Asian boxing scene catching fire

Marcus Bellinger
16/02/2016 12:48pm

Marcus Bellinger reports on the latest news from the vibrant Asian boxing scene including the return of hot flyweight prospect Daigo Higa and the 2016 Champions Carnival in Japan. 

Terry Flanagan: A local hero

Terry Dooley
15/02/2016 10:19am

When Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 early) heard the words “And the new” following his second round retirement win over Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBO lightweight title at the Manchester Velodrome in July a wave of emotion washed over him. Elation and ecstasy over the win, naturally, and a feeling of vindication after flying under the radar for the majority of his career until Steve Wood, his manager, bagged him a promotional deal with Frank Warren in 2014. However, there was also a niggling feeling that he would have to prove himself all over again due to the nature of the victory when it was revealed that the previously undefeated KO artist had withdrew due to a dislocated shoulder. The Ancoats born and bred boxer told Boxing Monthly that he underlined his credentials by crushing American southpaw Diego Magdaleno in two rounds at the Manchester Arena in October.

Born to be Wilder

Paul Zanon
14/02/2016 11:35am

Every fighter has a story of how they got into boxing and Deontay Wilder’s certainly merits more space than most. Wilder told Boxing Monthly, “I got into to boxing because of my 10-year-old daughter Naieya who was born with spina bifida. I was in college, but once she was born, I had to drop out and support her.”

Humble hardness: The Savannah Marshall story

Paul Zanon
12/02/2016 11:25am

When you earn the nickname of Silent Assassin, one could easily assume it’s a description of someone who’s perhaps void of character, quiet, yet aggressive in the ring. Savannah Marshall is certainly not void of character and was, without a doubt, not quiet for this 30 minute interview. In terms of aggressive in the ring – far from it. She’s a calculated, elite athlete who leaves nothing by chance and has a hungry mentality which stops her ever taking anything for granted. As opposed to many who started boxing as a result of a family member inspiring them, the Marshall boxing bloodline started with Savannah. The pugilistic pioneer explained. “One of my friends used to box and he came round to my house and showed me his trophies. I remember thinking, ‘I’d like to win one of them. I wonder how hard it can be?’” Marshall told Boxing Monthly.

Lafreniere-St.Juste and the greatest fight I’ve ever seen live

Shawn Smith
11/02/2016 11:15am

Through five fights, the night had done little to excite boxing fans. The arena, while not quite full, had been loud at points when the hometown fighters were victorious, but it was not thunderous by any means. Many had yet to even focus on the ring at all. Grotesque, oversized men pranced around the floor area of Montreal’s Bell Centre with their trophies, women with dresses a little too short and heels a little too high, as if they were trying to impress the hounds in the stands. But before either Kovalev or Pascal could take to the ring, even before the HBO cameras started rolling, something magical happened. If you’ve ever been in the arena when a breathtaking fight happens, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The kind of bout that even the trophies stop and admire in sheer shock for the brutality the men put themselves through. Renan St.Juste and Francis Lefreniere accomplished the unlikely feat on 30 January. “I wanted to fight inside with Renan because he's a big puncher,” Lefreniere said of his gameplan. “When you receive one punch, it's okay, but if he lands two, three, four big punches, he can be dangerous. That's why we wanted to stay inside.”

What the hell is going on with 2016?!

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
10/02/2016 11:36am

Michael Montero rants on the lacklustre boxing schedule in the first half of 2016, big fights falling apart, catchweights, diva moves from fighters and broken promises to fans.

Lion Garton ready to roar

John Evans
10/02/2016 11:05am

There is something distinctly old fashioned about Johnny Garton. The South Londoner is following a well-trodden title route through one of boxing’s traditional weight classes. A raucous group of fans follow him across the Thames from Peckham to his adopted home at London’s home of boxing - the York Hall in Bethnal Green - and he is willing to risk defeat in order to get where he wants. Garton (16-1-1, 5 KOs) has defended the Southern Area welterweight belt twice and gets the opportunity to add the English title to his collection when he faces the returning Tyler Goodjohn on 12 March. The fight will be 28-year-old Garton’s ninth consecutive appearance at the York Hall and it seems certain that he and Goodjohn will create the type of fight that, if they were competing in the 1950s, would see them double their purses by collecting nobbins after the final bell.  

Resurgent Fonfara eyes Stevenson return

Shaun Brown
08/02/2016 3:23pm

From Radom to Chicago via Warsaw and from welterweight to light-heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara has found a settled life inside and outside the ring. The 28-year-old Pole was having some much needed R&R with his fiancée in Hawaii, when Boxing Monthly spoke to him recently over the phone, after that gruelling 12-round contest with Britain’s Nathan Cleverly on 16 October in the ‘Windy City’. It was a fight that gave fans one of the more memorable and entertaining dust-ups of 2015. One that broke Compubox records for the 175lb division with most combined punches landed (936) and most combined punches thrown (2,524). “I’m happy,” declared Fonfara. “Nathan was in best performance. He put up a lot of work in the camp and he showed this in this fight. He wanted to win the fight and all the rounds. I think even late in fight he go for broke. His face not so good but he still wanted to go forward and try and punch me."

Khan trumps Quaye

James Oddy
08/02/2016 3:02pm

Saturday night saw boxing return to the city of Bradford at Cedar Court Hotel in an, at times, uneven yet always entertaining card. The great and the good of Bradford political and business life were in attendance, alongside ex-WBC 140lbs champion Junior Witter and imminent WBO title challenger Derry Mathews. The Vaughan Boxing Promotions show featured five fights of varying quality, with the main event being local man Tasif Khan (11-1-2) taking on solid Ghanaian Issac Quaye (27-12-1). On the line was the ‘Global Boxing Union super-flyweight title’, a belt that, being perfectly honest, was obscure even for many people in the boxing world.

Old school Woodgate primed for Camacho

Paul Zanon
05/02/2016 9:08am

Whilst publicity for Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg reaches fever pitch for their world title encounter on 27th February, down south, Dan Woodgate and Wadi Camacho will prepare to square off for the Southern Area cruiserweight title, headlining a massive 21 fight spectacle at the UK’s Mecca of small hall boxing, the York Hall. Boxing Monthly (BM) caught up with Dan Woodgate, several weeks ahead of the showdown. Having entered the boxing game at the ripe age of 22, Dan boxed 21 times as an amateur before making his debut as a professional at the age of 26 on 27 February 2010 – the very same day and month he fights Camacho. BM was interested to establish the reasons as to why Woodgate entered the prize ring so late in life. “I was overweight! I used to weigh 18 stone and wanted to lose weight,” said Woodgate. “Despite having one of my great grandparents and my granddad who were decent fighters, I don’t come from a long lineage of boxing blood.”