HAMHEAD PROMOTER IN DEEP SPIT
Frank Warren was betting his future on fellow promoter Don King being convicted of Fraud charges earlier this summer. Had King or his corporation gone down in the recent retrial of Fraud charges in the Lloyd's of London case, his contracts would have been void and his fighters free agents.
And so Warren, who signed Naseem Hamed up with HBO began a firestorm over the unbeaten pug. Warren is being sued by King for violating their partnership agreement involving Hamed. A British Judge has ruled thus far in King's favor on the issue of co-promotional rights to Hamed.
HBO NOT WORRIED AS...
Warren assured Time Warner that Naseem was a free agent when he wasn't. Money is being put in escrow until the King vs. Warren case over Hamhead is settled.
NOW BRITISH "G" AFTER WARREN
Frankie is accused of not paying a Vat tax to the tune of $2 million pounds. This could land him in the pokey.
COLORFUL GUY WHO BEAT BACK DEATH
Frank Warren was shot several years ago by a gunman thought to be former junior welterweight contender Terry Marsh. He is a scrapper with a pool hall mentality.
SHADES OF OJ
Although Marsh was acquitted of the shooting, so was OJ Simpson.
TRYING TO SCREW DON KING DOESN'T PAY, SO MANY DON'T TRY
Warren's attempt to burn former partner King has backfired big time as the Don has frozen Warren's UK assets, including his Bedford Rugby Union Club. Reports say a number of his players have left the padless football team because they haven't been paid, this according to Sky Sports (the UK's CNN/SI).
IS THE EMPIRE CRUMBLING?
Just like when King was on the ropes with the "G" on Fraud charges, people are starting to speak out loud about Warren's shortcomings. If they follow the same script, people will start telling Warren's fighters that he's finished.
AS WITH KING...
Some of Warren's personnel will run like rats from a burning ship. Even before this report of financial problems, there had been word that Warren was even having difficulty with a lot of people including his star, the famed 5th Beatle Hamed.
Warren is no King. No, the Dapper Don has survived the Government's attempts to put him away.
BUT FRANKIE BABY...
Has survived the attack of someone who reminded the promoter a lot of a masked Terry Marsh. The attempted murder of Warren featured three bullet wounds.
GOING DOWN, NONE THE LESS
No, guys like Warren won't go down easy. But you read it here first. Within two years, three tops, Frank Warren will only be known as a guy who used to promote Naseem Hamed.
The writer wishes to thank Boxing Wise web site editor Marty Mulcahey for his assistance. The Boxing Wise site is