Boxing stars reacted to the announcement about the pioneering boxing summit Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (KHK) Sports and Mack The Knife (MTK) Global will host in Bahrain in September 2020. Among them were Sky Sports pundit and former cruiserweight world champion Johnny “The Entertainer” Nelson, 53, of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, 33, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K. and world title-winning trainer and former European Super-Welterweight Champion Jamie Moore, 41, of Greater Manchester, England.
“I think this is a fantastic move for MTK and KHK to join forces,” Moore stated. “It’s going to create some fantastic opportunities for fighters that would’ve never been possible before and the idea of a summit to bring all the boxing leaders together to try and make the best fights possible is a groundbreaking idea and will move boxing forward massively. I’m excited for the future.”
The boxing summit is a unique opportunity for leaders to pledge their support and help shape the future of boxing for years to come. Following the historic meeting, Bahrain will host its first ever world title contest that will be broadcast live not only to the United States and the United Kingdom but around the world.
“This is huge,” Frampton commented. “Getting all these rival promoters under one roof, who are often seen in some places as enemies, very rarely talk to each other and openly dislike each other particularly on social media, to get them together to try and improve the sport and make the big fights, that’s what boxing needs.”
“It needs the top fighters from each promotional stable to be fighting each other and it’s not happening enough at the minute but this gives it a real chance to happen,” Frampton continued. “So I’m absolutely behind this and all for it and think if anyone could make this happen, it’s MTK Global, particularly with their partners at KHK Sports.”
KHK Sports is a vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 30, of Bahrain. He is his home country’s first deputy president of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, the Bahrain Olympic Committee president and the BRAVE Combat Federation founder.
Prior to the announcement of the boxing summit, KHK Sports appointed MTK Global co-founder Daniel Kinahan, 42, of Ireland as a special advisor. Nelson described the appointment as “a wonderful thing.”
“Congratulations to Daniel Kinahan and the Prince of Bahrain,” Nelson said. “I know personally the professional boxers that have benefited from his expertise so this can only be a good thing for all parties involved in heightening our sport.”