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Simmons goes off on one at Burns conference


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Re: Simmons goes off on one at Burns conference

 

Frank Warren appauled at the recent Press Conference.

 

Like most genuine followers of The Noble Art, I was appalled by the footage of the press conference to promote WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns' mandatory defence against Nebraska's Terence Crawford in Glasgow on March 1st.

A bit of pre-fight 'needle' is part and parcel of our industry but when one fighter threatens his opponent is 'going to die' and going 'home in a coma' – as Edinburgh cruiserweight Stephen Simmons ranted on Monday – the line has clearly been breached.

 

The Scot was understandably riled because followers of his opponent Wadi Camacho had super-imposed the head of Simmons' fiancé onto sexually explicit photos, then posted them on social media outlets.

 

Boxing at its best is a noble sport, but we must never forget also dangerous and Simmons' tasteless comments are stupid and he should apologise to the sport.

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