Meet the team

Alongside a dedicated editorial team we have amassed a 50+ team of contributors. It's the strongest squad in the business.

Alex Daley’s interest in boxing history was sparked by his research into the unique ring career of his paternal grandfather, Nipper Pat Daly (spelt without the ‘e’). Alex has written for Boxing News since 2015. In 2018, he won the Reg Gutteridge Award for services to boxing media, becoming the first recipient under the age of 40. Alex is the author of several books including Fighting Men of London: Voices from Inside the Ropes, Born to Box: The Extraordinary Story of Nipper Pat Daly and Boxing Nostalgia: The Good, the Bad and the Weird.

Alex Reid was boxing writer for Sport, the UK’s most widely read sports magazine, from 2009 to 2017. He has also written about sport for the Guardian, FourFourTwo, BTSport.com and TalkSport.com. He was one half of the never-missed Boxing Clever podcast.

Living in the very heart of Sherwood Forest so ideally situated to cover promotions in both the Central and Midlands areas, Andy Whittle averages around 70 shows a year, the majority of them small hall, having made his Boxing News debut at the invitation of then-editor Claude Abrams at the now demolished Huddersfield Sports Centre, back in early 2003.

He’s now covered around 1,300 shows at almost 260 different venues. At a very conservative estimate, using six bouts of six rounds per show as a ballpark figure, that’s 7,800 bouts and almost 48,000 rounds.

As can be seen, the figures and stats interest Andy greatly so he’s pleased to still be compiling the annual British rankings for BN though he admits the task was a good deal easier back in the day when there were only half as many pro’s (there are around 1,000 now) and when British boxers were matched far more regularly against other Brits.

On non-boxing weekends he can usually be found either watching speedway somewhere or ticking off another non-league football ground, often both.

Ben Dirs was a journalist for the BBC Sport website for 16 years, during which time he covered countless big fights and interviewed most of the biggest names in boxing. He has also written 11 books, including The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and British Boxing's Bitterest Rivalry and Box to Box, the autobiography of Curtis Woodhouse.

Carlos Acevedo is the editor of Hannibal Boxing and was the founder of The Cruelest Sport. His work has appeared in Inside HBO Boxing, Undisputed Champion Network, Remezcla, and Boxing Digest Magazine. His stories A Darkness Made to Order and A Ghost Orbiting Forever both won first place awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is a member of the BWAA and the International Boxing Research Organization. He has been writing for Boxing News since 2015.

A Boxing News contributor since 2010, Chris Walker’s initial input centred on the thriving Liverpool fight scene but has since grown to include features on some of the sport’s biggest names. As well as Boxing News, Chris’ work can also be found at Sky Sports and Sporting News, and he is a regular guest on numerous fight podcasts. Chris is a BWAA member where his work was honoured in the 2018 Writers’ Awards. He is also the co-author of The Mersey Fighters 3 which was released in 2015 to wide acclaim.

Daniel Herbert was full-time on the Boxing News staff from 1985 to 2013, making it all the way from Editorial Assistant to Managing Editor. Those 28 years saw him cover the whole gamut of boxing - professional and amateur, big shows and small, all over the UK and in many other countries besides. Some of the many highlights were being ringside in Las Vegas when Mike Tyson crushed Trevor Berbick to become the youngest world heavyweight champion, plus witnessing Julio Cesar Chavez box in front of 132,000 fans in Mexico City. And following the amateur code closely saw him attend numerous editions of the World and European Championships, plus the Commonwealth Games. Still in love with the sport after all those years, he now contributes on a freelance basis.

Declan Ryan is a regular reviewer for magazines and journals including the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has published two pamphlets of poems, Faber New Poets 12 (2014) and Fighters, Losers (2019).

Declan Taylor is the boxing correspondent for Hayters, one of the world's leading sports agencies. He has covered the sport from ringside on both sides of the Atlantic, across Europe and in Asia. Since making his Boxing News debut in 2013, he has contributed regularly to the magazine while having work published in every national newspaper in the UK. Declan also worked as boxing reporter for the Olympic News Service at London 2012 and is a qualified England Boxing coach.

Declan Warrington has been contributing to Boxing News since 2013, and reporting on boxing and football for the British and Irish national newspapers for even longer. In addition to being published in Boxing Monthly and featuring as a pundit for BoxNation, he spent four years as the Press Association's boxing reporter, and can most regularly be found at The Sunday Times.

Donald McRae is an award-winning author of 12 non-fiction books – four of which featured have great boxers. He has twice won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing and In Black & White: The Untold Story Of Joe Louis & Jesse Owens. He was shortlisted for A Man’s World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith. His latest book In Sunshine or in Shadow, about boxing and the Troubles of Northern Ireland, was published in the summer of 2019. McRae is a three-time SJA Interviewer of the Year winner and has been Sports Feature Writer of the Year on three occasions – mostly recently in 2018 and 2019. He has contributed to Boxing News since 1993.

