The leverage of Cotto

Ben Thomsett
07/06/2015 10:50am

Being champ gives you leverage. This is common knowledge. In last night’s Miguel Cotto vs Daniel Geale showdown for the WBC middleweight title, we found out what that leverage meant and, more importantly, what it shows us of the future. From the start of the bout, Cotto showed us that working with Freddie Roach had sharpened him up and given him some discipline. He was tight, focused, compact and landed some great left hooks to Geale's body. Geale seemed to be caught between plans, never seeming settled despite trying to take the fight to the Puerto Rican. "Don't give him momentum," Roach said at the end of the first round. "Don't let him come to you." 

Luke Campbell: Will to succeed

Andrew Harrison
06/06/2015 10:50am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8olv2DAgxtY

Perhaps no other anecdote personifies Luke Campbell better than the one he shares about his fledgling amateur career, when as a self-confessed ‘little fatty’ fuelled on crisp sandwiches and fizzy pop, he was repeatedly thrown to the wolves by a trainer who told him: ‘I’ve always got a towel I can throw in’. Despite losing seven of those first ten fights, Campbell refused to be disheartened. He went on to become surely the most decorated amateur in British boxing history. “That is my talent,” he offered over coffee in a hotel bar situated within a workaday retail park in Hessle, along the north bank of the Humber Estuary. “My talent is being dedicated. It’s my will to be better than I was yesterday.” As if to illustrate the point, the unbeaten lightweight met with Boxing Monthly just days prior to jetting off to train alongside Cuban super-bantamweight marvel Guillermo Rigondeaux in Miami. 

Crolla on the comeback

Danny Winterbottom
05/06/2015 10:10am

Instead of helping his girlfriend Fran Sanderson with final Christmas preparations, as he looked forward to a world title challenge on 23 January, Anthony Crolla lay in a hospital bed nursing a fractured skull and a badly broken ankle after a neighbourly deed turned sour. He gazed at his body, usually in prime physical condition after months spent in trainer Joe Gallagher’s gym but now wired to machines that monitored his vital signs on a ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital, and wondered if he would ever lace on a pair of gloves again. In fact, he was lucky to be alive.

Latest World and British Ratings (June 2015)

Colin Harris
04/06/2015 1:55am

Boxing Monthly’s World and British rankings for June 2015 are explained by Colin Harris, our in-house ratings statistician. Trainer, fighter, manager and promoter queries are welcome.

 

Kieran Farrell: The fighter remains

Declan Taylor
03/06/2015 10:25am

On 11th July, Terry Flanagan will box for the WBO lightweight title a short walk from his home in Manchester. A week later, just across the famous fighting city, Anthony Crolla takes on Darleys Perez for the WBA's title in the same 9st 9lbs division. Meanwhile, around nine miles further north in the small town of Heywood, a 24-year-old intrinsically linked to both men continues his boxing career in a very different fashion.

“You see Terry,” says Kieran Farrell, leaning back on a chair in the reception of his community gym. “He's the same kid as me. And Crolla? Well, we all know what happened there.”

 

The Roman who conquers all

Mark Butcher
02/06/2015 8:48am

As a small child in Managua, Roman Gonzalez used to throw a makeshift punch bag over a branch of a guayaba tree to hone his natural, god-given talents under the unforgiving gaze of the Nicaraguan sun. That unassuming young boy would grow from modest beginnings into one of the outstanding fighters in world boxing with a list of achievements that make staggering reading. 

 

Reflections on Rule Britannia

Mark Butcher
01/06/2015 8:20pm

Boxing Monthly’s team reflects on the repercussions and key moments at Eddie Hearn’s ‘Rule Britannia’ promotion at the O2 Arena where Lee Selby, Kell Brook, Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Joshua sparked a number of talking points. Is Mitchell still a player at world level? What does the future hold for Brook? Is heavyweight hope Joshua being moved fast enough? And what is the true potential of Welsh wizard Selby?

TKO Radio talks MGM Scotland and 'Rule Britannia'

TKO Radio
01/06/2015 12:34pm

Promoter and trainer Sam Kynoch boxed then became a corporate lawyer, but left that behind to focus 100% on boxing. He now heads up MGM Scotland and joins TKO Radio to discuss the partnership with Matt Macklin's Marbella gym. Boxing writer Shaun Brown takes us through a busy weekend with Eddie Hearn's 'Rule Britannia' show in London, Amir Khan-Chris Algieri in Brooklyn and a few thoughts on Carl Frampton's surprise new alliance with Al Haymon.

Selby, Joshua, Brook post-fight quotes

Mark Butcher
31/05/2015 4:08am

On a night of thrills and heartbreak at the O2 Arena, world title dreams were realized (Lee Selby) and dashed (Kevin Mitchell and Frankie Gavin) while the Anthony Joshua juggernaut rolled on impressively with a two-round blowout of Kevin Johnson. Kell Brook also cemented his claim as one of the best welterweights in the world with a composed and controlled performance. Boxing Monthly and the media talked to some of the protagonists after the dust had settled.

Khan fails to grace the stage

Callum Rudge
30/05/2015 1:46pm

The stage was set for Amir Khan. New York City in a big arena on a Friday night, a cable TV network [Spike] that reaches millions of U.S. viewers and an opponent who was there to make him look good in Chris Algieri but, even though Khan was celebrating at the end of the night, the feeling was that the party was missing something.

 

The renaissance of Ross Burkinshaw

Terry Dooley
30/05/2015 12:35am

Ross 'The Boss' Burkinshaw struggled badly between 2010 and 2013, a run of three consecutive defeats (Craig Lyon RTD 5 in 2010, Michael Ramabeletsa by fifth-round TKO in 2012 and a second round defeat to Gavin McDonnell in 2013) coupled with debilitating injury problems to his knees and shoulder in 2011 meant that he was in and out of hospital more often than he was in and out the ring. The 28-year-old has since won the Commonwealth (now relinquished) and WBO European bantamweight titles thanks to wins over Jason Cunningham (W SD 12 in September and Benjamin Smoes TKO 1 in February). He is unbeaten in his last five. Dennis Hobson, his promoter, is working on a world title eliminator -  things couldn’t be better for the 14-5-2 (8) contender. A huge turnaround from those dark days.