TRAD TKO’s Marianne Marston will now face Hungary’s Melinda Zsiga, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS mega show at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Friday.
Promoter Dave Murphy pulled out all the stops to try and find a replacement opponent for Marianne, after receiving news on Friday that original opponent, Bosnian #1 Masa Bacalov, had badly injured her hand during sparring.
Burning the candle at both ends over the weekend, the promoter’s persistence finally paid off on Sunday, with Melinda agreeing to step up to the plate and face Marianne at short notice.
Melinda, who normally campaigns in the Super Featherweight division, is one tough cookie, she’s proved that well and truly, having gone the distance with WIBF & GBC World Champion, Krisztina Belinsky, former WBC & WBF World Champion Renata Szebledi as well as current EBU Champion Sabrina Giuiani, who she has gone the distance with twice in her career.
On receiving the news of her new opponent Marianne said.
“I can’t thank Melinda enough, for taking the fight at such short notice, as well as send my sympathies to Masa once again, I hope her injury isn’t too serious.
I don’t know too much about Melinda, other than she is a Super Feather and has fought some top girls.
The only YouTube video’s I have found of her are of her fitness modeling, which doesn’t help me at all, but so it goes, I know I have had the very best preparations for the fight.
I’ve had a great camp at the TRAD TKO Gym, Brian (coach Brian O’Shaughnessy) has been working on some new stuff with me and I’ve had some phenomenal sparring with Ian (former British and European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa) and Angel (Angel McKenzie).
Weight wise, I’m already down to 55.5kg with five days to go, so am probably going to have to give away at least a kilo and half to two kilos on the night, the fight is being made at 57kg as it’s way too short notice for her to get down to Super Bantamweight Championship weight of 55.34kg, but so it goes.
Besides Melinda, I can’t thank Dave (promoter Dave Murphy) enough for sorting a new opponent so quickly, I would also like to thank my sponsors, Optimax, Winkball, BoxFit and the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, for their unwavering support over the years.
With this all sorted, now I can get back to focusing on Friday, it’s going to be a great night of fights, particularly looking forward to watching Angel take on Jennifer Retzke for the World title, but also looking forward to seeing Iain Weaver in action again as well as Steve Martin, who is in camp here with Barry Smith at the TRAD TKO.”