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Frank Warren Threatens Sky With Legal Fight Over Bellew

By Terence Dooley

Frank Warren Promotions Ltd. today confirmed to BoxingScene that they have told Sky TV that they will take legal action if the broadcaster allows British light-heavyweight titlist Tony Bellew to fight on any of their Sports channels before the Liverpool fighter’s contract dispute with FWP has been resolved to their satisfaction. 

Bellew was rumoured to be in the running for an undercard slot on Kell Brook’s Matchroom-promoted July 7 meeting with Carson Jones, which takes place at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena and will be shown live on Sky Sports.  Alternatively, there were talks of an outing for Bellew sometime this summer on a Sky Sports show, prompting FWP to outline their position to the network.

FWP have issued a warning to Sky explaining that, in their view, Bellew still has a promotional and managerial contract with the outfit and Frank Warren respectively, and cannot box for another promoter, and therefore box on their TV network, until this issue has been resolved.

However, Bellew reiterated his desire to part company with FWP during an exclusive interview with BoxingScene last Thursday; telling me that he considers himself a “free agent” and expects a fair hearing from whoever hears his case. 

Frank Warren also issued a statement on Friday explaining that he plans to sue the BBBoC due to the Board’s stance over David Haye meeting with Dereck Chisora’s on July 14.  Warren argued that the BBBoC’s threat to take action against any licence-holders who take in the Luxembourg Boxing Federation licensed promotion impacts on boxers such as Kevin Mitchell, who would be a natural choice for the undercard of the Upton Park bill as he supports West Ham United FC.

Certainly, FWP show no sign of giving ground on their position over the controversial meeting between Haye and Chisora.  Nor are they prepared to let Bellew and James DeGale, who has also expressed a desire to move, go without a fight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Prince Mongo on 06-04-2012

Warren uses these legal disputes to intimidate and warn any of his other fighters to think twice before they try and leave him. He cried like he had been wronged by Khan when he left him and talks about loyalty…

Comment by SAJ10 on 06-04-2012

Looks like this dispute has put the bed any rematch between Cleverly and Bellew for the foreseeable future. Cleverly should take on Shumenov, then his mandatory provided he wins which I think he will.

Comment by matt73uk on 06-04-2012

Frank Warren has always been the same. Drags a boxers career out so that he can milk every penny. Look at his history, Calzaghe, Hatton, DeGale, Bellew, and the rest all felt they were being held back and in the…

Comment by Gypsy John Fury on 06-04-2012

BoxNation ain't draining Frank; it's his love of legal action.

Comment by Money_May on 06-04-2012

Jheez this guy loves legal disputes

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