The 10 greatest ever Boxing Monthly covers

Andrew Harrison
27/08/2015 2:40am

Andrew Harrison counts down the 10 greatest ever covers in Boxing Monthly's proud 26-year history. From Hopkins to Hamed to the heavyweights and more. We rewind the last quarter of the century to remember the moments that mattered as the pages turned in boxing history. Every cover is a poignant snapshot in the chronology of the sport we love and evokes the highs and lows, rises and falls of a generation of fighters great and good. Harrison describes young cover star Hamed as "visibly seething with the ambition that would eventually consume him – which served as most people’s initial handshake with a mercurial nineteen-year-old who would help to define the 90s. Chris Bevan’s pic personified the enfant terrible of British boxing: the leopard-skin shorts; the ‘I told you so’ glower and the first hint of a sneer flickering across his lips. Timeless."

Steel works for Spelman

Shaun Brown
26/08/2015 12:38pm

Steelworker Dec Spelman (4-0, 2 KOs), a light-heavyweight novice hailing from the industrial environs of Scunthorpe, found the gym in his early teens as an ideal place to get fit and nothing else. But before that ‘Kid Nytro’ dabbled in something that wasn’t quite football or rugby.

Cotto - Canelo LA press conference highlights

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
25/08/2015 5:32pm

Coverage of the kick-off press conference announcing the middleweight super-fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, which takes place on 21 November in Las Vegas. Michael Montero and Tiffany Lam were on the scene to experience a great fan atmosphere.

Leo Santa Cruz - Abner Mares prediction

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
25/08/2015 10:03am

Michael Montero predicts the exciting featherweight match between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, which airs live on 29 August  via "PBC on ESPN" from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Montero breaks down the entire bout in 60 seconds as part of his "Montero's Monday Minute" series.

Jamie Conlan: From West Belfast to Marbella

Danny Winterbottom
24/08/2015 9:09am

From the 1956 Olympic gold medallist Freddie Gilroy to WBC bantamweight world champion Wayne McCullough and more recently Carl Frampton, the fighting mad city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has produced its fair share of fistic marvels. Jamie Conlan, an unbeaten super-flyweight and the current WBO Inter-Continental champion, hails from the streets of West Belfast where almost every young lad in the area is a wannabe footballer or fighter and the man known as the ‘Mexican’ hopes to one day emulate his boxing heroes. “Belfast loves boxing,” explained Conlan, 28, to Boxing Monthly. “If you ask 10 lads from West Belfast ‘have you ever boxed?’ at least eight or nine will say ‘Yes’, it’s something we grew up doing. You either played football or boxed or, if you were like me, you did both."

Skeete vindicates Powell belief

Mark Butcher
23/08/2015 1:10pm

When Bradley Skeete enters the ring, the memory of former manager Dean Powell is never far behind. Powell tragically took his own life in September 2013, but had always fervently championed the cause of the popular welterweight who he believed was destined for a greater role than an undercard ticket seller. “Dean and I had a great relationship. We just clicked,” Skeete told Boxing Monthly as we sat on the ring apron at the iBox Gym in Bromley. “Dean spoke highly of me to everyone. I miss him badly. It’s hurtful. When I’m in the ring – it’s weird to say – but I know he’s there with me."

Golden Joshua on course for glory

Graham Houston
22/08/2015 1:13pm

Thirteen fights, thirteen opponents blown out. Anthony Joshua has been doing everything that could have been expected of him, and the 2012 Olympic gold medallist seems to be firmly on course to winning a world heavyweight title. Even though Joshua has demolished everyone put in front of him, there hasn’t been any serious criticism concerning quality of opposition. The opponents selected all seemed reasonable enough tests at the time the bouts were made - it was just that they had never been hit this hard, this early. Looking at past Olympic gold medallists who went on to win the heavyweight title, Joshua’s progress, after 13 bouts, is on a par with even the future greats.

Golovkin-Lemieux LA press conference wrap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
21/08/2015 11:03am

Highlights of the Los Angeles press conference announcing the middleweight championship fight between WBA 'Super' champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF title-holder David Lemieux, as well as the co-feature between WBC flyweight king Roman Gonzalez and former champ Brian Viloria. Michael Montero reports.

Here come the girls

Paul Zanon
19/08/2015 11:17am

Underneath the photo of a ring card girl, in the May/June edition of The Ring Magazine 1965, lies the caption of, ‘If something like this caught on around the country, gate receipts automatically would fatten.’ The photo referred to an evening of boxing at the Hacienda Hotel in Las Vegas and, not only did it catch on around the country, it went on to become part of boxing culture worldwide for the next half a century.

Swindon to Sweden with Lawrence Bennett

Shaun Brown
18/08/2015 11:50am

“I thought he said Swindon, but it wasn’t Swindon it was Sweden!” It was only his second professional fight but cruiserweight Lawrence Bennett was about to go on the road. That road would involve a trip to Stansted, a flight, another drive, a sleep and then a fight against Stefan Schallengruber in the city of Linkoping, located in southern Sweden. “I didn’t have a job at the time,” Bennett (7-1, 1 KO) told Boxing Monthly. “My manager said to me: ‘We’ve got a fight’ and I’m thinking how am I going to get to Sweden in time for tomorrow. I sat there for five minutes, and I said we’re doing it. I didn’t know the opponent but he’s got two arms, he’s got two legs, he’ll think I’m coming to fall over but I’m coming to fight. I want to win.”

TKO Radio: 'Title Shot - The Godfrey Nyakana story'

TKO Radio
17/08/2015 10:12am

Twenty years ago, documentary film footage about light-middleweight Godfrey Nyakana was put to one side, but the team who made the film have since revived the project and turned to online funding site Kickstarter to raise the required finance to finally release 'Title Shot'. Director and producer Gaylen Ross was kind enough to join us. The Kickstarter funding opportunity ends on Monday 7 September, so click on the link here -- -- to watch the 'Title Shot' Kickstarter video about the project, learn more and, if you like what you see, back the film…..interview below.