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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.




"Povetkin could ruin everything for Anthony Joshua"

Anthony Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin on 22nd September at Wembley stadium, but what is he in for? Mike and Steve return to break down the fight (0.55), and talk to Matchroom Sport founder Barry Hearn about why it’s Povetkin and not Deontay Wilder in the opposite corner (7.43). Also, reaction to Manny Pacquiao rolling back the years to stop Lucas Matthysse (17.10) and Rocky Fielding’s upset win over Tyron Zeuge (24.50), and Mike and Barry Hearn reminisce about the state of boxing the...


Best of 2018 so far

No new episode this week, so revisit some of this year’s highlights from Costello and Bunce.


Sugar Caned

In 1951, Leamington Spa’s Randolph Turpin stunned the boxing world by beating the legend Sugar Ray Robinson over 15 rounds at Earls Court in London. It remains one of the iconic moments in British boxing history. Mike and Steve introduce a 2001 BBC World Service documentary about the fight and Turpin’s tragic life afterwards, featuring the original radio commentary of the fight, Turpin’s brother, BBC commentator Reg Gutteridge and US boxing historian Bert Sugar.


Josh Taylor and how to build a champion

After Josh Taylor beat Viktor Postol on points, was it the most impressive performance by British boxer this year? Mike and Steve break down the fight, the controversial scoring and look at where Taylor could go next as his career goes from strength to strength. Also winning this weekend was heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois. Dubois, his trainer, and his promoter Frank Warren describe the process of building a boxer from first walking into the gym, all the way to fighting for a world title....


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,...


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...


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.


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.