Frank Warren challenges Eddie Hearn

Frank Warren wants to revitalise British boxing by joining forces with rival promoter Eddie Hearn.

Warren wants the best fighters in his Queensberry promotions set-up to face the top boxers with Hearn’s Matchroom.

“The time is right to throw off the shackles,” Warren wrote in his column.

Warren and Hearn’s companies are looking to work together to get Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to face each other. This will be a historic all-British fight for the title of undisputed world heavyweight champion.

“Queensberry’s finest versus the best of Matchroom,” he wrote.

“What I am proposing is to break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see.”

“Forget about promoter pride and egos, it is not about us,” he wrote. “This is the time to turbo-charge boxing right back into the mainstream and capture the imagination of the watching public.”

“Who wouldn’t want to see Dillian Whyte taking on the best young heavyweight in the world, Daniel Dubois, later this year or early next while Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are busy making other plans?”

“Any takers for Joe Joyce against Dereck Chisora? Archie Sharp v Zelfa Barrett? Hamzah Sheeraz v Ted Cheeseman? Charlie Edwards v Kal Yafai?”

“What about seeing Nathan Gorman step in the ring with Dave Allen? There are numerous potential bangers there to be made and no good reason not to make them.”

Warren added: “You could say I am throwing down the gauntlet and I would hope this honest proposal is taken at face value and not blithely dismissed.

“For the long-term good of our sport, now is the time to put up or shut up.”

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