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canelo vs jacobs

Whether or not he defeats Danny Jacobs, Canelo Alvarez is giving fans what they want by facing the most formidable opponents out there
thomas patrick ward

North East aficionados have known for years that Thomas Patrick Ward was something special. Now he’s arrived on the world stage and aiming high
nordine oubaali

After two Olympic disappointments, France’s Nordine Oubaali wasn’t going to let anything stop him from winning a pro world title
WIA joe joyce

British heavyweight Joe Joyce passed his biggest test to date against former world champ Bermane Stiverne. See this month's World In Action.

April 2019

THE FIRST BELL In the modern age, it’s unbelievable that a fight such as Kriel vs Licona went unseen

PREACHER’S CORNER It’s not just older fighters who are at risk of overdoing things in training

VIEW FROM NEW YORK As George Foreman mourns a tragic loss, one’s mind goes back to happier times and magical moments for the former champion

BIG DADDY BUNCE What goes on in sparring behind closed doors should remain private, not boasted about

ALL CHALLENGES ACCEPTED Whether or not he defeats Danny Jacobs, Canelo Alvarez is giving fans what they want by facing the best opponents out there

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: HIGH Amir Khan’s fight-anyone mentality is commendable but the masterful Terence Crawford looks to have too much of everything

MOVING ON UP Beating James DeGale doesn’t necessarily make Chris Eubank Jr elite level, but it was a performance that showed promise for the future

HAPPY TO BE THE B SIDE Tony Harrison upset the odds to become WBC 154lbs champ but says he’s been the underdog all his life and loves it – it makes success that much sweeter

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE Dave Allen isn’t just a game opponent any more. He’s on a KO run and promises to make the most of his big-fight opportunity against Lucas Browne

THE SECRET’S OUT North East aficionados have known for years that Thomas Patrick Ward was something special, but now he’s arrived on the world stage and aiming high

HEART OF A CHAMPION Teresa Tapia, widow of Johnny, tells of the “wild and crazy ride” with the fighter who won world titles at three weights but whose life was plagued by personal demons

BIG GAME HUNTER Modestly sized heavyweight Michael Hunter talks about his daunting path through the land of the giants, and why he’s doing it for his dad

GREAT CHAMP HAD IT ALL Long-reigning featherweight champ Eusebio Pedroza, who has died in his 60s, had superb skills but was capable of tough infighting if necessary

CARDIFF’S CINDERELLA MAN Steve Robinson, who won the world title at 48 hours’ notice and made seven succcessful defences, talks about his against-the-odds journey

GETTING BACK UP Menay Edwards, who experienced the dangerous side of boxing, credits a passion for fitness for his full recovery and says he’s on a mission to bring the benefits of boxing training into the fitness world

LOSING WASN’T AN OPTION After two Olympic disappointments, France’s Nordine Oubaali wasn’t going to let anything stop him winning a pro world title

KEEPING IT REAL You won’t hear any boasting from South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane, who is quick to give family and mentors much of the credit for his success

BRITISH BEAT Light-heavyweight prospect Andre Sterling has vowed never to crumble under pressure and underlined the point by getting off the floor to beat Ricky Summers

WORLD IN ACTION Bivol, Dubois, Gill, Jenkins, Joyce, Porter, Ramos, Williams, Yarde and more

RATINGS British and world fighters ranked

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REVIEWS Fighters from the East End – Aldgate, Stepney and Whitechapel, by Bob Lonkhurst