Five Future Fights Fans Would Love To See...

  • By Behind The Gloves
  • 17 Aug, 2017
So far, this year, boxing fans have had little to complain about (although someone always will) with some unbelievable clashes including the historic event of Joshua v Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. And with some absolute bangers coming up this season such as Canelo vs Golovkin, and Crawford vs Indongo; two fights which for sure are contenders for fight of the year, we get greedy and weigh up future fights that we would love to see in the coming season (Anthony Joshua v Amir Khan cheating face off not being one of them…).

Dillian Whyte v Derek Chisora II

One of the top fights for next season has to be Whyte v Chisora part two. After the dramatic and hilarious build up between the pair, followed by a more equally matched fight than imagined, fans got a blockbuster of a boxing match, with many thinking Chisora should have been the one to walk away victorious but with Whyte taking it by split decision.

He has since, with Eddie Hearn, been trying to secure a big money fight against Deontay Wilder in the US, but to no avail, and talks of a rematch with Joshua have also been rumoured. For now, it may be better if he turns his attention to other possible avenues, and what could be better than a trash talk sensation rematch?

Whyte is next fighting on August 19 in Nebraska against 38-year-old Malcom Tann (nope, me either) who has lost three out of his last four fights, which keeps ‘The Body Snatcher’ busy for the moment, but both have very much kept the social media trash talk alive (including Chisora insulting Whyte’s family) meaning that there could hopefully be a rematch on the cards in the not too distant future.


Chisora seems to be waiting in the wings after his scheduled fight against Robert Helenius was postponed back in May due to a number of mysterious reasons, which also means a deal could perhaps be worked out for late 2017, early 2018. He has also been mentioned alongside Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller as another possible opponent if a rematch were not to be made.

Chisora told   Sky Sports :”The rematch is going to happen. The world is going to have to see the rematch. I’m going to destroy that guy. I’m going to batter him from corner to corner. I’m not even joking, I’m going to destroy him. I’m going to have to knock him out.

“I would relish that fight, I would love that fight, I would take that fight any time.”

Whyte also has not been opposed, as long as the cash is right.

“It can happen, but the problem is Dereck Chisora doesn’t know how to negotiate or do good business,” Whyte told Sky Sports   in reply . “Yes, the fight can happen. All Eddie has to do is pay me and look after me the way I deserve to be treated. I’ve beaten Chisora already. The only reason I would fight him again is if the money is right.”

Come on promoters, get your wallet out!

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder

This has got be the big daddy of all Heavyweight fights that no one would want to miss. This is the fight Deontay Wilder is chasing (and chasing, and chasing) and with a Klitschko rematch down the toilet with his retirement announcement, this fight has to be on the cards for 2018.

Joshua has his ordered mandatories to deal with first, in the form of Kubrat Pulev and Luis Ortiz (perhaps not the most action-packed fights) but when it comes to an equal challenger, the Bronze Bomber has to be the closest in power and talent on the scene as it stands currently.

On a mission to ‘#Unify’, Wilder was quick to jump in as soon as Joshua defeated Klitschko, and despite Eddie Hearn’s attempts to pacify him with Dillian Whyte for 4 million dollars, the WBC Champion is having none of it.

Hearn is keen to build Joshua’s profile in the US before such a huge fight which would be shown on PPV on both sides of the pond. And with Wilder winning all but one of his 38 fights by knock out (with an incredible 18 knock outs in the first round) the fight would definitely bring fireworks.

The Bronze Bomber does need to ensure he is keeping himself active in the ring however, if he has to wait out these mandatory challenges first, fighting just once so far this year, against Gerald Washington back in February. Nonetheless he is pushing for the fight as soon as possible.

He said on social media (full video above): “Eddie Hearn, I know you weren’t expecting Klitschko to retire like this man, he had all of us guessing. But don’t go pulling your hair out, weeping and moaning,”

“You tried to lend me your little black spare tire, Dillian Whyte, knowing that after usage I wouldn’t even gain a yard. Let’s not mess about here mate. We’ve got an opportunity to turn a year into three months and make one of the biggest  heavyweight title fights in history. I don’t want to hear nothing about mandatories, I’m sure the sanctioning bodies, all the sanctioning bodies, will overrule on this one. This fight is inevitable, so it will happen. So call, let’s go. We’ll be waiting.”

