5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce

5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce

By BBC Radio 5 Live

Discussion, analysis and the latest news from big fight nights and the world of boxing, featuring special guests.

New episodes every Monday, get in touch with the pod via 5 Live Sport on social media and remember to share your ratings and reviews.


Olympics Preview with Rob McCracken

Rob McCracken, the performance director of GB Boxing, joins Buncey for this Olympics special. With only six GB boxers competing in Paris next week, they discuss the challenges of qualifying and the lessons learned from this campaign. They also hear from gold medal prospects Delicious Orie and Rosie Eccles, and talk about the other four boxers who make up the team.
22/07/2433m 3s

Pod on Tour - Jonas and Smith in Liverpool

Buncey is joined on stage by Natasha Jonas and Callum Smith as the tour lands in Liverpool. They discuss the highs and lows of their career, how they both have more to achieve in the ring and take questions from the audience.
19/07/2453m 42s

Audley Harrison: From Olympic Gold to Boxing Legacy

Buncey sits down with former Olympic champion Audley Harrison. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he won Britain’s first ever super-heavyweight gold and their first in the ring for 32 years. He talks Buncey through his journey from a young and hungry novice to standing on the top step of the podium. They discuss how that moment led to improved funding and laid the foundations for the state-of-the-art set-up which has since produced seven more gold medals in the ring for Team GB. He also recalls how being asked to shave his beard was instrumental in him winning that gold.
15/07/2434m 42s

The Skye’s the Limit

WBC World Champion Skye Nicolson is Buncey’s guest this week. The pair chat about how she ended up in a gym in South-East London, why she thinks Amanda Serrano is ducking her and whether she can turn her dream of becoming undisputed into a reality. We also hear from her trainer Eddie Lam.
08/07/2429m 34s

Catterall v Prograis - Meet the fighters

Stacey Copeland sits in for Buncey and takes the pod to the new Co-op Live arena in Manchester. She's at the launch press conference for the fight between Jack Catterall and Regis Prograis. We hear from both fighters, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn and Jack’s trainer Jamie Moore. Rhiannon Dixon is also on the pod as she's defending her world title against fellow Brit Terri Harper.
04/07/2452m 17s

The Romford Bull

British heavyweight Johnny Fisher is Buncey's guest this week. The “Romford Bull” fights Alen Babic at the Copperbox on Saturday night and along with trainer Mark Tibbs, they sit down for an all-encompassing chat. From a chance meeting with a former US Navy SEAL to sparring with Tyson Fury, they chat about his progression from amateur boxer to one of the biggest ticket sellers in the game.
01/07/2433m 42s

Joshua and Dubois face-off

Barry Jones joins Buncey as Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois face-off for the first time. The pair are due to fight at Wembley in September for Dubois’ IBF heavyweight belt. We hear from both fighters and their respective promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn. They also cast their eye over the undercard.
27/06/2447m 24s

Wales’ first female world champion

Stacey Copeland sits in for Buncey as Lauren Price becomes a world champion. She is joined by Barry Jones to reflect on an historic night of boxing in the Welsh capital. We hear from Lauren, as well as her promoter Ben Shalom and her partner Karriss Artingstall.
12/05/2434m 5s

Introducing... Powerplay: The House of Don King

Veteran fight aficionado Steve Bunce is alongside Heavyweight Champion of the World Lennox Lewis to examine the early life and crimes of notorious Boxing promoter Don King.Listen to the full box set first on BBC Sounds.
09/05/2435m 29s

Pod on tour - Warrington and Bridges in Leeds

Buncey is joined by Josh Warrington and Ebanie Bridges as the tour heads to Leeds. The pair discuss the highs and lows of their career, how they are hungry to regain their world titles, and they take questions from the audience.
03/04/2457m 36s

Pod on tour - The Walsh Brothers in Cromer

Buncey takes the pod to Cromer for the third stop on its UK tour. He’s joined on stage by the Walsh brothers - Liam, Ryan and Michael. They take us back to the early days of sparring in their living room, fighting their dad for a few quid and what regrets they have from their respective careers.
10/02/2428m 22s

2023 5 Live Boxing Awards

Former world champions Barry Jones and Richie Woodhall join Steve Bunce as the 5 Live Boxing awards return. They are tasked with deciding the winners of six categories including “Fight of the year” and “British boxer of the year”.
27/12/2357m 4s

