Are we witnessing the demise of Frank Warren Promotions?

9 03 2013

Frank-Warren-001George Groves and Ricky Burns have now added their names to the growing list of boxers who have left Frank Warren Promotions over the years.

Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Kell Brook are just a few of the names who grew tired of Frank Warren Promotions and moved on to other promoters or to start their own promotional companies.

So why should these latest defectees concern Frank?

Well George Groves immediately signed with rival promotional company Matchroom Boxing, the number of postponements for his “bigger name” fighters, the criticism from the Burns, Bellew and Mitchell camps in recent months, the rumours that he isn’t paying his fighters on time and not to mention his TV channel, BoxNation, doesn’t seem to be the success he was hoping for.

Frank Warren should also be concerned of the growing popularity of Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing”. The two have had a bit of back and forth in the press recently and it’s the quote below from Frank Warren that I find most interesting.

“That’s why my fighters get home advantage when they fight, very rarely will I take them on the road unless I really fancy the job or they’re getting fantastically paid.

“What have they (Matchroom) done in the last year – taken four guys abroad and got them all beat,” he added. “What a great track record. There’s a good way to build your business.”

The quote above tells me that Mr Warren is completely out of touch with the average boxing fan. I think the majority of boxing fans applauded the fact that Eddie Hearn took his fighters abroad and took on the tough challenges, giving us fans the sort of fights we want to see.

In Darren Barker and Gavin Rees they went out to America, fought on HBO and took on Martinez and Broner, the best guys in their respective division. But in Frank Warrens eyes, that’s hurting the business. Forget giving the boxing fans what they want.

In my opinion, Barker and Rees earned more respect for taking those fights than someone like Nathan Cleverly has earned in his whole career to date. There’s nothing to be gained from padding out a fighters record against bums.

Oddly enough Warren could be accused of doing the same with Derek Chisora when he put him in against the likes of Fury, Vitali, Helenius and Haye. I didn’t hear Warren coming out and talking “business” then.

I just don’t think Warren can cut it any more as a promoter, I don’t think he knows how to build fighters any more. You only have to look at the success Kell Brook has had since moving on from Warren. He’s selling out arenas in Sheffield, he’s fighting on Sky Sports and he’s got a world title shot.

Instead he’s got fighters leaving him left, right and centre, his fighters aren’t anywhere near active enough, fight after fight being cancelled, fighters not being paid on time and a whole host of other issues that I can’t really touch upon as I don’t have any concrete proof but it’s safe to say that things really aren’t going right for Frank Warren.

Fighters seem to do much better elsewhere and if I was a boxer under Frank Warren Promotions, I’d certainly be considering my future.

So are we, the British boxing public, witnessing the demise of Frank Warren Promotions?

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Chisora-Haye: Grudge match confirmed

8 05 2012

Chisora - Haye Press ConferenceBritish fight fans have finally got their wish. The grudge match between Derek Chisora and David Haye
has been confirmed for July 14 at Upton Park.

Haye and Chisora famously brawled at a press conference in Munich following Chisora’s points loss to Vitali Klitschko. That “memorable” video can be see below.


Following the press conference brawl, Chisora boxing license was revoked by the BBBoC while Haye hasn’t held a boxing license since retiring following his points decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

The fight has been sanctioned (I’m not quite sure how) by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

An all British clash, held in Britain sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. I’m not quite sure how it works but I’m not complaining.

The build up is going to be electrifying and hopefully we’ll end up with a main event that is worth it and not the dud that was with Haye’s previous two fights (Wladimir and Fraudley Harrison).

There is clearly animosity between the pair, with the a steel fence having to be placed between them during the entire press conference and as they faced-off. (pictured below)

GRUDGE MATCH

Below is a video of the full press conference (courtesy of iFilmLondon) between Derek Chisora and David Haye.

I won’t be making a prediction just yet, I’ll wait until nearer the fight for that but this is a chance for you guys to say how you feel.

Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Do you agree that this fight should take place? And if you don’t think it should, please tell us why you think that.





Fury – Rogan: Irish title on the line

30 03 2012

The Irish title will be on the line when Tyson Fury faces off against Martin Rogan on April 14th.

Fury, who recently vacated his British title, has failed to impress since beating Derek Chisora and has taken a different route compared to the man he defeated for the British title last summer.

Chisora has gone on to face Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitschko, earning praise for his performances in the ring (despite the two losses), while Fury has struggled to overcome Nicolai Firtha and Neven Pajkic.

Fury was set to defend his British title against mandatory challenger David Price, before relinquishing the title, has defended his decision to challenge for the Irish title stating it was always his “dream” to win it.

Whether that is true or not, only Fury knows but to me, and the general boxing public, he’s ducked Price.

Fury was poor in his last two fights and Price has been on a real roll, winning his last 6 fights via KO/TKO.

No disrespect to Rogan but going from fighting a real threat like Price to, well, a cab driver isn’t exactly what people expect from Fury.

