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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.

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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.

    Chisora’s last chance? Plus more judging fallout and new pound-for-pound top 5

    Chisora’s last chance? Plus more judging fallout and new pound-for-pound top 5

    Dereck Chisora is in the shape of his life, according to his old rival and now manager David Haye, ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk this weekend. But is this the 36 year old’s last chance at getting back into world title contention, eight years since he was beaten by Vitali Klitschko?
    Mike and Steve discuss Chisora’s unconventional path and look ahead to the fight this weekend.
    Also, more reaction to the judging controversies last week in the Ritson v Vasquez and Lomachenko v Lopez fights, and Mike and Steve give their current pound-for-pound top five lists after a strange year.

    • 50 min
    Lopez takes the throne, another judging controversy, and Audley Harrison 20 years later

    Lopez takes the throne, another judging controversy, and Audley Harrison 20 years later

    After Teofimo Lopez beat Vasyl Lomachenko to become undisputed lightweight world champion at just 23, how big a future does he have in the sport, and can he follow in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to become a superstar of the sport?
    Mike and Steve break down Lopez’s performance and discuss a controversial decision awarded to Lewis Ritson over Miguel Vasquez.
    Then, Audley Harrison joins the podcast 20 years on from winning the gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, to look back at the highs and lows of his career.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Fury v Wilder 3 off? Plus Loma v Lopez and Larry Holmes

    Fury v Wilder 3 off? Plus Loma v Lopez and Larry Holmes

    After Tyson Fury appeared to confirm that he’s ‘moving on’ from fighting Deontay Wilder for a third time, does this mean we could see him box in the UK in December, and does it clear the way for a fight next year against Anthony Joshua?
    Also, Luke Campbell joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming fight against Ryan Garcia and this weekend’s mouthwatering clash between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez.
    Finally, Mike and Steve chat heavyweight legend Larry Holmes, 40 years since he beat Muhammad Ali.

    • 55 min
    Chickens, guns and shadowboxing - Eubank Jr on life with Roy Jones Jr; plus Cameron wins world title

    Chickens, guns and shadowboxing - Eubank Jr on life with Roy Jones Jr; plus Cameron wins world title

    Chris Eubank Jr joins the podcast to explain how he started working with legendary four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr in Florida during lockdown. He discusses the reaction in the gym when news broke of Jones’ fight with Mike Tyson, his experience of the being in America during the civil unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd, and his plan for the next stage of his career. Also, reaction to the confirmation of Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce, and Chantelle Cameron joins the pod the morning after winning the WBC super lightweight world title.

    • 56 min
    A 'perfect storm' punch, devastating body shots and Buatsi

    A 'perfect storm' punch, devastating body shots and Buatsi

    After Josh Taylor dispatched Apinun Khongsong in the first round of their fight at the weekend, Mike and Steve analyse the punch that finished it and remember some of the greatest body shots they've seen. Then, Joshua Buatsi joins the podcast ahead of his ring return this coming weekend to discuss staying ready and the big fights in his future.

    • 48 min
    Greatest Fights - The Thrilla in Manila (Ali v Frazier 3) with Gene Kilroy

    Greatest Fights - The Thrilla in Manila (Ali v Frazier 3) with Gene Kilroy

    Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought to a standstill in their final contest back in 1975, in what has become along with 'The Rumble in the Jungle' one of the defining fights in the history of 'The Greatest'.

    One of the last surviving members of Ali's inner circle, his business manager and confidante Gene Kilroy, joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to remember the build up, the night, and the legacy left by Ali.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Adoyle25 ,

Through crisis comes innovation...

These two are special together. I used to listen to Steve Bunce years ago with his boxing show with Ron Bodie and guests and I loved it. These two together, however, are even better. Whoever had the idea to go through the greatest fights with an extra guest has given us, the listener, such a gift. I’ve just finished listening to Joe Goosen and as he spoke at the end, I tuned out the rest of the world. It was so moving to hear him and a privilege. Would this show format even have been considered had we not been in lockdown? Who knows but I for one am so grateful that you e made these shows.

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

therojay ,

Too much wallowing in the past

Too much wallowing in boxing’s past - too much nostalgia and “back in the day” stuff. Also Costello and Bunce can get a bit holier than thou when it comes to criticizing American boxers and the American boxing media, but tippy-toe around really taking on British figures. It was comical how they let Josh Taylor go on and on whining about how some ringside observers had him trailing against Regis Prograis - and then whine that he wouldn’t take lower purses because of the pandemic - without challenging him. Much better boxing podcasts out there.

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