Pod on tour: Joe Calzaghe and Barry Jones in Cardiff

Buncey takes the pod to Cardiff for the second stop on its UK tour. Former world champions Joe Calzaghe and Barry Jones join him on stage to look back at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of their respective careers.Barry gives a convincing argument as to why he was the better boxer of the pair, and Joe still remembers where he was when news filtered through of Apollo Creed’s death.Be warned, there is some strong language and a few bleeps as well!
08/12/2357m 54s

Simply the Best - A Chris Eubank special

Buncey travels to Brighton to sit down with former two-weight world champion Chris Eubank. In an emotional chat, they discuss how he is dealing with the recent deaths of both his son Sebastian and brother Simon, why he is so against his son Chris fighting Conor Benn and how he is still dealing with the pain of what happened to Michael Watson following their fight in 1991.If you, or someone you know, have been affected by bereavement you can get more information via the BBC Action Line - www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/.
14/11/2356m 0s

Pod on tour - Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes in Belfast

Buncey takes the pod to its first stop on its inaugural UK tour. He is joined by Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes in Belfast in front of a live audience. They chat about the fallout from the Tyson Fury - Francis Ngannou fight in Saudi at the weekend, and take questions from the audience.
01/11/2344m 9s

Taylor v Cameron: Meet the fighters

Carl Frampton joins Steve at the public workout to look ahead to the mega-fight in Dublin this weekend. They are joined by the two fighters who were both very relaxed despite the size of the task on Saturday night. Carl and Katie reminisce about the days when they used to spar together, and Steve accidentally disrespects Chantelle!
17/05/2338m 24s

Haringey Box Cup special

Steve is back on the road this week as he spends the day at the Haringey Box Cup - Europe's largest amateur boxing event. Joined at Alexandra Palace by Olympian and former Box Cup champion Cheavon Clarke, they speak to many of the fighters, trainers and organisers to get a feel for what the event is all about.
20/06/221h 4m

Wood v Conlan: Who wins?

Steve takes the pod to Nottingham ahead of the big showdown between Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan on Saturday night. He chats to both boxers, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn.
10/03/2226m 53s

Khan vs Brook: Finally Fighting

Amir Khan and Kell Brook, two names that have been put together for years. The former boxing world champions have taken on some of the biggest names in the sport but as yet, have managed to avoid each other. Finally brought together by new boxing promoter, Ben Shalom, they’ve agreed to fight at a catchweight of 149lbs, just above the welterweight limit. Eleanor Roper has been spending time in Bolton and Sheffield, going behind-the-scenes in both camps, ahead of the much anticipated Manchester bout. She hears from both fighters about the highs and lows of their careers and the two-decade long rivalry that will finally be settled on Saturday 19 February.
14/02/2227m 18s

Greatest Fights - The Thrilla in Manila (Ali v Frazier 3) with Gene Kilroy

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought to a standstill in their final contest back in 1975, in what has become along with 'The Rumble in the Jungle' one of the defining fights in the history of 'The Greatest'. One of the last surviving members of Ali's inner circle, his business manager and confidante Gene Kilroy, joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to remember the build up, the night, and the legacy left by Ali.
09/07/201h 17m

Greatest Fights: Corrales v Castillo with Joe Goossen

Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced a contest for the ages back in 2005, featuring one of the most dramatic comebacks ever seen.Joe Goossen was in Corrales' corner that night, and joins Mike and Steve to remember their game plan for the fight, the subtle tricks trainers and fighters can pull to gain an advantage, and the tragedy of Corrales' death two years later.
02/07/201h 9m

Greatest Fights: Benn v Eubank with Richie Woodhall

The night that "changed British boxing", according to Steve Bunce: Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank's torrid 9 rounds at the NEC in Birmingham in 1990. Former world super middleweight champion Richie Woodhall joins the podcast to remember the night, which heralded a boom period for boxing on terrestrial TV in the UK.
25/06/2054m 17s

The man who shot Muhammad Ali

Legendary photographer Neil Leifer, who captured some of the most iconic images of Muhammad Ali in a career spanning half a century, joins Mike and Steve to tell the story behind some of his most famous work. Also, reaction to the confirmation of the date of boxing's return in the UK.
22/06/201h 5m

