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.
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.
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.
Tyson Fury's verbal barrage at a recent press conference when he came head-to-head with Dereck Chisora to promote their fight prior to the postponement was not a great image for the sport, but it has to be compared with the recent behavior of other high-profile boxers.

The Manchester giant has used swearing and extreme statements to create headlines for his fights, noteably against David Haye and Chisora, very few people take to it, but it is not what we expect from a leading fighter.
Next weekend heavyweight juggernauts Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury meet for all the marbles at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

And if further evidence were required that we've a real prize fight on our hands, the principals shook on a £100 grand side bet at a heated press conference at a west London cinema last Monday.
Last Tuesday marked the 125th anniversary of the almost mythical heavyweight prize-fight between John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain.

It was the last bareknuckle tussle – held under London Prize Rules – before gloves were formally embraced.
While fighters have to deliver the goods between the ropes, the decisions which their management teams make on their behalf can impact heavily upon the course of their careers.

This was patently evident last weekend in the contrasting cases of lightweights Terence Crawford and Ricky Burns who contested the WBO title in March.
We should discover the globe's best lightweight this evening when the divisions two leading players, Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa, go head-to-head for the former's WBO title in Omaha, USA.

It's the first world title to take place in the state of Nebraska since heavyweight legend Joe Frazier bombed out home favourite Ron Stander in five rounds 42 years ago.
Lately there has been a spate of judges returning bizarre scorecards in high profile fights over in the US which threatens to tarnish boxing's credibility.

Floyd Mayweather looked as brilliant as ever whilst schooling Latino warriors Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana in his last two fights. Yet, in both, one of the three judges ludicrously voted for a draw.
Last Saturday Paul Butler's ascension to the IBF bantamweight throne last weekend gave me a lot of satisfaction.

'The Baby Faced Assassin' from Ellesmere Port became the first world champion to be developed through the BoxNation network when he nudged out Darlington's Stuey Hall – a decent champion – on a split decision at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

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