Real View Intro: Hello ladies and gentlemen; while winter still lingers with ice and even snow in some areas. Hopefully we can give you something fun to read over your breakfast. Over the week things certainly heated up with some beach boxing down under in Australia.
As always when we discuss fights from the past week. Please read the bouts before reading this. We of course will be spoiling results and the action. The action is a lot of fun and you will miss some wonder fighting.
We will also look over the Diamond Elite Boxing stable. Which came into the BBU over a year ago. What is going on within the stable and what is the future for them?
While we will finish today's show will a rare interview with the Girls Friday stable owner Harry Keegan. With questions over the stable future and see if we can any secrets out of him about what happens within the walls of the gym.
So that's the show. Without further ado let's get the show rolling!
Part 1: Mimi Perkins Vs Samia Ghadie The main event on the beach saw Mimi Perkins hope to add another scalp to her 2023. She defeated future Hall of Famer Sylvie Meis only a week ago. This week she took on actual Hall of Famer Samia Ghadie on her home turf.
Both of course were feisty in the build up. Samia telling the local press that she felt Mimi was a fraud. Well Mimi took that in good graces as she promised to knock Samia out cold. As friendly as expected then between these two outspoken women.
The fight kicked off with Samia certainly looking keener then she has in awhile. Digging her punches into the chest of her opponent. Mimi rushed some of her attacks. Samia showing off her skills that made her such a fearsome force in her prime. Mimi frustrated at the bell as she kicked up sand on her way back to her corner.
Mimi came back stronger in the second. Pinning down the slower Ghadie down around the ropes and into corners. Samia showed fighting spirit to keep going. Annoying Mimi with her punches digging into the body of the younger woman. There looked a few sweating at ringside from more then just the heat.
But the fourth round saw Samia get caught with a looping left onto her nose. Opening her up for bigger punches to knock her around. Samia tried to dig in, she couldn't take the power punches for much longer as she was sent tumbling in the fifth round to the sand. Getting counted out to the delight of the crowd.
Mimi has kicked off the year in great style. Learning her craft more with these experienced fighters giving her different looks. Though the doubt is still there whether she can be as successful as her sister Leah. She is showing improvement with each bout that she is having. Maybe this truly will be her breakout year.
Samia meanwhile continues to struggle for wins. If they is anything for her fans to grab onto, she did look motivated when she stepped into the ring her. Showing some of the class that is clearly still in there. Just has to be annoying when you can't punch as fast as you once did. Take a punch as easily too. She might prove a good coach someday if that's something that interests her.
Part 2: Rhiannon Fish vs Sylvie Meis The curious case of Rhiannon Fish. She has looked a solid fighter since day one she stepped into a ring. She hasn't found the heights some felt she could reach and now with the new breed coming through. Is it time for her to fight her way back towards title contention or is she now past it as a elite fighter?
Well she tested herself against beach boxing stalwart Sylvie Meis. The Dutch model will admit herself she isn't a world champion level right now, she will fight anyone who wants to fight her with gusto. So who would come out on top when they met face to face on the beach?
Things didn't start off great for the local favourite as Sylvie rushed her. The veteran using good hand speed and raw aggression to keep Rhiannon on the back foot. When the bell rung to end the opening round. It was clear that Rhiannon was fuming.
She took that anger to fuel her to come back at Sylvie. Dodging the early rush to smack back the older woman. Sylvie struggled to fight back in the second. Getting outmuscled by the Aussie. Rhiannon understandably was much happier when she returned to her stool.
After that while Sylvie made the third round a close affair. She couldn't really hold off Rhiannon. Getting clubbed by some big punches as she tried to get her punches off when she set her feet. Ending up getting belted down near the end of the fourth round. Meis could only look up from the beach looking pained.
Solid win for Fish; who has made it known that she wants to challenge these new faces of the ACB. For Australian boxing this is what you want. Seeing the best of their flyweight division battle it out. Rhiannon has a chance to fight her way back into the spotlight.
