Ice-cold Kovalev

Paul Zanon
03/06/2016 4:58pm

We are all products of our environment, so the saying goes. In boxing, the merits of that expression are more relevant as many boxers emerge from environments where fighting is part of their existence. A person's future is often moulded by where they are raised.  Born in 1983, Sergey Kovalev grew up in the industrial town of Kopeysk in south-east Russia and before he was a teenager he had started to get a taste for fighting. by the early 90’s had started to get a taste for fighting.

The art of war

Mark Butcher
01/06/2016 12:29pm

Few fighters embody the spirit of the Mexican warrior more than Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido. Chanelling his inner Aztec, the battle-grizzled 60-fight veteran has been fiercely campaigning at world title level for a war hungry eleven-and-a-half years and grafted as a pro for an astonishing two decades. Yet the four-time world champion is showing no signs of slowing down ahead of his highly anticipated, all-Mexican clash against WBC 130lbs title-holder Francisco Vargas at the StubHub Center in California this Saturday night (4 June).

Below The Belt - Episode 5

Below The Belt
31/05/2016 12:41pm

The BTB team break down the Haye/Briggs show at The O2, discuss the fall-out from Canelo vs Khan and the future for both fighters. They drop knowledge on sanctioning bodies, discuss Povetkin's failed drug test and the potential sanctions to follow and much more. 


Below The Belt - Episode 5

Below The Belt
31/05/2016 11:52am

Welcome to Episode 5 of Below The Belt. The BTB team break down the potential Haye-Briggs show at The O2, discuss the fall out from Canelo vs Khan and the future of both. We drop knowledge on sanctioning bodies. We also discuss Alexander Povetkin's failed drug test and the potential sanctions following it. We also talk drugs in boxing and people's response to it. We heap praise upon Anthony Crolla but bash the May 7 undercard, talk about the other leading lightweights and much more.

Sunny side

Shaun Brown
30/05/2016 9:35am

After eating chopped pork on toast at Billy Nelson’s house I was off to watch Ricky Burns spar John Simpson. It was May 2009 and Nelson’s Fighting Scot’s Gym had been open for two years thanks to the graft and finance of Nelson who was also trainer to the ‘Rickster’ at the time. Decked out in modern equipment there was also memories of Scott Harrison’s illustrious career on the wall before things spiralled out of control.

Been there, done that

Shaun Brown
27/05/2016 11:09pm

Tony Bellew likes to talk about Everton Football Club. He started supporting them when he was a kid as an act of rebellion toward his father who was a Liverpool fan – city rivals to Everton. Bellew, nicknamed ‘Bomber’, loves Everton and loves football. He would rather be playing for The Toffees than in a boxing ring with an opponent looking to knock him out. “I say to people do you think I enjoy getting punched in the face? At the end of the day you’ve got ten men backing you up when you walk on a pitch."

Ham ready to eat up the pressure

Shaun Brown
27/05/2016 1:57pm

The night before travelling to India for the Commonwealth Games in September 2010 Joe Ham (7-0, 5 KOs) was inside Glasgow's Kelvin Hall. The Kelvin Hall is a venue steeped in Scottish boxing folklore. One that staged Jim Watt’s victory over Alfredo Pitalua to win the vacant WBC World lightweight title in 1979. It is a cauldron of noise that helped Ricky Burns to his first world title, a bout that will live long in the memory after Burns’ overcame what looked like the impossible, to take down the big punching Puerto Rican Roman Martinez after a horrendous first round.

Benson aiming to light up the competition

Shaun Brown
26/05/2016 9:57am

A Ricky Burns fight week always brings the same questions. Who will take over from him once he retires? Who and where is the next star to come out from Scotland? How long will it be before boxing returns to Scotland if Ricky gets beat? And so on, and so on. The 2014 Commonwealth Games Scottish boxing team has proved to be a welcome talent pool for Scottish boxing which are aiming to answer those questions in due course.

The Big Question: What do you think of David Haye's comeback so far?

Boxing Monthly
25/05/2016 11:17am

Two fights and two wins but David Haye's return to boxing hasn't been met with balloons and banners. Despite packing out The O2 Arena in London and fighting on free-to-air television the knives are out after less than three rounds of action against the heavily over-matched Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj. Is Haye's comeback littered with good intentions or is it simply a money-making exercise before cashing out against an Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury. We asked the Boxing Monthly online team what they thought of the former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion's comeback so far.