Queensberry Promotions will launch a new monthly boxing show dedicated to young, up and coming domestic talent in tougher, more action packed fights, designed to develop them at a faster rate to championship level.
The concept show called BoxACADEMY will be broadcast on BoxNation and kicks off on April 12 at the York Hall with Southern Area cruiserweight champ and unbeaten 7-0 prospect Tony Conquest taking on Scotland’s 2006 Commonwealth Games medallist Stephen Simmons in a ten round contest.
His shows are acclaimed for being a throwback to the good ol’ days when two fighters at the top of their game got in the ring and entertained the audience regardless of records or belts. A media personality that has worked for Setanta Sports, he has long been dubbed the loudest mouth in the sport. And a promoter with as keen an eye for a sharp suit as a good matchup, he is the self-proclaimed most stylish man in boxing. Now Hard Knocks boss Spencer Fearon tells Boxing Futures to add ‘best looking promoter’ to his CV…
Brit challenger Dereck Chisora slapped WBC king Vitali Klitschko this afternoon when the pair came face to face at the weigh-in for their heavyweight title contest on Saturday night, live on BoxNation.
Chisora set the tone for fractious affair after what had been a respectful build up to fight night with the pair often caught embracing and sharing a joke at their various head-to-head events this week.
After a rapturous opening night at the York Hall last month, Francis and George Warren and their Queensberry Promotions imprint return to the venue on Friday night for a British cruiserweight showdown between Rob Norton and Leon Williams, live on BoxNation (Sky Channel 456).
Williams, who steps into the ring still well tuned from his win against Nick Okoth in September, criticised Norton about his lack of ring action since 2010 calling for the champ to stop ‘hoarding’ the title.
When you share the same surname as the nation’s No1 boxing promoter and are heir to one of the biggest and longest running organisations in the sport then you bide your time and wait for the day the old man hands you the keys to the family business. Not if your Messrs. Francis and George Warren that is. Then you set up a rival firm and get a slice of the action for yourself.