Swede Science

Luke G. Williams
08/08/2016 10:24am

In a new regular column Luke G. Williams rounds up the latest boxing news and views from Sweden … including news of Adrian Granat, Otto Wallin and much more … Swedish heavyweight prospect Adrian Granat (13-0, 12 KOs) is looking to fight again in November or December and is keen to step up the level of his opposition. “I’m in training as always,” the Hamburg-based pugilist tells Boxing Monthly. “Not so much focus on sparring at the moment but I’m doing fitness and conditioning work, my [next] opponent is not finalised yet but I hope I can step up a bit.”

Asian Boxing Scene: Olympic special

Marcus Bellinger
06/08/2016 9:14am

With the 2016 Olympics underway, Boxing Monthly's Asian columnist Marcus Bellinger takes a look at five participants from across the continent who not only have the potential to medal but also would be fantastic editions to the professional ranks.

Canadian Corner: Stevenson, Alvarez set up fall showdown

Shawn Smith
05/08/2016 5:07am

With a right hook on the button, WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson dominated yet another opponent in Thomas Williams Jr. on Friday, July 29, setting up a showdown with fellow Quebec resident Eleider Alvarez. Alvarez held up his end of the bargain on Friday in Quebec City, beating an over-matched last-minute replacement opponent in Robert Berridge over 10 rounds. Alvarez originally earned the opportunity with his win over Issac Chilemba in November of 2015. He’s expected to meet Stevenson in what should be a big fight for the province of Quebec later this year.

Before Golovkin...

Andrew Harrison
04/08/2016 8:51am


When Boxing Monthly caught up with Kell Brook back in May, the IBF welterweight titlist sounded like a frustrated fighter. At the time, a unification bout with his WBO counterpart from California, Jesse Vargas, had been mooted to take place at his dream venue of Bramall Lane (the home of his beloved Sheffield United) yet there was a sense that Brook craved something bigger. Something huge.

The partying's over

John A. MacDonald
03/08/2016 10:49am


Stuart Hall has surpassed his own expectations, and perhaps even defied logic. Having turned to boxing as a means to bring stability to a life that was in danger of spiralling out of control, he could never have envisaged the glory that the sport would bring him. Despite having achieved success beyond his wildest dreams, Hall’s ambition hasn’t diminished in the slightest and he has a second world title firmly within his sights.

The Red Corner

Danny Wayne Armstrong
02/08/2016 10:03am


A round-up of everything in the ring from the world’s biggest nation. We begin this month’s round-up at the Yekaterinburg Sport Palace, the scene of Sergey Kovalev’s 11 July defense of his WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight belts against slick contender Isaac Chilemba. The fight doubled as the champion’s homecoming, as Kovalev last boxed in his home country in 2011, also in Yekaterinburg.

Olympic dreams: Carlos Balderas

Liam Happe
01/08/2016 1:27pm

With the Rio Games upon us, the world is starting to catch Olympic fever - but teenage boxer Carlos Balderas has had the ‘bug’ since late 2015. It was as early as the winter that Balderas found out he would be a member of Team USA, heading south to Brazil in August. Thanks to the complex nature of qualification for 2016 boxers, the Californian’s card was stamped by virtue of his performances in the World Series of Boxing.

Sublime and devilish

Andrew Harrison
31/07/2016 10:14am

Carl Frampton upset WBA featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night, with a sublime display of boxing that earned him a majority decision via scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111. In truth, the bout was closer than the latter of those cards suggested (Boxing Monthly scored it 116-114, or 6-4-2 in rounds); however, Frampton was a worthy winner in an absorbing affair, one that reaffirmed that when the world’s best fighters are matched together at their optimal weight, boxing, as a spectacle, can be hard to beat.

Bitten off more than he can chew?

James Oddy
30/07/2016 5:33am

It’s been a peculiar 12 months for Belfast’s Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs). Seemingly on the verge of becoming a true crossover star, appearing on UK terrestrial television, he struggled against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on his US debut. His much-hyped showdown with long-time rival Scott Quigg, which followed, didn’t provide the fireworks expected either.

Into the lion's den

Daniel Armstrong
29/07/2016 4:37pm

Brixton is undeniably rich in culture. The hip but tough portion of South London oozes authenticity and vibrant character that runs through to its boxing fraternity, with the likes of heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Danny Williams, having charmed crowds with their roughness and charisma in equal measure. Tomorrow, another Brixton-trained fighter looking to carry on its tradition of shining ring personas: Chris ‘2Slick’ Kongo.