By Frank Warren
NEWS THAT DANIEL Dubois and Joe Joyce have been nominated by the board to fight each other for the British heavyweight title has created huge anticipation and a fair bit of skepticism.
This is how it is from our side. Daniel has got a big fight against the 14-1 big puncher Richard Lartey at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27.
If he passes this test with the flying colours he has come through every other put in front of him then I have no issue in making the fight and we will not be withdrawing him from the process.
We get on well with Joyce’s management team so I am sure between us we will get something worked out but, first of all, Daniel has got a job to do.
WE HAD QUITE some night up in Leicester last Saturday and, I am sure you will agree that three out of the four televised fights provided some compelling drama.
Starting at the top, Sam Bowen did well in his first defence of his British super featherweight title against Jordan McCorry. I thought at first he wasn’t maximising his attributes as fully as he might have, but he was up against a highly-charged opponent in McCorry who really made a good fight of it and did his own future prospects no harm at all.
Sam came through the test because he is a top quality fighter and he needs fights like this because it is not going to get any easier. Sometimes it is the case that it isn’t about just throwing big bombs and you’ve got to chip away, rather than use a sledgehammer approach.
Sam will find this more as he climbs the levels and the outcome will still be the same in that eventually they will fall over.
This was a good learning fight for him and I’ve got a lot of admiration for Sam, who will go on to bigger and better things.
Making three defences of a British title can sometimes be a torturous and drawn out affair but, I think in Sam’s case, we will be able to let him play it out because the top fights are there to be made for him.
We’ve got the likes of Archie Sharp, Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock on our books, which are all really exciting fights and obviously there is a title there, which means a lot to the fighters and is a very prestigious belt.
The bottom line though is we want to make the big fights.
I felt for Nathan Gorman who, although emerging a landslide points winner, was on a bit of a hiding to nothing against Kevin Johnson.
It must have been so frustrating for Nathan and his team with late chopping and changing of opponents, where he was preparing for certain styles and ended up with a fighter’s nightmare in Johnson.
Still, he did what he had to do and got the job done and we will see to it that the fights he wants are delivered for him.
The moral of the story from the Sam Maxwell fight is ‘it ain’t over til it’s over’ and Sabri Sadiri would do well to remember that.
Given the many millions that have watched the clips produced via BT Sport across social media, you don’t need me to repeat the sequence of events, other than to say it was one of the most dramatic finishes I have witnessed in many a year.
I was actually shouting at the corner for Sam to let the right hand go because Sadiri was so open, then he pulled one out of the hat and it was the perfect shot and full credit to him for hanging in there after being wobbled himself earlier in the round.
Sam, who I think is an absolute gent, needs and will have a good break now before we sit down with him and his team to plan his next move.
I must also mention the little local derby on the card between CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title. The pair served up a treat – one deserving of a rematch – and created a superb atmosphere in the arena.
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