Work, rest and fight

Shaun Brown
25/06/2016 2:34pm

The last time Boxing Monthly spoke to Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) he was working 12-hour shifts as an aircraft electrician, and because of this time with his family was at a premium, and training was starting at a time when most people were asleep. That was April when Doran was preparing for a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC International middleweight title against Luke Keeler at Liverpool's Echo Arena. A rematch of their Prizefighter semi-final bout in 2015 which Doran won en route to a victory in the final against Cello Renda.

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.

The Big Question: Thurman v Porter - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
25/06/2016 10:39am

A world welterweight title fight to get your teeth into. A star in the making (?), a former champion, and the friendship of WBA World champion Keith Thurman and challenger Shawn Porter put to one side for one night. But who wins? Will Thurman deliver in his biggest fight to date? Will Porter batter his way through to becoming a two-time world champion after losing his IBF title to Kell Brook? A fascinating 50-50 match-up. The Boxing Monthly online team give their verdicts on who will emerge victorious.

 

A long way to go

Shaun Brown
25/06/2016 10:11am

The car journey with his son and brother out of the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand was one of mixed emotions for trainer Kevin Barry. He had just seen his still raw, and untested 24-year-old heavyweight Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) go 12 rounds in an IBF world title eliminator against Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs). A 35-year-old French-based Cameroonian heavyweight who has taken his seat in the ‘Who needs him’ club for the last couple of years.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No.21 equal Bob Fitzsimmons

Luke G. Williams
24/06/2016 11:06am

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 second of two men who came joint 21st in my standings – Bob Fitzsimmons.

The Neutral Corner - Episode 44

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
23/06/2016 2:10pm

In this episode of The Neutral Corner, Michael Montero looks back on Joe Smith Jr's upset of the year contender, looks ahead to Joshua v Breazeale, Thurman v Porter, and discusses the Golovkin v Eubank Jr speculation.

Dream turns sour

Paul Zanon
22/06/2016 1:46pm

One moment, Lucas Browne was on top of the world as Australia’s first-ever world heavyweight champion, with huge fights on the horizon. The next moment, Big Daddy Browne found himself at the centre of boxing’s latest drugs controversy. In the blink of an eye, seemingly, Browne went from hero of a heart-warming underdog triumph over Ruslan Chagaev to a fighter defending his good name. The feel-good story soured a matter of hours after Browne spoke to Boxing Monthly on 21 March, just over two weeks after his title win in Russia.

Preacher: British heavyweight scene is mouth-watering

Billy 'The Preacher' Graham
21/06/2016 11:07pm

The British heavyweight scene is big news at the moment and people keep asking me how I see the whole thing playing out. I’m 60 years old, and British heavyweight boxing has never been in better health than it is now. I haven’t really been interested in the world scene since Mike Tyson’s peak years. There have been some good fighters around but it’s never really excited me.

Strictly business

Shaun Brown
20/06/2016 8:53am

For Keith Thurman, a win this Saturday night in Brooklyn over Shawn Porter will be the result of 20 years hard work and dedication after taking up boxing at the age of 7. The 27-year-old already has the WBA World welterweight title, and is one of a handful of men who could fill the void that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have left. Hearing about it and talking about it is wearing thin for Thurman. He wants to separate himself from the pack. He wants to go one better than Kell Brook, for example. The Brit took Porter’s IBF world title from him in 2014 with a majority decision verdict. but just winning isn’t enough for Thurman.

From the archives... Fitzsimmons KOs bear!

Luke G. Williams
18/06/2016 12:02pm

In the first of an irregular series, Luke G. Williams brings you strange episodes from boxing’s rich history which he has uncovered in various newspaper archives... While doing some background reading about Bob Fitzsimmons for my ‘ranking the heavyweights’ series for this website the following item from the New York Herald, as reprinted in the South Wales Daily News in July 1897, caught my eye.

The Neutral Corner - Episode 43

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
16/06/2016 10:06pm

In this episode of The Neutral Corner, Michael Montero talks about the Canelo lawsuit, wins for Lomachenko, Andrade, Molina, new p4p list and more. 

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No.21 equal Max Schmeling

Luke G. Williams
16/06/2016 9:33am

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 first of two men who came joint 21st in my standings – Max Schmeling. Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling is one of only six European-born boxers to become Lineal World Heavyweight Champion. The ‘Black Uhlan of the Rhine’’s career was often overshadowed by politics - seen as a Nazi puppet by many throughout the 1930s, the extent of his secret heroism would later become apparent.