Frank Warren on British Boxing
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 December 2010 14:41
Written by Alexander Zammit
Saturday, 18 December 2010 14:28
By Frank Warren
BRITISH boxing got another lift last week with lion-hearted performances on both sides of the pond.
First, my youngsters led the charge with stunning displays in Liverpool. Then Amir Khan capped a superb night, winning one of the fights of the year against dangerous Marcos Maidana.
The Khan fight took place in Las Vegas and impressed American audiences.
I've never doubted he has plenty of heart. On Saturday he showed bags of it!
What alarmed me later in the fight was how Maidana found Amir's chin so often. You can't have too many fights like that if you want a long career.
Talk of him facing Floyd Mayweather next needs to be knocked on the head. He must not listen to the wrong people and consider it purely for financial gain.
Amir said his next fight will be in the UK. Instead of Mayweather, I hope he takes the offer I have made to him to fight Brit Kell Brook, No 1 to Manny Pacquaio in the WBO at welterweight. It would give home fans another mouth-watering evening.
Earlier last Saturday, James DeGale put on a near-perfect display against Paul Smith to lift the British super-middle title.
I manage both and they are terrific guys but sometimes fights become natural and you have to let them get on with it. Paul will come back I have no doubt. They make them tough in Liverpool.
DeGale is more advanced at this stage of his career than any boxer I have managed or promoted and that includes Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan.
Also in Liverpool, Nathan Cleverly lifted the interim WBO light-heavy title with a hard-fought win over Nedjab Mohammedi.
The Frenchman came in at late notice and was a totally different opponent style-wise than the one Nathan prepared for.
Brook and Matt Macklin were also stunning in Liverpool.
BERNARD HOPKINS is bidding at 45 to become the oldest-ever world champion when he tackles WBC light-heavy king Jean Pascal tonight.
B-Hop isn't the easiest on the eye but what a story if he wins.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO'S promoters say they will hopefully give us a new date for a fight against Dereck Chisora within 30 days. Del Boy was in tip-top condition when we were told the champ had torn a muscle last week.