By Frank Maloney
People say that boxing is under threat from other combat sports, but over the next month, Britain will see three of its most promient fighters, two of them elderly statesman and the new kid on the block, challenge and defend major world titles in three super fights.
November 3rd sees Joe Calzaghe look to cement his place in history, while December 8th sees the fight that the whole of the world is talking about as the man who claims to be the number one fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather, and Britain's best loved fighter, Ricky Hatton, step into the ring in the world title fight capitol of Las Vegas, where as a manager I was involved in some great British victories over Americans.
The whole of Britain will be willing Hatton to the same sort of success that Lennox Lewis had and will show the Americans how to celebrate and party.
On November 10, a fighter who I believe can emulate Lennox Lewis and even go on to surpass what the undisputed heavyweight champ did, London cruiserweight and boxing's number one pinup man, David Haye, challenges for the WBC Cruiserweight title against the number one 200 lb fighter in the world, Jean-Marc Mormeck, in the Frenchman's home city of Paris.
Team Haye are confident of doing what the brave English Rugby team failed to do and turn the city of Paris into a party night of English sports fans.
Haye has been preparing for this fight that has been his destiny since the day he first laced up boxing gloves and hopes to become the first British fighter and only the third fighter in history to win world titles in the cruiser and heavyweight divisions.
This victory will see Haye become Britain's number one fighter and give the capital their first major world champion since Lennox Lewis.
Haye vs. Mormeck will be the first meeting between the world's number one promoter and the English promoter that he christened "The Mental Midget", since the night in 1997 that Lewis regained his heavyweight title against Oliver McCall in Las Vegas.
All the omens are in favor for a hat trick of British wins.
Who said British boxing is dying?
- Frank Maloney