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Two men who’ve spent a lifetime in the boxing game - Mike Costello and Steve Bunce - discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests. New episodes every Monday.

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    Fury pummels Chisora and calls out Usyk

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 27:50


    Richie Woodhall joins Steve moments after Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title. They analyse the fight and hear from a host of people including Frank Warren, Bob Arum and Oleksandr Usyk

    Fury v Chisora: Haye, Frampton and Woodhall preview the fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 27:43


    Carl Frampton and Richie Woodhall join Steve to look ahead to the big fight. They break down where the fight will be won and lost, and assess the strengths of the two boxers. Steve also chats with David Haye to get his thoughts on the fight.

    Fury v Chisora: The press day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 26:46


    Steve takes the pod to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ahead of the big fight this weekend. He speaks to promoters George Warren of Queensberry and Top Rank's Bob Arum, as well as Derek Chisora himself. He also gets the thoughts of ESPN's Mark Kriegal.

    Whyte wins and Britain's newest world champion

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 51:39


    Frazer Clarke joins Steve to dissect a busy weekend of boxing. They pick through the bones of Dillian Whyte's points win over Jermaine Franklin, and hear from Whyte himself as well as promoter Eddie Hearn. They also look back at the action from York Hall, the O2 and Dubai where Nina Hughes became the new WBA bantamweight world champion. And Adam Azim is on the pod after another impressive win on Sunday at Alexandra Palace

    Whyte v Franklin: The preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 37:44


    Steve records the pod from the press conference ahead of Dillian Whyte's heavyweight bout against Jermaine Franklin this weekend at Wembley. After a scuffle during the head-to-head, Steve speaks to a tetchy Dillian Whyte and promoter Eddie Hearn who witnessed the fracas close up. Jermaine Franklin and his promoter Dmitry Salita also join Steve, as do Fabio Wardley and Nathan Gorman who are fighting for the British Heavyweight title. And ahead of the other big fight of the weekend at the O2, John Ryder and Zach Parker look ahead to their bout. This episode does contain some bad language that has been bleeped out.

    Whyte on Fury, Franklin and the future

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 37:49


    Steve sits down with Dillian Whyte ahead of his fight against Jermaine Franklin this weekend. They chat about that defeat to Fury, how it still hurts and how he is enjoying life under new trainer Buddy McGirt. Shane McGuigan joins Steve for the duration to look ahead to that fight, and discuss the Zach Parker-John Ryder fight at the O2. And young British prospect Adam Azim joins the pod ahead of his fight on Sunday.

    An extraordinary weekend of fighting

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 39:18


    Richie Woodhall joins Steve to look back a busy few nights of boxing. They hear from Natasha Jonas after she won her third belt of the year in Manchester and discuss what her options are for 2023. Sunny Edwards made the third defence of his world title and Richie recalls how good he was when he was part of the GB set up. And despite losing in Las Vegas, there is a lot of praise for Denzel Bentley. They also chat about Montana Loves' disqualification for pushing Steve Spark out of the ring in Baltimore and whether the referee made the right decision.

    Jonas, Hatton and Gallagher's man bag

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 36:47


    Promoter Ben Shalom joins Steve to look ahead to a big night of boxing in Manchester this weekend. Natasha Jonas and her trainer Joe Gallagher are on the pod as she hopes to add another title to her collection against the Canadian Marie-Eve Dicaire. As well as also hearing from Dicaire, Steve chats to Dalton Smith who defends his British super-lightweight title against Kaisee Benjamin. And Ricky Hatton pops over for a chat as he fights Marco Antonio Barrerain an exhibition on the same night.

    The UK's first female undisputed champion

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 59:38


    Olympic medallist Frazer Clarke joins Steve to reflect on Chantelle Cameron becoming the UK's first female undisputed champion. They hear from Cameron after she beat Jessica McCaskill in Abu Dhabi and ask what is next for the boxer from Northampton. With Frazer in action on Saturday evening, they chat about his fight against Kamil Sokołowski and hear from Natasha Jonas who headlines the event in Manchester. And IBF flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards joins the pod ahead to the defence of his belt on Friday night and he explains why he thinks he doesn't get the recognition his talent deserves.

