Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren is ‘ throwing down the gauntlet’ with a challenge to Matchroom to pit their best boxers against his.
Warren posted a message on his site today stating that with the entire world in a state of flux, the time is perfect for the two British promotions to work together for the benefit of the sport.
“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,” Warren wrote.
“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.”
Accompanying the post was a pair of mock-up posters with the matchups that Warren has in mind. If you are a fan of UK boxing, it would be hard not to get excited about seeing Daniel Dubois take on Dillian Whyte or Joe Joyce and Dereck Chisora sharing the ring.
“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,” Warren wrote.
“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.”
One issue is that the promotions do not share the same broadcaster with Queensberry on BT and Matchroom on Sky Sports. However, it looks like Warren and BT have already been in talks, and both parties appear on the same page when it comes to wanting to turn this idea into a reality.
“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.”
It remains to be seen how Matchroom will respond, or even if the company is interested, but with Warren making this offer known to the general public, it should not be too long before we hear what Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has to say.
You can read Warren’s full message here
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