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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Mastrodouka Shines on Debut

By David Wilkey: Areti Mastrodouka came out on top in her debut professional fight against her experienced opponent Kristine Shergold at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 4th March. The 35-year-old female boxer made the instant impact she was seeking on a successful day in East London.


Greek Mastrodouka, whose nickname is ‘The Master,’ looked like an established pro throughout the fight as she outscored Shergold across the scheduled 6 round distance, on an afternoon featuring 8 fights with a few local fighters and York Hall regulars looking to improve their records.


A knowledgeable York Hall crowd took to their seats for the super-featherweight female match-up which was to be the first fight of the afternoon, with the action kicking off at around 3pm. Areti, who has recently joined the TKO Gym in Canning Town and teamed up with trainer Alec Wilkey and manager Johnny Eames, looked calm and confident before the bout and walking to the ring with no evident signs of nerves before her first appearance in the professional ranks.


It was set to be a tough test for Mastrodouka over the 6 x 2 minute distance against 31 year-old Shergold, an opponent who was familiar to the situation having fought on 9 occasions previously as a professional. Residing from Exeter in Devon, Shergold came with a fairly balanced record with 4 wins and 5 losses to her name having turned professional back in April 2008.


Once the two fighters touched gloves and the action commenced, it was evident that Shergold was not there just to make up the numbers and was not going to give Areti an easy debut, as she put pressure on her and came to fight, throwing some big shots in the first round. But once southpaw Areti settled into her rhythm in the first she began to land some scoring left hands.


The Greek contingent were making themselves heard from the upper level as Areti produced some smarter boxing in the 2nd and 3rdrounds, working off of the jab and producing some eye-catching combinations. Areti was displaying the sharper footwork of the pair and landed some good body shots in the 4th round, yet Shergold was still a threat and having success in spells.


It was clear to see that Areti’s experience in the amateur ranks in both boxing and kickboxing was prevailing as she proved she had the capability to produce good performances in the professional game. In the 5th round ‘The Master’ landed some effective straight left hands and it was becoming evident that Shergold was tiring and becoming frustrated as she tried to hold and smother the work of her opponent. But the 6th round was to be the most entertaining with the fighters trading heavy blows, with Shergold aware that she could be behind and taking risks, but Mastrodouka continued to dominate the exchanges.


It was no surprise when referee Jeff Hinds raised Mastrodouka’s hand after the bout, with a score of 60-55. Areti said, “I’m really pleased with the way the fight went, everything went to plan. My trainer Alec gave me good instructions and I listened to that and fought a good fight against a good opponent.” she added, “I’d like to thank Ken at Boxfit for his great support.”


Trainer Alec Wilkey added, “I’m very happy with the way Areti boxed, she took everything on board and executed our fight plan well.”


Also winning on the night was a fellow TKO Gym fighter Eddie Corcoran who beat the experienced Duncan Cottier convincingly in a one sided bout, winning all 4 of the 3 minute rounds.

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