Frank Warren challenges Eddie Hearn to make the big fights

Queensberry challenges matchroom and sky

Queensberry promoter sends open message to Matchroom and Sky Sports

Frank Warren has reached across the British boxing divide and offered up the cream of his stable to fight the best of Eddie’s current crop. A genuine attempt or a publicity stunt? Veteran Frank knows the game so you decide.

It seemed an exciting idea until Demetrius Andrade was spotted on the poster but what can you do? Let’s have a look at the press statement and what they want to achieve.

Frank Warren issues “press alert”

WITH SPORT ON the whole creeping sluggishly out of enforced hibernation and attempting to establish a foothold in the world of the so-called new normal, how about lighting the touch paper and really bringing British boxing back with a bang?

The time is right to throw off the shackles and truly give our sport a proper shot in the arm.

What I am proposing is to break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see.

Let’s make the natural matches that have previously been deemed too complicated due to promotional and broadcast affiliations. Queensberry’s finest versus the best of Matchroom. 

Why not?

Queensberry challenges matchroom and sky
Who wants it? Brick Top ready to thrown down with Eddie.

Would this idea invigorate the sport of boxing?

The prospect of the best of British getting it on would reinvigorate the sport, increase the subplots and really get people talking about the game again.

Forget about promoter pride and egos, it is not about us. This is the time to turbo-charge boxing right back into the mainstream and capture the imagination of the watching public.

People talk about various industries resetting following the traumas this year has inflicted on the world.

Well, this is our chance to do just that. You can call it my 2020 vision.

The fans are longing to see Anthony Yarde take on Joshua Buatsi with light heavyweight supremacy at stake. So am I, let’s get it done.

Who wouldn’t want to see Dillian Whyte taking on the best young heavyweight in the world, Daniel Dubois, later this year or early next while Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are busy making other plans?

Warren suggests boxing matchups the fans want to see

Any takers for Joe Joyce against Dereck Chisora? Archie Sharp v Zelfa Barrett? Hamzah Sheeraz v Ted Cheeseman? Charlie Edwards v Kal Yafai? What about seeing Nathan Gorman step in the ring with Dave Allen? There are numerous potential bangers there to be made and no good reason not to make them. Liam Williams is due a world title any day now, so let’s add a bit of American flair and stick Andrade in the mix too.

Let’s stop any tactical maneuvering and deliver the fans the fights they want to see. 

I know there will be more than a few sceptics who will doubt the plausibility of such ambitious matchmaking due to the complex nature of the promotional terrain. I say we should smash down the barriers for the benefit of the sport and, most importantly, the people who support it.

From our side, our broadcast partner BT Sport fully buys into the concept and is ready and willing to help make it happen. If Sky Sports are of the same mindset, so much the better, and an equitable distribution of the fights can be worked out. No problem.

Can anyone begin to imagine what sort of business a dual branded PPV would do with Daniel vs Dillian on top. How about a stacked undercard featuring Edwards vs Yafai, Gorman vs Allen and Sheeraz vs Cheeseman all on the bill? This is great for fans, great for business and all together great for boxing.

As Lennox Lewis once said to Mike Tyson: “It’s time to put up or shut up”

There really isn’t any reason to put up any roadblocks to having the boxing pot overflowing with meaningful matches that would get the attention they deserve.

Our door is wide open to begin negotiations for one-off spectacles, a sequence of events, a Test series of top ‘us versus them’ humdingers. The possibilities are endless and everything is on the table.

Forget the past. Don’t focus on the difficulties and let’s get on and make the fights people want to see. When it comes time to make Fury v AJ, everyone involved will have to cooperate anyway so I see no reason why we can’t make these fights now.

You could say I am throwing down the gauntlet and I would hope this honest proposal is taken at face value and not blithely dismissed.

For the long-term good of our sport, now is the time to put up or shut up.

Joe Joyce beats Wallisch to keep Dubois fight on schedule

Daniel Dubois must now defeat Erik Pfeifer and the big heavyweight clash is on

Joe Joyce moved to 11-0 with a third-round knockout over Germany’s Michael Wallisch at the BT Studios. Joyce took a few shots early on but dropped Wallisch with a body and head combination in the second round. 

A left hook put Wallisch down again in the third round before a right hand to the jaw, followed by a left hand to the body, finished the visitor off later in that same session. Referee Ian John-Lewis called time at 57 seconds.

“I didn’t get a long training camp but it was a good step to get ready for Dubois,” said the winner.

Indeed, Joyce’s main incentive was to come through unscathed and keep alive his 24 October date with British rival Daniel Dubois. Joe wishes to get back to Las Vegas and train with Ismael Salas.

Rival Daniel Dubois said: “It was a decent performance. The guy looked like he was ready to quit after the first round. [Joyce] dismantled him pretty good.”

Bourke and Bentley ace the undercard

Chris Bourke outpointed Ramez Mahmood 96-94 on referee Bob Williams’ scorecard to win the BBBofC Southern Area super-bantamweight title. Bourke’s body attacks were paying off in the early stages but it was cat and mouse as light-punching Mahmood kept the rounds close.

Battersea puncher Denzel Bentley showed flashes of excellence against Preston tough guy Mick Hall. Bentley thumped Hall in the sixth round and Hall’s corner withdrew their man before the seventh.

Henry Turner defeated Chris Adaway (PTS4) and Louie Lynn knocked out Monty Ogilvie (TKO2).

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