Michael Montero breaks down the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto, which airs live on Showtime PPV on Saturday from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The undercard features bouts between Vanes Martirosyan-Ishe Smith, Badou Jack-George Groves and the Roman Martinez-Orlando Salido rematch.
In the second installment of a two-part interview ahead of the release of his new book, A Man's World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith, author Donald McRae joined TKO Radio to talk about the public reaction following the death of Benny Paret, how Griffith was left to deal with it, and also what it is about boxing that keeps the writer coming back to the sport.
A Man's World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith. Donald McRae interview, Part One. Ahead of the release of his new book, A Man's World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith, award-winning writer Donald McRae joins TKO Radio to talk about the great champion Emile Griffith, and why he decided to write a book about him. This is the first part of a two part interview.
Josh Warrington boxed immaculately to dominate sturdy Joel Brunker before a fervent home crowd at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Saturday night. Warrington (now 22-0, 4 KOs) swept every round against the Australian visitor in retaining his WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles - boxing on the back foot with precise raids that left the more predictable Brunker (28-2, 16 KOs) facing an uphill struggle from the off. Judges Howard Foster, Steve Gray and Ian John-Lewis all scored it in accordance (120-108).
When I caught up with Amir Khan, the Bolton-based boxer was observing Ramadan during a rare British heatwave. Muslims fast during daylight hours for a month - it ended on 17 July when Eid is celebrated across the UK - and despite it being an uncomfortable process the 28-year-old appreciates why it is a core tenet of his faith. “Normally I’d be drinking a lot of water and eating five or six times a day when I’m in training,” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) told Boxing Monthly. “I have been training at midnight instead. You’re thinking about what other people who might be poor or not as fortunate have to go through and you’re showing your support by fasting. It makes you realize that there are people out there who are suffering, so you try to help them by giving to charity and doing what you can."
When Margaret Smith described one son as the most “streetwise” of her four fighting offspring, the matriarch of the Smith family was understating the concerns the family had over their third boy when he got in with the wrong crowd as a youngster. “I was a tearaway,” Liam Smith (20-0-1, 10 early) told Boxing Monthly. “I’d be throwing stones at taxis, getting brought home by the police and thinking it was funny. I was going the wrong way. The others would be in the gym from 4.30 to 7.30, so that kept them busy. I’d come home from school as quick as I could, not have any tea and go straight out on the streets or into town when I got older."
When he stopped former Olympian Thomas Stalker in October 2014, Jack Catterall changed from being a young fighter finding his way as a professional to one of the most talked about prospects in British boxing. Jack has sparred Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Alvarez, but he's not getting carried away. He is only 22 years old and feels his time is best spent in the gym listening and learning. Jack joined TKO Radio to talk about the advantages of turning pro at 19, the British title, and value of confidence.
It’s not every day that you become friends with a boxing legend. Or find yourself sitting in that legend’s house in Pensacola, Florida, receiving fight tips and hearing tales from his glory years. Michael Peart thought that Roy Jones Jr. was winding him up when, at a boxing dinner for the iconic four-weight world champion, Jones told the Londoner to come and see him the next time he was in America. "Okay Roy Jones Jr, if you say so,” was how Peart worded his unspoken reaction.
Few anticipated the remarkable rise of Jamie McDonnell. In five dizzying years, the superbly conditioned bantamweight from Doncaster has won WBA, IBF, British, Commonwealth and European titles and would own the WBO crown, too, had the Puerto Rican organization not stripped its champion Tomoki Kameda shortly before McDonnell outhustled him in Hidalgo, Texas, in May. A high octane fighting style and a steely will to win has propelled McDonnell’s career to unlikely heights though, arguably, he is yet to receive the acknowledgement and accolades his many achievements deserve. “I’ve won absolutely everything,” said WBA bantamweight champion McDonnell, who faces Kameda in a lucrative rematch on 6 September at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I didn’t really know what [the British title] was when I first lost to Chris Edwards [in 2007]. I just knew I was getting a decent bit of money. But it’s ended up being a good story.”
Highlights and analysis of the featherweight bout between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares. The fight was part of a "PBC on ESPN" special, with a passionate crowd of over 13,000 fans packed inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Santa Cruz won by majority decision in a 'Fight Of The Year' candidate.