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Bunce Diaries • Issue • Premium Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images How Harold Smith almost conquered the boxing world with bent cash “HE’S living in Dubai right now,” Gerry Cooney told me, the giant’s bright eyes smiling at the mention of the man’s name. He was talking about a man called Harold Smith, the man behind the
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Feature • Issue • Premium Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing Matt Christie considers the top 10 active male pound-for-pound fighters according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board 10. JERMELL CHARLO JERMELL comes in at at 10th at the expense of Gennadiy Golovkin. Charlo was supreme while proving his supremacy over Brian Castano and, in turn, the super-welterweight
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Preview Lewis Storey/Getty Images Danny Dignum takes a huge step up when he faces Zhanibek Alimkhanuly IN a curious battle of southpaws the esteemed Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, 11-0 (7), takes on 30-year-old Danny Dignum over 12 middleweight rounds. Alimkhanuly, ranked number seven at middleweight by BN, is an Olympic quarter-finalist (2016) and winner of the Worlds
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Preview Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images David Lemieux appears disadvantged in all departments bar brute force against David Benavidez WITH world super-middleweight champion Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez deciding what comes next following his recent loss to Dmitry Bivol up at 175lbs, the WBC has wasted no time in creating an interim belt at 168 because it’s been a
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Issue • Premium • Preview Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing South Londoners Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards meet in what promises to be an excellent battle at the O2, writes John Dennen DID Craig Richards do a better job against Dmitry Bivol than Canelo Álvarez? is a question that two weeks ago no one thought they’d ask.
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Preview Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing Kerman Lejarraga is hard to beat in Bilbao… but it can be done. James Metcalf takes him on this Friday JAMES METCALF will be looking to break a telling and violent trend when he heads to the Bilbao Arena to do battle with local favourite, Kerman Lejarraga. Metcalf is the seventh
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Preview Fanlong Meng awaits former light-heavyweight boss Jean Pascal AMIR KHAN this week admitted that he knew it was over before it ended. That while training for Kell Brook, his 35-year-old body could not do the things it used to do. It’s a realisation nearly all fighters face. Jean Pascal, now 39, must have had
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Preview Queensberry Brad Foster hopes to rise above his old foe in the rankings by beating Baluta, writes Matt Bozeat QUEENSBERRY promote at the York Hall on Friday night. BT Sport televises the show topped by a good-looking super-bantamweight 10-rounder between former British and Commonwealth champion Brad Foster and the dangerous Ionut Baluta. The Romanian
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Opinion John Gichigi/Getty Images It’s the ‘four belt era’ allegedly, but there’s only one Amir Khan. Listen to the latest episode of the Opening Bell podcast BRITISH boxing royalty Amir Khan has announced his retirement after a thrilling and brilliant rollercoaster career with more highs than lows.  Meanwhile, the four sanctioning bodies – particularly the
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Feature • Issue • Premium Nathan Stirk/Getty Images A tribute to the career of Amir Khan, a fighter who changed the face of British boxing, writes Elliot Worsell FOR those who still see the 17-year-old in Amir Khan’s face, his recent decision to retire from boxing will come as a pinch-me moment and perhaps even
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News • Premium Brad Foster on coming back from his first defeat IT’S never easy rebounding from a first professional defeat, which is perhaps why so many boxers decide to schedule a so-called ‘easier’ fight on their return to the ring. For Walsall’s Brad Foster, however, this was never an option. Rather than book a
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Amateur IBA The furore over the election of the IBA president is a grave warning that boxing will fail to be restored to the LA Olympics, writes John Dennen THERE have been so many warnings. That was stark when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended AIBA, the international governing body, from administering the boxing tournament
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Feature Matthew Pover/Matchroom Boxing From a Kostya Tszyu lookalike boyfriend to silencing the haters, Ebanie Bridges tells her story I’VE GOT a black belt in Kenpo Karate and I did kickboxing and Muay Thai throughout my teens. In terms of boxing, I’d always been into it, but when I reached my teens, that’s when I
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