Frontline Diary: 'Question De Honor'

Chris Williamson
04/12/2016 6:33pm

Chris Williamson brings Boxing Monthly a fascinating Frontline Diary from Panama, including observations and insights on plastic surgery, the local boxing scene and the upcoming Luis Concepcion vs Khalid Yafai bout ...

Frontline Diary: 'Ye Buck Eejit'

Andrew Harrison
11/11/2016 10:18am

Andrew Harrison on all the goings-on in and out of the ring in Belfast as Paddy Barnes makes his pro debut, Jamie Conlan edges towards a world title eliminator and Carl Frampton proves a class act at ringside ...

Frontline Diary: Blue and Green should be seen

Chris Williamson
22/10/2016 7:45am

Chris Williamson on all the goings-on ringside as Tony Bellew wins and talks about his nerves and love for Everton. Meanwhile, Z-Cars, The Greatest Boxing Ringwalk Songs two-CD set and the Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Dallas are also the subject of discussion on a heady night in Liverpool.

Frontline Diary: Slings in Harrow

Chris Williamson
15/10/2016 8:41am

Chris Williamson reflects on all the goings-on at the Harrow Leisure centre as Liam Walsh headlines, a ring card girl calls in sick and Boxnation celebrates 300 live shows and five years in operation ...

Frontline Diary: 'Let's go, Richard, let's go!'

Luke G. Williams
09/10/2016 7:33am

In a Frontline Diary with a difference Luke G. Williams and Year 9 students Francis and Eroms report from ringside at York Hall, as nine pupils from Sacred Heart school in Camberwell experience live boxing for the first time.

Frontline Diary: When Rigondeaux came to Cardiff

Chris Williamson
25/07/2016 5:05am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Ox8PAJyIc

There's a long and proud history of Welshmen appreciating lighter weight boxers in their capital city. "Peerless" Jim Driscoll was the first ever British featherweight champion, claiming the inaugural title by stopping Jack Roberts in the seventh of a scheduled 15 rounds 110 years ago at the National Sporting Club in London. A Cardiff legend, Driscoll's name is immortalised in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and a statue was erected 20 years ago in the city centre, where Driscoll's likeness stands calm and proudly with his livelihood, his hands, linked behind his back and gently pressed against his boxing shorts.

Frontline Diary: I went to be a part of it...

John Evans
14/06/2016 5:52am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqn7Mi2DLtA

The novelty of visiting New York during fight week will never wear off for me. Last week I ventured to the United States to see Vasyl Lomachenko take on Roman Martinez and Felix Verdejo face Juan Martin Martinez. Rather than spending all of my time eating, drinking, roaming around, and mixing with the regulars in Jimmy’s Corner like usual, I decided to combine those staples with some actual work.

Frontline Diary: The Warrior Returns

James Oddy
19/04/2016 7:12pm

One of the most endearing tropes of boxing is the hometown ticket-seller and, on Saturday, one of British boxing’s biggest Josh Warrington made his return. The featherweight loiner (native of Leeds) doesn’t seem a likely ticket-seller at first glance. At a smaller weight and without knockout power, with a style built around intelligent industry, he could have been one of the many enjoyable to watch boxers who get lost in the shuffle. However, an engaging and humble personality - alongside the opening of Leeds’ first and long overdue arena - have catapulted him to the status of the ‘next Ricky Hatton’. Like Hatton, his fan base is boisterous, intimidating and, in some parts, alcohol fuelled. It was fascinating to imagine what Japan's Hisashi Amagasa, Warrington’s opponent, made of it all.

Frontline Diary: Rumble on the Wear

Andrew Harrison
08/03/2016 11:44am

West Rainton’s Tommy Ward impressed in Tyne & Wear this past weekend. Ward (17-0, 1 KO) comprehensively outboxed the ever-game Robbie Turley (16-6, 3 KOs) of Wales, Saturday, at Rainton Meadows Arena to clinch this 10-round final eliminator for the British super-bantamweight title via scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 96-94. The last of those cards (turned in by Graeme Williams) made absolutely no sense whatsoever – especially considering that Turley’s strong-arm tactics had seen him lose a point in round 7 for holding and hitting (Boxing Monthly scored it 99-90 in Ward’s favour).