Maloney backs Wright to be champ

Nigel Wright (right) and Frank Maloney at the Peterlee fight night
Nigel Wright (right) and Frank Maloney at the Peterlee fight night

“I know Nigel Wright can be British champion.”

Those are the words of prestigious promoter Frank Maloney as he has promised to come back to the North-East and support Nigel Wright in his British title ambitions.

Maloney received bad news that the Hartlepool-man had to withdraw from his match with Ashley Theophane on December 10 after medics performed a routine brain scan only to find a bleed in his brain.

But now Maloney is ready to fight the Wright corner and if results come back positive for the 32-year-old, fans could see a return of the Hartlepool hopeful.

Speaking exclusively to SportMail, Frank said: “I think if Nigel had been in the ring on that night he would have been British champion today.

“Unfortunately he had his problems but I know how good Nigel is and what he is capable of so I am more than happy to support him.

“I know he has the quality to win a title and it would be fantastic for him to do so.

“Hopefully he gets the right decision from the medics and we can push on and get the fight he wants.”

Maloney watched his stand-in boxer, Ben Murphy, push Theophane to his limits last week as the title holder made hard work of the terrier like Murphy.

Although he was behind on all the judges scorecards before the referee had to step in to deny Murphy a dream title win because of a cut to his left eye, Theophane has said he wants to take on Wright before going for bigger prizes.

Maloney is keen to make the fight happen and knows it will be a massive event.

“You saw all the fans from Hartlepool there supporting their local boxer, it will be amazing,” he added.

“I know Nigel has a lot of respect and hopefully everything goes right for him in the next scan.

“Ben came in on short notice and gave Theophane the fight of his life.

“I thought he was fantastic to come in on such short notice and battle for a British title on the top of a Sky show.

“I would have liked for it to have been Nigel who took on Ashley but these things happen and health comes first.”

If Nigel gets the result he wants next time he pays the doctors a visit then he is the number one contender for Theophane’s crown.

Frank Maloney has promised to pay Gus Robinson the ultimate tribute by supporting Nigel Wright in his British title bid.

He added: “I thought the tribute that Gus got was fantastic.

“I will miss working with him because he was a good man.

“There was some great support for Nigel and the support that fellow Gus Robinson boxer Peter Cope got was amazing.

“I just hope that Nigel can get back to boxing and then we can look forward to winning the British title.

“I know that’s what Nigel wants to do it for and hopefully that dream can become reality.”