Discussion, analysis and the latest news from the big fight nights and the world of boxing with special guests. New episodes every Monday.
Pod on tour - Joe Calzaghe and Barry Jones in Cardiff
Buncey takes the pod to Cardiff for the second stop on its UK tour. Former world champions Joe Calzaghe and Barry Jones join him on stage to look back at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of their respective careers. Barry gives a convincing argument as to why he was the better boxer of the pair, and Joe still remembers where he was when news filtered through of Apollo Creed’s death. Be warned, there is some strong language and a few bleeps as well!
08/12/2023 • 57 minutes 54 seconds
Billam-Smith’s first defence
As Chris Billam-Smith prepares to defend his WBO cruiserweight world title this weekend, Buncey heads to his gym in East London for a chat. They discuss how preparations are going and why it's so special to fight in his hometown of Bournemouth. English cruiserweight champion Viddal Riley is also on the pod to look back at Jordan Gill’s win at the weekend against Mick Conlan, and Ryan Garcia's return to winning ways in Houston. As well as looking ahead to CBS’s fight, they also chat about the big one in San Francisco between Devin Haney and Regis Prograis.
04/12/2023 • 45 minutes 44 seconds
Taylor becomes a two-weight undisputed champion
Barry Jones joins Buncey at the 3Arena to look back at Katie Taylor's majority decision victory over Chantelle Cameron. We hear from Taylor and her promoter Eddie Hearn, plus Cameron’s trainer Jamie Moore is also on the pod. And no pod from Dublin would be complete without hearing from Steve Collins and the legend that is Irish dancer Michael Flatley.
26/11/2023 • 37 minutes 39 seconds
Cameron v Taylor: The Preview
Buncey is joined by Irish boxing journalist Lydia Del Dolles to look ahead to the fight this weekend. They discuss the impact Katie Taylor's career has had on so many Irish people, how her approach this time seems different and what we can expect from Saturday night. We also hear from Chantelle Cameron’s coaching team of Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis. And local boy Gary Cully is on the pod to discuss his fight.
24/11/2023 • 31 minutes 28 seconds
Cameron v Taylor: Skye Nicholson’s take
WBC interim world featherweight champion Skye Nicholson joins Buncey as the build up to the big fight continues. She shares her thoughts on the fight and what Katie Taylor needs to do to win the rematch. We also hear why she decided to cease her pursuit of winning a gold medal at the Olympics, how she has matured as a boxer and why a certain assumption of her is not true.
24/11/2023 • 30 minutes 6 seconds
Cameron v Taylor: The public workout
Buncey is in Dublin at the public workout ahead of the big fight this weekend between Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor. He speaks to both fighters, as well as their promoter Eddie Hearn. He also gets the Irish perspective from former World Champion Andy Lee, and gets a rare insight into both boxers from Matchroom reporter Jamie Ward who has spent a lot of time with both of them.
22/11/2023 • 56 minutes 26 seconds
The Magnificent 7 and a big weekend in Dublin
Stacey Copeland joins Buncey to look back at a big night in Manchester and look ahead to a huge weekend in Dublin. They begin chatting about Nathan Heaney’s shock win over Denzel Bentley for the British middleweight title. We hear from Heaney and his promoter Frank Warren. And Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor are on the pod ahead of their rematch in Dublin at the weekend.
20/11/2023 • 51 minutes 40 seconds
Fury v Usyk - It's on!
Buncey is joined by Barry Jones at a central London press conference, following the announcement of the highly anticipated undisputed heavyweight world title bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. Hear from the key figures ahead of that fight, plus we look ahead to the stacked card on 23 December in Saudi Arabia, where Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will fight separate opponents on the same night.
17/11/2023 • 52 minutes 22 seconds
Simply the Best - A Chris Eubank special
Buncey travels to Brighton to sit down with former two-weight world champion Chris Eubank. In an emotional chat, they discuss how he is dealing with the recent deaths of both his son Sebastian and brother Simon, why he is so against his son Chris fighting Conor Benn and how he is still dealing with the pain of what happened to Michael Watson following their fight in 1991.
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14/11/2023 • 56 minutes
Cordina sweetens the pot in Monte Carlo
Barry Jones is poolside with Buncey in Monte Carlo as they reflect on Joe Cordina’s win on Saturday night. They hear from both Cordina and his promoter Eddie Hearn. They discuss what they would like to see next for the Welshman and reflect on Ramla Ali’s win on the undercard.
06/11/2023 • 36 minutes 33 seconds
Cordina prepares for title defence in Monte Carlo
Buncey is in Monaco as Joe Cordina defends his world title against Edward Vazquez on Saturday night. He chats to both fighters as well as Tony Sims who trains Cordina. We also hear from Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn who shares his thoughts on the Fury-Ngannou fight as well as this weekend’s action.
