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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.




The hardest hitting heavyweights ever

With Anthony Joshua (20 wins, 20 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (40 fights, 39 KOs) dominating the heavyweight division, who were the most dangerous punchers ever in the heavyweight division? Mike and Steve break down Scott Quigg’s loss this weekend to Oscar Valdez in California, another world title for Mikey Garcia, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s positive test for banned substance Clenbuterol, and answer questions sent in by podcast listeners. Running order: 1.10 Quigg v Valdez 8.59 Garcia v Lipinets...


We're ready for Joshua - Wilder

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to a prospective heavyweight unification title fight between Anthony Joshua and the American Deontay Wilder. He says the onus is on Eddie Hearn/AJ to make the fight happen because he and his team are ready. The podcast looks back at Wilder’s latest fight at the weekend against Luis Ortiz, who troubled Wilder in the 7th before being stopped in the 10th after a maniacal flurry of punches. There’s an in-depth interview with Wilder, not just on AJ but...


Kell Brook: I feel like Terminator

He was unbeaten for 12 years but after two heavy defeats in a row, how will Kell Brook respond against Sergy Rabchenko? Plus, Mike and Buncey look back on the fight where Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, announced himself on the world stage by beating Sonny Liston.


"A tragic saga that revisits us all too often"

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce reflect on the death of British light-heavyweight Scott Westgarth, who lost his life at the age of 31 after defeating Dec Spelman in Doncaster. In an emotional and honest evaluation, they discuss previous fatalities in the ring and hear from Barry McGuigan, Richie Wenton, Alan Minter and Dale Evans, who were all involved in fights that resulted in the death of their opponent.


“The Eubanks thought this was a relatively easy fight. It backfired on them”

George Groves’ experience and skill saw him through to beat a game but naive Chris Eubank junior in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series. Mike and Steve analyse the fight, get reaction from Chris Eubank junior and senior, promoter Kalle Sauerland and Groves’ trainer Shane McGuigan. Eubank’s lack of a traditional boxing trainer comes under scrutiny, and what next for both men?


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.


Fury and Campbell fall just short

After Hughie Fury was beaten by the New Zealander Joseph Parker and Luke Campbell narrowly missed out on a famous upset against lightweight star Jorge Linares in Los Angeles, where does this leave the two boxers in their quest to become World champions? Then, after the death at 95 of Jake LaMotta, the boxer whose life formed the basis of Martin Scorcese’s legendary film “Raging Bull”, Mike and Steve share stories about meeting LaMotta and remember his ‘unique’ way with words. Also,...


'Canelo wins big next time'

After the megafight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin ends in a controversial draw, what next for the two fighters and the judges involved in the decision? Mike and Steve break down how Golovkin managed to adjust to Alvarez’s early success and nearly take home a famous win. There’s also reaction to a busy weekend of boxing, with Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith both taking home victories, and a look ahead to Hughie Fury’s world heavyweight title fight with...


Joshua: 'It's going to be war'

Ahead of his next fight, Anthony Joshua delivers a stark warning for Kubrat Pulev as they prepare to take to the ring in Cardiff on October 28th. Joshua also discusses Wladimir Klitschko's retirement and how he’s regained his focus since their fight in April. Plus, is Gennady Golovkin against Saul Alvarez the 'fight of the decade'? The two face each other this weekend in Las Vegas, but Bunce and Costello have differing opinions on whom to back.


“Hardest ever” World Championships & Mayweather-McGregor reflections

Great Britain only took home a single bronze at the AIBA World Championships out in Hamburg last week, but does that reflect the talent in the British amateur squad with still three years until the next Olympics? GB coach, Olympic medallist and former professional world champion Richie Woodhall joins Steve Bunce to assess the tournament. Also, a week removed from the madness of Las Vegas and the circus that was Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor, what will the legacy of the “Money Fight”...


The Fight: Mayweather stops McGregor

Floyd Mayweather made it 50 and O by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their fight - and then confirmed his retirement. The former five-weight world champion certainly didn't have it all his own way as he faced a flurry of early punches from McGregor, but as the Irishman began to tire Mayweather's boxing pedigree came through. Boxing correspondent Mike Costello and commentaor Steve Bunce round up all the action in Las Vegas.


The Making of McGregor

With Mayweather v McGregor less than a week away, OJ Borg visits Ireland to find out how Conor McGregor went from the Dublin suburb of Crumlin to the bright lights of Las Vegas via a spectacular career in the UFC. Speaking to those who knew and trained him, find out about the plumber turned MMA star's upbringing and how he turned into one of sport’s most recognisable faces.


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