Four point preview: Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal 2

Shawn Smith
29/01/2016 7:01am

No, you’re not seeing double. Last year’s blistering light-heavyweight showdown between 175lbs champion Sergey Kovalev and challenger Jean Pascal is happening again. In their first meeting, an intense effort from Pascal was thwarted by the heavy-handed Russian, who gave Pascal the first TKO loss of his career. This time, with new trainer Freddie Roach in tow, Pascal has promised an even stronger effort. There are many factors to consider heading into what will likely be Montreal’s biggest fight night of 2016.

Wilder trainer on Fury furore

Luke G. Williams
26/01/2016 7:14am

Alabama-born Jay Deas has trained and managed WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder since the then raw 20-year-old walked into the Skyy Gym in Tuscaloosa in 2005. Deas, a boxing fanatic and former crime reporter, started the gym in 1997 with his brother Tommy. Under Deas’ stewardship, Wilder has progressed from a raw novice to an Olympic bronze medallist and now a world champion. Boxing Monthly caught up with the affable Deas to get his take on Wilder’s recent ninth-round stoppage victory against Artur Szpilka, Tyson Fury’s ‘ring invasion’ and other happenings in the heavyweight division.

Josh Pritchard: Licensed to punish

Jamie Roberts
25/01/2016 7:07am

The youngest of the Cyclone Promotions stable is ready to punish anyone who stands in his way of glory. Twenty one-year-old Josh 'The Punisher' Pritchard aims to extend his perfect record when he steps into the ring on 6 February at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel and the featherweight knows just how important the McGuigan set-up is to his progression. Pritchard said: "In my opinion, I'm with the best team in the country. Success breeds success and the McGuigans' experience will help me out massively on my journey to the top.

Rocky retrospective Part 3: ROCKY III (1982)

Luke G. Williams
24/01/2016 4:37am

With CREED now playing across the UK, Luke G. Williams re-examines cinema’s greatest boxing hero - the one and only Rocky Balboa - for Boxing Monthly Online. Today, he assesses the third entry in the series …

Pugilism not Vandalism: boxing and the Sheeran family

Paul Zanon
22/01/2016 7:19am

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. The genesis of the Sheeran boxing gene seems to have evolved from Jethro and Ed’s great grandfather James, who was handy enough with his fists to have fought none other than the heavyweight legend Jack Johnson, in an exhibition bout in 1913. Rumour has it Johnson came out on top during their encounter… 

Ranking the great heavyweights: a statistical approach

Luke G. Williams
18/01/2016 9:56am

Author of Richmond Unchained Luke G. Williams introduces his new series rating the lineal heavyweight champions in order of greatness via a special scoring system involving achievement, dominance, style, fortitude and impact. Boxing Monthly’s website will be posting Luke's scores, rankings and thoughts in reverse order throughout 2016.

Asian Boxing Scene: Round-up and hot prospects

Marcus Bellinger
17/01/2016 10:52am

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It was an enjoyable but hectic time for boxing in Japan with expected knockouts, upsets and young fighters coming through their biggest tests to date. For those who managed to catch the action, well done and, for the publications and UK TV channels who once again ignored it, shame on you. Here’s a quick recap of events from the ‘land of the rising sun’ during the holiday season.

Rocky retrospective Part 2: ROCKY II (1979)

Luke G. Williams
15/01/2016 10:17am

With CREED released in the UK on 15 January, Luke G. Williams re-examines cinema’s greatest boxing hero - the one and only Rocky Balboa - for Boxing Monthly Online. Today, he assesses the second entry in the series, ROCKY II … Despite the runaway box-office and Oscar-award-winning success of ROCKY, a follow-up was far from certain. Back in the 1970s the movie industry wasn’t yet burdened with the surfeit of sequels that currently exist and the success rate of those that did make it to cinemas was patchy. Movies, it seemed, were still movies, as opposed to ‘franchises’ or ‘properties’. 

Byrd’s eye view of the heavyweight division

Luke G. Williams
14/01/2016 10:16am

Luke G. Williams speaks to two-time heavyweight titlist Chris Byrd about the state of the sport’s blue riband division today. Former IBF and WBO Champion Chris Byrd was one of the top heavyweights of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, despite regularly ceding huge advantages to his opponents in terms of weight, height, power and reach. Having begun his amateur career as a light-welter and his pro career as a super-middle, Byrd had no right to be campaigning at heavyweight, let alone regularly beating viable contenders or winning world titles in the division. 

 

Smith ready to light up New York

Danny Winterbottom
13/01/2016 8:34am

Stephen Smith has told Boxing Monthly that his 26 March IBF super-featherweight title fight against Puerto Rican Champion Jose Pedraza is likely headed to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. “That's what I've heard but we are waiting on full confirmation soon,” said the 30-year-old former Commonwealth and two-weight British champion when speaking to BM from his home in Liverpool. There had been some confusion late last week as to the exact date and location of the fight, with Puerto Rican based promoter Peter Rivera discussing the possibility of having Pedraza face his mandatory Smith on 20 February.

De Mori seeks to derail Haye

Shaun Brown
12/01/2016 11:59am

Fighters can be a coy bunch of individuals when discussing a pre-fight gameplan. “I don’t want to give too much away…”A traditional quote from a boxer who, rightly, will reveal his hand(s) on fight night and not to a writer who is looking for an easy headline. Then there are men like Mark De Mori. The Croatian-based Australian heavyweight, who recently signed with Warrior’s Boxing in America, who knows exactly what he has to do to beat David Haye this Saturday night (16 January) and didn’t even hesitate when it came to sharing. “I’ve got to take a risk approach which is to engage,” De Mori told Boxing Monthly. “I know he wants me to run in so he can counter punch, but I’m not tall enough to sit back and use my jab so there’s no secrets about my fight plan. I’m just going to go in there and let my bombs fly.”