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A NEW BEGINNING
After writing the last chapter in Tony Bellew’s career, Oleksandr Usyk could be a force to be reckoned with at heavyweight
josh warrington
NEXT LEVEL? NO PROBLEM
Josh Warrington knows Carl Frampton presents the most dangerous challenge of his career, but says he's very confident of coming out on top
james degale
UNFORGIVEN
Like a gunfighter seeking to settle old scores, James DeGale says he’s revitalised and ready to prove it against Chris Eubank Jr and old rival George Groves
british fight of the month dec 2018
BRITISH FIGHT OF THE MONTH
Johnny Garton's blood-spattered victory over Gary Corcoran is reported in World in Action

December 2018

THE FIRST BELL Anthony Yigit and Walter Kautondokwa remind us that many fighters will go beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking punishment

PREACHER’S CORNER It’s not a good feeling when no one thinks you can win, but it makes victory that much sweeter

VIEW FROM NEW YORK Even with Evander Holyfield spearheading operations, Real Deal Promotions was always going to struggle without the benefit of a major financial backer

BIG DADDY BUNCE Why the election of Gafur Rakhimov as the new president of amateur boxing’s main governing body presents a big threat to the sport’s inclusion at the next Olympics

HBO BOXING’S SLOW FADE TO BLACK The TV giant’s exit from the fight game was a gradual but inevitable process, with just the memories left of an amazing 45-year run

A NEW BEGINNING After writing the last chapter in Tony Bellew’s career, Oleksandr Usyk could be a force to be reckoned with at heavyweight

MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Russ Anber is qualified to fill many roles but his main focus is to keep faith with the philosophies of the old-school trainer

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Eternal dreamer Barry Jones won a world title and is now enjoying life in his role as a TV analyst

THE FIGHT’S THE HYPE Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton are top-quality boxers with mutual respect, so their featherweight title fight sells itself

NEXT LEVEL? NO PROBLEM Josh Warrington knows Carl Frampton presents the most dangerous challenge of his career, but he explains why he’s very confident of coming out on top

FILMS THAT PACKED A PUNCH With Creed II hitting cinemas in the US, a film reviewer looks back at 10 of his favourite boxing movies, in reverse order

UNFORGIVEN Like a gunfighter seeking to settle old scores, James DeGale says he’s revitalised and ready to prove it against Chris Eubank Jr and old rival George Groves

A FIGHTING CHANCE Rocky Fielding goes into his world title defence against Canelo Alvarez as a huge underdog, but it might not be a walk in the park for the Mexican superstar at MSG

IN IT TO WIN IT Rocky Fielding knows what’s facing him but says he’ll be looking to shock the world against Canelo

MULTI-FACETED Fast-rising Archie Sharp ticks most of the boxes but says he has another weapon — the power of the mind

MASTER OF HIS CRAFT Sumbu Kalambay was a superb technician and revered in his adopted homeland of Italy, but the former middleweight champion had one flaw that still puzzles him to this day

OBITUARY Tribute to Jamaica’s former British Empire lightweight champion Bunny Grant, who fought in 14 countries and is best remembered in Britain for beating Dave Charnley

TOUGHER THE BETTER Sunny Edwards knows he can rub people up the wrong way but outclassing Ryan Farrag silenced the critics and now the rising star wants fights that can really test him

WORLD IN ACTION Patera, Coyle, Galahad, Prograis, Garton, Cheeseman, Ryder, Taylor, Donaire, and more

RATINGS British and world fighters ranked

CLASSIFIED Boxing’s best marketplace

REVIEW Rocky Marciano, The Brockton Blockbuster by John Jarrett