Booth joins the Eubank Jr revolution

Mark Butcher
25/09/2015 6:56pm

Few impartial judges dispute the talent of Chris Eubank Jr, but there has long been a sense that something was missing. An elite coach to coax the true potential from the 26-year-old middleweight and fulfill his father’s bold predictions. The final piece in the puzzle may just have fallen into place with the addition of Adam Booth, one of boxing’s most astute trainers, to the Eubank team. “I am a coach first and foremost and if I think there are some technical and strategic things that I can add to Junior as a fighter, with all the ingredients he’s already got, then it should work for a more complete fighter,” Booth told BM today at Trinity House, London, where Eubank Jr’s new promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing was announced.

Collins bullish on Buglioni chances

Shaun Brown
25/09/2015 10:55am

When Boxing Monthly chatted to Steve Collins it hadn’t been long since the former two-weight world champion had finished some promotional work with ‘the one that got away’ Roy Jones Jr. No, the pair of 1990s boxing icons had not finally reached a deal to fight after two decades of ifs buts and maybes. “Listen if a promoter puts the money on the table me and Roy Jones Jr will fight," said the former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion. The fire still burns for Collins. Instead, this was some of the necessary PR work to promote this Saturday’s WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight title contest at London’s Wembley Arena between champion Fedor Chudinov and Collins’ fighter Frank Buglioni.

Undiluted Fury

Terry Dooley
24/09/2015 1:15pm

When Boxing Monthly caught up with Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) on a hot summer day in Bolton, the 27-year-old greeted this writer with a stern look and said: “You’d better ask some interesting questions, I had to drive for over an hour to get here.” Fury takes on Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 early) at Dussedorf’s Esprit Arena on 24 October. The former British, Commonwealth and European titlist has had enough of the usual “How is training going?” questions to last him a lifetime, so BM decided to ask him about matters outside the ring. For example, his relationship with long-time promoter Mick Hennessy has remained intact from his first pro fight all the way through to his biggest bout, despite Hennessy suffering a few blows during that period. The promoter has seen fighters and TV contracts come and go yet always hustles up a TV deal or a new signing, Fury admires and respects this ability.

Is Wladimir Klitschko an all-time great heavyweight?

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
23/09/2015 7:53pm

Michael Montero discusses the career of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (who faces Tyson Fury in Germany on 24 October), analyses his current championship reign, compares him to the all-time greats of boxing's most storied division and breaks down why the Ukrainian star has earned his place in their company.

The life and times of Chris Sanigar

Andrew Harrison
23/09/2015 1:17pm

It is forty-one years since Bristolian boxing icon Chris Sanigar - a frustrated footballer who harboured dreams of playing for his beloved Bristol Rovers - fell back on a latent talent for using his fists. Since his first amateur contest in March 1974, Sanigar’s roles have been varied: England international, hard-man pro, father, manager, trainer, promoter and survivor. Sanigar lit a spark under the West Country’s boxing scene and the spark became a flame as the likes of Ross Hale, Glenn Catley, Scott Dann and Dean Francis captured professional titles between 1994 and 2004. Yet despite recently turning 60, it appears Sanigar’s best days lie ahead

Fresh Rhodes for Ryan

John A. MacDonald
22/09/2015 9:53am

In a professional career that spanned 17 years, Ryan Rhodes has seen, done and achieved almost everything possible in boxing. Whilst it seemed almost inevitable that Rhodes’ knowledge would be highly sought after by the next generation of fighters, coaching wasn’t something he had considered after retirement, until his long-time friend Curtis Woodhouse approached him. “It was something I’d never even planned on going into, but boxing has been a big part of my life since I was six years old and I felt that I had a hell of a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on,” Rhodes told Boxing Monthly over the phone from his gym in Sheffield.

New purple patch for the Sanigars

Mark Butcher
21/09/2015 3:38pm

More seasoned fight fans will remember the ‘Bristol Boys’ era of the late 1990s and early 2000s where, dressed in striking purple shorts, the likes of Glenn Catley, Ross Hale, Dean Francis and Scott Dann set the dormant West Country boxing scene alight. Now the latest incarnation of the Chris Sanigar stable are enjoying a new purple patch with two of their champions Lee Selby and Lee Haskins boldly taking on the U.S. market in the coming months.

Fight Of The Century Part 1 - Broughton vs Slack

Luke G. Williams
19/09/2015 10:43am

In a new series of articles for Boxing Monthly, Luke G. Williams will be examining a dozen iconic boxing matches from the past 265 years. Each of these fights could be said to have transcended the sport and proved themselves worthy of the oft over-used moniker of ‘the fight of the century’. The series begins with an examination of the brutal contest between English champion Jack Broughton and challenger Jack Slack in 1750, a fight of great historical significance, albeit with an aftermath which has been widely misinterpreted.

DMcCarthy grows up early

Shaun Brown
18/09/2015 11:24am

At 14-years-old what were you doing? Have a think. Playing football with your mates? Going to parties? Studying for the latest test at school? Things were a bit different for Matt McCarthy. “I was a man at 14.” At that age, I think it is safe to say that two of life’s greatest responsibilities - parenthood and employment - didn’t interest you. In fact, the very thought of it would have been a difficult one to comprehend. “I had a kid at 13-years-old,” McCarthy told BM. “I started working full-time at the age of 14 from 6am till 6pm on a [building] site. I was taking home good money.”

Lee Selby: Coming to America

Mark Butcher
17/09/2015 3:03pm

There is a suspicion that Lee Selby may be the best boxer in Britain today. The IBF’s ‘champion of the year’ Evgeny Gradovich was left chasing shadows when the majestic Welshman relieved him of his 126lbs title in May and now Selby has the chance to showcase his sublime talents for the U.S. market when he faces three-weight world champion Fernando Montiel on 14 October at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. A measure of Selby’s ability is that his dissection of Gradovich caught the eye of influential advisor Al Haymon who subsequently added him to an impressive roster of clients that includes three other reigning featherweight champions. Career defining and lucrative fights are within reach of the rangy Welsh stylist. “That’s what I’m in the game for. I want the big fights now. To achieve that, I think you’ve got to box in America,” Selby told BM at the Welsh Centre in King’s Cross, London, on Wednesday. “I’ve teamed up with Al Haymon and he has got three of the other world champions at my weight so the fights are easily made."

Cordina eyes World Championship glory

Matt Bevan
17/09/2015 11:22am

The Olympic Games has been a hotbed of success for British boxers over the years with medals coming thick and fast in recent times. However, World Championship gold has so far eluded all but one British boxer. The latest batch of stars from the Team GB production line in Sheffield will be hoping they can match Frankie Gavin’s achievement when they travel to Doha in Qatar for the 18th World Championships, which begin on 5 October. Leading the team will be Joe Cordina, who became European Champion in August in Bulgaria, and the 23-year-old from Cardiff believes he can emulate Gavin in a tricky lightweight division. “It gives me a massive boost going over to Qatar as the European Champion,” Cordina told BM. “But I also know the pressure will be on and I will have a target on my back."