Maloney aiming to take Warren's crown

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Frank Maloney boasts that he will take over the role as Britain's No1 promoter from Frank Warren during the year ahead

Many of boxing biggest battles are contested outside the ring and the old rivalry between promoters has this week seen Frank Maloney boast that he will take over the role as Britain's No1 promoter from Frank Warren during the year ahead.

The former partners have staged shows all over the country in the last 12 months, including York Hall in Bethnal Green and the bigger Docklands venues.

But Maloney, who celebrates 25 years as a promoter in 2009, has made no secret of his ambition to topple the Sports Network boss as the country's top promoter in the coming months.

Warren has ruled the roost for years, staging some outstanding bills and amassing a strong stable of fighters, including local favourites and super-featherweight duo Nicky Cook and Kevin Mitchell.

Yet Maloney believes his opposing line-up of Hackney's European bantamweight champion Ian Napa, super bantamweight Rendall Munroe, light middleweight Jamie Moore, light welterweight Ajose Olusegun and star Irish signing Darren Sutherland can really hit the headlines in 2009.

He can also list a string of bright prospects fighting under his banner including Peacock gym-based featherweight Akaash Bhatia and heavyweight hope Tom Dallas.

The promoter also believes that in former Repton amateur ace Larry Olubamiwo, he may have discovered another Earnie Shavers - the retired American boxer renowned as the hardest puncher in heavyweight history.

"I still believe I need one more top fighter to complete my jigsaw and become Britain's number one promoter," says Maloney who staged his first show back in 1984 and plans to celebrate his quarter-century as a promoter by staging a special fight night in April.

There is certainly no shortage of promoters currently on the scene, as the two Franks compete alongside Barry Hearn's Matchroom organisation, Hennessy promotions and David Haye's Hayemaker group - all getting television support for their regular fight nights.

Also on the rise are Left Jab Promotions headed by Miranda Carter and Mick Heliett, who has also promoted with the WSO group at York Hall and other London venues.

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