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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.




Olympic boxing on the brink

Could the crisis at the top of amateur boxing mean the sport is left out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo? Mike and Steve examine the issues faced, and discuss the importance of the amateur set up to the overall health of the sport in the UK. Then, review of a busy weekend of action, including pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford’s win over Jose Benavidez, Lewis Ritson’s upset defeat in Newcastle, and the latest on Billy Joe Saunders’ failed drug test.


Weight regulations, clean boxing and the best knockout of the year

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce chat to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman about the new regulations regarding weight management of boxers and the clean boxing programme. Also Callum Smith speaks exclusively about his stunning win in the World Boxing Super Series against George Groves. Costello and Bunce also round up the weekend’s action which includes; British light-heavyweight Callum Johnson and super-bantamweight Gavin McDonnell who suffered stoppage defeats in world title shots in Chicago....


Fury aims to make ‘lemonade’ out of Wilder

Ahead of their fight on 1st December, both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are on this week’s pod, as Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to the fight, with Fury insisting that he ‘can withstand anything’. Promoter Lou DiBella tells us why he thinks Fury is an ‘interesting cat’, and we also pay tribute to Enzo Calzaghe, whose funeral took place this week.


Joshua overcomes man-flu and a 'mad Russian'

Mike and Steve take you deep inside the bowels of Wembley following Anthony Joshua’s devastating victory over Alexander Povetkin. Nobody escapes the clutches of our two men as they welcome David Haye, Eddie Hearn, Michael Buffer and Joshua himself onto the pod.


Should we be more excited for Joshua v Povetkin?

After a fairly underwhelming weigh-in, Mike and Steve breakdown the fight and the scale of the task for Anthony Joshua on Saturday night. Buncey's expecting a 'scare' for Joshua who is also on the pod. The heavyweight champion admits he is ready to 'get a cut eye and a bloody nose' and is expecting a tough test from his Russian opponent.


AJ gets real

As his fight against Alexander Povetkin looms, Steve visits Anthony Joshua to talk Deontay Wilder, being disrespected and ignoring the haters. Mike and Steve ask whether we're seeing a new side of Joshua and break down the fight. Also, after the news this week that trainer Enzo Calzaghe has passed away aged 69, Mike and Steve remember the man who took his son Joe all the way to world titles in two weight divisions and an unbeaten 46 fight career. Next episode out Friday evening after the...


Canelo wins, just

Reaction to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's tight points victory over Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. Mike and Steve give their scorecards, ask whether the result is good for the sport in light of Canelo's failed drugs test earlier this year, and debate whether there will be a trilogy.


Fired up and ready to fight

After a tense weigh-in and head-to-head faceoff between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin, Mike and Steve give their final breakdown of the fight. Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez tells Mike how their gameplan will be differ from the first fight last year, and Mike and Steve make their predictions.


Canelo & GGG vs Costello

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin speak to Mike ahead of their middleweight megafight this weekend - full live commentary on 5 live and the BBC Sport website from 4am Sunday morning. Mike and Steve compare their attitudes going into the fight, particularly regarding Canelo's performance enhancing drug suspension that caused the rescheduling of their bout from May. Also, a sneak preview of Steve's interview with Anthony Joshua, ahead of his fight against Alexander Povetkin at...


Khan't go on & Canelo v GGG

Amir Khan beat Samuel Vargas at the weekend but were there signs that he should think about calling it a career? And Mike prepares to head to Las Vegas for live commentary of Gennady Golovkin v Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez this weekend on BBC Radio 5 live.


Big fight season

With a busy run coming up between now and the end of 2018 coinciding with the start of the traditional boxing season, Mike and Steve take the opportunity to look forward to and analyse the eye-catching matchups. Joshua v Povetkin, Canelo v Golovkin, Khan v Vargas, and Groves v Smith all happen before the end of September, then before the end of the year we could see Fury v Wilder, Bellew v Usyk and Frampton v Warrington.


Wet and Wilder night at Windsor

Carl Frampton stopped Luke Jackson and Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta on points to set up huge world title fights against Josh Warrington and Deontay Wilder respectively. Mike and Steve hear from both men, analyse their performances and look ahead to the next step.


Wilder crashes the weigh in

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury looks tantalisingly close ahead of Fury's fight this weekend against Francesco Pianeta, as Wilder turned up at the weigh-in and got into a shouting match with Fury's father John. Mike and Steve debate whether this would be the best heavyweight fight to be made since the mid 1990's. They also discuss how Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes looked ahead of their respective bouts on Saturday night at Windsor Park.