As will we…

Jorge Linares vs Mikey Garcia

Back in March there were huge rumours of a Lightweight mega fight between the top two fighters – Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares.

Garcia told   ESPN , “I want to fight this summer, whether June or July, or maybe even August if the Linares-Crolla winner doesn’t come out injured or cut and we need to go to August so they can be ready for me. I think it’s also probably the best fight. Linares has proven himself in three different divisions by winning world titles. Even after being stopped he bounced back and regains another world title and was looking great. It shows you the calibre of fighter he is. He has proven himself and he has the skills. There’s no other match that’s as competitive   [at Lightweight]   as that can be.

“I think Linares wants to fight me and prove himself and make a great fight for the fans.”

Since then, unfortunately their attentions seem to have both been taken elsewhere, but with both fighters continuing to go from strength to strength.


After outclassing Anthony Crolla not once but twice, four-time World Champion in three weight classes, Linares, who is ranked the number one Lightweight boxer by   BoxRec   and   ‘Ring Magazine’   now is set to take on Luke Campbell, his WBA mandatory, in California, despite Garcia pushing for a summer clash. He has also been out of action for a while recovering with a broken hand which he injured during his rematch with Crolla.

Unbeaten Garcia’s last bout was fought on July 29th at Light Welterweight against former four-weight World Champion Adrien Broner, who he beat convincingly in every round, with Linares even taking to social media to congratulate his potential future opponent on the win.


After the fight, Garcia said was open to any boxer coming over to Showtime whether that be at 135lbs, 140lbs or even 147lbs.

If he was to stay at Light Welterweight there would be a few other great options including Indongo or Crawford, who are also facing each other in just over a week, but you cannot help but feel he should go back down to face Linares ‘The Golden Boy’ from Venezuela, in what would be a hugely exciting action-packed battle with two of the most skilful boxers in the world.

Garcia recently told   Sky Sports   that he would “really like to unify lightweight and become the man, the king of the division” before he chooses to move up in weight.

“Taking this fight with Adrien Broner is a very interesting fight and I wasn’t able to secure any unification fights at the moment.

Hopefully a unification will be on the cards for early 2018, now Linares has recovered and all being well in both their upcoming fights this year, our dream fights for 2018 are shaping up quite nicely in this run down so far.

Vasyl Lomachenko v Guillermo Rigondeaux

Known for his excellent hand speed, accuracy and skill, ‘Hi Tech’ seems to have his pick of the bunch at the moment after another superb win against Marriaga last weekend, even offering himself up as a sparring partner to McGregor, after Paulie Malignaggi’s controversial departure from his training camp.

With many potential opponents being explored at various weight including the likes of Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares at 135lbs as mentioned above, the most spoken about still has to be the challenge of Guillermo Rigondeaux.

After both established themselves as top amateurs, Cuban Rigondeaux is unbeaten in 17 fights (with 1 no contest) as a professional, while Ukrainian Lomachenko has moved to 10-1-KO7, challenging unsuccessfully for a world title in only his second pro fight before winning the WBO title next time round. Both seem set for success with many fans likening them in styles and skill.

Even Lomachenko has noted the fans enthusiasm for the potential bout.

He told   ESPN   – “Personally I would like to fight Mikey Garcia, as well, I support what the fans want. Fans talking a lot about my bout and Rigondeaux bout. I would love to fight him if it’s somehow possibility we can make that fight.”

And it appears Rigondeaux is ready, hitting up social media with his opinion and chasing Lomachenko for not agreeing a deal yet.

Although Lomachenko thinks it is one the fans want, he believes it will be like the Marriaga fight all over again. When asked on his potential opponent’s style, he said to   “First of all let me tell you, I am not asking to fight him. I don’t need him, he is asking to fight me. He wants, but he has to understand if he’s gonna step in the ring I’m gonna destroy him just like a tank.”

“I don’t think that fight is going to being me a lot of glory because after that fight everybody is going to be saying I beat an old, little guy”.


A month ago though it seems like they were one step closer to what the fans want at least, apparently agreeing a possible weight of 126lbs.

