Moore on the horizon

James Oddy
27/04/2016 12:07pm

York Hall in Bethnal Green has witnessed its fair share of small hall classics. The latest was the 10-round war between Floyd Moore and Ben Day for the southern area lightweight title, which saw Moore (13-6-1, 9 KOs) retain his title. “Straight after [the fight], I wasn’t overly happy,” Moore told Boxing Monthly recently via telephone. “I trained hard. I was ready to go 10 full rounds. But in my head, I thought I was probably going to stop him.” The venue has proved a great base for the 25-year-old Fareham puncher as his career progresses. “York Hall has a great atmosphere. I’ve boxed there five or six times now and won them all by knockout bar one. I lost to Gary Buckland there in Prizefighter which is the only time I’ve lost in London.” There will be a change of scenery, however, for Moore as he is set to box on the undercard of David Haye’s next fight against unbeaten Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on 21 May.

Ibeabuchi vs Tua revisited

Luke G. Williams
26/04/2016 9:08am

Before his recent arrest for alleged probation violation, Nigerian heavyweight Ike Ibeabuchi, who was planning a comeback at the age of 43, was interviewed in-depth by Boxing Monthly. As a follow-on from this interview, Luke G. Williams revisits and recreates the classic Tua-Ibeabuchi contest from 1997 which launched Ibeabuchi into the upper echelons of heavyweight boxing …

Ibeabuchi recalls Tua showdown

Luke G. Williams
24/04/2016 10:28am

Before his recent arrest for alleged probation violation, Nigerian heavyweight Ike Ibeabuchi, who was planning a comeback at the age of 43, was interviewed in-depth by Boxing Monthly’s Luke G. Williams about the legendary fight which made his name, namely his thrilling points victory against David Tua in 1997...

Inside the KiatKreerin Gym

Mark Butcher
23/04/2016 10:59am

Melodic birdsong echoes across the rafters of the KiatKreerin Gym. It’s unbearably hot on this particular Sunday morning in the Bangkok district of Samphanthawong. The shade of the gym roof offers a brief respite from the unrelenting Thai sun and inadequate protection from the passing mosquito that takes two hearty chunks out of my left arm en route to its next mealtime. These premises are home to undefeated IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng, the wily nemesis of so many in the 112lbs division, and residence to a number of aspiring fighters, many like Amnat former prisoners who have turned their lives around under the direction of promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang and his KiatKreerin Promotions banner. The gym is also the workplace of unsung British trainer Rian Munton who is introducing a stable of fighters steeped in the wars of Muay Thai to the finer elements of boxing. “It’s hot. The weight just drops off you. The Thais cope with it because they are acclimatised to it," Munton, 41, told Boxing Monthly in reference to the stifling heat in the gym. “I do a lot of pad work but sometimes I go back to my room and I’ve just had it, I’m shattered. They have a big fan but in way it’s good - it helps the fighters get the weight off.”

Provodnikov ready to rumble again

James Oddy
22/04/2016 10:36am

Ruslan Provodnikov is called the ‘Siberian Rocky’ for a reason. The former WBO super-lightweight champion has an all-action style which has captivated fans around the boxing world, aligned with a cast iron chin. And Provodnikov is back on the title trail with a 11 June showdown with another fan favourite John Molina Jr at the Turning Stone resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Despite his rumbling reputation, Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOS) displayed a slightly more considered style against last opponent Jesus Rodriguez. “Training with Joel [Diaz] has had an effect with me.” Provodnikov told Boxing Monthly via manager and translator Vadim Kornilov. “Any time a fighter changes a trainer there is always a difference, I think that is usual. I made the transition because I needed a change, you never really know for sure if it will be a change for the better or for worse, but we will see in my upcoming fights."

Stockholm prepares for Capital Showdown

Luke G. Williams
21/04/2016 11:16am

On Saturday night, big-time boxing returns to Stockholm with Sauerland Promotion’s stacked card of action at the historic Hovet Arena. Boxing Monthly previews the action. Boxing in Sweden has been in recovery mode since the end of a ban on professional pugilism that lasted 37 long years from 1970 until the beginning of 2007. The sport’s comeback gathers pace on Saturday night when the country’s capital plays host to the most eagerly awaited boxing event in the country since the glory days of Ingemar Johansson and Bo Högberg in the 1960s. The canny Sauerlands have discerned that the Scandinavian country is a marketplace worth expanding their ‘Nordic Fight Night’ series into, and the majority of the Swedish talent on their promotional books will be appearing on Saturday night. “This is our first show in the Swedish capital,” commented Nisse Sauerland when the event was announced. “We plan to make it one to remember.”

Ali on the inside

Paul Zanon
20/04/2016 9:49pm

Maryum, or May May to her close friends and family, is known primarily for one reason – she’s the eldest daughter of ‘The Greatest,’ Muhammad Ali. However, her recent appearance in a reality television show, where she was immersed into the world of incarceration at Clark County Jail, Jeffersonville, Indiana, is where she’s currently gaining an incredible amount of attention. The reality television show is called, The Jail: 60 Days In and she goes under the name of Yasmin, trying to dodge her celebrity or pugilistic connections.