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5 live Boxing with Costello & Bunce


Two men who’ve spent a lifetime in the boxing game - Mike Costello and Steve Bunce - discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests. New episodes every Monday.

Two men who’ve spent a lifetime in the boxing game - Mike Costello and Steve Bunce - discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests. New episodes every Monday.
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Two men who’ve spent a lifetime in the boxing game - Mike Costello and Steve Bunce - discuss the latest news and big fight nights, with special guests. New episodes every Monday.




Inside Muhammed Ali’s Home

In a special archive edition of the podcast, Mike and Steve visit the childhood home of Muhammed Ali in Louisville, Kentucky. They speak to Ali’s younger brother Rahman and find out what life was like for him and his family growing up there.


‘Rusty Fury in nervous comeback’

As Tyson Fury’s long-awaited return to the ring ends with his opponent Sefer Seferi being pulled out of the contest after four rounds, Mike and Steve assess his performance, preparations and look at what may be in store next. They hear from Tyson himself, his promoter Frank Warren, and they ask how far off he is from a world title fight with Anthony Joshua.


The rise, fall and return of Tyson Fury

The trials and tribulations of Tyson Fury since he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion back in November 2015. Mike and Steve retrace the postponement and eventual cancellation of his rematch with Klitschko, the admissions of drug use and depression, his ballooning weight, and the bizarre saga of a positive test and subsequent legal battle with UK anti-doping. Now, as he returns to the ring this weekend, what can we expect from him after so long away from the sport,...


Fury: “Let’s take it back to the good old days of Ali fighting Frazier, Foreman, Norton…”

Tyson Fury is targeting a “royal rumble” with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder as he returns to the ring this weekend. He explains his desire to make fights against the biggest names in the division, harking back to Muhammad Ali and the heavyweight golden era of the 1960’s and 70’s. Mike and Steve analyse Fury’s demeanour having spent over two and a half years out of the ring, debate whether he can rediscover the form that helped him beat Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, and ask whether...


Brendan Ingle: more than just a trainer

After his passing aged 77, Mike and Steve celebrate the life of Brendan Ingle, a man who had a massive impact on boxing in the UK and particularly in Sheffield. They discuss his roots as an Irish immigrant in the 1950’s, the unique training philosophy he developed at the Wincobank gym, and the four world champions it produced: Herol Graham, “Prince” Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and Kell Brook. They also remember the Dean Francis, the former British super-middleweight champion, who died last...


Warrington channels Ricky Hatton on a night to remember

Carl Frampton and his trainer Jamie Moore join Mike and Steve to reflect on Josh Warrington’s stunning upset win over Lee Selby at Elland Road. They break down the fight, compare the atmosphere and local following to Ricky Hatton’s heyday and look ahead to whether Warrington could face Frampton in his next fight, at Windsor Park in Belfast this August. Mike speaks to Nicola Adams after her fourth professional victory, reacts to Badou Jack and Adonis Stevenson’s hard-fought draw, and talks to...


Father and son combos and Lomachenko the Great

With three big fights in a week all featuring father and son combos (Vasyl & Anatoly Lomachenko, Hughie & Peter Fury, and Josh & Sean Warrington) Mike and Steve discuss the pros and cons of being trained by your dad. They speak to Josh Warrington about how it works for him ahead of his fight with Luke Selby. Plus, after Vasyl Lomachenko made history in just his 12th professional fight, they ask whether he already belongs in the pantheon of sporting greats.


Bellew blasts out Haye

Tony Bellew emphatically proved that his win in their first fight was no fluke with a spectacular fifth round stoppage of David Haye. Hear from an emotional Bellew ringside after the fight, as well as world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell, and promoter Eddie Hearn. Mike and Steve break down the action and ask what’s next for Tony Bellew, and discuss whether David Haye should hang up his gloves.


Bellew v Haye II: fight breakdown

Tony Bellew shoved David Haye at the final press conference, but now the talking is done, what are the key areas for this fight to be won and lost? Hear both trainers make the case for their man, as Mike and Steve break down how the fight might go and make their predictions on who will win.


