Eames fuming as Marsh quits

PUBLISHED: 11:15 23 September 2010

QUITTER: Matthew Marsh (left) has thrown in the towel once again.

QUITTER: Matthew Marsh (left) has thrown in the towel once again.

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TKO GYM BOSS Johnny Eames is angry at the way his boxer Matthew Marsh has quit the sport, while training to fight Scot Kris Hughes for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight crown next month, writes LEN WHALEY.

Marsh, returned to boxing after a similar decision to retire, while preparing for a title fight last year, and Eames is angered at the way the 28-year-old has not spoken to him face-to-face.

“I have known Matthew since he was a 13-year-old schoolboy at West Ham Boxing Club,” said Eames, who was formerly a successful trainer on the amateur circuit before switching to the pro ranks.

“But he has not had the decency to phone me and tell me that he’s quitting – he’s not even replying to my phone calls and messages.

“After failing to get hold of Matthew, I phoned his father who asked me: ‘Hasn’t Matthew told you he has decided to retire?’

“What a way to treat me after all our years together,” fumed Eames, recalling the old Mickey Duff motto that if you want loyalty in boxing, then ‘go and buy a dog.’

Promoter Frank Maloney is also not pleased, as he is staging the show on October 16, which he has now switched from the Newham Leisure Centre to the Troxy, Commercial Road, Stepney.

Also pencilled in for action is Maloney’s big-punching heavyweight prospect Larry ‘The War Machine’ Olubamiwo. The former Repton amateur has won nine of his ten pro fights – with eight stoppage victories.

Maloney now plans to announce the full bill later this week, but tickets are available from or by calling 0871 226 1508.

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