Another Triumphant Night for CWH Promotions
An Evening with Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns and Roberto “Manos de piedra” Duran was another triumphant night for the men behind CWH Promotions – Carl Holness and Darren Cole (pictured above).
At the luxurious Stanley Matthews suite at Stoke City FC’s fantastic stadium, the two legends were once again reuinted on Friday night for an evening of top notch entertainment.
With the irrepressible Charlie Hale and Steve Bunce at the helm, the audience were navigated though an evening that celebrated the careers of two of boxing’s greatest legends. Charlie provided the laughs whilst Buncey applied his unparalleled knowledge of boxing to grill Roberto and Tommy on their respective careers.
Joining them on stage was former World Cruiserweight champion and Sky TV pundit Johnny Nelson, who spoke about his own tempestuous career and those of the illustrious special guests.
Providing the musical accompaniment to the evening was Doncaster’s rising star Donna Moody, whose incredible vocals wowed the audience and brought a rapturous round of applause.
The event, sponsored by Qualitel, the independent business telecoms provider was a sell-out as expected and is the latest in a long line of blockbusting shows from CWH Promotions.
After the sumptuous meal and musical performance, the first of the two legends to speak was Roberto Duran, the fiery lightweight warrior who was the first man to defeat Sugar Ray Leonard and remains the only pugilist to fight in four successive decades. Working with the charming Roberto Duran Jr, his translator and himself an upcoming professional boxer, ‘Hands of Stone’ delighted those in attendance with his humorous anecdotes, tales of his youth in Panama and stories of his most memorable fights. Always the joker, Duran’s banter with one-time foe Tommy Hearns never failed to coax a wide smile from the stoic Detroit Hit Man and howls of laughter from the audience.
When it came time to introduce Thomas Hearns, everyone was enthralled by the duo’s comradery and mutual respect. The Detroit assassin, whose serpentine right hand was feared by an entire generation of prizefighters, proved to be an engaging and dynamic speaker – recalling his battles with Duran, Leonard and Hagler. Perhaps the most surprising event of the evening was Hearns buying a pair of Sugar Ray Leonard’s shorts from the half-time auction!
With the evening coming to a close, it was time for the crowd to collect their mementos – photographs with themselves and boxing royalty – a permanent memory of a very special and quite unforgettable evening.