Don King and Frank Warren DUAL SIGNED (silver sharpie) Khan vs Barrera official press pack, 14th March 2009, M.E.N. Arena, Manchester.
Press packs are information packages that are assembled by promoters for members of the media who are assigned to report on the fight. A pack usually contains statistics and bio's on all the fighters and various personnel of the fight. All put together in an attractive folder.
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America is full of people who were headed down the wrong path in life, only to change direction and become a success. Don King is such a man. In the late-1960s, the former small-time numbers runner had been sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter. During his days behind bars he decided to turn his life around. He became a voiciferous reader; absorbing the words and wisdom of the World's great minds. Shortly after his release, he ventured into the cutthroat World of boxing, which at the time had no major black promoters. Within four years, he had staged some of the most memorable championship bouts in history including: Ali-Foreman and Ali-Frazier III, and became the sport's most powerful promoter.
During his two-plus decades in boxing the Cleveland native has set many records: highest purse, highest combined purses, largest live gate, largest pay-per view audience -- and broken them as well. He twice promoted six World title fights on one card, three times promoted more than 20 World title fights in a year, and, in 1994 he staged a record 47 World title bouts. In 1993 alone, there were 11 championship shows, four that were attended by a total of 270,000, including a record 135,000 for the card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen in Mexico City.
Although King became the main promoter for Ali, Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes, Chavez and Mike Tyson, more than 90 fighters have earned $1 million under the banner of Don King Production, Inc. He has been named "Greatest Promoter in History" by boxing's three major sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA, IBF).
In the quarter century since his release from prison, Don King has lived the American Dream. He's not only worked hard, but outworked his competitors and stands at the pinnacle of his profession.
Frank Warren born 28 February 1952 in Islington, London.
Warren's first licensed show was held at the Bloomsbury Crest Hotel, in London in 1980 and he soon became a leading figure in British boxing. Since then, Warren has managed some of Britain's best and best loved boxers of the last twenty five years, including 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton.
Warren guided Hamed to becoming Britain's youngest ever World champion when he beat Steve Robinson to win the WBO Super Featherweight title at Cardiff Arms Park, Wales, in 1995; oversaw the ascent of Ricky Hatton to the IBF Light Welterweight Championship of the World after beating Kostya Tszyu in 2005; and has been with former IBF and current WBO/WBC/WBA/Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe throughout the majority of his 44 fight unbeaten career.
On 30 November 1989 Frank Warren was shot outside the Broadway Theatre in Barking by an unknown assailant who was never caught. A .22 bullet from a Luger pistol missed his heart by an inch. The former boxer, Terry Marsh, who had become Warren's first World champion two years earlier, was accused of the shooting but acquitted by a jury. The shooting was allegedly motivated by money which Marsh never received. In 1995 Warren signed an exclusive deal with the pay-TV operator Sky Sports.
Warren was the most powerful promoter in Britain and had most of the top boxers from the United Kingdom on his books.
His most recent high profile signing has been 2004 Olympic Lightweight silver medallist Amir Khan. He also managed Ricky Hatton to a World title, but the two split. Similarly Joe Calzaghe terminated his arrangement with Warren in June 2008 after an association that began in 1996. Frank Warren currently has a television deal with one of the UK's leading broadcast stations, Sky Sports.
Warren was also the founder and owner of the London Arena until he sold it in 1996. In December 2007 he was elected for induction in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was inducted in June 2008.