Andre Ward vs Adonis Stevenson

With Stevenson calling out the winner of Kovalev v Ward II, another huge fight for 2018 could be ‘Son of God’ v ‘Superman’.


After defeating Kovalev in the eighth round, Ward has many an opponent at 175lbs but is also possibly considering a move up in weight class. As well as Stevenson, there is also the possibility of names being thrown in the mix such Badou Jack, Anthony Dirrell or George Groves.

‘Son of God’ Ward, the unbeaten American has proven himself the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in the world and will now be looking to reinforce his legacy  at this weight as well as earn top dollar. Fighting Stevenson would be a sure way to do this by unifying the titles. Ward currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF Light Heavyweight titles, with Stevenson still holding the WBC. Winning the last belt would be one big reason why this fight would be amazing.

Betway  have Stevenson as the 6/4 betting favourite to be Ward’s next opponent however on paper, if it’s going to happen it needs to be within this next season. Stevenson is now 39 years old and has not fought outside of Canada since 2011. Ward is unbeaten and arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world – if Stevenson thinks he can do this, it needs to be sooner rather than later or it may be a case of ‘the late and the great’.


Article by: Charlottle Lily Prior

You can follow Charlotte on Twitter at: @charlottlelily89

By Behind The Gloves 19 Nov, 2017

Carl Frampton's highly-anticipated return to the squared circle did not go exactly according to plan, with a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Horacio Garcia in front of an adoring hometown crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

After a turbulent 2017, which saw the Northern Irishman suffering his first professional career loss to Leo Santa Cruz - in addition to splitting with long-time trainer Shane McGuigan and undergoing a promotional shake-up – Frampton was able to close out a difficult year on a somewhat positive note, securing victory with slightly generous tallies of 98-93, 97-93 and 96-93 on all three judges’ scorecards. 

Throughout the early rounds, the former super-bantamweight and featherweight titlist was seemingly content to play the cool matador to Garcia’s rampaging bull, picking his opponent off with cute counters complemented by evasive footwork. However, as the fight progressed into the middle rounds, Frampton became increasingly tired in the face of Garcia’s obdurate surges forward, who was at that point growing in confidence and connecting with more frequency. 

The former two-weight world champion then abandoned his previous counterpunching-oriented strategy, and elected to become embroiled in an entertaining slugfest with his opposite number from Guadalajara – with domestic rivals Josh Warrington and Scott Quigg, as well as Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, seated ringside.

As the thrilling exchanges between the two prompted deafening roars from the Belfast crowd, the consternation pervading the arena was tangible during the seventh round after a slip from an apparently off-balance Frampton was incorrectly deemed a knockdown by referee Victor Laughlin.

Nevertheless, Frampton regained his composure and was ultimately able to see off the characteristically tough Garcia in what was, all things considered, a relatively nip-and-tuck affair.

Meanwhile, super-flyweight Jamie Conlan’s first crack at a world title was unsuccessful as IBF titleholder Jerwin Ancajas simply proved to be too much on the night for the previously undefeated challenger.

A resilient, albeit overmatched Conlan was repeatedly knocked down and pummelled with debilitating shots to the midsection, until referee Steve Gray called a halt to proceedings in the sixth.

There was additional success for Irish fighters on the card, however, as undefeated prospect and former Olympian Paddy Barnes moved to 5-0 after delivering an exquisite body shot to Nicaraguan Elicier Quezada in the sixth-round, claiming both the WBO intercontinental flyweight title and his first stoppage win in the process. 

WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete also wowed ringside spectators with a jaw-dropping thunderous one-punch knockout over compatriot Siboniso Gonya in the very first round.

In taking just eleven seconds to dispose of his opponent, the heavy-handed South African reportedly set a new record, and will now undoubtedly be coveting unification fights with the likes of Ryan Burnett and Luis Nery, in order to stake his claim as the best 118-lber in the world.

