The mark of Zurdo

Mark Butcher
07/03/2016 9:23am

Mexico is renowned for its seemingly endless production line of high class pressure fighters, but this proud boxing nation has never raised a world champion at 168lbs. 6ft 2.5ins southpaws with skills to burn are almost as rare. Yet Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is poised to leave his mark on Mexican boxing history and break new ground among the super-middleweights. Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) is tantalisingly close. The 24-year-old is mandatory contender for wily WBO champion Arthur Abraham who he faces on the Pacquiao-Bradley III undercard on 9 April in Las Vegas. Yet dreams of glory seemed a world away when the young Ramirez was an ill-behaved youth in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and tempted, like so many before him, by the call of the streets. “I decided to go to the boxing gym [at 12 years old] because I used to have lots of street fights in my hood, and I always liked to watch the sport of boxing,” Ramirez told Boxing Monthly via trainer/translator Hector Zapari over the phone from his gym in Mazatlan. “I went to the Dr. Solorzano boxing gym close to downtown Mazatlan with only 10 pesos for the bus and a couple of hand wraps."



Flanagan planning to demolish UK lightweight scene

Shaun Brown
05/03/2016 10:13am

Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12KOs) has a boxing bucket list and part of that will be ticked off when he meets Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) on 12 March in Liverpool. The WBO lightweight champion, who makes the second defence of his title, will walk in to a North Western lion’s den when Manc meets Scouse at the Echo Arena, live on BoxNation. Winning a big fight in an opponent’s backyard, competing in America, unifying the lightweight division and winning a world title at a different weight are some of the other items on ‘Turbo’s’ bucket list. Those, as he told Boxing Monthly, are for the future. “For now I’m happy to clean up at domestic level,” said the 26-year-old.

I Am The Greatest – Muhammad Ali at The O2

Paul Zanon
04/03/2016 10:17am

With huge support from the British public for Muhammad Ali to receive an Honorary Knighthood, the timing for the ‘I Am The Greatest – Muhammad Ali’ exhibition at The 02 is perfect. If you are a non-sporting fan, you will appreciate the vast collection and depth of detail included. If you are a sporting fan, you will be taken aback by the level of detail the organisers have gone to, to trace such a vast number of artefacts and footage. If you are a boxing fan – you will be bowled over. 

Yafai promises to shine

Shaun Brown
03/03/2016 10:49am

Gamal Yafai (8-0, 3KOs) has told Boxing Monthly that fans will finally see the very best of him this Saturday night at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. Yafai aims to put everything together into one winning package when he challenges Bobby Jenkinson  (9-1-1, 2KOs) for his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title this weekend, live on Sky Sports. “Everyone will see a different fighter,” predicted Yafai. “The better they are, the better I will be. That’s the way it’s always been, even as an amateur. Most of my losses as an amateur were to kids I should have been beating."

Tyrone Nurse, born to box

Danny Winterbottom
01/03/2016 10:35am

As a schoolboy, British light-welterweight champion Tyrone Nurse was already preparing himself both mentally and physically for life in the unforgiving world of professional prizefighting, whilst perfecting the 'hit and don't get hit' style that has taken the Huddersfield 25-year-old to a record of 32-2-1 (6 KOs) as a seven year pro. When most teenage boys are chasing girls and trying to outdo their mates on the latest video games, Nurse was bunking off school to spar with grown men in the intimidating surroundings of a boxing gym. Men such as Stephen Foster Jr, Carl Johanneson and recently crowned WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla. “I were skiving off school and they were paying me a tenner a round!” Nurse told Boxing Monthly over the phone.

Wilder ready for Povetkin challenge

Luke G. Williams
29/02/2016 10:37am

Jay Deas, trainer of WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, talks to Boxing Monthly online about the Bronze Bomber’s approaching mandatory defence against Alexander Povetkin. It was announced on Friday that Andrey Ryabinsky, promoter of Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin, had won the rights to stage his charge’s challenge against reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, thanks to a purse bid of $7.15 million, which outstripped the bid of just over $5.1 million made by Wilder’s promoter, Lou DiBella. Despite the daunting prospect of a possible trip to Russia, Wilder’s trainer, Alabama-born Jay Deas, was a picture of confidence when Boxing Monthly caught up with him this weekend. “Povetkin's people made a competitive bid and won,” Deas told BM. “Therefore they will control where and when the fight takes place.  This is no problem for Deontay.  He has fought all over the world."

Santa Cruz vs Martinez ringside recap

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
28/02/2016 11:15pm

Highlights and post-fight analysis from the Showtime Championship Boxing double-header in Anaheim, California, on 27 February. Leo Santa Cruz defeated Kiko Martinez via fifth round TKO to defend his featherweight title, and Hugo Ruiz evened the score with Julio Ceja to take his WBC super-bantamweight crown. Michael Montero breaks it all down from ringside.

McGuigan plots Cyclone, Tornado course

Mark Butcher
28/02/2016 2:41pm

On a night when Cyclone Promotions’ star fighter Carl Frampton stormed to victory over long-time rival Scott Quigg, his manager Barry McGuigan was already plotting the course for his next force to be reckoned with. It’s perhaps fitting that the ‘Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor is promoted by Cyclone Promotions given their weather related monikers. A couple of hours before IBF 122lbs champion Frampton outfoxed Quigg to add the WBA crown to his collection, Taylor hinted at his significant promise with a two-round blowout of Frenchman Lyes Chaibi.

Dispatch from Consett amateur show

Andrew Harrison
28/02/2016 9:44am

On the eve of the Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg megamatch in Manchester, Boxing Monthly took a break from the pre-fight brouhaha in favour of some grassroots action at an amateur dinner show in Consett - the one-time epicentre of Britain’s steel industry situated on the outskirts of County Durham. Local heroes – world cup winner and national institution Jack Charlton OBE and former bantamweight world titlist Stuart Hall - were on hand to present trophies, draw raffles and generally help the night go with a swing. Big Jack proved as popular as ever – as did the replica world cup he was presented with that ended up becoming something of a celebrity in its own right. At 80 now and no longer the towering physical presence of his youth, he seemed happy under the watchful eye of his eldest son John. Sipping beer, he was keen to talk about fishing and flashed some of his old dry wit when catching Hall off-guard with: “Where are you from son, Darlington? Well, you’d have to fight to get out of there…”

Frampton expects night of the Jackal

Andrew Harrison
27/02/2016 11:40am

Listening to Carl Frampton ooze confidence ahead of his showdown with long-time rival Scott Quigg on 27 February, a coolness delivered in his deep and authoritative Ulster dialect, makes it hard to believe that the UK’s first super fight of 2016 will be anything other than a celebratory affair in Belfast.

Quigg obsessed with boxing, convinced of victory

Shaun Brown
26/02/2016 11:28am

Scott Quigg doesn't need a dating profile. He's happily in love with his fiancée Beverly. If he did have one there would be certain character traits that would jump out at potential romantic suitors. They would read about a man who is obsessed with his job, a man who spends every possible minute in his office and a man who chose to work on Christmas Day in continuing his strive for perfection and to be the best at what he does. The 27-year-old WBA super-bantamweight champion is obsessed with his craft and makes no effort to hide the fact. Without his yearn for perfection then he wouldn't be where he is today. By late Saturday night in Manchester the boxing world will know who is better: Scott Quigg or (IBF champion) Carl Frampton. "I know the type of person [Frampton] is," Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) told Boxing Monthly ahead of this weekend’s showdown at the Manchester Arena. "I know the mistakes he’s going to make and they will cost him in this fight. I know him as a person and he’ll fall for what I set up for him.”