Panel of Experts
Steve Bunce, Broadcaster
Steve Bunce has worked as a journalist and broadcaster since 1985 and is widely regarded as ‘the voice of British boxing’. He has been at five Olympic Games and reported on over fifty fights in Las Vegas. As well as being a regular columnist for Boxing Monthly, he also contributes to The Independent and the Sunday Herald. He has a monthly boxing show on BBC Radio Five Live and a weekly sports chat show on BBC Radio London. Steve also had his first novel ‘The Fixer’ published this year by Mainstream.
Richie Woodhall, Commentator, ex-professional boxer
Richie Woodhall is a former World Champion boxer, an acclaimed boxing commentator and expert analyst. He has worked for both ITV and Sky and is currently co-commentator for the BBC covering both Professional and amateur events, as well as being a professional boxing coach. During his ring career Richie won an Olympic bronze medal, a Commonwealth gold medal and became WBC World Super Middleweight champion in 1998. Woodhall is also an in-demand after dinner speaker and was once a body double for Brad Pitt.
Anthony Ogogo, Amateur boxer
A 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Anthony Ogogo is as much a part of boxing’s future as our humble website. Born and raised in Lowestoft, Suffolk, the staunch Norwich fan was also a keen footballer and once even on the books of his beloved Norwich City before an amateur boxing title helped him decide to focus solely on the noble art. The 21-year-old middleweight campaigner is blazing a trail to represent GB at London 2012 and has already showed he’s not afraid of the spotlight after appearing in Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008.
Dean Powell, Matchmaker, manager, trainer and international agent
Dean Powell came to London in the 1980s and immersed himself in the heart of British boxing. He became gym manager at the legendary Thomas a Beckett gymnasium in the Old Kent Road, working under Terry Lawless and mixing with boxing dignitaries such as Jimmy Tibbs, Paddy Byrne, Dennie Mancini, George Francis and Mickey Duff. Taking up his first matchmaking role with Frank Maloney and Lennox Lewis, Dean impressed to such an extent that he was asked to act as head of boxing for Lion Promotions, Lewis’ promotional vehicle. His next move was to Frank Warren’s organisation, where he was offered the coveted role as matchmaker, possibly the toughest job in boxing. Matchmaking is not the only string to Dean’s bow however, he has also held licenses for agent, manager, promoter and trainer, most notably with Amir Khan guiding him to a successful Commonwealth lightweight title win over Michael Gomez.
We will be adding more experts to this panel in the coming weeks.
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