Opinion | Jan 28 2015

Steve Wood: Boxing promoters should be friends and not enemies

Promoter Steve Wood starts his Boxing News blogging duties with an insightful look into the problems and solutions facing British boxing

LAST year was decent for VIP Promotions. Brian Rose fought for the world title, Josh Warrington won the European, Terry Flanagan emerged as one to watch, and we put on some good shows and fight-of-the-year contests. This year though I’d like to see promoters working together more.

I couldn’t be sure but, at the very top level, I feel like promoters do things to hurt rather than help each other, and that should stop. At the end of the day it’s the fans that suffer, and there could be some great fights and shows made.

At my level, I’ve spoken to other promoters and rather than us do shows in areas near the same time, it’d be better if we did one together. We’ve got to start doing this or we’ll get to the stage where we’ll lose lots of money. Everyone needs to say ‘there’s enough pie to share’ rather than trying to pinch it.