Frank Warren's Column: The Sun
Capturing a world title overseas, particularly across in the US, is just about the ultimate achievement for a British boxer. The list of those who've triumphed Stateside since the Second World War remains in single figures; Alan Minter, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Lloyd Honeyghan, Dennis Andries, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe comprise the elite band who've turned the trick.
Tonight Floyd Mayweather Jnr blesses us with our annual glimpse of his ring genius when he defends his WBC welterweight crown against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. BoxNation televise live and exclusive in the UK.
Bolton's former world light-welter champion Amir Khan resumes his career on UK soil this evening knowing there's no margin for error. I expect the 2004 Olympic silver medallist to win by stoppage in his trumpeted homecoming against Mexico's Julio Diaz at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena. His 33 year old California based opponent has been stopped five times previously. However, any slip ups will see 'King Khan's' earning capacity dip drastically and his future opportunities seriously diminish and leave him in the boxing wilderness.
WBO light-heavyweight king Nathan Cleverly begins his 2013 campaign tonight aware that it could conclude with him recognised as the world's premier 175lb fighting man. Last year 'Clev' was restricted to just two starts but both significantly enhanced his profile. In February, in his overdue homecoming at Cardiff 's Motorpoint Arena, the Welshman schooled Pennsylvania southpaw Tommy Karpency, winning every round on every card.
The tragic death of Michael Norgrove last Saturday provided a stark reminder to all in the boxing community of the inherent dangers that exist in our sport and the risks that all boxers undertake whilst providing entertainment for others.
Could the professional debut of Zou Shiming this evening see China emerge as a new superpower in world boxing? The Olympic darling, who won the nation's first ever boxing gold as a light-flyweight at the 2008 Beijing Games, then repeated the trick at London 2012, has copped a whopping $300,000 purse to square off against a Mexican novice over four rounds at the Venetian hotel and casino resort on the island of Macau, the former Portuguese colony frequented by China's biggest high rollers.
Whilst Eddie Hearn keeps telling everyone that he has over 60,000 followers on Twitter, I've been busy making matches and cutting deals to deliver the most coveted domestic and International fights to BoxNation, the Channel of Champions. Reports of my imminent demise, it appears, were again a tad premature. Last week BoxNation announced they will broadcast Amir Khan's next fight.
Channel Five's declaration that it has 'no plans to show boxing at the moment' was damning news to cauliflower ears this week. Since July 2011, C5 had provided live coverage of shows promoted by hard grafting Londoner Mick Hennessy whose stable includes Tyson Fury, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jnr. The ratings had been high, particularly for Fury who, at near prime time on a Saturday evening, attracted close to three million viewers for his thrilling victory over Dereck Chisora.