By Frank Warren
AS YOU MIGHT have gathered from last week’s column, I didn’t hold out too many hopes for Amir Khan in his quest to roll back the years and knock pound for pound star Terence Crawford off his perch.
Whether Amir was looking for an early exit in there or not is largely irrelevant looking at the bigger picture. He was being completely outboxed and outfoxed by the highly skilled Crawford and it wasn’t going to end well whichever way it came about.
It is Amir’s post-fight rhetoric that should be causing the most concern, where he stated that he cannot end his career on such a note.
That is exactly what he should do, while he is still walking, talking and with all his faculties in place. It is not going to get any easier for him and continuing is dangerous territory.
I WAS DELIGHTED to sign-up Sunny Edwards to a new long-term contract last week. He is a flyweight – or super fly – that I firmly believe can become a little star.
Sunny is a good lad who I have got a lot of time for and, I’ll tell you what, if confidence wins world titles then he will definitely become a champion.
He has got plenty to say for himself but he backs up what he says and is a genuine talent who I am looking forward to steering to the top.
SHAKUR STEVENSON WAS quick to throw in the name of our man Josh Warrington after impressively clocking up his 11th win as a professional at the weekend in New York.
The American Olympian is making big strides and I know he is someone that his promoter’s Top Rank have very high hopes for.
Josh is busy at the moment preparing for what could be a tricky encounter against Kid Galahad in Leeds on June 15 that he cannot overlook. After that, assuming ownership of his IBF world featherweight title is retained, we can start looking at major fights against the big players Stateside and I am sure it won’t be too long before Stevenson comes into the picture.
IN CLOSING FOR this week I would like to wish Pat Barrett all the best for his Black Flash show in Oldham on Saturday.
We are now working in tandem with Pat on his promotions, with this being the first of many we have to look forward to.
Of particular interest to us in Oldham is the return to the ring of Pat’s nephew Zelfa after a long spell out with an Achilles injury. Super featherweight Zelfa is a terrific prospect who, despite a single setback, remains a blue chip talent who is destined to go a long way in the game.
It won’t be long before Zelfa is back competing for titles on BT Sport.
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