Unified light-welterweight world champion Josh Taylor joins the pod ahead of his fight with Apinun Khongsong, to talk his amateur pedigree, digging deep against Regis Prograis and the big fights in his future. Also, Steve and Darren Fletcher hear from pound-for-pound great Vasyl Lomachenko, and ask how much he has left in the tank as he prepares to fight the dangerous young lightweight Teofimo Lopez. Finally, what should we make of the rumours that Floyd Mayweather jr is going to fight...
Published 09/21/20
Former middleweight world champion Alan Minter, who infamously lost to Marvin Hagler in 1980, died last week at 69. Mike and Steve remember his career and explain why he is so significant in the history of British boxing. Also, trainer Ben Davison, who works with Josh Taylor and helped Tyson Fury back from the brink, tells the pod how he wants to make a lasting impact in the sport. Finally, reaction to the news about a legal dispute between Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his US...
Published 09/14/20
After boxer (and Love Island contestant) Idris Virgo was criticised for insulting and throwing water on his journeyman opponent, which boxers were the best at antagonising their opponents before a fight? Chris Eubank sr, Muhammad Ali and the Iron Sheik all get a mention. Then, following Alex Povetkin's stunning uppercut to shock Dillian Whyte, what are boxing's greatest single shot comebacks? Mike and Steve also discuss Floyd Mayweather's legacy and revisit his fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Published 09/07/20
Anthony Yarde explains why he wants to wait before fighting domestic challenger and Olympian Joshua Buatsi. Also, Dillian Whyte recounts the disastrous end to his fight against Alexander Povetkin and discusses how soon he wants to rematch, and Mike and Steve remember the night Frank Bruno finally won a world title at his fourth attempt.
Published 09/02/20
Promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren discuss the next steps for boxing, including whether Anthony Joshua could fight behind closed doors before the end of the year. Hearn explains why there could still be obstacles to a potential series of fights between Matchroom and Queensberry fighters, and Mike and Steve discuss Daniel Dubois' straightforward win at the weekend.
Published 08/31/20
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua joins Mike and Steve to react to Dillian Whyte’s upset defeat to Alexander Povetkin on the last night of Matchroom’s “Fight Camp”. He also explains his recent interaction with Tyson Fury and whether the fight could happen next year. Also, analysis of Katie Taylor’s victory over Delphine Persoon, and Daniel Dubois on his return to the ring this weekend.
Published 08/24/20
On-the-bell reaction to Dillian Whyte's shock defeat to Alexander Povetkin at the last of Matchroom Sport's "Fight Camp" series. Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua react to the result, and Andy Lee, who works closely with Tyson Fury, debates what happens next in the heavyweight division.
Published 08/23/20
Dillian Whyte welcomes Mike into his Winnebago inside the "Fight Camp" bubble ahead of his fight against Alexander Povetkin. Katie Taylor also joins the podcast, as Mike and Steve break down the fights and give their predictions.
Published 08/20/20
After rival promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren have hinted at the possibility of collaborating, could we see the top talent from their respective stables pitted against each other? Also, Mike and Steve analyse returns to the ring for Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan last weekend, and look ahead to Katie Taylor and Dillian Whyte's big fights coming up at Matchroom Square Garden.
Published 08/17/20
Adam Booth steps in for the absent Steve Bunce to discuss Natasha Jonas and Terri Harper's high-quality draw, the next steps in the growth of women's boxing and how he's taken on Michael Conlan from being a top amateur to the brink of challenging for a world title at the professional level. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Published 08/10/20
Ted Cheeseman joins the podcast in the aftermath of his thrilling win against Sam Eggington in the first of Eddie Hearn’s garden fight series, and speaks openly about his battle with gambling addiction. Also, Natasha Jonas tells Mike and Steve about her lockdown training plan ahead of a big domestic world title fight against Terri Harper.