Report by: Navi Singh

You can follow Navi on Twitter at: @hombre__obscuro

By Behind The Gloves 18 Nov, 2017
Former world champion Anthony Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs) had a successful return to the ring in his hometown as he won a technical decision over Denis Douglin (19-6, 12 KOs) in the main event of a special Friday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Dort Federal Credit Union Center in Flint, Michigan.
"I wanted to pressure him and test myself," said Dirrell. "He was wearing down and then the head butt came. I told the doctor that my vision was blurry and he decided not to let me continue."
The fight was stopped in the sixth round after an accidental clash of heads left Dirrell's left eye badly cut. The ringside physician deemed Dirrell unable to continue and the fight went to the scorecards where Dirrell won a technical decision by scores of 49-46 and 48-47 twice.
Fighting in his hometown for the first time since 2011, Dirrell came out fast and appeared to have Douglin in trouble in round one with a flurry of hooks. Douglin was able to survive the round and had successful moments landing left hooks to Dirrell's head.
Douglin was aggressive throughout but was unable to stop Dirrell from mounting his own offensive surges. Dirrell scored to the body often and was able to work through any difficult moments.
"I was going for the knockout," said Dirrell. "I wanted to get him out of there. I was getting hit and I got frustrated occasionally. I need to stick to the game plan a little better and make sure I'm doing what I want to do in the ring."
Dirrell and Douglin continued to trade blows until the decisive clash of heads that led to a premature end of the fight and Dirrell taking home the decision victory.
"I'm right there with anyone in this division," said Dirrell. "I was getting ready for a title fight and I hurt my back but I'm ready now. I want to face anyone with a belt or whoever will step up to the challenge."
In the co-main event, unbeaten welterweight prospect Jamontay Clark (13-0, 7 KOs) boxed his way to a majority decision victory over Domonique Dolton (19-2-1, 10 KOs) in their eight round bout.
Clark used his significant reach advantage and pumped his jab early and often, establishing it in the first round and adding different combinations off of it throughout the contest. Dolton attempted to close down the distance but was unable to land anything that deterred Clark.
A clash of heads midway through the fourth round opened up a cut over Clark's right eye and appeared to temporarily re-energize Dolton, who tried to take advantage of the wound. Clark showed toughness in never letting the cut slow him down as he stuck to the game plan and boxed effectively down the stretch.
Dolton stalked him throughout the final frames and landed occasionally but it was not enough as Clark took home the decision by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76.
The opening bout of the telecast saw Ryan Karl (15-1, 9 KOs) earn a unanimous decision victory over Kareem Martin (9-2-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round battle of junior welterweight prospects.
Martin had success early walking Karl down and landed a powerful looping right hand combined with a left hook midway through the first round that staggered his opponent. Karl set the tone for the fight and shook off the attack and continued to come forward in an exciting opening frame.
Karl increased his work rate after the first two rounds, consistently using the jab and throwing right hands mixed in with body shots. Martin stayed in the pocket throughout but was too easy to hit as Karl got the better of much of the action in the middle of the ring.
In the final round, Karl seemed to have more left in the tank as he buzzed Martin with a right hand that slowed his opponent and helped him on his way to a unanimous decision by scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75.

Source: Premier Boxing Champions [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 17 Nov, 2017

In just over three weeks’ time, boxing fans will be treated to a historic match-up. On December 9th in Madison Square Garden, New York, Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko will defend his WBO Super Featherweight title against Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux; the first time in boxing history that two double Olympic gold medallists have faced each other in the professional ranks. 

The statistics attached to the impending matchup are impressive. Between them in the amateur ranks, the two pugilists went a mind-boggling 871 wins combined to only 13 losses. As professionals, they are multiple world title holders who share a combined record of 26 wins, 18 by way of knockout, with just a single loss. 

In view of the historical nature of the match-up and such figures, one would expect it to be one of the most heavily-hyped fights of the year. From Rigondeaux’s perspective: it has been anything but. 

Within the last 24 hours, Rigondeaux has taken to social media to express his dissatisfaction with what he perceives to be the under-promotion of the fight. Reading between the lines, it is a clear shot being fired at Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions, the current promoters of Lomachenko and formerly of Rigondeaux, with whom he parted in 2014 in less than amicable circumstances. For Rigondeaux, the turning point was his decisive 2013 victory over the then-WBO Super Bantamweight Champion and '2012 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year', Nonito Donaire, who he schooled in a fight which was far more one-sided than the scorecards suggested. Rigondeaux claims that Arum and Top Rank never forgave him for extinguishing the lights of one of the brightest stars in their stable. For Arum and Top Rank’s part, Rigondeaux’s defensive style of fighting made him a far more difficult sell to boxing audience, especially in comparison to the all-action style of the defeated 'The Filipino Flash'.

