In this feature for The Radio Times I assessed the on-going issue of the best boxers being kept apart by big business and big broadcasters.
Tommy Philbin’s story is a gruelling one. Having been hospitalised with depression, he’s now worked his way back to fitness and is living the life of a professional fighter.
Ross Murray had the biggest win of his career back in May. He didn’t just beat his opponent, he also beat the expectations placed on him as an older fighter and picked up his first pro title at 37-years-old.
Bradley Welsh was tragically killed back in April. I had trained in his gym during my undergraduate degree in Edinburgh and never imagined I’d be writing about his death in such circumstances.
I had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with rising amateur star Caroline Dubois earlier this year. Caroline is one to watch and will make waves both at the Olympics and as a pro when she turns over.
In the last few week’s I’ve started hosting and editing the SouthpawJab.com podcast. It’s been great fun but there’s been a learning curve too.
The show features interviews with boxers and promoters as well as reviews and previews of matches, big and small. We always examine a betting angle for the week’s boxing at the end of the show too.
The pod is available through Apple podcasts, Anchor, the Southpaw Jab site and via a variety of other podcast providers.
In these latest articles, I’ve covered more boxing but also had the opportunity to write for a new site, Boxing Insider. I got the opportunity to review a set of Corner ‘punch trackers’ for them which was an interesting chance to mix boxing with technology writing and reviewing.
Many boxing fans don’t fully understand the role of the boxing journeyman. There’s a lot to unpack in getting to grips with ‘the professional loser’ and ultimately the role is much more than that. Lewis Van Poetsch shone a light on a side of boxing that many fans never see in this discussion.
Dave Allen hasn’t yet captured any meaningful titles in professional boxing but he has captured the imaginations of the British boxing public. Here’s an interview with Dave that I really enjoyed writing.