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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.




Best of 2019 so far

Another chance to listen to some of our favourite moments from the pod so far this year.


Fury puts on a one-man show in Vegas

After Tyson Fury put on a show for the American audience by dismantling Tom Schwarz in two rounds, Mike and Steve speak to the man himself, hear promoter Bob Arum’s vision for the rematch with Deontay Wilder, and look to the future.


Fury v Schwarz & Warrington v Galahad final preview

Assessing Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz and Josh Warrington v Kid Galahad after the weigh ins. Fury explains how he believes Tom Schwarz could be a bigger threat than expected, and how he believes he is carrying the ESPN+ / Top Rank boxing brand in the United States. Josh Warrington talks how his life has changed in the 14 months since becoming world champion, why there's bad blood between him and Galahad, and his plans to look for big fights in America after this weekend. Both fights are live on...


Mad evening at Fury Manor

Tyson Fury welcomes Mike and Steve into the house he’s rented in Las Vegas ahead of his fight with Tom Schwarz. They talk Fury’s early days in boxing, ‘fat’ fighters succeeding in the aftermath of Andy Ruiz jr’s win over Anthony Joshua, and whether he’ll fight Deontay Wilder again. Also, his trainer Ben Davison explains how their relationship has evolved and how he keeps Fury motivated.


Is Fury now heavyweight number one?

With Anthony Joshua's defeat against Andy Ruiz jr. still resonating across the sport, Mike and Steve touch down in Las Vegas for Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz. Is Fury now the man to beat in the division?


Joshua beaten: The rumours, the fallout, and what comes next?

As the dust settles on Anthony Joshua's stunning upset defeat to Andy Ruiz jr., Mike and Steve debate the rumours around Joshua being knocked out in sparring, Joshua's father's apparently angry reaction in the ring after the fight, and what changes he needs to make to get back to the top of the sport.


Joshua stunned in New York

Mike and Steve are ringside in New York's Madison Square Garden where Andy Ruiz Jr. produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to take Anthony Joshua's IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him. Along with David Haye and Carl Frampton they analyse a US debut to forget for AJ, heap praise on underdog Ruiz, and ask what this result means for future fights in the division. Then, the boys take a trip to the diner after interviewing both Ruiz Jr. and Joshua...


Joshua v Ruiz: Final fight breakdown

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz jr weigh in ahead of the heavyweight world title fight at Madison Square Garden. Mike and Steve analyse how they looked on the scales, and break down how they see the fight going. Paulie Malignaggi also pops by to give his prediction.


Joshua vs Ruiz: AJ wants Fury next

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. faced the media for the final time before their world heavyweight title fight this weekend at Madison Square Garden. Joshua says he is turning his attention to a fight with Tyson Fury, after Deontay Wilder announced his next fight would be a rematch against Luis Ortiz. Also, Mike and Steve talk to several of the undercard fighters including Katie Taylor and Callum Smith ahead of their world title fights, and Carl Frampton pops up to talk about sparring with...


Joshua vs Ruiz: Wilder's spanner in the works

Deontay Wilder hijacked the fight week news cycle overnight in New York by announcing his next bout would not be against Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, instead opting for a rematch with Luis Ortiz. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn reacts to the news and explains his frustration at being unable to even get a meeting with Wilder's representatives. Mike and Steve then speak to legendary Muhammad Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, who paints a worrying picture about the state of the heavyweight division...


Joshua v Ruiz: The British are coming

Anthony Joshua arrives in New York to fight for the first time in the United States, against Andy Ruiz jr. Both men join the podcast to talk about fighting in Madison Square Garden and leaving a lasting impact. Also, Mike and Steve speak to the fighters from the stacked undercard, including lightweight champion Katie Taylor ahead of her undisputed unification fight against Delphine Persoon, super middleweight champion Callum Smith, and former Olympian Joshua Buatsi.


Wilder produces an all-time knockout

Deontay Wilder once again proved his punching power by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in their WBC heavweight title contest. Mike and Steve ask where it ranks in the annals of great heavyweight knockouts and debate whether this changes their opinion of who would win between Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. They also address Wilder's controversial comments made before that fight about killing an opponent in the ring. Later, Josh Taylor joins the podcast after becoming a world champion...


BONUS POD: Groves on retirement, Froch and taking control

Former super middleweight world champion George Groves reflects on the end of his career, his two massive fights against Carl Froch, and how he tried to take control of his career.


Billy Joe's back, Deontay's underrated and Josh Taylor: world champion?

Former super middleweight champion George Groves joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming fights this weekend, including Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi for the WBO super middleweight world title, Deontay Wilder's return to the ring against former Anthony Joshua opponent Dominic Breazeale, and his former training mate Josh Taylor's bid for a world title in the semi final of the World Boxing Super Series against Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow.


AJ to Wilder and Fury: The longer you wait, the better I’ll get

Anthony Joshua joins Mike and Steve to talk about his new opponent on June 1st, Andy Ruiz jr, his improvement as a fighter over the last two years, and how he’s changing his approach to training. Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken also explains why the WBA, IBF and WBO world champion is different to other heavyweights. Then, Mike and Steve break down Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s points victory over Danny Jacobs over the weekend, and revisit last week’s discussion about performance enhancing drugs in...


Joshua opponent, Whyte takes a risk, and quitting

Nearly two weeks after the news broke that Jarrell Miller had failed tests for multiple performance enhancing drugs, Anthony Joshua's promoters Matchroom have struggled to find a willing opponent. What could be behind some of the top heavyweights' reluctance to fight for three of the four major world titles? There's also reaction to the announcement that Dillian Whyte will fight Oscar Rivas in July, considered by many to be one of the more dangerous opponents in the division. Mike and Steve...


Did Khan quit?

Terence Crawford stopped Amir Khan to retain his WBO world welterweight title after a confusing ending, where Khan appeared to have been hit with a low blow. Mike, Steve and former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi analyse the fight and how it ended, and Khan defends his actions.


Can Khan win?

After seeing both fighters weigh in, Mike, Steve and former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi give their final analysis of Terence Crawford v Amir Khan. Does Khan still have the skills to produce an upset? The fight itself will be live on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website from around 4am in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Who is boxing's Tiger?

As Mike and Steve arrive in a chilly New York ahead of Terence Crawford v Amir Khan for the WBO weltweight title, is there anyone currently in the sport of boxing that can inspire the same universal excitement as Tiger Woods in his Masters victory? Also, an early look at why Crawford v Khan might not be the mismatch expected by some bookmakers, and a review of Anthony Crolla's lopsided four round defeat by Vasyl Lomachenko at the weekend.


Crolla and Khan against the odds; Whyte still waiting

Two British boxers will take the ring against arguably the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in the next two weeks, so do either Anthony Crolla or Amir Khan have what it takes to create a historic upset against Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford? Crolla and Khan join the podcast to discuss how they've approached the fights and explain how they see themselves winning. On the other side of boxing's mysterious and sometimes frustrating politics, Dillian Whyte is desperate to get...