What the hell is going on with 2016?!

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
10/02/2016 11:36am

Michael Montero rants on the lacklustre boxing schedule in the first half of 2016, big fights falling apart, catchweights, diva moves from fighters and broken promises to fans.

Lion Garton ready to roar

John Evans
10/02/2016 11:05am

There is something distinctly old fashioned about Johnny Garton. The South Londoner is following a well-trodden title route through one of boxing’s traditional weight classes. A raucous group of fans follow him across the Thames from Peckham to his adopted home at London’s home of boxing - the York Hall in Bethnal Green - and he is willing to risk defeat in order to get where he wants. Garton (16-1-1, 5 KOs) has defended the Southern Area welterweight belt twice and gets the opportunity to add the English title to his collection when he faces the returning Tyler Goodjohn on 12 March. The fight will be 28-year-old Garton’s ninth consecutive appearance at the York Hall and it seems certain that he and Goodjohn will create the type of fight that, if they were competing in the 1950s, would see them double their purses by collecting nobbins after the final bell.  

Resurgent Fonfara eyes Stevenson return

Shaun Brown
08/02/2016 3:23pm

From Radom to Chicago via Warsaw and from welterweight to light-heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara has found a settled life inside and outside the ring. The 28-year-old Pole was having some much needed R&R with his fiancée in Hawaii, when Boxing Monthly spoke to him recently over the phone, after that gruelling 12-round contest with Britain’s Nathan Cleverly on 16 October in the ‘Windy City’. It was a fight that gave fans one of the more memorable and entertaining dust-ups of 2015. One that broke Compubox records for the 175lb division with most combined punches landed (936) and most combined punches thrown (2,524). “I’m happy,” declared Fonfara. “Nathan was in best performance. He put up a lot of work in the camp and he showed this in this fight. He wanted to win the fight and all the rounds. I think even late in fight he go for broke. His face not so good but he still wanted to go forward and try and punch me."

Khan trumps Quaye

James Oddy
08/02/2016 3:02pm

Saturday night saw boxing return to the city of Bradford at Cedar Court Hotel in an, at times, uneven yet always entertaining card. The great and the good of Bradford political and business life were in attendance, alongside ex-WBC 140lbs champion Junior Witter and imminent WBO title challenger Derry Mathews. The Vaughan Boxing Promotions show featured five fights of varying quality, with the main event being local man Tasif Khan (11-1-2) taking on solid Ghanaian Issac Quaye (27-12-1). On the line was the ‘Global Boxing Union super-flyweight title’, a belt that, being perfectly honest, was obscure even for many people in the boxing world.

Old school Woodgate primed for Camacho

Paul Zanon
05/02/2016 9:08am

Whilst publicity for Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg reaches fever pitch for their world title encounter on 27th February, down south, Dan Woodgate and Wadi Camacho will prepare to square off for the Southern Area cruiserweight title, headlining a massive 21 fight spectacle at the UK’s Mecca of small hall boxing, the York Hall. Boxing Monthly (BM) caught up with Dan Woodgate, several weeks ahead of the showdown. Having entered the boxing game at the ripe age of 22, Dan boxed 21 times as an amateur before making his debut as a professional at the age of 26 on 27 February 2010 – the very same day and month he fights Camacho. BM was interested to establish the reasons as to why Woodgate entered the prize ring so late in life. “I was overweight! I used to weigh 18 stone and wanted to lose weight,” said Woodgate. “Despite having one of my great grandparents and my granddad who were decent fighters, I don’t come from a long lineage of boxing blood.”

Young out, Cronin vs Campos headlines

Shawn Smith
03/02/2016 9:16pm

It’s been a frustrating few months for United Promotions, who finally look to have their 27 February main event finalised. WBA ranked super-welterweight Brandon Cook was originally expected to headline the card before a broken hand forced him out. Highly touted Ontario prospect Ryan Young was then tapped to headline the card, but it was announced that he, too, had suffered an injury in training camp and would be unable to perform.

Butler receives junior title tilt on 12 March

Shawn Smith
03/02/2016 8:57pm


Just days after a fight on the Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal undercard, Steven Butler’s return to the ring has already been scheduled. Eye of the Tiger Management announced that Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will return on the undercard of David Lemieux vs Jacob De La Rosa on 12 March in the co-main event. The fight takes place at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. Butler will fight for the IBF youth title at 154lbs against Sladjan Janjanin (13-0, 11 KOs).

Reflections on Kovalev-Pascal 2

Shawn Smith
01/02/2016 7:50am

While the beautiful people of Montreal were out in full force on Saturday night, there was little beautiful about the ugly, violent beating that 'Krusher' Sergey Kovalev put on old foe Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre. The crowd roared as Pascal was introduced, the kind of roar that only boxing fans know. The kind that drowns out a live band, a DJ, and anything else you might have been thinking about. The kind that shakes the ground and gives you goosebumps. But those roars were subsided rather quickly on what ultimately turned out to be a disappointing performance from Montreal’s Pascal, who offered little resistance to the constant onslaught of Kovalev.

Zou rips Coutinho, eyes Ioka

Mathew Scott
31/01/2016 10:07am

Zou Shiming, the poster boy for pro boxing’s foray into mainland China, lived up to his billing, outclassing Brazilian Natan Santana Coutinho on his way to a TKO with 2.17 gone in the eighth round that saw the Chinese star pick up the vacant WBO International flyweight crown. The 34-year-old Zou has been in the game for almost as long as his 21-year-old opponent has been on Earth and he drew on all that experience after an even first round at Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre on Saturday night. Zou had begun to pick his opponent apart at will before referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon waved the fight off, landing flashy combinations and showing far more power than previously on display during a fledgling pro career that now stands at 7-1 (2 KOs).

McCullough aiming high

Jamie Roberts
30/01/2016 7:31am

Marco McCullough has set his sights on emulating his uncle and lifting the Commonwealth title the next time he steps into the ring. The Belfast boxer goes up against unbeaten Lancashire fighter Isaac Lowe for the featherweight version of the belt on the undercard to Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg on 27 February and he is determined to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Tommy Waite, who lifted the title at bantamweight level in 2000. McCullough said: "It would be a dream come true to do the same as my uncle and lift a Commonwealth title. It is giving me extra motivation in this camp and I know this is the fight that could open a lot of doors in my career."