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Tony Conquest makes professional bow as Miranda Carter returns to York Hall

PUBLISHED: 16:35 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 October 2010

It's ladies first at York Hall next month when promoter Miranda Carter stages the first show of the new season

It's ladies first at York Hall next month when promoter Miranda Carter stages the first show of the new season on Sunday, September 13.

Mother-of-three Carter certainly does not fit the usual blueprint of a fight promoter but she relishes a challenge and her Left Jab promotions group has staged several successful shows at the Bethnal Green venue.

Next month's bill features a line-up of talented young fightersfrom East London's Ultrachem TKO gym, including new pro Tony Conquest, who will make his debut on the show.

Conquest bids for honours under the guidance of local pro manager Richard Clarke, who works in partnership with trainer Jason Rowland, a former WBU light-welterweight titleholder with a growing stable of fighters based at the TKO gym.

One-time Repton amateur star Rowland switched to the cornerman role following an outstanding 28-fight pro career that included just two defeats - one at the hands of Ricky Hatton in a 200l title clash.

"It has been hard but I have enjoyed working with Jason Rowland at the TKO gym," said Conquest, who was nationally ranked No 3 in the cruiserweight division during his amateur career at the Dagenham BC.

The 24-year-old launches his bid for pro glory at the Bethnal Green venue which was the scene of one of his biggest amateur triumphs.

His ABA title march included wins over quality opposition - including South London rival James Haye, younger brother of world heavyweight title challenger David.

The younger Haye, like his big brother a product of Lambeth's Fitzroy Lodge BC, was rated a real threat to the Conquest's title ambitions when they clashed in the London ABA finals.

But Conquest showed his superiority as he clinched a clear points verdict over Haye to move through to the national rounds of the 2009 title trail.

A convincing victory over Guernsey BC opponent Matt Jennings in the quarter finals at Sheffield saw Conquest enter the final four of the competition, where Banbury BC opponent Robert Evans ended his title hopes by punching out a 13-9 points success before going on to lift the national award..

Now the amateur days are over and trainer Rowland insists that Conquest's pro career could reach new heights. He said: "This could take Tony right to the top.


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