Frank Warren (promoter)

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Frank Warren
Frank Warren.jpg
Warren in 2010
Born (1952-02-28) 28 February 1952 (age 65)
Islington, London, England
Residence Hertfordshire, England
Nationality English
Occupation Boxing promoter

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 welterwight 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
Matty Askin England English Cruiserweight British Cruiserweight Champion
Naylor Ball England English Heavyweight
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 British Light welterweight Champion
Zak Chelli England English Super middleweight
Jamie Conlan Republic of Ireland Irish Super flyweight
Gary Corcoran England English Welterweight
Daniel Dubois England English Heavyweight
Craig Evans Wales Welsh Super featherweight
Terry Flanagan England English Light welterweight
Jack Flatley England English Middleweight
Hughie Fury England English Heavyweight
Carl Frampton Northern Ireland Northern Irish Featherweight
Ryan Garner England English Featherweight
Nathan Gorman England English Heavyweight
Raza Hamza England English Featherweight
Jay Harris Wales Welsh Super flyweight
Ryan Hatton England English Light heavyweight
Mark Heffron England English Super middleweight
Harvey Horn England English Flyweight
Alex Hughes England English Middleweight
Boy Jones Jr England English Super featherweight
Jimmy Kelly England English Light middleweight
Tommy Langford England English Middleweight British Middleweight Champion
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
Sam McNess England English Light middleweight
James Metcalf England English Light middleweight
Tyrone Nurse England English Light welterweight
Joe Pigford England English Light middleweight
Lucien Reid England English Super bantamweight
Lerrone Richards England English Light heavyweight
Umar Sadiq England English Super middleweight
Billy Joe Saunders England English Middleweight WBO Middleweight champion
Lee Selby Wales Welsh Featherweight IBF Featherweight champion
Archie Sharp England English Lightweight
Vijender Singh India Indian Super middleweight
Sanjeev Singh Sahota England English Light welterweight
Bradley Skeete England English Welterweight British Welterweight Champion
Ben Smith England English Light welterweight
Mitchell Smith England English Super featherweight
Mohamed Soltby Germany German Heavyweight
Liam Smith England English Light middleweight
Zolani Tete South Africa South African Bantamweight WBO Bantamweight Champion
Jordan Thompson England English Cruiserweight
Alexander Ustinov Russia Russian Heavyweight
Liam Walsh England English Super featherweight
Ryan Walsh England English Featherweight British Featherweight Champion
Tommy Ward England English Super bantamweight British Super bantamweight Champion
Josh Warrington England English Featherweight
Liam Williams Wales Welsh Light middleweight British Light middleweight Champion
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.

Legal disputes[edit]

Warren won a case when pursued by HM Revenue and Customs[8] but has lost two cases, one a £7.2m dispute with Don King which was settled, and later a dispute with Calzaghe. Warren later successfully sued the solicitor who acted in the King matter and won significant damages.[citation needed]

Warren has admitted to have issued over 40 writs,[9] mainly against newspapers over various negative comments, including winning a £10,000 payment against the Daily Mirror.[8][9] Warren accepted £30,000 in libel damages against the Daily Record newspaper in respect of false allegations that he dishonestly fixed the outcome of the fight between John Simpson and Derry Matthews in March 2007, alleging that Warren had met the fight referee the evening before the bout. As well as paying Warren damages and legal costs, the newspaper also published a full apology.[10] Due to the number of writs that has been issued in his career, the internet website Boxrec on its forums prevents his name from appearing in print and instead the word "allegedly" appears in place of his name. Other popular forums have been forced to censor his surname to prevent legal action being taken against them.

Represented by solicitors Carter-Ruck, in 2007 Warren secured apology and significant damages from publisher Random House over defamatory comments in the book Ricky Hatton: The Hitman, My Story. Random House withdrew the book from sale.[10] In 2015, a court dismissed Warren's £1.8M claim for loss of earnings against boxer Ricky Burns whilst ruling that Burns himself was actually owed £102,000. However, Warren's company had been liquidated before the trial, thus preventing Burns receiving the amount owed, leaving the boxer bankrupted by legal fees.

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[11] 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."[12]


  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. 
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  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 c d Syed, Matthew (2009-02-17). "Frank Warren still rolling with life's punches". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  9. ^ a b "'Mike Tyson did not hit me ...'". London: The Observer. 200-11-05. Retrieved 2009-04-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ a b "Frank Warren Secures Back To Back Libel Victories". Carter Ruck. 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-30. [dead link]
  11. ^ Home / W. PROMOTIONS LIMITED / Frank Warren Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  12. ^ "Danny Williams should have retired after Klitschko: Warren - Boxing News". Retrieved 2013-08-14. 

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