Dear Visitor,

Welcome to my humble abode; www.boxingwriter.co.uk

I like boxing and I like words.

Sometimes I put the two together quite well.

Occasionally, I’ve done that well enough to appear in print in the UK, including features in the venerable Boxing News (£), Knockout London Magazine and BigWriteHook and in the US, via the wonderfully named Ring Sports newspaper in Nevada, courtesy of the late Rusty Rubin.

Further, I’ve been a phone-in ‘boxing head’ for LBC, BBC, LoveSportRadio, the Big Fight Weekend Podcast, the soulful, but sadly defunct, Chicken and Beer podcast and lastly, with the late, great Kendall Lewis on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland, Ohio too.

More recently, I’ve begun writing for Gambling.com, FreeBets.net and others, offering previews and analysis of upcoming bouts for those minded to punt on the outcome and occasionally the good chaps at BigFightWeekend publish my ramblings too.

The opener in this peculiar journey was an article on Lennox Lewis being knocked out by Hasim Rahman in 2001. Subsequently, through the dawn of the web age we all revel in today, I’ve spent many a 5am wondering why I’m typing about an under card fight after driving home 3 hours from a half-empty Leisure Centre. The effort has been worth it to meet and speak with heroes, from Hatton, Warren, Duva and Froch, to Audley and Arv.  I’ve had a taste of most of the boxing world’s varied surprises. I doff my cap to those who rely on it, day in day out. I’ve never quite joined the ‘beat’.

I did once win a CJ Award for Excellence in Boxing Writing while resident at thesweetscience.com alongside several of my heroes, most notably Pat Putnam, but in a cruel twist, it was the same month the prize money was withdrawn.

Your feedback, comments and emails are welcomed and if you wish to hook up via social networks I tend to use Twitter these days; @theboxingwriter

If you work on behalf of a fighter, in a media or management capacity, or just wish to make contact drop me a line:-

E: theboxingwriter@outlook.com

You never know, I may say yes.

Until then.

David Payne

Email: theboxingwriter@outlook.com

Twitter: @theboxingwriter

Instagram: @boxingwriter

Facebook: @boxingwriter


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  1. I had no idea that a site like this even existed. I only stumbled upon it while researching the records of that late, great fighter, Willie Pep. The connecting link had to do with the Punch-drunk Syndrome; you had done an article on Dementia Pugilistica.
    We seem to share two interests in common: a long-standing fascination with the noble art and a taste for good writing and the well turned phrase. Having retired from my primary profession I am now pursuing a lifelong ambition to aquire acceptable writing skills.
    If you continue with this site I will certainly return from time to time but for the moment would appreciate you response to something of a puzzle. Why has so little been written in appreciation of that outstanding lightheavweight of yesteryear, Harold Johnson? I know he lived in the shadow of the very great Archie Moore, but he also fought and beat some of the best lightheavys and heavys of his era and yet we hear so little about him nowadays. I believe he is still alive although (must be) nearly eighty and lives in sadly reduced circumstances. It seems he also now shows many of the features of the Boxers dementia.


    1. Harold Johnson. Yes, always in the shadows….ironic given that Moore himself was 39 before he won the title and was overlooked for almost an entire career.

      I’d suspect he’s more than 80?

      Let me know if you find out.


  2. I was chatting with former hard and WBA Inter Champion Shaun ‘The Guvnor’ Cummins… Couldnt believe he been paralysed in a road accident. Anyhow he told me the he and a pal recently launched a boxing website and a forum… I checked it out and it is a 1st class designed webiste and forum..

    Shau told me he just landed a boxing correspondent position on WaynesWorld.com which is a new social networking site.. I joined myself and i have to say WW will become huge… Great news…

    here they are…



    Thomas Dunkley


  3. David,

    I really like the way you write those articles. I’m a blogger myself but I can’t seem to be influential when it comes to sports especially boxing. I used to have a boxing blog before but didn’t continue with the hosting because there was very less people reading my articles. I’m inspired the way you write. Keep on blogging and sharing your thoughts!