02/11/2023 • 38 minutes 11 seconds
Pod on tour - Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes in Belfast
Buncey takes the pod to its first stop on its inaugural UK tour. He is joined by Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes in Belfast in front of a live audience. They chat about the fallout from the Tyson Fury - Francis Ngannou fight in Saudi at the weekend, and take questions from the audience.
01/11/2023 • 44 minutes 9 seconds
Fury beats Ngannou - The debrief
Buncey and Barry Jones take the pod backstage after Tyson Fury won a split decision against Francis Ngannou. They assess the performances of both fighters and discuss why the Oleksandr Usyk fight will not happen anytime soon for Fury. They also hear from promoter Frank Warren, Fury’s manager Spencer Brown and former footballer Rio Ferdinand.
29/10/2023 • 37 minutes 34 seconds
Fury v Ngannou - The final face off
Buncey and Barry share their final thoughts on the fight after the weigh-in. They are joined by host of boxing royalty including Carl Frampton, Shannon Briggs, Joe Calzaghe and Oleksandr Usyk’s manager Alex Krassyuk. And we also get the thoughts of MMA fighter Tom Aspinall. And they guys get a sneak preview of the venue.
28/10/2023 • 36 minutes 26 seconds
Fury v Ngannou - The press conference
Buncey has Barry Jones alongside him at the press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight. They are joined by an array of guests including former MMA fighter Dan Hardy, Top Rank president Todd deBoef, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and video journalist Michelle Joy Phelps. They talk through events on stage as they happen and get to the bottom of what this fight really is.
27/10/2023 • 40 minutes 36 seconds
Fury v Ngannou - The Public Workout
Buncey is joined by Barry Jones at the venue for Saturday night’s fight in Riyadh. They discuss just how enormous the event has become, what the two boxers looked like in the ring and how the fight will be a mismatch. Francis Ngannou is on the pod to tell us how preparations have gone, and we hear from former heavyweight world champion and sparring partner of Tyson Fury - Joseph Parker.
26/10/2023 • 33 minutes 19 seconds
Who next for Catterall?
Barry Jones and Ant Crolla join Buncey to pick through the bones of Jack Catterall’s win over Jorge Linares. They speak to Catterall, his trainer Jamie Moore and promoter Eddie Hearn.
23/10/2023 • 31 minutes 4 seconds
Catterall v Linares - Meet the Fighters
Buncey is in Liverpool ahead of the big fight this weekend. He speaks to both Jack Catterall and Jorge Linares, as well as Catterall’s training team of Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis. Matchroom CEO Frank Smith is also on the pod, as is Peter Grail who fights on the undercard.
20/10/2023 • 34 minutes 51 seconds
Scotney on 3-minute rounds, Bugs Bunny and the weekend’s action
IBF super bantamweight world champion Ellie Scotney joins Buncey this week. They discuss where she is at in her career, whether she’d like to box 3-minute rounds and why she plans to go to Turkey with her brother! They also look ahead to the two big fights this weekend and hear from Jack Catterall as he prepares to face Jorge Linares in Liverpool.
16/10/2023 • 35 minutes 31 seconds
Hearn, Taylor and the Misfits
Shane McGuigan and Hannah Rankin join Buncey to look back at the weekend. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is also on to talk about what's next for both Josh Warrington and Leigh Wood. Buncey sits down with Katie Taylor as she prepares for her rematch with Chantelle Cameron. And there’s a discussion about this weekend's crossover boxing event in Manchester.
10/10/2023 • 56 minutes 4 seconds
Knockout of the year contender?
Barry Jones joins Buncey to review a dramatic fight night in Sheffield. He speaks to Leigh Wood, who retained his WBA featherweight title with a stunning stoppage. We also hear from Josh Warrington and the promoter Eddie Hearn. Four-time world Carl Froch gives his verdict on the fight, as does Leigh Wood’s trainer Ben Davison.
08/10/2023 • 34 minutes 24 seconds
Wood v Warrington: Who wins?
Buncey’s in Sheffield ahead of the huge fight between Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington. Both fighters are on the pod, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn. And IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards shares his thoughts on what we can expect from the fight.
05/10/2023 • 40 minutes 24 seconds
Is Opetaia the best cruiserweight in the division?
Barry Jones is with Buncey this week to pick through the bones of a busy weekend. They start at Wembley as Jai Opetaia was too good for Jordan Thompson. We hear from Opetaia, Eddie Hearn and WBO cruiserweight world champion Chris Billam-Smith, who hopes to make a fight with the Australian. They also look back at the ever-impressive Caroline Dubois who fought at York Hall, and the lacklustre fight in Las Vegas between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. And Barry gives his reaction to the news that the Fury-Usyk fight has been signed.
02/10/2023 • 46 minutes
Opetaia v Thompson: The Preview
Buncey takes the pod to London as Jai Opetaia defends his IBF cruiserweight title against Jordan Thompson. He speaks to both fighters, as well as Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn. He also catches up with Ellie Scotney and her trainer Shane McGuigan as she puts her IBF belt on the line. And WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith shares his views on the main event.
