Frank Warren's Column: The Sun
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.
Will we witness the emergence of a new potential superstar in British boxing this evening when Ellesmere Port's Paul Butler attempts to rip the IBF World Bantamweight belt from the waist of Darlington hard man Stuey Hall.

I'm backing my judgement that I've secured the right fight at the right time for my man Butler – just as I did when Naseem Hamed defrocked Steve Robinson at a drizzly Cardiff Arms Park in 1995 and when Ricky Hatton eclipsed Russian legend Kostya Tszyu ten years later.
There's nothing like a top domestic bang-up to get the juices flowing and that's certainly what sports fans can look forward to when super-middleweights Carl Froch and George Groves renew their hostility at Wembley Stadium tonight.

Both are good operators with big personalities and bigger egos. The genuine friction between the former spar mates – stoked further by referee Howard Foster's controversial ninth round intervention which allowed Froch to retain his IBF and WBA belts in Manchester last November – has led to a huge turn out at the national stadium.
It may have taken longer than expected but 2014 should finally see the starlets of Britain's heralded Beijing Olympic squad rise to the fore.

Over the next three month's middleweight gold medallist James DeGale, ex world amateur champion Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders – who many predicted would be best suited to the pro code – all feature in fights that effectively serve as world title eliminators.
At the ripe old age of 82, Don King is back in the heavyweight business and hopefully will liven it all up after Bermane Stiverne's thrilling stoppage win over Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC title in Los Angeles last weekend.  It allows the Cleveland promoter to finally get his teeth back into the heavyweight division that has always been his passion.

The man with the electric hair and booming voice is a solid contender for the greatest promoter that the sport has ever known. He engineered The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thriller in Manila plus most of Mike Tyson's reign of terror during the late 80s and early 90s.

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