Elliot Worsell was 17 years old when Boxing News published his first feature in 2004. He then joined the team as senior writer in 2017. During that 13-year period he worked as a press officer for two world heavyweight champions, as well as a publicist for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and wrote a couple of non-fiction books, Making Haye and Dog Rounds, the latter shortlisted in the General Outstanding Sports Writing category at the 2018 British Sports Book Awards. His writing has also appeared in GQ, ShortList and UFC Magazine, and the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) awarded him second place in the Best Column category in 2019.

Eric Armit started working with Boxing News in the late 1960’s doing records for the Boxing News Annual and World, European and Commonwealth ratings. Wrote his first feature article for BN in 1973 and wrote my World Scene weekly column from the late 1970’s until 2004. He now writes a weekly report covering every major fight around the world and a bi-weekly Snips & Snipes column with these being taken by boxing sites around the world and Armit also fit in an occasional feature article. Contributed to the Ring Magazine Record Book, wrote a monthly column for Boxing Digest in the USA and wrote for magazines in Mexico, Australia, Italy, Argentina, Spain and others. He was a member of the inaugural WBC Ratings Committee and is a technical advisor to the EBU and was consulted by John McCain’s research team when they were drafting the Ali Act. A current Director and former Chairman of the Commonwealth Boxing Council and he once turned down the post of General Secretary at the British Boxing Board of Control.

Glynn Evans boxed as an amateur light-welterweight on the Birmingham and London circuits during the 1980s before moving to the safer side of the ropes in 1990. Now very much a heavyweight, he started with stints at the now defunct Boxing Outlook and Amateur Boxing Scene and has been a regular feature writer for Boxing Monthly (since 1990) and Boxing News (since 1993). His work has also featured in The Ring, Fighting Fit, The News of the World and The Sunday Times. Between 2012-18, Cardiff based Evans provided much of the copy for the Frank Warren Promotions and BoxNation websites. He briefly worked as a boxing commentator for Setanta Sports and Channel Five in the noughties and, for the past decade, has served as a member of The British Boxing Board of Control’s Awards Panel

Ian Probert is the best-selling author of the children’s books Internet Spy and Johnny Nothing. He has also written two highly-acclaimed books on boxing, Rope Burns (1998) and Dangerous (2016). He is the former editor of Boxing Weekly and has written extensively on a wide range of subjects for myriad publications. Ian was first published in Boxing News in 1988 and after a 24-year break from the sport resumed writing for us in 2014. Recently Ian returned to his first love of painting, his exhibition Dead (2018) drawing an overwhelmingly positive response.

Jack Hirsch, who was the President of the Boxing Writers Association of America (2009-2014), has been writing for Boxing News since 1989. President of Ring8NY from 2017 to 2018. He received the Long and Meritorious Service award from the BWAA in 2014. Received the media award from the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians in 2006, and the media award from the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing in 1998. Two-time New York Golden Gloves entrant and sparring partner for former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo. Ring Sports Magazine East Coast editor from 1997-2006 and the senior writer for Boxing Beat Magazine (1988-1989).

John Dennen has been writing for Boxing News since 2010. After a brief stint as an unsuccessful amateur boxer he began working at the magazine as an editorial assistant, when he was shortlisted for the Sports Journalists’ Association’s prestigious Young Sportswriter of the Year award. He is now the Boxing News online editor and this year was recognised in the Boxing Writers Association of America awards. He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport and has covered major events across Las Vegas, New York, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Korea and Macau as well as the last two editions of the Olympic Games. His book covering the rise of Anthony Joshua is published by Yellow Jersey Press.

John Evans has been covering boxing for almost a decade. An avid fan of the sport since his early teens he spends as much time as possible around Greater Manchester’s gyms and feels that the characters who keep the weekly small hall merry-go-round alive are equally as interesting as the sport's superstars. He has contributed to numerous websites and publications and as well as providing 32Red with all of their pre-fight content, he ghost writes Billy Graham’s column for Boxing Monthly magazine and presents VIP Promotions’ live boxing coverage. He also appeared on the BoxNation chat show Boxing Matters between 2015 and 2018. He has been a regular feature writer for Boxing News since 2018.

Matt Bozeat was still at school when he started covering boxing for his local newspaper, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo. As a freelancer, he has worked for numerous local and national publications - including The Sunday Mirror – and has worked in television for BT Sport, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel Five and Box Nation. He has updated The Ultimate Encyclopedia of World Boxing and written books about Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Matt Christie has been hooked on boxing since he picked up a copy of A Pictorial History of Boxing in 1985 as a seven-year-old. He worked as producer of KOTV from 2006 until he joined Boxing News in 2010. He has been honoured by the Sports Journalists’ Association and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2017 he won the Sam Kellerman Media Award in New York and The Reg Gutteridge Annual Award in London two years later. He has also written about boxing for The Guardian and the Daily Mirror and has been used by the BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport, HBO Boxing and Talk Sport as a boxing analyst. He has been the editor of Boxing News since 2015.

