Two men who’ve spent a lifetime in the boxing game - Mike Costello and Steve Bunce - discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests. New episodes every Monday.
Canelo's nasty streak, another "quitting" debate, and breaking the bone that's like biscuit
After Saul "Canelo" Alvarez finished Billy Joe Saunders in brutal fashion in their super middleweight world title fight in Texas last weekend, where next for the Mexican superstar? Trainer Dominic Ingle joins Mike and Steve to discuss the eye injury suffered by Saunders and the potential impact it could have on the rest of his career, as well as the vitriolic online reaction to the end of the fight after Saunders' trainer Mark Tibbs pulled his fighter out.
Canelo beats Saunders - on-the-bell reaction
Billy Joe Saunders was pulled out by his trainer Mark Tibbs following the eighth round of his super middleweight title clash with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez following a sickening shot to his eye. Mike, Steve and trainer Joe Gallagher react on the bell to the result and ask where next for both men.
Canelo v Saunders gets "personal"
Ahead of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders' big fight in Texas on Saturday night, the Mexican superstar joins the podcast to explain what motivates him and how why this fight has become "personal". Mike and Steve break down the fight and give their predictions.
Full live commentary of Canelo v Saunders from 4am on BBC Radio 5 live in the early hours of Sunday 9th May.
A great British world title win; Taylor-Jonas & Chisora-Parker reaction; plus Roy Jones Jr's boxing philosophy
Sunny Edwards joins the podcast again after upsetting long-reigning champion Moruti Mthlane to win the IBF flyweight title. Mike and Steve discuss the stacked bill in Manchester including Joseph Parker beating Derek Chisora, the brilliant contest between Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas and a brave performance in defeat from Craig Richards. Then, Mike sits down with all-time great Roy Jones Jr to discuss his attitude towards fighting and training.
Taylor v Jonas III, Chisora’s pandemic & Eubank jr’s return
Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas join the podcast ahead of their long-awaited rematch from the London 2012 Olympics. They discuss the growth of women’s boxing, while Mike and Steve debate whether the fight should headline the card. Derek Chisora explains how he spent his pandemic, and Chris Eubank jr’s ambition to fight Gennady Golovkin.
Cash proves his "grade", Adeleye controversy, Sunny's day, and Fury training "like a demon"
Sunny Edwards joins the podcast ahead of his IBF world flyweight title challenge against South African veteran Moruti Mthalane, to explain how he's planning to frustrate the heavy-handed champion and join his brother Charlie in winning a professional world title. Mike and Steve discuss the weekend's action including an impressive performance from Felix Cash in beating Denzel Bentley, and another scoring controversy, this time involving heavyweight prospect David Adeleye. Then, Andy Lee joins the podcast to discuss his new training relationship with Joseph Parker ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora this weekend, and his time with Tyson Fury as he prepares to fight Anthony Joshua.
Full live commentary of Parker v Chisora and Taylor v Jonas from 9pm on Saturday night on BBC Radio 5 live.
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Mike and Steve.
I’m a Glaswegian now living in Nashville, Tennessee. Been here 16 years now. I enjoy listening to the show and both your knowledgeable unbiased opinions. US boxing fans for the most part are very casual and most wouldn’t know a Froch from a Fury.😝
With regards to last weeks big fight I predicted an 8 round KO for Canelo and was proved right. I’m a BJS fan though and traveled to Canada back in 2016 to see his masterclass versus David Lemieux. There I met Kell Brook and Kid Galahad as well as Sadam Ali. Big Tyson Fury escaped me but I saw him walking about.
Tell Buncy to stop bashing Caleb Plant’s fan base. I’m hoping they bring the Canelo fight to Nashville and I know at least 2 fans he has.🤣
Great discussions, interviews, history, and commentary. Appreciate the professionalism. Worth subscribing. 1000x better then the Pug&Copp garbage.
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December: i love it when you do a bonus podcast. Tonight in Colorado I climbed Storm King mountain. As I was heading out your podcast popped up, bonus.
Ever since Joshua was beaten by Ruiz my belief in him had dropped off. I cannot be sure of my predictions. On paper this match should not be too difficult, yet and it’s a big yet.
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
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.
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