    What next for Katie Taylor and Eddie Hearn on Conor Benn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 39:24


    Barry Jones joins Steve to review Katie Taylor's straightforward win at Wembley at the weekend. They hear from Katie and discuss the prospect of her next fight being held at Dublin's Croke Park in front of 80,000 fans. Eddie Hearn joins the pod to discuss the latest regarding Conor Benn's failed drugs test and Galal Yafai sits down with Steve ahead of his big fight at the weekend in Abu Dhabi.

    Katie Taylor, Delboy and the fight that no one wants

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 56:28


    Undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor is Steve's special guest this week. They look back at that historic night at MSG in April when she beat Amanda Serrano and discuss what the future may hold. Barry Jones is also with Steve to talk about Taylor and to reflect on last week's announcement that Tyson Fury will fight Derek Chisora in December. Steve also chats to Chisora and fight promoter Frank Warren.

    Shields v Marshall: The review

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 43:45


    Hannah Rankin joins Steve to look back at a historic night of boxing in London. They hear from Claressa Shields and debate whether she really is the greatest after she beat Savannah Marshall to become the undisputed middleweight champion. Steve also chats to Marshall and her coach Peter Fury, and Alycia Baumgardner is on the pod after she narrowly beat Mikaela Mayer in the co-main event.

    Shields v Marshall: The press conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 33:24


    Steve takes the pod to London's east end to speak to the fighters ahead of the weekend. He chats to Savannah Marshall, Claressa Shields and Alycia Baumgardner to gauge how they are feeling ahead of their fights. He also sits down with promoter Ben Shalom to chat about the difficulties of rescheduling the event following the postponement. And there are cameo appearances from Top Rank president Todd duBoef and MC for the night “Big Mo”.

    Shields v Marshall: We go again

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 41:51


    Former world super-welterweight champion Hannah Rankin joins Steve to look ahead to a massive night of Boxing at the O2. Having shared the ring with Savannah Marshall and been part of Claressa Shields' training camp, Hannah gives a unique insight into both boxers and how she sees the fight unfolding. Steve also chats with Mikaela Mayer ahead of her fight with Alycia Baumgardner, where she recalls the moment the fight was postponed last month and how the Spice Girls will feature on Saturday night.

    Eubank Jr v Benn: The questions that need answering

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 33:28


    Barry Jones joins Steve to pick through the events of the last few days since news broke that Conor Benn had failed a drugs test. They discuss what questions need to be answered and reflect on how the situation was handled.

    Eubank Jr v Benn: Inside the Eubank camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 27:37


    Steve takes the pod to the Brighton & Hove Boxing Gym to catch up with Chris Eubank Jr. They chat about how preparations are going and what his mindset is ahead of the weekend. Steve also chats to his trainer Ronnie Davies and former British heavyweight champion Scott Welch who has been part of the Eubank team.

    Eubank Jr v Benn: The fathers' fights

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 38:00


    As fight week begins, Steve is joined by Barry Hearn to take a trip down memory lane to reminisce about the two fights between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank back in the early nineties. With their sons fighting this weekend, they discuss how the two fights came about and also how Saturday could play out.

    Jubilant Joyce and the real-life Cinderella Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 41:54


    Carl Frampton joins Steve at the AO Arena in Manchester after watching Joe Joyce knock out Joseph Parker. They hear from the two boxers and promoter Frank Warren, who gives us the latest on Fury-Joshua. And Steve also chats to Terri Harper and Maxi Hughes who were both victorious in Nottingham.

    Canelo defeats GGG to retain undisputed super-middleweight title

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 41:24


    Barry Jones joins Steve to pick through the bones of Saul “Canelo" Alvarez's points win over Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas. The pair discuss how the fight played out what next for both boxers.

