Frank Warren, celebrated 30 years as a licensed boxing promoter with a blockbuster bill in Liverpool on Saturday night, when he staged the ‘Return of the Magnificent Seven’ boxing show in Liverpool.
British boxing has had some very good promoters over the years, and some better than that! we can name many, but the legendary Jack Solomon’ springs to mind, who had un-rivaled success has a fight promoter in the 1950’s and 60’s and helped to re-establish professional boxing in Britain after the Second World War.
Jarvis Astaire and Mickey Duff, who in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, seemed to be in every ring, at every fight and were the main protagonist’s at the time in the UK fight business, and the catalyst’s in bringing the best fighters together of the day.
The secret of my success? Drive, ambition, pig-headedness – and not taking ‘no’ for an answer.” – Frank Warren
But while Astaire and Duff were holding the baton passed down from Solomon and keeping their strangle hold on the promotional number one spot, in Britain.
They were looking over their shoulder, at a new breed of promoter coming through, with a confidence and energy to make his stamp, the time had come for Frank Warren to lead the way, going on to stage some of British boxing biggest nights over three decades.
Though all the other promoters in Britain deserve the credit for bringing the sport we love to the stage and screen, it is Frank Warren who still grasps the baton the tightest and pulls rank alongside Soloman, Astaire and Duff.
Thanks for all the memories Frank and long may they continue!
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