By Behind The Gloves 17 Nov, 2017

Carl Frampton returns to the ring at Belfast’s SSE Arena this Saturday, in what will be his debut under the guidance of new promoter Frank Warren and new trainer Jamie Moore. 'The Jackal' will be eager to close the book on a tumultuous period which saw him lose his WBA featherweight world title and have his homecoming bout cancelled at the eleventh hour, before going on to split from trainer Shane McGuigan and depart Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone promotions: all in the space of seven months.

With both camps remaining tight-lipped regarding the fall-out, little is known as to what triggered the Belfast fighters shock August split from the McGuigans. The news came on the heels of weeks of speculation surrounding Frampton’s future with the promotional outfit, triggered by the fighter's resignation from Cyclone’s board of directors on the 21st of July. 

The Belfast hero will be seeking to return to winning ways in his home city this weekend, having dropping a twelve round decision to Mexican three-weight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz in their Las Vegas rematch in January of this year. The disappointing reverse remains his last trip to the ring. 

In what will be his first non-title contest since April 2014, Frampton will look to unleash ten months of frustration upon featherweight contender Horacio Garcia, who faces the unenviable task of occupying the away corner in-front of a partisan crowd this Saturday. The Mexican enters the contest as a heavy underdog, with his thirty-seven fight record devoid of notable names barring 2012 US Olympian Joseph Diaz, to whom he succumbed to a lop-sided decision victory in December of last year. “Violento”, however, will be looking to seize the opportunity to enter the upper echelons of the 126 pound weight class with a shock-win over one of the division's elite, forcing himself into title contention for 2018.

In Frampton, Garcia will face a fighter who has appeared reinvigorated of late, having rediscovered his love of the sport in working with new trainer Jamie Moore. The former two-weight king joined Moore at his Manchester training base, initially on a trial basis, after his aforementioned split with Shane McGuigan earlier this year. Following a successful inauguration, the Northern Irishman decided he need look no further, and subsequently announced that he would resume his career with the former European 154 pound champ in his corner. In just two short months, fighter and trainer appear to have struck up an almost-instantaneous chemistry, with Frampton making all of the right noises as he bids to make a successful return to the ring.

After piecing together the final parts of his new team in the ensuing weeks - with announcements that he had signed with boxing management outfit MTK as well as Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren - Frampton returns to the sport with a renewed sense of vigour, and will be hoping to recapture the form that made him 'Ring Magazine 2016 Fighter of the Year'.  

The move to the Warren stable opens up the possibility of future domestic clashes with both Josh Warrington and IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby, with the latter scheduled to fight on the veteran promoter's December 9th card at the Copper Box Arena in London.

With a plethora of potential big fights on the horizon - both at home and across the Atlantic - the twenty-nine-year-old will look to put a stacked Featherweight division on notice with an emphatic victory over Horatio Garcia in front of his adoring public this weekend. 

Garcia will be joined at ringside by fellow Guadalajara native Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who will be hoping to see his Golden Boy stable-mate spring an upset victory. Most however, believe that Garcia would require the Mexican superstar to join him in the ring if he is to have a realistic chance of upsetting the local hero.

After proclaiming 2017 to be "the worst year of my career", Frampton has afforded himself every opportunity to ensure 2018 is, in fact, the exact opposite. While one would imagine sterner - and more lucrative - bouts are on the horizon, Frampton will undoubtedly have his eye fixed firmly on Horacio Garcia this weekend. With an adoring fanbase tuning in on an action-packed evening for Belfast boxing, Frampton will be keen to remind observers of the sport as to who the city's top dog is. 

'The Day of The Jackal' is Saturday evening, live on BT Sport and BoxNation...