He’s talked the talked recently, while promoter Mick Hennessy has championed him as the next “big thing” in the heavyweight division. But this clash has left a lot of fans feeling very annoyed with Team Fury.

Having said that, I still expect Fury, who is always involved in an exciting fight, to win via KO/TKO.

Maybe then he’ll fight some decent opposition and actually walk the walk, instead of talking the talk.





Head to Head: Vitali-Chisora

15 01 2012

Check out this head to head video between Vitali Klitschko and Derek Chisora as they discuss their upcoming fight.

The video is of a similar style to HBO’s award winning 24/7 “Faceoff” and Showtime’s “Staredown”.

It’s definitely worth a watch just to see some of the stuff Del Boy comes out with.





Chisora predicts KO

12 01 2012

Derek Chisora is confident he’ll knockout Vitali Klitschko when the two meet on February 18 in Munich for the WBC heavyweight title.

Chisora predicts KO win

Chisora stated at the press conference that number eight is his lucky number and that “Vitali is going down in the eighth round”.

Chisora, who has lost two of his last three, was scheduled to fight younger brother Wladimir twice before but both fights were cancelled due to injuries suffered by Wladimir.

This is a massive chance for Chisora and he has to come into this fight in the best shape of his career if he is to pose any kind of threat to Vitali.

Despite Vitali’s age; he holds all the advantages going into this fight. He’ll effectively be fighting as the “home” fighter, he is the taller man, has the longer reach and has more experience and power.

If I’m honest I don’t give Chisora any sort of chance at all in this fight and he’ll do well to be competitive against Vitali.

Chisora is going to have to take chances to try and get to Vitali, similar to how he did against Robert Helenius, and hope for a lot of luck as well.

But I expect another victory for Vitali but with the kind of character Chisora is; it should be exciting to watch at least.

See the video below for the press conference (brought to you by iFilmLdnProductions):

 





Khan alleges judge interference

6 01 2012

Khan dethroned

Amir Khan has alleged a mystery man interfered with the judges scoring during his controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson. 

Khan has taken to Twitter to post a series of messages, videos and pictures to back up his claims.

Now this whole thing to me still smacks of desperation from the Khan camp but for once he might actually have a point here.

Everyone knows you’re not meant to interfere with judges during the fight at all and if you see the pictures and video footage of the fight you can clearly see judge Michael Walsh missing parts of the fight due to this mystery man

Hopefully we will get an answer to this whole thing very soon because IF it is true then it is a shocking end for boxing in 2011; a year that had some its fair share of questionable scoring (Murray-Sturm, Macklin-Sturm, Pacquaio-Marquez and Chisora-Helenius).

But view the slideshow and video below and judge for yourselves but please keep this in mind; if the decision had gone in Khan’s favour and Peterson was crying foul would Khan care? Or even consider a rematch?

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Skip to 8:46 for the start of the fight.

What does everyone think? Does Khan have a point? Or is he just clutching at straws?





Hennessy Sports wins purse bids

15 04 2011

Fury: Bring on Chisora

Hennessy Sports has won the rights to stage the highly anticipated heavyweight clash between fellow Brits Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora.

Hennessy Sports outbid Frank Warren at the British Boxing Board  of Control’s Cardiff offices yesterday. They must now set a date for the fight (which will be for Chisora’s British title) within 14 days.

Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy told Hennessysports.com: “I’m delighted to announce that Hennessy Sports have won the rights to stage this well talked about mega fight and as per BBBofC rules we will be announcing the date and venue for this contest within the next 14 days.”

Fury also told the website: “Del boy has got no excuses now, my promoter has just handed him by far the biggest purse of his career and if he pulls out of this fight now in my opinion he will prove himself to be a right plonker.”

Now this fight, if it goes ahead, would a fantastic opportunity for these fighters to really put their name on the heavyweight map.

I know Chisora was lined up to face Wladimir Klitschko but that has fallen through now and this is going to be a tough task for him. Chisora will be hurting not only from the cancellation of the fight, but because David Haye has stolen a march and got his shot at Wladimir ahead of him. This fight against Fury will give ‘Del Boy’ the chance to show he is mentally tough to hack it at the elite level.

Now whenever I’ve seen Fury (which hasn’t been a great deal), I haven’t been too impressed. For his size and frame I feel as though he should be dominating his opponents more. He has all the ingredients to make it to the top but I wonder if his mind is truly focussed on the job. But legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward believes in him and this is his chance to really go out there and make a statement.

The last time there was a grudge match between two British heavyweights for the British title, it was when Audley Harrison squared off against Danny Williams. Now I’m expecting this fight to be much better as there does seem to be a bit of needle between the two and there has been a lot of talk, even before the purse bid was won.

Well soon enough the time for talking will be over and these two will have to step up to the plate but the question is; who will it be?

Be sure to keep checking back for the latest news regarding this fight.