January 2020 - Volume 31 number 9

anthony joshua


Anthony Joshua fought safe and smart to regain his world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia
dennis mccann


Who will come through in 2020? We profile 30 rising stars who could make the headlines in the coming year
souleymane cissokho


Hard work and humility are driving French world title hope Souleymane Cissokho to the top. We meet him

Issue Contents

THE FIRST BELL Solutions to the problem of fighters missing weight at day-before weigh-ins

PREACHER’S CORNER Why look back to yesteryear when there are so many great fights to savour right now?

VIEW FROM NEW YORK Ex-fighter Robert Mladinich packs a real punch as an author and film actor

BIG DADDY BUNCE Bernard Hopkins, who once got cold feet in London, is warmly welcomed by IBHOF

HEAVYWEIGHTS: WHERE WE ARE NOW The current crop may not rank with past legends but they’re good enough to get our attention

TALENT SPOTTER Amateur star Tom Stalker didn’t quite cut it as a pro but is now riding high as MTK’s global scout

ONES TO WATCH We profile 30 rising fighters at home and abroad who could be making headlines in 2020

FLYING THE NEST Cruiserweight Jordan Thompson has left home comforts behind in a bid to kick-start his career

A FRESH START Danny Egbunike says he has much more to give as he eyes further title chances at 140lbs

CROSSWORD Test your knowledge on the magnificent middles in our traditional new year brain-teaser

TRAGEDY OF BRITAIN’S FIRST BLACK CHAMPION The story of Andrew Jeptha, the first black fighter to be called “Champion of Britain”.

BIG FIGHT SPOTLIGHT A slimmed-down Anthony Joshua played it safe to regain his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr

THE THINGS THEY SAID Our annual round-up of boxing’s best quotes from the past 12 months

THE QUIET STORM Humility and a strong work ethic are driving French hopeful Souleymane Cissokho to the top

BRITISH BEAT Omar Dusary came to Britain at 12 and still fights to support his family in Kuwait

WORLD IN ACTION Casimero, Dilmaghani, Figueroa, Frampton, Lemieux, McGregor, Smith, Wilder and more

RATINGS British and world fighters ranked

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REVIEW The Fighting Jew: The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, by Wynn Wheldon