Article by: Gareth Gonet

You can follow Gareth on Twitter at: @garethgonet

By Behind The Gloves 16 Nov, 2017

Emerging Super Bantamweight prospect Lucien Reid (7-0-0 4 KO's) has said he will challenge for titles at the beginning of 2018, after a ‘slow start’ since turning over in the professional ranks two years ago.

Reid - nicknamed ‘Lethal’ - established himself as a talented amateur, claiming a Senior ABA Elite 54kg title in 2013 and was a finalist at 56kgs the following year. Thus far as a pro, however, for reasons unknown to him, the East Londoner has struggled to gain momentum.

Following nearly one year of inactivity, Reid resumed his career when he returned to the ring to victorious against Michael Mooney in May, before beating Jose Aguilar in September on the undercard of former-stablemate Billy Joe Saunders' WBO World Middleweight title defence against Willie Monroe Jr. 

The 23 year-old looks to continue the reinvigoration process of his career on December 16th at the Brentwood Centre, where he will attempt to improve his record to 8-0 and put on another exciting show for the fans.

"I’ve got no opponent just yet, but I’ll be looking for a more game opponent and I’ll be boxing for titles early next year.” said Reid, in an exclusive interview with Behind The Gloves .

"I know I’m boxing for titles early next year. I’ve spoken to Adam [Booth] and he said when I had come off that long eleven month lay-off it wasn’t the right time to be going into hard fights. He wanted me to get more rounds underneath my belt and learn the trade more as we hadn’t been together that long."

Reid, who parted ways with his former trainer Peter Sims last November, is now - as mentioned previously - under the tutelage of esteemed and highly-respected coach Adam Booth, who he says says is having a massive influence in his corner.

”We’re starting to really bond and I’m really starting to take to the style." he stated. 

"He [Booth] wanted me to get more rounds, and December 16th we want a game opponent who is actually going to give me them: then when I fight for titles, I’ll know where my fitness is at over ten to 12 rounds."

By Behind The Gloves 16 Nov, 2017
Jono Carroll will be out to boost his World ranking when he fights for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title on Saturday’s big ‘Frampton Reborn’ fight card at Belfast’s SSE Odyssey Arena.

The undefeated Meath-based Dubliner (14-0) was set to clash with his old rival Declan Geraghty this weekend in a rematch of their dramatic 2014 tussle, which Carroll won via disqualification after a fiery four rounds.

However, Geraghty was forced to pull out of the bout last week due to a hand injury, leaving Carroll in search of a replacement opponent.

Mexican Humberto de Santiago (15-4-1) has answered the call and the pair will clash for the IBF stepping-stone strap and a top-15 world ranking this weekend, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

“I was gutted to hear Deco pulled out, but I wasn’t too surprised,”  said Carroll on his MTK stablemate and rival. “I never really thought he wanted the fight anyway.”

“But I’m buzzing to get another opponent sorted and to have the intercontinental  title on the line. It’ll help me jump up the rankings and get closer to that ultimate prize. I want a world title and this is just another rung on the ladder I have to climb.”

Limited remaining tickets for Frampton Reborn can be purchased via the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office,  and 028 9073 9074.

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 16 Nov, 2017

Throughout the years, boxing has seen many of its best known participants refuse to acknowledge their decline, instead stubbornly opting to remain in the sport well beyond their sell by date: more often ending in disaster than in glory.

Those in the boxing who reside outside of the ropes however, can enjoy a more substantial lifespan than the sports combatants. One such example is British Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who after almost forty years in the fight game is enjoying something of a career renaissance; in no small part due to the signing of his exclusive rights deal with broadcasting giant BT sport in November of last year. 

Throughout a stellar promotional career, the Londoner has been a leading player in the UK boxing market, having been responsible for promoting some of the sport’s most illustrious names including Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Prince Naseem Hamed. 

Warren would see his high standing in the UK market go largely unchallenged throughout the noughties, with main promotional rival Barry Hearn opting to scale down his involvement in boxing in order to focus on other sporting ventures. 

In 2011, the veteran promoters decision to leave Sky Sports for his own fledgling network BoxNation - coupled with the emergence of promotional upstart Eddie Hearn (son of the aforementioned Barry Hearn) - would bring an abrupt end to the dominance which Warren had enjoyed over the previous decade. The younger Hearn’s meteoric rise within the sport would see an exodus of top names from the Warren stable, including future world champions George Groves, Tony Bellew and James DeGale, all seemingly enticed by the effervescent Hearn’s bold plans for U.K. boxing.

