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.

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The Best of Enemies

Buncey’s in London ahead of the highly anticipated rematch between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall. The pair fight in Leeds on April 27th, and we hear from both of them to find out why there is so much bad blood between them. He also chats to DAZN’s Jamie Ward who has spent considerable time with both fighters, and we speak to the men who put it all together - Sam Jones and promoter Eddie Hearn.
26/02/24·35m 18s

Joseph Parker and Andy Lee on Fury, Wilder and Zhang

Buncey heads to Dublin to catch up with Joseph Parker ahead of his fight with Zhilei Zhang. Joined by his trainer Andy Lee, they delve into the backstory of how Tyson Fury played a crucial role in connecting Parker and Lee and explore the dynamics of their successful partnership. They reflect on Parker's recent victory over Deontay Wilder and share their expectations for the upcoming bout against Zhang.
19/02/24·39m 19s

A proper British heavyweight title fight

Buncey’s in London at the launch press conference for the British heavyweight fight title between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke. He chats to the pair, who both make a convincing case why their route to the top gives them the edge. Promoter Ben Shalom is also on the pod to give his take on the fight and updates us on some other news from his stable. And British light-heavyweight prospect Ben Whittaker, who won a lot of fans (including Shaquille O’Neal) following his last performance reacts to accusations he disrespects opponents with his showboating style of fighting.
12/02/24·39m 29s

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.
10/02/24·28m 22s

Frank Warren reacts to Fury-Usyk drama

Buncey is joined by Queensberry boss Frank Warren to discuss an eventful 36 hours for the Fury-Usyk fight. He tells us how he found out about the cut to Tyson Fury and reacts to some of the conspiracy theories doing the rounds. Barry Jones is also on the pod and gives his reaction to the news and the rescheduled date. And we hear from Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez after their 12 rounds at Wembley at the weekend.
05/02/24·1h 1m

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”.
27/12/23·57m 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!
08/12/23·57m 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/.
14/11/23·56m 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.
01/11/23·44m 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!
17/05/23·38m 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.
20/06/22·1h 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.
10/03/22·26m 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.
14/02/22·27m 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.
09/07/20·1h 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.
02/07/20·1h 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.
25/06/20·54m 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.
22/06/20·1h 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.
18/06/20·1h 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.
11/06/20·48m 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?
28/05/20·1h 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.
21/05/20·1h 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.
18/05/20·1h 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.
14/05/20·58m 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.
07/05/20·55m 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)
30/03/20·1h 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.
16/12/19·52m 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.
04/06/19·30m 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.
02/06/19·57m 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.
31/05/19·16m 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.
30/05/19·52m 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.
29/05/19·37m 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.
20/05/19·53m 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.
14/05/19·28m 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.
13/05/19·43m 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.
16/04/19·37m 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.
11/02/19·50m 31s
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