While the majority of the world's attention was focused on a certain fight in Las Vegas at the weekend, Frank Warren was no doubt keeping his eye on the nine fighters involved in his 'Power of London' bonanza at The Copper Box Arena in Hackney.
The boxing manager and promoter is on a mission to unearth the next fighter that will be able to challenge the likes of the pound-for-pound hard-men that are dominating the sport. Featuring in title action at his event is WBO European Super-middleweight champion Frank Buglioni, Commonwealth Cruiserweight king Tony Conquest, Welterweight Bradley Skeete and Super-bantamweight Lewis Pettitt.
Warren has helped in producing some great fighters over the years. Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan have all blossomed under his guidance. While Naseem Hamed and Joe Calzaghe also have him to thank for helping them through the formative stages of their careers.
Warren admitted in his weekly column in The Sun, that: "Developing a fighter from a promising amateur into a championship grade operator is a precarious business which requires time, finance and more importantly patience.
"Prior to adding a young starlet to my roster, I always analyse whether they have the core tools required to cut it in the far harsher professional playground.
"The skill and speed needed to medal at major tournaments in the amateur code are just two elements. Does the youngster possess the scope to develop the strength, stamina, resilience and dedication crucial to shine at 12 round championship level?" He added.
"None of Benn, Eubank, Hamed, Calzaghe or Hatton even made it to the Olympics. Similarly, no British Olympic gold medallist has ever advanced to a professional world title. Amateur and professional boxing are completely different sports."
It takes a lot more than talent to build a successful world champion these days and Warren has his methods in ensuring that his men are always in with a shout, thanks to his experience and wisdom in the sport.
All of the nine young fighters who battled it out in Hackney were be aspiring to out-do each other and steal away the limelight. With Warren watching on it's no wonder they were all vying to become the next prodigy that Warren is craving.
The 62-year-old believes that his Belfast Super-bantamweight Carl Frampton "looks increasingly like the real deal with each passing outing," and that the young fighter will beat the reigning champion Leo Santa Cruz for the title when they take to the ring in August or September.
Will Warren find what he's looking for in the current crop of young English fighters? Or will countries like America continue to dominate the international scene?
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