Furious Ensley Bingham's world title dream is in ruins - and the top Manchester boxer is pulling no
punches about who he blames.
Bingham says it is all promoter Frank Warren's fault. But Warren has hit back pinning the blame on the
The Moss Side star is livid after big-money plans for him to fight in South Africa for Harry Simon's WBO
light-middleweight belt were KO'd.
Britain's biggest promoter Warren had lined up the world title shot for Johannesburg in January and wanted
the Phoenix Camp fighter to give up his British crown in the meantime.
Warren wanted to pit Kevin Lueshing and Nicky Thurbin against each other for Bingham's title in Cheshunt
Fans who bought tickets for the show thought the fight was for the British title - but Bingham had not
relinquished it! He says he insisted on holding on to his British title until his world title fight was a
"I wanted a guarantee in writing that the world title fight would take place, but when it came on
the fax it had other clauses which I was not happy with. It would have meant vacating a British title
which I had worked so hard for, and not being certain of a world title fight."
But Warren says that Bingham had already signed a contract to fight for the world title, but wanted to
include a clause which was unacceptable.
Warren told M.E.N. Sport: "I told Ensley he should vacate the British title and should he then be
beaten by Harry Simon, he could have another go at the British title.
"He said he would only go ahead with the world title fight if he was assured of a new British title
bid within 60 days, if he should lose to Simon."
Bingham has complained to the British Boxing Board of Control because he has also been stripped of his
WBO inter-continental title without his knowledge.
Bingham says: "The WBO haven't followed the proper procedure in taking that title from me.
"They said they sent me a letter giving me 90 days' notice to defend, but that is rubbish because
such letters are sent to a fighter's manager. I won the title... and now politics have taken it away."
But Warren says that because Bingham signed to fight for the world title, he could no longer be
inter-continental champion, under WBO rules.
The Board of Control has expressed its sympathy for Bingham's case, and has promised that the matter is
Board secretary John Morris told M.E.N Sport today: "I want Ensley's position from him in writing.
We will be taking th matter up directly with the WBO president in Puerto Rico.
"I am very worried about the circumstances in which a British boxer was stripped of his title. I
completely understand why Ensley is enraged - I would be as well."
Bingham is not about to let the matter rest - he is consulting lawyers with view towards taking legal
action against both Warren and the WBO.