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Joshua Franco: “I know where I come from.”

Making the walk to the ring as the challenger on enemy soil is daunting enough, with legs heavy and

Francy Luzoho: A fighting edge

Francy Luzoho is a fighter with a real edge. A suitably steely edge, shaped by years of struggles, t

Ryder in the mix for Canelo

With Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez still seeking an opponent for September, super-middleweight contend

Sulaiman: Fury-Whyte could happen in 2020, if Wilder pulls o...

Dillian Whyte could receive his long-awaited WBC title shot in 2020 should Deontay Wilder not be rea

Gotzev: “Pulev is in beast mode.”

Kubrat Pulev’s co-promoter Ivaylo Gotzev says his man is already in “beast mode” and primed to

Audley Harrison: Before

Audley Harrison MBE (31-7, 23 KOs) was born and bred in London. He is still a proud Londoner and E

James Beech Jr: “Winning the British title is everythi...

A week away from the biggest fight of his life, and James Beech Jr. oozes confidence and understated

Fury: Wilder more dangerous than ever

While some have been quick to dismiss Deontay Wilder after he was dismantled in seven rounds by a do

Eubank Jr. and Barrera join race for Canelo

After WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders announced he would not be ready in time for

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Joshua Franco: “I know where I come from.”

Making the walk to the ring as the challenger on enemy soil is daunting enough, with legs heavy and nerves visibly creasing every facial expression. It’s not fear. Fear is something different. It’s more the culmination of a life’s wor...

Francy Luzoho: A fighting edge

Francy Luzoho is a fighter with a real edge. A suitably steely edge, shaped by years of struggles, tough choices and the endurance of racism. A Dublin native, with roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luzoho is taking his first steps ...

Audley Harrison: Before

Audley Harrison MBE (31-7, 23 KOs) was born and bred in London. He is still a proud Londoner and Englishman. You can still hear it in the 48-year-old’s voice when he talks about his city and country yet he relocated to Los Angeles in th...

James Beech Jr: “Winning the British title is everything to me.”

A week away from the biggest fight of his life, and James Beech Jr. oozes confidence and understated West Midlands charm. The 23-year-old from Bloxwich has previously annexed Midlands Area titles at feather and super-featherweight. However....

Peter McGrail: On the glory trail

In a sense, Peter McGrail is one of the lucky ones. As the Coronavirus lockdown swept across the sporting landscape of the United Kingdom in March, the likeable Liverpudlian featherweight was one of the last athletes to be able to compete a...

Brad Foster: From packaging to boxing in the times of Covid-19

Brad Foster has faced the same logistical issues as every boxer participating in the first events since the Covid-19 outbreak. A lack of gym facilities during lockdown, a shorter training camp and reduced sparring. However, Foster has also ...

Remembering the great Ernesto Marcel

We think of Panama’s great boxers and the name of Roberto Duran immediately comes to mind, and perhaps that of Eusebio Pedroza, the long-reigning featherweight champion. And then there is Ernesto Marcel, who died on June 29, aged 72, afte...

In this corner with Russ Anber – my greatest night in boxing

In his latest column for Boxing Social, boxing’s master of all trades Russ Anber reflects on his most memorable night in boxing… The last few months, with Coronavirus, lockdown and virtually no boxing, have afforded all of us in the fig...

Williams determined not to repeat mistakes of the past

Two-and-a-half years ago, Liam Williams was in danger of becoming another of British boxing’s ‘what ifs’. In his two unsuccessful battles with Liam Smith, ‘The Machine’ demonstrated undeniable talent. However, his dedicati...

Agustin Gauto: Ready for take-off

Argentina has enjoyed a love affair with the sweet science ever since British sailors brought the Queensbury Rules to the ports of Latin America in the early 1900s. That boxing became so swiftly woven into the fabric of the country is no su...

Inside the IBO: President Ed Levine talks ratings, ethics, judges and Covid-19 disruption

The world of boxing’s sanctioning bodies has always been confusing and, in the past, clouded with suspicion.  Boxing used to have darker connections, with Sugar Ray Robinson held back from fighting for a world title because he re...

Cristhian Martinez: Forgotten son of Cuba

Tucked between deteriorating buildings, its chipped paintwork is splashed up and down the walls. Dusty, crooked seating sits empty, reserved for any loving, worried parents in attendance. The Rafael Trejo Gym in Old Havana, Cuba, is a far c...

It’s all on the last round…

IBHOF inductee Graham Houston looks back at some of the notable occasions where a gargantuan, last round effort has saved the day for a fighter with that little bit extra left in the tank. You’ve probably heard it many times. The fighters...

Gary Cully: Nothing is out of reach

With boxing experiencing an enforced hiatus, the importance of maintaining conditioning and ‘staying ready’ cannot be underestimated. Fighters are returning to local gyms and hitting the concrete, racking up miles of roadwork perhaps co...

Kal Yafai: Still hungry

Ahead of a fight, most boxers will proclaim that their preparations are going great and that they are in excellent shape. Yet, in defeat, the real story emerges. The “best camp ever” was, in fact, a nightmare. Injuries, misjudged weight...

Byron Mitchell: Heavy hands find a human touch

Byron Mitchell was once known as the ‘Slama from Alabama’ with a heavy-hitting reputation in the ring, but at home, his hands required a gentler touch caring for his disabled son Bryson.  Mitchell’s name will set bells ringing if...

The case against even rounds

In his latest column, IBHOF inductee Graham Houston looks at the confusion surrounding the scoring of even rounds and explains why professional judges are still supposed to pick a winner in the closest of sessions. It was just a four-rounde...

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...

Charles chasing Olympic dream and new pastures

Ryan ‘Run Em Over’ Charles was building up a head of steam on the domestic heavyweight scene before a shocking upset and a global pandemic put his plans on ice. Now, with an unusual solution mapped out, Charles is confident he can fight...

Jason Moloney relishing Vegas ‘bubble’

World class Australian bantamweight Jason Moloney can’t wait to enter Top Rank’s Las Vegas-based ‘bubble’ as he prepares for a ring return that he admits has come far sooner than he ever dared hope. Moloney (20-1, 17 KOs) is due to ...

Danny Roman: More conquests to come

Certain fighters speak to us through their struggles, their pain resonating with our own shortcomings. We seek a connection that is both inspiring and, at the same time, deeply human. It’s a rare commodity and far more valuable than the p...

Post-Covid boxing: Dave Coldwell on the challenges facing Off-TV shows

Last month, Boxing Social talked to Steve Wood about the obstacles that will be faced by promoters who put on small hall shows. Dave Coldwell doesn’t like that term. Back in February 2012, I followed him around the Bow...

Ted Cheeseman: Back in a big way

When boxing returns to Britain, it will do so in a completely unfamiliar format. Shows are tipped to feature fewer bouts because of unconventional health and safety regulations due to Covid-19, placing increased importance on innovative mat...

Sam Eggington: ‘Savage’ talks Cheeseman, rollercoaster career and possible 147lbs return

Sam Eggington’s career has taken him from leisure centres and hotel functions suites to the biggest indoor arenas in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and London, but his next bout seems likely to take place in the most unusual venue yet....