Miles Templeton is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading authorities on the history of British boxing. He specialises in the production of fight records for every man who has stepped into a British ring since 1890 and he has the largest database of contests in existence. He has appeared on many TV programmes and documentaries as a boxing expert, and he is currently in the process of planning a major work – a detailed book on the history of the sport in Britain during the twentieth century. He is also Chairman, and the Chief Inspector, of the Northern Area of the British Boxing Board of Control.

Nick Bond's passion for boxing exploded in May 1994 with a copy of The Ring's ‘Greatest fighters of all-time, division-by-division issue. After a brief spell as an amateur boxer with Epsom and Ewell ABC he joined Boxing News in 2001 on a design work experience placement. This snowballed and Nick became Art Editor in 2003. He is also responsible for the Boxing News social media footprint which he started in 2006 with a modest MySpace page and has grown to a following of 3m+ across the major platforms.

Nigel Colllins began covering boxing in 1972 and joined The Ring’s editorial staff in 1984. Served two terms as editor-in-chief of The Ring (1985-1988 & 1998-2011). He was also the editor-in-chief of KO and World Boxing and his book, Boxing Babylon (1987), achieved universal praise. Currently working as a columnist for ESPN.com and as a contributor to Boxing News and Ringside Seat. Inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (2003), International Boxing Hall of Fame (2015) and Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (2019). Winner of the Rocky Marciano Award (2002) and the James J. Walker Award (2008).

Oliver Fennell began writing for Boxing News in 2000, having populated his contacts book in the late '90s and early '00s while running a boxing website during the pioneering days of the genre. A boxing PR stint followed in the mid-'00s, before he returned to the BN fold by covering the Thai scene during a lengthy spell as an expat. He is now a regular contributor since relocating the UK in 2018 and otherwise has been published by a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. Oliver is also a BoxRec editor as well as a panel member on the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board.

Paul Wheeler joined Boxing News in May 2011 and has been assistant editor since January 2015. During his time at the publication, he has reported from ringside at some of the biggest boxing events around the world. As well as having work published in the Daily Mirror, Daily Star and FourFourTwo, he was also the editor of Boxing News’ 164-page special bookazine entitled, Floyd Mayweather – A Boxing Icon. In the 2018 Boxing Writers Association of America Annual Awards Contest, he was awarded first place in the Event Coverage category.

Sean Nam has contributed to Undisputed Championship Network, The Cruelest Sport, Hannibal Boxing, and The Sweet Science, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has been writing for Boxing News since 2018.

Springs Toledo is a widely-acclaimed essayist and the author of Smokestack Lightning: Harry Greb, 1919 (2019), Murderers’ Row (2017), In the Cheap Seats (2016), and The Gods of War (2014). His work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Here & Now and has appeared in Salon, City Journal, and numerous boxing publications. Toledo has taken 35 BWAA writing awards since 2010. He is from Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Terry Dooley got into writing by accident in 2004. He saw sites publishing articles, realised he could write just as badly, but twice as fast, and began contributing. He got a break in 2006 after going to The Phoenix to interview Billy Graham. The two got along and he was Graham’s in-house writer until his retirement in 2008. Terry then worked with Joe Gallagher and Kerry Kayes in the early days of Gallagher’s Gym before hitting the newsbeat, where he broke the story of Carl Froch’s rematch against George Groves. After deciding to stick solely to features he did a few years with Boxing Monthly before joining Boxing News in 2016.

Multi-award-winning combat sports writer who is regarded as one of the leading boxing reporters in the world.

Thomas Hauser has authored 50 books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His most celebrated work is Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times - the definitive biography of the man who was once the most famous person on earth. The British edition was honoured with the William Hill Book of the Year Award. Hauser's first book – Missing – was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Bancroft Prize, and National Book Award, and served as the basis for the Academy-Award-winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Subsequently, he co-authored Final Warning: The Legacy of Chernobyl, which secured his reputation as a responsible and reliable social critic. The film version of Final Warning starred Jon Voight and Jason Robards. Each year, the University of Arkansas Press publishes the articles that Hauser has written about boxing during the preceding 12 months in book form. In 2004, he was honoured by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.

Tris Dixon has covered boxing at all levels for more than two decades. He is the former editor of Boxing News and has written for the publication since 2002. Now, he hosts BT Sport’s No Filter Boxing programme and presents the Boxing Life Stories podcast. He also contributes to The Ring, Boxing Scene and Hannibal Boxing. He first wrote about boxing in 1996 and has subsequently covered the sport in more than a dozen countries, over four continents. He has authored three books about boxing: The Road to Nowhere, Money: The Life and Fast Times of Floyd Mayweather, and War and Peace: My Story, which he ghostwrote for UK boxing hero Ricky Hatton. He is also on The Ring ratings panel and an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Light-Flyweight

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