JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION — Chris Carman:Fight promoter, matchmaker ... potential saviour


JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION — Chris Carman:Fight promoter, matchmaker ... potential saviour - 6th August 2015

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Kerry Foley at Manly Fight Gym in preparation to defend his Australian Light Heavyweight title. Picture: Braden Fastier.


You’ve got a big fight night on at North Sydney Leagues Club tonight, it’s been a long time since that’s happened.

Kerry Foley is defending his Australian light-heavyweight title against Joel Casey, and Tej Pratap Singh is fighting Faris Chevalier for the vacant Australian super-middleweight title. Jake Carr is also pursuing the Commonwealth title.

It sounds like an old-fashioned fight card, with Australian and Commonwealth titles being spoken about.

The idea behind it is to really push the Australian titles over the regional titles. We’re going to put on a lot of fights over the next year.

Why the focus on the traditional way?

It has been eroded and we want to fix that. You can buy a regional title for four grand and fight an Indonesian who has lost his last six fights. Here, we have the National Boxing Federation which has ratings and we won’t be putting on mismatches.

Will that fix boxing?

The UK is currently experiencing a renaissance in boxing and that’s because they put an emphasis back on British titles and the road to Commonwealth and European titles, rather than going down the route of the WBA, IBF and WBC regional titles.

Why does that work?

You can focus on being the best. Not one of the best.

(The Daily Telegraph)