Jamal Niaz MMA
MORSON SPORT | 5 MIN READ
2018 was another great year for Morson Sport; whether it be title wins for our fighters in the arena of Boxing, the continued growth of Morson sponsored, Sale Sharks or prestigious races won in the world of horse racing.
Morson were proud to organise an exclusive press day at Paul Nicholl’s stables last February in Ditcheat, Somerset. The racing post, the press association and other local national press attended the event with invitations to the gallops, a parade of the Cheltenham runners and a Q&A event at the Manor House Inn open to all guests.
Rising star and Morson ambassador, Bryony Frost finished an impressive fifth at the Grand National and at 22 years old, the daughter of 1989 winner, Jimmy Frost has plenty of time to secure the title herself and make history as the first female to win the iconic race:
The highlight of the year for Morson in the Equestrian sport came in the final month when Clans Des Obeux of Nicholl’s stable won the prestigious King George VI chase. Ridden by jockey, Harry Cobden, this was the first time in four years that Nicholls won the King George and was his 10th win overall.
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Since Ricky Hatton proudly sported the Morson brand heading into his colossal clashes with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao 10 years ago, our company has been at the forefront of some of the biggest nights in recent British boxing history and last year was no different.
A range of fighters at various stages of their career represented Team Morson throughout the year but there is only one man that we can start off with and that is the World Boxing Super Series winner, Callum Smith.
Smith recorded wins over Nieky Holzken and George Groves to secure the prestigious Ali Trophy and won the WBA Super Middleweight title, securing his lifelong dream of winning a world championship in the process. Morson followed Smith extensively throughout the camps for both fights offering in depth behind the scenes access to an athlete reaching the pinnacle of the sport and Callum even brought the trophy and his belt to Adamson House!
On top of this Anthony Crolla recorded a win on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker in front of 78,000 fans and followed this up by defeating Daud Yordan in November. This now sets up a massive bout with the immensely talented, Vasyl Lomachenko next year.
Tasha Jonas finished the year with a record of 2-1 after three fights in 2018, with all of those taking places in front of large audiences on Sky Sports, we are certain the former Olympian will come back from her first professional defeat better than ever.
Promising young bantamweight Osman Aslam joined the Morson team in April and added another 3 wins to his growing resume. The 24-year-old Boltonian has been compared to his close friend, Amir Khan in terms of his fierce speed and pin point accuracy and Morson caught up with both men ahead of their respective fights on September 8th.
Morson were also proud to work alongside Kieran Farrell Promotions for the third successive year with three stacked events hosted by the Middleton man. After two solid shows in Bury and Middleton, Kieran saved the best till last with his biggest show to date at The University of Bolton stadium. The near sell out in the Whites hotel was such a success that the former central area champion will be bringing another action-packed show there in March 2019.
Morson CEO Ged Mason’s co- owned team Sale Sharks improved on their 10th place position from the 16/17 Season to eighth in the 17/18 season. With the project growing each year, so is the quality of talent joining the side with notable signings such as Chris Ashton adding excitement to the club.
The vast array of talent the side possesses has been on display for all to see in recent months. After a tough start due to injuries and international commitments to the likes of World Player of the Year nominee, Faf De Klerk, the Carrington based side are now unbeaten in their last five games in the Gallagher Premiership which is their best run since 2006.
We attended the pre-season BBQ at Carrington and spoke to Steve Diamond, Mark Cueto, Simon Orange and Paolo Odogwu to hear their thoughts on the year ahead. On top of this we exclusively spoke with Chris Ashton, Marland Yarde and the Curry Brothers at the kit launch in early August.
In addition to our work with the team, we also hosted a couple of eye opening events alongside the club and Sale Sharks Community Trust. The first of which was the ‘Balls to That’ mental health awareness session which was opened by the inspirational Craig Monaghan and Andy Reid. Andy Reid gave an insight into his mental health struggles after losing limbs in an IED blast in Afghanistan. Craig highlighted the importance of tackling issues head on and shed light on his journey since he survived an attack in Afghanistan. It was incredible to see how successful both men have become from such inner turmoil and their stories and advice were something those that attended will never forget.
The importance of mental health was at the forefront of our second event alongside Sale Sharks, this time with a panel featuring the likes of Marland Yarde, Anthony Crolla and Kieran Farrell discussing their difficult experiences from life threatening brain injuries to adjusting to life on the side lines. The panel also informed those that attended what people in business can learn from those in sport and what skills are transferable in term of athletes approach their day to day life. Read more about our exclusive event here.