Vijender Singh, Indian icon

John Evans
16/12/2015 11:08am

After following in the grand tradition of The Silk Road and venturing east to earn his fortune, India’s most famous fighter Vijender Singh is laying a new route west. Singh found success and fortune in The Orient after boxing his way to a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, but the 29-year-old decided to break new ground. Should he be successful, the pathway he is laying could and open up a vast and previously untapped marketplace.

Mystery surrounds Ibeabuchi release

Exclusive by Luke G. Williams
15/12/2015 12:01pm

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirms that former heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi is ‘no longer in custody’. But where is he? Luke G. Williams investigates …

Tudsbury on fire at Moss Side

Paul Zanon
15/12/2015 11:29am

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club were proud to announce the crowning of a new king. All rise for Connor Tudsbury – the new 65kg Class a champion, who fought at the recent National Association of Girls and Boys Clubs Championships (NAGBC’s) in Portsmouth on 5 December. Nigel Travis, a man with a glittering amateur boxing career, full-time job as a fireman, father and husband and amateur boxing coach – not to mention occasional actor in Peaky Blinders (!), caught up with Boxing Monthly

Richmond’s rebirth – an exclusive extract from 'Richmond Unchained'

Luke G. Williams
13/12/2015 9:02am

The slave turned boxer Bill Richmond (1763-1829) was the world’s first black sporting superstar. In this exclusive extract from Luke G. Williams’ biography of the legendary pugilist we find our hero in 1809 and on the comeback trail after three years out of the ring. Fresh from a victory against Isaac Wood, the 46-year-old Richmond turns his attention to gaining revenge against the legendary veteran George Maddox, who five years earlier had inflicted a famous defeat upon him. The rematch, however, would be a different story altogether …

Brewer eyes victory, Cook and recognition

Shawn Smith
10/12/2015 10:57am

At 31, maybe it’s unfair to call New Brunswick’s Brandon Brewer a prospect. After all, many people have won world championships and international acclaim by that age. But consider this: Brewer didn’t pick up a pair of boxing gloves until he was 24 and already has a professional boxing record of 16-0-1 (8 KOs). A few more wins and we’ll go from calling Brewer a prospect to a world title contender anyways. This Friday (11 December), Brewer returns to the ring for Lee Baxter Promotions at the Mattamy Events Centre in Toronto as he co-headlines the bill along with Toronto’s Samuel Vargas. Brewer will take on the durable Junmar Emon (6-0, 2 KOs). 

Asian boxing scene lights up December

Marcus Bellinger
09/12/2015 10:53am

Whilst December sees boxing in both Europe and the US slowly come to a halt, the exact opposite can be said of the Asian scene with a schedule fuller than a lucky child’s Christmas stocking. The Japanese schedule is especially bulging with no less than six world, one secondary, three OPBF and four domestic titles being contested between 26-31 December. We kicked off the month with the vacant OPBF flyweight title at the Highway Hills Integrated School Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, Philippines, as Ardin Diale (30-9-3, 15 KOs) overcame Renoel Pael (19-2-1, 9 KOs) scoring a 12-round decision.

The Whyte stuff

John A. MacDonald
08/12/2015 11:12am

On 12 December, Dillian Whyte will enter the ring inside London’s O2 Arena as a big underdog with the bookmakers. The man standing opposite him will be the London 2012 Olympic heavyweight Gold medallist Anthony Joshua – who has despatched all 14 of his professional opponents within three rounds. He will be boxing on a show staged by Joshua’s promoter – Eddie Hearn – and in front of a hostile crowd, with the British, Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight titles up for grabs. Whyte remains unfazed as he possesses a resolute belief that he simply won’t be defeated. His confidence stems from a positive outlook, a diligence towards training and the knowledge that he has defeated Joshua before. “It’s going to be one of the hardest fights I’m probably going to have, to be honest, but it’s one that I’m 100% confident in winning,” Whyte told Boxing Monthly over the phone from his London home. “I just have this feeling in my heart and mind and body and soul that I will not lose.”

Inside Miguel's Gym

Callum Rudge
07/12/2015 10:05am

I pass under a railway bridge in Brixton, South London. I’m approached by a young mum with her two little girls, who are no older than five. She asks if there’s a boxing gym here to which my chaperone for the day, Lambeth Borough Commander Rick Ogden of The London Fire Brigade, answers yes. After a few more steps, we are greeted by the smiling face of Miguel’s Gym owner Steve Miguel, who along with his brother Alan has run the club for the past 20 years. “I started boxing at nine. I boxed at the Lynn [amateur club] and had 75 fights,” Miguel told BM. “I was going to turn pro, but I had a good job with BP so I went that route. I was made redundant so I used my redundancy money to open a gym. There were no other businesses down here so it was basically given to us. We came in and it was all asbestos, metal and junk everywhere. It took me and my brother six months to clear it out."


No limits for Merrill

Paul Zanon
05/12/2015 11:54am

Hailing from the notoriously tough area of Inglewood, California, known for its gang rivalry between the Bloods and the Crips, Raymond Merrill II was born on the 29th January 1989 into an environment with a number of challenging factors. Ray was born deaf, but this only became apparent to his (also deaf) mother at the age of two when he wasn’t responding to voices. With his younger brother also being born deaf a few years later, the Merrill household became dependent on hearing aids, signing and reading lips. From an early age, the kids at elementary school would pick on him, but his instinct to fight back soon detracted them for going back for seconds. “It was my way of getting respect and showing everyone else in school that I was not to be messed with - and don't let the hearing aids fool you!” Merrill told Boxing Monthly.

Fire and ice: Eubank-Benn I – 25 years later

Mark Butcher
04/12/2015 10:53am

Eubank-Benn I was a fight so brutal, a conflict so engaging, that it inspired an entire generation of fight fans and sparked a golden era for British boxing. This was a battle pitting fire against ice – the brutal punching and raw warrior spirit of Nigel Benn against the outlandish impudence and impenetrable chin of Chris Eubank. It’s unusual in boxing and life for an event to fulfill hype and anticipation – yet this bout between bitter rivals and disparate personalities surpassed its lofty pre-fight expectations. The two principals traded bombs for nine, astonishing give-and-take rounds before referee Richard Steele intervened with Benn’s left eye swollen shut and the WBO middleweight champion no longer able to slip Eubank’s accurate punches. “It was only when someone recently uploaded a video taken in the changing room after the fight that I remembered how painful, hurtful and exhausting that contest was – because time somehow makes you forget what you went through,” Eubank (then 24-0, 14 KOs) told Boxing Monthly in London recently. “And I am really glad I saw that because I had kind of forgotten. I had to fight, it’s not that I wanted to fight. Benn was born to fight.” 

Peter Fury: “Klitschko will never beat Tyson”

Shaun Brown
03/12/2015 11:49am

Peter Fury believes that Wladimir Klitschko will never be able to beat his nephew Tyson after the events of last Saturday night in Germany. The uncle and trainer to the new unified heavyweight world champion masterminded Tyson’s victory as the 27-year-old proved too clever and too slick for a divisional king who had ruled supreme since April 2006 when he stopped Chris Byrd in seven rounds to claim the IBF and IBO titles. With Wladimir set to exercise the rematch clause, which he must do officially by the end of January 2016, Peter says his first world champion has the Ukranian’s measure and a second victory may be even more conclusive. “Wladimir knows deep down he has met his match in Tyson,” Fury told Boxing Monthly. “I think they’ll change tactics [next time]. They’ll try to break down Tyson’s defence and I think he’ll get stopped.”