FOZZY ON FRIDAY: The Grand Return… A Week Late, I Know

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So, I’m back.

Not many foresaw my return to the ‘Fozzy On Friday’ weekly slot on Instant Boxing after such a long break, but the summer has left me with many opinions.

Well, the summer and autumn, seeing as we’re moving into winter in about two weeks’ time.

The grand return was announced as being last week, but the issue was that I didn’t know what I was going to include in the column.

Truth be told, I’m faced with the same conundrum this week.

And with the countdown (see what I did there?) to Christmas well and truly on, as well as Carol Vorderman being in the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here jungle, I’m hoping that we don’t get served up with fights like what they’re forced to eat in the bushtucker trials.

The new year, 2017, has already promised so much with the announcement of clashes between James DeGale and Badou Jack and the mouthwatering rematch between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz.

Adrien Broner returns and there is believed to be a rematch between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla in Manchester in March, while others are yet to be revealed with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn confirming they’re deep into the planning for their schedule for the first part of the year.

Frank Warren, Hearn’s arch promotional nemesis, meanwhile, appears to have blown apart the so-called monopoly within the British game after inking a multi-year deal with BT Sport.

The pact, which was announced last week before a press conference at the top of the BT tower a few days ago, will include 20 domestic Saturday fight nights, that are staged by the promoter, being broadcast live.

The action will also be available on BoxNation — launched by Warren in July, 2011 after his split from Sky Sports — with an additional 10 UK shows exclusive to the subscription boxing channel.

And Warren, who looks after world champions Billy Joe Saunders and Terry Flanagan, is looking to bolster his ranks with the money of the tie-in, which is believed to be worth something in the region of £100million over the course of its duration.

The international content screened on BoxNation will remain solely on that channel, but Warren –– who has said that this deal is the biggest he’s done in his time in the sport –– is determined to add to his current roster of ‘nearly 60 fighters’.

Next year promises to be one of the best in recent history with regards to British boxing, so let’s hope we see a little more Scarlett Moffatt-like warrior stuff than the wet display shown by Emmerdale star Adam Thomas.

Let’s see.

Back next week, but for now… adios!

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