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Miranda at York Hall, 6th December 2008 [Photo: Tom Jenkins]

The following article appeared in early editions of The Observer

Carter a keeper of York Hall flame

Unsung promoters like Miranda Carter keep boxing's soul intact

Kevin Mitchell, The Observer, Sunday December 7 2008

Last night in Bethnal Green, a long way from the TV lights being trained on superstars elsewhere, a handful of boxers went quietly and nobly about their business. There were no titles on the line, no immediate promises of greater glory, just the usual collection of bruises, and a smattering of cheers from family and friends.

While two of the most experienced promoters in the game, Frank Warren and Mick Hennessy, were competing for the attention of a divided constituency in their mega-shows at London's ExCel Arena and the FM Trent Arena in Nottingham respectively, Miranda Carter was busying herself at the box office of York Hall, the East End's most loved little brawling palace.

All week Warren and Hennessy, millionaire promoters with international connections and fighters with world title ambitions, had jostled for publicity. All week they got it. And all week Carter beavered away anonymously, hoping her third promotion since she got her licence from the British Boxing Board of Control in January would just go off without a hitch and maybe even turn a small profit.

'My first promotion was in June, on Father's Day, dedicated to my father. It's gone pretty well since then, really. I get a good audience here, and I just love the York Hall.'

As do the punters. Carter has taken a slight loss on one show at York Hall, broken about even on another and hopes the sport's dedicated East End public will continue to support her there.

'I don't want to challenge the big promoters,' she says, 'I am happy to see how it goes in the first year. It's hard work but I have great help from my matchmaker, Roy Hilder. I couldn't do it without him - or without Tony Brinton, Johnny Eames and Peter Swinney.' These are all seasoned boxing trainers and matchmakers, delighted and maybe even a bit surprised to see Carter surviving.

Read more in the full Observer article