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Tales from in and outside the ring
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April 01, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Gerladine Davies has been in boxing for four decades and has worked with a who's who of the sport.

A fixer, a publicist, a point of contact... She's done it all, from hosting travel events in Las Vegas through the Fabulous Four era of Duran, Leonard, Hagler and Hearns to trying to salvage out of hand boxing parties in Boston, she was once thrown out of Johnny Tocco's famous gym for being a lady before going on to work with British stars like Ricky Hatton and Lennox Lewis.

Now she's working for Mauricio Sulaiman, the head of the WBC, and Las Vegas-based fight artist Richard Slone. This is Geraldine's incredible life in boxing.

March 24, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Former WBO featherweight champion Colin McMillan could be forgiven for being sour.

Just when he had the world at his feet, as the reigning champion, he lost his crown in his first defence when he suffered a dislocated shoulder. Things changed from that moment.

But McMillan has retained his highly positive disposition and is one of boxing's good guys. He had a fascinating career, trying to forge his own path, working with the late author Jonathan Rendall as an advisor, being guided by Terry Marsh and then, afterwards, becoming an advisor to Audley Harrison.

In his own fighting career, there were big nights against big names when he was being touted as the next big thing and then came the disappointment of the injury that curtailed his charge. There were battles with the powers that be, battles with himself and battles with his shoulder. This is an incredible story.

March 18, 2020 09:56 AM PDT

Trainer Tony Sims is one of the quiet men in boxing.

He's become one of the go-to coaches in British boxing, working with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Darren Barker, Kevin Mitchell, Conor Benn, Ted Cheeseman, Lee Purdy and many more.

A former talented amateur, who by his own admission couldn't punch, he talks about working on the fish market, nearly turning pro, working the doors at Stringfellows and the Ministry of Sound and his famous family, well known in other circles for their roles in The Only Way Is Essex.

Tony doesn't give many interviews about himself, he prefers to talk about his fighters. But here, rarely, is the Tony Sims story.

March 11, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Wayne Elcock is a former British middleweight champion who boxed Arthur Abraham for the IBF world middleweight crown in 2007.

Elcock was a prominent fixture on the British boxing landscape, fighting the likes of Matthew Macklin, Howard Eastman, Lawrence Murphy, Darren McDermott, Anthony Farnell, Scott Dann and Steven Bendall.

Here, he talks about the troubled days that saw him land his 'Mad Dog' nickname, the tragic loss of his father in a car crash, juggling his fighting prime with his job as a BT engineer and his new start as a coach and owner of the Md Dog's Boxing shop maddogsboxing.com

March 04, 2020 09:00 AM PST

Former European heavyweight champion Michael Sprott has done almost everything in boxing. There isn't one leading European heavyweight he hasn't fought as a pro or sparred with, from being in training camp with both Klitschko brothers, working relentlessly with David Haye, going to Russia in camp with Alexander Povetkin to fighting the likes of Danny Williams, Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison.

On the way down, he also fought an up and coming Anthony Joshua, but often had to ply his trade abroad. Through his career, he was cast as the opponent or the gatekeeper. He fought contenders and champions with records of 8-0, 6-0, 13-0, 15-0, 9-0, 18-0, 22-0, 14-0 31-1 and you could go on. He fought Ruslan Chagaev, Corrie Sanders, Lamon Brewster, Alexander Dimitrenko, Robert Helenius...

He's also a nice, humble chap but he has an itch to scratch and, aged 45 and with a 42-29 record, he wants one more fight.

This episode also features Tris Dixon's Q and A from Twitter.

February 26, 2020 04:32 AM PST

Adam Booth and Tris Dixon are together to analyse the eagerly anticipated rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Fury was imperious, and this podcast includes audio from Booth and Dixon's YouTube show, Counterpunch, which you can subscribe to here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMai9Qq3hpc

February 26, 2020 09:00 AM PST

Bristol boxing legend Chris Sanigar has seen and done it all.

Here, he recalls to Tris Dixon an incredible life in boxing that saw him fight as a decorated amateur, become one of the most entertaining warriors on the scene before going on to a career as a manager, trainer and promoter that yielded a number of world, British, European and Commonwealth champions.

He cut his teeth on the busy London scene, fought a number of fight of the year contenders, boxed in Africa and Australia, battled alcoholism, found God and he's suffered the deepest lows, not least when his old friend and trainer George Francis committed suicide.

Sanigar is brilliant, his stories can deliver you fits of laughter or cause the tears to stream. This is a MUST listen.

February 17, 2020 11:51 AM PST

Adam Booth and Tris Dixon get together to breakdown the biggest fight of the year so far, the much anticipated heavyweight rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Adam trains Josh Kelly and Michael Conlan among others and has previously worked with the likes of David Haye and George Groves. He's also coached Andy Lee, who is part of the Fury camp, and Wilder, who he used to bring over as sparring for Haye.

Dixon has been a boxing journalist for more 20 years and has recently returned from Las Vegas, where he spent time with Fury, and Alabama, where he was with Fury, in his interviewing role for BT Sport Boxing.

February 19, 2020 09:00 AM PST

For 22 years Claude Abrams worked on the weekly boxing magazine Boxing News, serving more than 10 years as editor.

He was hired by his predecessor Harry Mullan and then subsequently hired his successor, Tris Dixon.

In between, he covered huge fights, was at the small halls and was exposed to things only a BN editor is exposed to; from rowing with promoters, to going to Azumah Nelson's house, to sparring with Naseem Hamed and taking private jets with Emanuel Steward and then having dinner with Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. He was also ringside for some of the best fighters of all time, including Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and many more.

When he left BN, he went 'cold turkey' and travelled the world. But he dusted off plenty of war stories for this incredible journey down memory lane.

February 12, 2020 09:00 AM PST

Former WBA world light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees tells a cautionary tale. Even though he made it to the top of the sport, he did it while partying hard, drinking heavily and not living the life. Had he done what he now preaches as a trainer, things could have been very different.

Still, during a career that saw him fight Souleymane Mbaye, Adrien Broner, Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla and Andreas Kotelnik among many others, he was trained by Enzo Calzaghe and latterly by his friend, Gary Lockett.

By the time he started dedicating himself to the sport, the busy-punching Welshman was on the decline.

Here, as a trainer, he talks about his regrets, explains why he doesn't dwell on the past and looks ahead to life as one of the top coaches in the UK.

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