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Highly-regarded Hedges joins Matchroom

Decorated amateur John Hedges has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchr

Curtis Cokes 1937-2020: Graham Houston pays tribute to the f...

Curtis Cokes, who passed away on May 29 at the age of 82, was a beautiful stylist who perhaps never

Matchroom reschedule Ritson and Selby shows, Manchester even...

Amid uncertainty regarding the fate of their scheduled summer shows, Matchroom Boxing has issued a s

Kirk Johnson pays heartfelt tribute to late trainer Curtis C...

Former top heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson has paid an emotional tribute to Curtis Cokes, his for

Jose Ramirez outlines three-fight plan

Unified super-lightweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez says that, despite a frustrating delay to his

Shakur Stevenson leads Top Rank’s boxing return on Jun...

It can all be summarised in three long-awaited words: boxing is back. Top Rank on ESPN returns

MTK Global announces boxing return in July

MTK Global has announced the return of its MTK Fight Night events in July. MTK Fight Night events wi

Alexis Rocha: Always learning

An education in the sport of boxing becomes extremely tough, very early. The young children spending

Pascal tries to tempt Canelo back to 175lbs

Battle-hardened WBA Regular champ Jean Pascal has offered four-weight champion Canelo Alvarez the op

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Curtis Cokes 1937-2020: Graham Houston pays tribute to the former welterweight champ, IBHOF inductee and respected trainer

Curtis Cokes, who passed away on May 29 at the age of 82, was a beautiful stylist who perhaps never got the credit he deserved when an active boxer, even though he was undisputed world welterweight champion in the 1960s. He was deservedly i...

Kirk Johnson pays heartfelt tribute to late trainer Curtis Cokes

Former top heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson has paid an emotional tribute to Curtis Cokes, his former trainer and world welterweight champion who passed away last week aged 82… Truth be told, the greatness of former world welterweight c...

Alexis Rocha: Always learning

An education in the sport of boxing becomes extremely tough, very early. The young children spending hours staring at themselves in the mirror, perfecting their stance, or the older teenagers skipping rope until they’re all out of bounce,...

Historic betting opportunities: Graham Houston looks back at some of boxing’s great upsets

Upsets have happened all through ring history. Sometimes the favourites really shouldn’t have been favourites at all. Other times, the odds were ridiculously close. During the Coronavirus downtime, I’ve been looking at some of these fig...

Arslanbek Makhmudov: Perfect predator

Peering in at boxing’s heavyweight division from a safe (and social) distance, it appears that most of its significant fights have taken place via email, telephone call or discarded, disingenuous contract. Champions and recently defeated ...

Joseph Parker: The heavyweight lifting spirits in the era of Covid-19

For the last few months, Covid-19 has seemingly been at the forefront of every conversation. Be it the death toll, conspiracy theories, infringement on civil liberties, the leader of the free world suggesting a shot of Toilet Duck and inser...

Moving on: Frank Buglioni reflects on an exciting career and says, “I’m in a good place.”

One of the biggest boxing clichés is the ex-fighter who can’t let go of the game. They’ve still got it, they believe and have regrets that they want to correct. And, like many clichés, there’s plenty of truth in it. Every boxing wri...

Billy ‘The Preacher’ Graham on Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, his favourite Fantasy Fights and the tragedy of Muhammad Ali

SOMEONE showed me the clip of Mike Tyson looking fit and sharp on the pads. It warmed my heart to see him looking in shape and happy again after everything he has been through yet it is ludicrous that some sections of the internet started s...

Apinun Khongsong: The Thai puncher with Josh Taylor in his sights

On the other side of the world, a young man is waiting for a global pandemic to pass and a fresh day of destiny.  Apinun Khongsong, the IBF’s No.1 contender at 140lbs, was homing in on a mandatory engagement with unified champion Jos...

Notable non-title bouts: Graham Houston recalls risky business by Emile Griffith and other champions

The news that featherweight titleholder Shakur Stevenson was lined up for a non-title fight with Rafael Rivera in June reminded me of a time when champions regularly appeared in non-title bouts. Back in the day, champions considered it impo...

Akeem Ennis Brown: Waiting for a break

“You are not telling me this fight is going ahead until I actually see Philip Bowes in the ring. I don’t care if you even see him at the venue or in the changing room or whatever. It’s not definitely on until he’s stood in the ring ...

In deep waters: Andy ‘The Shark’ Vences plots route to the top of the 130lbs division

The locker room is suffocated by the disappointment of an unexpected defeat. It’s not unexpected due to the calibre of opponent, as such, but because of the steely self-belief that has carried the fallen prospect this far and is crushed, ...

Kid Galahad: Featherweight dangerman talks Warrington rivalry and revenge, Hamed influence and more

From the moment Kid Galahad watched ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed halt Tom ‘Boom Boom’ Johnson, he was transfixed by boxing. Galahad would run into Hamed a few weeks later at the local mosque. Hamed told the starstruck, pre-teen wannabe tha...

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...

Graham Houston Fight Night: Monzon vs Valdes I

In this time of a worldwide boxing shutdown, thoughts tend to drift back to times past, fights seen, champions remembered. Lately I have found myself thinking of Carlos Monzon. It’s possible that Monzon was the greatest middleweight champ...

Dmitry Bivol: Russian maestro talks Beterbiev unification, move to 168lbs, boxing philosophy and more

They say that in boxing closed mouths don’t get fed. Goading a desired opponent into a fight has long been a ploy adopted by those wishing to further their ambitions, and since the birth of social media such provocations have become secon...

Sarah Mahfoud: The fight against Covid-19

“I respect the Coronavirus, but I’m not nervous,” says interim IBF featherweight champion Sarah Mahfoud. The 30-year-old female boxer and trainee nurse is talking about her laudable decision to enrol as part of the temporary healthcar...

Matthew Hatton: The double-edged sword

It’s been over seven years since that long trip home from the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The flight seemed to drag for Matthew Hatton (43-7-2, 17 KOs) and his team after suffering one, final defeat at the hand...

Caoimhin Agyarko: Black Thunder on the horizon

Rising prospect Caoimhin ‘Black Thunder’ Agyarko only has two words on his mind. It’s unrelenting, each question and probe inevitably returning to the same topic. World champion. “I want to be the first black Irish pers...

The conveyor belt: Why small hall boxing must survive

I can’t be mithered with arena shows. Post-lockdown I probably won’t attend any, either. It had reached the point where I thought to myself that if I wanted to sit in a row of self-obsessed egomaniacs I should probably just start going ...

Lockdown viewing for boxing fans

As lockdown continues and the wait for significant live boxing rumbles on, Luke G. Williams picks out some of the best boxing-related viewing available on streaming providers… Mr Calzaghe (2015, currently available to Amazon Prime subscri...

The Guru: Kerry Kayes talks about the secret cost of the lockdown, the future of boxing and working the corner

Kerry Kayes is known as ‘The Guru’ in boxing circles. He is too modest to refer to himself using that term, but here, in his debut column for Boxing Social, the man who has worked tirelessly to help others gives his thoughts on all thin...

Banks of Detroit: Champ turned trainer talks Kronk, Klitschko, GGG and more

Johnathon Banks is one of the few fighters in recent years who has made a successful transition from world class boxer to world class trainer. The reason behind this natural progression may be down to his boxing foundations. ...

What boxing can learn from UFC

Dana White’s outfit has shown how combat sports can move forward in these troubling times, writes Graham Houston. I don’t follow MMA, but in the past week I took a look at the UFC’s first two shows in what is now the Covid-19 era. I n...