Francis Warren and Steve Wraith are not the only boxing promoters trying to get a piece of the action in Newcastle.
Mark Clauzel promotes his first professional show at Westgate Road’s Centre for Sport on December 7, a bill topped by Martin Ward’s Commonwealth bantamweight title fight with Gabriel Odoi Laryea.
Thirty-year-old Clauzel, a light-middleweight until injury intervened last year, is aiming to be the sort of promoter he never had. “I wish when I was fighting I’d had somebody like me around,” he says.
“Some promoters don’t treat their fighters right.
“I’m totally different. I’ve got the respect of the lads because we’ve boxed together and we’re mates.
“I knock about with some of them so we’ve got that bond – they trust me.
“There’s not an endless waterfall of money but some promoters are taking the mickey with what they pay.
“I’m around boxers every day. They’ve known me for 15, 20 years.
“I’m not just in it to rip people off. I’m in it for the long run to bring champions to the North East. The more champions we can get up here the bigger it can get. There were six or seven pros when I started, now there’s about 60.”
By the time Clauzel hung up his gloves he had already started on his new path.
“Nearly 12 months ago I started getting dizzy spells and the doctors didn’t know what it was,” he explained. “They reckoned it was an old concussion – I should have had a brain scan. I think I’d still be boxing if I had.
“I had swelling on the brain. I still have problems with my left eye. I couldn’t see punches from that side.
“When I was still boxing I opened Vision Health and Fitness opposite the Metro Centre. I was always going to put a boxing ring and bags in, so I said let’s start up an amateur club. It developed into Swalwell ABC.
“I’ve done amateur shows and kick-boxing shows before but there’s a lot more at stake here. We’ve got to make sure we’re not just using lads, but building them up in a good way.”