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?





The Wait is Over: Chisora – Haye Preview

14 07 2012

The time for talking is over.

Dereck Chisora against David Haye is finally here. 

Everyone knows how the fight has come about and everyone knows about the controversy with the BBBoC. That’s all out the way now.

The build up has gone smoothly. So has the weigh-in. (Maybe that fence can take some credit for that).

Now it’s time to fight, time to finish this rivalry for good.

And to be honest, I’m struggling to pick a winner right now.

Haye has won world titles, been in there with the better Klitschko, is faster and is definitely the better athlete.

Chisora is  has lost his last 3 but is more durable, has the better chin and is a natural heavyweight.

So how does this fight play out? The fact the fight is only scheduled for 10 rounds might have a huge impact.

Chisora is a slow starter and if Haye comes out the blocks quickly, he could catch Del-Boy and that would be all she wrote. Chisora does have a great chin but he hasn’t fought anyone who has that type of explosive power that Haye possess.

Alternatively, Haye could just use his reach and height advantage to box his way to an unanimous decision.

So I do think Haye has the better options going into this fight. I don’t think Chisora can out-box or blast him out of there.

For Chisora to really stand a chance, he has to be bang on from the jump.

He has to use his head movement as he walks Haye down and once he’s in range, jump on him and unload punches to the body, really pressure Haye. But he has to make sure he has good head movement because if he doesn’t, Haye will catch Chisora as he walks in.

If the fight was 12 rounds, I’d probably back Chisora on points because he gets stronger as a fight wears on but seeing as it’s only the 10 rounds, I think it plays into Haye’s hands.

At this point, I’ve change my mind about 100 times and I’ll probably change it 100 more before the first bell rings.

But I’ll stick my neck out here and go for a David Haye win, via points.

Be sure to check below to see all the build-up the fight:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Weigh-in:





Cleverly set for Krasniqi (who?!?) clash

30 03 2012

Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi after the WBO FINALLY sanctioned the bout.

The fight will take place on April 28 at the famous Royal Albert Hall.

The WBO initially decided against sanctioning the fight, stating that Cleverly must fight his mandatory challenger instead.

But Frank Warren has managed to persuade the WBO to allow this fight to happen, with WBO adding the stipulation that the winner must fight the mandatory challenger within 120 days.

Well it’s not exactly a fight to get excited about is it boxing fans?

Robin Krasniqi is ranked 4th by the WBO. Now some would ask “well what’s the problem then, he’s ranked 4th”. Yes that’s fine but they have Chad Dawson, who I believe would wipe the floor with Cleverly, ranked 7th and the WBC and IBO don’t even have him ranked inside their top 40. Says it all about Cleverly’s level of opposition.

Yet Cleverly, and promoter Frank Warren, will have you believe that Krasniqi will be a “hard test” and that he’ll “bring out the best” in Nathan. I hope boxing fans don’t fall for this.

I can fully understand fighters taking an easy defence here and there but when you’re 25 and only had 25 fights, with none of them being particularly tough (except perhaps Bellew), you don’t deserve to have an “easy” fight/defence.

A Carl Froch would be perfectly within his rights to take an “easy” fight due to the run he’s had, but what’s he doing; fighting Lucian Bute.

Warren seems to be pushing for a Cleverly-Hopkins fight (even if he doesn’t come through his rematch with Dawson) next. It’s a cracking fight for Cleverly to have but one he hasn’t earned and is a fight, I believe, he’ll lose. It’s nothing more than a pay-day for Cleverly.

But my message to Cleverly would be:

Get this fight with Krasniqi over with, fight your mandatory and then fight some real competition.

The likes of Cloud, Pascal, Shumenov and Campillo are the sort of fights Cleverly should be having, especially if he’s as good as he, and Frank Warren, say he is.

The Sweet Science UK prediction:

With all that said, I believe Cleverly will win. Most likely via a points decision as he doesn’t seem to have developed any real power in this division.

He does have a fantastic work-rate and that should see him through against Krasniqi but he’ll need more than that to beat the top names at 175.

 





Burns set for homecoming defence

13 01 2012

Ricky Burns will be “looking forward” to fighting on home soil when he takes on Paulus Moses on March 10.

Burns set for Glasgow return

The Scotsmen will defend his WBO interim lightweight title for the first time when he takes on Moses, who has lost just once in 29 fights, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

Burns will be glad to be back on home soil, with his last two fights taking place outside Scotland.

“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Burns. “I’m looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again after a couple of fights away from home.”

