Unfinished business?

Luke G. Williams
20/07/2016 10:36am

Before his April arrest for an alleged probation violation, former top heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi spoke to Boxing Monthly’s Luke G. Williams about his comeback ambitions after over 16 years in prison. With the outcome of his latest legal troubles still pending, Ibeabuchi’s future may be uncertain, but he remains one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in the sport of boxing.

The waiting game

Shaun Brown
18/07/2016 11:05am


Jack Catterall fancies a trip to Leeds. On 30 July to be precise, to take in the British light-welterweight title fight between Tyrone Nurse and Tommy Coyle. Coyle’s name has been memorably associated with the fringes of the lightweight division over the years, thanks to fights against Derry Mathews, Daniel Brizuela and the all-Hull clash with Luke Campbell. The former Central Area and IBF International lightweight belt holder now gets his first crack at a Lonsdale belt, but at 140lbs. 

No avoiding Corcoran

John A. MacDonald
16/07/2016 7:07am

The word you will most often hear associated with Frank Warren’s show at the Ice Arena, Cardiff, tonight, is “avoided”. This is not to say that the paying public have chosen to stay away – a very healthy crowd is expected to turn up for what is a very strong card. The term instead applies to Guillermo Rigondeaux, the Cuban maestro who has a habit of making everything look effortless.

The quiet man making big noises

Daniel Armstrong
16/07/2016 7:06am


Terry Flanagan has never been much of a talker. The Manchester southpaw’s laconic, unassuming manner dictates that he let his fists speak for him rather than embrace the limelight as centre stage. But the fighter nicknamed ‘Turbo’ believes that tonight at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, where he makes the third defence of his WBO lightweight title against South African veteran Mzonke Fana, he can count on something else to make more than enough noise for him: his army of travelling fans.

'Genius' Joe's masterplan

Daniel Armstrong
15/07/2016 2:54pm


Manchester’s jagged inner-city terrain provides the breeding ground of straightforward, straight-talking folk. The heart of the city, built on industrial toil, forms an unforgiving landscape that moulds sharp-tongues that articulate strong intentions, a trait of Mancunian mentality. Levenshulme-raised boxer Joe ‘Genius’ Murray (16-2, 7 KOs) is no different. The Beijing 2008 Olympian has a frank plan to conquer the British lightweight division.

Wilder: Joshua isn't ready for me

Shaun Brown
15/07/2016 8:57am

Deontay Wilder's third defence of his WBC World heavyweight title was supposed to be in Russia against Alexander Povetkin. With the cancellation of that fight now wrapped up in legal proceedings, the champion now has a new foe in Chris Arreola. Wilder spoke to Boxing Monthly about Arreola, Povetkin, Anthony Joshua and the division's number one fighter, Tyson Fury.

Opportunity Knocks

Daniel Armstrong
13/07/2016 3:27pm

“It’s gonna be a buzz to get in there, I can’t wait to put on a show!” Mancunian scrapper John Telford is rightly enthusiastic about his professional debut this Saturday on the joint promoted Red Star Boxing/VIP Boxing ‘Redemption’ bill at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. The venue is a short drive from his house; his friends and family will be in attendance; the bill is topped by Ryan Doyle’s English featherweight title scrap against Ian Bailey and features former Olympian Joe Murray. But more importantly, his fledgling outing in the paid ranks represents vindication of his choice to seriously pursue boxing.

Coldwell getting the right Price

Danny Winterbottom
13/07/2016 11:51am


Dave Coldwell is as equally at home donning a tracksuit in his role as a top flight trainer, as he is wearing an expensive suit as a manager and a promoter. Name a job in the boxing business and Coldwell, a 41-year-old former 1990's flyweight, has probably done it. From fighter to head of boxing at Hayemaker Promotions, and boss of his own promotional company, the Calcutta born Coldwell is currently enjoying a golden spell as a trainer with the McDonnell twins, Jamie (IBF 118lbs champion) and Gavin (WBC Silver 122lbs titlist) as well as WBC 175lbs champion Tony Bellew.

Doyle's War

John Evans
12/07/2016 9:08am

The last sparring session of a training camp is usually met with a mixture of dread and relief. Dread at the thought of pushing an already tired body through a few more rounds of pain, but relief that the final bell will signal that the torturous workload of the previous few weeks is almost at an end. Ten days out from his English featherweight title fight with Ian Bailey, ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle, (12-1-1, 7 KOs), is wrapping his hands ahead of his final 12 rounds of action before the punches fly for real at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Saturday night (16 July).

You wait for two fights to come along then...

Shaun Brown
09/07/2016 6:06am

So there we were waiting for one fight to come along in the shape of either Kell Brook v Jessie Vargas or Gennady Golovkin v Chris Eubank Jr. They were like buses; but we had been hoping for two to come along at once. Instead, a 30-year-old Yorkshireman has found a way for Vargas, the WBO welterweight champion, to be slung off one to Sheffield in the autumn, and Eubank Jr, the British middleweight champion, to be chasing one that is now destined for London on 10 September.