Highlights, frustrations and hopes: end of year survey part 11

Boxing Monthly
04/01/2018 3:37pm

Boxing Monthly canvassed over 100 figures from boxing for their reflections on 2017 and hopes for 2018. Today Jon Pegg, Lewis Pendleton, Abel Sanchez, Chris Sanigar, Kalle Sauerland (pictured left), Peter Sims, Craig StephenDanny Vaughan and Frank Warren have their say…


Interviews: John Angus MacDonald, Shaun Brown, Andrew Harrison, James Oddy, Danny Winterbottom & Luke G. Williams.


Jon Pegg, trainer

The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Sam [Eggington] winning the European [title].
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Sam outgrowing welter and only realising a day before weigh-in.
My hopes for 2018 are...
A world title fight involving our gym.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Making big fights easier to make or harder to avoid - which ever works best!

Lewis Pendleton, promoter
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Working to benefit north-east boxers, Fighting Chance worked with Matchroom to organise the venue, offer ideas on local contests and provide a platform for North East boxers to box on the Matchroom Nxt Gen Show. Creating the opportunity for Tom Whitfield to be paid to fight Josh Kelly, getting four Fighting Chance boxers on a Sky Sports bill earning them a purse, with some only in their second fight. Kyle Redfearn putting in an explosive KO performance against a live opponent making his debut. Seeing the return of Bradley Saunders on that bill.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Wolves in sheep's clothing. Petty people, boxing managers /promoters who serve only to further their own agendas and who don’t have boxers at heart. When these people don’t put offers forward to their boxers or seek to run their own events and not work collaboratively to benefit boxers. Those who deliberately set out to copy or imitate what we do. Those who organise events a week before our scheduled shows.
My hopes for 2018 are...
The launch of our major TV and online streaming deal, being able to do away with ticket deals and look after our fighters. Launching our boxing academy and foundation.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Professionalism. If managers/promoters can behave professionally fights can be made and fans benefit from big events gaining value for money.

Abel Sanchez, trainer
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
All my fighters are progressing the way that I had hoped for.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
BAD Boxing Judges having such an impact on the development of careers and lives.
My hopes for 2018 are...
On a personal level my boxers fighting for and winning more world titles, on a boxing level the powers that be working more towards the betterment of the sport - it seems too many agendas hold the sport back.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
In my humble opinion:
A) Same day weigh-ins, and a cap on weight gain (consequences of major fines).
B) Incentive payments for winners, no guaranteed bigger purse for the favourite.
C) 5 Judges instead of 3.
D) Open scoring, not to the public, but to a panel of the governing commission, to eliminate a run away card from a judge.
E) More in-line rules, enforcement and guidelines of boxing dos/ don'ts, education throughout the boxing world, it seems everyone has got their own interpretation.
F) Lastly, judges graded on a fight per fight basis for future appointments, certain grades needed for judging the higher round fights.

Chris Sanigar, manager, promoter, trainer
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Lee Selby defending his world title at the old Wembley arena in July against mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
When Lee Haskins defended his world title against Ryan Burnett in Belfast. Sadly, Lee sustained a freak shoulder injury during the sixth resulting in him not being able to raise his right arm.
My hopes for 2018 are...
That Lee Selby becomes a main event stadium boxer and unifies the featherweight title. Secondly that Lee Haskins gets the opportunity to regain a world title.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
If it was possible to make both championship boxers enter the ring with only a 2p per cent weight discrepancy.

Kalle Sauerland, promoter
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Definitely the launch of the World Boxing Super Series in March and the quarter-finals [involving] eight back-to-back weekends of quality boxing. It’s the first time something like that's been done and it’s laid the foundations for a great future. Outside of that you’d have to look at Klitschko Joshua which certainly was the [best] heavyweight fight in many years. You'd have to look at that as a highlight. Canelo vs Golovkin was also a great fight and very important for the US market.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Probably the increased amount of doping cases in the sport. Given its physical nature I think boxing is still a uniquely clean sport, but unfortunately there've been quite a few high level doping cases especially in the US and eastern  Europe. I find it disappointing as someone who is involved in the sport trying to create a platform for athletes to do the business and make money and become superstars - it's a full contact sport and there's simply no place for doping.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To see a great end to the first season of the WBSS Ali tournaments. I'm looking forward to some sensational semi-finals. I think all four of the semi-finals are candidates for fights of the year - to have them all together within a couple of months followed by the finals in May is amazing. Mouthwatering stuff. I also hope to see the big heavyweight unification fights made. That's something I'd love to see. As a fan I'd also love to see Joshua vs Fury - for me that's the fight that all of heavyweight boxing wants to see. People talk about Wilder and the belts but in terms of the public demand Joshua vs Fury is the big one.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
I'm going to have to give compliment to our own product - I think the Champions League of boxing, the World Boxing Super Series, the battle for the Ali trophy is something that [if] it's around every year, lets boxing continue in its normal way. Boxing won't change because of it - but it is something that will be there and that boxers can aspire to be in. Similar to the way the Premier League and the Champions League work together. When we announce the new weights for the new season that is something I think that will be very interesting.

Peter Sims, trainer
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Being part of Joshua vs Klitschko. Seeing [Craig] Spider Richards do so well against Buglioni with a week’s notice.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Bradley Saunders not getting enough fights.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Spider, Tony Conquest and Bradley Saunders all winning titles.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
For safety purposes all weigh-ins should be day before...I think fights would also be more competitive.

Craig Stephen, MC
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Being flown to Macau in January to announce the IBF world title fights - Jerwin Ancajas vs Jose Rodriguez and Etsuko Tada vs Cai Zongju.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Carl Frampton's homecoming fight in July being cancelled on the eve of the contest.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
A standing eight-count in the pros, giving the ref time to assess the boxer before waving off a contest.

Danny Vaughan, trainer
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Paddy Barnes' last performance with a top-class finish and showing everyone what he can do. He’s ready for a world title this year.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Jamie Conlan losing his word title shot. He worked so hard for it but we came up against an elite fighter who was just too good on the night.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Another successful year and that world title we are looking for - Paddy will be ready for it.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
More promoters working together and giving this paying boxing public what they deserve; the big fights, the 50/50 fights, [rather than] wrapping their fighters up in cotton wool.

Frank Warren, promoter
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
[The] BT deal, it’s great for the fans and boxing.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Some of the bad judging of fights.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Big fights, young talent establishing themselves and the fans getting value for money.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
It’s happening, the government is bringing legislation to stop fans being ripped off on secondary ticket markets by unscrupulous people in the industry.