Boxing in the United Kingdom is rapidly moving toward a golden age, its first since before the start of the 20th century. More titles are currently held by Englishmen, Welshmen, or Irishmen than at any time since the sport went international. Some of these champions, like Sheffield’s Kell Brook, Belfast’s Carl Frampton, Harlesden’s James DeGale, and Hertfordshire’s Anthony Joshua, are genuinely world class-fighters, the best or second-best in their weight divisions. Neither Joshua nor DeGale have to look outside Britain to earn many millions of pounds. Their best economic interests are served by staying in England and taking on homegrown opponents: David Haye or (if he can get him) Tyson Fury for Joshua, George Groves or Callum Smith for DeGale. Additionally, Nathan Cleverly, Lee Selby, Billy Joe Saunders, Andy Lee, Scott Quigg, Ricky Burns, Anthony Crolla, and Terry Flanagan all either currently hold or have recently held world titles. Advertisement There’s a broad palette from which to paint, and British promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren have choices about whether to go big and ambitious, or make good safe money sticking to local landscapes. Of course, each can do both. Making a mountain (of money) out of a molehill On… Read full this story
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