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USA TODAY Sports' Boxing Junkies Bob Velin and Mike Coppinger discuss everything in the world of boxing. From the big fights to crazy lives of fighters, we hit it all.




Keith Thurman back, ready for next bout

Bob Velin and Mike Coppinger of USA TODAY Sports bring on WBA welterweight champ Keith Thurman, whose June 25 fight against Shawn Porter is the most sought-after fight of 2016. Thurman talks about bouncing back from the car accident that forced the postponement of this fight against his longtime friend. Thurman also discusses the notion that he hasn't had enough time to prepare, his musical interests in his spare time, being the next star of boxing, embracing meditation, and what's on his...

Duration: 00:35:12

Andre Ward discusses next fight, appearing in 'Creed'

Bob Velin and Mike Coppinger of USA TODAY Sports welcome former boxing champion and United States gold medalist Andre Ward to the show via telephone. Ahead of his March 26 fight against Sullivan Barrera, Ward delves into a number of topics, including his switch to light heavyweight, advice for childhood hero Roy Jones Jr., his friendship with former NFL running back Napolean Kaufman and his role in the movie 'Creed.'

Duration: 00:29:33

J-Rock Williams and The Breadman

In this week’s Boxing Junkie podcast, USA TODAY Sports boxing writers Bob Velin and Mike Coppinger welcomed special guest Julian “J-Rock” Williams, the undefeated junior middleweight fighter who might be one of boxing’s most avoided fighters. Williams talked about the difficulties of getting a worthy opponent from the Premier Boxing Champions’ stable of fighters, and about his dream of cleaning up the sport by pushing for 24-7, 365 year-round random drug testing. The Junkies were also...

Duration: 00:50:09