“The Eubanks thought this was a relatively easy fight. It backfired on them”
George Groves’ experience and skill saw him through to beat Chris Eubank junior in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series. Mike Costello and Steve Bunce analyse the fight, get reaction from Chris Eubank junior and senior, promoter Kalle Sauerland and Groves’ trainer Shane McGuigan. Eubank’s lack of a traditional boxing trainer comes under scrutiny, and what next for both men?
Groves v Eubank jr: “A fight that would stand out in any era”
Mike and Steve break down all the angles of George Groves against Chris Eubank jr ahead of their super middleweight world title clash in Manchester. Is it as simple as Groves’ experience, power and size against the youth, speed and athleticism of Eubank jr?
They also address the controversy surrounding Chris Eubank senior’s comments last week about the boxer Nick Blackwell, who was left in intensive care after a bout with Chris jr. Finally, they each pick a winner – and disagree over who will come out on top.
“Tournament-style boxing is the way to go”
Former world champions Paulie Malignaggi and Ricky Hatton join the podcast from the launch of a new boxing series that aims to give a platform for younger professional boxers to build their profile and start making money in the business.
They discuss the success of the World Boxing Super Series, and debate what a light welterweight tournament featuring the stars of their heyday – including Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
Then, Mike and Steve break down the weekend’s action – Murat Gassiev’s 12th round knockout of Yunier Dorticos, and Lawrence Okolie’s points win over Isaac Chamberlain.
My world heavyweight title dream is over - Bellew
Tony Bellew invites Mike Costello into his home for an in-depth interview. Bellew opens up on his postponed rematch with David Haye, his potential return to the cruiserweight scene after Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Mairis Briedis, missing out on a fight with Joseph Parker for the heavyweight world title and why Anthony Joshua now “runs boxing”. Bellew also outlines his strict stance on drug cheats in boxing, and previews the upcoming bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain.
The story of the Hurricane
Rubin Carter was a contender for the world middleweight title when in 1966 he was arrested, tried and eventually convicted of a triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey – despite evidence suggesting he was innocent. Carter gained worldwide fame in 1975 when Bob Dylan released his song “Hurricane” based on the case. He spent 20 years in prison before the conviction was overturned, and devoted the rest of his life to helping those wrongly accused of crimes.
Carter died in 2014, but back in 1993, Mike Costello went to meet him and told his story in an award-winning documentary called “An Innocent Man In A Living Hell”. Mike and Steve revisit that documentary and share their stories of meeting Rubin Carter. Then, the BBC World Service’s Steve Crossman joins the podcast to talk about an upcoming podcast series about Carter’s life.