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.”

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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."

Rocky retrospective Part 1: ROCKY (1976)

Luke Williams
10/01/2016 10:00am

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 casts a critical eye over the first entry in the series, the multi-award-winning ROCKY …

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.




Haye returns to new heavyweight scene

Shaun Brown
08/01/2016 11:57am

David Haye may be in fighting shape for his comeback on 16 January but his career and his relationship with certain corners of the boxing public isn’t in the condition that it used to be. A career threatening shoulder injury has been overcome, a new trainer (Shane McGuigan) is in place and ‘The Home of Witty Banter’ (Dave TV) has picked up the rights to his first fight in three-and-a-half years. Yes, ‘The Hayemaker’ is back. Three years older, the personality just as engaging and the confidence flowing as well as ever. Haye fights Mark De Mori at the O2 Arena, London, in the hope that he is still the wrecking ball he once was. Despite not wishing to look beyond the Croatian-based Aussie there is no doubt that something of a 12-month plan is in place at Haye HQ. “All I can do is focus on this one guy and not look too far into the future. It’s bad luck to do so, to plan out too far ahead,” Haye told Boxing Monthly. “If I stick to the schedule I’ve got in my head, I’ll have three fights, three spectacular wins and I’ll be knocking on the door for titles and eliminators."

Mayweather-Pacquiao revisited

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/01/2016 9:44am

Michael Montero revisits last year's Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown and highlights the many misconceptions reported to this day. He provides round-by-round analysis including corrections to the inaccurate punch stats compiled by CompuBox.

Bruce Silverglade and the legend of Gleason’s Gym

James Oddy
06/01/2016 10:06am

New York City holds a special place in the hearts of many boxing fans. It was at the centre of the sport during its golden age and Madison Square Garden is still a draw for many fans in itself. The city has always produced top quality boxers and one of boxing’s other famous names, Gleason’s Gym, has long been at the heart of that. “[The gym) started in 1937 and its first champions were Phil Terranova and Jake LaMotta,” current owner Bruce Silverglade told Boxing Monthly, during a hectic festive period. “The gym was hot from the beginning but really took off when the famed Stillman's Gym went out of business in 1954.”

Lockett and his rockets

Terry Dooley
05/01/2016 10:13am

There is a building in Cardiff that lies adjacent to an industrial estate. As you head through the doors and up the stairs, you will hear the rhythmic sounds of a busy boxing gym. The sound of skipping ropes sweeping across the floor, throwing dust and sweat into the air, gloves hitting bags and fighters grunting encouragement to each over as they go through their calisthenics. This gym is home to a pack: an alpha dog, his top dogs and a bunch of eager pups snapping at their heels. They are led by Gary Lockett, a former world middleweight title challenger who retired with a 30-2 (21 KOs) record after losing to then-champion Kelly Pavlik in 2008 (TKO 3); he told Boxing Monthly that this particular pack is pushing each other towards success.