Every man who laces up the gloves and steps in to a boxing ring has a reason for doing so. For some, the sport is seen as the route to a better life, an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families through the only thing they’ve ever known - fighting. For others, the boxing gym is a sanctuary from a life rapidly spiralling in to an abyss and provides an outlet for controlled aggression, instilling self-discipline in the process. For Raza Hamza, 1-0 (1 KO), his motivation is – simultaneously - more simplistic and heartfelt. He fights to fulfil a promise to his late mother. Having witnessed the rise of Amir Khan on terrestrial television she encouraged her son try his hand at the sweet science.
TKO Radio talks to Alex Daley, grandson of boxing legend 'Nipper' Pat Daly. His second book about the sport 'Fighting Men of London: Voices From Inside The Ropes' features interviews with seven boxers who mainly fought in the 1940s and 1950s. They have all led colourful lives with great stories to tell about their time inside the ropes
Jamie ‘The Mexican’ Conlan may have been born and bred in Belfast but the Northern Irishman’s swarthy looks and willingness to fight fire with fire ensure that his unusual moniker is an apt one. The 28-year-old Erik Morales fanatic has traded Pottinger for Puerto Banus and joined the team at MGM Marbella and the super-flyweight division – already choc full of exciting yet criminally underexposed fighters – has yet another tough hombre eager to join their ranks.
A week after a bout between two fighters who haven’t scored a KO in a combined total of 14 fights (and featuring the world’s best defensive boxer) left boxing fans dazed and bewildered, Saul Alvarez produced a big knockout win over James Kirkland and served up the kind of big fight action that we all want but rarely get to see.Granted, Kirkland was the architect of his own downfall once again due to his Kamikaze, 'death by cop' approach from the opening bell, but it takes two to tango and 'Canelo' opted to fight fire with fire, rather than engaging in evasive measures, before drawing a line under the contest with a pair of knockdowns in the third round—one from a right uppercut, the other a fight-ending straight right hand that prompted referee Jon Schorle to wave it off at 2:19 without bothering to count.
The final episode of the four-part documentary series chronicling the life of perennial pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather following his 12-round unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in the 'Fight For Eternity'.
In this archive feature from 10 years ago, Don King Productions press guru Alan Hopper reveals the truth behind the infamous Bernard Hopkins inspired riot in Puerto Rico, the incomparable Ricardo Mayorga's first post-fight smoke and the secret of the shock-haired promoter's vertical hair. “A little known fact is that we were later in a subterranean dressing room that had very high windows and I suddenly saw a window crack and there was a hole in it. It was a gunshot from outside that came through the building and went right over the top of my and Don King’s head. Tito’s people ran out there and told them, ‘Hey, Tito's down there, Don’s down there. Don’t be doing that!’ They later told me that there were bad guys up there thinking about spraying that dressing room with bullets looking for Bernard.”