Kevin Maree bids to keep fighters active, has seven shows booked for 2019

RINGSIDE 04/02/2019

Kevin Maree is set for a busy 2019 after having a rethink.

Maree says hearing “horror stories” of fighters being mismanaged has convinced him to build a stable of fighters – and he plans to keep them busy.

Maree has seven shows booked in for this year – starting at the King’s Hall in Blackburn on Saturday, March 30 when cruiserweight prospect Jack Massey tops the bill.

Maree has seven of his fighters in action that night – and middleweight contender Mark Heffron returns in Oldham on Friday, March 15.

“I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about fighters being mismanaged and that’s convinced me to get back involved,” said the 40 year old.

“I hear about fighters having managers they hardly ever talk to, let alone meet.

“I hear about managers taking 25 % and doing nothing to earn it. I ask for 10 % and then it’s up to the fighter if he wants to pay his trainer more because the way I look at it, it’s the trained who does most of the work.

“The way I see it, the manager works for the boxer. The boxer should interview the manager before signing with him. He needs to know: ‘What shows can you get me on ? What’s your business acumen like ?’

“Managers need business acumen because when you’re negotiating contracts, you want a manager who can get the best deal possible for you.”

Maree has an impressive background in business, making money out of leisure centres and hotels, and says he now has more time to dedicate to boxing.

“I’ve got seven shows booked for this year,” he said, “but I will put on as many as I need to keep my fighters active.

“I’ve got a great stable at the moment and I’m looking for more fighters.

“I believe I tick all the boxes.

“I’ve been in boxing all my life – and I have the business acumen you need to be a good manager as well.”

The show in Blackburn features Josh Holmes’s professional debut and Maree rates him a good prospect.

“I’ve known Josh since he was a kid,” said Maree, “and he’s been sparring good pros since he was an amateur.

“I know his family as well and it’s my job to get him as far as I can in boxing and make him as much money as possible without him getting hurt.”