Johnny Nelson claims that Queensberry promotions boss, Frank Warren, has “slipped” in recent years.
In an interview with SecondsOut, Nelson conceded that Warren was the best promoter in the world in years gone by, but that his standing has fallen somewhat.
The former cruiserweight champion of the world then went on to heap praise the way of Eddie Hearn, despite the fact the two no longer work together.
“Frank Warren was, at one point, the best promoter out there, the best promoter in the world. But he’s slipped, he’s simply slipped.”
“Eddie Hearn – you name me one promoter who is as much of a character for his fighters, and for himself individually.”
“His work ethic is ridiculous and he’s probably the best salesman out there.”
Nelson was actually promoted by Warren during his professional career, however now works to cover shows for Sky Sports with rival promotional outfit Boxxer, headed by Ben Shalom.
Despite Nelson’s comments, many believe Warren enjoyed a resurgence in 2022, a year which included Tyson Fury’s two stadium fights against Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.
Warren is also making a strong start to this year, with unified light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound star Artur Beterbiev making the trip to London to take on mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde at the 02 Arena on January 28th.
There is also every chance the 70 year old will be involved in the biggest fight of 2023, with talks for an undisputed clash between Tyson Fury reportedly progressing well and a date in early March a real possibility.
Warren has previously stated the fight will land wherever it generates the most revenue, with several lucrative site fees from the Middle East expected to be received.