Mickey Helliet's Hellraiser Blog | Mickey discusses Haye, AJ, Frank Warren and Chris Eubank jr
In another weekly blog Mickey discusses Haye, AJ, Frank Warren and Chris Eubank jr.
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Mickey Helliet’s Hellraiser Blog: 7th June
by Mickey Helliet
I’m currently busy putting together another massive card for July 15th at York Hall, more on that in a future blog, but there’s been plenty of news in the rest of the boxing world which has caught my eye.
David Haye has split amicably from his trainer Shane McGuigan. It’s hard to know too much of the reasons why, but it does make me think of the Angelo Dundee saying, “notice who is in the locker room after you lose, not after you win.” Obviously Shane is a relatively young trainer, and while Carl Frampton has lost this year, losing is also a new thing to their stable. When David was winning everybody wanted a piece of him, but it’s going to be an uphill journey for Haye.
Despite winning over a lot of his critics in the valiant effort against Tony Bellew, reinventing Haye and convincing the public that he can be a force at heavyweight again will be a mammoth task. What the announcement does indicate to me however is that David’s going to keep fighting. The McGuigans will go on to have plenty of success elsewhere, too, having gained a world champion in George Groves recently.
I see Lennox Lewis has been talking about Anthony Joshua needing to fight in the States to cement his reputation and legacy. It’s a fair point. AJ is the most marketable heavyweight in the world. He’s only 27 years and old and has hasn’t even has twenty fights. He strikes me as the type to relish a challenge and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a move over there sooner rather than later.
I see the rematch with Klitschko as probably a more straightforward win for AJ than the last. After that they’ll need to spread to wider audiences and build the “brand”. I’d say it’s highly likely Anthony will want to manage and promote himself at some point, before long if he’s to become boxing’s first billionaire. He’s certainly capable, he’s a smart guy.
Another intriguing announcement this week is that Anthony Yarde will fight for the WBO European light heavy title on the 8th July show, which I’ll be at. This is another sign of the fresh approach the Warrens are employing, matching 50/50 fights. When a bill has competitive bouts, the punters flock in their droves and TV viewing numbers rocket. As I know well from my York Hall shows, closely matched fights are the vital ingredient to bringing in and keeping the fans.
10 years ago boxing seemed to be dying a slow and painful death as the top names all avoided one another, but currently Frank has been putting on some mouthwatering fights and shows. Hellraiser has kept going because I work really hard to put on even shows, while developing my fighters properly. It’s all well and good getting to ten or fifteen fights unbeaten, but then you need to go out and test yourself. That’s what they’re doing with the Warren stable, and what we’ll be doing with our prospects Darryll Williams and Asinia Byfield on the same bill. Obviously I’m backing my guys to win their fights!
Chris Eubank jr has just revealed he’ll be fighting Arthur Abraham on the ITV pay per view platform the same night as our show in July. York Hall will be heaving and I know Eubank doesn’t shift many tickets so ever the philanthropist I’d happily offer to squeeze that fight on our blockbuster show!
Finally, you might have noticed more activity on our social media and website. We even have an instagram account now (@hellraiser_boxing). It’s something we’re working really hard on, getting more content out to fight fans, and the website is having a redesign which should be ready for unveiling soon. So please keep liking, reading and following!
Posted: 7th Jun 2017
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