28/09/2023 • 32 minutes 51 seconds
What Next For Joe Joyce?
Richie Woodhall joins Buncey to look back at a busy weekend of fighting. They start at Wembley, where Joe Joyce suffered a second consecutive loss to Zhilei Zhang. Joyce and his promoter Frank Warren are on the pod. They also reflect on events in Orlando where Sandy Ryan was denied becoming a unified world champion and Conor Benn returned to the ring for the first time since the lifting of his provisional doping suspension. His promoter Eddie Hearn is also on the show.
25/09/2023 • 35 minutes 32 seconds
The World According to Warren
Buncey sits down with Queensberry boss Frank Warren for an all-encompassing chat. They discuss Tyson Fury, and what the next few years may look like for him. We get the latest on Daniel Dubois’ appeal with the WBA regarding the fight with Oleksandr Usyk. And, Franks shares his views on the sport’s battle against drug cheats.
18/09/2023 • 37 minutes 29 seconds
Paulie Malignaggi and a BBQ at Eddie's
Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi joins Buncey to give us a perspective on the recent rise of American boxing. Having seen the likes of Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia involved in super-fights, Paulie shares his insight on the impact it is having on the sport and what other fights we can expect. We are also at Matchroom HQ to speak to Eddie Hearn, who updates us on Conor Benn and Anthony Joshua’s next fights.
11/09/2023 • 34 minutes 11 seconds
Revenge is sweet for Eubank Jr
Anthony Crolla joins Buncey backstage after Chris Eubank Jr dropped and stopped Liam Smith in Manchester. They discuss how the fight played out and why it ended in defeat for Smith. We hear from Eubank, as well as his trainer BoMac and promoter Kalle Sauerland. Conor Benn is also on the pod and gives his verdict of Eubank’s performance and says he wants him at 160. And former world champion David Haye shares his thoughts on the night.
03/09/2023 • 28 minutes 45 seconds
Smith v Eubank Jr 2 - The Preview
Buncey is in Manchester ahead of the rematch between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr. He chats to Eubank, who explains what happened in the first fight and why he has to win the second. We also hear from Smith’s trainer Joe McNally, his cut-man Russ Anber and the promoter Ben Shalom. And Buncey also catches up with Mikaela Mayer, who is fighting on the undercard.
31/08/2023 • 32 minutes 19 seconds
The punch that could have changed history
Richie Woodhall joins Buncey in Poland to reflect on Oleksandr Usyk's controversial win over Daniel Dubois. They delve deep into whether THAT punch was legal or not, and hear from Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk and Frank Warren, who promotes Dubois.
28/08/2023 • 36 minutes 21 seconds
Usyk v Dubois: The Preview
Barry Jones joins Buncey in Poland ahead of the big fight on Saturday night. They hear from Queensberry boss Frank Warren, Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk and James Ali Bashir who has been part of both fighters teams.
24/08/2023 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
A Birmingham beating and a South London scrap
Buncey is in Birmingham to look back at Galal Yafai’s first-round stoppage win over Tommy Frank. He speaks to Galal and his promoter Eddie Hearn, who updates us on Alycia Baumgardner and Conor Benn’s drug cases. And he’s also in London at the launch press conference of Joshua Buatsi against Dan Azeez to speak to both fighters and promoter Ben Shalom.
21/08/2023 • 37 minutes 25 seconds
Joshua v Helenius: The Debrief
Barry Jones joins Steve to pick through the bones of Anthony Joshua’s knock-out win over Robert Helenius. They hear from both fighters, as well as AJ’s trainer Derrick James and promoter Eddie Hearn.
13/08/2023 • 30 minutes 27 seconds
Joshua v Helenius: The weigh-in
George Groves joins Steve at the weigh-in ahead of tomorrow’s fight. They discuss what AJ needs to do with the carrot that is the Wilder fight dangling in front of him. They also chat with Matchroom chairman Eddie Hearn, DAZN’s Joe Markowski and AJ’s publicist Andy Bell.
11/08/2023 • 32 minutes 58 seconds
Joshua v Helenius: Meet Robert Helenius
Steve sits down with Anthony Joshua’s new opponent Robert Helenius. They discuss when he got the call to fight, why he nearly turned it down and whether he really does eat reindeer. We also hear from Matchroom CEO Frank Smith on how the fight was made. Filip Hrgovic and Demsey McKean, who are the co-main event talk about their fight, and Derek Chisora tells us why he’s not yet retired.
10/08/2023 • 29 minutes 31 seconds
Joshua v Helenius: In conversation with AJ
Steve sits down with Anthony Joshua ahead of his fight with Robert Helenius this weekend. They discuss his immediate reaction to the news that Dillian Whyte failed a drugs test, how his preparations have had to change and working with his new trainer. We also hear from trainer Derrick James and promoter Eddie Hearn.