Greatest Fights - Hagler v Hearns with Andy Lee

Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns met in April 1985 for two and a half of the most explosive rounds in boxing history. Former world middleweight champion Andy Lee, who later trained in the famous Kronk gym with Hearns’ trainer Emmanuel Steward, watches along with Mike and Steve and remembers the legacy this fight left in Detroit.
18/06/201h 1m

Greatest Fights - Gatti v Ward I with Paulie Malignaggi

Reliving the ten round classic between Arturo 'Thunder' Gatti and 'Irish' Micky Ward, in the company of former two weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi.Ward later became the subject of 2010 film 'The Fighter', and was played by Mark Wahlberg.
11/06/2048m 15s

Greatest Fights - Evander Holyfield on Tyson v Holyfield 1

Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield revisits the night he dismantled Mike Tyson in 11 rounds, as well as the infamous 'ear bite' in their second fight.

Greatest Fights - Carl Froch on Hamed v Barrera

Former world super middleweight champion Carl Froch joins Mike and Steve to revisit the night in Las Vegas that came to define the career of Prince Naseem Hamed - a comprehensive defeat to the Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera. 19-year-old Froch was in the stands as a paying fan. Was Naz overhyped or did outside factors contribute to defeat in his most significant fight?
28/05/201h 4m

Greatest Fights - Ricky Hatton on Hatton v Tszyu

Reliving the night in 2005 when Ricky Hatton beat Kostya Tszyu to win his first world title, in front of a packed M.E.N. Arena. Hatton reflects on his greatest night in the ring, how his career developed afterwards and why he has struggled with depression in retirement.
21/05/201h 4m

Boxing in Eddie Hearn's back garden; and Adam Booth on training and getting destroyed by Don King

After Eddie Hearn revealed he's planning to put on fights in his back garden, are we a step closer to the return of professional boxing? Mike and Steve debate the logistical issues with trainer Adam Booth, as well as looking at the path Booth took becoming a world title-winning trainer.
18/05/201h 6m

Greatest Fights - Tyson v Spinks with David Haye

Former heavyweight world champion David Haye joins Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to rewatch the night in 1988 when a 21-year-old Mike Tyson was at his most fearsome in the ring, destroying Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. They delve into the circumstances surrounding the fight including Donald Trump's involvement in putting it on, and debate Tyson's legacy among the greatest of all time.
14/05/2058m 59s

Greatest Fights - Sugar Ray Leonard on Leonard v Hearns

In the first of a new mini-series, one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard, relives his late stoppage of Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns in 1981. Leonard remembers how Angelo Dundee's corner work was the key to inspiring his late onslaught that ended the fight, and explains how the aftermath of this fight led to a dark period in his life when he abused alcohol and drugs. 'Greatest Fights' will focus on a brilliant or significant bout in boxing history. With a new episode every Thursday, Mike and Steve rewatch the fight with a boxer - either one who was directly involved in the fight or who was heavily influenced by it. Future episodes include Ricky Hatton and David Haye.
07/05/2055m 41s

Buatsi on training in lockdown, Olympic what-ifs, and the Yorkshireman who fought Ali

2016 Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi explains how he's staying in shape during the lockdown, and reveals his thoughts on news that the Tokyo Olympic are going to be delayed until 2021. Then, Mike and Steve discuss an interview from the archive with Richard Dunn, who fought Muhammad Ali in 1976.Mike's fight recommendation of the week: Marquez v Vasquez 2 (2007) Steve's book recommendation of the week: The Devil and Sonny Liston by Nick Tosches Homework: watch Liston v Clay (1964)
30/03/201h 7m

How long until Joshua fights Fury or Wilder?

How long will boxing fans have to wait to see Anthony Joshua against the other two big names in the heavyweight division, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder? Mike and Steve break down the politics and the timings issues that could get in the way. Also, more reaction to Andy Ruiz's excuses for losing to Joshua, a preview of Daniel Dubois upcoming fight and an appreciation of the importance of amateur boxing clubs.
16/12/1952m 27s

Joshua beaten: The rumours, the fallout, and what comes next?

