Cunningham's English 'Golden Girl' On May
9th Philly WBO Title Card.
In February '08 legendary
Heavyweight boxing champion of the world
Smokin' Joe Frazier simply said "She's
going to be the Champ." and his son former
Heavyweight contender Marvis said
"Marianne is the hardest working
(training), committed fighters I have seen
in a long time. She's very hard for any
fighter to deal with. She's strong, fast
and accurate, has lots of combinations and
punches hard, so hard it's like being hit
by a Heavyweight."
In April '08 Jnr. Middleweight world
champion Robert 'Bam Bam' Hines said
"Marianne's an exciting fighter who's got
it all. One thing for sure she's going to
be the Champ...soon."
Then in November '08 IBF Cruiserweight
Champion Steve 'USS' Cunningham was so
impressed with her that he invited her to
be part of his team.
Now after various well publicised false
starts Philadelphia based English
Bantamweight Marianne 'Golden Girl'
Marston, who was originally brought to
America by the legendary Heavyweight
Champion of the World Smokin' Joe Frazier
in a blaze of publicity, will finally have
her long awaited debut, virtually one
whole year later than planned, on the
undercard of Brian Cohen's WBO Light
Heavyweight title fight in South
Philadelphia on the 9th May 2009.
In February '08 Marianne took the huge
step of traveling thousands of miles from
her home in London, England to
Philadelphia to train full time under the
personal tutelage of Smokin' Joe Frazier
and his son Marvis at their North
Philadelphia landmark gym after Frazier
had advised her to spend six months
training with him so he could get her
fully prepared for her debut.
Just 58 days after making the
commitment Smokin' Joe Frazier's gym
closed. Shortly after Marianne moved her
"home" gym to Percy 'Buster' Custus' James
Shuler Memorial Gym and continued to train
for her professional debut which was to be
the ill fated Casino Battle Royale event
in Atlantic City.
Smokin' Joe is not the only World
Champion to be impressed by Marianne's
natural talent as not long after she moved
gym Cruiserweight King Steve 'USS'
Cunningham and his wife and manager Livvy,
who are also based at the West
Philadelphia gym, invited her to be part
of their team.
After promoter Ivan Cohen confirmed on
Wednesday that Marianne is to be on the
card a very pleased Steve 'USS' Cunningham
said of his protégé "What a
great opportunity for Marianne. She has
the heart, work ethic and determination of
a true champion. This May she'll be on her
way, watch out for 'Golden Girl'!"
Marianne, who is currently in London,
will be returning to Philadelphia shortly
to go into training camp with Team 'USS'
Cunningham's head coach Anthony Chase,
spoke briefly on the news. "I'm so
honoured that Ivan is to have me on the
card of this important fight. I also must
thank him as he has offered me sparring
with two of his female fighters to help in
my preparations. I can't wait to get back
to Philly to prepare with Chase, Steve and
Shar'ron. They are great trainers,
Shar'ron has been awesome, her techniques
really suit my style and in the short
amount of time I have had to work with
Chase he took me to another level
altogether. As for Steve, what can I say
he is a great fighter and his advice has
been unbelievable. My fighting style has
changed thanks to them, I feel that I am a
total fighter now. I'm ready to fight now
and can't wait until May."
Marianne's fight will be part of the
Ivan Cohen promoted WBO Light Heavyweight
title fight featuring Philadelphia's Brian
Cohen on May 9th 2009 at the South
Philadelphia High School. The co-feature
will headed by Gabrielle Rosadl. Also on
the card will be Marianne's regular
sparring partner Christina Leadbeater from
New Jersey. The full card is expected to
be announced shortly
For tickets and further details for
the event contact:
Tel: 215 755 815