The great outdoors

Graham Houston
19/06/2015 11:29am

The local-rivalry lightweight fight between Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle at Hull’s KC Lightstream Stadium on 1 August is the latest in a long line of British open-air shows. Once, outdoor shows were commonplace as promoters took a chance on the vagaries of the British weather - and holding a fight outdoors in Britain is always going to be a gamble. For instance, when Jack Solomons promoted the lightweight championship fight between formidable champion Ike Williams, from New Jersey, and Ronnie James, of Wales, at Cardiff’s Ninian Park in September 1946, rain fell so heavily that it seemed the show would have to be postponed.

TKO Radio meets Ed Robinson & Kevin McIntyre

TKO Radio
17/06/2015 12:03pm

Ed Robinson from the Sky Sports boxing team joins TKO Radio to preview the Andre Ward-Paul Smith fight, discuss the talking points in the super-middleweight division and also Anthony Joshua’s rapid rise to No.2 in the WBC heavyweight rankings. Is Joshua ready for a title shot now or is it all happening too quickly? Kevin McIntyre won the British welterweight title and retired with a 30-9 record, but rather than sit still and talk himself into a comeback - like many boxers do and normally for the wrong reasons - he decided to become a professional referee. Kevin talks us through the process of becoming the man in the middle. 

Kevin Satchell: Street-fighting man

Danny Winterbottom
15/06/2015 10:40pm

As an undersized youth fighting off unwanted attention from the trouble makers who lurked around every shadowy corner of the housing estate he grew up on, Kevin ‘Iceman’ Satchell could only dream of becoming a multi belt title-holder in the sweet science. One story that Satchell tells brings in to stark reality the dangers of the streets. “I’ve had knives pulled on me,” he told BM. “I wouldn’t mention no names, but I was having trouble with this kid once who had stolen bikes from my brothers. I came around the corner on my bike and I saw him and went to have it with him. He bottled it at first then it was almost as if he suddenly remembered he had a knife and he pulled it out."

What next for Walters?

John A. MacDonald
14/06/2015 8:50pm

Saturday night presented Nicholas Walters, 26-0 (21 KOs), with his moment in the spotlight. The 29-year-old Jamaican rose to prominence last year with stoppage victories over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, the latter earning him the WBA 'Super' world featherweight title. Whilst those performances were impressive, they posed more questions than answers. 

MGM Scotland hits Glasgow

TKO Radio
13/06/2015 11:27am

Many familiar faces from within the Scottish boxing community joined 1,200 enthusiastic fans in Glasgow on Friday night to be a part of the first MGM Scotland boxing show at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre. Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin was also ringside in support of the sister gym to his Marbella base of operations.



Rugged Luis on the rebound

Shawn Smith
12/06/2015 11:57am

It’s almost 10pm on a weeknight and, while most professional fighters in the middle of training camp would be settling down, Tony Luis’ night is just getting started. This is the life of a fighter who hasn’t reached the top of the mountain, one who has a family to fight for and a mortgage to maintain. Luis is just weeks out from his 26 June showdown with Dominican Edward Valdez, which serves as the co-main event on the CBS Sports Network. It’s not the most high profile opponent Luis has faced, but that doesn’t make the bout any less important. A loss would derail his career and remove him from any world title conversations.


TKO Radio: The Good Son, The Hall of Fame, The Debut

TKO Radio
10/06/2015 12:10pm

While Riddick Bowe, Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini and others get ready for their International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions this weekend, Scottish amateur heavyweight champion Ross Henderson makes his pro debut. Writer and host of Top Men Boxing Radio, Patrick Connor, also joins TKO Radio to talk about a potential Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez fight and how that clash may impact upon another huge name in the sport. TKO previews the weekend's Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga and Deontay Wilder-Eric Molina fights. Jesse James Miller, writer and director of the well-received 2013 documentary 'The Good Son' about Ray Mancini's life, also joins TKO to talk about the 2015 Hall Of Fame inductee and his film. 

Prizefighter Tom Doran

John A. MacDonald
09/06/2015 11:14am

Prizefighter is nothing if not unpredictable. In its eight-year run, the eight-man, one night, knockout tournament has provided the viewing public with a raft of surprises. The nature of the format, designed to produce the unexpected, was perhaps the least significant obstacle facing Tom 'Dazzlin' Doran when he entered the 35th instalment of the event, this time at middleweight, in February. The Welshman had only had one six-round contest in the past three years yet had the utmost confidence he would be victorious. “I genuinely believed I was going to win,” Doran told Boxing Monthly.

Felix Verdejo: The next Puerto Rican superstar

John Evans
08/06/2015 10:25am

‘Ser Boricua Es Un Honor’ reads the poster for Felix Verdejo’s upcoming fight with Ivan Najera. ‘To be Puerto Rican is an honour.’ “It means a lot to me. The love and the support they [the Puerto Rican fans] give me is something I want to return to my people and to everybody who supports me out there,” Verdejo told Boxing Monthly ahead of his 13 June fight with Ivan Najera at Madison Square Garden Theater. “It motivates me to work even harder because I don't want to disappoint anyone."

'The Ghost' Guerrero speaks

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/06/2015 7:43pm

Michael Montero interviews multi-weight world champion Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero just minutes after his hard-fought victory over Aron Martinez, which headlined Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions' (PBC) card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Guerrero won a split decision in a tough bout where he had to get off the canvas in the fourth round. 

Guerrero-Martinez PBC Ringside Recap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/06/2015 7:29pm

Highlights, news and views of the Premier Boxing Champion's card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on 6 June. In the main event, former world champ Robert Guerrero won a split decision over Aron Martinez in a tough fight. The card also featured wins by giant, undefeated heavyweight Dominic Breazeale and Argentina's WBA 'regular' featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar.