Tso bandwagon rolls on, Murata aiming at Saunders

Mathew Scott
14/05/2016 4:55pm

The Rex Tso bandwagon continues to gather momentum with Hong Kong’s first pro fighter landing his 19th straight win – and his 12th knockout – with a fourth-round stoppage of South Korean veteran Young Gil-bae Saturday night. ‘The Wonder Kid’ dominated the bout from the first bell and a volley of blows to the Korean’s head gave referee Danrex Tapdasan no option but to wave his hands and signal the end with 2.57 gone in the fourth. Young had emerged from a standing eight count in the previous round but the damage had well and truly been done, Tso working his combinations up and down, and in and out, almost at will. “I hit him bang on the chin with a left in the fourth and that’s when I knew I had him,” said the 28-year-old.

Ghaz on the road to glory

James Oddy
14/05/2016 7:15am

One of boxing’s great strengths is its ability to bring greatly different communities together. Afghan born, Bradford and Leeds-based 19-year-old Hamed Ghaz is the latest talent to tread that path. The 6-0 (2 KOs) light-welterweight has turned some heads on small hall shows and on the undercard of the Josh Warrington-Joel Brunker card last year with some all-action performances. “My style is more of an explosive, aggressive style” was how Ghaz described himself to Boxing Monthly over the phone. Like many, his entry into the sport was rather fortuitous.


Canelo-Golovkin: The straight dope

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
13/05/2016 5:07am

Michael Montero breaks down the ongoing negotiations between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin as their promoters work to put together a potential super-fight. The WBC has mandated that Canelo must face GGG in his next bout or be stripped of his middleweight title. How might a possible Canelo-Golovkin fight look in terms of finances, date, venue, catchweight and PPV costs?

Mason Menard: 'Rock Hard Mighty'

James Oddy
12/05/2016 6:06am

In boxing, one shot can alter the course of a career, for better or worse. When Louisiana lightweight Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) connected with a beautiful counter right to starch previously unbeaten Eudy Bernardo in Verona, New York, last month, he announced his arrival as one to watch in the division. The bout, broadcast on Showtime in the U.S., ended in what many felt could be the knockout of the year after Menard, nicknamed 'Rock Hard Mighty', had impressed with his all round skills. The 27-year-old Menard, back in his home State, was gracious enough to provide Boxing Monthly with some of his time.

The return of the Saint

Mark Butcher
11/05/2016 8:21am


The Saint has risen. Career obituaries were being drafted by the usual suspects when George Groves was dropped and outpointed by WBC 168lbs champion Badou Jack in Las Vegas last September, but that split decision defeat prompted the West Londoner to revaluate and partner with trainer-of-the-moment Shane McGuigan. “I feel good at the moment. Shane and his team relieve a lot of the pressures that come with boxing,” Groves, 28, told Boxing Monthly recently in his PR team’s swish office complex in Soho, central London. “I feel confidence in Shane and his dad [Barry], his conditioning coaches, the way he structures the sessions. I felt that after the Badou Jack fight something wasn’t right. There was a lot of stuff that needed to be changed. I’m back feeling more comfortable with the way I’m training."

Golovkin uncut: GGG talks Canelo super-fight, Saunders offer and more

Zhanar Utesheva
10/05/2016 4:48pm

There are many ways to gain attention in the boxing world. Gennady Golovkin is becoming a household name and getting on front pages of newspapers by doing his job well in the ring. He remains a very modest man in life and hardly needs any extra PR push. He fills in the boxing arenas when he fights. There are always queues to meet and greet him when he doesn’t fight. Even on other fighters’ big fight events he is surrounded by the media and manages to get in all the news reports. We decided to talk to GGG about everyone’s hot topic. It is about the Canelo – Golovkin fight. It is about what helps to make this fight happen or prevents it from happening. It is about why this fight would be the best. Gennady, first, I would like to say that your entrance into the ring was quite unexpected... - I was sitting in the front row. Canelo invited me into the ring, and I agreed thinking that he wanted to say something to my face or maybe to announce something. But there was nothing. Most likely, his team did not expect that I would go up there. They tried to keep Canelo as far as possible from me.


Richmond Unchained: exclusive extract

Luke G. Williams
10/05/2016 8:36am

Luke G. Williams’ book Richmond Unchained: the biography of the world’s first black sporting superstar has been short-listed in the Biography of the Year category at the 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards. The first ever full-length biography of slave turned prominent bare-knuckle boxer Bill Richmond (1763-1829), Richmond Unchained recreates the thrilling and dangerous world of Georgian pugilism. Here Boxing Monthly presents an extract from the book, in which we find the remarkable Richmond making an appearance at one of the most prominent state occasions of the 19th Century…

Canelo-Khan post-fight thoughts

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
08/05/2016 7:41am

Michael Montero gives his thoughts from ringside, just moments after Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez scored a one-punch knockout win over Amir Khan in the sixth round of their 155lbs catchweight title bout inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Queensbury Boxing League takes the plunge

Paul Zanon
08/05/2016 2:40am

If you are not familiar with Queensbury Boxing League (QBL), it was formed in July 2009 and promoted its first event in October 2009. It was originally called the Queensbury Fight League for its first five events, but then it changed to Queensbury Boxing League to reflect that it was boxing rather than fighting. Since its launch, former Southern Area and English welterweight champion (and son of former undisputed world middleweight champion Alan) Ross Minter, alongside his business partner Alan Foley, have successfully promoted over 50 shows. The format the competition was simple. With nine weight categories and five skill levels, boxers would battle it out over three, four and five minute rounds, against opponents of equal skill and ability. A win or a loss would then give the individual the opportunity to move up and down the rankings dependent on their result. The successful competitors would then earn the right to challenge for one of the five separate titles in each weight division, with the Queensbury British title being the ultimate goal. With a successful league in place, why did the QBL decide to throw their hat into the pro ring? 

Canelo Alvarez - Amir Khan weigh-in report

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/05/2016 6:39am

Michael Montero reports from the weigh-in between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Amir Khan ahead of their WBC middleweight title bout from the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO PPV and BoxNation in the UK.

Canelo-Khan undercard weigh-ins

Michael Montero & Tiffany Lam
07/05/2016 6:27am

Coverage of the undercard weigh-ins for the Canelo-Khan PPV card live on HBO Boxing from the all new TMobile Arena in Las Vegas on 7 May including David Lemieux - Glen Tapia; Mauricio Herrera - Frankie Gomez; Patrick Teixeira - Curtis Stevens; Diego De La Hoya - Rocco Santomauro and Jason Quigley - James De La Rosa.