09/08/2023 • 27 minutes 48 seconds
Joshua v Helenius: Shane McGuigan's take
Steve heads to East London to sit down with trainer Shane McGuigan. They discuss AJ’s new opponent Robert Helenius and what threat he poses in the ring on Saturday night. And Francis Ngannou and his new trainer Mike Tyson are on the pod to discuss his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury.
08/08/2023 • 40 minutes 7 seconds
Eddie Hearn EXCLUSIVE
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn joins Steve to bring us the latest regarding Anthony Joshua’s fight this weekend. The fight was cancelled after his opponent Dillian Whyte failed a drugs test. Hearn tells us they have identified an opponent and an announcement is imminent. Former world champion Barry Jones is also on the pod to give his reaction to the news.
07/08/2023 • 27 minutes 11 seconds
Wood & Warrington’s first face-off
Steve is in Leeds at the launch press conference for Leigh Wood v Josh Warrington. The pair are fighting in October for Wood’s WBA featherweight belt and we hear from both of them. Promoter Eddie Hearn is also on the pod, along with both trainers - Ben Davison and Sean O’Hagan. And fresh from his controversial defeat in the US 10 days ago, Steve chats to Maxi Hughes.
01/08/2023 • 43 minutes 6 seconds
Crawford stops Spence to become undisputed
Barry Jones joins Steve to give his immediate reaction to the fight in Las Vegas. They discuss why Terence Crawford was too good for Errol Spence on the night, and whether he is now the best boxer on the planet.
30/07/2023 • 40 minutes 46 seconds
Benn is cleared and the Las Vegas super-fight
Steve is joined by Barry Jones who is in Las Vegas to look ahead to the super-fight this weekend. They hear from both Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr and break down where the bout will be won and lost. They also discuss the latest developments as Conor Benn is cleared by UKAD for failing two drug tests.
28/07/2023 • 53 minutes 29 seconds
Coldwell, Bridges and Spence v Crawford
Steve is in Rotherham this week to chat with Ebanie Bridges and her new coach Dave Coldwell. They discuss how their partnership came about and what the first few weeks have been like. Dave also takes back to the days when he trained with Naseem Hamed, what it was like working with Tony Bellew, and his honest and frank thoughts about the current heavyweight division. And the three of them look ahead to the super-fight this weekend in Las Vegas between Errol Spence and Terence Crawford.
24/07/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 29 seconds
Decoding Dublin with Chantelle Cameron
Steve is in Salford this week to sit down with Chantelle Cameron and her trainer Jamie Moore. Two months on from that historic win over Katie Taylor in Dublin, they share their memories of the evening and the training camp. They also discuss why she nearly walked away from the sport, how the relationship with Jamie and Nigel Travis came about and whether three-minute rounds is something she is open to.
17/07/2023 • 50 minutes 38 seconds
Usyk and Dubois face off
Steve takes the pod to London for the launch press conference of Oleksandr Usyk v Daniel Dubois. He speaks to Dubois, his promoter Frank Warren and Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk. He also chats with Naseem Hamed, whose son Aadam is fighting on the undercard. And Carl Frampton gives his thoughts on the fight and Tyson Fury’s bout against MMA star Francis Ngannou.
13/07/2023 • 32 minutes 35 seconds
Joshua and Whyte face off
Barry Jones joins Steve at the launch press conference ahead of the fight between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. We hear from both fighters, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn. They also discuss where both of them are in their respective careers and how they think the fight will play out.
10/07/2023 • 58 minutes 24 seconds
Marshall and Jonas light up Manchester
Stacey Copeland sits in for Steve to look back at a busy weekend of boxing. She is joined by Anthony Crolla as they discuss the title winning performances of Savannah Marshall, Natasha Jonas and Dalton Smith. Savannah and Tasha are on the pod, as well as their promoter Ben Shalom. They also hear from Joe Joyce and his promoter Frank Warren as his rematch with Zhilei Zhang is scheduled for September. And they reflect on the Olympic qualifiers in Poland.
03/07/2023 • 59 minutes
The Smiths - Boxing’s Band of Brothers
Steve heads to Liverpool this week to meet up with the Smith Brothers. Paul, Stephen, Liam and Callum have all held British titles, challenged for world titles and Liam and Callum have gone on to become world champions. They discuss the dynamic between the four of them and recall their favourite moments of each other’s careers. And with Callum facing Artur Beterbiev for the WBC, WBO and IBF light-heavyweight belts in Quebec in August, they discuss why they think he can become a two-weight world champion.
26/06/2023 • 43 minutes 57 seconds
Inside Team GB Boxing
Steve takes the pod to the home of GB Boxing in Sheffield. He chats Rob McCracken, the performance director and the man responsible for picking the team to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. As well as Rob, we also hear from Paris 2024 hopefuls Delicious Orie, Rosie Eccles, Reece Lynch and Demi-Jade Resztan, who are all heading out to Poland next week for the first Olympic qualifier.
