UK 7" [Parlophone R6400]
UK CSS [Parlophone TCR6400]
Whatever Happens, I Love You
UK CD5 [Parlophone CDR6400]
UK 12" [Parlophone 12R6400]
Australia CD5 [EMI Australia 881888-2]
Holland CD5 [EMI 881888-2]
USA CD5 [Sire/Reprise 9 41914-2]
The cover star on UK and Europe singles is Billy Conn, an American boxer of Irish origin and world champion light weight. He went twice for the heavyweight world champion title, but lost both times. The picture was lifted from "Ring" Magazine.
The USA single artwork shows a picture of Morrissey instead, taken by Jake Walters. A close-up of what is assumed to be a wall of the Battersea Training Unit is found on the back.
Additional release date information:
UK: 16 January 1995
USA: 2 February 1995
Australia: 10 March 1995
Chart peak information:
UK: The main promotional tool for the release of "Boxers" in the UK is a promo cd modelled on the stock cd-single with a few minor promo-related alterations made to its artwork. Some copies were mailed out with two promo stickers on the case, one giving contact information for one or two Parlophone pluggers, and the other information about the single and the upcoming Boxers tour. A one-track promo video (in PAL format) was also distributed to the relevent media. The song "Boxers" was also included on volume 2 of the Parlophone various artists sampler series "A Flavour Of The Label" and on a sampler cd to be played in shops of the Our Price chain.
USA: A one-track cd of "Boxers" served as a promo for this single as well as the "World Of Morrissey" album (Sire/Reprise, PRO-CD-7372, no front artwork to display; see back artwork on the left). The song was included on a 9-track various artists Reprise sampler titled "Greetings From Area 51" (Reprise, PRO-CD-7520). The video for the song was made available by Warner on a one-track promo video (WD705-18789) and was included on a Warner various artists 31-track compilation as well as on issue #614 of the ETV various artists promo compilation series (NL614).