Fonfara aims to pole axe Cleverly

Shaun Brown
15/10/2015 5:34pm

Andrzej Fonfara understands why some people in boxing view this Friday’s bout against Nathan Cleverly as a 50-50 affair. Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) says that on paper, yes, it looks like an even match-up with the Welshman but he aims to prove that he and the former WBO world light-heavyweight champion are poles apart this Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. What began with a borderline sinister laugh to the 50-50 suggestion was quickly followed by: “You know, I think I win this fight and I’m sure I win this fight. I’m a stronger boxer than Cleverly but for sure he will be over here to show me he’s better and he’s a dangerous guy. He’s just lost two fights. He’s got good defence and he’s fast. Some people, some experts, think I win the fight. It looks like 50-50 fight but I will prove to myself and show him that I win this fight,” Fonfara told Boxing Monthly.

Golovkin-Lemieux preview & prediction

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
14/10/2015 8:29pm

Michael Montero breaks down the 'Big Drama Show' between Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and David Lemieux and the 'Little Drama Show' between Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez and Brian 'Hawaiian Punch' Viloria. The middleweight title fight and flyweight title fight headline a stellar HBO Boxing PPV card on 17 October live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Heavyweight Luis Ortiz and middleweight Tureano Johnson are also in action on the undercard.

Prograis on the radar

Anthony George
14/10/2015 7:48am

Regis Prograis is a rarity in boxing these days. He gets the job done inside the distance. With the recent, distinguished dominance of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Andre Ward, the art of the stoppage is, in some quarters, no longer perceived as the roots of boxing. But with 15 fights and 12 stoppages, rising 140lbs star Prograis is swiftly gaining recognition as a pugilist worth watching. His high-octane victory over Amos Cowart [WUD8] on ShoBox was a perfect example. “It was a good fight for television and I was able to show my skills,” Prograis told Boxing Monthly. “But he hit me with some shots that I should have avoided, but I learned a lot from that fight."

Selby and America gel nicely

Shaun Brown
13/10/2015 5:33pm

It has been a more than successful year for British fighters in America. Jamie McDonnell, Carl Frampton, Amir Khan and James DeGale have memorably covered a small portion of the Star Spangled Banner with a little bit of Union Jack in 2015. Lee Selby, the IBF world featherweight champion, makes his stateside debut when he defends his newly acquired strap for the first time against Fernando Montiel on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in the US. The 28-year-old was in a super confident mood when Boxing Monthly spoke to him last week. “It’s really exciting and I’m just looking forward to it. Hopefully, I can put on a show for the fans and they’ll enjoy my style and they’ll support me,” said Selby.


Artist Thompson feels at home

Shaun Brown
10/10/2015 7:52am

John Thompson will have his own group of British supporters on Saturday night in Manchester. The New Jersey man takes on Liverpool’s Liam Smith (20-0-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO 154lbs title after the sanctioning body stripped champion Demetrius Andrade for failing to defend the belt. Thompson, 26, is the underdog and an unknown quantity yet there will be some voices who will be cheering the American on inside the Manchester Arena come fight night. “I have family in Scotland in Edinburgh and they’re coming to the fight,” Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) revealed to Boxing Monthly.

The crown fits DeGale

Mark Butcher
09/10/2015 4:43pm

The crown fits James DeGale nicely. There is something of an aura about the IBF super-middleweight king these days. A world title earned on the road against elite opposition has a tendency of transforming a fighter. On a heady May afternoon in Boston, DeGale floored gifted Andre Dirrell twice en route to a title that appeared a world away two years ago when he was headlining leisure centre shows in boxing’s backwaters. A promotional switch to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organization and crucial alliance with boxing’s kingmaker Al Haymon altered everything and now DeGale sits atop the throne with old rival George Groves looking up and British 168lbs stalwart Carl Froch happily retired. “A couple of years ago I went through a bad stage, a dark stage,” DeGale told Boxing Monthly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday. “But I’ve got a good team, a good family and obviously I’m talented, I’m skilled, I’m strong-minded and I came back."

In conversation with undefeated heavyweight Gerald Washington

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
09/10/2015 4:40pm

Undefeated American heavyweight Gerald 'El Gallo Negro' Washington (16-0, 11 KOs) and his trainer John Pullman talk about their upcoming bout with Amir Mansour on Tuesday on Fox Sports 1, thoughts about the PBC, the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and more!

Ryder on the comeback trail

Shaun Brown
09/10/2015 7:37am

It has been an indifferent few years for Islington southpaw John Ryder. “It’s a learning curve. I wouldn’t make the same mistakes again,” Ryder told Boxing Monthly when discussing his British middleweight title loss to Nick Blackwell in May. “I watched the stoppage just to see how bad it was and then I went back and watched the whole fight and I felt the stoppage was a bit weird."

Flanagan primed for Magdaleno

Danny Winterbottom
08/10/2015 8:39am

This Saturday night at Manchester Arena, 26-year-old Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his WBO lightweight title against dangerous American Diego Magdaleno in a contest that promises to reveal the true potential that lies within the gloved fists of the Mancunian southpaw. "I'm fully focused on winning this fight," Flanagan told BM. "I’ve seen tapes of him and he looks like a good fighter, short and strong. But we know what to expect from him. He’s fought outside of America once and he lost [SD12 Roman Martinez, in a WBO 130lbs title tilt at the Cotai Arena, Macao]. It’s going to be a tough fight for us both, but one that I’m confident of winning and winning well. I don’t know why but I feel as though I’m going stop him late in the fight.”

TKO Radio: Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story

TKO Radio
07/10/2015 10:28am

Jerome Wilson fought his final professional boxing match on 12 September, 2014. The welterweight was seriously injured during that fight, suffering a subdural haematoma and spent 10 days in a coma. Fortunately, he came to, but then had to try to make sense of what had happened while attempting to get his life back together. Jerome started writing his thoughts down. One thing led to another and he eventually met writer Mark Turley. 'Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story' was published last month and has received rave reviews. Jerome and Mark were both kind enough to speak with us.