The renaissance of Ross Burkinshaw

Terry Dooley
30/05/2015 12:35am

Ross 'The Boss' Burkinshaw struggled badly between 2010 and 2013, a run of three consecutive defeats (Craig Lyon RTD 5 in 2010, Michael Ramabeletsa by fifth-round TKO in 2012 and a second round defeat to Gavin McDonnell in 2013) coupled with debilitating injury problems to his knees and shoulder in 2011 meant that he was in and out of hospital more often than he was in and out the ring. The 28-year-old has since won the Commonwealth (now relinquished) and WBO European bantamweight titles thanks to wins over Jason Cunningham (W SD 12 in September and Benjamin Smoes TKO 1 in February). He is unbeaten in his last five. Dennis Hobson, his promoter, is working on a world title eliminator -  things couldn’t be better for the 14-5-2 (8) contender. A huge turnaround from those dark days. 

John Wayne Hibbert: 'The Duke' of Essex

Terry Dooley
29/05/2015 2:01pm

“It’s been a long time coming for me, I’ve been going about my business quietly, but I am happy it’s happened and am excited about it all,” stated 'John' Wayne Hibbert, 15-2 (9 KOs), when speaking to Boxing Monthly about a recent ring revival that has seen him go from small hall slots to three successive undercard assignments at London's O2 Arena (W TKO 8 and W KO 5 over Tyler Goodjohn and Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez respectively with a bout against Dave Ryan for the light-welterweight Commonwealth belt at the same venue on Saturday night). “There’s a lot more to come, I can get involved in even bigger fights.”

Williams on the rise

John A. MacDonald
29/05/2015 11:15am

Each year, a handful of fighters enter the professional ranks amidst much fanfare as each punch is televised live and greeted with a cacophony of hyperbole. This extravagance is reserved for two kinds of prospects; amateur standouts and those who can single-handedly sell hundreds of tickets to their army of supporters. Liam Williams was not one of the chosen few. Instead, he quietly learnt his craft on the small hall circuit in his native Wales and on the non-televised portions of the undercards of his more illustrious stable-mates within Queensberry Promotions. “I’ve always had the potential but I didn’t get a lot of TV coverage and that’s why casual boxing fans didn’t know who I was,” Williams, 12-0 (7 KOs), told Boxing Monthly very matter-of-factly over the phone from his Clydach Vale home. “Now that I’m being given the opportunity I’m grabbing it with both hands and making people realise that I’m a really good prospect.”

Jamie Cox: The under-the-radar danger

John Evans
28/05/2015 5:19am

Jamie Cox was describing the impact his low profile but highly respected manager Lee Beard was having on his career when he said: “The quietest man in the room is actually the loudest man in the room.” The phrase could easily end up applying perfectly to the undefeated 28-year-old himself. Since emerging from a controversial fight with Ghana’s Obodai Sai with two bad cuts, two broken hands and the Commonwealth light-middleweight belt, Cox has fought just twice in almost four years but has rebuilt his career away from prying eyes and sparred impressively with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. “He's not only the best person I sparred in America, he's the best person I’ve ever sparred,” said Cox, 18-0 (10 KOs). 

In conversation with Joel Brunker

Scott Hammerton
27/05/2015 10:21am

Australian world title contender Joel Brunker, 28-1 (16 KOs), analyses former foe Lee Selby's IBF featherweight title tilt against tough Russian Evgeny Gradovich, and discusses a potential Commonwealth title clash with Josh Warrington as well as his own fighting future -  'in conversation' with Scott Hammerton.

TKO Radio meets Brin-Jonathan Butler and Terry Dooley

TKO Radio
26/05/2015 10:55am

Author Brin-Jonathan Butler spent a large portion of 11 years in Cuba and, on 9th June, his new book will be released. It’s titled: 'The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba', and he joins TKO Radio for a chat about his latest publication. First up is writer Terry Dooley, from Boxing Monthly and Boxing Scene, who previews the coming weekend's action (including Khan-Algieri, Brook-Gavin, Linares-Mitchell) and looks back at the James DeGale-Andre Dirrell fight in Boston.  

Conrad Cummings: The story so far

Shaun Brown
26/05/2015 10:53am

Whatever the future holds for Northern Ireland’s Conrad Cummings it’s fair to say that boxing fans are going to enjoy watching him in the years to come. The livewire middleweight, promoted by Cyclone Promotions, described himself to Boxing Monthly as “quite intense and quite lively” and has made, as expected, an unbeaten start in his half dozen fights to date. The former member of the British Lionhearts WSB team, once nicknamed ‘Mr. Dynamita’ when he was based in Mexico, recently turned 24 and graciously took time out from his training camp to talk to BM about his memories from his six starts and more.

Tommy Martin: 'Bring them on'

John A. MacDonald
25/05/2015 3:11pm

“I had an absolute nightmare,” was the surprising self-assessment Tommy Martin gave Boxing Monthly of his win over Ricky Boylan in January. The victory saw the 21-year-old announce his arrival on to a thriving British 140lbs scene as well as claiming the English light-welterweight title in the process.

Martin displayed maturity and discipline beyond his years as he withstood the heavier shots and constant pressure from his – naturally bigger – opponent. The youngster used rapid-fire combinations, a flicking jab and mobility to negate Boylan’s attack en route to a wide unanimous decision. While Martin gained many admirers with his efforts, he remains critical of a performance which was curtailed by injury and illness.

DeGale makes history

Danny Winterbottom
24/05/2015 12:59am

Thrilling, tense, nail-biting and history-making. Just a few words that describe James DeGale’s terrific victory over American braggart Andre Dirrell in a vacant International Boxing Federation super middleweight title fight on the grounds of the Boston University campus.

DeGale became British boxing’s first Olympic gold medallist to convert ultimate success in the unpaid code to world championship victory as a professional when he prevailed 114-112 twice and 117-109 in the eyes of the judges seated ringside inside the Agganis Arena.

The Boxing Booth Uncut: Part II

Terry Dooley
22/05/2015 10:46am

By the summer of 2009, Adam Booth and David Haye were caught up in the fallout caused by Haye’s decision to withdraw from a world title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko due to a back injury. Setanta, their broadcast partner, folded around the same time; conspiracy theories reigned. Some fans still refuse to believe that Haye was genuinely injured. Booth said that the injury was ‘an insidious thing’ during an interview with Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian on June 5th, 2009.

“If I did use the word ‘insidious’ it’s because he’d herniated a disc in his back - it built up over time insidiously,” explained Booth  to Boxing Monthly. “You don’t know about it until the moment it breaks down. At the time, we were on the floor - it was the worst thing that could have happened - but everything worked out okay in the end. It was part of the journey.”

Bid a fond farewell to Friday Night Fights

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
21/05/2015 9:20pm

Michael Montero reflects on the finale of ESPN's 'Friday Night Fights' series, which began in 1998 and will wrap up with the Boxcino tournament finale on 22nd May in Corona, California. The FNF series will end after 17 years to make way for Al Haymon's 'Premier Boxing Champions' (PBC).