Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Frank Warren on Burns, Groves-Smith, Audley, More

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Sun

THERE will be real fireworks tonight at Wembley Arena where I'm staging a cracking fight card.

Ricky Burns has the chance to catapult himself into the elite names in the lightweight division if he beats Australian warrior Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO world title.

It could be a tough fight for the Scotsman. Katsidis — dubbed the Brit Basher — destroyed Kevin Mitchell at Upton Park last year and was involved in an exciting shootout with Graham Earl in 2007.

Katsidis has had some tough wars recently, though, against the best in Juan Manuel Marquez — who fights Manny Pacquiao next week — and Robert Guerrero, so I reckon the time is right for Burns to pull off a memorable victory.

Burns showed his heart when he came off the canvas in the first round against Rocky Martinez to win the WBO world super-featherweight title last year in a thriller. Manchester's John Murray is in the mix and if he wins his WBA world lightweight title fight against Brandon Rios on December 3 in New York and, if Burns wins, then the two could meet.

British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has his first fight with me and takes on tough Scouser Paul Smith in the chief support.

European champ James DeGale is the common link with both fighters.

He beat Smith to take the British title last December but lost the title in a close decision to old amateur rival Groves in May.

Heavy-handed Smith is coming off back-to-back first-round wins and has said in the build-up that styles make fights and not to go on the form line that A beat B so he will beat C.

It's going to be exciting and you can catch both fights live on BoxNation on Sky Channel 456.

Boxing's not bent

I WAS a guest in Sky's box at Lord's last year for the now infamous England v Pakistan Test match.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed for a total of four years for their part in a spot-betting scam.

When I was at the match an old MCC duffer asked me 'are you another boxing chappy?' I said 'yes'.

He replied rather sniffily: "I used to go to fights in the days of Henry Cooper but I don't go anymore because it's all bent now." It really annoyed me and I said to him 'say that to Michael Watson or Gerald McClellan', two boxers who suffered brain injuries giving their all in fights.

I hope he reflects on what we watched at Lord's.

There are people who think boxing is crooked.

I've never seen any bent fights in my 30+ years in the sport or think of any fight that hasn't been straight. Mismatches a few, but crooked no.

Boxing isn't about no-balls, it's about real balls.

He Aud to know better

DON'T ask me why, but winning Prizefighter was Audley Harrison's springboard to a world title, now he thinks by participating in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing he will quickstep his way to a payday with one of the Klitschkos.

Since when did going on a dancing show get you a shot at a world title?

Only in the deluded world of Audley Harrison of course.

Do me a favour, Audley. You've been rumba-lled.

Bring back Nancy.

So glad to have Brad

BRADLEY SAUNDERS, a 2008 Olympian, signed professional terms with me this week.

The Durham boy was in Beijing with James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders, who challenges for his first pro title tonight at Wembley.

Bradley had to sit out the world amateur championships because of a broken rib and missed out on qualifying for London 2012.

I'm looking forward to building him up in the North East where he can become a big attraction.

Tags: Frank Warren image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Photos: Jarrett Hurd Stops Tony Harrison - Captures IBF Title Amir Khan Vows To Beat Manny Pacquiao, Rips 'Hater' Eddie Hearn Horn's Promoter: I Don't Believe Pacquiao-Khan Deal For April! Hadillah Mohoumadi vs. Serhiy Demchenko For Vacant EU Title Koncz Confirms Pacquiao-Khan Deal, Says More Details Next Week BJ Flores Debuts at Heavyweight: Caleb Plant, Nyambayar Win Washington: I Got Impatient, I Went For It and Wilder Caught Me Deontay Wilder: Is Parker Ready For Me? I'm Ready For Him! Pacquiao vs. Khan on April 23: Fighters Announce Deal is Reached Deontay Wilder Starts Slow, Stops Gerald Washington in Five Wilder vs. Washington - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jarrett Hurd Rallies To Stop Tony Harrison, Win IBF Title Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Dominic Breazeale Knocks Out Izu Ugonoh in Dramatic Fight Wilder vs. Washington - CompuBox Historical Review Photos: Maurice Hooker Dominates Cristobal Cruz in Mexico Gavin McDonnell: Rey Vargas Beat Me Fair and Square Rey Vargas Decisions Gavin McDonnell, Captures WBC Title Luke Campbell - Drops, Stops and Dominates Jairo Lopez Photos: Andy Vences Open Workout From The SNAC Gym Cody Crowley talks sparring with Mayweather, homecoming bout Tommy Coyle Drills Rakeem Noble in Three Rounds De La Hoya: Chavez Being Overweight Would Be a Slap in The Face Wilder: Fans Not Worried About Klitschko, They Want Me vs. Joshua Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Rematch in September? Gavin McDonnell vs. Rey Vargas - LIVE Results Breazeale: Ugonoh 'Has to Pay' for My Loss to Anthony Joshua Photos: Eleider Alvarez Blasts Out Lucian Bute in Five Rounds Chavez Jr: My Passion For Boxing is Back, I'm Doing Things Right Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington: Pre-Fight Report Card Mayweather: Only One Fight That's Important - Me vs. McGregor! Daily Bread Mailbag: Pacquiao-Khan, Broner, Ward, Spence-Brook Gavin McDonnell is Confident That He Will Stun Rey Vargas Bellew: Haye Carries The Sport in Bad Way - a Disgrace To Boxing! Joshua Believes He Will KO Klitschko, Hopes Ref Doesn't Stop It Izu Ugonoh is Unlike Any Polish Heavyweight You've Ever Seen De La Hoya: Mayweather-McGregor is a Disrespect To Boxing! Chavez Sr: The Bet Between My Son and Canelo is Now OFF! Bute: Alvarez Caught Me With a Good Punch, He Deserved To Win Should More Fighters Bet Their Purse?
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement