A Tornado from Scotland - backed by a Cyclone from Ireland - is looking to tear a hole through the British light-welterweight division. Josh Taylor (6-0, 6 KOs), nicknamed “The Tartan Tornado”, has had only six pro bouts (all wins inside two rounds) but the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and his team at Cyclone Promotions are looking to surge ahead in the next 12 months, with titles in mind and a second Cyclone promotion in Scotland planned.
Now that the height of summer is upon us, the attention of the boxing world is inevitably turning to the Rio Olympics. Sweden’s record at previous Olympics is better than you might think – consisting of 11 boxing medals in the history of the modern Games, although no Swedish boxer has ever won gold (the country’s current tally is five bronze and six silver). At Rio the country’s medal hopes will rest solely on the experienced shoulders of 36-year-old female boxer Anna Laurell, the only Swede to have qualified for the Olympics.
On Tuesday, Argentinian former titlist Marcos Maidana announced his resignation from the ring after compiling a 35-5 ledger with an astonishing 31 victories coming by way of knockout. "After a long time out of the rings and after giving it a lot of thinking since my last fight, I've decided to hang up the gloves for good,” Maidana announced via his Facebook account. “Only through a great physical and mental effort can you mix in the ring with the best of the world if winning is your goal. And I always wanted to win. Today I do not feel motivated enough, do not have the fire inside me to intend to climb those mountains again. That is why I announce my retirement."
Women’s boxing won it’s hardest fight at the 2012 Olympics: The fight for acceptance. Initially viewed as something of a novelty by those unacquainted with the sport, the competition debuted at London 2012 and turned out to be one of the great success stories of the Games.
In a new regular column Luke G. Williams rounds up the latest boxing news and views from Sweden … including news of Adrian Granat, Otto Wallin and much more … Swedish heavyweight prospect Adrian Granat (13-0, 12 KOs) is looking to fight again in November or December and is keen to step up the level of his opposition. “I’m in training as always,” the Hamburg-based pugilist tells Boxing Monthly. “Not so much focus on sparring at the moment but I’m doing fitness and conditioning work, my [next] opponent is not finalised yet but I hope I can step up a bit.”
With the 2016 Olympics underway, Boxing Monthly's Asian columnist Marcus Bellinger takes a look at five participants from across the continent who not only have the potential to medal but also would be fantastic editions to the professional ranks.
With a right hook on the button, WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson dominated yet another opponent in Thomas Williams Jr. on Friday, July 29, setting up a showdown with fellow Quebec resident Eleider Alvarez. Alvarez held up his end of the bargain on Friday in Quebec City, beating an over-matched last-minute replacement opponent in Robert Berridge over 10 rounds. Alvarez originally earned the opportunity with his win over Issac Chilemba in November of 2015. He’s expected to meet Stevenson in what should be a big fight for the province of Quebec later this year.
When Boxing Monthly caught up with Kell Brook back in May, the IBF welterweight titlist sounded like a frustrated fighter. At the time, a unification bout with his WBO counterpart from California, Jesse Vargas, had been mooted to take place at his dream venue of Bramall Lane (the home of his beloved Sheffield United) yet there was a sense that Brook craved something bigger. Something huge.
Stuart Hall has surpassed his own expectations, and perhaps even defied logic. Having turned to boxing as a means to bring stability to a life that was in danger of spiralling out of control, he could never have envisaged the glory that the sport would bring him. Despite having achieved success beyond his wildest dreams, Hall’s ambition hasn’t diminished in the slightest and he has a second world title firmly within his sights.