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Foster wins in new look for boxing, "small hall" shows under threat, and celebrating Joe Frazier

By BBC Radio 5 live
Brad Foster retained his British title with a victory over James Beech Jr at the BT Sport studios in east London, as boxing returned in the UK for the first time since lockdown. Mike and Steve discuss the show and speak to promoter Steve Wood for an insight into the lower levels of professional British boxing, and how it may have to adapt to survive. Also, reaction to Dillian Whyte splitting from trainer Mark Tibbs and an appreciation of legendary heavyweight Joe Frazier.

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  • July 13th 2020 at 17:42

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

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • July 9th 2020 at 16:02

Boxing back in the UK, Canelo's British options, and Taylor v Persoon 2?

By BBC Radio 5 live
British super bantamweight title holder Brad Foster joins the pod, as he prepares to defend his belt on the first major show to be held in the UK since lockdown began. He explains how he fits his training regime around his work in Tesco and what ambitions he holds for the rest of his career. Mike and Steve also react to Billy Joe Saunders apparently ruling himself out of a fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September, leaving the door open for Callum Smith, John Ryder or Chris Eubank jr; speculate about a potential fight between the hyped American Ryan Garcia and 2012 Olympian Luke Campbell; and debate a potential rematch for Delphine Persoon against Katie Taylor in August.

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  • July 6th 2020 at 17:02

Greatest Fights: Corrales v Castillo with Joe Goossen

By BBC Radio 5 live
Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced a contest for the ages back in 2005, featuring one of the most dramatic comebacks ever seen. Joe Goossen was in Corrales' corner that night, and joins Mike and Steve to remember their game plan for the fight, the subtle tricks trainers and fighters can pull to gain an advantage, and the tragedy of Corrales' death two years later.

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  • July 2nd 2020 at 04:30

Dillian Whyte on Fury, the WBC, and a three-year wait

By BBC Radio 5 live
Long-time number one heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte joins Mike and Steve to discuss his long wait for a chance to fight for a world title, his relationship with Tyson Fury after their sparring earlier in his career, and whether he could fight Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder over the next few years. Also, Eddie Hearn on his back garden behind-closed-doors shows.

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  • June 29th 2020 at 16:48

Greatest Fights: Benn v Eubank with Richie Woodhall

By BBC Radio 5 live
The night that "changed British boxing", according to Steve Bunce: Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank's torrid 9 rounds at the NEC in Birmingham in 1990. Former world super middleweight champion Richie Woodhall joins the podcast to remember the night, which heralded a boom period for boxing on terrestrial TV in the UK.

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  • June 25th 2020 at 04:30

The man who shot Muhammad Ali

By BBC Radio 5 live
Legendary photographer Neil Leifer, who captured some of the most iconic images of Muhammad Ali in a career spanning half a century, joins Mike and Steve to tell the story behind some of his most famous work. Also, reaction to the confirmation of the date of boxing's return in the UK.

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  • June 22nd 2020 at 23:13

Greatest Fights - Hagler v Hearns with Andy Lee

By BBC Radio 5 live
Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy β€˜The Hitman’ Hearns met in April 1985 for two and a half of the most explosive rounds in boxing history. Former world middleweight champion Andy Lee, who later trained in the famous Kronk gym with Hearns’ trainer Emmanuel Steward, watches along with Mike and Steve and remembers the legacy this fight left in Detroit.

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  • June 18th 2020 at 04:30

Fury v Joshua "agreed"?

By BBC Radio 5 live
Tyson Fury and Eddie Hearn separately announced last week that two fights between Fury and Anthony Joshua had been "agreed" in principle. Mike and Steve break down the news and find out more about the person Fury credited with making the deal, Daniel Kinahan.

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  • June 15th 2020 at 22:47

Greatest Fights - Gatti v Ward I with Paulie Malignaggi

By BBC Radio 5 live
Reliving the ten round classic between Arturo 'Thunder' Gatti and 'Irish' Micky Ward, in the company of former two weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Ward later became the subject of 2010 film 'The Fighter', and was played by Mark Wahlberg.

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  • June 11th 2020 at 04:30

Yarde on boxing and racism; plus Fury-Wilder 3 in Australia?

By BBC Radio 5 live
World title challenger Anthony Yarde describes his experience of being a black British boxer in 2020, in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Also, Mike and Steve debate the rumour that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's trilogy fight could be held in Sydney, Australia, on Boxing Day.

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  • June 8th 2020 at 20:54

Greatest Fights - Evander Holyfield on Tyson v Holyfield 1

By BBC Radio 5 live
Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield revisits the night he dismantled Mike Tyson in 11 rounds, as well as the infamous 'ear bite' in their second fight.

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  • June 4th 2020 at 04:30

Frampton's first day back in the gym, and what next for Britain's world champions?

By BBC Radio 5 live
Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton joins the podcast on his first day back in training camp ahead of a July return behind closed doors. Then, Mike and Steve break down the probable next moves for Great Britain's current world title holders - Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Terri Harper, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Taylor and Callum Smith.

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  • June 1st 2020 at 16:45

Greatest Fights - Carl Froch on Hamed v Barrera

By BBC Radio 5 live
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?

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  • May 28th 2020 at 04:30

Holyfield won't "bully" Tyson into exhibition fight, plus AJ v Ruiz one year on

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • May 25th 2020 at 15:34

Greatest Fights - Ricky Hatton on Hatton v Tszyu

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • May 21st 2020 at 04:30

Boxing in Eddie Hearn's back garden; and Adam Booth on training and getting destroyed by Don King

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • May 18th 2020 at 18:21

Greatest Fights - Tyson v Spinks with David Haye

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • May 14th 2020 at 04:30

Boxing back in July? Plus Tyson 'comeback' and Sugar Ray reaction

By BBC Radio 5 live
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.

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  • May 11th 2020 at 17:21

Greatest Fights - Sugar Ray Leonard on Leonard v Hearns

By BBC Radio 5 live
In the first of a new mini-series, one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard, relives his late stoppage of Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns in 1981. Leonard remembers how Angelo Dundee's corner work was the key to inspiring his late onslaught that ended the fight, and explains how the aftermath of this fight led to a dark period in his life when he abused alcohol and drugs. 'Greatest Fights' will focus on a brilliant or significant bout in boxing history. With a new episode every Thursday, Mike and Steve rewatch the fight with a boxer - either one who was directly involved in the fight or who was heavily influenced by it. Future episodes include Ricky Hatton and David Haye.

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  • May 7th 2020 at 04:30
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