19 episodes

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests and interviews. New episodes every Monday with the Greatest Fights every Thursday.

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Mike Costello and Steve Bunce discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests and interviews. New episodes every Monday with the Greatest Fights every Thursday.

    Holyfield won't "bully" Tyson into exhibition fight, plus AJ v Ruiz one year on

    Holyfield won't "bully" Tyson into exhibition fight, plus AJ v Ruiz one year on

    Four time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield joins the pod to address the rumours he could return to boxing at the age of 58 to fight Mike Tyson for a third time. Mike and Steve deal with the latest information about a return to sparring for boxers and look back exactly one year to Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz jr's fight week in New York ahead of the Mexican's huge upset victory.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Greatest Fights - Ricky Hatton on Hatton v Tszyu

    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Boxing in Eddie Hearn's back garden; and Adam Booth on training and getting destroyed by Don King

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Greatest Fights - Tyson v Spinks with David Haye

    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.

    • 59 min
    Boxing back in July? Plus Tyson 'comeback' and Sugar Ray reaction

    Boxing back in July? Plus Tyson 'comeback' and Sugar Ray reaction

    Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, explains under what conditions boxing could return in the UK.
    Also, after Mike Tyson was filmed training, could we see a ring return for the 53 year old?
    And reaction to last week's "Greatest Fights" podcast with Sugar Ray Leonard. Darren Fletcher stands in for Mike Costello.

    • 50 min
    Greatest Fights - Sugar Ray Leonard on Leonard v Hearns

    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.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

PeacockWCB ,

The best pod

Another great pod Hatton v Tszyu,you asked for the best fight one has been too. Mine has to be between Fury Wilder 1 Wilders mum gave me my ticket and Yarde Kovalev. The apprehension of going to Russia on my own especially Chelyabinsk being deemed a dangerous area, the treatment of Anthony and the handful of fans. The Russians were impeccable, treated Anthony with so much respect at the presser, workout and weigh in. The event was well organised and brilliant ring walk and thanks to Mr Bunce a great trip so on reflection this probably nicks it. Keep up the good work.

Coleski1980 ,

Benn v McClellan and difficult questions

Once again, thanks for the great work you’re doing. Engrossing, funny and thought-provoking in near-equal measures.

I was fascinated to hear Steve ranking Benn V McClellan alongside Hatton v Tszyu as his greatest nights at a British ring. The Benn fight was a brutal masterpiece, but it’s one that I struggle to re-watch or champion given what happened next. I regularly question my love for a sport that can take so much from those involved; particularly when the power structures (governing bodies, managers, promoters and even trainers) have so regularly failed to protect those under their charge.

I reconcile myself with the view that all men and women enter the ring of their own free will and that for many participants the sport brings benefits that may not be found elsewhere in life. Would be really interested to hear your thoughts on how you square that circle for yourselves having seen the harsh realities far more closely than any fan.

Cheers and all the best,

Adam

Matchdyke ,

Two great guys who know what they are on about

Ive listened to everyone since it started . Its part of my week i do a paper round on sat / sun and listen everyweek without fail.love mikes calm manor . And bunces child like enthusiasm.. brilliant guys keep it up .. steve roberts boston lincs

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