UK fighters battle for exposure

Cayman’s emerging boxing stable now has more inspiration than ever to make it in the pro ranks if they choose to go to the United Kingdom.

Top promoter Frank Warren has launched his TV channel BoxNation, broadcasting weekly Fight Night shows on the Sky TV channel 456.

Warren had a press conference at Planet Hollywood in central London on Thursday to promote his first BoxNation show. It’s at Wembley Arena on 5 November.

Topping the bill is Scotsman Ricky Burns who fights for the WBO lightweight title against Australian Michael Kastidis and British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves will defend his title against Paul Smith in an all English affair.

Warren said: “BoxNation is a channel we’re launching in the UK and purely a boxing channel and we’re looking to take it around the world as a franchise over the next few years. The Caribbean is a great region for us to hopefully launch in the next few years.

“We’re not planning to develop the talent in the Caribbean at the moment but we’re open to suggestions so if anybody there is interested in contacting us and maybe we could look at doing something. The name of the game for us is to expand BoxNation and involve fighters from around the world.”

Warren is the most established boxing promoter in the UK, but he cannot afford to be complacent because the recently formed Ricky Hatton Promotions is attracting top fighters in Manchester and Matchroom’s Prizefighter series has made the UK Europe’s most vibrant boxing scene.

British boxing fans now have Eurosport, YouTube, Premier Sports, Channel 5, Sky Sports, ESPN and now BoxNation showing decent matches on a regular basis.

Two young Caymanian boxers who could look at the UK are Kendall Ebanks and Dariel Ebanks. Both are fighting in Baku, Azerbaijan at the world amateur boxing championships.

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