Preacher: Weight issues worry me

Billy 'The Preacher' Graham
01/08/2015 11:22am

When they changed the weigh-ins to the day before the fights for safety reasons, I had to adapt. For years, fighters had been stripping themselves down to an unnatural weight, coming in dehydrated and undernourished. Without a doubt, I knew that something had to be done to prevent that, but I could foresee the situation that we’re in now.

August 2015

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Our August 2015 issue features an in-depth interview with two-weight world champion and cover star Amir Khan who reflects on the decisions he has made as a boxer and a man. The Times’ Ron Lewis looks back at the incredible career of the recently retired Carl Froch who took on all-comers and left the game at the top. We talk to criminally underrated WBA bantamweight title-holder Jamie McDonnell as he looks ahead to a rematch with Tomoki Kameda and meet world-rated 154lber Liam Smith from the famous Liverpool fighting family. BM also features game-as-they-come Dave Ryan who has shown that glory is possible from the away corner and rising middleweight star Jay Quigley who has swapped the home comforts of Ireland for life in L.A. with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. British lightweight champion Scott Cardle charts his rise up the 135lbs rankings and we also meet celebrated cutman Mick Williamson, respected trainer/manager Chris Sanigar and world title challenger turned gym owner Ryan Rhodes plus the usual columns, reports, ratings and much more.

TKO Radio: Golovkin-Lemieux early thoughts

TKO Radio
31/07/2015 3:43pm

Hall of Fame boxing journalist and Boxing Monthly Editor Graham Houston joins TKO Radio to give some early thoughts on a fight that, on paper, could be the most crowd-pleasing fight possible in all of boxing. Thankfully, last weekend it was officially announced. Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux will meet at Madison Square in New York, on 17 October. Are fireworks too obvious? Let’s start our assessment....

Smith finds the right path

Terry Dooley
31/07/2015 11:38am

Like so many boxers before him, Liverpool’s Liam Smith was on the wrong path when sport came calling and set him straight after a few years spent causing mischief on the streets of his hometown. Unlike most boxers, however, Smith’s first love was football; he had high hopes of making it as a professional only to realise that his future lay with boxing instead.

What Wilder learned from Klitschko

Kelsey McCarson
30/07/2015 9:24am

If there is any one fighter WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder should emulate, it is lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Reigning IBF, WBA Super and WBO champion Klitschko has used a similar skill set to keep a firm stranglehold on the division for over a decade now. Wilder’s manager, Jay Deas, did everything he could during Wilder’s early development as a professional to get him badly needed experience. Wilder told Boxing Monthly one of the most important happenings during that crucial time period was being shipped over to be a sparring partner in advance of Klitschko’s unanimous-decision victory over Mariusz Wach in 2012. “When I went into his camp, I came in with an open mind. I was like ‘how has this guy dominated the sport for ten years?’ You know? And I got my answers. He’s a super hard worker. That’s why I gravitated to him like I did, and I admire his work, even more after seeing it up close and in person.”

The Neutral Corner - Episode 8

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
29/07/2015 5:59pm

In this episode of The Neutral Corner, we review Sergey Kovalev's destruction of Nadjib Mohammedi, Jean Pascal's controversial win over Yunieski Gonzalez and Beibut Shumenov's snoozer victory over B.J. Flores, then preview Saturday's PBC card in Brooklyn headlined by Danny Garcia-Paulie Malignaggi and more!

TKO Radio: Dempsey and The Wild Bull

TKO Radio
29/07/2015 10:31am

“In September 1923, 85,000 packed into New York’s Polo Grounds to see all three minutes and fifty-seven seconds of it. Nobody asked for their money back.” Nothing steals the spotlight more than an action-packed heavyweight clash and for this podcast we wanted to bring you just that. John Jarrett joins TKO Radio to talk about his new book, 'Dempsey and The Wild Bull: The Four Minute Fight of the Century'. Fans and journalists regard it as one of the most sensational world heavyweight championship fights ever - champion Jack Dempsey and his hammer-fisted Argentine challenger Luis Angel Firpo left it all in the ring, except when Dempsey was knocked through the ropes and into the front row!

Amir Khan on charity, success, Mayweather

Terry Dooley
28/07/2015 10:15am

Amir Khan was fasting for Ramadan when Boxing Monthly popped over to his Gloves Community Centre gym, which is situated on the outskirts of Bolton town centre. The 28-year-old Boltonian told BM that the rigours of his annual fast helps to focus his mind on the plight of those less fortunate than him. This concern for others led to the creation of The Amir Khan Foundation, which provides funding for various charity projects. “I want to build orphanages around the world, create wells for clean water and do whatever I can do to help,” stated Khan. “I’ve been to places like Gambia and places in Pakistan where there’s poverty, so that’s why I do that and pay my Zakat [Islam's Charity Tax]. Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam - we have to give to the poor. I go to those places myself to see what the Foundation is achieving."

Diamonds in the Dirt: The Rise of Black Flash Promotions

John Evans
27/07/2015 10:05am

Hungover teens resisted the call of Rustler microwave burgers and cans of coke for a few extra minutes to stand and watch the boxing workout in Tesco. Retired Saturday night hardmen - who built their reputations in long gone pubs like The Nowster but are now resigned to picking up bits for the Sunday roast - stopped to turn back time and clumsily shadow box with their kids. Pensioners momentarily stopped complaining about the foyer being too busy to catch a glimpse of Michael Gomez Jnr skipping. Hundreds of people passed by and every single one of them will have left the supermarket with the name Black Flash Promotions tucked away with their groceries.

The junior and super divisions are a waste!

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
26/07/2015 7:55pm

Michael Montero discusses the history behind boxing’s divisions, starting with the five original weight classes in the 1800s all the way to the 17 divisions in our current system. The 'junior' and 'super' divisions not only add more paper titles, but they weaken the talent pool in the classic eight weight classes (heavyweight, light-heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight, flyweight).

Canadian promoters join forces

Shawn Smith
25/07/2015 9:21am

The dim Canadian fight scene just got a little bit brighter with the announcement that Ontario’s United Promotions and Quebec’s Eye of the Tiger Management will be working together to co-promote shows in the two provinces. The first fight of the deal will take place on 29 August when Eye of the Tiger product Mian Hussain fights on the undercard of a United Promotions show in Ontario. “It’s something that we’ve been discussing over the last year or two, just about developing fighters and getting the French fighters introduced to the Toronto market and getting the English-speaking fighters introduced to the French market,” said Tyler Buxton, promoter for United Promotions.

Frontline Diary: (Well over) 22 Twos

Terry Dooley
24/07/2015 2:38pm

It was a tale of two comebacks: Anthony Crolla’s return to action after being attacked by would-be burglars in December and Boxing Monthly columnist Billy Graham’s first ringside appearance in the U.K. since he worked Ojay Abraham’s corner in August 2008, the night both men retired from boxing. Graham was Sky’s guest of honour. It was a chance for him to mingle with boxing fans at a fight for the first time in almost a decade in a venue he once called home yet has only visited twice since Ricky Hatton’s win over Kostya Tszyu in June 2005. “It is fantastic,” said Graham. “I’ve had an unbelievable reception. I am overwhelmed by the way the fans have treated me. It’s taken me a couple of rounds to adjust to the velocity of the punches and get a feel for it all again. Don’t forget, it’s the first time I’ve been ringside for a long time."