Frank Warren on Butler, Saunders-Eubank, Smith
By Frank Warren
August is always the quietest month of the boxing calendar with very few notable promotions anywhere in the world as fighters re-charge their batteries.
It provides managers and promoters such as myself with time to take stock and scheme the futures of our fighters.
Paul Butler recently abdicated his IBF bantamweight throne to campaign back down in the super-flyweight division. He is England's fastest ever World Champion, and I am hugely excited about what the future holds for the Ellesmere Port man. There are a few options on the table that we are discussing for his next fight on the massive bill we are staging on 25th October at Liverpool's Echo Arena, and look out for an official announcement next week.
In November at the ExCel Arena, the two men who I believe are the second and third best active heavyweights in the world after Wladimir Klitschko, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, will finally get the chance to settle their differences in their re-arranged World Title Final Eliminator.
In recent weeks, there has been a few snide comments on social media about this fight not happening after the postponement. I find these comments absolutely astounding. We have put a lot of time into putting this fight together and I want to reassure everyone that this fight it is very much on! Both have had sizable advances on their purses and we will be gearing up the promotion from next week following the summer break. I'm sure the fans will get to see a real barnstormer between the two big men when they meet in the ring.
Next season will be an interesting one for my middleweight charge Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders captured the European Middleweight title last time out with a clinical finish against previously unbeaten Italian Emanuele Blandamura in Manchester. The Hatfield man has impressed throughout his career thus far and is now on the verge of a world title shot and sitting in the number 2 position with the WBO. There is however a huge domestic showdown with long-time rival Chris Eubank Jr potentially looming.
The 24-year-old son of the legendary former WBO middle and super-middle king of the same name has done everything asked of him to date, storming to 17 straight wins, 12 by stoppage.
He has yet to face someone of Saunders' calibre, but we'll certainly discover whether he's the real deal if I can negotiate a seismic civil war between him and the former Olympian who holds the British, Commonwealth as well as the European title.
The pair have been waging a savage war on social media and there is plenty of bad blood between them.
One fighter I am more than a little excited about is Sedgefield light-welterweight Bradley Saunders. The spiteful punching former Olympian would certainly topple veteran Willie Limond who currently holds the British and Commonwealth Light-Welterweight titles. I feel Bradley is a shoo-in to become a world champion and I'll be looking to navigate him to a shot in the next 18 months.
Bradley is arguably the best prospect on these isles and I include Olympic champions Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell in that equation.
Britain's most seasoned amateur international of this millennium, Bradley boxed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won medals at the World Seniors and Commonwealth Games. He also beat two Olympic champions during a stellar career in the vest.
His crippling power has brought eight stoppage wins in 10 pro gigs and I guarantee Limond will swerve him until the fight is mandated.
Liverpool's unbeaten Liam Smith holds both the British and Commonwealth light-middle titles and will acquire the coveted Lord Lonsdale Belt for keeps if, as expected, he sees off mandatory challenger Nav Mansouri in his home city on my 25th October bill. Thereafter, I'll be seeking to propel 'Beefy' to continental and global honours, which I'm confident will be in his possession before long.
If he opts to vacate his belts, Liam Williams will certainly be in the mix to succeed him. The 22-year-old from the Rhondda Valley is evolving into a quality all-rounder. Schooled by ex world middleweight challenger Gary Lockett, he looked formidable stopping Oldham's well regarded Ronnie Heffron in an official eliminator last month.
At welterweight Penge's Bradley "Super" Skeete has quietly manoeuvred himself into the mandatory position to challenge British and Commonwealth king Frankie Gavin.
Gavin was hugely unlucky to lose to world class welterweight Leonard Bundu last time out and I felt he should have got the nod from the judges. I'm sure he will be back in the mix for European and World honours, but the board have ordered a mandatory defence against Skeete, so that's a fight that may happen first.
