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Daily news, analysis and build-up ahead of 5 Live’s commentary of Anthony Joshua’s return to the ring this Saturday night.


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Daily news, analysis and build-up ahead of 5 Live’s commentary of Anthony Joshua’s return to the ring this Saturday night.




Joshua v Franklin: The Preview

George Groves joins Steve and Darren Fletcher to preview Saturday’s big fight. They hear from Anthony Joshua, Jermaine Franklin, and promoter Eddie Hearn. Plus there are appearances from Franklin’s promoter Dmitry Salita, former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew and current heavyweight Derek Chisora.


Joshua v Franklin: In conversation with Eddie Hearn

As fight night edges closer, Steve sits down with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn. While eating prawn tempura, they chat AJ, Franklin and the latest regarding Conor Benn’s future.


Joshua v Franklin: Who is Franklin?

Steve takes the pod to the press conference ahead of the big fight this weekend to learn more about AJ’s opponent. He speaks to Franklin himself, as well as his promoter Dmitri Salita and his trainer Jesse Addison. And Matchroom CEO Frank Smith tells Steve what’s involved in making a fight like this.


Joshua v Franklin: Analysing AJ’s last fight

Richie Woodhall joins Steve to watch back Anthony Joshua's last fight when he lost on points to Oleksandr Usyk. They discuss what he did well, what he didn’t do so well and what learnings he can take into this weekend’s fight against Jermaine Franklin.


Joshua v Franklin: The week starts here

Frazer Clarke and Richie Woodhall join Steve as the build-up to Anthony Joshua's return to the ring this weekend begins. With both having spent years in the gym with him, they share their unique insight into the two-time former unified world heavyweight champion. We also hear from his promoter Eddie Hearn who’s been out to Dallas to his training camp. And we speak to Lawrence Okolie who defended his WBO cruiserweight belt in Manchester on Saturday night.


Lawrence, Lyndon and a lot of fighting

Steve is joined by Joe Gallagher and Anthony Crolla to look ahead to a big weekend of boxing. We hear from Lawrence Okolie as he defends his WBO Cruiserweight title against David Light on Saturday. And Lyndon Arthur, who fights on Friday shares his remarkable story into professional boxing with the help of his trainer Pat Barrett. Plus, Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom joins the pod to chat about his show this weekend in Manchester.


Fury v Usyk is off

Joe Gallagher and Anthony Crolla join Steve to dissect the news that the proposed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is off. Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is on the show to explain why talks broke down. And ahead of his fight on April 1st, Anthony Joshua sits down with Steve to share his thoughts as he returns to the ring.


The Queen of Irish boxing is back!

Steve’s in Dublin this week to speak to Katie Taylor ahead of her fight with undisputed Super-Lightweight World Champion Chantelle Cameron. Taylor fights in the Irish capital for the first time in her professional career and hopes to become a two-weight undisputed World Champion. We also hear from Cameron and her trainer Jamie Moore, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn.


Is Fury v Usyk about to be made?

Barry Jones joins Steve to pick through a busy week of announcements and pending announcements in the boxing world. They discuss the latest developments as the Fury-Usyk fight looks close to being made for April 29th. After an injury forced Amanda Serrano to pull out of her rematch with Katie Taylor, they explain why Chantelle Cameron stepping in is a tougher fight for Katie. And Eddie Hearn joins the pod to discuss the latest regarding Conor Benn and when we can expect him next in the ring.


The Other Hattons

Steve takes the pod to Stockport this week to speak to Campbell Hatton and his uncle and trainer Matthew. Campbell chats about living in the shadow of his father Ricky, the pressure that brings, and the criticism he has had to deal with because of it. And as well as chatting about Campbell’s progression, Matthew tells us about growing up with Ricky as an older brother, sparring with him and his own experience of fighting a young Canelo Alvarez in Los Angeles.


