Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to an action-packed weekend with two British world champions putting their titles on the line. Featuring previews of James DeGale v Caleb Truax for IBF super-middleweight belt and Lee Selby v Eduardo Ramirez for the IBF featherweight championship.
Vasyl Lomachenko “the greatest since Ali”?
Legendary promoter Bob Arum, whose career in the sport spans over half a century, eulogises about Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko ahead of his fight against Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux. Both men won two Olympic gold medals as amateurs before turning professional.
Also, James DeGale returns from injury this weekend to fight in the UK for the first time in over three years against Caleb Truax, but with George Groves and Chris Eubank jr making headlines ahead of their matchup, who’s the number one super middleweight in the country?
And Mike and Steve react to Miguel Cotto’s defeat in his final bout, against Sadam Ali in New York City last weekend.
David Haye pays price for “abusing his body”
After the rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew was postponed due to Haye's latest injury setback, Steve and Mike discuss whether he left it too late to look after himself properly and if his injuries have been exacerbated by his early training methods. They look at whether the fight will still go ahead next year, and where it leaves both men if it doesn't.
They also ask whether the unification bout between Anthony Joshua against Joseph Parker may not happen, and they reflect on the career of the great Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto ahead of the final fight of his career.
“Frampton looked like a man under a lot of pressure”
Former two weight world champion Carl Frampton returned to the ring on Saturday night to beat the Mexican Horacio Garcia on points, but were there signs that Frampton is still struggling to shake off his defeat to Leo Santa Cruz back in January?
Mike and Steve break down the rest of the night’s action in Belfast, with defeat for Jamie Conlan, an impressive performance from Paddy Barnes and a world-record knockout by South Africa’s Zolani Tete.
Also, Amir Khan is heading to the jungle for ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, but where does it leave his boxing career? Oscar de la Hoya calls out Conor McGregor despite being retired for nearly a decade, Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield’s epic first fight 25 years later, and remembering two boxing stalwarts who died last week – Muhammad Ali’s “fight doctor” Ferdie Pacheco and Floyd Mayweather’s cornerman Rafael Garcia.
“Playboy fighter” no more: the night David Haye came of age
David Haye joins the podcast to look back on his thrilling win over the then undisputed number one cruiserweight in the world in Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck, which happened ten years ago this week.
Haye had to come back from being knocked down in the fourth round to earn his first world titles as a professional.
Mike and Steve reflect on how that result was crucial in setting up Haye’s career, his future heavyweight success and look ahead to his rematch with Tony Bellew.