Highlights from Thursday night's "LA Fight Club" show from Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. This month's offering featured bouts with Diego De La Hoya, Gilberto Gonzalez and Oscar Negrete. The card aired on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes live from downtown Los Angeles.
Our July 2015 issue features in-depth interviews with Britain's new world champions James DeGale and Lee Selby who won IBF titles with noteworthy performances in late May. We also talk to Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger who describes the right and wrong time to stop a fight. Welterweight contender Bradley Skeete pays tribute to the late Dean Powell and explains his new found power at 147lbs. We reflect on the flawed and wasted potential of Tony Ayala Jr while Editor Graham Houston recalls the moments in history where boxers fought with concealed injuries. British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe recalls his path from doorman to dangerman and we talk to Terry Flanagan ahead of his WBO 135lbs title shot against Jose Zepeda. There are extended previews of the 'Rumble On The Humber' featuring crosstown rivals Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle and the 'High Stakes' promotion with WBA title fights involving Scott Quigg and Anthony Crolla (we talk to both men). We also look at Carl Frampton's new direction with Al Haymon and meet British title challenger Glenn Foot plus the usual columns, reports, ratings and much more.
Neither homelessness nor hospitalisation has been able to blunt ‘The Blade’. Iran Barkley has overcome these trying times with the same inner steel and trademark toughness that saw him blow away Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns in three rounds in June 1988. Despite many a travail, ‘The Blade’ is still gleaming. Back in 2010, after a run of bad luck, Barkley lived on the subway for three months, but now has an apartment in his native Bronx. A few blades have been spotted on the New York subway over the years, but nothing like this one. “I was in the subway for a few months. It was crazy, but it was something I had to go through,” said Barkley. “But God made it better for me, someway and somehow. He had some friends who came for me and put me in the shelter and now I have got my own place and I’m cool.”
Bury’s Scott Quigg lives and breathes the 'Hard work, dedication' mantra that has become an oft-quoted phrase in modern-day boxing. Indeed, this mindset has not just brought him to the top of his chosen profession, it also led the WBA super-bantamweight titlist into the sport after it became clear that school wasn’t working out for him. “The final straw was when I thought: ‘Right, I’ll give this a go’ and worked hard,” said Quigg (30-0-2, 22 early), when telling Boxing Monthly why he left school at the tender age of 13. It was Mock Exam time and my favourite subject was maths. I did all my homework and concentrated then did the test. I thought: ‘I’ve got it here, I’ve done well’ then got the test sheet back, red crosses on every question."
In this episode of The Neutral Corner, Michael Montero discusses Timothy Bradley's exciting, yet controversial, win over Jessie Vargas, shadowing the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) during a special media day event and what American promoters can do to build larger crowds at boxing matches like they do in Europe and more!
After Ricky’s first pro fight, I secretly nicked his gloves and took them home with me because I knew that he was special. A few days before the Tszyu fight, I had them placed into a glass case and sent them to him with an inscription that read: ‘From the first time I saw you, I knew this day would come. Love ya. Billy.’ I thought it’d give him a boost.
Highlights and reflections on the dramatic Bradley-Vargas card from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, which headlined the 1,000th fight celebration of HBO Championship Boxing. Michael Montero provides analysis on Timothy Bradley's exciting victory over Jessie Vargas including CompuBox punch stats and the controversial ending to the fight from referee Pat Russell. Montero also discusses the special media day event he participated in with the California State Athletic Commission.
Shane Mosley, winner of world titles in three different weight divisions and arguably one of the best lightweights in boxing history, isn’t sure today’s premier boxer, Floyd Mayweather, would be quite so successful competing during another era. “Floyd is a phenomenal fighter. He’s sharp and he works hard and does what he’s supposed to do to win fights,” said Mosley. “But you put him in a different era where you have some hungry guys and I think he has some trouble. Like I said, the amateur program messed up these up-and-coming fighters where they’re not fighting the same. Floyd got the scoring from his father and his uncle and stuff like that where he learned that style. It’s going to be hard to beat him. You can’t beat him at that.”
Boxing has a tendency to touch the surreal and provide moments where we rub our eyes and wonder ‘did that really happen’? This was again in evidence on a strange weekend of refereeing gaffes on either side of the world which unfortunately overshadowed events in the ring. In Carson, California, Pat Russell incomprehensibly stopped a fight seven seconds early and appeared to hand Jessie Vargas a dramatic, last gasp win over a hurt but recovered Timothy Bradley while, in Bangkok, Larry Doggett allowed Amnat Ruenroeng to bodyslam, chokehold, grapple and even mount a bemused John Riel Casimero.
It’s said that boxing is the loneliest sport. But as the brave Sky Sports cameraman followed a furious Brian Rose back to his dressing room moments after his first round stoppage defeat to Carson Jones in February, by his side - as ever - was his longtime trainer and friend Bobby Rimmer. The cameras eventually left the pair alone to pick over the bones of the defeat but not before filming an interview in which Rose, 30, desperately called for a rematch. “For me, we’ve got to be a bit more cautious. That’s all it is,” Rimmer told Boxing Monthly, ahead of the 1 August return at Hull’s KC Lightstream Stadium. “We know Carson Jones can whack and has got a bit of a dig on him so let’s be a bit more cautious and get back to what Brian’s good at. Brian Rose has never been beaten on points. It’s very hard to beat him on points because he's such a well-schooled, great boxer. Let’s say that last time the crowd and everything got to him and this time we’ve got to be a little bit more cautious just to ease ourselves in to the fight a bit more."
Martin Murray has been there, done that and got the middleweight t-shirt, but the fit isn’t quite what it used to be. The days of Murray making the 11st 6lbs limit are now over. Tonight’s fight against George Beroshvilli at Liverpool’s Echo Arena hails the beginning of the 32-year-old’s run at the super-middleweight division. Extra weight = happy fighter. “It’s about me enjoying boxing,” Murray told Boxing Monthly earlier this week. “It’s been hard to make middleweight and it’s going to be a lot better for me. I’ll just generally be a lot happier and a lot healthier at super-middleweight. With me having that bit of weight on there’s no stress, I feel great. I’m just so happier in myself and it’s just about me enjoying it at super-middleweight and reaching my true potential.”