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Warrington and Whyte: Two stunning victories, one UK Pay-Per-View farce

Phil Jay 26/12/2018

What an evening on Saturday the 22nd of December as British boxing enjoyed one of the biggest Pay-Per-View nights of the year.

Josh Warrington came of age, Carl Frampton proved he can still mix it at top level and Dillian Whyte delivered another one of the greatest knockouts seen in a British ring in recent memory.

Hot on the heels of his punishing stoppage of Lucas Browne, with a points win over Joseph Parker sandwiched between, Whyte scored a spectacular one-punch KO.

Warrington stole the night though, with a battling victory over a world-class fighter for the second fight running.

Breaking the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 for the first time, Warrington is now a major player at featherweight.

But that’s all good and well after the fact. And once everyone backtracked to their recordings in order to view both events. Even then, that’s IF British fans were able to fork out almost £40 for the privilege.

The bottom line is…this clash of high-profile PPV’s on UK soil should NEVER happen again.

Half the sport’s community were fixated on Warrington v Frampton. With constant reports coming from the O2 of another barnstormer.

Switching back and forth or using a double-screened method, paying customers did what they could to keep track.

Main events began almost at exactly the same time. A further headache for followers on TV and devices alike.

Let’s be blunt on this, though. Fans should be able to enjoy one big event at a time and not miss a second of the action.

Promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren (📸 Stacey Verbeek) do not communicate with each other. Something which must change for the good of the sport moving forward.

Josh Warrington deserved to have the sole spotlight on his night. But ultimately had some of the shine taken off when detractors chose to put Whyte’s KO above his victory.

It’s a scenario that has to be addressed by the British Boxing Board of Control. The BBBofC really need to rule against doubling up these kinds of events.

The cost to the average fan doesn’t even top the list of faults in this situation as the boxers themselves lost money, respect and kudos despite putting on amazing performances.

CLASHES

Frank Warren dismissed Eddie Hearn’s offer to make sure those PPV’s didn’t clash, which is solely down to the fact they just don’t like each other.

Like many, Warren believed Hearn should never have booked the date once Warrington v Frampton was pencilled in. A move which ultimately hit fans in the neck and pocket.

With mega-deals secured, Hearn predicts more clashes in 2019. Despite the fact the solitary one in 2018 was an absolute nightmare for all concerned.

ITV Box Office are also back in the game with Al Haymon, meaning it’s possible three events on the paid platform could happen on one night.

The BBBofC, Hearn, Warren and Haymon’s UK team have to at least sit down and discuss what happens next.

If they don’t, boxing fans will be forced into watching live boxing when it’s not live and completely miss the excitement element.


Social media and mobile phones make it almost impossible to keep the result of a fight secret for those who miss it.

Meaning only further chaos will ensue if those at the top don’t find an answer.

There are 52 weeks in the year, leaving ample opportunity to give the fans a break.

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