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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.




Canelo's nasty streak, another "quitting" debate, and breaking the bone that's like biscuit

After Saul "Canelo" Alvarez finished Billy Joe Saunders in brutal fashion in their super middleweight world title fight in Texas last weekend, where next for the Mexican superstar? Trainer Dominic Ingle joins Mike and Steve to discuss the eye injury suffered by Saunders and the potential impact it could have on the rest of his career, as well as the vitriolic online reaction to the end of the fight after Saunders' trainer Mark Tibbs pulled his fighter out.


Canelo beats Saunders - on-the-bell reaction

Billy Joe Saunders was pulled out by his trainer Mark Tibbs following the eighth round of his super middleweight title clash with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez following a sickening shot to his eye. Mike, Steve and trainer Joe Gallagher react on the bell to the result and ask where next for both men.


Canelo v Saunders gets "personal"

Ahead of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders' big fight in Texas on Saturday night, the Mexican superstar joins the podcast to explain what motivates him and how why this fight has become "personal". Mike and Steve break down the fight and give their predictions. Full live commentary of Canelo v Saunders from 4am on BBC Radio 5 live in the early hours of Sunday 9th May.


A great British world title win; Taylor-Jonas & Chisora-Parker reaction; plus Roy Jones Jr's boxing philosophy

Sunny Edwards joins the podcast again after upsetting long-reigning champion Moruti Mthlane to win the IBF flyweight title. Mike and Steve discuss the stacked bill in Manchester including Joseph Parker beating Derek Chisora, the brilliant contest between Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas and a brave performance in defeat from Craig Richards. Then, Mike sits down with all-time great Roy Jones Jr to discuss his attitude towards fighting and training.


Taylor v Jonas III, Chisora’s pandemic & Eubank jr’s return

Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas join the podcast ahead of their long-awaited rematch from the London 2012 Olympics. They discuss the growth of women’s boxing, while Mike and Steve debate whether the fight should headline the card. Derek Chisora explains how he spent his pandemic, and Chris Eubank jr’s ambition to fight Gennady Golovkin.


Cash proves his "grade", Adeleye controversy, Sunny's day, and Fury training "like a demon"

Sunny Edwards joins the podcast ahead of his IBF world flyweight title challenge against South African veteran Moruti Mthalane, to explain how he's planning to frustrate the heavy-handed champion and join his brother Charlie in winning a professional world title. Mike and Steve discuss the weekend's action including an impressive performance from Felix Cash in beating Denzel Bentley, and another scoring controversy, this time involving heavyweight prospect David Adeleye. Then, Andy Lee joins...


Williams brave but limited; Jake Paul v Tommy Fury; and a new boxing superpower?

After Liam Williams was beaten on points by Demetrius Andrade in Miami, where does the result leave both men’s careers and the middleweight scene? Mike and Steve also discuss the appeal of social media platform Triller and Youtuber Jake Paul’s boxing events, and speak to Kalle Sauerland about his promotional link up with worldwide talent agency Wasserman.


Who's "tough"? Andrade v Williams preview

Demetrius Andrade and Liam Williams join the podcast ahead of their WBO middleweight title showdown this weekend (Saturday 17th April) in Miami. Andrade questions Steve's definition of 'toughness'. Full commentary from 11pm on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.


AJ v Fury positivity, Benn makes a statement, Williams v Andrade

After Conor Benn impressed by stopping the Colombian Samuel Vargas in the first round, what are the 24 year old’s options - fights with Amir Khan or Kell Brook, or one of the big American names in the welterweight division? Mike and Steve also react to seemingly encouraging social media activity from Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua over the weekend, and preview Liam Williams’ middleweight world title shot against American Demetrius Andrade, taking place in Miami this coming weekend.


Conor Benn: Let's have it

Conor Benn joins the podcast ahead of his fight at the Copperbox Arena with Samuel Vargas. Benn explains how he's been spurred on by the added attention given to his career by his famous fighting father Nigel, and Mike and Steve discuss fathers and sons in boxing. Full commentary of Benn v Vargas from 10pm, Saturday 10th April on 5 live Sports Extra and BBC Sounds.


Frampton's place in history; plus what motivates Jose Ramirez?

