FRANK WARREN'S COLUMN

Posted on 05 September 2014 in Frank Warren's Column
Tomorrow night you can watch on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525) one of the truly great nights in Ireland's rich boxing history, when Belfast darling Carl Frampton attempts to rip the IBF super-bantam title from Spain's Kiko Martinez at a sold out 16,000 capacity purpose built stadium beneath the shadow of the iconic Samson and Goliath cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, in the city's Titanic quarter.

The 'Titanic Showdown' should provide the perfect kick-off for what promises to be an epic season for our sport.
Reigning English Cruiserweight Champion Matty Askin has signed a promotional deal with Queensberry Promotions.

The big-hitting Blackpool star, ranked number five in Britain, aims to move quickly towards British and Commonwealth titles now that he is under top promoter Frank Warren and is confident he can claim the belts currently held by Ovill McKenzie.
Super-middleweight talent Frank Buglioni says he's ready to rock on Saturday 20th September at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Buglioni has linked up with former two-weight world champion and Irish legend Steve Collins and his brother Paschal as he looks to continue on his comeback in a ten-round international contest against an opponent to be confirmed.
August is always the quietest month of the boxing calendar with very few notable promotions anywhere in the world as fighters re-charge their batteries.
It provides managers and promoters such as myself with time to take stock and scheme the futures of our fighters.

Paul Butler recently abdicated his IBF bantamweight throne to campaign back down in the super-flyweight division. He is England's fastest ever World Champion, and I am hugely excited about what the future holds for the Ellesmere Port man. There are a few options on the table that we are discussing for his next fight on the massive bill we are staging on 25th October at Liverpool's Echo Arena; and look out for an official announcement next week.

Q&A WITH GARY CORCORAN

Posted on 27 August 2014 in Interviews
Could 2014-15, be a 'break-out' campaign for Paddington light-middleweight Gary Corcoran?

The 23 year old who they call 'Hellraiser' has ripped through his first ten pro opponents and is looking ominously more formidable with each passing outing.

A natural born scrapper with a rich Irish traveller heritage, Corcoran begins his season at eight round level at the York Hall, Bethnal Green – live on BoxNation- on September 20th but is predicting that it will conclude with a title belt clasped around his midriff.

Last week, boxing writer Glynn Evans called him to reflect on his career to date and discuss his ambitions for 2014-15.
A bright talent to emerge on BoxNation screens last season was stylish Chingford super-middle Tom Baker. The 6ft 1in redhead with the ramrod left jab made five starts since July 2013 and excelled in each to advance his slate to a perfect 9-0.

The former two time senior English ABA finalist and regular England rep kick starts his new campaign with a six rounder at the York Hall on September 20TH. To see how he fares and to catch the whole card – tune into BoxNation, the Channel of Champions (Sky Ch.437 (HD490)/Sky Ch.546) from 7pm on fight night. Last week, boxing writer Glynn Evans caught up with quiet but likeable 22 year old to review his career thus far and discuss his aspirations for 2014-15.
Congratulations to Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook who delivered a world title to these shores last weekend and the fourth for the Ingle boxing factory.

'The Special One' won ugly in a very close tussle, bagging a tight majority decision. It was a messy but gripping 12 round encounter. Though Jim Watt at Sky Sports had 'Showtime Shawn' Porter retaining, two of the three official judges- the only opinions that counted- sided with the Yorkshire man.

Kenny Porter, father-trainer of the deposed champ has lodged a formal complaint to the IBF accusing Brook of excusive holding. Brook wasn't at his fluid best but deserves praise for getting himself across the line against a Yank in America.

With the majority of the British press, including me, picking against him, the 28 year old from the Steel City overcame a nasty gash and an early points deficit to get the win.
London Olympic 2012 Captain Tom Stalker will face fellow unbeaten fighter Chris Jenkins in a British Light Welterweight Title eliminator on Queensberry Promotions' 'Magnificent Seven Fight Again' bill at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 25th October, which will be live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).

Frank Warren won the purse bids this month for the contest and Liverpool favourite Stalker will be looking to put himself in line for a dream shot at the Lonsdale belt in early 2015. Stalker said: "It's always been a dream of mine to fight for the British title and I know by beating Jenkins it's going to put me in line to realise that dream."
Penge Welterweight Bradley Skeete and Enfield Super Middleweight Frank Buglioni will headline Queensberry Promotions' season opener at York Hall on Saturday 20th September live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).

Skeete, hot on the trail of a British title shot, will defend his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship on the bill after impressing with a 3rd round knockout win in his last outing against Steven Pearce.

Whilst big punching Enfield Super Middleweight Buglioni, makes his first appearance under the tutelage of new trainer, former World Super Middleweight Champion Steve Collins, in a 10 Round International Contest.
Tonight Sheffield's Kell Brook finally gets his chance to replicate British welterweight greats John H Stracey and Lloyd Honeyghan by capturing a world title on foreign climes.

The 28 year old who styles himself as 'The Special One' makes a mandatory challenge to Ohio's IBF champion 'Showtime Shawn' Porter at The Stubhub Center, Carson, California. Sky Sports televise live from 2am.

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