The legendary Bob Fitzsimmons has gone down in boxing history as the first triple weight world champion and one of the hardest hitters to ever enter the roped arena. Modern accounts of his life often highlight the apparent death of opponent Con Coughlin, aka 'The Irish Giant', as evidence of Fitz’s devastating punching power. There’s just one problem with that. It isn’t true. It never happened.
Classy Jorge Linares was just too precise and well seasoned for the wonderfully gutsy Anthony Crolla in Manchester on Saturday night as the Venezuelan established himself beyond reasonable doubt as the number one lightweight boxer in the world.
As Anthony Crolla tries to become king of the lightweight division this weekend, Boxing Monthly re-examines the turbulent life and oft overlooked career of Britain’s first lightweight world champion, the great Freddie Welsh.
If he defeats Venezuelan Jorge Linares on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena, Anthony Crolla will, in the eyes of many boxing traditionalists, establish a new title lineage in the lightweight division. Luke G. Williams previews a mouthwatering match-up.
Boxing Monthly was recently invited to attend a training session with a rather unique backdrop. Paul Zanon speaks to boxing maestro Ivan Magnani, the founder of local amateur boxing club, ASD Pontremoli Boxe in picturesque Tuscany.