Commonwealth super welterweight champion Liam Williams will return to the ring for the first time in 13 months, following hand surgery, when he faces Scotland's Kris Carslaw on Frank Warren's 'Christmas Cracker' card on December 19 at the Manchester Arena headed by Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders' WBO middleweight world title fight.
Amidst the darkness of defeat there are victories to be found.
The record will show that Nathan Cleverly lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Andrzej Fonfara just over four weeks ago in Chicago. What the black and white of it all will not say was how much Cleverly was involved in the fight and has a case for what might have been had his nose not been broken in the seventh round.
United Promotions, Ontario’s most prominent boxing promoter, returns on 21 November after a three-month layoff with a card featuring WBA super-welterweight Intercontinental champion Brandon Cook and a slew of local prospects looking for another opportunity to break out. Cook (15-0, 9 KOs) headlines the show against Rafael Sosa Pintos, known to British fans for being dismantled by Callum Smith (LTKO3) in October 2014. “I’m looking for Brandon to make a statement,” United Promotions’ Tyler Buxton told Boxing Monthly. “Pintos is a bigger guy, coming down from middleweight where he fought for the WBA middleweight Intercontinental Championship over there [Europe] and went eight rounds. If Brandon can find a way to get him out before then, that would be a nice little statement.”
Michael Montero analyses the highly anticipated fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez on 21 November. 'Canelo', the Mexican superstar, challenges the Puerto Rican future Hall of Famer for his WBC middleweight title. The bout will headline an HBO Boxing PPV card live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The car park of the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas usually doubles as a showroom for the latest and greatest European sports cars. Weave your way between the various immaculately manicured Lamborghinis and Bugattis and you will find ‘The Money Team’ spending an increasing amount of time tending to a 20-year-old ‘Tank’. Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis’ reputation and amateur achievements earned him the ear of Floyd Mayweather Sr and Roger Mayweather and eventually got him an audition with the man himself.
Michael Montero discusses the career trajectories of boxing prodigies Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux and supposed different treatment from the media, fans, promoters and networks. There has been chatter in boxing social media circles about unfair double standards - and perhaps racism - behind the different ways both fighters have been received by the public and handled by the networks.
There comes a time in everyone's life when you're faced with a choice that involves risk. For Manchester’s Jimmy 'Kilrain' Kelly that choice was to accept an opportunity to challenge for a WBO world title yet risk facing a heavy favourite in 154lb champion Liam Smith on 19 December.
Morecambe-based heavyweight contender Tyson Fury fights for the heavyweight world title in less than three weeks and the 27-year-old believes that his keen grasp of boxing history coupled with his versatility will ensure that he upsets the odds and end Wladimir Klitschko’s reign. Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) is a keen student of the game, he told Boxing Monthly that knowledge of your sport and division is essential if you are to succeed. “When it comes to my job, I have to know my business - you couldn’t have a bricklayer who doesn’t know how to lay bricks,” Fury told BM. “I’m a heavyweight boxer so have to know the heavyweights. I know about every heavyweight in the world, his record, his stance and whether he’s any good. I have to.”
Fight night recap of Timothy Bradley's ninth round knockout over Brandon Rios, under the guidance of new trainer Teddy Atlas, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In the co-feature, Vasyl Lomachenko defended his WBO featherweight title with a 10th round stoppage over Mexican Romulo Koasicha and 2012 Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata of Japan made his American debut.
It’s not just in the UK where boxing is booming. The vibrant Japanese fight scene is positively bristling with talent including nine reigning world champions and a number of phenomenal prospects bursting onto the world scene. Record padding may as well be outlawed Japan; if you’re good enough you have to prove it and fast - with prodigious talents like Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka each lifting world titles after a mere handful of contests while Takashi Uchiyama, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Inoue are widely regarded as the premier fighters in their divisions. So, with a nod to the seminal Akira Kurosawa movie, Boxing Monthly has selected its ‘Seven Samurai’ causing a stir in Japan as well as the red-hot prospects following in their wake.
In the early years of this century, the offerings British fight fans had from Sky Sports were very different from what we are used to today. A talented group of under-rated fighters provided our entertainment from boxing's backwaters. Ever wondered where they are now? John Evans tracks down James Hare, Jawaid Khaliq, Adrian Stone and Tony Oakey.