21 episodes

Join legendary boxing journalist Steve "Buncey" Bunce as he unpacks the History of the Heavyweight Championship – one decade at a time, one year per episode.

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Join legendary boxing journalist Steve "Buncey" Bunce as he unpacks the History of the Heavyweight Championship – one decade at a time, one year per episode.

    Episode 10 - 1979

    Episode 10 - 1979

    It was the first year since 1959 that neither Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier or George Foreman had stepped into the professional boxing ring. Officially, Ali was still the WBA heavyweight champion in January of the year – he had won that piece of jewellery when he performed his last act of boxing magic to bamboozled Leon Spinks and get revenge the previous September. Ali had the belt, one of the two available, but nobody expected to see him back in a ring – any ring – anytime soon. His boxing life had drained him. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 25 min
    Episode 9 - 1978

    Episode 9 - 1978

    In 1978 the heavyweight boxing landscape changed forever. The old, the young, the obscure, the fatal dreamers and the relentless schemers all came together to make it unforgettable. The rumours from 1977 were true: Muhammad Ali would defend his world heavyweight championship against Leon Spinks: a man who had won just six of his seven fights. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    Episode 8 - 1977

    Episode 8 - 1977

    1977 was a year of more demons, epiphanies, more decay, more denial, so many crazy fights and nights. Muhammad Ali was still the champion, he made two defences but men in high boxing places were plotting his end: scheming to put in place a multi-title future that would forever dilute the heavyweight championship of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    Episode 7 – 1976

    Episode 7 – 1976

    When 1976 started, there had been murmurs of discontent about Muhammad Ali. People were talking about him quitting, men and women in the Ali business and onlookers had the same opinion: the end was surely getting closer. Ali would have to soon leave the sport he owned. Or that was the thinking. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    Episode 6 - 1975

    Episode 6 - 1975

    What a year: Muhammad Ali was the world heavyweight champion and he made four defences. Every time he got in the ring there was a story: some mayhem, something funny, something absurd, something heartbreaking… always some drama. And there was a fight known then (and now) as The Thrilla in Manila. One that nobody will ever forget. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    Episode 5 - 1974

    Episode 5 - 1974

    It was a year of quite ridiculous extremes in fights for the heavyweight championship of the world – there were exotic stops in Venezuela and Zaire – and the world watched a very special fight in late October, one that nobody will ever forget: the Rumble in the Jungle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

Frinton Neil ,

More please

Can’t wait for the next series, love this and Buncey is the boss of Boxing. 60s was great, 70s superb so onto 80’s next.....

Van the Man 12 ,

Great series from Buncey

Really enjoy this series. The detail and information on the fighters and fights is very good. The work that has gone into compiling the two series must have been metaphorically back breaking. Take my hat off to you Steve.

Is there a series 3? Do know that the 80’s heavyweights have a big place in your heart. A fascinating decade that saw Don King rule boxing and ruin heavyweight boxer after heavyweight boxer.

Breadman'84 ,

Brilliant by Buncey

Great listen. Lends itself to a series about the 80s, then 90s, no?

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