January 2019 - Volume 30 number 9

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Canelo Alvarez

Exciting options await Canelo Alvarez, who reached a new plateau in his destruction of Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden
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Francesco Patera

Belgian Francesco Patera says mental strength and perfect preparation were key factors in upsetting Lewis Ritson away from home
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Keith Thurman

Keith Thurman has seen the welterweight landscape change in his absence but now he's back to reclaim his throne

Issue Contents

THE FIRST BELL The tragic plight of Adonis Stevenson offers another reminder that the sport can never be completely safe

PREACHER’S CORNER There’s a lot to like about Anthony Yarde but now the time has come to find out what he’s got inside him

VIEW FROM NEW YORK A Fury vs Wilder rematch, with a trilogy hinted, could tie the rivals up until 2020 and keep Anthony Joshua waiting for his chance to prove who’s the best

BIG DADDY BUNCE The Fury vs Wilder fight in Los Angeles brought back memories of the city’s rich ring history

THE TOUGHEST FOE Manny Pacquiao sees Adrian Broner as a route to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather but at 40 time could be his hardest opponent

TIPS FOR THE TOP We pick 20 rising fighters most likely to break through in 2019, 10 from home and 10 from abroad

ROMANCE OF THE ROMANZA Inside the famous Mexican gym where Nacho Beristain is building champions to follow in the footsteps of legends past

THE NEXT EPISODE Keith Thurman has seen the welterweight landscape change in his absence but now he’s back to reclaim his throne

LET’S DO IT AGAIN Tyson Fury rose to the occasion against Deontay Wilder but after their controversial draw boxing needs a rematch to settle all arguments

WOW FACTOR Exciting options await Canelo Alvarez, who reached a new plateau in his destruction of Rocky Fielding at MSG

ONE-PUNCH BANGER Wayne Alexander didn’t always live the life of a fighter but when he hit the other man right it was usually over

NEW YEAR’S CROSSWORD Our traditional giant word puzzle focuses this year on the super middleweights — and you’ll do well to complete it

OBITUARY Bunny Sterling made ring history in Britain but his abilities were largely under-appreciated at home

ROLLER-COASTER RIDE Glenn McCrory, the North East’s first world champ, a former Mike Tyson sparmate and later a TV analyst, shares his memories of an up-and-down career

PRETTY AMAZING The remarkable story of Jerwin Ancajas, who rose from the toughest of upbringings to become a world champion

THE THINGS THEY SAY A round-up of the best quotes of 2018, with the usual suspects having their say

MOTIVATING FORCE The birth of his daughter saw a new, focused attitude in Shakan Pitters, winner of the Ultimate Boxxer II tournament

READY FOR ANYTHING Belgian Francesco Pantera says mental strength and perfect preparation were key factors in upsetting Lewis Ritson away from home

BELGIAN BATTLERS A distinguished list of champions and colourful fighters have hailed from a country with a population of just 11 million

BRITISH BEAT Anthony Crolla approaches what could be his final year as a fighter with a daunting challenge against Vasiliy Lomachenko in the offing

WORLD IN ACTION Lejarraga, Yafai, Bivol, Horn, Navarrete, Hurd, Brook, Lomachenko and more

RATINGS British and world fighters ranked

CLASSIFIED Boxing’s best marketplace

REVIEW John Exshaw’s verdict on Creed II, the latest instalment in the long-running Rocky series