Vergil Ortiz: “They’re giving people the wrong information, just straight up false information.”

Vergil Ortiz Jr: "They're giving people the wrong information, just straight up false information." By Gary Kittilsen  It has been a tumultuous 12 months for the undefeated, 24-year-old welterweight prospect, Vergil Oritz of Grand Prairie, Texas. He is coming off the longest layoff of his career and recovering from rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening condition that attacks the kidneys. … Continue reading Vergil Ortiz: “They’re giving people the wrong information, just straight up false information.”

Nicola Hopewell: “It feels amazing to have my debut at Sheffield United.”

Nicola Hopewell: "It feels amazing to have my debut at Sheffield United." “Good things come to those who wait.” It might not be on the famous hallowed turf, but the green green grass of home will be close enough to tug more than a few heartstrings for Nicola Hopewell. Hopewell will make her long-awaited professional … Continue reading Nicola Hopewell: “It feels amazing to have my debut at Sheffield United.”

Elise Glynn: “If I don’t get the chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics I probably will turn pro.”

Elise Glynn: "If I don't get the chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics I probably will turn pro." The rise in women’s boxing shows no sign of slowing down. The depth is improving, and when more of the amateur elite turn over, it will only improve further. And with fighters, many won't have heard … Continue reading Elise Glynn: “If I don’t get the chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics I probably will turn pro.”

Eddie Lam: “Skye is a great character, a great boxer, she’s quality.”

Eddie Lam: "Skye is a great character, a great boxer, she's quality." By Lewie Laing In boxing, fighters put it all on the line, every time they step between the ropes. Should they win under the bright lights, they stand centre stage, receiving a wave of plaudits and positive attention, and rightly so. It is, however, … Continue reading Eddie Lam: “Skye is a great character, a great boxer, she’s quality.”

Joel McIntyre: “I have unfinished business in boxing.”

Joel McIntyre: "I have unfinished business in boxing.” By Jake Ball A laser-focused Joel McIntyre told me he has unfinished business in boxing after only 30 seconds of competitive boxing in almost 4 years, after his retirement in late 2018 but he is confident that he will be better than ever when he fights Chad … Continue reading Joel McIntyre: “I have unfinished business in boxing.”

Nicola Hopewell: “I’m so happy. I feel like it is a massive weight that’s been lifted off my shoulders.”

Nicola Hopewell: "I'm so happy. I feel like it is a massive weight that's been lifted off my shoulders." The black eye and the thick lip that greeted me over Zoom couldn't wipe the smile off a relieved but extremely happy Nicola Hopewell. The scars of battle are a badge of honour knowing that a … Continue reading Nicola Hopewell: “I’m so happy. I feel like it is a massive weight that’s been lifted off my shoulders.”

Klara Svensson: “When I found boxing I realised this would be my time to shine.”

Klara Svensson: "When I found boxing I realised this would be my time to shine." Life is very different for Sweden's Klara Svensson. A change of pace, a change of many things. But life is good, even if there is still much stress from a young family. Over Zoom, Klara told me retirement has been … Continue reading Klara Svensson: “When I found boxing I realised this would be my time to shine.”

Katie Healy: “I feel ready and I have a really good feeling about the fight.”

Katie Healy: "I feel ready and I have a really good feeling about the fight." I first met Katie Healy in person last May in Sheffield. She would have gone unnoticed to many except for the hand wraps that highlighted her trade, wandering around a car park converted into a boxing arena, before her first … Continue reading Katie Healy: “I feel ready and I have a really good feeling about the fight.”

Antonia Kay: “I definitely think about turning pro one day, but I will know when I am ready.”

Antonia Kay: "I definitely think about turning pro one day, but I will know when I am ready." The route to boxing differs for every fighter. The lazy assumption is that all fighters are born on the streets, and the way into boxing is one of desperation. But that assumption, the perceived narrative is often … Continue reading Antonia Kay: “I definitely think about turning pro one day, but I will know when I am ready.”

Omar Figueroa Jr: “We all know the blueprint on how to beat Broner.”

Omar Figueroa Jr: "We all know the blueprint on how to beat Broner." By Gary Kittilsen Omar "Panterita" Figueroa of Weslaco, Texas, a small border town in the Rio Grande Valley, will battle "The Problem" Adrien Broner on July 23rd in a must-win bout for both men. Figueroa is best known for his relentless, come forward, … Continue reading Omar Figueroa Jr: “We all know the blueprint on how to beat Broner.”