Frank Warren (promoter)

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Frank Warren
Frank Warren.jpg
Warren in 2010
Born (1952-02-28) 28 February 1952 (age 66)
Islington, London, England
ResidenceHertfordshire, England
Other namesFish Eyes, Brick Top
OccupationBoxing promoter
Known forBoxing Promotion of Naseem ‘Prince’ Hamed and Tyson Fury

Frank Warren (born 28 February 1952) is an English boxing manager and promoter.

Early life and early career[edit]

The son of a bookmaker, Warren trained as a solicitor's clerk with J Tickle & Co on Southampton Row in London.[1]


Warren was approached by his second-cousin Lenny McLean who having just lost a fight and wanting a rematch, could not find a promoter. Warren agreed to become an unlicensed promoter, getting McLean a trainer who had worked with Chris Finnegan, and made the rematch at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park.[2]

Warren's first licensed show was held at the Bloomsbury Crest Hotel, in London in 1980,[1] promoting two unknown United States heavyweights. However, although he had arranged TV coverage, he was blocked from broadcasting the fight by the British Boxing Board of Control rules preventing first-time from televising their first fights. However Warren was later given his first TV date with the BBC in a British light welterweight fight between London's champion Clinton McKenzie and Coventry contender Steve Early.[2]

Warren soon became a leading figure in British boxing, and since has managed some of Britain's best boxers of the last twenty five years, including 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Dereck Chisora, Nicky Piper and Amir Khan.

Warren guided Hamed to become Britain's youngest ever world champion when he beat Steve Robinson to win the WBO Featherweight title at the Cardiff Arms Park, Wales, in 1995; he oversaw the ascent of Ricky Hatton to the IBF Light Welterweight Championship of the World after beating Kostya Tszyu in 2005; and has been with former IBF and WBO/WBC/WBA/Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe throughout the majority of his 46 fight unbeaten career.

Warren signed the 2004 Olympic Lightweight silver medallist Amir Khan and guided him to be a world champion in 2009, but the two split in 2010. He continued this post-Olympic record by signing others after the 2008 Olympics.

In December 2007, Warren was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was inducted in June 2008.[3]

Sports Network[edit]

Warren's major vehicles for promotion are Sports Network Ltd and Sports Network Europe, which employ 15 people, but rises up to 1,000 on the day of a big fight. In 1995 Warren signed an exclusive deal with the pay-TV operator British Sky Broadcasting, but having moved his promotions successfully around all of the UK television networks, he has now severed all ties with Sky Sports.

After the loss of the dispute with Calzaghe, Sports Network Ltd was put into administration.[4]


Current Stable[edit]


Boxer Nationality Weight Title
Nicola Adams England English Flyweight WBO Interim Flyweight Champion
Paddy Barnes Republic of Ireland Irish Flyweight
Zelfa Barrett England English Super featherweight
Harley Benn England English Middleweight
Mason Cartwright England English Welterweight
Jack Catterall England English Light welterweight
Zak Chelli England English Super middleweight
Jamie Conlan Republic of Ireland Irish Super flyweight
Gary Corcoran England English Welterweight
Ohara Davies England English Light welterweight
Daniel Dubois England English Heavyweight
Sunny Edwards England English Super flyweight
Craig Evans Wales Welsh Lightweight
Terry Flanagan England English Light welterweight
Jack Flatley England English Middleweight
Carl Frampton Irish Featherweight WBO Interim Featherweight Champion
Tyson Fury England English Heavyweight
Ryan Garner England English Featherweight
Nathan Gorman England English Heavyweight
Raza Hamza England English Featherweight
Jay Harris Wales Welsh Flyweight
Mark Heffron England English Middleweight
Harvey Horn England English Flyweight
Alex Hughes England English Middleweight
Willy Hutchinson Scotland Scottish Light heavyweight
Boy Jones Jr England English Lightweight
Josh Leather England English Light welterweight
Kalam Leather England English Light welterweight
Steven Lewis England English Light welterweight
Joe Maphosa England English Super flyweight
Samuel Maxwell England English Welterweight
James Metcalf England English Light middleweight
Joe Mullender England English Middleweight
Tyrone Nurse England English Light welterweight
Joe Pigford England English Light middleweight
Lucien Reid England English Super bantamweight
Lerrone Richards England English Super middleweight
Umar Sadiq England English Super middleweight
Billy Joe Saunders England English Middleweight
Lee Selby Wales Welsh Featherweight
Archie Sharp England English Super featherweight
Vijender Singh India Indian Super middleweight
Sanjeev Singh Sahota England English Light welterweight
Bradley Skeete England English Welterweight
Ben Smith England English Light welterweight
Zolani Tete South Africa South African Bantamweight WBO Bantamweight Champion
Jordan Thompson England English Cruiserweight
Alexander Ustinov Russia Russian Heavyweight
Tommy Ward England English Super bantamweight
Josh Warrington England English Featherweight IBF Featherweight Champion
Darryll Williams England English Super middleweight
Liam Williams Wales Welsh Light middleweight
Lyon Woodstock England English Super featherweight
Anthony Yarde England English Light heavyweight


