Frank Warren's Column: The Sun
Britain's fabulous record in the 168lb super-middleweight division seems destined to enjoy several future chapters given the strength of George Groves' brilliant challenge to IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch last weekend. Since inauguration in 1984, these isles have already delivered eight world champions at 12 stone and the 'Saint' from Hammersmith could become the ninth.
Bookmakers are enlisting George Groves as a 7-2 outsider when he challenges Carl Froch for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena this evening. But in the build-up, if the fight was won just on confidence he would be massive odds on favourite. For me, all the intrigue regarding this Sky Box Office promotion revolves around the cantankerous and fearless west Londoner who will arrive for battle armed with the unnerving confidence of a man yet to taste defeat inside a professional ring.
During his prime in the late 80s and 90s, Mike Tyson used to parade as the 'Baddest Man on the Planet'. However, the outrageous revelations of his memoirs published this week, simply portray him as the maddest and the saddest. In the 600 page book farcically titled 'Undisputed Truth', the convicted rapist 'owns up to sex, drug and alcohol addictions throughout his turbulent career which routinely brought our sport into disrepute.
The commotion regarding Spurs Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' return to the pitch after suffering concussion last weekend again highlighted how well British boxing is regulated in comparison to some other sports in relation to head injuries.
Right now, British boxing is really booming. Week after week promotions are filling huge arenas across the length and breadth of the country. We can boast four reigning world champions and stars such as David Haye, Tyson Fury and Amir Khan are household names.
Debates rage over whether Belfast's Carl Frampton or Bury's Scott Quigg is presently Britain's premier super-bantamweight. The score can only be settled when the protagonists inevitably collide between the ropes. But while the Lancastrian has the WBA world title, it is incontestable that Frampton is the far bigger attraction.
Few fight fans are collectively more passionate or knowledgeable than the good folk of Northern Ireland so the buzz being generated by Belfast's reigning European super-bantam king Carl Frampton warrants serious attention.
Wladimir Klitschko emphatically established himself as the best heavyweight on the planet last weekend with a landslide points win over leading contender Alex Povetkin at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.
It's a heavy night tonight, with boxing being dominated by three former Olympic super-heavyweight champions. At the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 20,000 fans – including President Putin and former Olympic and World Champion Lennox Lewis- witnessing Wladimir Klitschko, gold medallist at Atlanta in 1996, defend his four versions of the world heavyweight crown against unbeaten local Alex Povetkin, who topped the rostrum in Athens eight years later.
After recent heartache in my office, it was pleasing to rebound with a more productive week. My maiden promotion at the splendid Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford proved a success with a large audience generating a brilliant atmosphere.