Part 3: what is going on at the Diamond Elite Boxing stable? A year ago we were met with an interesting announcement. Tamara Ecclestone stepped onto a podium in her mansion to tell the world that her and her sister Petra were creating a stable. Petra as the brains behind the business side of things. Tamara looking after the boxing side of things.
A year later and the stable has had an interesting year. Not because of any titles like some of the major stables around them. In fact more because they have not been doing that much in reality. Which is bizarre to say the least. With women like Clara Paget seen as someone they were really going to invest in.
Instead here we are with the main benefactor of the stable seemingly Tamara herself. When the fighters within the stable do fight she is front and center. She has had the most fights of anyone within the stable over the past two months. Even former European Cup winner Cara Delevingne has seemed to take a back step to her. With rumours of frustration coming out from the Delevingne camp.
Beyond that there have been leaks from within the stable. An example being the sparring footage showing Chloe Ferry and Sophia Peschisolido. Showing that things are not exactly being run to a high standard. Others wonder if this has been a scheme as as the fighters have spent more time doing photoshoots under the stable banner then anything else.
Of course new stables have teething problems. So Tamara and Petra might prove us all wrong by making this year the break out for the stable. Questions will abound until they show any real motivation to go for titles and to really push their prospects to be the best they can be.
Part 4: An interview with the Girls Friday manager This was an interview I did earlier this week at the Girls Friday stables gym. I spoke to the owner Harry Keegan about his stables dynamics. What he wants for the stables future. Well you get it! So here is the interview.
(Sitting in the office of the Girls Friday gym. The greying Harry is sitting behind his desk in a black suit with the coat open to show a black shirt.)
Tom: thank you Mr Keegan for taking the time to speak to us. We know you will have plenty on your plate.
Harry: well you can call me Harry for a start. It's no trouble, as you say it is harder running a gym full of celebrities then the old gyms I used to run. Thank god I have my assistant manager (Melanie Sykes) and all the coaches to help me run this place.
Tom: so we are now in the beginning of 2023, but like anything I assume you have been taking stock of the last twelve months. How do you feel it went for you and the stable?
Harry: as usual there has been some highs and lows. I mean we have the historic moment of Kendall (Jenner) joining the Tractorpull Hall of Fame, becoming the first member in our stables history to do so.
Along with title wins for Ivana (Baquero) and Josephine (Skriver), while also I am proud of how our stable has grown in statue over that time. Each year we surprise ourselves as honestly we don't go into each year expecting too much. Each fighter has their goals and we work together to reach those.
Tom: you did also say that there were lows too.
Harry: *laughing* I did. So we had Olympia (Valance) losing the ACB bantamweight title. We hope that she can come back to win a belt this year we are sure. She has all the tools to do it. Just a question of can she overcome losing her title. We believe so.
Also in the FCBA we would like to see Hilary (Rhoda) be in title contention. This is going to be a big year for her. Not saying we are going to cut her. We would love to see her in the Hall of Fame. If she wants to remain a title contender though she needs to find that extra gear that got her a title.
There are a few other things we are hoping to work upon too. That's more to do with expanding our gym and other matters. So won't bore you with all those details.
Tom: we have to ask about something that has been the talk of gossip pages and such. While we don't normally talk about such matters but what is going on with Kaya Scodelario?
Harry: I assume you mean her relationship with management and with our coaching. We won't go into details on that either beyond that she is a long term member of this stable. Unless she says otherwise then she will stay here.
Tom: ok well can we get any hints on what the future lies with the stable?
Harry: that I am happier to talk about. *Laughing* we have plans in the works for at least one announcement. Though can't say when that will be. That is something more for the FCBA.
We may have some news in the BBU over the next year. There will be some inward looking for us. We always think about what changes could benefit us. Hell we might have the biggest turnover of talent of the current stables in the BBU. Any edge is welcome as they say.
Tom: well thank you for your time. We hope we can talk again some day.
Harry: no worries. You are always welcome here.
Tom: that's all we have time for. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read these posts. We hope you enjoyed them. We will be back Sunday morning for the next edition of the Real View.