Don’t let the fact you’ve probably never heard of Paulus Moses mislead you, this has the potential to be a very tough fight for Burns.

Moses, nicknamed ‘The Hitman’, is a former WBA lightweight champion and has won 19 fights via knockout, with his only loss coming against Miguel Acosta.

It’s a good test for Burns. There were talks with Hatton Promotions about a potential domestic dust up with Anthony Crolla but promoter Frank Warren was unable to reach an agreement on finances.

But Burns shouldn’t look past Moses though, who’s proven at this level and he can bang as well.

I’m expecting Burns will want to put on a bit of a show and possibly make a statement by knocking Moses out but he’ll have to be aware of Moses’ power. He’ll need that same mentality he took into his last fight against Michael Katsidis.

I think Burns will box smart for the first round or two and once he’s figured Moses out; he’ll up the pressure and go for the knockout

If Burns wins here, and impressively, it could set him up for another world title shot.

But before Burns takes a run at one of the world champions, I’d like to see him fight Kevin Mitchell. An on-song Kevin Mitchell is a match for anyone at lightweight (I don’t consider Juan Manuel Marquez a lightweight anymore before anyone suggests him).

A fight between Burns and Mitchell has all the ingredients to make a fantastic domestic scrap.





Cleverly set for February defence

12 01 2012

Set for February defence

Nathan Cleverly is set to defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against southpaw Tommy Karpency on February 25.

It will be the Welshmen’s third defence and will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

Cleverly and promoter Frank Warren will be hoping a good performance against the American will lead to a major open-air show in the summer, possibly against Carl Froch.

This is nothing more than a stay busy fight for Cleverly and a chance for him to look good as Frank Warren is still building the “Cleverly” name up ; who I still maintain is nowhere near ready for the likes of Chad Dawson or Bernard Hopkins.

A fight against Froch, should he move up, would be a great fight for the British fans to see and could be a great fight stylistically.

I would have preferred to see Cleverly face Dmitry Sukhotsky or someone who is higher ranked than Karpency but beggars can’t be choosers.

Even a fight against fellow Welshman Enzo Maccarnelli would have been a great fight but I’d fully expect Cleverly to wipe the floor with Enzo. We should expect to see that fight at some stage as well.

I fully expect Cleverly to win via stoppage.





Cleverly-Bellew: Who’s ‘0’ will go?

15 10 2011

Cleverly-Bellew: Clash at weigh in

The wait is finally over as bitter rivals Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew clash at Liverpool’s Echo Arena tonight for the WBO light-heavyweight title.

After months and months of back and forth trash talk, the two get the chance to settle their differences in the ring.

I’m not too sure why there is so much animosity between the pair, so much so that the police were called after Nathan’s father/trainer clashed with members of the Bellew team during a press conference, but the time for talking is now over.

Cleverly is the favourite with the bookies but Bellew shouldn’t be under-estimated by anybody.

Bellew packs a thunderous punch and Cleverly would be best served not to let Bellew test his chin too much.

This fight has the potential to go down alongside the other great all British wars. Eubank-Benn, Clazaghe-Woodhall and Cooper-Bugner.

Promoter Frank Warren has said that the winner of this will be looking at the winner of Dawson-Hopkins, with the preference being the living legend Bernard Hopkins as he would be the bigger draw.

For me, this is the wrong direction to take either of these fighters in. Both are good fighters, Cleverly with the potential to be a real good boxer but the likes of Hopkins and Dawson, when his head is right, are levels above these two fighters at the moment.

Sweet Science UK prediction

I expect this to be a good old fashion tear up, with both fighters doing their best to knock each other out. The animosity between the two is so fierce that it makes DeGale and Groves look like the best of friends.

Bellew has said he’ll look to box Cleverly, which would be a mistake for him. Cleverly is a better boxer. Bellew’s best bet is to drag this into the trenches and turn it into a real war. If he catches Cleverly clean; we’ll really see how good his chin is.

Cleverly should really look to box Bellew and not get drawn into a slug fest; which can happen with Cleverly as we’ve seen in the past. He has to stick to using his skills and not get drawn into Bellew’s kind of fight.

I’m expecting a cagey opening couple rounds as both boxers try to figure each other out before things eventually explode into action. I do think Cleverly will look to stand toe-to-toe with Bellew and try and blast him out of there, even though I think this is the wrong option for him.

But I expect Cleverly to retain his title via a late stoppage.

Watch Cleverly-Bellew clash at the weigh in below:





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.