Been there, done that

Shaun Brown
27/05/2016 11:09pm

Tony Bellew likes to talk about Everton Football Club. He started supporting them when he was a kid as an act of rebellion toward his father who was a Liverpool fan – city rivals to Everton. Bellew, nicknamed ‘Bomber’, loves Everton and loves football. He would rather be playing for The Toffees than in a boxing ring with an opponent looking to knock him out. “I say to people do you think I enjoy getting punched in the face? At the end of the day you’ve got ten men backing you up when you walk on a pitch."

June 2016

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The June 2016 Boxing Monthly includes a 16-page preview of the Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko rematch featuring interviews with Klitschko, Peter Fury and an Experts Rethink where we revisit the experts who narrowly predicted a Klitschko win in the first fight, to see what they think now, in a new poll. This issue also has feature interviews with Martin Murray, Callum Smith and Errol Spence Jr. Ron Borges looks at whether Gennady Golovkin should make some concessions to clinch a mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez, Graham Houston previews Anthony Joshua's next world title defence and much, much more.  On sale now in stores, by subscription or via app on iTunes or Android.

Ham ready to eat up the pressure

Shaun Brown
27/05/2016 1:57pm

The night before travelling to India for the Commonwealth Games in September 2010 Joe Ham (7-0, 5 KOs) was inside Glasgow's Kelvin Hall. The Kelvin Hall is a venue steeped in Scottish boxing folklore. One that staged Jim Watt’s victory over Alfredo Pitalua to win the vacant WBC World lightweight title in 1979. It is a cauldron of noise that helped Ricky Burns to his first world title, a bout that will live long in the memory after Burns’ overcame what looked like the impossible, to take down the big punching Puerto Rican Roman Martinez after a horrendous first round.

The Big Question: Burns v Di Rocco, Bellew v Makabu - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
27/05/2016 10:02am

This weekend sees two world title fights take place in the UK. Tomorrow night Ricky Burns bids to become Scotland's first ever three-weight world champion when he takes on Italy's Michele Di Rocco for the WBA World super-lightweight title in Glasgow. Twenty-four hours later and attention turns to Goodison Park, the home of Tony Bellew's beloved Everton Football Club. The British cruiserweight aims to win his first ever world title when he squares off against the dangerous and hard hitting Ilunga Makabu for the WBC World cruiserweight title. The Boxing Monthly online team gave us their thoughts on how they see both fights going.

The Neutral Corner - Episode 40

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
27/05/2016 9:43am

In this episode of The Neutral Corner, Michael Montero discusses the Canelo-Golovkin-Lara talk, GGG haters, the "demographic", Joseph Parker's latest win, David Haye, Shane Mosley and Ricky Burns.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 24 Michael Spinks

Luke G. Williams
26/05/2016 2:28pm

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the man who came No. 24 in my standings – Michael Spinks. Unquestionably one of the finest light-heavyweight of all time, the extent of Michael Spinks’ greatness as a heavyweight is harder to quantify, for he only fought five times in the sport’s blue riband division.

Benson aiming to light up the competition

Shaun Brown
26/05/2016 9:57am

A Ricky Burns fight week always brings the same questions. Who will take over from him once he retires? Who and where is the next star to come out from Scotland? How long will it be before boxing returns to Scotland if Ricky gets beat? And so on, and so on. The 2014 Commonwealth Games Scottish boxing team has proved to be a welcome talent pool for Scottish boxing which are aiming to answer those questions in due course.

Upbeat Ajisafe looks to the future

Chris Williamson
24/05/2016 5:29pm

Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe (16-3, 7 KOs) was feeling upbeat when Boxing Monthly caught up with the 31-year-old back home on British soil after a spirited IBO title challenge against unbeaten Russian Umar Salamov (16-0, 12 KOs) in Moscow on Saturday night. “I take a lot away from the experience,” said Ajisafe.

Crackpot idea

Marcus Bellinger
24/05/2016 1:36pm

As May reaches its conclusion this year’s Olympic Games in Rio draw ever closer, and thousands of athletes will either have their dreams for filled or shattered. For boxing fans it’s a chance to take a glimpse at tomorrow’s future stars and for the big promoters to scout potential signings, and of course all the participants involved will aim to make the last four years of toil count and capture the much prized and treasured gold medal.

Promoter discusses WBC's Ontario ban

Shawn W. Smith
23/05/2016 7:41pm

The news dropped like a bomb across the Canadian boxing scene when the World Boxing Commission (WBC) announced it would no longer be sanctioning fights in the Canadian province of Ontario after evidence from a recent bout suggested that the province's handling of fighters was dangerous. While the news is frustrating for local promoters looking to build world title contenders, Lee Baxter of Lee Baxter Management said he "supports the WBC's decision, especially with what has happened in the last few weeks”.

 

 

When Moir met Burns…

Luke G. Williams
23/05/2016 9:28am

As Tyson Fury prepares to defend his lineal World Heavyweight Championship against Wladimir Klitschko on 9 July in Manchester, Boxing Monthly re-examines the first ever occasion on which the gloved World Heavyweight Championship was contested in the UK – James ‘Gunner’ Moir’s 1907 challenge to Tommy Burns at the National Sporting Club in Covent Garden …

Trout aiming for more title memories

Shaun Brown
21/05/2016 9:33am

Nothing would please Austin Trout (30-2, 17 KOs) more than winning his second world title at super welterweight. What would make him even happier is to be able to recall tonight’s fight against unbeaten IBF World Champion Jermall Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) in the years to come. Something to tell his children and grandchildren; stories about the night he schooled Miguel Cotto in the Puerto Rican’s Garden and, he hopes, taming a young lion in Las Vegas almost three and a half years later.