Butcher waits for fortune

Shaun Brown
12/08/2015 11:37am


Lady luck hasn’t smiled on Iain Butcher. The Scottish flyweight (12-2, 4 KOs) has had a tough time over the last couple of years with inactivity and opponent pull-outs which have stalled a career that looked full of promise after he battled Liverpool's Kevin Satchell to the brink at the city's Echo Arena in July 2013.

Lawrence Bennett: From the track to the ring

Shaun Brown
11/08/2015 10:07am

On 17 October inside the sweaty confines of the historic York Hall, the jovial and likeable Lawrence Bennett will challenge Matty Askin for his English cruiserweight title. For Bennett (7-1, 1 KO), it will be another ‘pinch me’ moment after winning the Southern Area title last year with a 99-94 points decision win over Jack Morris. It was a dream come true for the 32-year-old Bennett after a remarkable transition that began with hopes and dreams on the athletics track to those of a much smaller running area inside the squared circle.

From Colombia to Canada, Samuel Vargas fights for a better life

Shawn Smith
10/08/2015 10:18am

One by one, the opponents fell as Samuel Vargas climbed the professional ranks. Each fight showed a little more. He was a little lighter on his feet, a little more snap in the jab, a little more head movement. A blip in 2013 only seemed to motivate the young fighter more as he rallied to knock off five straight opponents and reclaim his spot as Canada’s top super welterweight. Then the Errol Spence fight on PBC happened. “I took a fight that was good for me and my team money wise,” said Vargas. “It is what it is, you win some and lose some. I put myself in a better place in life so that I could keep boxing.”

The fire still burns for Macklin

Shaun Brown
08/08/2015 11:43am


Matthew Macklin knows that his boxing career is one defeat away from retirement. After a 14-year career that has taken him to titles at Irish, British and European level plus three world title shots, and the small matter of a war with Jamie Moore that still gets talked about nine years on, Macklin knows where he stands right now. “Now it has to be the right opportunity not just any opportunity because if I was to lose now then that would probably be me,” Macklin told Boxing Monthly. “You don't want to give up at the final hurdle because the best could be just around the corner. You just need to show that mental toughness, strength of character, determination and belief.”

Lee Selby: Pride of Wales

Terry Dooley
07/08/2015 12:40pm

Barry’s Lee Selby certainly knows how to celebrate a world title triumph. The 28-year-old scored a well-deserved technical decision win over the tough, undefeated IBF featherweight titlist Russian Evgeny Gradovich at London's O2 Arena on 30 May. Instead of embarking on a hedonistic bender, Selby went back to his hotel room to tuck into a slice of cheesecake. The only drink that passed his lips was carbonated water. “I don’t drink alcohol anymore,” admitted Selby, 21-1 (8 KOs), when speaking to Boxing Monthly. “I went to the hotel, hung around for photos and some autographs then went back to my room and ordered some cheesecake that’s my celebration.”

Ajisafe on the move

Shaun Brown
06/08/2015 9:50am

Patience, maturity and air miles have developed Bob Ajisafe into a stylist that many a light-heavyweight rival has chosen to avoid rather than face. “I know I’m number one at 175lbs in the UK and I think I’ve already proven that,” the British and Commonwealth champion told Boxing Monthly. “I’ve paid my dues. I’ve fought better opponents and I’ve fought at championship level for a long time. I want my career to move up a level because it’s took me so long to get the momentum to bring my career back to where it is now. I want to make up for lost ground.”

TKO Radio meets Mikkel Kessler

TKO Radio
05/08/2015 2:14pm

Four-time super-middleweight champion of the world, and real fan favourite, Mikkel Kessler joins TKO Radio to talk about retirement, catchweight fights, Andre Ward and speculates on who would win between Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch if both were in their prime.

Tyson Cave to co-headline PBC on Spike in Toronto

Shawn Smith
05/08/2015 10:04am

There will be a distinctively Canadian flair to Premier Boxing Championship (PBC) when they make their debut in Toronto on 11 September. After Adonis Stevenson announced that he will headline the show against Tomas Karpency, Boxing Monthly has now confirmed that Halifax native Tyson Cave will co-main event the show against Nestor Hugo Paniagua as part of the Spike TV broadcast.

Latest World and British Ratings (August 2015)

Colin Harris
03/08/2015 11:02am

Boxing Monthly’s World and British rankings for August 2015 are explained by Colin Harris, our in-house ratings statistician. Trainer, fighter, manager and promoter queries are welcome. Martin Murray (pictured) is among the big movers this month.

TKO Radio: Golovkin-Lemieux early thoughts

TKO Radio
31/07/2015 3:43pm

Hall of Fame boxing journalist and Boxing Monthly Editor Graham Houston joins TKO Radio to give some early thoughts on a fight that, on paper, could be the most crowd-pleasing fight possible in all of boxing. Thankfully, last weekend it was officially announced. Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux will meet at Madison Square in New York, on 17 October. Are fireworks too obvious? Let’s start our assessment....

Smith finds the right path

Terry Dooley
31/07/2015 11:38am


Like so many boxers before him, Liverpool’s Liam Smith was on the wrong path when sport came calling and set him straight after a few years spent causing mischief on the streets of his hometown. Unlike most boxers, however, Smith’s first love was football; he had high hopes of making it as a professional only to realise that his future lay with boxing instead.