Richmond Unchained: exclusive extract

Luke G. Williams
10/05/2016 8:36am

Luke G. Williams’ book Richmond Unchained: the biography of the world’s first black sporting superstar has been short-listed in the Biography of the Year category at the 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards. The first ever full-length biography of slave turned prominent bare-knuckle boxer Bill Richmond (1763-1829), Richmond Unchained recreates the thrilling and dangerous world of Georgian pugilism. Here Boxing Monthly presents an extract from the book, in which we find the remarkable Richmond making an appearance at one of the most prominent state occasions of the 19th Century…

Canelo-Khan post-fight thoughts

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
08/05/2016 7:41am

Michael Montero gives his thoughts from ringside, just moments after Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez scored a one-punch knockout win over Amir Khan in the sixth round of their 155lbs catchweight title bout inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Queensbury Boxing League takes the plunge

Paul Zanon
08/05/2016 2:40am

If you are not familiar with Queensbury Boxing League (QBL), it was formed in July 2009 and promoted its first event in October 2009. It was originally called the Queensbury Fight League for its first five events, but then it changed to Queensbury Boxing League to reflect that it was boxing rather than fighting. Since its launch, former Southern Area and English welterweight champion (and son of former undisputed world middleweight champion Alan) Ross Minter, alongside his business partner Alan Foley, have successfully promoted over 50 shows. The format the competition was simple. With nine weight categories and five skill levels, boxers would battle it out over three, four and five minute rounds, against opponents of equal skill and ability. A win or a loss would then give the individual the opportunity to move up and down the rankings dependent on their result. The successful competitors would then earn the right to challenge for one of the five separate titles in each weight division, with the Queensbury British title being the ultimate goal. With a successful league in place, why did the QBL decide to throw their hat into the pro ring? 

Canelo Alvarez - Amir Khan weigh-in report

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/05/2016 6:39am

Michael Montero reports from the weigh-in between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Amir Khan ahead of their WBC middleweight title bout from the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO PPV and BoxNation in the UK.

Canelo-Khan undercard weigh-ins

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/05/2016 6:27am

Coverage of the undercard weigh-ins for the Canelo-Khan PPV card live on HBO Boxing from the all new TMobile Arena in Las Vegas on 7 May including David Lemieux - Glen Tapia; Mauricio Herrera - Frankie Gomez; Patrick Teixeira - Curtis Stevens; Diego De La Hoya - Rocco Santomauro and Jason Quigley - James De La Rosa.

Granat ready to explode

Luke G. Williams
06/05/2016 9:01am

Appropriately enough for a man whose surname - roughly translated from his native Swedish - means ‘hand grenade’, Adrian Granat is a talent who is set to explode into the top rank of the heavyweight division over the next couple of years. You’d think that Granat’s surname would have earned him a typically hyperbolic nickname, such as the ‘Grenade’ or ‘The Swedish Bomber’, yet he is instead known as ‘The Pike’. Not knowing much about fish I’ve always been puzzled as to the derivation of this somewhat unconventional moniker. However, the man himself is pleased to explain to Boxing Monthly the suitability and derivation of his aquatic nickname. “I got the nickname from my old amateur trainer,” he says. “I was thin, tall and could punch hard. Just like the pike. This fish is very common in Sweden and it is the best hunter in the sweet waters of Sweden. My old trainer gave nicknames to everyone, and I guess mine stuck.”

Khan: A gamble worth taking

Terry Dooley
05/05/2016 9:18am

When Boxing Monthly last caught up with Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight titlist was chasing big money showdowns in America against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather opted for Andre Berto; Pacquiao is likely to bow out after beating Tim Bradley in April, which left Khan seemingly twisting in the wind while some British fans poured cold-water scepticism over his claim that a mega-fight was within reach. Many assumed that his only other viable option was a domestic showdown with IBF welterweight title-holder Kell Brook. There were rumours that it was close at one point. However, Khan’s handlers were also locked in secret negotiations with Saul Alvarez, the lineal and WBC middleweight champion. The discussions bore fruit. Brook was left disappointed when Khan announced that he would meet ‘Canelo’ in Las Vegas on 7 May - Cinco de Mayo weekend - in a move that few saw coming. Surprises are rare in the age of social media so it was refreshing to see Alvarez-Khan come flying out of leftfield. As Khan explained, his team has learned some harsh lessons in recent years, most notably when and when not to go public about a fight. “I left it down to my team and [advisor] Al Haymon to do the deal,” explained Khan. “We kept it quiet, we never let anyone know what we were doing or risked it getting out in anyway. We learned that when stuff gets leaked out it can prevent fights from happening."

Canelo-Khan breakdown & prediction

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
04/05/2016 6:53pm

Michael Montero lends his insight to the 155lbs catchweight fight between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Amir Khan. The popular Mexican defends his WBC middleweight title belt against England's Khan on Saturday 7 May in Las Vegas. 

Gallagher's recipe for success

Terry Dooley
04/05/2016 6:41am

In September 2001, Joe Gallagher led Stephen Foster Junior to the ring at the MEN Arena for the youngster’s winning professional debut. Gallagher was turning pro, too, after a successful stint as an amateur coach. The Manchester boxing scene was starting to blossom and bloom back then and, as is always the case with spring and summer, it felt like the season of success would last forever. Boxing is cyclical, though, so it came as no surprise when the city’s fortunes dipped a little following the Ricky Hatton era. Sure, fighters such as John Murray and Salford’s Jamie Moore kept the scene vibrant with a series of FOTY candidates; however, Liverpool was on the rise, the MEN was used for concerts and shows with boxing only sporadically on display at the Arena. Now, though, the wheel has turned full circle again. Manchester is booming, and the proud 47-year-old Mancunian and his Bolton-based stable of fighters are regular features at what is now known as the Manchester Arena. “I am very proud that we’ve got top boxing back at the Arena after a few quiet years and times when boxers from outside were headlining, like we saw with [Carl] Froch against [George] Groves and [David] Haye’s fights,” said Gallagher when speaking to Boxing Monthly

Facing Canelo

John A. MacDonald
02/05/2016 7:29am

When Canelo Alvarez meets Amir Khan on 7 May, it won’t be the first time the Mexican superstar has fought for a WBC title against a fighter from Greater Manchester at a catchweight limit. On 5 March 2011, Alvarez faced Matthew Hatton for the vacant super-welterweight title at a contracted weight of 150lbs, at the Honda Center, in the Los Angeles suburbs. “Obviously, it wasn’t the most pleasant experience for me,” Hatton told Boxing Monthly over the phone, as he recalled the fight. “[I was] very impressed with Alvarez, he’s certainly the best fighter I’ve been in the ring with. I think the thing that struck out for me was just that he’s immensely strong, physically he was just so strong. I’d boxed and sparred with bigger guys before but he was freakishly strong really. Again, [he was] very accurate with his punches, [he] didn’t waste many shots, powerful puncher but physically very, very strong.”