHERE WE ARE
We have firmly established our presence in 10 locations worldwide with boxing gyms and training facilities in Marbella, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Scotland, Johannesburg, Sydney, Brazil and Dubai.
To represent and develop the finest boxers in the business. We are committed to provide the highest level of professional support and services to our boxers, including arranging and/or promoting fights, career development, legal support, media consultation, and endorsement / sponsorship coordination. We also strive to present the highest level of sports entertainment through our promotions to our other important client – the boxing fan.
To continue to expand to new areas around the World and assist as many boxers as possible to reach their full potential both professionally and personally in and out of the ring. In addition, we wish to continue to give back to the community through our work with charitable causes, as MTK Global is committed to be an engine of change for good.
Dina Thorslund Defends World Title Against Zulina Munoz!
MTK Press Release
(September 3rd) Dina Thorslund will make the first defence of her WBO bantamweight title against Ring Magazine’s #1 ranked fighter Zulina Munoz.
The fight will take place at the Sydbank Arena in Kolding, Denmark on Saturday 13 November, in a huge showdown between two of the best female fighters on the planet.
Undefeated Thorslund (16-0, 6 KOs) won the WBO bantamweight title in June with a unanimous decision victory over Jasseth Noriega, becoming a two-weight world champion in the process having already won the WBO super-bantamweight title in 2018 and making three successful defences.
Her win over Noriega saw Thorslund ranked as the #5 bantamweight fighter with the Ring Magazine, and the Danish star will now look to test herself against the very best, taking on Ring Magazine’s #1 ranked bantamweight Munoz.
Munoz (53-3-2, 30 KOs) has one of the best records in all of female boxing, and was world champion at super-flyweight for five years from 2012 to 2017, making an incredible 11 defences of her title during that time.
Avril Mathie Faces Jesce Mfinanga This Month!
(September 3rd) Avril Mathie has had her opponent confirmed for her return to the ring this month – as she will take on undefeated Jesca Mfinanga on September 18.
The two women will clash in Dubai on the undercard of the clash between strongman-turned-boxer Thor Bjornsson, and arm wrestling legend Devon Larratt, and it will be broadcast live on CoreSports.World.
Mathie (6-0-1, 3 KOs) last competed in June, defeating Moni Trejo by unanimous decision, extending her unbeaten run since making her debut back in 2018.
Mfinanga (2-0-1) made her debut in February 2020 with a victory over Veronica Thomas, and followed that up with another win over Lulu Kayage, before earning a draw last time out against Dorothea Muhoza in July.
Elsewhere on the card in Dubai on September 18, heavyweight Martin Bakole returns against Haruna Osumanu, CrossFit rivals Josh Bridges and Jacob Heppner collide, while the likes of Stephane Fondjo, Anthony De Bruijn, Stefi Cohen and more are all in action too.
MTK Global Signs
Female Amateur Standout Nina Hughes!
(September 1st) MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of four-time ABA national champion Nina Hughes ahead of her plans to turn professional.
Hughes had an incredible amateur career, becoming part of the GB Boxing squad whilst also representing England in tournaments across the world, with her standout achievements for her country seeing her win a gold medal at the Queens Box Cup in Germany, along with a gold in the GB Elite Three Nations.
The Essex fighter also won several gold medals at the Haringey Box Cup and other Box Cups around Europe, and she’s now ready to take the next step in her career after teaming up with trainer Kevin Lilley and turning professional with MTK Global.
Hughes said: “I’m really excited to join MTK Global. They have so many successful boxers and they give them a great platform. It feels really good to now be on the same team as some talented world champions.
“They have Savannah Marshall and Chantelle Cameron and I trained with them when I was on the GB squad. They’re both very talented girls and it’s brilliant to see what they have achieved so far. Now I can’t wait for my first fight for MTK Global and I’ve been working very hard in the gym.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Kevin Lilley and the rest of the team in the gym. I’m seeing the improvement each week and learning all of the time. I’ve been working on head movement, footwork and throwing all of my shots correctly. I feel like I am adapting well to the professional game.