    Canelo v Golvikin: The preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 34:27


    Richie Woodhall joins Steve to look ahead to the fight between Canelo v GGG. They assess the prospects of both fighters and give their predictions.

    Fury v Joshua moves a step closer and Ben Shalom talks decision to postpone

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 48:52


    Barry Jones joins Steve to digest the news that AJ has accepted Tyson Fury's terms for an all-British heavyweight fight in early December. Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom is on the pod to discuss how he and the other stakeholders came to the decision to postpone Saturday night's all-female card. And with the Canelo/GGG fight taking place in Vegas this weekend, Barry explains why this is one of the most anticipated fights of the year

    Fury v Joshua moves a step closer and Ben Shalom talks decision to postpone

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 48:52


    Barry Jones joins Steve to digest the news that AJ has accepted Tyson Fury's terms for an all-British heavyweight fight in early December. Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom is on the pod to discuss how he and the other stakeholders came to the decision to postpone Saturday night's all-female card. And with the Canelo/GGG fight taking place in Vegas this weekend, Barry explains why this is one of the most anticipated fights of the year.

    In conversation with Mikaela Mayer & Alycia Baumgardner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 38:30


    Steve continues the build up to a huge night of boxing this weekend at the O2. He chats to both Alycia Baumgardner and Mikaela Mayer ahead of their unification fight and both discuss how Saturday night heralds the start of a new era for women's boxing. Also joining Steve, is British fighter Ellie Scotney who has been sparring with Mayer and she gives her take on which way the bout will go. All the fights on Saturday night will be live and exclusive on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra.

    In conversation with Savannah Marshall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 33:40


    Steve travels to Macclesfield to meet Savannah Marshall ahead of her huge fight against Claressa Shields in two weeks. Along with her coach Peter Fury, they chat about how camp has gone, why her relationship with Claressa has intensified and how important the night is for women's boxing.

    Usyk v Joshua: The debrief

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 51:18


    After Oleksandr Usyk beat Antony Joshua by split decision, Steve and Richie Woodhall look back at the fight. They hear from AJ himself, as well as Eddie Hearn, Barry Hearn, Derek Chisora and Alex Krassyuk.

    Usyk v Joshua: The weigh-in

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 56:28


    Steve and Richie Woodhall record the pod live from the weigh-in in Jeddah. As well as discussing where the fight will be won and lost, they chat to a whole host of guests including Eddie Hearn, Barry Hearn, SugarHill Steward, Michael Buffer and AJ himself.

    Usyk v Joshua: The first fight revisited

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 26:54


    Steve and Richie Woodhall sit down and watch the first fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. They analyse where it went wrong for AJ and what Usyk did so well.

    Usyk v Joshua: The press conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 33:03


    Steve is joined by Richie Woodhall at the press conference to record the pod. They hear an exclusive interview with AJ, Richie chats to Oleksandr Usyk and Steve sits down with Ramla Ali and Saudi boxer Ziyad Almaayoiuf who both feature on the undercard.

    Usyk v Joshua: The public workout, Robert Garcia and Evander Holyfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 26:57


    Steve takes the podcast to the public work out ahead of the big fight at the weekend. He speaks exclusively to AJ's trainer Robert Garcia about how preparations are going and also catches a word with former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield.

    Usyk v Joshua: Fight week begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 26:29


    Steve is in Jeddah for the first pod of fight week. He sits down with AJ to get his thoughts ahead of what he describes as the most important fight of his career. Steve also chats to both fighters' promoters Eddie Hearn and Alex Krassyuk.