19/06/2023 • 48 minutes 22 seconds
A Sunny weekend in London
Olympic Champion Galal Yafai joins Steve to look back at a busy weekend of world championship boxing. They begin with events in London where Sunny Edwards successfully defended his IBF world title against Andres Campos. Both Sunny and his promoter Eddie Hearn are on the pod. We also hear from Ellie Scotney who won her first world title by beating Cherneka Johnson. And we are also in New York as Josh Taylor tasted defeat for the first time.
12/06/2023 • 53 minutes 5 seconds
Wembley's world title triple-header
Steve takes the pod to the press conference ahead of the three world title fights at Wembley this weekend. He chats to the promoter Eddie Hearn about the night and also gets an update on both Anthony Joshua and Conor Benn’s potential next fights. As well as speaking to Sunny Edwards, who headlines the event, he catches up with the other fighters on the card including Ellie Scotney, Nina Hughes, Katie Healy, Cheavon Clarke and Johnny Fisher. And we also hear from Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez who fight in New York in the early hours of Sunday.
08/06/2023 • 47 minutes 25 seconds
Inside the Steel City Gym
Buncey takes the pod to the Steel City Gym in Sheffield to chat with Sunny Edwards ahead of his world title defence this Saturday. As well as chatting to Sunny about his life in boxing, he also gets the perspective of his coach Grant Smith. And while there, Steve grabs a word with Dalton Smith and Junaid Boston before they fight on July 1st.
05/06/2023 • 46 minutes 38 seconds
Unpicking The Weekend
Barry Jones joins Steve to look back at a busy weekend of action. They review the fights from Belfast, Bournemouth and Manchester and discover their pre-fight predictions were all wrong. They also discuss the super-fight between Errol Spence and Terence Crawford set for July and whether there is any substance to Tyson Fury’s claims he sent a contract to Anthony Joshua for a fight in September.
29/05/2023 • 58 minutes 26 seconds
An extraordinary weekend of world title fights
Steve takes the pod to Manchester ahead of Lara-Wood 2. He speaks to both boxers and promoter Eddie Hearn. We are also in Bournemouth to chat to Lawrence Okolie and Chris Billam-Smith, and in Belfast with Michael Conlan.
25/05/2023 • 38 minutes 37 seconds
Three fights, three towns, three world titles.
Carl Frampton joins Steve to look ahead to an unprecedented weekend of world championship boxing in the UK. They discuss Lara v Wood in Manchester, Conlan v Lopez in Belfast and Okolie v Billam-Smith in Bournemouth. And Carl chats about his recent BBC documentary about the prevalence of suicide and mental illness among young men in Northern Ireland.
22/05/2023 • 37 minutes 59 seconds
Taylor v Cameron: The debrief
Mikaela Mayer joins Steve to pick through the bones of a memorable night in Dublin. They chat to both boxers and to promoter Eddie Hearn. And legendary combat sports journalist Ariel Helwani pops over for a chat to share his views on the fight.
21/05/2023 • 33 minutes 33 seconds
Taylor v Cameron: The weigh-in
Former unified world champion Mikaela Mayer joins Steve at weigh-in in Dublin. They discuss how they think the fight will play out and what we can expect on Saturday night. They also joined by a host of guests including Eddie Hearn, Frank Smith, Skye Nicholson and David Diamante.
19/05/2023 • 37 minutes 34 seconds
Taylor v Cameron: The press conference
Steve takes the pod to the press conference ahead of the fight this weekend. He is joined by promoter Eddie Hearn who gives us his take on proceedings so far. He also speaks to the two fighters on the co-main event - Terri Harper and Cecilia Braekus. And local boy Gary Cully is on the pod to talk about what the night means to Irish boxing.
19/05/2023 • 35 minutes 44 seconds
Taylor v Cameron: Meet the fighters
Carl Frampton joins Steve at the weigh-in to look ahead to the mega-fight in Dublin this weekend. They are joined by the two fighters who were both very relaxed despite the size of the task on Saturday night. Carl and Katie reminisce about the days when they used to spar together, and Steve accidentally disrespects Chantelle!
17/05/2023 • 38 minutes 24 seconds
Taylor v Cameron: Fight week begins
Stacey Copeland joins Steve to look ahead to an unprecedented two months of world championship boxing involving British women. And it all begins with the huge fight in Dublin this weekend as Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron battle for all the belts in the super-lightweight division. Former world champion Savannah Marshall is also on the pod to chat about her fight against Franchon Crews-Dezurn in July. And they also discuss the upcoming fights involving Terri Harper, Ellie Scotney, Natasha Jonas, Nina Hughes and Shannon Courtney.
15/05/2023 • 45 minutes 51 seconds
Canelo v Ryder: The debrief
John Ryder and his trainer Tony Sims join Steve over breakfast to look back at a special evening in Guadalajara. Promoter Eddie Hearn is also on the pod to reflect on the week in Mexico. We also hear from Canelo himself and Steve chats to British boxers Dalton Smith and Junaid Bostan, who were also in the stadium.
