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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.

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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.

    Greatest Fights - Carl Froch on Hamed v Barrera

    Greatest Fights - Carl Froch on Hamed v Barrera

    Former world super middleweight champion Carl Froch joins Mike and Steve to revisit the night in Las Vegas that came to define the career of Prince Naseem Hamed - a comprehensive defeat to the Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera.

    19-year-old Froch was in the stands as a paying fan. Was Naz overhyped or did outside factors contribute to defeat in his most significant fight?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

PlantStrong Project ,

So many similarities between Wilder and Joshuas first loses

Brilliant podcast. Been living in the US for 9 years and since I’ve been listening to your podcast it makes me feel at home with old British sports journalism at its best by 2 of the best.

Congratulations Fury. Living legend!

Anyway, having watched the fight twice now, I just think there are so many parallels with what happened to Wilder in this fight and what happened to Joshua in the 1st Ruiz fight. Hurt in the 3rd and never gets his legs back and for the next 3/4 rounds gets hurt with nearly every punch landed on him before the fight is stopped. Big difference of course is Fury was much better than Ruiz and would have won the fight regardless of that big shot landing behind Wilder’s ear, whereas I’m not sure Ruiz would have beaten Joshua if he hadn’t landed that left hook. And I wonder if Wilder will take the same route as Joshua and take the immediate rematch?

Thanks for always making boxing exciting, fun and personal.

Danny Kerry

Mikehillslasveg ,

The Undisputed Champions of Podcasting

November. The way Ruiz spoke after the fight about not training properly and eating/drinking too much. He talked himself out of a rubber match. He doesn’t now deserve a rematch. How can we trust him to come in the ring prepared. He also never took any risks on Saturday. He just plodded along round after round. Joshua is now free to pick and choose his opponents. Fury and Wilder are tied up until after February so Joshua can go after her fights.

November. Mike and Bunce’s build up to the Joshua v Ruiz rematch has been legendary. There’s even two podcasts the day after the fight. Thanks boys.

November: ok no “top-spinning “ since you are revisiting the Ali V Foreman classic fight. I want your opinion, who wins the fight under these conditions?

1. Foreman does not get cut and so the fight is not postponed. Foreman is not held in Africa against his will. Who wins?

2. Foreman v Ali is held in the USA, not in Africa. Ali doesn’t get the chance to turn a country against Foreman. Who wins?

3. Ali grants Foreman a rematch in in the USA. Who wins?

4. The reincarnation version of Foreman aged 39 years old v Ali 32 years old. Who wins?

My opinion? In all 4 of the scenarios, Foreman wins via stoppage over Ali.

Keep up the EXCELLENT podcast - still my highlight of the week.

Mike Hills - Aspen

September 2019:
Great podcast last week boys, your podcast is still the highlight of my week.

I enjoy you ranking Vasiliy Lomachenko amongst the postwar elite lightweights. Let’s be honest though, Vasiliy Lomachenko is more a natural super bantamweight/ featherweight. Do you feel comfortable ranking Lomachenko amongst the great postwar featherweights? People like Argello, Nelson, Sanchez, Pedroza, Hamed, Morales, Barrera, Pac-Man, etc.
looking at those names it would be a hard night for Lomachenko, he may lose some there. That’s a weird statement as, outside of Roy Jones, Vasiliy Lomachenko is the best I’ve ever seen.

Keep up the excellent work.

Mike Hills

Thank you for keeping me company tonight as I climbed Storm King Mountain in Colorado. I was feeling tired and needed some motivation. You gave a heartfelt opinion on the dangers of boxing. As Buncey knows I was ringside when Michael Watson was injured. I know the BBB of C changed the rules to be 24 hours so fighters could rehydrate, I know boxers STILL take risks dropping weight too late in the preparation, yet a weigh-in just before the fight may interfere with the rehydration process and effect the fighters mindset. I’m not saying it’s s bad move to have weigh-ins again just before the fight, I’m just saying tread vary cautiously in this area. I’m confident that the BBB of C will make the right decision. thanks for another epic podcast, you made the climb more enjoyable. Cheers Mike Hills, Aspen, Colorado. USA

cmattt ,

Love this coverage from Saudi Arabia

Costello & Bunce are terrific... loved the multiple episodes from Saudi Arabia. I especially enjoyed the travelogue feeling of the coverage. To go that far and not immerse yourself into the culture would have been a shame and C&B made me feel like I was there. Several comments on the event which I streamed in its entirety on DAZN in the US. Horrible undercard with the exception of the decent Povetkin/Hunter fight. Agree completely on Ruiz disrespecting the title with his total lack of preparation. He seems like a likable enough guy but he’s wasted (or eaten) away such a wonderful opportunity. Just curious, Ruiz reported to have made 13-million for rematch. After taxes, trainer, cut man, hangers on, training camp, travel, lodging in Saudi etc... how much do you think he actually gets ?
Loved the look back on Ali-Foreman. One final question... i’ve search the internet several times but have never found an undercard for that fight OR for the Ali-Frazier fight of the century. Where these truly stand alone events ??? Seems incredibly risky, especially the Foreman fight which potentially could have ended in under 6 minutes like his bouts with Frazier & Norton.

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