Yves Ulysse Jr: The next Canadian sensation

Shawn Smith
20/06/2015 11:30am


The most intelligent boxers are the ones who can avoid damage. To the average person it seems like an obvious statement, but it’s a rule that boxers often forget. To hit and not to be hit, that’s the name of the game. That’s where the artistic aspect of the sport is on full display. Yves Ulysse Jr is arguably the best prospect out of Montreal right now, not because his record is flawless (it is), but because of the style he brings into the ring. He follows in the stylings of Sugar Ray Leonard's footwork and speed, and is nearly as untouchable in the ring as Floyd Mayweather. “Defence wins you championships; I'm defensive, but also entertaining,” Ulysse told Boxing Monthly. “People fight for glory, for winning, different things for each person. I fight for winning first, but by being entertaining is how people will remember me.”

The other Brit fighting away this weekend

Scott Hammerton
19/06/2015 8:01pm

Before Paul Smith takes on the returning Andre Ward in Oakland on Saturday night, Carshalton’s Tony Owen ventures to Ballerup, Copenhagen, to face unbeaten Anthony Yigit on the Sauerland Promotion ‘Nordic Fight Night’ bill. Fresh from a fourth round stoppage over Gyula Vajda at the Camden Centre in April, the 28-year-old southpaw looks to make it back-to-back victories since his defeat to Ricky Boylan back in December 2013. Recharged with over a year out of the ring, Owen is relishing his first ‘away day’ having boxed all 19 of his professional bouts in London and around the South of England. “This is a massive opportunity to get back in the mix on both a domestic and now international level,” said Owen. “Anthony is a talent, but I feel I’ve got the tools to cause him problems.”

The great outdoors

Graham Houston
19/06/2015 11:29am

The local-rivalry lightweight fight between Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle at Hull’s KC Lightstream Stadium on 1 August is the latest in a long line of British open-air shows. Once, outdoor shows were commonplace as promoters took a chance on the vagaries of the British weather - and holding a fight outdoors in Britain is always going to be a gamble. For instance, when Jack Solomons promoted the lightweight championship fight between formidable champion Ike Williams, from New Jersey, and Ronnie James, of Wales, at Cardiff’s Ninian Park in September 1946, rain fell so heavily that it seemed the show would have to be postponed.

TKO Radio meets Ed Robinson & Kevin McIntyre

TKO Radio
17/06/2015 12:03pm

Ed Robinson from the Sky Sports boxing team joins TKO Radio to preview the Andre Ward-Paul Smith fight, discuss the talking points in the super-middleweight division and also Anthony Joshua’s rapid rise to No.2 in the WBC heavyweight rankings. Is Joshua ready for a title shot now or is it all happening too quickly? Kevin McIntyre won the British welterweight title and retired with a 30-9 record, but rather than sit still and talk himself into a comeback - like many boxers do and normally for the wrong reasons - he decided to become a professional referee. Kevin talks us through the process of becoming the man in the middle. 

Kevin Satchell: Street-fighting man

Danny Winterbottom
15/06/2015 10:40pm


As an undersized youth fighting off unwanted attention from the trouble makers who lurked around every shadowy corner of the housing estate he grew up on, Kevin ‘Iceman’ Satchell could only dream of becoming a multi belt title-holder in the sweet science. One story that Satchell tells brings in to stark reality the dangers of the streets. “I’ve had knives pulled on me,” he told BM. “I wouldn’t mention no names, but I was having trouble with this kid once who had stolen bikes from my brothers. I came around the corner on my bike and I saw him and went to have it with him. He bottled it at first then it was almost as if he suddenly remembered he had a knife and he pulled it out."

What next for Walters?

John A. MacDonald
14/06/2015 8:50pm

Saturday night presented Nicholas Walters, 26-0 (21 KOs), with his moment in the spotlight. The 29-year-old Jamaican rose to prominence last year with stoppage victories over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, the latter earning him the WBA 'Super' world featherweight title. Whilst those performances were impressive, they posed more questions than answers. 

MGM Scotland hits Glasgow

TKO Radio
13/06/2015 11:27am

Many familiar faces from within the Scottish boxing community joined 1,200 enthusiastic fans in Glasgow on Friday night to be a part of the first MGM Scotland boxing show at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre. Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin was also ringside in support of the sister gym to his Marbella base of operations.



Rugged Luis on the rebound

Shawn Smith
12/06/2015 11:57am

It’s almost 10pm on a weeknight and, while most professional fighters in the middle of training camp would be settling down, Tony Luis’ night is just getting started. This is the life of a fighter who hasn’t reached the top of the mountain, one who has a family to fight for and a mortgage to maintain. Luis is just weeks out from his 26 June showdown with Dominican Edward Valdez, which serves as the co-main event on the CBS Sports Network. It’s not the most high profile opponent Luis has faced, but that doesn’t make the bout any less important. A loss would derail his career and remove him from any world title conversations.



TKO Radio: The Good Son, The Hall of Fame, The Debut

TKO Radio
10/06/2015 12:10pm

While Riddick Bowe, Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini and others get ready for their International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions this weekend, Scottish amateur heavyweight champion Ross Henderson makes his pro debut. Writer and host of Top Men Boxing Radio, Patrick Connor, also joins TKO Radio to talk about a potential Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez fight and how that clash may impact upon another huge name in the sport. TKO previews the weekend's Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga and Deontay Wilder-Eric Molina fights. Jesse James Miller, writer and director of the well-received 2013 documentary 'The Good Son' about Ray Mancini's life, also joins TKO to talk about the 2015 Hall Of Fame inductee and his film. 

Prizefighter Tom Doran

John A. MacDonald
09/06/2015 11:14am

Prizefighter is nothing if not unpredictable. In its eight-year run, the eight-man, one night, knockout tournament has provided the viewing public with a raft of surprises. The nature of the format, designed to produce the unexpected, was perhaps the least significant obstacle facing Tom 'Dazzlin' Doran when he entered the 35th instalment of the event, this time at middleweight, in February. The Welshman had only had one six-round contest in the past three years yet had the utmost confidence he would be victorious. “I genuinely believed I was going to win,” Doran told Boxing Monthly.