07/05/2023 • 43 minutes 43 seconds
Canelo v Ryder: The weigh-in
Steve takes the pod to the weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s huge fight. He speaks to both Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and John Ryder shortly after they came off the scales. And we hear from Matchroom CEO Frank Smith and the former WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora.
06/05/2023 • 33 minutes 29 seconds
Canelo v Ryder: Conor Benn opens up
Steve is joined by boxing analyst Claudia Trejos as the build up continues to Saturday night. She shares her unique insight into the Mexican superstar and tells us why John Ryder has won the hearts of the Mexican public. Conor Benn is also on the show and he tells us how training has gone with Ryder and also opens up about his difficult eight months out since testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.
04/05/2023 • 54 minutes 14 seconds
Canelo v Ryder - The press conference
Steve’s in Guadalajara ahead of the big fight this weekend and takes the pod to the press conference. We hear from all involved including John Ryder, Canelo, Tony Sims, Eddie Hearn, Mauricio Sulaiman and the MC for the night David Diamante.
04/05/2023 • 29 minutes 58 seconds
Josh Taylor and Liam Smith
Steve heads to the Rotunda gym in Liverpool to catch up with Josh Taylor and Liam Smith. Taylor faces Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden on June 10th while Smith has his rematch with Chris Eubank Jr a week later in Manchester. Plus we hear from Eubank Jr, promoter Ben Shalom and Savannah Marshall who fights Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title.
01/05/2023 • 46 minutes 21 seconds
Cordina, Cardiff and a Vegas super-fight
Barry Jones and Steve look back at an epic night in Cardiff that saw Joe Cordina regain his IBF super-featherweight title. They hear from Joe, as well as his trainer Tony Sims and promoter Eddie Hearn. Plus, they discuss the big fight in Vegas that saw Gervonta Davis stop Ryan Garcia in the seventh round.
24/04/2023 • 48 minutes 44 seconds
"I need my title back” - Joe Cordina
Barry Jones and Steve spend the afternoon at Joe Cordina’s gym in Essex ahead of his big fight this weekend. They chat to him about the injury that led to him being stripped of his IBF super-featherweight title last year and how the whole situation left him pondering his future. Back fit again, and fighting this weekend against Shavkat Rakhimov for his old belt in his hometown of Cardiff, he explains why he feels he will have the better of his opponent. Plus, his trainer Tony Sims is also on the pod and he and Steve take a trip down memory lane.
20/04/2023 • 44 minutes 47 seconds
Joyce suffers first career loss
Carl Frampton joins Steve to look back at Joe Joyce's first loss as a professional. The referee stopped his fight against Zhilei Zhang in the 6th round at the Copper Box when Joyce’s right eye closed shut. We hear from Joyce, discuss where it went wrong and ask where he goes from here. Plus, Steve took the pod to York Hall on Friday night to watch Tysie Gallagher beat Lisa Whiteside to become the new Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Champion. He hears from both boxers.
17/04/2023 • 34 minutes 4 seconds
Joyce, Mayer and a domestic showdown
Steve sits down with WBO interim heavyweight champion Joe Joyce ahead of his big fight this weekend. They discuss his current frustrations with the heavyweight division and why it’s proving so difficult to make fights between the top contenders. Steve also chats to the former unified super featherweight world champion Mikaela Mayer as she begins the process of regaining her world titles with a bout against Christina Linardatou at the Copper Box on Saturday. And Lawrence Okolie and Chris Billam-Smith are also on the pod after it was announced last week that they will fight in Bournemouth at the end of May.
10/04/2023 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: The Debrief
Barry Jones joins Steve backstage at the O2 to look back at Anthony Joshua’s points win over Jermaine Franklin. They hear from Joshua himself, as well as his trainer Derrick James and promoter Eddie Hearn. And Dillian Whyte joins the pod to tell give his assessment of AJ’s performance.
02/04/2023 • 35 minutes 46 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: The Preview
George Groves joins Steve and Darren Fletcher to preview Saturday’s big fight. They hear from Anthony Joshua, Jermaine Franklin, and promoter Eddie Hearn. Plus there are appearances from Franklin’s promoter Dmitry Salita, former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew and current heavyweight Derek Chisora.
31/03/2023 • 57 minutes 52 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: In conversation with Eddie Hearn
As fight night edges closer, Steve sits down with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn. While eating prawn tempura, they chat AJ, Franklin and the latest regarding Conor Benn’s future.
30/03/2023 • 29 minutes 48 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: Who is Franklin?
Steve takes the pod to the press conference ahead of the big fight this weekend to learn more about AJ’s opponent. He speaks to Franklin himself, as well as his promoter Dmitri Salita and his trainer Jesse Addison. And Matchroom CEO Frank Smith tells Steve what’s involved in making a fight like this.
