Opportunity Knocks

Daniel Armstrong
13/07/2016 3:27pm

“It’s gonna be a buzz to get in there, I can’t wait to put on a show!” Mancunian scrapper John Telford is rightly enthusiastic about his professional debut this Saturday on the joint promoted Red Star Boxing/VIP Boxing ‘Redemption’ bill at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. The venue is a short drive from his house; his friends and family will be in attendance; the bill is topped by Ryan Doyle’s English featherweight title scrap against Ian Bailey and features former Olympian Joe Murray. But more importantly, his fledgling outing in the paid ranks represents vindication of his choice to seriously pursue boxing.

Coldwell getting the right Price

Danny Winterbottom
13/07/2016 11:51am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOk4r0aekrk

Dave Coldwell is as equally at home donning a tracksuit in his role as a top flight trainer, as he is wearing an expensive suit as a manager and a promoter. Name a job in the boxing business and Coldwell, a 41-year-old former 1990's flyweight, has probably done it. From fighter to head of boxing at Hayemaker Promotions, and boss of his own promotional company, the Calcutta born Coldwell is currently enjoying a golden spell as a trainer with the McDonnell twins, Jamie (IBF 118lbs champion) and Gavin (WBC Silver 122lbs titlist) as well as WBC 175lbs champion Tony Bellew.

Doyle's War

John Evans
12/07/2016 9:08am

The last sparring session of a training camp is usually met with a mixture of dread and relief. Dread at the thought of pushing an already tired body through a few more rounds of pain, but relief that the final bell will signal that the torturous workload of the previous few weeks is almost at an end. Ten days out from his English featherweight title fight with Ian Bailey, ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle, (12-1-1, 7 KOs), is wrapping his hands ahead of his final 12 rounds of action before the punches fly for real at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Saturday night (16 July).

You wait for two fights to come along then...

Shaun Brown
09/07/2016 6:06am

So there we were waiting for one fight to come along in the shape of either Kell Brook v Jessie Vargas or Gennady Golovkin v Chris Eubank Jr. They were like buses; but we had been hoping for two to come along at once. Instead, a 30-year-old Yorkshireman has found a way for Vargas, the WBO welterweight champion, to be slung off one to Sheffield in the autumn, and Eubank Jr, the British middleweight champion, to be chasing one that is now destined for London on 10 September.

Mission: Possible

James Oddy
08/07/2016 12:11pm

It is an often repeated maxim that boxing isn’t a game. It’s true. No other sport can inflict such physical and, occasionally, emotional damage on its competitors. Yet for nine-year United States army veteran, and welterweight contender, Sammy Vasquez (21-0, 15 KOs), boxing is a refuge from the effects of a two-tour stint during the Iraq war.

Mark Your Calendar - July 2016

Shaun Brown
06/07/2016 7:58am

Kicking off with July, Boxing Monthly will pick out a selection of fights and cards to keep an eye out for during the month. Who, what, where and when. With 95% correct spelling, not down to the author, and possible intelligence, at the end of it all we will give you something that we like to call MARK YOUR CALENDAR! (Exclamation mark necessary.)

David Avanesyan - The Fighter’s Fighter

Daniel Armstrong
05/07/2016 9:33am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIWWXWRmyhg

“I’m ready for anyone." - When a fighter says this familiar phrase it is often understood that they are simply repeating an age-old piece of boxing terminology, but when it is said by Armenian-Russian welterweight David Avanesyan, his matter-of-fact tone can only be translated as pure intent.

Undiluted Fury

Mark Butcher
04/07/2016 9:01am

Success has a tendency to change people. A taste of glory has swollen countless egos in boxing and often sent them spiralling out of control. Not so Peter Fury. The trainer of the lineal heavyweight champion of the world remains as grounded as ever. When nephew Tyson Fury toppled boxing’s most established champion Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf last November, new life was breathed into a stagnated division, but despite masterminding that tactical success Peter Fury has stayed refreshingly humble.

2016: The highs and lows so far...

Boxing Monthly
29/06/2016 1:43pm

Well, we're halfway through 2016. Boxing over the last six months has had its fair share of ups and downs, but doesn't it always? It's had its dose of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. The Boxing Monthly online team have put their notepads and laptops down for a moment to give you their highs and lows of the year so far. What's been your highs and lows? Tweet your picks to @BoxingMonthlyEd