The Penge man Skeete, will start an outsider but, at 26 and with a perfect 17 fight slate, has earned his shot. A beanpole 6ft 1in tall, Skeete is blessed with a raking jab, admirable skills and, with stoppage wins in his last two gigs, is finally punching his weight.
A man who has got people talking about him now is Manchester's Terry Flanagan. The British lightweight king captured the title with a systematic deconstruction of Martin Gethin back in July and is someone who will be looking progress up the world rankings in the new season.
'Turbo Terry' is someone who is capable of going all the way and in a division where the top fighter Terence Crawford is rumoured to be looking to move up in weight in the near future, there are likely to be opportunities for him to progress to boxing's top table.
By this time next year, I'd certainly hope to have advanced Enfield Hill super-middleweight Frank Buglioni to a challenge for either the British title - presently in the custody of Liverpool's Paul Smith who soon contests the WBO belt over in Germany - or the Commonwealth crown which is currently vacant.
The 25-year-old "Wise Guy" is one of the most charismatic and exciting operators in Britain at any weight. He moonlights as a catwalk model, is almost capable of selling out the York Hall single handedly and, once he connects cleanly with his vicious hooks to head or body, the opposition have a habit of staying hit. Ten of his 13 victims thus far have failed to cross the finishing line.
In July, the one-time Westminster University undergraduate rebounded from an unscripted loss to rock hard Belarusian veteran Sergey Komitsky, to capture the Southern Area title with an impressive stoppage.
Top trainer Mark Tibbs embedded solid foundations and ferocious Frank has lately transferred to Dubliner Steve Collins, hoping the former two weight WBO title holder can instil the nous needed to upgrade to the major titles.
My commonwealth super-featherweight boss Liam Walsh from Cromer will unify with British champ Gary Sykes before the year is through and I've a brace of contenders chomping to fight the winner.
Cocksure Mitchell Smith was calling out the British champion before he'd even made his pro debut! Still only 21, "The Baby Faced Assassin" from Harrow Weald has already raced to Southern Area and English titles and his swashbuckling ring manner has established him as a huge small hall favourite.
In addition to those aforementioned, we also have a plethora of other young talent under our banner who I'm sure will also be making waves next year such as: Tom Stalker, Kevin Satchell, Jack Catterall, Lewis Pettitt, Jazza Dickens, Lewis Rees, Simon Barclay, Joe Costello, Tom Langford, Craig Evans, Romeo Romaeo and Josh Leather.
As well as our seasoned pros, Enzo Maccarinelli, Derry Matthews and Ovill McKenzie who all are always guaranteed to be in great fights.
So there you go; a rich band of talent to work with. It's now up to me and my team to engineer the title openings to allow them all to realise their dreams.
Rev up your engines, the 2014-15 season promises to be a heck of a ride.
Pound for pound leader Floyd Mayweather Jnr. delivered the perfect retort when ex pal and business partner 50 cent cast aspersions on his literacy last week.
'Fiddy' cruelly goaded the high school drop out to read a page of a Harry Potter novel, in return for a substantial charity donation.
The current WBC and WBA welter king responded by showing there's nothing wrong with his capacity to count, tweeting pictures of himself holding cheques worth a cool $72 million; his combined purses for his previous two fights.
You'd need all the fingers and toes of the population of China to add up the colossal fortune that Mayweather has amassed in his unbeaten 18-year ring career. Forbes magazine has enlisted him as the world's highest earning athlete for each of the last three years.
And the '"Money Man" will advance his bank balance by at least another $35 million when he rematches Argentina's Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas in a fortnight. BoxNation screens it live in the UK.
Wladimir Klitschko, who should have been confronted with an awkward mandatory defence of his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, pulled out with less than a fortnight to go citing a torn bicep.
A former European champion in both the amateurs and the pros, Pulev has stopped five of his last six - and when he finally faces Klitschko, he will present the Ukrainian a much sterner challenge than his last opponent Alex Leapai.
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