29/03/2023 • 27 minutes 28 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: Analysing AJ’s last fight
Richie Woodhall joins Steve to watch back Anthony Joshua's last fight when he lost on points to Oleksandr Usyk. They discuss what he did well, what he didn’t do so well and what learnings he can take into this weekend’s fight against Jermaine Franklin.
28/03/2023 • 41 minutes 8 seconds
Joshua v Franklin: The week starts here
Frazer Clarke and Richie Woodhall join Steve as the build-up to Anthony Joshua's return to the ring this weekend begins. With both having spent years in the gym with him, they share their unique insight into the two-time former unified world heavyweight champion. We also hear from his promoter Eddie Hearn who’s been out to Dallas to his training camp. And we speak to Lawrence Okolie who defended his WBO cruiserweight belt in Manchester on Saturday night.
27/03/2023 • 57 minutes 48 seconds
Lawrence, Lyndon and a lot of fighting
Steve is joined by Joe Gallagher and Anthony Crolla to look ahead to a big weekend of boxing. We hear from Lawrence Okolie as he defends his WBO Cruiserweight title against David Light on Saturday. And Lyndon Arthur, who fights on Friday shares his remarkable story into professional boxing with the help of his trainer Pat Barrett. Plus, Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom joins the pod to chat about his show this weekend in Manchester.
23/03/2023 • 49 minutes 9 seconds
Fury v Usyk is off
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.
23/03/2023 • 57 minutes 26 seconds
The Queen of Irish boxing is back!
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.
20/03/2023 • 35 minutes 10 seconds
Is Fury v Usyk about to be made?
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.
13/03/2023 • 49 minutes 7 seconds
Haringey Box Cup special
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.
20/06/2022 • 1 hour 4 minutes 17 seconds
Wood v Conlan: Who wins?
Steve takes the pod to Nottingham ahead of the big showdown between Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan on Saturday night. He chats to both boxers, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn.
10/03/2022 • 26 minutes 53 seconds
Khan vs Brook: Finally Fighting
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.
14/02/2022 • 27 minutes 18 seconds
Greatest Fights - The Thrilla in Manila (Ali v Frazier 3) with Gene Kilroy
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.
09/07/2020 • 1 hour 17 minutes 55 seconds
Greatest Fights: Corrales v Castillo with Joe Goossen
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.
02/07/2020 • 1 hour 9 minutes 24 seconds
Greatest Fights: Benn v Eubank with Richie Woodhall
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.
25/06/2020 • 54 minutes 17 seconds
The man who shot Muhammad Ali
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.
22/06/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 52 seconds
Greatest Fights - Hagler v Hearns with Andy Lee
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.
18/06/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
Greatest Fights - Gatti v Ward I with Paulie Malignaggi
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.
11/06/2020 • 48 minutes 15 seconds
Greatest Fights - Evander Holyfield on Tyson v Holyfield 1
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.
04/06/2020 • 1 hour 39 seconds
Greatest Fights - Carl Froch on Hamed v Barrera
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?
28/05/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds
Greatest Fights - Ricky Hatton on Hatton v Tszyu
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.
21/05/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 44 seconds
Boxing in Eddie Hearn's back garden; and Adam Booth on training and getting destroyed by Don King
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.
18/05/2020 • 1 hour 6 minutes 48 seconds
Greatest Fights - Tyson v Spinks with David Haye
Former heavyweight world champion David Haye joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to rewatch the night in 1988 when a 21-year-old Mike Tyson was at his most fearsome in the ring, destroying Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.
They delve into the circumstances surrounding the fight including Donald Trump's involvement in putting it on, and debate Tyson's legacy among the greatest of all time.
14/05/2020 • 58 minutes 59 seconds
Greatest Fights - Sugar Ray Leonard on Leonard v Hearns
In the first of a new mini-series, one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard, relives his late stoppage of Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns in 1981.
Leonard remembers how Angelo Dundee's corner work was the key to inspiring his late onslaught that ended the fight, and explains how the aftermath of this fight led to a dark period in his life when he abused alcohol and drugs.
'Greatest Fights' will focus on a brilliant or significant bout in boxing history. With a new episode every Thursday, Mike and Steve rewatch the fight with a boxer - either one who was directly involved in the fight or who was heavily influenced by it.
Future episodes include Ricky Hatton and David Haye.
07/05/2020 • 55 minutes 41 seconds
Buatsi on training in lockdown, Olympic what-ifs, and the Yorkshireman who fought Ali
2016 Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi explains how he's staying in shape during the lockdown, and reveals his thoughts on news that the Tokyo Olympic are going to be delayed until 2021. Then, Mike and Steve discuss an interview from the archive with Richard Dunn, who fought Muhammad Ali in 1976.
Mike's fight recommendation of the week: Marquez v Vasquez 2 (2007)
Steve's book recommendation of the week: The Devil and Sonny Liston by Nick Tosches
Homework: watch Liston v Clay (1964)
30/03/2020 • 1 hour 7 minutes 31 seconds
How long until Joshua fights Fury or Wilder?
