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  • 9. Tank vs Frank; Billam-Smith vs Riakporhe

    A warm welcome awaits you at the sound of this week’s Opening Bell.A huge weekend approaches with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis making his latest play to be the biggest boxing star in America when he takes on fellow southpaw, Frank Martin.In the UK, Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe renew their rivalry in a fascinating battle.We also discuss the latest exploits of Tyson Fury while focusing on the tricky boxing afterlife and talk to the one and only Andy Clarke about his critically acclaimed book, Knockout. Andy Clarke 'The Knockout' can be purchased here: This Week In History, we don’t venture too far back this time - it’s the brutal encounter between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah.

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  • 8. The Ever-Changing Heavyweight Landscape

    After solving a technical hitch we’re delighted to bring you this week’s Opening Bell, just a day or two later than planned.Recorded on Wednesday, we look back on the 5 v 5 bill and reflect on Daniel Dubois’ arrival, Deontay Wilder’s exit and some seriously impressive showings from Nick Ball, Hamzah Sheeraz and Willy Hutchinson.In This Week In History we shuttle back to 1997 and a record-breaking slugfest between Ike Ibeabuchi and David Tua.Thanks for your love and patience. We appreciate you!Sign up to Patreon at
  • The rebirth of Daniel Dubois (Patreon)

    Listen to the full 5 v 5 review show here: a special podcast we look back on the 5 vs 5 show from Saudi Arabia and name the biggest winner on a night of memorable performances.Daniel Dubois was perhaps the biggest of all with a bombastic showing to break down and rip up Filip Hrgovic in eight rounds.That showing is in focus here along with Deontay Wilder’s fall at the hands of Zhilei Zhang.Once again, we thank you adorable lot for joining us. Your support is even better than sliced bread.Lots of love from all at The Opening Bell.
  • 5 vs 5: Picking The Winners

    A snippet from our patreon-only pod previewing the 5 v 5 this weekend. You can listen to the whole episode on our patreon page: the first of many special podcasts for our beautiful Opening Bell Patreons, we break down each of the fights and predict the winners on this weekend’s 5 v 5 event in Saudi Arabia.Will Wilder beat Zhang? Can Dubois upset Hrgovic? Does Ball have what it takes to dethrone Ford? What happens when Sheeraz fights Williams? Does Richards prove to experienced for Hutchinson? And will Bivol win at a canter?Goodness knows, but we do our best to make some educated guesses…Thanks again to each of you for your support, it really means the world.
  • 7. Catterall-Taylor II: What was the score?

    Here we go again. Another fight between Jack Catterall and Josh Taylor and another scoring controversy. But were the scores that favoured Catterall by 117-111 really that wide of the mark?Whether they were or not, Bob Arum’s cameo at the end arguably stole the entire show.We examine the fight, the cards and Great Uncle Bob’s outburst while wondering what’s next for both Catterall and Taylor.We look ahead to the 5 v 5 in Saudi Arabia and, in a special treat, head back to 1980s and some vintage Marvin Hagler in This Week In History.Finally, THANK YOU to all who signed up for Patreon. We are so very appreciative! If you haven’t yet, please do so here…… and if you’re not in a position to do so, leave us a nice review instead!Love and respect to all of you.

    In a special bonus podcast we examine the rematch between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.It’s been two years since boxing fans lost their minds over the decision of fight one when Taylor, despite being dropped and outworked, won on a split vote.We examine what’s happened since, where each of the fighters are now compared to where they were, and who is the likeliest winner.If you haven’t done so already, please leave a review and tell your friends, family and neighbours about The Opening Bell.Support us on Patreon if you can:

    Four days have passed since Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury to become the ‘undisputed’ heavyweight champion.The magic of that victory and occasion still fills the air in the boxing world but, already, one of the sanctioning bodies is hinting that Usyk might be stripped.Which begs the question: What really is the point of those sanctioning bodies?We take a deep dive into the fight, re-examine the scoring, the momentum swings, the voices in Fury’s ear and wonder if a rematch is really the best idea.In This Week, we go back to 1981 and a fight when Wilfred Benitez scored one of the greatest KOs against Maurice Hope.Your support has been legendary and we thank you. If you want to support this independent venture financially, please head to you’re not in a position to, don’t worry. Just leave a review instead…If once you have subscribed to Patreon your ad-free content is not automatically coming up in your feed then please follow this link: