Queensberry Promotions Racks Up Multiple Wins at the 2015 WBO Convention

Queensberry Promotions were presented with multiple awards at the 2015 WBO Convention held in Orlando, Florida, this week starting with promoter Frank Warren who was presented with the WBO European Promoter of the Year award.  



Warren staged twelve WBO European title bouts in the last twelve months involving some of his top stars including Terry Flanagan, Jack Catterall, Mitchell Smith, Frank Buglioni, Bradley Skeete and Jamie Cox.


The WBO European Fight of the Year was awarded to super-middleweight warriors Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham who ferociously battled to a draw in May this year at the SSE Arena, Wembley, with Buglioni retaining the title.


Manchester sensation Terry Flanagan, the reigning WBO World Lightweight Champion, was named WBO European Fighter of the Year for his tremendous performances in the last twelve months that included his win over Stephen Ormond in a WBO European Lightweight title clash, that led to his shot at the WBO crown against Jose Zepeda, followed by the devastating first title defence against Diego Magdaleno earlier this month.


Queensberry Promotions’ Matchmaker Jason McClory collected the WBO European Matchmaker of the Year award for putting together some top quality 50-50 matches that have thrilled the fights fans’ and viewers’ in the UK on BoxNation, including Jack Catterall v Tom Stalker, Buglioni-Markham and more recently Stalker v Craig Evans.


Hall of Fame promoter Warren, who was at the 28th WBO Convention with his son George, the CEO of Queensberry Promotions and BoxNation, and McClory is delighted with awards.


He said, “I’ve been working with the WBO President Paco Valcarcel and his organisation for many, many, years and they are by far and away the best governing body to work with and I was thrilled to be part of the 28th annual convention in Orlando.  We’ve had a fantastic year staging WBO fights and I’m pleased that a number of our talented young prospects are developing through the WBO route like Jack Catterall and Mitchell Smith and they aim to be one day where Terry Flangan is now, as a WBO world champion, and I’m happy that Terry’s tremendous achievements have been recognised with his award.  Matchmaking is probably one of the hardest and thankless jobs in the sport, but I was pleased to see our matchmaker Jason McClory get the recognition he deserves in matching some cracking fights this year including the winner of the WBO Fight of the Year winner between Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham.  Next year we are aiming high with new WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith, Flanagan, and Billy Joe Saunders to be the flag bearers of the WBO like previous British greats Joe Calzaghe and Naseem Hamed.”


Mitchell Smith Nominated for 2015 Best Young Boxer of the Year by Boxing Writers’ Club


Harrow super-featherweight hotshot Mitchell Smith has been nominated the 2015 Best Young Boxer of the Year by the prestigious Boxing Writers’ Club.
The fast rising young star is the latest addition to an illustrious roll call of British greats who have previously won the award, including Terry Downes, Howard Winstone, Ken Buchanan, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and more recently Billy Joe Saunders.
Dynamite-punching Smith, 22, is one of the best young talents coming through on the domestic scene with an unbeaten record of 13 fights with seven knockouts and has so far claimed the Southern Area, English, WBO European and WBO Intercontinental titles, all televised on The Channel Of Champion, BoxNation.
His last three fights have ended in back-to-back knockouts inside five rounds and he obliterated Dennis Tubieron in his last fight in July with one stunning punch to the ribs in the first round.
Ranked at number eight in the world by the WBO, Smith is moving up the rankings fast and his next fight is at the Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday 30th October when he faces south London rival George Jupp in a defence of his WBO Intercontinental belt.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been honoured with this award. The fact that so many knowledgable boxing writers, who have the whole of the country to choose from, have chosen me, it means a great deal. Also, to have my name on a trophy alongside so many great fighters makes me very proud. I hope that I’m able to go on and prove myself worthy of their choice in years to come.” Said Mitchell.
Frank Warren is delighted with Smith’s progress since turning professional under his guidance in 2012 and he is the 19th boxer promoted by the Hall of Fame Promoter to win the award.
“I’m delighted that Mitchell has been awarded the Boxing Writers’ Young Boxer of the Year of the award and he deserves it for all the hard work and exciting performances he has put on over the last twelve months, all of them on BoxNation.  From the brutal one punch finish of Tubieron to the stunning four-punch knockout combination of Antonio Horvatic, Mitchell brings excitement whenever he fights.  I’m expecting more big things from him in the next year and he’ll the one on everyones lips, he’s the next big star of British boxing.” Said Warren.

Smith will be presented the award at a glittering ceremony next month at the Savoy Hotel.

Lucas Browne Lobbies in Vegas for a 2015 World Title Shot

HEAVYWEIGHT sensation Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is currently enjoying the bright lights of Las Vegas and has set out his plans to one day box in the world’s fight capital.
The unbeaten Aussie is in Sin City to take part in the WBC’s 52nd annual convention alongside promoter and former four-time world champion Ricky Hatton.
As well as giving him opportunity to lobby for a world title shot in 2015, it has given Lucas a change to rub shoulders with the sport’s true greats and he admits he’s not got quite an appetite for stardom.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time in Las Vegas. Coming over here with Ricky Hatton has given me a taste of the big time and it’s been excellent exposure for my career,” Lucas said.
“I’ve met plenty of legends. Evander Holyfield, Carlos Zarate, Oscar De la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Calzaghe and Nigel Benn, just to name a few.
“The WBC Convention has been an amazing experience and it’s made me determined to headline a card here before too long. Next year is going to be absolutely enormous year for me. The title is within touching distance and I’m closing in.
“I met WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. If he defends successfully against Wilder in January, I want that belt! I’d love to meet him here in Vegas! Two huge punchers, I’m sure the fight fans would enjoy it.”
Ricky Hatton knows a thing or two about wowing Vegas as he attracted more than 30,000 Brits to his epic fights in the city and he believes Lucas can potentially lead an Aussie invasion of The Strip.
He said: “It’s fighter’s dream to top the bill in Vegas. I was lucky enough to do it five times and there’s every reason Lucas can too.
“He’s got an exciting style with power in both hands and that’s exactly what American fans love. He’s building his support in Aus and in the UK as well so I think he’d get a fair few travelling to see him if he was in a world title fight at somewhere like the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay.”