Pugilism not Vandalism: boxing and the Sheeran family

Paul Zanon
22/01/2016 7:19am

If I asked you to correlate the connection between boxing and the surname Sheeran, you would probably start to scratch your head and think – ‘worlds apart?!’ Boxing Monthly caught up with Jethro Sheeran – musician, avid boxing fan and cousin to Ed - to discover the uncanny connection which unravels into decades of bona fide pugilistic heritage. The genesis of the Sheeran boxing gene seems to have evolved from Jethro and Ed’s great grandfather James, who was handy enough with his fists to have fought none other than the heavyweight legend Jack Johnson, in an exhibition bout in 1913. Rumour has it Johnson came out on top during their encounter… 

Asian Boxing Scene: Round-up and hot prospects

Marcus Bellinger
17/01/2016 10:52am


It was an enjoyable but hectic time for boxing in Japan with expected knockouts, upsets and young fighters coming through their biggest tests to date. For those who managed to catch the action, well done and, for the publications and UK TV channels who once again ignored it, shame on you. Here’s a quick recap of events from the ‘land of the rising sun’ during the holiday season.

Rocky retrospective Part 2: ROCKY II (1979)

Luke G. Williams
15/01/2016 10:17am


With CREED released in the UK on 15 January, Luke G. Williams re-examines cinema’s greatest boxing hero - the one and only Rocky Balboa - for Boxing Monthly Online. Today, he assesses the second entry in the series, ROCKY II … Despite the runaway box-office and Oscar-award-winning success of ROCKY, a follow-up was far from certain. Back in the 1970s the movie industry wasn’t yet burdened with the surfeit of sequels that currently exist and the success rate of those that did make it to cinemas was patchy. Movies, it seemed, were still movies, as opposed to ‘franchises’ or ‘properties’. 

Byrd’s eye view of the heavyweight division

Luke G. Williams
14/01/2016 10:16am


Luke G. Williams speaks to two-time heavyweight titlist Chris Byrd about the state of the sport’s blue riband division today. Former IBF and WBO Champion Chris Byrd was one of the top heavyweights of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, despite regularly ceding huge advantages to his opponents in terms of weight, height, power and reach. Having begun his amateur career as a light-welter and his pro career as a super-middle, Byrd had no right to be campaigning at heavyweight, let alone regularly beating viable contenders or winning world titles in the division. 


Smith ready to light up New York

Danny Winterbottom
13/01/2016 8:34am

Stephen Smith has told Boxing Monthly that his 26 March IBF super-featherweight title fight against Puerto Rican Champion Jose Pedraza is likely headed to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. “That's what I've heard but we are waiting on full confirmation soon,” said the 30-year-old former Commonwealth and two-weight British champion when speaking to BM from his home in Liverpool. There had been some confusion late last week as to the exact date and location of the fight, with Puerto Rican based promoter Peter Rivera discussing the possibility of having Pedraza face his mandatory Smith on 20 February.

De Mori seeks to derail Haye

Shaun Brown
12/01/2016 11:59am

Fighters can be a coy bunch of individuals when discussing a pre-fight gameplan. “I don’t want to give too much away…”A traditional quote from a boxer who, rightly, will reveal his hand(s) on fight night and not to a writer who is looking for an easy headline. Then there are men like Mark De Mori. The Croatian-based Australian heavyweight, who recently signed with Warrior’s Boxing in America, who knows exactly what he has to do to beat David Haye this Saturday night (16 January) and didn’t even hesitate when it came to sharing. “I’ve got to take a risk approach which is to engage,” De Mori told Boxing Monthly. “I know he wants me to run in so he can counter punch, but I’m not tall enough to sit back and use my jab so there’s no secrets about my fight plan. I’m just going to go in there and let my bombs fly.”

Win David Haye vs Mark De Mori tickets!

Boxing Monthly
12/01/2016 11:31am

The Hayemaker is back! And we’re offering two lucky winners a pair of tickets each to David Haye’s eagerly anticipated comeback fight against Mark De Mori which takes place on Saturday 16th January at the O2 Arena in London. Just answer the following question for a chance to win. 

Under the radar Farrag aiming high

John Evans
11/01/2016 9:25am


2015 was a fine year for British boxing. So good, in fact, that - when the annual gongs were handed out - Ryan Farrag’s thrilling stoppage of Stephane Jamoye to claim the European bantamweight title barely earned a mention. In any other year, the Liverpudlian’s against the odds knockout victory would have gained much more attention. “I don’t mind that it’s happened this way. This is my journey, isn’t it?” Farrag told Boxing Monthly. “I’m not gonna moan about it and I don’t mind being underrated and coming in under the radar."

Canadian Corner: Pascal-Kovalev II heats up, Toney cancelled

Shawn Smith
09/01/2016 12:46pm


The biggest fight coming up in Canada is the Jean Pascal-Sergey Kovalev rematch of their 2015 ‘fight of the year’ candidate, which also took place in Montreal. In their first meeting, Pascal was stopped inside eight rounds. What could make this fight more interesting is that Pascal is now training full-time with master trainer Freddie Roach, something he believes will help him defeat the ominous Russian.