||MARIANNE MARSTON (UNITED KINGDOM-MALTA)
Marianne, who is the prime moving force behind this event, is the protege of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier and two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, Marianne, who came late to the sport, has been described by Joe, as well as other notable boxing experts on both sides of the Atlantic, as one of the most exciting natural talents in the sport today.
Marianne was discovered by the aforementioned Smokin’ Joe and trained by him and his son Marvis until their landmark North Philadelphia gym closed in March 2008. Shortly after switching her training to the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia Marianne was invited to become part of Steve Cunningham’s Professional Boxing Team.
Following a sensational sparring session, against then unbeaten rising star Christina Leadbeater at Shuler’s gym, American promoter Ivan Cohen signed Marianne on the spot and arranged for her to debut in May 2009 on the undercard of Brian Cohen’s WBC America’s title fight in Philadelphia, USA. However life never runs that smooth, after returning to London to arrange the required visa to fight in America, her life got turned upside down after being informed that under the new rules she would need to fight in the UK before any visa would be issued.
After two frustrating years trying to gain a British pro boxing license, Marianne, who is now trained by Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, was eventually granted a professional boxing license by the Malta Boxing Commission, since which time she has dedicated her time tirelessly creating this unique event as well as encouraging Women into boxing, through the media and her highly successful Women’s Boxing Classes series - www.womensboxingclasses.com