Without the financial backing of a major broadcaster, the next five years would see Warren struggle to deliver major fights for his top fighters, who were failing to garner wider exposure: owing largely to the fact they were plying their trade exclusively on a subscription boxing channel, well beyond the view of the wider sporting public.

Throughout this period, Warren would lose out to Matchroom in the signing of several much sought after prospects, including 2012 Olympic gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell. Warren would also watch from afar as his bitter-rival Hearn accomplished a landmark promotional feat, in selling out Wembley Stadium for the Froch vs Groves rematch in 2014. 

Evidently dismayed at losing his position atop the British boxing industry, the Queensberry boss would continually levy public criticism upon his younger rival at every opportunity. The subsequent discourse between the pair would result in a promotional cold war, akin to that seen across the Atlantic between Oscar De La Hoya and Top Rank supremo Bob Arum. The prospect of major inter-stable fights would resultantly enter the realms of fantasy, where it remains to this day. 

By Behind The Gloves 16 Nov, 2017
Paddy Barnes believes his elite amateur experience will be key when he takes to the ring on Saturday night at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

Belfast native Barnes features on a stacked undercard in support of his friend Carl Frampton, who returns to the ring in a headline featherweight bout against Mexico’s Horacio Garcia, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Barnes had hoped to defend his WBO European Flyweight title for the first time on the bill, but complications surrounding potential opponents has led to a change of plan and the three-time Olympian will instead fight for the WBO Intercontinental strap over 10 rounds as he bids to boost his World ranking.

Experienced Nicaraguan Eliecer Quezada(21-6-3) will be the man in the opposite corner and Barnes admits that he faces a tough test in only his fifth professional bout since turning over to the paid game last year.

“I’ve had a look at him [Quezada] and he’s very, very good,” said Barnes. “My original opponent fell through, so that’s changed everything. I was training for a small come-forward fighter and now I’m fighting a taller opponent, so that’s changed a lot.”

Quezada twice defeated compatriot Yader Cardoza, who pushed Jamie Conlan to a split decision last March. That marked Conlan’s last ring outing ahead of his first world-title shot against Filipino IBF Super-Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas on Saturday night.

However, the 30-year-old Barnes – a two-time Olympic medallist and European amateur champion – insists that his amateur pedigree will stand to him this weekend.

“But in the amateurs you’re fighting different styles every day at major tournaments so I’m used to it. I haven’t thought too much about it, I don’t really mind, I’m just looking forward to the fight. I can’t wait, I’m very excited and I’m flying fit, so it should be a good night.”

Barnes is back in action just a few weeks after recording his fourth pro win in Edinburgh when he claimed a six-round points victory over Peruvian Juan Hinostroza.

“That helped me shake off the ring rust coming into this fight,” explained Barnes. “That’ll stand to me. It’s still a bit of a struggle to get the weight down, but I’ve been on a strict diet and I feel sharp and strong and fit.”

Limited remaining tickets for Frampton Reborn can be purchased via the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office,  and 028 9073 9074.

Source: Frank Warren PR
By Behind The Gloves 15 Nov, 2017

 In recent days, former lineal heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury, released a video on social media of his pad workout at the Hatton Gym, as he continues to talk up a boxing comeback in the near future. Fury, of course, has not been seen in the ring since November 2015 when he sensationally dethroned Wladimir Klitschko on a famous night in Düsseldorf, Germany: rendered inactive by a combination of anti-doping and mental health issues. 

In that time, we have been subjected to a painfully predictable and, quite frankly, tiresome trend of Fury vacillating between announcing his permanent retirement from the sport and, alternatively, vowing a comeback to rival Muhammad Ali.

Let me make things clear from the outset: mental illness is a terrible affliction which I would not wish upon anyone. 