Paul v Fury: The debrief

Steve is joined by Richie Woodhall and Darren Fletcher to pick through the bones of Tommy Fury’s win over Jake Paul. They hear from both fighters as well as Tommy’s brother Tyson. They also discuss the event as a whole and whether it has been good or bad for the sport. And Steve chats to the former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder about his future and whether a fourth fight against Tyson Fury is on the cards.


Paul v Fury - The press conference

Steve is in Saudi Arabia ahead of the fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury this weekend. He speaks to both fighters as well as Tommy’s brother and heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who shares his thoughts on the fight. We also hear from Derek Chisora who bizarrely is one of the fights promoters. And with the WBC reinstating Conor Benn to their rankings, Steve chats to their president - Mauricio Sulaimán.


Wood loses title to Lara

Steve goes backstage in Nottingham after Mauricio Lara stopped Leigh Wood to become WBA featherweight champion. He is joined by a host of former world champions including Barry Jones, Carl Froch, Andy Lee and Josh Warrington to discuss the fight, and whether Ben Davison was right to throw in the towel. We also hear from Davison himself as well as Wood and promoter Eddie Hearn.


Auntie Sue and Leigh

Buncey takes the pod to Nottingham ahead of Leigh Wood’s title defence this Saturday. He hears from Leigh, and as his aunt Sue who has been selling his tickets. And promoter Eddie Hearn is on the pod along with many of the undercard including Dalton Smith, Cheavon Clarke and Sam Maxwell.


Tea with Leigh

Steve takes the pod to Essex to speak to Leigh Wood ahead of the defence of his world title this weekend. As well as talking tea sets, the pair chat about his journey to world champion, the dramatic fight against Michael Conlan what we can expect from Mauricio Lara at the Nottingham Arena. Steve also chats with his trainer Ben Davison. And after another impressive performance by Adam Azim at the weekend at Wembley, we hear from him, as well as his trainer Shane McGuigan and Boxxer CEO Ben...


The return of AJ

Anthony Joshua sits down with Steve for the pod this week ahead of his fight in April. They chat about his mindset ahead of the bout, what happened immediately after the fight against Oleksandr Usyk and how it’s been going under new trainer Derrick James. Steve also catches up with Joshua’s opponent Jermaine Franklin, Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn and DAZN CEO Joe Markowski.


Katie’s coming home

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn sits down with Steve to discuss the re-match between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano. We hear from both Taylor and Serrano as they faced off in the ring at Madison Square Garden after the Puerto Rican beat Erika Cruz to set up the re-match with Taylor. Hearn explains why Croke Park is an unlikely venue and how a third bout could happen in the autumn. We also hear from Alycia Baumgardner, who like Serrano became undisputed and Ramla Ali is also on the pod after...


Smith does the business in Manchester

Joe Gallagher joins Steve to pick through the bones of Liam Smith’s brutal knock-out of Chris Eubank Jr. Recorded back stage after the fight, they hear from Smith himself as well as a host of other people including Ben Shalom, Natasha Jonas, Carl Froch, Kalle Sauerland, Roy Jones Jr and George Groves.


Why Eubank Jr v Smith can live up to the hype

Barry Jones joins Steve to look ahead to the first major UK fight of the year. They hear from Liam Smith as he prepares to take on Chris Eubank Jr at the AO Arena this Saturday. He tells them how preparations have been going, why Eubank cannot get under his skin and clears up a few rumours about playing football the day after fighting. And Richard Riakporhe is also on the pod to discuss why he’s due a shot at a world title in 2023.


KSI and what is crossover boxing?

Steve ventures into the new world of crossover boxing to find out what it’s all about. He speaks to its founders KSI and Mams Taylor of Misfits Boxing about how it came about and what the future may look like. Steve also chats to Joe Markowski, the CEO of broadcasting platform DAZN about why they have made a 5-year commitment to the series. And IBF bantamweight world champion Ebanie Bridges is on the pod and explains why she thinks it is not a threat to conventional professional boxing.