Tso seeks power show

Mark Butcher
18/07/2015 10:55am

World-rated super-flyweight Rex Tso is seeking to unleash new found force after adding a strength and conditioning coach to his arsenal. The crowd-pleasing Tso, who could turn a pillow fight into a war, is rarely in a dull match though a lack of concussive, one punch power could previously have been viewed as a weakness. That may be about to change. “Now I feel more stable and feel the power,” Tso told Boxing Monthly. “Those I spar with comment that they feel a difference. When I first started boxing I hated weight training!"


Eve of the ‘Yang Dynasty’

Mark Butcher
17/07/2015 10:04am

The ‘Yang Dynasty’ may be almost upon us. The wildly entertaining Ik Yang is a fight away from being one of boxing’s unlikeliest world champions and just the second ever from the People’s Republic of China. Only light-hitting Cesar Cuenca stands in his way at the Cotai Arena in Macao on Saturday night. With master trainer Freddie Roach unable to fly due to a longstanding back complaint, the knowledgeable Justin Fortune has stepped into the breach for the most important fight of Yang’s often surreal career. “He’s throwing more combinations. He’s a little more relaxed in the fact that he doesn’t just headhunt all the time,” Fortune told Boxing Monthly. “He’s doing a lot more. I need to not reign [Yang’s eccentricity] in, more control it. I am happy for him to let go whenever he can but it’s more to control the madness. I like that about him. It’s his edge as a fighter. So if he pressures this guy…pressure, pressure, pressure….he should win the fight.”

Arum on Loma-Rigo, Dubai show, Macao and more

Mark Butcher
16/07/2015 9:50am


Promoter Bob Arum has told Boxing Monthly that there is a “good chance” of Vasyl Lomachenko meeting Gulliermo Rigondeaux in a fight that will delight boxing purists. Arum, currently in Macao to promote his ‘Victory At The Venetian’ card headlined by the IBF 140lbs scrap between Ik Yang and Cesar Cuenca, said he should have concrete news after he returns from Asia next week. “There is a good chance of it happening. I’ve got to get back and put everything together, but I’d like to do that fight,” Arum told BM. “I think the Rigondeaux team is all right. I didn’t like Rigondeaux’s style, but I think it meshes good with Lomachenko. It would be a sensational fight."

Donaire eyes Quigg, bright future

Mark Butcher
16/07/2015 6:00am

The future remains bright for the ‘Filipino Flash’. Five-weight champion Nonito Donaire has returned to 122lbs after a testing foray in the featherweight division and looked revitalized in his gym workouts at the Venetian Macao with that vaunted, fight-ending power still in evidence. Donaire’s career achievements make bewildering reading – even to the fighter himself – and defied his early, modest expectations. Five division world champion, Fighter of the Year 2012, 10 consecutive world champions faced in title bouts – the Filipino has never been one to shirk a challenge to reach for the stars. “Even thinking about it now. It still seems impossible. It feels surreal at this moment, even though I’ve lived it,” the cordial Donaire told Boxing Monthly. “I never dreamed in a thousand years I would be this successful in boxing."

Cuenca aims to emulate Mayweather, thwart Yang

Mark Butcher
15/07/2015 11:15am

The similarity between Cesar Rene Cuenca and Floyd Mayweather is not immediately apparent. The bling and gaudy high life of Mayweather’s Las Vegas and the humble San Miguel neighbourhood of Buenos Aires where Cuenca resides might as well be on different planets. Yet despite an obvious gulf in talent and celebrity this most unlikely duo have both mastered the art of winning.

TKO Radio: Hamza, Rudge and The History of CompuBox

TKO Radio
15/07/2015 4:19am

Raza Hamza, a young super-bantamweight with an inspiring story, joins us on this week's podcast to speak about his development as a boxer and also helps preview the super-bantamweight action this weekend in Macao, Manchester and Texas. Boxing writer Callum Rudge joins us to discuss the upcoming David Price-Erken Teper fight, as well as the Frank Warren show in Manchester last weekend. There is also some bonus material. Last year the CompuBox president, Bob Canobbio, discussed the history and development of his punch counting system.

The rising star of Jack Catterall

John MacDonald
13/07/2015 10:40am


The thought of sharing a ring with the best fighter of your generation can be daunting. This was the prospect Jack Catterall faced as he helped Floyd Mayweather Jr prepare for the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ against long-time rival Manny Pacquiao. Rather than feeling overawed, he relished the opportunity to pit his skills against those of the world’s highest paid sportsman. At just 21-years-old Catterall is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in British boxing but he refuses to let the superlatives his recent performances have garnered, go to his head. Instead he’s dedicated to learning his craft and left the Mayweather Boxing Club buoyed by the experience.

Herrera-Lundy ringside recap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
12/07/2015 11:59pm

Highlights of Mauricio Herrera's controversial technical decision victory over Hank Lundy in Los Angeles on 11 July. It was a foul-filled affair, with Lundy head-butting Herrera multiple times and opening several cuts around his eyes. In the fifth round, referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight on the advice of the ring doctor, as skull was being exposed. Two judges scored it 48-47 for Herrera, with a third judge having it a draw at 48-48. Lundy protested the decision, but many felt he gave the fight away. Herrera was down early, but worked his way back into the fight from the third round on.

Herrera-Lundy, Quigley, Diaz Jr weigh-ins

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
11/07/2015 4:56am

Highlights from the weigh-in between Mauricio Herrera and Hank Lundy, who square off in a 10-round junior welterweight bout on 11 July. In the co-feature, lightweights Michael Perez and Luis Sanchez fight in a 10-rounder. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be broadcast on HBO Latino live from the LA Sports Arena. The undercard features rising star Joseph 'Jo Jo' Diaz Jr and Irish sensation Jason Quigley.


Flanagan nears world title destiny

Danny Winterbottom
10/07/2015 1:08pm


Terry Flanagan's gym, housed in an industrial unit on a commercial estate close to Manchester city centre, has posters of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao adorning a wall that overlooks the boxing ring, whilst above a large mirror towards the centre of the gym hangs an ever so slightly dog-eared picture of Flanagan holding the Prizefighter trophy he won almost three years ago. Once the dust has settled on Saturday night’s clash with Jose Zepeda, a new poster showing Flanagan as Manchester’s newly-minted world champion could soon take centre stage. “I can’t wait to get in there now, it’s been a long time coming and I’m ready to go,” said Flanagan ahead of the biggest night of his career. "I’m a little bit nervous. But you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have nerves. I’ve got them under control and now I just want to get going and put on an exciting fight for the fans.”

Reflections of Robinson-Turpin I

Patrick Connor
10/07/2015 12:22pm


Patrick Connor reflects on the 64th anniversary of Randolph Turpin's shock win over the masterful world middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson. 'By round three, Turpin had mussed Robinson's well-combed hair and was having his way inside, where Robinson's tricks often won the day. The sold out crowd of 18,000 spectators watched as Robinson's sly footwork was counteracted by lunging punches when he was pulling away and tight right hands and rabbit punches in close. While both looked to tie up when colliding, Turpin showed his strength and tenacity in keeping his hands moving.'