In this respect, Fury deserves our full sympathy and well wishes. The racism which he has been subjected to by members of the public on account of his Irish Traveller heritage is despicable and must be condemned unequivocally. Moreover, as a boxing purist, I regard him as a talented and heavily underrated exponent of the sweet science. In fact, I would favour a  mentally focussed  and  in-shape  Fury to outpoint current WBA 'Super' and IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, should the two ever meet in what would be a blockbuster domestic clash. It would, however, seem that we are still a long way away from both presumptions.

By Behind The Gloves 15 Nov, 2017

Unbeaten Irish star John Joe Nevin can’t wait to return to the ring on Friday 24th November and kick-start his career as aims to make 2018 his year.

The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist has his first fight in Britain as a professional at the Tolworth Recreation Centre on the undercard of female World Champion Pink Tyson, alongside Lenny Daws, hot prospect Yusuf Safa and many more.

Nevin is heralded as one of the most decorated amateur boxers ever with an illustrious record that reads: Double Olympian, 2012 Olympic Silver, 2 World Bronze, European and European Union Champion, 15 times All Ireland Champion; a staggering 255 amateur contests - of which 210 were Internationals - with just 15 losses.

The Mullingar ace has had various problems from physical, personal and promotional issues since turning professional, but the 29-year-old has put together a solid eight-fight unbeaten record that has seen him campaign in American and Ireland.

His last fight was on 26th August 2016 at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia when he defeated Jesus Lule, winning every round in the six-round contest. He was scheduled to fight in September this year, but medical licensing and opponent issues meant that that it had to be postponed.

However, Nevin is now thrilled to return to London where he celebrated the pinnacle of his amateur career by winning Olympic Silver alongside a standout Irish team that included Michael Conlan, Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes.

“It’s fantastic to return to London where I’ve had so many amateur fights and great memories, but of course the highlight was lifting silver for myself and the Irish team, that is something I will never ever forget,” Said Nevin.

“The Irish team was packed with so many talented fighters like Michael, Katie and Paddy and they’re all doing amazing in the pros. I’ve had my troubles, but through all of that I’m proud to hold an undefeated record and there is so much ahead of me now,”

“I feel that in a way, the rest has made me stronger and maybe that is for the best. Remember, I had 255 amateur fights with almost all of those at a high level over 20 years and I’ve had no real breaks, so now I feel strong again and I just can’t wait,”

Nevin will step up to super-lightweight and take on Killamarsh’s Lee Connelly over six-rounds at the Tolworth Recreations Centre and then look for some big fights next year."

He added, “I wanted a heavier opponent and to get some more rounds in and I didn’t want someone who was going to tumble over so boxing at super-lightweight is where I see myself being most effective from now on,”

“I’m in the gym every day with my trainer Jim McDonnell, he’s a tremendous coach and along with his sons they form a top team and now it is up to me to become a champion,”

“For now I’m focusing on the 24th November and then looking at a big 2018 when I know some exciting opportunities are going to come my way. Long term the aim is to become a world champion and I believe I can do that.”

Female World Champion Pink Tyson, real name Kallia Kourouni, from Sparta, Greece, headlines the show, promoted by Hennessy Sports in association with Joey Pyle and John Edwards.

Morden’s favourite fighting son, “Lightning” Lenny Daws makes his long awaited return to the ring. Daws looks to return to winning ways as he targets a third shot at the European Super-Lightweight crown and win it for a third time following his close attempt in February this year against Anthony Yigit.

Undefeated Bexleyheath Super-Featherweight prospect Yusuf Safa returns to action following his win on the Hughie Fury-Joseph Parker undercard and aims to target his first professional title shortly.

Two-time Olympian John Joe Nevin from Mullingar, Ireland, has his first in Britain as the supremely talented 28-year-old continues to build on his unbeaten record.

Heading up an exciting undercard will be: Iver Heavyweight Naylor Ball; Mitcham Super-lightweight Cheznie Hawkins; Farnborough’s George Lamport, Camberley Lightweight Jonny Phillips; Chertsey Lightweight Tony Vincent makes his highly-anticipated professional debut and Mitcham Super-lightweightZahayr Al Quahtani.


For tickets information, contact Joe Pyle on 07572733339  or John Edwards on 07883317538 .

Doors open at 5:30pm with boxing commencing at 6pm.

Source: Hennessy Sports [Press Release]

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