How long will boxing fans have to wait to see Anthony Joshua against the other two big names in the heavyweight division, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder? Mike and Steve break down the politics and the timings issues that could get in the way. Also, more reaction to Andy Ruiz's excuses for losing to Joshua, a preview of Daniel Dubois upcoming fight and an appreciation of the importance of amateur boxing clubs.
16/12/2019 • 52 minutes 27 seconds
Joshua beaten: The rumours, the fallout, and what comes next?
As the dust settles on Anthony Joshua's stunning upset defeat to Andy Ruiz jr., Mike and Steve debate the rumours around Joshua being knocked out in sparring, Joshua's father's apparently angry reaction in the ring after the fight, and what changes he needs to make to get back to the top of the sport.
04/06/2019 • 30 minutes 37 seconds
Joshua stunned in New York
Mike and Steve are ringside in New York's Madison Square Garden where Andy Ruiz Jr. produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to take Anthony Joshua's IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him. Along with David Haye and Carl Frampton they analyse a US debut to forget for AJ, heap praise on underdog Ruiz, and ask what this result means for future fights in the division. Then, the boys take a trip to the diner after interviewing both Ruiz Jr. and Joshua in the changing rooms.
02/06/2019 • 57 minutes 52 seconds
Joshua v Ruiz: Final fight breakdown
Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz jr weigh in ahead of the heavyweight world title fight at Madison Square Garden. Mike and Steve analyse how they looked on the scales, and break down how they see the fight going. Paulie Malignaggi also pops by to give his prediction.
31/05/2019 • 16 minutes 42 seconds
Joshua vs Ruiz: AJ wants Fury next
Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. faced the media for the final time before their world heavyweight title fight this weekend at Madison Square Garden. Joshua says he is turning his attention to a fight with Tyson Fury, after Deontay Wilder announced his next fight would be a rematch against Luis Ortiz. Also, Mike and Steve talk to several of the undercard fighters including Katie Taylor and Callum Smith ahead of their world title fights, and Carl Frampton pops up to talk about sparring with Taylor, his training partner Tommy Coyle and where he goes next in his own career.
30/05/2019 • 52 minutes 40 seconds
Joshua vs Ruiz: Wilder's spanner in the works
Deontay Wilder hijacked the fight week news cycle overnight in New York by announcing his next bout would not be against Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, instead opting for a rematch with Luis Ortiz. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn reacts to the news and explains his frustration at being unable to even get a meeting with Wilder's representatives. Mike and Steve then speak to legendary Muhammad Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, who paints a worrying picture about the state of the heavyweight division and in boxing in general the longer we have to wait for a superfight.
29/05/2019 • 37 minutes 23 seconds
Wilder produces an all-time knockout
Deontay Wilder once again proved his punching power by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in their WBC heavweight title contest. Mike and Steve ask where it ranks in the annals of great heavyweight knockouts and debate whether this changes their opinion of who would win between Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. They also address Wilder's controversial comments made before that fight about killing an opponent in the ring.
Later, Josh Taylor joins the podcast after becoming a world champion at the weekend by beating Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series semi finals, plus reaction to 'The Monster' Naoya Inoue adding another knockout to his record and Billy Joe Saunders becoming a two weight world champion in Stevenage.
20/05/2019 • 53 minutes 8 seconds
BONUS POD: Groves on retirement, Froch and taking control
Former super middleweight world champion George Groves reflects on the end of his career, his two massive fights against Carl Froch, and how he tried to take control of his career.
14/05/2019 • 28 minutes 25 seconds
Billy Joe's back, Deontay's underrated and Josh Taylor: world champion?
Former super middleweight champion George Groves joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming fights this weekend, including Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi for the WBO super middleweight world title, Deontay Wilder's return to the ring against former Anthony Joshua opponent Dominic Breazeale, and his former training mate Josh Taylor's bid for a world title in the semi final of the World Boxing Super Series against Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow.
13/05/2019 • 43 minutes 50 seconds
Who is boxing's Tiger?
As Mike and Steve arrive in a chilly New York ahead of Terence Crawford v Amir Khan for the WBO weltweight title, is there anyone currently in the sport of boxing that can inspire the same universal excitement as Tiger Woods in his Masters victory? Also, an early look at why Crawford v Khan might not be the mismatch expected by some bookmakers, and a review of Anthony Crolla's lopsided four round defeat by Vasyl Lomachenko at the weekend.
16/04/2019 • 37 minutes 8 seconds
AJ & Josh Warrington look to America
With confirmation that Anthony Joshua will fight Jarrell Miller in the States not far away, Eddie Hearn joins the podcast to talk about a frustrating period for the WBA, IBF and WBO champion since beating Alexander Povetkin last September. Mike and Steve discuss the difference in how Joshua has conducted his career in comparison with Great Britain's previous Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison. Then, Josh Warrington calls in to talk about his upcoming fight with Kid Galahad, the change in his status since beating Carl Frampton, and his hopes for the rest of the year.