The second coming of Jermain Taylor

Mark Butcher
15/04/2015 9:00am

Before the escalation of his much-publicised troubles, Mark Butcher spoke to then-IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor about his incredible battle back from brain injury and the brink. The following feature appeared in our January 2014 issue.

A taste of Kid Chocolate

Mark Butcher
14/04/2015 11:00pm

Peter Quillin has dodged bullets so many times he probably shouldn’t be here. His life experiences would have laid waste to most ordinary people. But Peter Quillin isn’t the average person. Mark Butcher talked to the compelling Cuban-American in our September 2014 issue.

The Hexecutioner

Mark Butcher
14/04/2015 5:00pm

It is fitting that the ‘Rainbow Nation’ of South Africa is home to one of boxing’s most colourful world champions. With his punk hairstyle changing on a fight-by-fight basis, WBA 105lbs champion Hekkie Budler is one of the stars  of the lighter weights. Mark Butcher caught up with the diminutive South African in our June 2014 issue.

Vintage BM: Sykes and the Waiting Game


The Central Gym in Batley, West Yorkshire, is stifling. Cracks along windowpanes proclaiming “DICKY’S GYM” in flaking white paint offer scant ventilation. Trainer Julian McGowan’s star pupil, Gary Sykes, looks weary, sore and has a bloodshot right eye. Preparations are underway for a pre-Xmas payday, possibly on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Vusi Malinga fight for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in Leeds on 21 December.

Long road to glory – The Amnat Ruenroeng story


Many of the best stories are about redemption. The fulfillment of a distant dream when chances are few and all hope seems lost. Not many lives have undergone the radical transformation of Thailand’s current IBF flyweight champion and former convict Amnat Ruenroeng. His story seemed destined for sadness until boxing took him down an unlikely path to salvation and ultimately glory.

Vintage BM: Sykes and the Waiting Game


The Central Gym in Batley, West Yorkshire, is stifling. Cracks along windowpanes proclaiming “DICKY’S GYM” in flaking white paint offer scant ventilation. Trainer Julian McGowan’s star pupil, Gary Sykes, looks weary, sore and has a bloodshot right eye. Preparations are underway for a pre-Xmas payday, possibly on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Vusi Malinga fight for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in Leeds on 21 December.