Frank Warren's Column: The Sun
Congratulations to Carl Froch on his fantastic performance in unifying the IBF and WBA World Super-Middleweight belts at London's O2 Arena last weekend. After a war that surpassed even their initial classic in Denmark three years ago, 'The Cobra' was at his venomous best and deservedly had his hand raised after 12 pulsating rounds.
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.