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The news from America sounds grim. Muhammad Ali, who has been suffering from Parkinson's for almost three decades now, is said to be desperately unwell and according to somefamily members is not expected to live much longer.

When 72-year-old Ali finally passes away it will be one of the saddest blows boxing has ever suffered. No sports figure has been more universally loved.
I was delighted this week to secure the massive domestic showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr for my bumper 'Bad Blood' card at the ExCel, London on 29th November. It goes without saying that this was possibly the hardest negotiation process for any fight I have staged in my 30+ year career in boxing! However this was a fight that the fans wanted and we went above and beyond to deliver it. I'm sure everyone is now is looking forward to it taking place on without doubt one of the strongest top to bottom cards to take place in the UK in many years that will air live and exclusive on the Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525).
A big happy birthday to BoxNation who've defied the doubters and staved off a few initial teething problems to celebrate its third anniversary this weekend.

Several within the fight industry forecast a short life span for the boxing only subscription channel and were penning my ring obituary when I opted to go solo and launch the Channel of Champions in September 2011.
Argentine scavenger Marcos Maidana took the 'hungry fighter' tag a tad too literally last weekend when he seemingly munched the left glove of Floyd Mayweather in round eight of their BoxNation televised rematch from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Ironically, Mike Tyson was a famished looking ringside observer.

Without in anyway condoning 'Chino's' barbaric action, his frustration was understandable. May weather was on a completely different plane and led him a merry dance. No signs of recess from where I was sitting.
Floyd Mayweather Jnr, already acknowledged as the finest prize fighter of his generation, now craves to be acknowledged as 'TBE'; The Best Ever.

The 11 time world champion is fast closing in on Rocky Marciano's hallowed 49-0 winning streak, a feat that would add real credence to his boasts.

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Posted on 05 September 2014 in Frank Warren's Column
Tomorrow night you can watch on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525) one of the truly great nights in Ireland's rich boxing history, when Belfast darling Carl Frampton attempts to rip the IBF super-bantam title from Spain's Kiko Martinez at a sold out 16,000 capacity purpose built stadium beneath the shadow of the iconic Samson and Goliath cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, in the city's Titanic quarter.

The 'Titanic Showdown' should provide the perfect kick-off for what promises to be an epic season for our sport.
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.

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