Richard Commey: Out of Africa

Danny Winterbottom
20/02/2016 11:25am

The Essex town of Harlow is a far cry from the hot and bustling streets of Accra, Ghana, but this is where unbeaten lightweight contender Richard Commey has called home since he arrived in the UK in 2012 with the help of his manager and gym owner, Mickey Amoo-Bediako. Amoo-Bediako, a Brit with family roots firmly embedded in the West African nation, has been the proprietor of the SW Pro Gym in Loughton, Essex, for four years. Commey has honed his boxing skills there with his trainer Carl Lokko and sparring sessions with Ricky Burns and Carl Frampton have helped him to an impressive 23-0 resume with 21 of those victories coming by KO.

Ranking the heavyweights: reflecting on numbers 38-30

Luke G. Williams
20/02/2016 11:01am

Now that Boxing Monthly’s ‘Ranking the Heavyweights’ series has completed the rankings from 38-30, I thought it was an apt time to reflect on those boxers who finished in the lowest reaches of the chart, from Marvin Hart who came 38th (and last) up to Primo Carnera in 30th.

Pugilism not vandalism

Paul Zanon
19/02/2016 6:47pm

If I asked you to correlate the connection between boxing and the surname Sheeran, you would probably start to scratch your head and think – ‘worlds apart?!’ Boxing Monthly caught up with Jethro Sheeran – musician, avid boxing fan and cousin to Ed - to discover the uncanny connection which unravels into decades of bona fide pugilistic heritage.

Michael Montero rants: Fallout over Manny Pacquiao comments

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
19/02/2016 6:42pm

Michael Montero sounds off on the reaction to Manny Pacquiao's insensitive comments about gay marriage from the media, fans and celebrities like Magic Johnson. After a decade-long sponsorship deal with Nike, the massive corporation severed ties with Pacman following the media fallout.

Cronin hits and headlines

Shawn Smith
18/02/2016 12:59am

Three years ago, Ontario’s Tim Cronin wasn’t sure if he would ever fight again. He had started boxing as a young man of 11 at the Belleville Boxing Club, coming up through the ranks but never accomplishing anything of substance on the Canadian amateur boxing scene. He grew tired of boxing, felt stalled out as a student of the game and decided to move on from the sport. “I felt like I kind of capped out,” Cronin told BM. “I was young and dumb and still a teenager really. I was trying to figure things out. I went to school and I worked and did what teenagers do.” But the itch never went away. He couldn’t quite let the sport go. Now, three years later, he’s glad he didn’t.

Golovkin-Wade LA presser highlights

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
17/02/2016 2:59am

Highlights from the kick-off press conference announcing the HBO Championship Boxing card headlined by Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin facing IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade. In the co-feature, Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez defends his WBC flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo. Michael Montero reports.



Asian boxing scene catching fire

Marcus Bellinger
16/02/2016 12:48pm

Marcus Bellinger reports on the latest news from the vibrant Asian boxing scene including the return of hot flyweight prospect Daigo Higa and the 2016 Champions Carnival in Japan. 

Terry Flanagan: A local hero

Terry Dooley
15/02/2016 10:19am

When Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 early) heard the words “And the new” following his second round retirement win over Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBO lightweight title at the Manchester Velodrome in July a wave of emotion washed over him. Elation and ecstasy over the win, naturally, and a feeling of vindication after flying under the radar for the majority of his career until Steve Wood, his manager, bagged him a promotional deal with Frank Warren in 2014. However, there was also a niggling feeling that he would have to prove himself all over again due to the nature of the victory when it was revealed that the previously undefeated KO artist had withdrew due to a dislocated shoulder. The Ancoats born and bred boxer told Boxing Monthly that he underlined his credentials by crushing American southpaw Diego Magdaleno in two rounds at the Manchester Arena in October.

Born to be Wilder

Paul Zanon
14/02/2016 11:35am

Every fighter has a story of how they got into boxing and Deontay Wilder’s certainly merits more space than most. Wilder told Boxing Monthly, “I got into to boxing because of my 10-year-old daughter Naieya who was born with spina bifida. I was in college, but once she was born, I had to drop out and support her.”

Humble hardness: The Savannah Marshall story

Paul Zanon
12/02/2016 11:25am

When you earn the nickname of Silent Assassin, one could easily assume it’s a description of someone who’s perhaps void of character, quiet, yet aggressive in the ring. Savannah Marshall is certainly not void of character and was, without a doubt, not quiet for this 30 minute interview. In terms of aggressive in the ring – far from it. She’s a calculated, elite athlete who leaves nothing by chance and has a hungry mentality which stops her ever taking anything for granted. As opposed to many who started boxing as a result of a family member inspiring them, the Marshall boxing bloodline started with Savannah. The pugilistic pioneer explained. “One of my friends used to box and he came round to my house and showed me his trophies. I remember thinking, ‘I’d like to win one of them. I wonder how hard it can be?’” Marshall told Boxing Monthly.

Lafreniere-St.Juste and the greatest fight I’ve ever seen live

Shawn Smith
11/02/2016 11:15am

Through five fights, the night had done little to excite boxing fans. The arena, while not quite full, had been loud at points when the hometown fighters were victorious, but it was not thunderous by any means. Many had yet to even focus on the ring at all. Grotesque, oversized men pranced around the floor area of Montreal’s Bell Centre with their trophies, women with dresses a little too short and heels a little too high, as if they were trying to impress the hounds in the stands. But before either Kovalev or Pascal could take to the ring, even before the HBO cameras started rolling, something magical happened. If you’ve ever been in the arena when a breathtaking fight happens, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The kind of bout that even the trophies stop and admire in sheer shock for the brutality the men put themselves through. Renan St.Juste and Francis Lefreniere accomplished the unlikely feat on 30 January. “I wanted to fight inside with Renan because he's a big puncher,” Lefreniere said of his gameplan. “When you receive one punch, it's okay, but if he lands two, three, four big punches, he can be dangerous. That's why we wanted to stay inside.”