The Pugilist

  • Former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, who was jailed in November last year for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a sting operation by disgraced Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood, discussed life behind bars with Peter Walsh of the Norwich Evening News.

    Read the full interview on Norwich Evening News

    Hide said: “If that’s prison I’ve been in prison all my life anyway. I’ve been in prison from the first time I stepped into England.

    "It’s exactly how boarding school is and exactly how boxing training is - you get up, go to the gym, get on with training and go to sleep. It’s no

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  • Is this the hardest-hitting fighter on the planet?

    When Gennady "GGG" Golovkin knocked out Daniel Geale in the third round of their WBA middleweight title fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, the most impressive part of it was what occurred during the fight-ending right hand.

    Golovkin was out of position, hands down, winding up to throw at Geale when Geale threw a right that landed squarely on Golovkin's nose. Geale is not a big puncher, but the force of the punch pushed Golovkin back ever so slightly and caused Golovkin to momentarily close his eyes.

    But when Golovkin threw his right in return, he did so with his right foot

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  • English talent hopes to punch his way to Commonwealth glory

    England heavyweight Joseph Joyce is confident of hitting gold at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games later this month.

    Joyce, who boxes out of Earlsfield ABC, will compete in the 91kg category after securing his place in England’s squad by winning the ABA National English Final in April.

    The 28-year-old came late to boxing but after claiming bronze at the European Boxing Championships last year believes he is ready to go one better this time round.

    He said: “I have improved since the European Championships and as the dangerous nations such as the Russians, Ukrainians and Cubans won’t be there it is

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  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s hard not to feel bad for Tyson Fury right about now.

    The unbeaten heavyweight rarely gets anything but negative feedback from fans, whether it’s because he swears too much, verbally provokes fighters he has no intention of fighting, or unfortunately from some circles, purely because of his ‘traveller’ roots.

    The one thing about Tyson Fury that draws the most ire from boxing fans, however, is that a guy with a 22-0 record who is angling for a world title opportunity sooner rather than later has hardly beaten anyone worthwhile.

    Well, over the last year,

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  • Pacquiao-Algieri title fight set for November in Macau

    Manny Pacquiao, boxing's second-biggest attraction, will take his act on the road again on November 22, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian in Macau, China.

    The Filipino star is coming off an April victory in a rematch over Timothy Bradley. Algieri earned the bout by scoring an upset of Ruslan Provodnikov in a WBO super lightweight bout on June 14 at the Barclays Center in New York.

    Pacquiao, who has won two in a row after suffering back-to-back defeats in 2012 to Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, is 56-5-2 with 38 knockouts.


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  • This man could retire as one of the richest ever sportsmen

    Canelo Alvarez is 23 years old, but already a veteran of 45 professional fights. He'll fight the 46th of his brilliant career on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden when he takes on Erislandy Lara in the main event of a pay-per-view card distributed by Showtime.

    Alvarez remains one of the sport's biggest draws and most popular fighters, and he has the kind of earnings potential that would even make Floyd Mayweather Jr. pay attention.

    Before it is all done, Alvarez could leave the sport as the richest fighter in history. He may never overtake Mayweather in career earnings, though that can't be

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  • This five-year-old’s boxing skills will terrify you

    5-year-old boxer Nijee The Future! by heavion

    You know when you see future brilliance, almost immediately. Remember those classic clips of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and the Williams sisters to name a few.

    One name you might be adding to the list is five-year-old Nijee TheFuture. Yes, that is really his name!

    Let's be honest, there can be little doubting this young boy's prospects when you see the video of him sparring with his Dad at their home in the USA.

    The speed of his punches and rapid footwork really are quite a sight to behold. How his father keeps up is anyone's guess.

    Indeed, it's

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  • Mixed-raced boxer Dick Turpin made became the non-white British champion in modern times on this day in 1948.

    The middleweight, whose shared name with the 18th century highwayman made him a press favourite, beat Vince Hawkins on points at Villa Park, Birmingham.

    The bruising encounter, in which both men fought for the British and Commonwealth title that was made vacant by Ron Richard's retirement, lasted 15 rounds.

    The 27-year-old’s success made him an inspiration for many ethnic minorities.

    He was born to a black Guyanan father and white English mother in the affluent Warwickshire town of

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  • “This will be a better fight than Froch-Groves 2!”

    Paul Butler believes his clash with Stuart Hall on Saturday will be bigger than Carl Froch’s battle against George Groves.

    Butler, challenging for the IBF bantamweight title, takes on Hall at Newcastle’s Metro Arena and is feeling confident of taking the belt off his former sparring partner.

    After a great month for British boxing, the undefeated 25-year-old from Merseyside said his clash with Hall will be even bigger.

    He said in an exclusive interview with Eurosport boxing writer Robert Horgan: “The Froch v Groves fight was massive for the publicity of British boxing but the fight itself

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  • Yesterday’s Fight Kings: Pernell Whitaker

    When most boxing fans hear the term 'defensive boxer', they immediately think of dull fights. However, not every defensive-minded fighter is a chore to watch.

    When people talk about the best defensive boxer of all time it's easy for people in this era to bring the name Floyd Mayweather Jnr to the forefront of the discussion.

    Some may also mention the likes of James Toney, the former IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight king who who used his slick shoulder-roll to confuse and mesmerise his opponents.

    However in my opinion, the best defensive boxer in history was Pernell

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