TKO Radio: Hamza, Rudge and The History of CompuBox

TKO Radio
15/07/2015 4:19am

Raza Hamza, a young super-bantamweight with an inspiring story, joins us on this week's podcast to speak about his development as a boxer and also helps preview the super-bantamweight action this weekend in Macao, Manchester and Texas. Boxing writer Callum Rudge joins us to discuss the upcoming David Price-Erken Teper fight, as well as the Frank Warren show in Manchester last weekend. There is also some bonus material. Last year the CompuBox president, Bob Canobbio, discussed the history and development of his punch counting system.

The rising star of Jack Catterall

John MacDonald
13/07/2015 10:40am

The thought of sharing a ring with the best fighter of your generation can be daunting. This was the prospect Jack Catterall faced as he helped Floyd Mayweather Jr prepare for the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ against long-time rival Manny Pacquiao. Rather than feeling overawed, he relished the opportunity to pit his skills against those of the world’s highest paid sportsman. At just 21-years-old Catterall is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in British boxing but he refuses to let the superlatives his recent performances have garnered, go to his head. Instead he’s dedicated to learning his craft and left the Mayweather Boxing Club buoyed by the experience.

Herrera-Lundy ringside recap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
12/07/2015 11:59pm

Highlights of Mauricio Herrera's controversial technical decision victory over Hank Lundy in Los Angeles on 11 July. It was a foul-filled affair, with Lundy head-butting Herrera multiple times and opening several cuts around his eyes. In the fifth round, referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight on the advice of the ring doctor, as skull was being exposed. Two judges scored it 48-47 for Herrera, with a third judge having it a draw at 48-48. Lundy protested the decision, but many felt he gave the fight away. Herrera was down early, but worked his way back into the fight from the third round on.

Herrera-Lundy, Quigley, Diaz Jr weigh-ins

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
11/07/2015 4:56am

Highlights from the weigh-in between Mauricio Herrera and Hank Lundy, who square off in a 10-round junior welterweight bout on 11 July. In the co-feature, lightweights Michael Perez and Luis Sanchez fight in a 10-rounder. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be broadcast on HBO Latino live from the LA Sports Arena. The undercard features rising star Joseph 'Jo Jo' Diaz Jr and Irish sensation Jason Quigley.


Flanagan nears world title destiny

Danny Winterbottom
10/07/2015 1:08pm

Terry Flanagan's gym, housed in an industrial unit on a commercial estate close to Manchester city centre, has posters of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao adorning a wall that overlooks the boxing ring, whilst above a large mirror towards the centre of the gym hangs an ever so slightly dog-eared picture of Flanagan holding the Prizefighter trophy he won almost three years ago. Once the dust has settled on Saturday night’s clash with Jose Zepeda, a new poster showing Flanagan as Manchester’s newly-minted world champion could soon take centre stage. “I can’t wait to get in there now, it’s been a long time coming and I’m ready to go,” said Flanagan ahead of the biggest night of his career. "I’m a little bit nervous. But you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have nerves. I’ve got them under control and now I just want to get going and put on an exciting fight for the fans.”

Reflections of Robinson-Turpin I

Patrick Connor
10/07/2015 12:22pm

Patrick Connor reflects on the 64th anniversary of Randolph Turpin's shock win over the masterful world middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson. 'By round three, Turpin had mussed Robinson's well-combed hair and was having his way inside, where Robinson's tricks often won the day. The sold out crowd of 18,000 spectators watched as Robinson's sly footwork was counteracted by lunging punches when he was pulling away and tight right hands and rabbit punches in close. While both looked to tie up when colliding, Turpin showed his strength and tenacity in keeping his hands moving.'


The rise of the PBC

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
09/07/2015 9:17pm

Michael Montero talks PBC - lawsuits, ratings, news, reviews and more. Rival promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy have filed lawsuits against Al Haymon and his 'Premier Boxing Champions' series, and the Association of Boxing Commissions has asked the Attorney General to look into rumours of  business practices that allegedly violate 'The Muhammad Ali Act' and 'The Sherman Act'. Some accuse Haymon of protecting his fighters from the big matches fans want to see, like Adonis Stevenson against Sergey Kovalev.

Bill Richmond: ‘The pugilistic pioneer’

Luke G. Williams
08/07/2015 11:36am

Over 200 years ago, a former slave from America electrified the English prize ring and became one of the leading celebrities in Georgian England. Luke G. Williams traces the incredible life and times of Bill Richmond.

In most studies of 'black history', two boxers usually feature above all others: Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali, great men who, through their forceful personalities and moral courage succeeded in obliging the world to re-evaluate its prejudices and preconceptions. Yet Johnson and Ali were far from the only black boxers of historical note in the 20th century - Joe Louis, by defeating Max Schmeling, struck a symbolic blow against fascism, while it is often forgotten that the first black world champion was the featherweight, George Dixon.

The curse of the junior and super divisions

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
08/07/2015 12:30am

Michael Montero discusses the history behind boxing’s divisions, starting with the five original weight classes in the 1800s all the way to the 17 divisions in the current system. He argues that the 'junior' and 'super' divisions not only add more paper titles, but they weaken the talent pool in the classic eight weight classes.

Jason Quigley: The Golden Boy of Donegal

Declan Taylor
07/07/2015 11:25am

If you’ve never been to Donegal you really should go. Situated on the northern tip of Ireland, it is a place known for its areas of outstanding natural beauty, where miles of low peaks inland give way to yet more miles of labyrinthine coastline. It is also where Shay Given comes from. Donegal's tourist brochures claim: 'Up here, it's different' and that might explain Jason Quigley's response when asked what he misses most about home, having swapped Ulster's largest county for Los Angeles almost 12 months ago. “Hailstones,” he says, without too much hesitation. Donegal's 'Golden Boy' is certainly different.

Remembering Gene Fullmer

Graham Houston
06/07/2015 11:15am

To say there was nothing fancy about Gene Fullmer is a bit of an understatement. Fullmer was a rough-hewn battler, a mauler and a brawler. He was also very tough, very well conditioned and extremely difficult to discourage. Fullmer, who died on 27 April at the age of 83, must have been doing something right, because he twice won the middleweight championship and made seven successful defences in his second tenure. He also twice defeated Sugar Ray Robinson and drew with him once in a four-fight series.