Forgotten TV stars of British boxing

John Evans
07/11/2015 11:25am

In the early years of this century, the offerings British fight fans had from Sky Sports were very different from what we are used to today. A talented group of under-rated fighters provided our entertainment from boxing's backwaters. Ever wondered where they are now? John Evans tracks down James Hare, Jawaid Khaliq, Adrian Stone and Tony Oakey.

Canadian Corner: Rigondeaux hits Ottawa

Shawn Smith
05/11/2015 11:33am

If you had asked me to name the most unlikely boxer to fight in Canada, I might have said Guillermo Rigondeaux. New Canadian promoter Gilles Morissette has signed Guillermo Rigondeaux to headline his inaugural show in Ottawa on 4 December. Mexican Mario Briones  26-4-2 (19 KOs) has emerged as the likely opponent. James Toney will co-headline the card. Other fighters expected to appear are former IBF 122lbs champion Steve Molitor and lightweight contender Tony Luis.

Latest World and British Ratings (November 2015)

Colin Harris
04/11/2015 11:20am

Boxing Monthly’s World and British rankings for November 2015 are explained by Colin Harris, our in-house ratings statistician. Trainer, fighter, manager and promoter queries are welcome.

Bradley vs Rios: Breakdown and prediction

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
03/11/2015 1:59am

Michael Montero analyses the upcoming welterweight title fight between Timothy 'Desert Storm' Bradley and Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios. The fight headlines an HBO Championship Boxing broadcast live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 7 November. Can Bam Bam break down Bradley?

Fresh start for Provodnikov

James Oddy
02/11/2015 11:07am

Ruslan Provodnikov knows all about struggle. He hails from the geographically isolated town of Beryozovo in Siberia, a place he describes simply as, “Very small, very far, very cold.” Provodnikov is one of the most visible of the Mansi peoples indigenous to Western Siberia, a group he describes as a “minority…only 7,000 of us are left.” His reasons for taking up the sport were similar to many others. “I used to like to fight as a kid so my father took me to a boxing gym, because I could do what I loved and not get in trouble for it,” Provodnikov told Boxing Monthly.

Rees rocks on

Danny Winterbottom
01/11/2015 7:57am

When Gavin Rees called time on his 16-year professional career in May 2014 he did so having won British, European and world honours. He also garnered the respect of both his peers and fans during a thoroughly enjoyable 43-fight ride. Following the blueprint set out by his long-time stablemate Joe Calzaghe, Rees left the sport on his own terms when his body would no longer respond to the rigours of eight-week long training camps. And now 18 months into his retirement, Rees is enjoying life after boxing running his amateur gym, Pantside ABC, and a pub he owns, aptly named ‘The Rock’s Bar’ in the Gwent village of Pant. “I train in the gym five days a week and work in the bar at night,” explained Rees when speaking to Boxing Monthly from his home in the Welsh Valleys. “The pub is on a little estate in Pantside and it’s doing okay. I loved boxing but now I love to train the kids."

Fury on Fury

Terry Dooley
31/10/2015 7:31am

“We are very close, we want the best from each other - Tyson wants the best for me and I want the best for him,” admitted Hughie Fury when discussing his older cousin and their close bond during a conversation with Boxing Monthly. “When I spar, Tyson’s there by the side of the ring watching for mistakes and I do the same for him.”

Farrag ready to storm Europe

Shaun Brown
30/10/2015 11:44am

Ryan Farrag has had to sit and bide his time, but on Friday night - after months of waiting - the biggest fight of his career will take place in Liege. The 27-year-old Liverpudlian leaves behind his English bantamweight title as well as the various six and eight-round learners that have helped shape his career to contest the vacant European 118lbs championship against Stephane Jamoye. The Belgian, who will be fighting in front of home support at the Hall Omnisport de La Prealle, aims to recapture the title he held three years ago. Farrag has no qualms about Liege’s version of a lion’s den. “I’m not going to go in there swinging, but I am going over there to knock him out to be honest,” Farrag predicted.

Pretty Boy Bellew acts the part

Shaun Brown
29/10/2015 1:08pm

Tony Bellew wasn’t having the best of days when Hollywood came calling. The 32-year-old cruiserweight contender had just spent an August evening watching his beloved Everton Football Club suffer a 6-3 home defeat at the hands of Chelsea. Licking his wounds, and with an important training camp on the horizon, Bellew wanted his palette to saviour one last sumptuous takeaway before the challenges of healthy eating started to take its toll. Before journeying home to enjoy a night with his wife, the last thing Bellew needed was someone playing a prank on him about starring in a boxing movie called ‘Creed’ alongside Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan. “I remember it so vividly,” Bellew told Boxing Monthly from his home on Merseyside. “I’d just signed to the [Nathan] Cleverly fight [a rematch from their 2011 duel]. I was on my way home. I’d got into the Indian takeaway and a fella on the phone pops up.” ‘I’m calling on behalf of Sylvester Stallone from MGM studios regarding a movie,’ said the mysterious caller. Bellew’s retort was a little less polite.

The view from Mount Fury

Terry Dooley
27/10/2015 12:07pm

Wladimir Klitschko’s opponents are cowed well before the first bell. The universally recognised heavyweight champion is as ruthless as Floyd Mayweather Jr during the negotiating period, using the build-up to a fight to psychologically diminish his opponent, a tactic that has seen him go without a defeat since losing to Lamon Brewster in 2004 (LTKO5). Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), however, believes that he is the one waging and winning the psychological warfare ahead of his rearranged 28 November fight against the Ukrainian WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title-holder. Despite Deontay Wilder’s recent ascent to the WBC title, there is only one real route to the pinnacle of the heavyweight division, Klitschko. “Britain’s got loads of world champions now, but it doesn’t mean they’re great,” Fury told Boxing Monthly. “Being a world champion and being great is two different things. I want to be involved in great fights, win lose or draw, and, so far, I’ve won all my fights to put myself in this position.”

Montero Drama Show: Golovkin, Ward, double standards & disrespect

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
26/10/2015 7:19pm

LA boxing doyen Michael Montero sounds off on the internet chatter surrounding Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Andre Ward including the lacklustre Golovkin-Lemieux PPV numbers, the GGG AppleWatch TV ad, Ward's opponent refusal by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and more!