Yarde steps into the unknown; Joshua-Lewis row; Saudi reaction
Anthony Yarde joins the podcast as he prepares to take a big step up in class to fight light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Yarde's trainer Tunde Ajayi explains how this fight will be a validation of the 'system' he has created in training Yarde. Mike and Steve discuss maverick trainers and training methods, and break down the fight. Then, more reaction to Saudi Arabia apparently being chosen as the location for Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz jr., and to Joshua calling former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis a 'clown'.
Ruiz v Joshua 2 set for Saudi Arabia
Eddie Hearn explains why Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz jr will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, rather than the originally favoured venues of New York or Cardiff. Mike and Steve react to the news and explore the various issues around the fight, including Saudi Arabia's human rights record, the logistical challenges for travelling fans, and whether it will advantage either boxer in the fight itself.
Why wasn't Rivas told? Plus Fury next fight and Frampton returns
As the controversy surrounding Dillian Whyte's positive test for a banned substance in the lead up to his fight against Oscar Rivas continues, Mike and Steve ask why the Colombian fighter was not informed, and how the situation may be averted in future. Legendary promoter Bob Arum throws his support behind an organisation like the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) taking over responsibility for testing across the sport, and says the British authorities' handling of the case will makes him 'concerned' about staging fights in the UK in future. Then, reaction to the news that Tyson Fury will fight unbeaten Swede Otto Wallin on 14th September in Las Vegas, and Carl Frampton joins the podcast to talk about his future ahead of his fight against Emmanuel Dominguez this weekend.
The Dillian Whyte situation, and Wilder comes to London
Reaction to Dillian Whyte's positive test for a banned substance in the run up to his fight with Oscar Rivas. His promoter Eddie Hearn says Whyte was "cleared to fight" by a hearing, while Whyte himself insists he won the fight "fair and square". Mike and Steve explain what we know up to this point, and look at the wider issue of how testing for banned substances is carried out in boxing. Then. Deontay Wilder explains why he still feels connected to the grass roots of the sport, as he visits a famous amateur gym in south London.
Whyte & Pacquiao just won't go away
Dillian Whyte beat Oscar Rivas on points over the weekend to maintain his position as the WBC's mandatory challenger, but is he any closer to a title shot, with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury still targeting a rematch? Eddie Hearn outlines the next steps for Whyte and reveals the two potential dates for Anthony Joshua's rematch against Andy Ruiz jr. Then, reaction to Dereck Chisora's win over Artur Szpilka and David Price's comprehensive victory over Dave Allen in London, and after Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to beat Keith Thurman, who would win in a potential rematch against Floyd Mayweather? Mike and Steve also pay tribute to four-weight world champion and defensive genius Pernell Whitaker