Frank Warren has sensationally called out rival Eddie Hearn and proposed their two stables of fighters go head to head in a Queensberry vs Matchroom boxing showdown.
In an open letter to Hearn that was published on Tuesday night, Warren laid down the challenge to his promotion rival and called for their two rosters to square off in a sensational night of boxing.
Frank Warren has called out rival Eddie Hearn and proposed their promotions go head to head
In a letter to Hearn, Warren said the extravaganza would give the sport ‘a shot in the arm’
FIGHTS WE COULD GET TO SEE
Daniel Dubois vs Dillian Whyte
Anthony Yarde vs Joshua Buatsi
Joe Joyce vs Dereck Chisora
Liam Williams vs Demetrius Andrade
Archie Sharp vs Zelfa Barrett
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Ted Cheeseman
Charlie Edwards vs Kal Yafai
Nathan Gorman vs Dave Allen
Chris Jenkins vs Conor Benn
*Queensberry fighters in bold
Warren believes the format could give boxing a ‘proper shot in the arm’ and ease the financial woes on the sport brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
He also claims BT Sport, who broadcast Queensberry’s fights, are already on board with the idea.
In the letter, Warren wrote: ‘The time is right to throw off the shackles and truly give our sport a proper shot in the arm.
‘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.
‘Forget about promoter pride and egos, it is not about us. This is the time to turbo-charge boxing right back into the mainstream and capture the imagination of the watching public.
‘From our side, our broadcast partner BT Sport fully buys into the concept and is ready and willing to help make it happen. If Sky Sports are of the same mindset, so much the better, and an equitable distribution of the fights can be worked out. No problem.
‘There really isn’t any reason to put up any roadblocks to having the boxing pot overflowing with meaningful matches that would get the attention they deserve.
‘Let’s stop any tactical maneuvering and deliver the fans the fights they want to see. For the long-term good of our sport, now is the time to put up or shut up.’
Warren tweeted his proposal alongside some posters of which fighters could take place
Archie Sharp v Zelfa Barrett is one of the many enticing fights that fans could get to see
Along with the open letter, Warren also tweeted a graphic of some of the fights that could make up a card if the two heavyweight promotions locked horns.
They include Anthony Yarde vs Joshua Buatsi, Joe Joyce vs Dereck Chisora and Archie Sharp v Zelfa Barrett.
Warren also believes the plan could help co-operation between the promotions as they look to finally get Fury and Joshua in the same ring.
Although he couldn’t spell his heavyweight rival’s name correctly, Fury seemed to be a fan of his promoter’s idea and tweeted: ‘Just throw fury vs Joshuar in that also let’s make it happen’.
Both Warren and Hearn are attempting to reel fans back in with a series of shows behind closed doors.
Last weekend, Hearn hosted his first event in his £5million ‘Fight Camp’ in the garden of his home in Brentwood, Essex.
Hearn created a safe environment to allow his stars to continue to fight behind closed doors, constructing a ring
The first event last weekend saw Ted Cheeseman defeat Sam Eggington and there will be three more weeks of action, concluding on August 22 when Whyte takes on Alexander Povetkin
The venue is being used as a ‘bubble’ so that fighters can compete safely amid health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
All athletes will stay at a hotel nearby and travel back and forth between the HQ and accommodation.
Meanwhile, Warren has been organising fights for his stars in BT Sport’s studios.