Over the years top British coach Johnny Eames has guided many of British boxing’s best known fighters to Championship glory. Such esteemed names as WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, WBU Super Featherweight World Champion Kevin Lear, WBU Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh are just a few of the many famous boxers benefit from the ‘Eames magic touch’.
By mid 2010 all those famous names based at Johnny’s East End fight factory, better know as the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, had retired and so started the search for the new TKO stars of the future.
Over the past few months Johnny has been gradually been rebuilding his squad, which currently numbers twenty six, by signing established pros, both British and European, as well as handpicking the best of the best amateur prospects that are ready to turn over.
Earlier this week Johnny added yet another to his burgeoning stable by signing Egyptian Light Heavyweight Amro Ezzat, who as an amateur Amro fought in 125 bouts and represented Egypt in many international contests.
Following the signing formalities Johnny said, “Amro, or Ham Roll as we call him up here, our new Egyptian Light Heavyweight is a great addition to the TKO stable.
He’s got international experience with Egypt but what that means I don’t really know. He’s not actually boxed in England yet.
He’s certainly keen enough. In the afternoons we’ve got six or seven Cruisers, Light Heavies and Super Middles training altogether and it’s created a sort of family atmosphere. They do their warm ups, training and sparring together. It’s created comradeship between the six or so big lads we got up here, that’s certainly only happened since Amro’s been here
He’s a lovely kid, he listens and learns. Unfortunately he’s carrying a bit of a hand injury at the moment so we can’t do too much with him.
We signed him, we’re pleased we signed him. I’m pretty certain that given the right opportunities, obviously it’s going to be hard for him as he’s going to have to be an opponent as there’s not many Egyptians in Britain, not that I’m aware of anyway, but I’m certain that whether he’s an opponent or a house fighter he’ll give his all.”