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Boxing Life Stories
Tales from in and outside the ring
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August 19, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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 fought the likes of Chris Eubank, Johnny Nelson, David Haye, Sebastian Rothmann, Ezra Sellers, Terry Dunstan, Ralf Rocchigiani, Nicky Piper and many more.

Now, this retired warrior is a personal trainer and in this revealing interview he discusses his start as a Thai-boxer, his role as a boxing cult hero, the violent wars, his fighting heart and how he got it and much more.

Boxing Life Stories is now on Patreon. You can get access to research, unseen photographs from Boxing Life Stories, go behind the scenes of the podcast with Tris Dixon and even get some episodes early.

You can help support us through another 100 episodes and help us to grow by visiting www.patreon.com/trisdixon

Boxing Life Stories is bought to you by HANSON LEE who were voted “The UK's Best Specialist Insurance-Sector Recruitment Firm for 2020” in the Corporate Excellence Awards. ‘Not only do we find the best people, we’ll help you retain them.' Discover more at HansonLee.com’

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DELCO SAFETY COMPLIANCE, who are a leading provider of professional fire, asbestos, and safety services to businesses nationwide. They offer one expert point of contact for all of your fire, health and safety compliance needs. Find out more at www.delcosafety.co.uk

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August 12, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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 supporting his fighters in huge domestic and international clashes.

Here he talks about the fighters who have come and gone, his hopes for the future, getting shot at and much more besides.

Boxing Life Stories is now on Patreon. You can help support us through another 100 episodes and help us to grow by visiting www.patreon.com/trisdixon

Boxing Life Stories is bought to you by HANSON LEE who were voted “The UK's Best Specialist Insurance-Sector Recruitment Firm for 2020” in the Corporate Excellence Awards. ‘Not only do we find the best people, we’ll help you retain them.' Discover more at HansonLee.com’

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Delco Safety Compliance, who are a leading provider of professional fire, asbestos, and safety services to businesses nationwide. They offer one expert point of contact for all of your fire, health and safety compliance needs. Find out more at www.delcosafety.co.uk

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August 05, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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 bronze, losing in the Seoul Olympics to the brilliant Roy Jones Jnr. As a pro, trained by his dad Len, he won 26 and lost just three times, boxing the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Markus Beyer, Glenn Catley, Keith Holmes, Sugarboy Malinga and Silvio Branco.

Now a Team GB coach, this is possibly the most intimate interview of his career. He talks about his transition to 'civilian' life after boxing, the big fights, his late father and the contests he could have had. There's the crazy stories around the Holmes fight in the US, his friendship with Calzaghe and much more.

Boxing Life Stories is now on Patreon. You can help support us through another 100 episodes and help us to grow by visiting www.patreon.com/trisdixon

Boxing Life Stories is bought to you by HANSON LEE who were voted “The UK's Best Specialist Insurance-Sector Recruitment Firm for 2020” in the Corporate Excellence Awards.
‘Not only do we find the best people, we’ll help you retain them.'
Discover more at HansonLee.com’

AND

Delco Safety Compliance, who are a leading provider of professional fire, asbestos, and safety services to businesses nationwide. They offer one expert point of contact for all of your fire, health and safety compliance needs.

Find out more at www.delcosafety.co.uk

Community:
twitter @trisdixon
instagram @trisdixon

July 29, 2020 12:01 PM PDT

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 the best days of his life were also the worst.

His stellar amateur career, which included a Commonwealth Games medal, too, turned into a frustrating stop-start pro career. He signed with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions but fell between the cracks after Oscar's split with partner Richard Schaefer and he would work with Sauerland while fighting on Matchroom shows. He fought on a Mayweather bill in Vegas, a big show in Atlantic City but first there was an injury to his Achilles, then a shoulder dislocation and long periods of inactivity.

