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

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

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).

Frontline Diary: Reflections on Bad Intentions

Mark Butcher
14/12/2015 12:59pm

At times, the hype for Saturday’s ‘Bad Intentions’ pay-per-view promotion reached dizzying levels yet, when the dust had settled on a night of breathless action, the O2 Arena show somehow managed to exceed pre-fight expectation and we were left to reflect on British boxing’s card of the year. ‘Bad Intentions’ had just about everything and intriguingly illustrated that heavyweight juggernaut Anthony Joshua is human after all.

Frontline Diary: Benbecula to Belfast

John A. MacDonald
26/11/2015 4:36pm

If I were to say Cyclone Promotions to you, there is a very real chance your mind would instantly jump to Carl Frampton. It’s understandable as the promotional outfit have played pivotal roles in securing ‘The Jackal’ his world title shot against IBF super bantamweight champion - Kiko Martinez, having his first defence against Chris Avalos broadcast on terrestrial television, teaming up with influential advisor Al Haymon to allow Frampton to make his U.S debut and - along with Matchroom Sport - they finalised a unification with domestic rival Scott Quigg. Fighter and promoter have become synonymous with each other.