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He's worked with Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali, James Toney, former heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster and George Groves among many others, but Paddy Fitzpatrick has left professional boxing – for now at least. The Swindon trainer is a great storyteller and here he discusses working with Laila, his time with George Groves – including both Froc…
 
Liverpool's Brian Schumacher was the captain of the 1984 Team GB Olympic boxing team. He rubbed shoulders with the likes of Seb Coe, Daley Thompson and Steve Redgrave. He was also a clearance diver for the Royal Navy and a former ABA champion. He lost to the brilliant Virgil Hill in Los Angeles and at the start of his pro career defeated future WBO…
 
It's Devin Haney's turn to take centre stage in the lightweights as he prepares to face Cuban veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa. Host Tris Dixon, top trainer Adam Booth and great Scot Alex Arthur look ahead to the fight, put the magnifying glass over a glittering lightweight group and look at the huge tasks facing Brits Luke Campbell and Kell Brook against …
 
Tony Bellew is a former WBC world cruiserweight champion who retired in 2018. He fought the likes of Nathan Cleverly (his bitter rival), Adonis Stevenson, Ovill McKenzie, Isaac Chilemba, David Haye and Oleksandr Usyk but he's equally known for playing the role of 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan in the Creed movie, starring alongside Michael B. Jordan and wor…
 
Join host Tris Dixon, former WBO super-featherweight champion Alex Arthur and top trainer Adam Booth as they break-down and analyse the weekend's big fights, including Oleksander Usyk's win over Dereck Chisora and Gervonta Davis's spectacular knockout of Leo Santa Cruz... There's casual references to Haye, Pryor and the great RJJ along the way and …
 
SugarHill is best-known as the man in the corner of heavyweight Tyson Fury. However, the former cop from Detroit has his own story to tell. He's a link back to the days of the old school Kronk boxing team, nephew of the late, great Emanuel Steward and he's worked with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Lee, Adonis Stevenson, Ruslan Chagaev and m…
 
Liverpool's former world title challenger Paul Smith has had one of the most-interesting careers in modern British boxing. A former ABA champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Smith also featured in the US TV series show The Contender. He was in Liverpool derbies with Tony Quigley and Tony Dodson, boxed Arthur Abraham twice for the WBO wo…
 
Dr Margaret Goodman is the co-founder of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and one of the most-respected voices in boxing. A neurologist, she spent years working for the Nevada State Athletic Commission and has penned two boxing books, Death in Vegas, a novel looking at the behind the scenes machinations of big-time boxing, and Ringside …
 
Tony Oakey is one of Britain's most-popular light-heavyweight champions. Adored by his Portsmouth fans, he took part in multiple thrilling battles but he also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he was suspended after a positive cocaine test following the first loss of his career. A dark period followed but when he returned to the ring, th…
 
Ronnie Davies is best-known for his work as trainer to Chris Eubank. The popular Brighton coach travelled the world with the eccentric British great and forged a friendship that remains to this day. Davies was also involved in the career of Eubank Jr but he's worked with dozens of other fighters from Scott Welch to Henry Castle and Neil Linford to …
 
Fight artist Richard Slone talks about his decorated career at the easel and at the fights. Richard originally went to the US to box and wound up living with heavyweight legend Joe Frazier in Philadelphia. Several years later, he was at the Kronk in Detroit with Emanuel Steward, becoming a fixture in the gym and in the corner of some of the sport's…
 
Nicky Piper fought for a world title three times. He was defeated by Nigel Benn, Leeonzer Barber and Dariusz Michalczewski but won the Commonwealth title and beat the likes of Bruce Scott and Noel Magee and fought Crawford Ashley, Carl Thompson and many more. A member of MENSA, Piper became known to another generation of fans as an analyst on Sky S…
 
Joe Hughes was born with Erb's Palsy, which meant his right arm hasn't developed the same way as his left. While not a one-handed fighter, he's built a successful career with a real disability and one he's happy to talk about. Here, in an in-depth interview, he talks about his struggles in and out of the ring, how despite knock backs, bad scorecard…
 
Ed Robinson has spent a lifetime in the sport and is what's known in the trade as a 'boxing man.' Universally liked and respected, he's spent more than two decades in a number of roles at Sky Sports but was an amateur fighter who even took a shot at the pros. He's sparred top names, interviewed them and now holds one of the most influential positio…
 
Nigel Benn is a British sporting icon and one of boxing's best-loved warriors. Here, in the Boxing Life Stories 100th episode, he discusses his monumental fights with the likes of bitter rival Chris Eubank, Americans including Doug Dewitt, Gerald McClellan and Iran Barkley, as well as Steve Collins, Michael Watson and many more. At times humours, a…
 
Former WBO world cruiserweight champion Carl Thompson might be Britain's most exciting fighter of all time.Thompson would often overcome adversity, hurt, floored, behind on points and seconds from defeat only to rally and ultimately provide a back catalogue of storybook comebacks in his 34-6 career. He was a thunderous hitter and ducked no one.He f…
 
Boxing manager and promoter Steve Wood found his way into the sport by forming a friendship with 'The Viking' Steve Foster Sr.A successful business man in his own right, Steve has managed the likes of John Murray, Jamie Moore and Josh Warrington and has seen the sport from all angles.He's lost money on small hall shows but has been ringside support…
 
Former world super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall has worked as a pundit since retiring from the ring. He's covered the Olympics for more than 20 years as well as big fights in the UK and overseas, working for a host of networks including the BBC and BT Sport. But Richie had a fabulous career of his own. He won Commonwealth gold and Olympic …
 
Anthony Ogogo won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and he should have been on top of the world having fought and beaten the pre-tournament favourite.However, his mother lay gravely ill in hospital and he would make clandestine visits to her bedside hoping she would come out of her coma. Yes, he was inspired, but what should have been t…
 
Former star referee Mickey Vann officiated around 1,500 fights, from preliminary bouts to some of the biggest world title contests in recent history.A former pro, Mickey was born into the circus – son of a knife throwing father – before finding fame as one of the top refs in the sport.He's officiated some of the best boxers of the last several gene…
 
Crawford Ashley was a Sky Sports staple through the 1990s having reigned as British, Commonwealth and European champion and fighting for world titles.But retirement came and depression and death loomed large. As he struggled to find himself after boxing there were multiple brushes with death. By then, he'd fought a who's who of top fighters, from M…
 
Former WBC world super-middleweight king Glenn Catley had a remarkable career that saw him recover from early setbacks and controversies to reign as a champion.He had an incredible run of fights in Canada, Germany and South Africa while at the top of the sport, having already won the British title.But, as they often do, hard times followed. Despite…
 
'The Omen', Spencer Oliver is perhaps now best-known for his media work on Sky Sports, talkSPORT and through his own Pound for Pound podcast, which he co-hosts with Jake Wood.But don't be fooled, Spencer was a terrific fighter, a European bantamweight champion who was on the verge of world title fights and possibly big money when his entire world w…
 
John Conteh is a British boxing icon who was a part of an incredible era of light-heavyweights.He was a 1970's star and his fights with Chris Finnegan, Jorge Ahumada, Yaqui Lopez, Mate Parlov and two battles with Matthew Saad Muhammad have gone down in history.But things haven't always been straightforward. Here, he talks about his childhood, growi…
 
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