Josh Warrington, Leeds Warrior

Andrew Harrison
21/12/2015 9:19am

A few miles outside the hubbub of Leeds city centre stands Oulton Hall, a picturesque Grade II listed manor house popular with golfers, executives and wedding parties. A former psychiatric institution and one-time military hospital, this converted hotel serves as a base for featherweight contender Josh Warrington before he fights. Unlike many former inhabitants, however, Warrington requires little restoration. He’ll check into this leafy haven in perfect condition, before venturing down the winding drive to light up a city. “The day of the fight is such a mental battle you know, because so much is going through your head,” Warrington told Boxing Monthly. “You can let it eat away at you. It all comes down to that fight. I think a lot of fights are won or lost on the day – on the walk from the dressing room to the ring."

Saunders downs Lee in Manchester

Chris Glover
20/12/2015 1:17pm

Andy Lee recovered from two heavy third round knockdowns before dropping a majority decision victory to Billy Joe Saunders who was crowned the new WBO middleweight champion of the world at Manchester Arena.  The bout started in cagey fashion as both fighters felt each other out early on. It suddenly exploded into life as Saunders caught Lee with a massive right hook that floored the Irishman in the third.

Flanagan expects different Mathews, eyes Crolla showdown

Terry Dooley
19/12/2015 9:15am

Manchester’s WBO lightweight world titlist Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) may hold a win over his next opponent, Liverpool’s Derry Mathews, but the 26-year-old southpaw has discounted his 2012 Prizefighter: The Lightweights triumph due to the shorter scheduled distance. The former British champion believes that it will be a totally different type of fight when the two meet at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 13 February.

Sykes up for more

James Oddy
18/12/2015 12:19pm

The British lightweight scene is buzzing. Anthony Crolla and Terry Flanagan are both 'world' title-holders, holding the WBA and WBO belts respectively. Yet Gary Sykes, a former British super-featherweight champion, seems to have been lost in the shuffle since moving up to 135lbs. “I’ve not had any fight news for a while and it’s been really pissing me off,” Sykes told Boxing Monthly. The Dewsbury man holds a 2-0 record over Crolla and lost a disputed split decision to Flanagan in Prizefighter. “I’ve got [Crolla’s] number. The second time I beat him, he’d moved to Joe Gallagher’s gym and people were saying he was going to beat me. I beat him easier than the first time.”

Vijender Singh, Indian icon

John Evans
16/12/2015 11:08am

After following in the grand tradition of The Silk Road and venturing east to earn his fortune, India’s most famous fighter Vijender Singh is laying a new route west. Singh found success and fortune in The Orient after boxing his way to a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, but the 29-year-old decided to break new ground. Should he be successful, the pathway he is laying could and open up a vast and previously untapped marketplace.

Mystery surrounds Ibeabuchi release

Exclusive by Luke G. Williams
15/12/2015 12:01pm

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirms that former heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi is ‘no longer in custody’. But where is he? Luke G. Williams investigates …

Tudsbury on fire at Moss Side

Paul Zanon
15/12/2015 11:29am

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club were proud to announce the crowning of a new king. All rise for Connor Tudsbury – the new 65kg Class a champion, who fought at the recent National Association of Girls and Boys Clubs Championships (NAGBC’s) in Portsmouth on 5 December. Nigel Travis, a man with a glittering amateur boxing career, full-time job as a fireman, father and husband and amateur boxing coach – not to mention occasional actor in Peaky Blinders (!), caught up with Boxing Monthly

Richmond’s rebirth – an exclusive extract from 'Richmond Unchained'

Luke G. Williams
13/12/2015 9:02am

The slave turned boxer Bill Richmond (1763-1829) was the world’s first black sporting superstar. In this exclusive extract from Luke G. Williams’ biography of the legendary pugilist we find our hero in 1809 and on the comeback trail after three years out of the ring. Fresh from a victory against Isaac Wood, the 46-year-old Richmond turns his attention to gaining revenge against the legendary veteran George Maddox, who five years earlier had inflicted a famous defeat upon him. The rematch, however, would be a different story altogether …

Brewer eyes victory, Cook and recognition

Shawn Smith
10/12/2015 10:57am

At 31, maybe it’s unfair to call New Brunswick’s Brandon Brewer a prospect. After all, many people have won world championships and international acclaim by that age. But consider this: Brewer didn’t pick up a pair of boxing gloves until he was 24 and already has a professional boxing record of 16-0-1 (8 KOs). A few more wins and we’ll go from calling Brewer a prospect to a world title contender anyways. This Friday (11 December), Brewer returns to the ring for Lee Baxter Promotions at the Mattamy Events Centre in Toronto as he co-headlines the bill along with Toronto’s Samuel Vargas. Brewer will take on the durable Junmar Emon (6-0, 2 KOs). 

Asian boxing scene lights up December

Marcus Bellinger
09/12/2015 10:53am

Whilst December sees boxing in both Europe and the US slowly come to a halt, the exact opposite can be said of the Asian scene with a schedule fuller than a lucky child’s Christmas stocking. The Japanese schedule is especially bulging with no less than six world, one secondary, three OPBF and four domestic titles being contested between 26-31 December. We kicked off the month with the vacant OPBF flyweight title at the Highway Hills Integrated School Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, Philippines, as Ardin Diale (30-9-3, 15 KOs) overcame Renoel Pael (19-2-1, 9 KOs) scoring a 12-round decision.

The Whyte stuff

John A. MacDonald
08/12/2015 11:12am

On 12 December, Dillian Whyte will enter the ring inside London’s O2 Arena as a big underdog with the bookmakers. The man standing opposite him will be the London 2012 Olympic heavyweight Gold medallist Anthony Joshua – who has despatched all 14 of his professional opponents within three rounds. He will be boxing on a show staged by Joshua’s promoter – Eddie Hearn – and in front of a hostile crowd, with the British, Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight titles up for grabs. Whyte remains unfazed as he possesses a resolute belief that he simply won’t be defeated. His confidence stems from a positive outlook, a diligence towards training and the knowledge that he has defeated Joshua before. “It’s going to be one of the hardest fights I’m probably going to have, to be honest, but it’s one that I’m 100% confident in winning,” Whyte told Boxing Monthly over the phone from his London home. “I just have this feeling in my heart and mind and body and soul that I will not lose.”