While not rare, collaborations between boxing promotions can get messy. TV rights and money seem to get in the way. When done right, like Deontay Wilder (PBC) v. Tyson Fury (Top Rank) II, it can result in a win for all.
Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions is looking for a huge win for his brand, and the fans.
Speaking with The Sun, Warren has provided an offer to Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. He proposes the two promotions collaborate on fights featuring the best within their roster. Two, five-fight shows would be featured on Sky Sports (Matchroom) and BT (Queensberry).
“I haven’t thrown the gauntlet down,” Warren stated. “I have slung a suit of armour at them and said, ‘Let’s do it!’ To make this work you need two promotional companies and two promotional stables. We are on board, we are up for it, it’s just down to them.
“Like BT, Sky will want to give their subscribers the best and in BT they have a friendly company to deal with — plus they already share a number of sports well. There is no reason why they could not do the same for boxing. Everyone’s a winner in this. I think my guys will beat all of their guys and I’m sure their side will feel the same… This will be the most exciting time to be a British boxing fan — if they accept. It will be the biggest thing in British boxing history.”
British boxing fans, this is a promise from Queensberry Promotions:
This CAN happen ✅
These fights CAN be made ✅
Don’t take no for an answer ❌ https://t.co/r2k8bDy3Jn
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) August 4, 2020
Warren, who works with WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce, and more, has collaborated with Eddie’s father Barry before. Not only did they work together when it came to boxing, but snooker as well. Warren is going to try and use that as a way to lure Hearn in.
Fury 🆚 Joshua
Dubois 🆚 Whyte
Joyce 🆚 Chisora
Yarde 🆚 Buatsi
Williams 🆚 Andrade
Gorman 🆚 Allen
Jenkins 🆚 Benn
Sharp 🆚 Barrett
Metcalf 🆚 Fowler
Edwards 🆚 Yafai
Let's work together to make the big fights happen 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wn9YnRruPc
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) August 4, 2020
Fights that Warren is considering include (Queensbury fighters v. Matchroom fighters):
- Fury v. Anthony Joshua
- Winner of Daniel Dubois/Joe Joyce v. Dillian Whyte
- Loser of Daniel Dubois/Joe Joyce v. Dereck Chisora
- Liam Williams v. Demetrius Andrade
- Anthony Yarde v. Joshua Buatsi
- Nathan Gorman v. Dave Allen
- Archie Sharp v. Zelfa Barrett
- James Metcalf v. Anthony Fowler
- Chirs Jenkins v. Conor Benn
- Charlie Edwards. Kal Yafai
Warren has also posted a 2020 vision that is directed at Matchroom and Hearn.
“The time is right to throw off the shackles and truly give our sport a proper shot in the arm,” Warren stated. “What I am proposing is to break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see. Let’s make the natural matches that have previously been deemed too complicated due to promotional and broadcast affiliations. Queensberry’s finest versus the best of Matchroom. Why not?”
Several fights would be for titles or bragging rights. One fight is seemingly taken care of, as Joshua and Fury have agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. Warren is doing this to make up for lost time as a result of COVID-19.
“It’s not about me and Queensberry or Matchroom and Eddie Hearn,” Warren went on to say. “It is about giving the British boxing fans what they are craving. Let’s get it on.
“We cannot stage the international fights we would like to because of the travel restrictions, and these — apart from one — are domestic fights. These are big-money fights, not cheap jobs, and the fans deserve them.”
Hearn has been known to look into collaborations before. He briefly mentioned working with UFC President Dana White on an MMA/boxing hybrid card. Would he accept this challenge?
To see Hearn’s response, click here!