    Eubank Jr v Benn - Born rivals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 56:23


    Steve and Barry Jones take the pod to London to speak to Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn ahead of their fight in October. As well as the two fighters, they hear from promoters Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland and look ahead to next weekend's heavyweight class between Oleksandr Usyk and Antony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

    No Ordinary Joe and the Delicious Commonwealth Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 57:16


    Steve is joined by Richie Woodall to look back at the action from the Commonwealth Games. They hear from many of the gold medal winners including Delicious Orie, Rosie Eccles and Reece Lynch. Steve also catches up with Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker after it was announced the pair will fight in Manchester in September. And fresh from his win on Saturday night, Michael Conlan talks about the relief he felt coming through his first fight back since March.

    Bournemouth, Birmingham and Barry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 59:33


    Barry Jones joins Steve to look back at the action from Bournemouth at the weekend. They discuss Chris Billam-Smith's impressive win over Isaac Chamberlain, as well as the performances of Frazer Clarke, Ben Whittaker and Caroline Dubois. Steve also chats to Vergil Ortiz and Michael McKinson ahead of their fight this weekend in Dallas. And with the Commonwealth Games boxing programme up and running, the guys discuss who has impressed them so far.

    Billam-Smith v Chamberlain: The preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 27:57


    Darren Rees joins Buncey to look ahead to the big fight this weekend in Bournemouth. They chat to Chris Billam-Smith ahead of his fight with Isaac Chamberlain, and hear from Fraser Clarke, Ben Whittaker and his trainer SugarHill Steward.

    Commonwealth Games preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 64:40


    GB Boxing coach Richie Woodhall joins Steve at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield to look ahead to the games. They chat to many of the boxers from England, Scotland and Wales taking part and assess their prospects.

    Ryan Garcia & Josh Warrington

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 54:34


    Steve is joined by two-time world featherweight world champion Josh Warrington to discuss the big fights coming up over the next few months. They are joined by the unbeaten American superstar Ryan Garcia after his win at the weekend and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to reflect on her journey since turning pro.

    5 world champions, Bugzy Malone and Del Boy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 47:14


    With Steve on holiday, Carl Froch and Barry Jones take the reins to look back at Derek Chisora's split decision win over Kubrat Pulev. As well as Chisora himself, they chat to Tony Bellew, David Haye, Josh Taylor, Eddie Hearn and rapper Bugzy Malone. Also, Barry speaks to promoter Ben Shalom about September's bout between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall and he explains why it is one of the biggest fights of the year

    An audience with Del Boy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 49:16


    Ahead of his fight against Kubrat Pulev this weekend, Steve pays a visit to Derek Chisora's training camp in London. The pair discuss his career in boxing, what still motivates him and why British boxing needs AJ to beat Usyk. Steve also takes the pod to Wembley Arena with former WBC super-middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall to speak to promoter Frank Warren and Joe Joyce after he beat Christian Hammer on Saturday night.

    Usyk v Joshua: Face to Face

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 41:20


    Carl Froch joins Steve to record the pod from the press conference in central London ahead of the fight in Saudi Arabia in August. They speak to both boxers as well as AJ's new trainer Robert Garcia and promoter Eddie Hearn.

    An undisputed, an artist and a Tokyo Olympian

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 57:46


    Steve is joined by WBC, IBF and WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor to look back at his controversial win over Jack Catterall back in February. Following a BBC documentary about the fight, Josh talks about why he felt his performance fell short, the abuse he and his family received in the aftermath and how a rematch is all he is thinking about. Steve also pays a visit to heavyweight Joe Joyce who returns to the ring this Saturday and he also catches up with Olympian Kariss Artingstall after she made her professional debut at the weekend.

    Haringey Box Cup special

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 64:17


    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.

    Miami Mayhem, Don King and the Midnight Train

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 64:04


    Just hours after stepping off the plane from Miami, Steve is joined by Carl Frampton to dissect Daniel Dubois win over Trevor Bryan. They hear from a whole host of names including Dubois and Bryan themselves, as well as Don King, Shane McGuigan, Shannon Briggs, Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer. Richard Riakporhe is also on the pod after he defeated Fabio Turchi on Saturday night and Eddie Hearn explains why everyone should be excited for Chisora v Pulev II.

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