January 2017 - Volume 28 number 9

Josh Taylor and Barry McGuigan

On the way up

Josh Taylor is one of our picks to make a big breakthrough in 2017 (pages 8-12) while his promoter Barry McGuigan discusses the state of boxing as part of a panel of insiders (pages 14-19)
Kovalev hits Ward

Big fight spotlight

One questionably scored round in the Ward vs Kovalev fight played a crucial part in the controversial decision
Ali Frazer Manilla

My 12 most memorable

Veteran boxing scribe Colin Hart relives a dramatic dozen fights
Liam Walsh

British Beat

Liam Walsh isn’t one for sounding off, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t disappointed at his world title bid being delayed

Issue Contents

THE FIRST BELL When judging a fight it's often a matter of perspective, TV or ringside

PREACHER'S CORNER James DeGale vs Callum Smith is a fight Billy Graham would love to see

VIEW FROM NEW YORK Controversial maybe, but Ward vs Kovalev was a good result for boxing

BIG DADDY BUNCE A good place to start. Serial losers who have taken on many debutants

ONES TO WATCH The fighters most likely to emerge from boxing's talent pool and make a big breakthrough in 2017

THE INQUEST As one year ends and another begins Joe Gallagher, Barry McGuigan and Nathan Cleverly gather to chew over some questions put to them by editor Graham Houston

BIG FIGHT SPOTLIGHT One questionably scored round in the Ward vs Kovalev fight played a crucial part in the controversial decision

MAN WITH A PLAN Carl Frampton has it all worked out, from the tactics he'll use in the Leo Santa Cruz rematch to his future in boxing

SIMPLY SHANE First came the cynics, then the backslappers, but all that concerns trainer Shane McGuigan is getting the best out of the growing band of fighters in his stable

TWO FOR THE ROAD Both James DeGale and Carl Frampton are fighting on foreign soil, but each possesses the stuff to make it a British double

MY 12 MOST MEMORABLE Veteran boxing scribe Colin Hart relives a dramatic dozen fights

XMAS CROSSWORD The return of our annual test of boxing knowledge and puzzling skill

BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN A round-up of the most memorable quotes from the boxing year

OBITUARY London-born Alex Stewart will be remembered for a gutsy performance in which he pushed George Foreman to the very limit

Broadcasting Frank Warren's BT deal strengthens his hand in the TV arena

BRITISH BEAT Liam Walsh isn't one for sounding off, but that doesn't mean he isn't disappointed at his world title bid being delayed

WORLD IN ACTION Jamie McDonnell, George Groves, Marco Huck, Jason Sosa, Darleys Perez, Terry Flanagan, Martin J. Ward, Vasyl Lomachenko

REVIEW Mooresy: The fighter's fighter. Jamie Moore was involved in some memorable fights and survived a shooting

BRITISH AND WORLD RATINGS