Bellew v Haye II: the con is on?

David Haye “conned” us last time with his lack of preparation, so has he learned his lesson when it comes to underestimating Tony Bellew? Both men outline their mindset ahead of their rematch this weekend, and explain why a defeat could be career ending. Mike and Steve also celebrate Ghanaian (but adopted Londoner) Isaac Dogboe’s shock WBO super bantamweight world title win over the weekend, analyse Irish superstar Katie Taylor’s performance as she adds another world title to her resume,...


Frampton puts on a “masterclass”; Khan dominates

Carl Frampton and Amir Khan both put on impressive but different performances – Frampton beating Nonito Donaire on points in Belfast, Khan stopping Phil lo Greco within a minute in Liverpool. Mike and Steve break down the performances, hear from both men and ask what could be next?


The story of the Hurricane

Rubin Carter was a contender for the world middleweight title when in 1966 he was arrested, tried and eventually convicted of a triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey – despite evidence suggesting he was innocent. Carter gained worldwide fame in 1975 when Bob Dylan released his song “Hurricane” based on the case. He spent 20 years in prison before the conviction was overturned, and devoted the rest of his life to helping those wrongly accused of crimes. Carter died in 2014, but back in...


“Anthony Joshua is incredibly close to getting angry!”

The story of Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker’s first head-to-head press conference ahead of their heavyweight unification fight on 31st March. Mike and Steve react to the day as it happened, speak to both men and assess their mental state as they head into training camp.


Parker: I’ll knock Anthony Joshua out

On the day his huge heavyweight world title unification fight against Anthony Joshua is confirmed, WBO champion Joseph Parker talks about the protracted negotiations and how he thinks the fight will go. Mike and Steve give their reaction to the announcement, and look ahead to Tuesday’s first head-to-head press conference. This week’s full podcast will be recorded there and will be available to download on Tuesday afternoon.


End of year awards special

Mike and Steve pick through their favourite moments from the world of boxing in 2017, including the best fighter, best punch, biggest upset, and fight of the year.


The end for James DeGale?

After a stunning upset defeat to the unheralded American Caleb Truax, what does the future hold for 2008 Olympic champion James DeGale? Mike and Steve try to work out what was missing on the night and ask whether the last few tough fights have taken their toll. Also, reaction to Vasyl Lomachenko’s dominant win over Guillermo Rigondeaux, which ended when the Cuban quit on his stool. Plus, a brutally honest interview with Billy Joe Saunders ahead of his world title defence against David...


DeGale: I'm healthy, fit and injury-free

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to an action-packed weekend with two British world champions putting their titles on the line. Featuring previews of James DeGale v Caleb Truax for IBF super-middleweight belt and Lee Selby v Eduardo Ramirez for the IBF featherweight championship.


Calzaghe v Kessler: 10 years later

Ten years on from his famous victory against Mikkel Kessler in 2007 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Joe Calzaghe sits down with Mike and Steve to reminisce back to that night and on his unbeaten career as a whole.


Anthony Joshua “not the finished article”

Anthony Joshua successfully defended his WBA and IBF world titles, controversially stopping Carlos Takam after ten tough rounds in Cardiff. But did we see some areas where Joshua still needs to improve before taking on the other heavyweight title holders? Mike and Steve analyse Joshua’s performance and discuss what could be next for the London 2012 gold medallist, with an eventful 2018 on the horizon. Also, reaction to Irish star Katie Taylor winning her first world title in only her...


There’s only one Ricky Hatton

In the gym with former two-weight world champion and British boxing legend Ricky Hatton. Mike and Steve join him in reminiscing about his massive 2007, when he was on top of the boxing world, became Las Vegas’s biggest attraction and culminated in his fight to Floyd Mayweather. Hatton also opens up on his new career as a trainer, explains why his approach of ballooning up in weight in between fights worked for him and has his say on the state of the sport right now.