‘At the top of the day, Queensberry and I’ve an unique contract so no different boxing goes on BT, whoever buys it.’ Frank Warren speaks to John Dennen
SPECULATION is perhaps mounting that DAZN wish to purchase BT Sport. But promoter Frank Warren is relaxed. While DAZN is the house of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing secure, Warren’s Queensberry Promotions are aligned with BT Sport. Should the 2 broadcasters merge, that may very well be an issue. But Warren tells Boxing News: “Who is aware of what can occur if it’s DAZN or another person, it doesn’t make what occurs. At the top of the day, Queensberry and I’ve an unique contract so no different boxing goes on BT, whoever buys it. The entire factor’s irrelevant to me.
“Even if that [takeover] did happen, who’s stable would you want?”
Warren is the UK promoter of Tyson Fury and likewise represents rising heavyweights Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois. Joyce is effectively positioned for a shot on the WBO belt, one of many straps Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are anticipated to contest in a rematch. Dubois may very well be out once more in December of this 12 months. Warren has additionally confirmed the all-British light-heavyweight conflict between Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde for December 4 on the Copper Box Arena in London.
“We set out to have the number one heavyweight and we’ve got the best stable of boxers, I don’t care what anyone says, the best youngsters, we’ve got two heavyweights who are both ranked number one in their respective [sanctioning bodies]. So we’re in good shape. BT are in good shape. The Canelo fight’s coming on [BT Sport Box Office]. That’s where we are,” Warren stated.
“I just continually work away. It’s cycles. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. I mean the other side in the last few weeks have got a few problems, haven’t they? Joshua’s [lost and Mikey] Garcia got beat out there. That’s what happens. They lost Canelo, he’s gone off. That happens. It’s how you deal with it, how you come back and how you work. I’ve been doing this for a long time, been there, seen it, done it. What we’re good at doing is building and building and building and focusing. We don’t just sign a fighter and say, ‘Oh, this is it.’ We get behind it, we have a roadmap and our roadmap when we sat down with BT, I said to them three to four years you’ll have the number one heavyweight and we will have the best stable of British fighters. And we have.”