In July 2011, Warren started the BoxNation TV channel alongside the Boxing Channel Media Limited group.[6] The channel was originally free-to-air and only released on the Sky platform, but on 1 December 2011 BoxNation was broadcast on Virgin Media for the first time and became a subscription channel at the same time.[7]


On 30 November 1989, Warren was shot outside the Broadway Theatre in Barking by an unknown assailant wearing a balaclava, who was never caught. A .22 bullet from a Luger pistol missed Warren's heart by an inch, and he lost half a lung and parts of his ribs.[8] The former boxer, Terry Marsh, who had become Warren's first world champion two years earlier, was accused of the shooting but acquitted by a jury.

Other interests[edit]

Warren was also the founder and owner of the London Arena. Beset by transport problems, he was about to raise additional finance until shot - he says the incident cost him £8million, as he was forced to sell it in 1996.[8]

Warren has major share holdings in various hotel developments in Portugal, and a share in one of New York City's top restaurants, the Michelin-starred 81, off Central Park.

Warren also invested in Hertford Town FC.

Personal life[edit]

Warren is a fan of Arsenal F.C. He lives in Watton-at-Stone[9] in Hertfordshire with his family.

Notable television appearances[edit]

Warren appeared as himself in "Raging Pig", an episode of Operation Good Guys. Warren observed, "A few people have seen that show! It is funny, I read somewhere that someone had done a review on one of our videos and they asked why I'm such a miserable bastard - it goes to show that they don't know me. Ask anyone who knows me; I'm a pretty outgoing person. Operation Good Guys was put together by Ray Burdis, who is a good mate of mine, and I enjoyed it. Maybe people get pre-conceived views of who I am but I do enjoy myself and have my bit of fun. Ask anyone who really knows me and they'll tell you that some of stuff that is said on the Internet doesn't accurately describe me, but people have an opinion and are entitled to express it."[10]


  1. ^ a b "Frank Warren: 'Calzaghe was the biggest disappointment. Total disloyalty ...'". London: The Independent. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  2. ^ a b "Boxing, Frank Warren: Quarter of a century of fighting his corner". London: The Independent. 2005-12-05. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  3. ^ "Frank Warren". International Boxing Hall of Fame. 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Warren company in administration". BBC Sport. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  5. ^ "Fighters Archives". Frank Warren.
  6. ^ Davies, Gareth. "Frank Warren launches BoxNation, a new fight sports channel on Sky". Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  7. ^ Laughlin, Andrew. "BoxNation to launch on Virgin Media". Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b Syed, Matthew (2009-02-17). "Frank Warren still rolling with life's punches". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  9. ^ Home / W. PROMOTIONS LIMITED / Frank Warren Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  10. ^ "Danny Williams should have retired after Klitschko: Warren - Boxing News". Retrieved 2013-08-14.

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