Frank Warren Jabs Hearn and Burns, Talks BoxNation
By Frank Warren
Whilst Eddie Hearn is worrying about how many followers he has on Twitter, I've been busy making matches and cutting deals to deliver the most coveted domestic and International fights to BoxNation, the Channel of Champions. Reports of my imminent demise, it appears, were again a tad premature. Last week BoxNation announced they will broadcast Amir Khan's next fight.
On 27th April, BoxNation will broadcast his return to a British ring after a two year hiatus, when he squares off with Mexico's Julio Diaz over 12 rounds at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena. After arranging Amir to avenge his Olympic final loss to Cuban great Mario Kindelan in his home city of Bolton, he signed pro forms with me in the summer of 2005.
We had four and half largely good years together, in which Khan won and retained the WBA light-welterweight title before opting to pursue his dreams in the US, with mixed success. For me it's going to be interesting to see what effect his change of trainer from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter will have on him.
Charismatic 2012 Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo shall make his debut on the undercard. Later that evening, live from Buenos Aires, they will showcase the globe's finest middleweight, Sergio Martinez of Argentina, defending his WBC title against unbeaten Martin Murray of St Helens.
The preceding week, subscribers can catch Britain's youngest, brightest World Champion Nathan Cleverly defending his WBO Light-Heavyweight belt against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi plus Dereck Chisora's comeback fight. Both have huge incentive to succeed. I'm very confident of delivering WBC czar Bernard Hopkins in a 175lb title unifier for Clev this summer, while ex European Champion Robert Helenius is being lined up for 'Del Boy' in a world title eliminator and rematch of their controversial European title fight.
In 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jnr grossed more cash for his single ring appearance against Miguel Cotto than any other athlete earned, in any sport. No clues as to who broadcast that in the UK. And the Moneyman returns to the channel for his 2013 bow for a 4th May shootout when he defends his WBC Welter strap against California's Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The principals have a combined record of 74 wins, one draw and just one (avenged) defeat and, between them, they have amassed 12 world titles, as recognised by the four main sanctioning bodies.
While hot Abner Mares, winner of Showtime's Fabulous Four bantamweight unifier, makes his debut up at featherweight against the hugely entertaining Daniel Ponce De Leon, in the chief support.
On 6th July we will see if David Price can avenge his dramatic loss against Tony Thompson. This is a make or break fight for Price.
All in all, a profitable fortnight's work. As regards tweeting, I guess I'll just have to make do with spreading my gospel through The Sun newspaper, accessed by five million readers every week!
PS Don't forget tonight the big fight from the US - Brandon Rios v Mike Alvarado II – it should be a barnburner.
The direction that Ricky Burns, WBO Lightweight king, has chosen of late continues to baffle me. Under my guidance, the Scot fought seven World Title fights, all in the UK between September 2010 and September 2012. His stock was never higher than after he done Cockney favourite Kevin Mitchell in his last fight.
This year Burns turned down guaranteed unification fights against US sensation Adrien Broner, the WBC Champion, citing he needed more time to prepare and then IBF king Miguel Vasquez because the fight had to be postponed for five weeks because the Mexican had a genuine illness.
Instead, the 29 year old now finds himself locked into a mandatory defence of his WBO strap against undefeated but largely unknown Puerto Rican banger Jose 'Chelo' Gonzalez in Glasgow on 11th May.
He will be earning less money, for half the titles, against an opponent who might not be as slick as Vasquez but, with 17 stoppages in 22 wins, he may be significantly more dangerous.
Still, Ricky is an adult, capable of making his own decisions. One big fight he will definitely be having this year will be against me for breaking our contract!
The latest drug cheat to be exposed is Mexico's four weight world Champion Erik Morales. This week the 36 year old from Tijuana copped a two year suspension in the States after US Anti-Doping Agency found traces of Clenbuterol – an anabolic agent which aids weigh loss – in a pre-fight sample taken last October.
This PED certainly didn't enhance performance. Morales was brutally knocked out in four rounds by Amir Khan conqueror Danny Garcia.
Known as 'El Terrible' Morales was considered an all-time great, winning world titles in the super-bantam, feather, super-feather and light-welter classes. He also scalped the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao.
Having co-promoted the first fight of Morales' epic trilogy with Barrera at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas in 2000, one of the most savage wars in ring history, I was disgusted to discover Morales was a fraud. All his achievements must now be considered tainted.
Far from a legend, he simply brought disgrace to our sport and conned the fans who had bestowed upon him so much honour and glory.
Instant replays for boxing officials will be used for the first when Britain's Murray fights WBC World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez on April 27 in Buenos Aires.
Although instant replay are available in major American states like Nevada and New Jersey, the technology has rarely been used and will help officials with decide if a cut was caused by a punch or head clash.
[QUOTE=lightsout_finit;13195153][B]Boxnation is the bees knees...[/B] :) Skysports is now terrible as far as boxing is concerned...[/QUOTE] For me i hated having too look for streams in the early hours or even for european fights at night so boxnation is a…Comment by mattr on 03-30-2013
I hear ya about the "commentators". They are so bad they make me feel physically sick. Some may not see it as a big deal but it really can spoil your viewing pleasure. i have to mute the tv most…Comment by Mr Ehrmantraut on 03-30-2013
I'd subscribe to BoxNation if they had the original HBO or Showtime commentators, instead of the garbage they currently use. This is simply the only reason why i would literally rather sit and watch it on my laptop.Comment by opotemo on 03-30-2013
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