Published 08/03/20
Mike Tyson will return to a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years to fight Roy Jones Jr, another modern great who won world titles at four different weights. Mike and Steve give their opinion on the "exhibition" bout, and assess Jones's career. Then, heavyweight Joe Joyce joins the podcast to discuss his winning return to the ring and his fight against Daniel Dubois.
Published 07/27/20
Legendary referee Richard Steele, who refereed some of the most famous fights in history including Hagler v Hearns, joins Mike and Steve to remember his career, including the notorious late stoppage of Meldrick Taylor v Julio Cesar Chavez and travelling to South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela. Also, a look ahead to Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois' returns to the ring this weekend.
Published 07/20/20
Brad Foster retained his British title with a victory over James Beech Jr at the BT Sport studios in east London, as boxing returned in the UK for the first time since lockdown. Mike and Steve discuss the show and speak to promoter Steve Wood for an insight into the lower levels of professional British boxing, and how it may have to adapt to survive. Also, reaction to Dillian Whyte splitting from trainer Mark Tibbs and an appreciation of legendary heavyweight Joe Frazier.
Published 07/13/20
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought to a standstill in their final contest back in 1975, in what has become along with 'The Rumble in the Jungle' one of the defining fights in the history of 'The Greatest'. One of the last surviving members of Ali's inner circle, his manager and confidante Gene Kilroy, joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to remember the build up, the night, and the legacy left by Ali.
Published 07/09/20
British super bantamweight title holder Brad Foster joins the pod, as he prepares to defend his belt on the first major show to be held in the UK since lockdown began. He explains how he fits his training regime around his work in Tesco and what ambitions he holds for the rest of his career. Mike and Steve also react to Billy Joe Saunders apparently ruling himself out of a fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September, leaving the door open for Callum Smith, John Ryder or Chris Eubank...
Published 07/06/20
Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced a contest for the ages back in 2005, featuring one of the most dramatic comebacks ever seen. Joe Goossen was in Corrales' corner that night, and joins Mike and Steve to remember their game plan for the fight, the subtle tricks trainers and fighters can pull to gain an advantage, and the tragedy of Corrales' death two years later.
Published 07/02/20
Long-time number one heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte joins Mike and Steve to discuss his long wait for a chance to fight for a world title, his relationship with Tyson Fury after their sparring earlier in his career, and whether he could fight Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder over the next few years. Also, Eddie Hearn on his back garden behind-closed-doors shows.
Published 06/29/20
The night that "changed British boxing", according to Steve Bunce: Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank's torrid 9 rounds at the NEC in Birmingham in 1990. Former world super middleweight champion Richie Woodhall joins the podcast to remember the night, which heralded a boom period for boxing on terrestrial TV in the UK.
Published 06/25/20
Legendary photographer Neil Leifer, who captured some of the most iconic images of Muhammad Ali in a career spanning half a century, joins Mike and Steve to tell the story behind some of his most famous work. Also, reaction to the confirmation of the date of boxing's return in the UK.
Published 06/22/20
Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns met in April 1985 for two and a half of the most explosive rounds in boxing history. Former world middleweight champion Andy Lee, who later trained in the famous Kronk gym with Hearns’ trainer Emmanuel Steward, watches along with Mike and Steve and remembers the legacy this fight left in Detroit.
Published 06/18/20
Tyson Fury and Eddie Hearn separately announced last week that two fights between Fury and Anthony Joshua had been "agreed" in principle. Mike and Steve break down the news and find out more about the person Fury credited with making the deal, Daniel Kinahan.
Published 06/15/20
Reliving the ten round classic between Arturo 'Thunder' Gatti and 'Irish' Micky Ward, in the company of former two weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Ward later became the subject of 2010 film 'The Fighter', and was played by Mark Wahlberg.
Published 06/11/20
World title challenger Anthony Yarde describes his experience of being a black British boxer in 2020, in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Also, Mike and Steve debate the rumour that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's trilogy fight could be held in Sydney, Australia, on Boxing Day.
Published 06/08/20
Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield revisits the night he dismantled Mike Tyson in 11 rounds, as well as the infamous 'ear bite' in their second fight.
Published 06/04/20