Warren on Hatton/Maloney Pact, Golovkin-Macklin, More
By Frank Warren
This Wednesday saw some of Britain's most iconic boxing figures coming together for a game-changing announcement for UK boxing. Frank Maloney, Barry McGuigan and Ricky Hatton joined me at the iconic Frederick's restaurant in Islington to announce that we will be teaming up on BoxNation to bring boxing fans the fights they crave to see.
Boxing politics has often stopped big fights from taking place and this has often led to fans missing out. With rival broadcasters and egos in the way of making fights, it means that however hard you try to get a fight made, it has no hope of happening.
I have always strived to make the big fights for my stable and find it disheartening when they don't happen for reasons out of my control. However, it is safe to say that this should become a thing of the past for the fighters on BoxNation and the viewers will be the winners.
Having recently penned deals with Frank Maloney, manager of top heavyweight prospect David Price, and Barry McGuigan, who guides Belfast's world champion in waiting Carl Frampton, the European super-bantam boss, and Khan Promotions - Amir Khan's promotional company - we're delighted to add the boxers of Hatton Promotions to our expanding roster.
The company is fronted by ex-two weight world champion Ricky Hatton MBE. Of course, I managed and promoted 'The Hitman' from his pro debut right through until he stopped Russia's Kostya Tszyu to win the IBF light-welter title before over 20,000 at Manchester's MEN Arena in 2005.
An acrimonious parting followed but I never really fell out with Ricky; my problem was with his father.
Regardless, we've buried the hatchet and penned a co-promotional deal that will allow his stable - which includes world class talents such as Martin Murray and Gary Buckland - to feature exclusively on BoxNation.
It should set the standard of bringing together those in power within our sport and help the process of getting the big stars facing each other. Since the announcement, I've already had discussions with Frank Maloney about making Price v Chisora, should both get through their acid test fights next month. Likewise, Ricky and I are keen to try and get top middleweights Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray dueling off next year.
Another big move on the horizon in boxing sees entrepreneur and renowned businessman Bill Ives, Chairman of Rainham Steel, becoming a significant shareholder in BoxNation. We are in advanced stages of negotiations and I'm delighted that he is going to be taken a more active role in the channel.
Bill, whose company is the biggest independent steel stockholders in the UK, was a decent amateur boxer in his youth and has always retained a real passion for the sport.
He has long been a generous benefactor of boxers and his increased commitment shall enhance the channel's continuing financial growth.
This week's developments provide BoxNation with a greater budget and greater pool of fighters; thus increasing the chances of delivering the matches that the fight public craves and really getting the domestic scene buzzing again. That can only benefit the sport as a whole.
It's exciting times for boxing on television and more importantly the boxing fans!
The fight billed as "The One", Floyd Mayweather and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, has had boxing fans' pulses racing since it was announced. 'Money' Mayweather and Mexican starlet Alvarez have this week been touring the US on a press tour talking up the mouthwatering contest that takes place in Las Vegas on September 14th.
Tickets sold out in less than 24 hours and some in the know think it may break TV Box-Office records in the States. Live on Showtime across the pond, and screened exclusively by BoxNation here, it's easily the biggest boxing event of this calendar year.
Birmingham middleweight Matthew Macklin receives his third crack at a world title this evening when he bumps noses with WBA king Gennady Golovkin in Connecticut.
When 'Mack the Knife' turned pro under me in November 2001, I thought he was an exceptional young fighter, capable of evolving into a huge star.
Public school educated and a law undergraduate at Coventry University, Macklin was intelligent and personable in equal measure. He also had a huge set of balls and could punch.
However, despite capturing Irish, British and European titles, Macklin never truly fulfilled his potential at world level, getting controversially edged out by WBA king Felix Sturm in Cologne in 2011, then retiring on his stool after round eleven, following a gallant crack at division leader and WBC champ Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day last year.
Second generation Tipperary, the 31 year old will need all the luck of the Irish if he's to be coroneted tonight.
Macklin has many commendable attributes both as a man and as a fighter but loyalty, alas, isn't one of them. He's jumped more ships than a band of Somali pirates and had more trainers than Nike.
Had he remained with me, I'm confident I could have engineered a winnable world title opportunity on home soil.
However, again he finds himself on foreign climes and enters as a 7-1underdog against arguably the most avoided fighter in the division.
Don't be fooled by his baby-face, the 31 year old Kazakh is a pedigree prizefighter blessed with excellent shot selection, exquisite timing, an executioner's mindset and leaden fists.
Once world amateur champion and a former Olympic finalist, 'Golden Gennady' has won 26 straight with 23 KO's, including his last 13, failing to get to the final bell.
Matthew goes with my very best wishes, he will start fast and if he is there after 12 rounds he will have done well. I hope he pulls off a surprise and we are toasting another British world champ – the fight is on tonight, live on Sky Sports.
I felt that touted Ohioan Adrien Broner might not be the New Messiah that the US fight fraternity craves.
As expected, the brash flash 23 year old captured his third world title, in three different weight classes, last weekend but looked sluggish, labouring to a split decision win over reigning WBA welter king Paul Malignaggi in Brooklyn.
Now unbeaten in 27, the Mayweather wannabe might be able to mimic Floyd's swagger but presently he's some way from replicating his ring skills.
Broner copped far too many clean licks from the feather-fisted Malignaggi and there is a growing swell of thought that, having previously bagged world titles at super feather and lightweight, he only bypassed the 140lb division because it's inhabited by some brutal punchers, most notably Philadelphia's Danny Garcia and Argentina's Lucas Matthysse.
Although he has time on his side, he is very hittable and on that showing it shouldn't be too long before someone could solve 'The Problem'.