Season 5: #50 Joe Calzaghe
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
1M ago
The Welsh Dragon, Joe Calzaghe, one of the great fighters of the modern era and one of the finest ever fighters from Britain, reflects on his incredible Hall of Fame career, and Calzaghe brings the curtain down on Boxing Life Stories. For now. Joe talks about his dad's tea – with lumpy milk – that raised the eyebrows of the travelling HBO crew, why Joe 'The Cat' Calzaghe never happened, how nervous he was for Strictly Come Dancing, life as an introvert, the loss of his parents and his legacy. He talks about the challenges that sportsmen face in retirement and becoming a father again, to anoth ..read more
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Season 5: #49 Eric Donovan
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
2M ago
Irish amateur standout Eric Donovan was close to boxing at the London Olympics in 2012 but instead was headed to rehab. Now, following a long journey into recovery, Donovan is a retired professional with an incredible story to tell. Donovan is a father, counsellor, trainer and husband, and he is the voice of wisdom and an engaging talker, whose incredible story – which, in professional boxing terms went against the grain and ended on a high – is about a man who is likely going to inspire future generations of Irish fighters. The 10th round Eric refers to in this podcast against El Hadri – h ..read more
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Season 5: #48 Jim McDonnell
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
2M ago
Former European champion and world title contender Jim McDonnell talks about the big fights, against the likes of Azumah Nelson, Barry McGuigan and Brian Mitchell, the devastating knockout loss to Kenny Vice, being part of the famous Royal Oak stable and becoming a top trainer, working with the likes of James DeGale and Danny Williams. Jimmy Mac, as he known in boxing, was a ferocious trainer, and he talks about his drive, wanting to be like Alan Ball on the football pitch, running sub-three hour marathons, his rise up through the ranks and why the final loss of his career, which came in Slov ..read more
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Season 5: #47 Derek Williams
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
2M ago
'Sweet D' Derek Williams reflects on an incredible career that saw him win Commonwealth and European titles, while fighting the likes of Lennox Lewis, Bert Cooper, Jose Ribalta, David Bey, Hughroy Currie and Jimmy Thunder. Williams also travelled the US, taking dangerous fights and sparring some of the biggest names, including Gerry Cooney and Mike Tyson.  Now a columnist for Boxing News, Williams also looks after the youth in London, helping them by allowing them to benefit from his amazing experiences.   ..read more
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Season 5: #45 Bob Arum
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
3M ago
One of the leading promoters of all-time, Top Rank boss Bob Arum talks about the big fights, the big names and much more as he reflects on his incredible career in boxing. Arum recalls the big nights of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the Four Kings era of Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Tommy Hearns, his time with Manny Pacquiao and much more. Arum discusses meeting his wife, Lovee, their first date, losing his son, John, in a tragic accident, how he feels promoting a sport that takes so much physically from the athletes and how he feels about his arch-rival Don King to ..read more
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Season 5: #43 Scott Cardle
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
3M ago
Scott Cardle was a mainstay of the Team GB amateur programme who fought some of the best amateurs in the world and trained alongside two crops of Olympians. He turned pro with high hopes, trained with Joe Gallagher but admits things changed for him after being pushed in British title fights by Sean Dodd. Here, in a frank, candid and at times funny interview, Scott recalls stories from the amateurs, the Gallagher training camps at the Wild Card, how and when things went wrong, his pride in his successes and his perspective on his life and career now ..read more
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Season 5: #42 Charlie Magri
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
4M ago
'Champagne' Charlie Magri was one of the most decorated amateurs produced in the UK, and he went on to win the WBC flyweight title as a professional. The East End hero, who was born in Tunisia, was a four-time ABA champion who boxed at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, travelling there as favourite to claim gold.  Here, Magri talks about life in the East End, from the Krays to the hardmen of the area, the likes of Terry Lawless, Mickey Duff, Frank Warren and Jimmy Tibbs and the best and worst times of his career. In retirement, Magri ran a pub, owned a sports shop and trained fighters, ha ..read more
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Season 5: #40 Hasim Rahman
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
4M ago
Hasim ;The Rock' Rahman shocked the world when he knocked out Lennox Lewis to become the lineal world heavyweight champion. His name was etched in the history books alongside the likes of Johnson, Luis, Marciano, Ali and Holmes as The Man who beat The Man, before he lost the crown back to Lewis in a rematch. Rahman had a long, decorated career with plenty of incident packed in. Having survived shootings on the streets of Baltimore, his life hit a crossroads and he focused on boxing. He would go on to fight David Tua, Oleg Maskaev, Lewis twice, John Ruiz, Wladimir Klistchko, James Toney, Corr ..read more
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Season 5: #39 Dr Flip Homansky
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
4M ago
Recently described at The Godfather of PED testing in boxing, Dr Flip Homansky was a physician on the Nevada State Athletic Commission for some of the biggest fights in history. Dr Homansky also served on the NSAC Medical Advisory Board Chairman having worked at the Chief Ringside Physician for almost three decades. He is the former Association of Boxing Commissions vice-president and current vice-president of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Fascinatingly, he allowed Evander Holyfield to box on against Mike Tyson in the infamous Bite Fite (from a medical perspective), he was there for ..read more
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Season 5: #38 Derrick Harmon
Boxing Life Stories
by Tris Dixon
5M ago
Former world light-heavyweight contender boxed a who's who of the best of his era, whether it was in sparring or in the ring. Harmon fought a peak Roy Jones. Dariusz Michalszewski, Tim Liitles, Montell Griffin and O'Neil Bell up at cruiserweight. Derrick grew up in foster care, has suffered unimaginable loss but retains an inspiring and positive outlook. Now he works as the right hand man to Bob Arum, operating as a shadow wherever the Hall of Fame promoter goes having formed an unlikely bond with a boxing icon ..read more
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