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Hagler-Hearns 2: Frank Warren hails Warrington-Frampton classic

He has been in the game for almost 40 years, promoting since 1980, and he has seen it all but Josh Warrington versus Carl Frampton was the best fight Frank Warren has witnessed in Britain.

It was always going to be win win for the veteran promoter as he looks after both fighters that competed for the IBF featherweight title in Manchester on Saturday.

However, there was some icing added to cake for the Queensbury boss as, in addition to boasting the winner of the world title clash, he could bask in the glory of a highly entertaining BT Sport PPV fight on a night he went up against Eddie Hearn, Matchroom, Sky Sports, and Dillian Whyte versus Derek Chisora.

The man who was ringside for some historic British fights believes Saturday’s was the best he has ever seen.

Indeed, the 38-year promotional veteran claims the Leeds fighter and the Belfast challenger served up a better fight than Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin did earlier in the year, comparing the clash to the breathless 1985 Marvin Hagler Tommy Hearns classic.

“I’ve been in this business for 40-odd years,” Warren said afterwards.

“That for me is the best title fight I’ve ever, ever seen in a British ring. “It’s one of those nights where you’re going to say ‘I was there.’ It’s Britain’s version of Hagler and Hearn. They just went at it.”

It was more than just a brawl too, and Warren took pride in the spirit that the fight took place in.

The divisive Londoner continued: “Two superb athletes, the manner it was fought, the pace the tempo, everything, and importantly the sportsmanship, touching gloves at the end of each round. That’s what boxing is about. They were like two Mexicans in there.”

“That was a better fight than Canelo and Golovkin and that was a great fight. That’s how it is, that type of night. The best I’ve seen in a British ring.”


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com