Queensberry Promotions were presented with multiple awards at the 2015 WBO Convention held in Orlando, Florida, this week starting with promoter Frank Warren who was presented with the WBO European Promoter of the Year award.
Warren staged twelve WBO European title bouts in the last twelve months involving some of his top stars including Terry Flanagan, Jack Catterall, Mitchell Smith, Frank Buglioni, Bradley Skeete and Jamie Cox.
The WBO European Fight of the Year was awarded to super-middleweight warriors Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham who ferociously battled to a draw in May this year at the SSE Arena, Wembley, with Buglioni retaining the title.
Manchester sensation Terry Flanagan, the reigning WBO World Lightweight Champion, was named WBO European Fighter of the Year for his tremendous performances in the last twelve months that included his win over Stephen Ormond in a WBO European Lightweight title clash, that led to his shot at the WBO crown against Jose Zepeda, followed by the devastating first title defence against Diego Magdaleno earlier this month.
Queensberry Promotions’ Matchmaker Jason McClory collected the WBO European Matchmaker of the Year award for putting together some top quality 50-50 matches that have thrilled the fights fans’ and viewers’ in the UK on BoxNation, including Jack Catterall v Tom Stalker, Buglioni-Markham and more recently Stalker v Craig Evans.
Hall of Fame promoter Warren, who was at the 28th WBO Convention with his son George, the CEO of Queensberry Promotions and BoxNation, and McClory is delighted with awards.
He said, “I’ve been working with the WBO President Paco Valcarcel and his organisation for many, many, years and they are by far and away the best governing body to work with and I was thrilled to be part of the 28th annual convention in Orlando. We’ve had a fantastic year staging WBO fights and I’m pleased that a number of our talented young prospects are developing through the WBO route like Jack Catterall and Mitchell Smith and they aim to be one day where Terry Flangan is now, as a WBO world champion, and I’m happy that Terry’s tremendous achievements have been recognised with his award. Matchmaking is probably one of the hardest and thankless jobs in the sport, but I was pleased to see our matchmaker Jason McClory get the recognition he deserves in matching some cracking fights this year including the winner of the WBO Fight of the Year winner between Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham. Next year we are aiming high with new WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith, Flanagan, and Billy Joe Saunders to be the flag bearers of the WBO like previous British greats Joe Calzaghe and Naseem Hamed.”