“It’s been great to see women’s professional boxing develop. When I first started boxing in the amateurs it was still in the early stages and there wasn’t the same opportunities as there are now for females. I’m excited to be able to be a part of it and I look forward to what I will achieve in the pro game.
“I am hoping with my experience and amateur pedigree I can be fast tracked and rise through the ranks quickly, and by this time next year I hope to be boxing for titles.”
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We are delighted to welcome Nina to the team. Women’s boxing is flying at the moment and we genuinely believe that she has what it takes to become the very best female fighter in Britain.
“She has a fantastic amateur career and has been transitioning well to the paid ranks under the tutelage of Kevin Lilley. She will be having her professional debut very soon and it’s going to be a very exciting time watching her develop at a rapid pace and reach the top.”
News on when Hughes will be making her professional debut will be announced in due course.
MTK Global Offers New Gym
Instructors and Personal Training Courses!
(August 27th) MTK Global is pleased to announce that the MTK Academy is once again offering the chance to complete an online Level 2 Gym Instructor Course or an online Level 3 Personal Training Course.
The Level 2 Gym Instructor Course costs £499, while the Level 3 Personal Training Course costs £999, and gives people a chance to gain a qualifications from some of the best coaches in the UK.
Topics including motivating groups and individuals, tailoring training sessions, human anatomy and physiology, principles of exercise and fitness, health, safety and welfare, and learning the business.
Following the course, a practical exam will be assessed in either Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, London or Brighton.
MTK Academy’s David Noble said: “This is a great opportunity for aspiring fitness professionals to gain a great qualification which can support them obtaining employment within the health and fitness industry.
“At MTK Academy we have the unique ability to build a course which incorporates this world-wide recognised qualification, with an insight into the world of boxing. This truly is the first of its kind!”
More information on the course email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellis Hopkins Back In Action Next Month!
(August 26th) Female star Ellis Hopkins will make her highly-anticipated return to the ring next month when she competes at the Leicester Arena.
Hopkins (1-0) is scheduled to compete on a Carl Graves Promotions event on Saturday 11 September, giving Coalville’s Hopkins a chance to compete close to home.
It was a fantastic professional debut for Hopkins earlier this year, who defeated Borislava Goranova at the Manchester Arena back in May to enter the paid ranks in style.
She made history in the process, becoming the first female from the traveller community to turn over and become a professional boxer.
She’s now looking to kick on from that and go from strength to strength, and has a fantastic opportunity to do just that when she fights in Leicester.
MTK Global Stars Reflect On Olympic Success!
(August 25th) Kamshybek Kunkabayev and Hovhannes Bachkov have looked back on their incredible success at the Tokyo Olympics – where they both came away with bronze medals.
The talented pair both competed over the two-week period at the Olympics earlier this month, with their fantastic performances seeing them take home medals.
Kunkabayev claimed the bronze for Kazakhstan in the Super Heavyweight division, while Bachkov won the bronze for Armenia in the lightweight division.
They each now look destined to have tremendous success in the professional ranks, and they have looked back on how proud they were to win medals for their respective countries.
Kunkabayev said: “My dream when I started boxing 15 years ago was to go to the Olympics and glorify the country, but in the blink of an eye, time passed and there was a lot of hard work, blood and sweat, victories and defeats.
“I came to the Tokyo Olympics and won a bronze medal. I would like to thank all those who contributed to my success. God willing, I hope to make the Kazakh people happy with many more victories. Thank you for your support.”
Bachkov said: “I’m proud and I feel grateful. I didn’t think I fully made the Armenian people happy because I didn’t win gold, but it appears from the support and coverage I received that I could tell people were really following it.
“Everyone was waking up at 6am to watch the fights, which was amazing. When we’re in the public eye we have a responsibility to shine a light for Armenia, and I’m honored to have done that by winning a medal.”