It culminated in his final fight when he suffered a catastrophic eye injury that resulted in a battle not only just to box again but to be able to see. He documented the journey to save his career – and his vision – on social media, covering the glimmers of hope and the heartbreak of finally admitting his boxing dream was over.

A surprise door opened, however, and he signed a deal with AEW, the sports entertainment company, and he's training to become a professional wrestler, with guidance from the likes of Diamond Dallas Page, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and Cody Rhodes.

Boxing Life Stories is now on Patreon. You can help support us through another 100 episodes and help us to grow by visiting www.patreon.com/trisdixon

Boxing Life Stories is bought to you by HANSON LEE who were voted “The UK's Best Specialist Insurance-Sector Recruitment Firm for 2020” in the Corporate Excellence Awards.
‘Not only do we find the best people, we’ll help you retain them.'
Discover more at HansonLee.com’

AND

Delco Safety Compliance, who are a leading provider of professional fire, asbestos, and safety services to businesses nationwide. They offer one expert point of contact for all of your fire, health and safety compliance needs.
Find out more at www.delcosafety.co.uk

Community:
twitter @trisdixon
instagram @trisdixon

July 22, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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 generations and was the third man in the ring for Lennox Lewis-Frank Bruno, Michael Gomez-Carl Johanneson and Micky Ward-Shea Neary. He also officiated fights featuring Pernell Whitaker, Herol Graham, Kirkland Laing, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and many more, refereeing in high profile fights around the world.

Here, he talks about fixed fights, how he developed his unique movement, throwing people out of the ring, refusing to accept a towel that was thrown in and much more.

July 16, 2020 01:16 AM PDT

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 Michael Nunn and Virgil Hill to Johnny Nelson, Carl Thompson, Nicky Piper, Graciano Rocchigiani, Yawe Davis and Clinton Woods.

Here he talks about wanting to fight Chris Eubank, and sparring him, sparring with Lennox Lewis in Big Bear, the horrendous time he endured towards the end of his career and post-boxing, the biggest fights and his fresh and optimistic outlook on life having spent time in Jamaica, Thailand and many places in between.

Check out Crawford's YouTube channel The Spiritual Boxer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCemy0sAyE0F2gz8r0EAB1IQ

July 08, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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 that, Catley has maintained a positive mindset thanks to the use of hypnotherapy, something he used for his major fights, and he's rightly proud and happy while reflecting on his career.

Here, he talks about the hugely controversial loss of his title in South Africa, his big wins over Kirkland Laing, Neville Brown, Eric Lucas and Marcus Beyer, working as a security guard, as a haulage driver and the parrot in Jersey that set him up with his wife while he was in training camp with Steve Collins!

This is funny, sad and uplifting.

July 01, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

'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 was flipped upside down. He was badly injured in a 1998 fight with Sergey Devakov and would never box again.

Not only that, he had a life to rebuild. He emerged from a two-week coma and had to learn the basics again, including how to walk and how to eat. Soon, a life of good health rather than world titles was his goal and a different kind of fight, one which featured acceptance, denial and depression, was at hand.

June 24, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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, growing up in Liverpool as part of a big family, the death of his trainer, George Francis, coping with depression and his public battle with alcoholism. There are plenty of highs and lows in this intimate picture of a British sporting hero.

June 17, 2020 05:57 AM PDT

Liverpool's former super-middleweight contender Tony Dodson saw a lot in his 17-year career. He won 32, lost eight and drew once, fighting the likes of Carl Froch, Paul Smith (twice), Tony Quigley, Brian Barbosa and Ovil McKenzie.

He'd been a top amateur and as a professional he was promoted, at one time or another, by Barry and Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren, Kellie Maloney and Hayemaker.

Here, among many topics, he talks of his friendships with David Haye and Tony Bellew, a dangerous addiction to sleeping pills, depression, his battles to make 168lbs over two decades, his mother's battle with cancer, his son starting to box, mental health and why fighters need to take their career seriously from the start to finish.

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