After two-weight world champion Carl Frampton announced his retirement in the ring following his comprehensive defeat to Jamel Herring in Dubai, Mike and Steve reflect on the impact he made during his 31 bout professional career and place him in history alongside the British and Irish greats. Then, Mike speaks to Jose Carlos Ramirez, who fights Josh Taylor for the undisputed super lightweight crown in May, about his upbringing as a first generation Mexican immigrant to America.


Wilder or Ruiz next for Whyte? Plus Frampton ready to make history

Dillian Whyte knocked out Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar to restate his case as a heavyweight challenger, but with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury still engaged in talks over an undisputed title fight, what options are out there for the Bodysnatcher? Mike and Steve analyse Whyte's performance, break down exciting wins for Ted Cheeseman and Lennox Clarke, and are joined by Carl Frampton ahead of his super featherweight title fight against Jamel Herring in Dubai. Frampton has the chance to...


A must-win fight for Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte joins the podcast ahead of his attempt to avenge his knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin. Mike breaks down the situation on the Matchroom super yacht, and catches up with Campbell and Ricky Hatton ahead of the 19 year old’s professional debut.


Okolie dominates Glowacki to emulate Joshua; plus boxing's hottest prospect?

After Lawrence Okolie knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki to win the WBO world cruiserweight title in just his 16th professional fight, what are the options for the 28 year old from Hackney? Mike and Steve break down the fight and where Okolie fits in to the crowded cruiser- and heavyweight scene. Then, a year since the Olympic qualifying event in London was cancelled, how has the Olympic boxing tournament been changed by the pandemic? American prospect Keyshawn Davis, who was a medal favourite...


Has Okolie got his timing right? Plus Hearn on Fury v AJ

Lawrence Okolie joins the podcast ahead of his WBO world cruiserweight title fight with Poland's Krzysztof Głowacki. Mike also speaks to his trainer Shane McGuigan, and Eddie Hearn explains what exactly has been agreed between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury ahead of the long-awaited fight later this year.


Lawrence Okolie: From McDonalds to Matchroom

As Lawrence Okolie prepares to fight for a cruiserweight world title, Eleanor Roper hears his story. Overweight and bullied at school, Lawrence's life changed when he found boxing. The sport has taken him from Hackney, London to the Rio Olympics. On March 20, he'll fight Krzysztof Głowacki for the vacant WBO world cruiserweight title. Unbeaten in his 15 professional fights, this is his biggest challenge to date.


Fury v AJ signed, Marvelous Marvin memories, and Josh Warrington

With the breaking news that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have finally put pen to paper on a deal for a fight, how close are we to getting a date and a venue? Mike and Steve react to the news, remember legendary middleweight Marvelous Marvin Hagler who passed away this weekend, and catch up with Josh Warrington a month on from his shock defeat to Mauricio Lara.


Taylor's chance to be undisputed, plus the Fight of the Century 50 years on

Josh Taylor joins the podcast after his fight with Jose Carlos Ramirez for all four super lightweight world titles was confirmed last week. He discusses his motivation in making history and the decisions that led him to this opportunity in only his 18th professional fight. Then, Mike and Steve remember the Fight of the Century: Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier, which took place 50 years ago at Madison Square Garden in New York, with archive from Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee.


Canelo v Saunders is on, and is there a problem with scoring?

Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez dominated Avni Yildirim to set up a long-awaited clash against Britain's Billy Joe Saunders. Mike and Steve take an early look at the fight and what could be the deciding factors. Then, British Boxing Board of Control chair Robert Smith joins the podcast to explain the scoring system that has come under scrutiny in recent bouts such as Zelfa Barrett's controversial win over Kiko Martinez, and look at ways it could be improved.


Josh Kelly, the business of Canelo and Eddie’s silk pyjamas

Eddie Hearn sits down with Mike ahead of Alvarez Canelo’s return to the ring this weekend to talk about what it’s like working with the Mexican boxer. They discuss his rise to stardom, comparisons to Antony Joshua and gifting Eddie some silk pyjamas. David Avanesyan’s trainer, Carl Greaves joins the podcast to reflect on the Russian’s sixth-round win over Josh Kelly at Wembley and Steve has concerns about what next for the Briton.