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Weekly boxing podcast from the world's oldest boxing magazine, Boxing News.

Boxing News Podcast - The Opening Bell Matt Christie

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    • 4.8 • 151 Ratings

Weekly boxing podcast from the world's oldest boxing magazine, Boxing News.

    Four-belt era but only one Amir Khan

    Four-belt era but only one Amir Khan

    BRITISH boxing royalty Amir Khan has announced his retirement after a thrilling and brilliant rollercoaster career with more highs than lows. 

    Meanwhile, the four sanctioning bodies - particularly the WBA - continue to stoop lower and lower. After stripping Josh Taylor of his super-welterweight title, they now don’t know what to do so are interviewing their leading six contenders to see if any of them fit the bill for a vacant title fight.

    We also review the brilliant Charlo-Castano fight, wonder how far Boots Ennis can go, look ahead to Buatsi-Richards and, in This Week, go back to the night Antonio Tarver stunned Roy Jones Jnr.

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Confession time as Bivol beats Canelo

    Confession time as Bivol beats Canelo

    DMITRY BIVOL turned in a masterclass to outscore Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas at the weekend. 

    Matt Christie and Alex Steedman discuss the performances of both fighters in detail, ponder what comes next and wonder if a rematch would be any different. Then, out of nowhere, Alex turns the world upside down with a stunning confession.

    The career of the recently retired Kell Brook is reviewed and Felix Trinidad’s bombastic victory over William Joppy is the subject of This Week In History.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Katie Taylor & Amanda Serrano show us how it should be done

    Katie Taylor & Amanda Serrano show us how it should be done

    THE Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano showdown was truly sensational entertainment from start to finish. The fight and event triggered plenty of talking points…

    - Was the decision fair?
    - Is now the time to extend the duration of rounds to three minutes?
    - What next for Katie Taylor?
    - What can this teach the men’s code?

    The impending Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol showdown is previewed, the glowing performance of Shakur Stevenson is reviewed and, in This Week, the titanic first collision between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo is remembered.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Tyson Fury Effect

    The Tyson Fury Effect

    DILLIAN WHYTE is struggling to come to terms with his one-sided loss to Tyson Fury, so much so that he’s screaming foul play and demanding a rematch. It seems unlikely he’ll get his wish, even if Fury does fight on. But if he doesn’t, what does the legacy of The Gypsy King look like?

    From Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Garden, where Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano collide in a historic fight in New York. But who wins and how? The same question applies to another top notch scrap, this time in Las Vegas, where Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez will duke it out for super-featherweight supremacy.

    And if that wasn’t enough, we go back to 2009 in This Week In History for Carl Froch’s dramatic victory over Jermain Taylor.

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    • 1 hr 17 min


    AT Wembley Stadium, Tyson Fury took out Dillian Whyte in spectacular fashion via sixth round KO. 
    Afterwards, the Gypsy King confirmed his plans to retire from boxing. But is this really the end for Fury? 

    The morning after the night before, Alex Steedman and Matt Christie - who was at Wembley - review Fury’s performance and ‘retirement’.

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    • 44 min
    FURY-WHYTE - Who wins?

    FURY-WHYTE - Who wins?

    EVEN by boxing’s standards, the build-up to Tyson Fury versus Dillian Whyte has been extraordinary. From the radio silence on Whyte’s side to the spectre of Daniel Kinahan and the collapse of MTK Global, it’s been far from ideal.  All of that, and the eagerly-anticipated fight itself, is discussed here in detail.

    There are reflections on the performances of Conor Benn and Errol Spence, and the subject of This Week In History is the first battle between Floyd Mayweather and Jose Luis Castillo.

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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Skrimmers ,

Simply the best boxing podcast

Impartial, insightful analysis delivered with humour and when required sincerity! Truly a “never miss” podcast. And thank goodness when media outlets such as Sky Sports do not even report on many of the fights they are not involved in! For example, there’s not a mention on their website, even the boxing specific section, for Charlo becoming the first light middleweight undisputed world champion on Saturday night! It appears that not only are the fights we are allowed to see controlled by the media outlets and promoters but even the news flow! Keep up the great work!

Phil The Power Clayton ,


A pod that is class throughout. Balanced and insightful. With a sense of genuine camaraderie between Alex and Matt, which makes this the best boxing pod out there.

Alex is a dab hand as the host, bringing great energy and interesting perspectives. Matt brings the gravitas and hard hitting points that need to be said about the sport. Also love the look backs at great fights of the past.

Keep up the great work gents.

Phil Clayton

Dassi_pb ,


This is without a doubt the undisputed champ of boxing podcasts. I listen to several boxing pods regularly, but only one do I wait for excitedly every week. Others may have some quality attributes but the breath taking honesty and knowledge here sets it apart. And Matt, there is a lot to complain / be unhappy about. Keep showing your love for the sport by being disappointed when it falls short. Thank you both and keep up the great work.

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