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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.




Now or never for Khan v Brook?

After Kell Brook's underwhelming win against Michael Zarafa, are we any closer to seeing the long-awaited fight against Amir Khan? Mike and Steve analyse the performance, and question whether the fight is as appealing now both appear past their primes. Also, reaction as Isaac Dogboe was upset in his second defence of the WBO super bantamweight world title against Emanuel Navarette, Vasyl Lomachenko adding another world title belt to his glittering résumé, and a look ahead to Rocky Fielding's...


'Joshua v Fury bigger than 1966 World Cup'

Still carrying the jet leg following an eventful week in Los Angles, Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to an exciting 2019 for the heavyweight boxing division. Will it be a unification fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua? Will it be a rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury? Or will it be the fight most British fans want, Joshua v Fury. We’ll hear from promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, plus Wilder on which fight is their priority.


Wilder v Fury: One for the ages

All the reaction and analysis after Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s draw, from the men involved, Frank Warren, Rickie Hatton, Freddie Roach, and Mike, Steve and Andy’s final analysis after one of the most thrilling heavyweight fights in recent memory.


Wilder v Fury: 50/50 fight?

As Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury both weighed in ahead of their WBC world heavyweight title fight, Mike and Steve assess how both men looked on the scales, and speak to Rickie Hatton and former middleweight champion Andy Lee for their final break down of the fight and predictions.


Wilder v Fury: Press conference chaos

It got heated between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at the final press conference ahead of their WBC world heavyweight title fight, but did it tell us anything about either man's mental state? Mike and Steve make sense of the madness, explain how Tyson Fury ended up with his top off, speak to both fighters and analyse who, if anyone, "won" the day. Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight world title will be live on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sounds app at...


Wilder v Fury: Welcome to LA

Mike and Steve arrive in LA and hit the beach to set up the fightweek for Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight world title. They discuss the big narratives going into the week including whether it’s as simple as puncher v boxer, look back on LA’s fight history and try to gauge how big the fight will be over in the States. There will be additional podcasts this week on Wednesday after the press conference, Friday after the weigh in and Sunday morning after the fight.


Isaac Dogboe: boxing sensation of the year?

WBO super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe, who Mike calls "one of the boxing sensations of the year", explains his meteoric rise from training in London parks to winning the world title earlier this year. Mike and Steve also pay tribute to Bunny Sterling, the first black immigrant to win a British title, who passed away on Monday; there's a review of the weekend's action including a win for Maurice Hooker and defeat for Frankie Gavin; and a look forward to Deontay Wilder v Tyson...


Bellew bows out

There was no fairytale ending to Tony Bellew's career despite a brave performance v Oleksandr Usyk, eventually being stopped in the eighth round as Usyk retains his undisputed world cruiserweight titles. Mike and Steve analyse the fight, look back on Bellew's career and ask whether Usyk could go on to fight Anthony Joshua at heavyweight.


Is "the best Bellew" enough?

As Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk make their final preparations ahead of their their undisputed cruiserweight world title fight, Mike and Steve break down how they got to this point in their careers, and how they think the fight will go.


A ‘monster’ calls, Tony Bellew answers

Ahead of his undisputed cruiserweight world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk, Tony Bellew joins the podcast to reflect on the dedication required to drag himself out of retirement to fight the Ukrainian. Mike and Steve analyse the fight and ask where it would rank in the history of great British boxing victories if he were to pull it off. Also, contrasting fortunes for Josh Taylor and Ryan Burnett in their World Boxing Super Series bouts last weekend, an update to the Olympic boxing saga...


Fury fails, British P4P and fighting after tragedy

Hughie Fury is beaten by Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria, so where next for the 24-year-old and why has he come in for such criticism online? Mike and Steve analyse the fight and ask whether he can come again. Also, reaction to Daniel Jacobs winning a fight-of-the-year contender against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control Robert Smith joins the podcast to address the situation regarding Billy Joe Saunders' failed test, and who are top British fighters...


Prison training, Hughie's big chance, and the best female boxer?

Peter Fury opens up on his "old school" training philosophy and what he learned about fitness while he was in prison. His son Hughie fights Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria this weekend in a world heavyweight title eliminator. Mike and Steve break down last weekend's action, ask what is the future for televised boxing with HBO's announcement they're pulling out of the sport and the rise of streaming service DAZN, and eulogize about the performance of 17-year-old Caroline Dubois at the Youth Olympic...


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.