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Smith Jr set to face Johnson on January 15

Joe Smith Jr will make the long-awaited first defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title against Cal

Jack Flatley: I Have To Bully The Bully Against Lejarraga

On Friday night Jack Flatley will challenge for European super-welterweight honours having refused t

Dan Azeez: In The Driving Seat

Dan Azeez already had a burning desire to prove he belonged with the very best in Britain at light-h

Diaz: People are sleeping on my power

Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz says that people are sleeping on his speed, power and skills as he prepares t

Davis: Cruz bout will produce fireworks

Baltimore star Gervonta Davis believes the respective styles of he and Isaac Cruz will make for an e

Boxing Social panel vote: Pound-for-pound top ten

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has maintained his position at the top of Boxing Social’s pound for poun

Lee Selby To Contest IBF Lightweight Final Eliminator, Wants...

Lee Selby’s chances of becoming the first ever two-weight world champion from Wales have been give

Haney: “I’m a better fighter than Diaz – s...

Devin Haney will fulfil a dream on Saturday night as he headlines at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, def

Thoughts on Triller’s ‘Triad Combat’ event

IBHOF inductee Graham Houston reflects on Triller Fight Club’s ‘Triad Combat’ show


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Gary Norman: Remembering Gary Mason

In many ways, Gary Mason was a victim of timing. Mason was overshadowed by another British heavyweight of the time who grabbed the majority of the headlines when they were both climbing up the ladder of contenders. Frank Bruno was the man o...

Into the Fightzone with Dennis Hobson

The last time Boxing Social spoke to Dennis Hobson was a few weeks prior to his groundbreaking ‘Straightener in the Car Park’ show in December. Hobson is by nature a gambler; putting on a show in the middle of a pandemic, outsid...

Courtenay vs Bridges: A Fight Of Convenience

Mark Baldwin looks at Saturday night’s high-profile WBA bantamweight title clash between Watford’s Shannon Courtenay and charismatic Australian Ebanie Bridges, whose artful self-promotion has stolen the limelight and earned an u...

Michael Spinks: My Two Fights With Larry Holmes

Two-weight world champion Michael Spinks recalls his close encounters with heavyweight great Larry Holmes that gripped the boxing world in the mid-1980s, in conversation with Mark Baldwin. Heading into his 49th professional bout, Larry Holm...

Mathew Ellis: What Might Have Been

There are two sides to Blackpool. The focus is on the bright lights, and hustle and bustle of the seafront. The holiday brochures only show you want they want you to see. But the decay and dereliction of the back streets are not in full vie...

Rhiannon Dixon: Waiting for a break

The journey started in 2019; two fights, two wins. Rhiannon Dixon had made those tentative first steps on the professional ladder. Dixon had a fight scheduled for last March, but the global pandemic would leave her kicking her heels in frus...

Witherspoon vs Bruno: The Fight That Broke A Nation’s Heart

There was a time, not that long ago, that British heavyweights were cruelly branded and labelled as horizontal. A near-century of failure to capture the biggest and richest prize in boxing resulted in that unfortunate and unflattering asses...

Dennis Hobson: The Straightener in the Car Park

Testing times often bring innovation and veteran promoter Dennis Hobson chose to do exactly that. On December 11, Hobson will promote another show, but one with a difference – with Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf meeting for the vacant Br...

Kell Brook: Is This The End?

Before a handful of spectators on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the career of Kell Brook almost certainly ended. In many ways, it was a sad finale to a career that promised so much, despite winning a version of the world wel...

James Scott: Prisoner 57735

There are endless ‘what if’ stories in boxing. There are numerous tales of fighters turning around their lives from a criminal past. Boxing has many redemption stories, the sport has undoubtedly saved many. But it can’t save everyone,...

Holmes vs Ali: The 40th anniversary of boxing’s night of shame

On its 40th anniversary, Mark Baldwin looks back at one of the grimmest spectacles in boxing history – when a peak Larry Holmes dismantled the shadow of a once great Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali had a career of pulling off miracles insi...

Donny Lalonde recalls Sugar Ray war

When the call came to fight Sugar Ray Leonard, any fighter would pick up the phone and say yes. Donny Lalonde was the recipient of that golden ticket in November 1988 with Sugar Ray on the comeback trail once again with another retirement a...

Colin McMillan: No regrets

It was a golden era full of domestic stars. But even in an age where the likes of Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn and others were drawing massive TV audiences and tabloid print, a young featherweight was also catching th...

Rhodes remembers Moore war

On 23 October 2009, two boxers temporarily put their friendship aside. Jamie Moore entered the Bolton Arena ring the betting favourite and on the verge of a world title shot. The Mancunian was defending his European 154lbs crown, but much m...

When two worlds collided: Gareth A. Davies on Mayweather vs McGregor

In August 2017, two worlds formed a union of mutual convenience. Conor McGregor, the biggest star the world of MMA has ever seen, crossed the great divide and entered a new domain to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match. When it...

Al Bernstein remembers Leonard vs Hearns II

In September 1981, two rival champions treated us to one of the greatest fights in boxing history and arguably the best welterweight title match we are ever likely to see. WBC champion Sugar Ray Leonard and WBA title-holder Thomas Hearns se...

Revisiting Fury-Wilder I & II with John Rawling

Badly overweight and battling severe mental demons, any chances of a successful comeback looked remote for Tyson Fury a couple of years ago. Frank Warren took a punt, of course, and the former undisputed heavyweight champion launched a mira...

Ian Darke: Memories of Holmes-Ali

Timing is everything in boxing. Taking a fight at the wrong time can have devastating, long-lasting consequences on a career. Equally, it can have tragic life-changing implications – you have to know when to let go. Larry Holmes had t...

Ian Darke: Hagler v Hearns – “35 Years On…”

On April 15th 1985, in a temporary arena built on the tennis courts of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, two fighters gave us everything and a little bit more. One came for redemption, the other for greatness. They met head on, in the most dr...