Highlights, frustrations and hopes: full 2017 into 2018 survey

Boxing Monthly
07/01/2018 6:10am

As 2017 drew to a close, Boxing Monthly's loyal band of contributors sought out the views of figures from within the pugilistic sphere on the year just gone and the year just beginning.

'What were the highlights and lowlights of 2017?' we asked. 'What hopes do you harbour for 2018?'

And, while we're at it, 'how might this sport we all love be improved?'

131 responses flooded in from figures at every level of the sport, including from 17 current or former world champions, from numerous national, European and Commonwealth titlists, as well as from prospects, amateurs, journeymen and a wide spread of trainers, promoters, managers and boxing writers.

Oh yes, and from an MC and an artist too!

Links to all the responses are collated below. Taken as a whole, I'm sure you'll agree that these interviews create a fascinating and invaluable snapshot of how the sport of boxing saw itself in 2017, and the direction in which it is heading in 2018.

Parts 1-8 feature responses from boxers themselves, while parts 9-11 focus on trainers, managers, promoters and other 'non-combatants' within the sport, while the 12th and final part surveys the views of BM writers.

We would like to thank all the below for participating, as well as John Angus MacDonald, Shaun Brown, Andrew Harrison, James Oddy, Danny Winterbottom, Luke G. Williams and Luca Rosi for conducting interviews.

Part 1: Dave Allen, Simon Barclay, Jack Bateson, Tony Bellew, Lewis Benson, Chris Billam Smith, Ricky Boylan, Akeem Ennis Brown, Lucas Browne, Marcus Browne, Frank Buglioni, Iain Butcher, Paul Butler.

Part 2: Cecilia Braekhus, Chantelle Cameron, Liam Cameron, Jack Catterall, Gerard Carroll, Isaac Chamberlain, Cheavon Clarke, Liam Conroy, Conrad Cummings, Robbie Davies Jr, Jazza Dickens, Sean Dodd.

Part 3: Charlie Edwards, Sunny Edwards, Marlen Esparza, Chris Eubank Jr, Anthony Fowler, Charles Frankham, Kid Galahad, Mikey Garcia, Curtis Gargano, Ryan Garner, Stuart Hall, Maxi Hughes.

Part 4: Joe Ham, Raza Hamza, Adam Harper, Harvey Horn, Badou Jack, Boy Jones Jr, Joe Joyce, Sumbu Kalambay, Chris Kongo, Tommy Langford, Enzo Maccarinelli.

Part 5: Joe Maphosa, Abner Mares, Lee Markham, Elliott Matthews, Matt McCarthy, Tommy McCarthy, Tyrone McKenna, Sean Monaghan, Joe Mullender, Joe Murray, Stephen Ormond, Spike O'Sullivan.

Part 6: Lewis Paulin, Cyrus Pattinson, Lamont Peterson, Cedrick Peynaud, Joe Pigford, Scott Quigg, Hannah Rankin, Darren Reay, Cello Renda, Jordan Reynolds.

Part 7: Richard Riakporhe, John Ryder, Bradley Saunders, Lee Selby, Claressa Shields, Bradley Skeete, Dec Spelman, Gary Sykes, John Thain, Keith Thurman.

Part 8: Caleb Truax, Josh Wale, Otto Wallin, Tommy Ward, Ryan Walsh, Deontay Wilder, Curtis Woodhouse, Galal Yafai, Kal Yafai.

Part 9: Kevin Barry, Lee Beard, Stefy Bull, Kevin Campion, Christian Cherchi, Dave Coldwell, Jay Connolly, Graham Everett, Arnie Farnell, Kieran Farrell.

Part 10: Peter Fury, Joe Gallagher, Sean Gibbons, Steve Goodwin, Mickey Helliet, Phil Jeffries, Kevin Maree, Billy Nelson.

Part 11: Jon Pegg, Lewis Pendleton, Abel Sanchez, Chris Sanigar, Kalle Sauerland, Peter Sims, Craig Stephen, Danny Vaughan, Frank Warren.

Part 12: Haroon Ahmed, Marcus Bellinger, Shaun Brown, Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Anthony Cocks, Colin Harris, Andrew Harrison, Gary Lucken, John Angus MacDonald, James Oddy, Callum Rudge, Luke G. Williams, Chris Williamson, Paul Zanon.