As the dust settles on Anthony Joshua's stunning upset defeat to Andy Ruiz jr., Mike and Steve debate the rumours around Joshua being knocked out in sparring, Joshua's father's apparently angry reaction in the ring after the fight, and what changes he needs to make to get back to the top of the sport.
04/06/1930m 37s

Joshua stunned in New York

Mike and Steve are ringside in New York's Madison Square Garden where Andy Ruiz Jr. produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to take Anthony Joshua's IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him. Along with David Haye and Carl Frampton they analyse a US debut to forget for AJ, heap praise on underdog Ruiz, and ask what this result means for future fights in the division. Then, the boys take a trip to the diner after interviewing both Ruiz Jr. and Joshua in the changing rooms.
02/06/1957m 52s

Joshua v Ruiz: Final fight breakdown

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz jr weigh in ahead of the heavyweight world title fight at Madison Square Garden. Mike and Steve analyse how they looked on the scales, and break down how they see the fight going. Paulie Malignaggi also pops by to give his prediction.
31/05/1916m 42s

Joshua vs Ruiz: AJ wants Fury next

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. faced the media for the final time before their world heavyweight title fight this weekend at Madison Square Garden. Joshua says he is turning his attention to a fight with Tyson Fury, after Deontay Wilder announced his next fight would be a rematch against Luis Ortiz. Also, Mike and Steve talk to several of the undercard fighters including Katie Taylor and Callum Smith ahead of their world title fights, and Carl Frampton pops up to talk about sparring with Taylor, his training partner Tommy Coyle and where he goes next in his own career.
30/05/1952m 40s

Joshua vs Ruiz: Wilder's spanner in the works

Deontay Wilder hijacked the fight week news cycle overnight in New York by announcing his next bout would not be against Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, instead opting for a rematch with Luis Ortiz. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn reacts to the news and explains his frustration at being unable to even get a meeting with Wilder's representatives. Mike and Steve then speak to legendary Muhammad Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, who paints a worrying picture about the state of the heavyweight division and in boxing in general the longer we have to wait for a superfight.
29/05/1937m 23s

Wilder produces an all-time knockout

Deontay Wilder once again proved his punching power by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in their WBC heavweight title contest. Mike and Steve ask where it ranks in the annals of great heavyweight knockouts and debate whether this changes their opinion of who would win between Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. They also address Wilder's controversial comments made before that fight about killing an opponent in the ring.Later, Josh Taylor joins the podcast after becoming a world champion at the weekend by beating Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series semi finals, plus reaction to 'The Monster' Naoya Inoue adding another knockout to his record and Billy Joe Saunders becoming a two weight world champion in Stevenage.
20/05/1953m 8s

BONUS POD: Groves on retirement, Froch and taking control

Former super middleweight world champion George Groves reflects on the end of his career, his two massive fights against Carl Froch, and how he tried to take control of his career.
14/05/1928m 25s

Billy Joe's back, Deontay's underrated and Josh Taylor: world champion?

Former super middleweight champion George Groves joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming fights this weekend, including Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi for the WBO super middleweight world title, Deontay Wilder's return to the ring against former Anthony Joshua opponent Dominic Breazeale, and his former training mate Josh Taylor's bid for a world title in the semi final of the World Boxing Super Series against Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow.
13/05/1943m 50s

Who is boxing's Tiger?

As Mike and Steve arrive in a chilly New York ahead of Terence Crawford v Amir Khan for the WBO weltweight title, is there anyone currently in the sport of boxing that can inspire the same universal excitement as Tiger Woods in his Masters victory? Also, an early look at why Crawford v Khan might not be the mismatch expected by some bookmakers, and a review of Anthony Crolla's lopsided four round defeat by Vasyl Lomachenko at the weekend.
16/04/1937m 8s

AJ & Josh Warrington look to America

With confirmation that Anthony Joshua will fight Jarrell Miller in the States not far away, Eddie Hearn joins the podcast to talk about a frustrating period for the WBA, IBF and WBO champion since beating Alexander Povetkin last September. Mike and Steve discuss the difference in how Joshua has conducted his career in comparison with Great Britain's previous Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison. Then, Josh Warrington calls in to talk about his upcoming fight with Kid Galahad, the change in his status since beating Carl Frampton, and his hopes for the rest of the year.
11/02/1950m 31s
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