Selby and America gel nicely

Shaun Brown
13/10/2015 5:33pm

It has been a more than successful year for British fighters in America. Jamie McDonnell, Carl Frampton, Amir Khan and James DeGale have memorably covered a small portion of the Star Spangled Banner with a little bit of Union Jack in 2015. Lee Selby, the IBF world featherweight champion, makes his stateside debut when he defends his newly acquired strap for the first time against Fernando Montiel on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in the US. The 28-year-old was in a super confident mood when Boxing Monthly spoke to him last week. “It’s really exciting and I’m just looking forward to it. Hopefully, I can put on a show for the fans and they’ll enjoy my style and they’ll support me,” said Selby.


Artist Thompson feels at home

Shaun Brown
10/10/2015 7:52am

John Thompson will have his own group of British supporters on Saturday night in Manchester. The New Jersey man takes on Liverpool’s Liam Smith (20-0-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO 154lbs title after the sanctioning body stripped champion Demetrius Andrade for failing to defend the belt. Thompson, 26, is the underdog and an unknown quantity yet there will be some voices who will be cheering the American on inside the Manchester Arena come fight night. “I have family in Scotland in Edinburgh and they’re coming to the fight,” Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) revealed to Boxing Monthly.

The crown fits DeGale

Mark Butcher
09/10/2015 4:43pm

The crown fits James DeGale nicely. There is something of an aura about the IBF super-middleweight king these days. A world title earned on the road against elite opposition has a tendency of transforming a fighter. On a heady May afternoon in Boston, DeGale floored gifted Andre Dirrell twice en route to a title that appeared a world away two years ago when he was headlining leisure centre shows in boxing’s backwaters. A promotional switch to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organization and crucial alliance with boxing’s kingmaker Al Haymon altered everything and now DeGale sits atop the throne with old rival George Groves looking up and British 168lbs stalwart Carl Froch happily retired. “A couple of years ago I went through a bad stage, a dark stage,” DeGale told Boxing Monthly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday. “But I’ve got a good team, a good family and obviously I’m talented, I’m skilled, I’m strong-minded and I came back."

In conversation with undefeated heavyweight Gerald Washington

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
09/10/2015 4:40pm

Undefeated American heavyweight Gerald 'El Gallo Negro' Washington (16-0, 11 KOs) and his trainer John Pullman talk about their upcoming bout with Amir Mansour on Tuesday on Fox Sports 1, thoughts about the PBC, the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and more!

Ryder on the comeback trail

Shaun Brown
09/10/2015 7:37am

It has been an indifferent few years for Islington southpaw John Ryder. “It’s a learning curve. I wouldn’t make the same mistakes again,” Ryder told Boxing Monthly when discussing his British middleweight title loss to Nick Blackwell in May. “I watched the stoppage just to see how bad it was and then I went back and watched the whole fight and I felt the stoppage was a bit weird."

Flanagan primed for Magdaleno

Danny Winterbottom
08/10/2015 8:39am

This Saturday night at Manchester Arena, 26-year-old Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his WBO lightweight title against dangerous American Diego Magdaleno in a contest that promises to reveal the true potential that lies within the gloved fists of the Mancunian southpaw. "I'm fully focused on winning this fight," Flanagan told BM. "I’ve seen tapes of him and he looks like a good fighter, short and strong. But we know what to expect from him. He’s fought outside of America once and he lost [SD12 Roman Martinez, in a WBO 130lbs title tilt at the Cotai Arena, Macao]. It’s going to be a tough fight for us both, but one that I’m confident of winning and winning well. I don’t know why but I feel as though I’m going stop him late in the fight.”

TKO Radio: Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story

TKO Radio
07/10/2015 10:28am

Jerome Wilson fought his final professional boxing match on 12 September, 2014. The welterweight was seriously injured during that fight, suffering a subdural haematoma and spent 10 days in a coma. Fortunately, he came to, but then had to try to make sense of what had happened while attempting to get his life back together. Jerome started writing his thoughts down. One thing led to another and he eventually met writer Mark Turley. 'Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story' was published last month and has received rave reviews. Jerome and Mark were both kind enough to speak with us.

Canadian Corner: Bute, Lemieux and Toney, too

Shawn Smith
05/10/2015 7:49am

Although it’s been a few months since Canada hosted a major show of its own (sorry Adonis Stevenson, but that abomination against Tommy Karpency doesn’t count), the calendar picks up as autumn approaches. The fight between Lucian Bute and England’s IBF 168lbs champion James DeGale has finally been confirmed. It was originally expected for 31 October, then 14 November, but finally fell on 28 November at the Videotron Centre in Quebec.

Matthysse-Postol ringside recap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
04/10/2015 11:21am

Review, analysis and highlights of Victor Postol's 10th round upset knockout win over Lucas Matthysse. The Ukrainian won the vacant WBC 140lbs title over the vaunted Argentina power-puncher. In the co-feature, undefeated junior welter hope Antonio Orozco scored a unanimous decision over the seasoned Humberto Soto. Another great night of boxing at the StubHub Center in greater Los Angeles.

Sam Eggington: Accidental champion

John A. MacDonald
03/10/2015 11:19am

At just 18, Sam Eggington found himself unemployed and with a young family to support. Having had 31 amateur bouts as a junior, he sought to earn some money in the ring. Boxing was not a career he had ever considered – amateur boxing was just a way to set himself apart from his friends. He wasn’t looking to be a champion, not even a contender. “I was a forklift driver and the only reason I turned professional was I got made redundant and I had a son,” Eggington told Boxing Monthly. “If I didn’t have a son, I probably wouldn’t have boxed because I would just have tried to find another job in the meantime. It’s a mad story. People don’t believe me when I tell them, but for me to get in to boxing was – literally – a fluke."

Langford eyes defence, bigger stage

Andrew Harrison
02/10/2015 11:16am

Middleweight prospect Tommy Langford is something of an original. A wild-eyed, volume-puncher fascinated with defence and world-rated despite being just inside the domestic top ten, Langford is a convivial soul in an often cold and unforgiving trade. A perfectionist, Langford has since stepped up his defensive drills. “I try to watch a lot of Andre Ward and [Floyd] Mayweather obviously, because they’re so good defensively. I’ve always had an offence. I’ve always been able to throw punches in numbers and been quite accurate. The thing I think I need to always concentrate on and try to work on is defence. They’re so elusive and hard to hit I try to pick things up off them. It’s mainly their feet really – the way they dictate the fight with their footwork and adjusting distance.”