Revealing, in-depth interviews from around the boxing world by Tris Dixon, the former editor of Boxing News and the BT Sport No Filter Boxing presenter.
Season 4: #45 James Cook
Former European super-middleweight champion and two-time British champion James Cook is one of the most-respected figures in British boxing.
He was the first man to defeat the excellent Michael Watson, lost to Herol Graham, wanted to fight Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn and he had one tough assignment after another on the road, almost always in the away corner.
He worked with Mickey Duff, Harry Holland, Frank Warren and others, talks about moving to the UK from Jamaica, racism in England and, in his decorated role as a youth worker, crime and poverty in London and in the UK.
Cook is the conscience of British boxing and universally loved, known as The Guardian of the Streets.
Season 4: #44 Andy Flute
Andy Flute was a former British title contender who boxed the likes of Neville Brown, Sven Ottke, Robin Reid, Glenn Catley, David Starie and Markus Beyer.
As a sparring partner, he worked with Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe and many others, but he faced his biggest battle outside of the ring, with addiction and alcoholism.
Here, Andy reflects upon the person he was and the person he has become.
Season 4: #43 Mike Goodall
Mike owns Ringcraft and has been ringside, literally, for more than 30 years. He assembles the rings for the big nights, in the small halls and for training camps around the world.
He also owns a sign business, so provides the sets and back drops for public workouts, press conferences and weigh ins. He and his team are often the first people on the scene of fight week and the last ones to leave. He's also worked with Joshua, Bruno, Lennox, Benn, Eubank and anymore and has worked with every major UK promoter, including Frank Warren, Mickey Duff, Barry and Eddie Hearn, Kellie Maloney and Boxxer.
Season 4: #42 Johnathan Banks
Former cruiserweight contender Johnathan Banks had his career fast-tracked in the aftermath of Emanuel Steward's death.
Banks was still an active fighter when his beloved coach passed away but he was promptly named trainer of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and his path changed.
As a boxer, Banks was cruiser who boxed at heavyweight and he fought the likes of Seth Mitchell, Antonio Tarver, Travis Walker and Tomasz Adamek. He has wonderful experiences to share having been around the Klitschko brothers and on the road with Steward, he talks working with middleweight great Gennady Golovkin today and explains why his future is about giving back, to communities and individuals, through boxing.
Season 4: #41 Kenny Bayless
Las Vegas referee Kenny Bayless paid his dues to get where he is. He spent years as an amateur official and then had a long apprenticeship on the Nevada State Athletic Commission before going on to become one of the world's leading referees.
He was the third man in the ring the night Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Manny Pacquiao and the night Bernard Hopkins defeated Oscar De La Hoya and he was there for the worrying knockouts of Amir Khan against Canelo Alvarez, when Juan Manuel Marquez flattened Pacquaio and when Pacquiao nailed Ricky Hatton.
Here, Bayless talks about the sport, the big nights and names and reveals some hidden stories from his incredible experiences.
Season 4: #40 Paul Spadafora
Former world IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora reflects on his incredible life story, through a traumatic childhood, several overdoses, stints in prison, being shot, other shootings, stabbings and much more in between.
He talks about 'that' Floyd Mayweather spar, how his life changed winning the world title and his search for redemption as he prepares his son Geno for a career in the hardest sport of all. This is simply unmissable.
Superb podcast ….
Listening to the interview with Shane McGuigan and while valuing his candour, it made me pretty uneasy if not angry to get more details about the Haye v Bellew fights! So Haye’s achilles went two weeks before the fight. Therefore it’s not surprising it went in the actual fight! Shane in his corner then kept him in there for 5 more rounds to secure the rematch! Meanwhile Bellew strangely just hid behind his jab against a fighter on one leg! Feels like the fight fans were made mugs of!
As close as you’ll get
Probably the best boxing podcast out there in terms of its depth and insight into the sweet science, and some of the most gripping interviews and stories you’ll hear. Tris’s Patreon is also a rewarding resource if you can afford to fork out, with lots of you content taking you even deeper.
Groves so good
Love these Tris, the George groves one was incredible. Pls try and get Naz!