5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce
5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce
About 5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce
Discussion, analysis and the latest news from the big fight nights and the world of boxing with special guests. New episodes every Monday.
Joe Gallagher and Anthony Crolla join Steve to dissect the news that the proposed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is off. Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is on the show to explain why talks broke down. And ahead of his fight on April 1st, Anthony Joshua sits down with Steve to share his thoughts as he returns to the ring.
Steve’s in Dublin this week to speak to Katie Taylor ahead of her fight with undisputed Super-Lightweight World Champion Chantelle Cameron. Taylor fights in the Irish capital for the first time in her professional career and hopes to become a two-weight undisputed World Champion. We also hear from Cameron and her trainer Jamie Moore, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn.
Barry Jones joins Steve to pick through a busy week of announcements and pending announcements in the boxing world. They discuss the latest developments as the Fury-Usyk fight looks close to being made for April 29th. After an injury forced Amanda Serrano to pull out of her rematch with Katie Taylor, they explain why Chantelle Cameron stepping in is a tougher fight for Katie. And Eddie Hearn joins the pod to discuss the latest regarding Conor Benn and when we can expect him next in the ring.
Steve takes the pod to Stockport this week to speak to Campbell Hatton and his uncle and trainer Matthew. Campbell chats about living in the shadow of his father Ricky, the pressure that brings, and the criticism he has had to deal with because of it. And as well as chatting about Campbell’s progression, Matthew tells us about growing up with Ricky as an older brother, sparring with him and his own experience of fighting a young Canelo Alvarez in Los Angeles.
Steve is joined by Richie Woodhall and Darren Fletcher to pick through the bones of Tommy Fury’s win over Jake Paul. They hear from both fighters as well as Tommy’s brother Tyson. They also discuss the event as a whole and whether it has been good or bad for the sport. And Steve chats to the former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder about his future and whether a fourth fight against Tyson Fury is on the cards.
Steve is in Saudi Arabia ahead of the fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury this weekend. He speaks to both fighters as well as Tommy’s brother and heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who shares his thoughts on the fight. We also hear from Derek Chisora who bizarrely is one of the fights promoters. And with the WBC reinstating Conor Benn to their rankings, Steve chats to their president - Mauricio Sulaimán.
Steve is back on the road this week as he spends the day at the Haringey Box Cup - Europe's largest amateur boxing event. Joined at Alexandra Palace by Olympian and former Box Cup champion Cheavon Clarke, they speak to many of the fighters, trainers and organisers to get a feel for what the event is all about.
Amir Khan and Kell Brook, two names that have been put together for years. The former boxing world champions have taken on some of the biggest names in the sport but as yet, have managed to avoid each other. Finally brought together by new boxing promoter, Ben Shalom, they’ve agreed to fight at a catchweight of 149lbs, just above the welterweight limit. Eleanor Roper has been spending time in Bolton and Sheffield, going behind-the-scenes in both camps, ahead of the much anticipated Manchester bout. She hears from both fighters about the highs and lows of their careers and the two-decade long rivalry that will finally be settled on Saturday 19 February.
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 business manager and confidante Gene Kilroy, joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to remember the build up, the night, and the legacy left by Ali.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former world super middleweight champion Carl Froch joins Mike and Steve to revisit the night in Las Vegas that came to define the career of Prince Naseem Hamed - a comprehensive defeat to the Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera. 19-year-old Froch was in the stands as a paying fan. Was Naz overhyped or did outside factors contribute to defeat in his most significant fight?
Reliving the night in 2005 when Ricky Hatton beat Kostya Tszyu to win his first world title, in front of a packed M.E.N. Arena. Hatton reflects on his greatest night in the ring, how his career developed afterwards and why he has struggled with depression in retirement.
After Eddie Hearn revealed he's planning to put on fights in his back garden, are we a step closer to the return of professional boxing? Mike and Steve debate the logistical issues with trainer Adam Booth, as well as looking at the path Booth took becoming a world title-winning trainer.
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