  4. Hello, Wonderful site! I am currently writing a book, and also blogging excerpts of that book, about a man I knew and loved. He was a Heavyweight during the most amazing era of boxing. His name is ART SWIDEN, and he was out of Pittsburgh, Pa. His aka: The Pittsburgh Phantom. I met him 16 years out of the ring, in 1976 when he was the Manager of a well known Jazz nightclub and restaurant called, “The Encore”, also in Pittsburgh. Art was not only a noteworthy boxer, who fought all the greats in his day, from 1946-1960, but a hell of a guy! He sadly passed to that big boxing ring in the sky in 2004, at age 76. We met when I was waitressing at The Encore, and despite our age differences, I was just 20 and he a handsome 48, which was 28 years, we fell in love. It would be my choice to keep that a secret due to people’s need to gossip but Art, he wanted to tell the world! For many reasons, after a wonderful and very special time with him, I left him in 1979 to go back to college and California. This was not an easy choice, but Art was so needed where he was, I was sure it was the right choice. I saw him once more in 1994, when he was 66, and I was nearly 38. It was bittersweet. So much had changed between us but he asked me to meet him and I did. I moved to back to London where I had been living and working since 1985, with a brief trip home in 1994, which is when we saw each other. Complications and so many issues, prevented us being together again, and at this point, well, I just let it be. But one night in 2005, I had a dream about him, which made me think about him. Art always had press, in Pittsburgh, and now we had Goggle. I decided to see why I had such a strong dream about him, and there, to my utter shock was his obituary. It would be a very sad time for me to come, with contact so far away from anyone who had known him that I had once known. In the end, what can only be called a miracle, I had found some of his friends, who told me this, “he never stopped loving you, Shawn, all his life, he never stopped talking about you, and when he spoke about you, he spoke so highly.” The tears would not stop until I was finally able to go home to Pittsburgh, from London and see his grave. It would be another shock to find him at the cemetary in an unmarked and unpaid for grave! How his family, the family I sent him back to thinking that they needed him more than me at the time when I was younger, the one his friends told me he was not happy in, etc. could do this to him was beyond understanding! I rallied up as much money as I could but in the end I called on the Retired Boxer’s Foundation in California to help me see to it that his grave was paid in full and marked with the distinction that a boxer of his magnitude deserved. We got there in the end, I am so proud to say! When I thought about how many people loved him for his fame…but who was there in the end…Art was funny, clever, tender, called everyone, “Champ” but he was the truest Champ you could ever find. Handsome and protective and loving are just some of the words I could write. So, to honor his memory, and the love we shared, which was so very special, and all his achievements in the Ring, I am writing this book. It is called, “The Pittsburgh Phantom and Me” and I hope to complete it, after nearly 4 years of writing and researching his career, by the end of 2010. I went to every boxing site I could find on the web and noticed he was rarely mentioned, yet most of who he fought were. So I have corrected that when I could. I have gathered over 600 newspaper clippings and articles about his fights, and even when he was the Manager of the Encore. He is listed in Box Rec, and even there I sent corrections. Art should be remembered, in a time when fighters got peanuts for pay, and the world wasn’t connected to the Internet, Art brought in the excitement, even humor to his fights. The New York Times called him a “Master Boxer”, and he was. But to me, who loved him so, he will always be my Soul Mate. Thank you for this site, and hope you include him in some of your articles on the Old Timers who were Great. All the best, Ms.Shawn Cohen , London, UK, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa. USA


    1. This woman is A menace. Her family paid for that headstone but it took time as Art had no pension as a boxer as we know there is no boxing union. His wife had a low income and was making payments to the cemetery.

      She had a relationship with him for a short time and has been causing his family distress with her obsession.

      I don’t know Shawn. But I know who was next to him when he had throat cancer. Who made him his iced coffee everyday.

      My grandfather cuddled me daily. He loved his wife and daughter deeply and his stepchildren. He talked about how much he loved and adored his wife often.

      He was a wonderful grandfather. And he would be devastated at Shawn’s numberous attempts across the internet to discredit them.

      She’s obsessed with a ghost.

      Art was an incredible boxer and the story is deeper than Shawn knowns.

      Sorry to hijack your page here.


  5. I just stumbled across this site and I must say – your writing comes across as very intelligent and insightful. I’ll admit, I know NOTHING about boxing but I have a feeling that I would learn ALOT merely from reading your posts.


  6. I want to add my typed voice to Sean’s by saying that your site is truly full of exceptional writing. As I get ready to launch my page, and find a voice, it is great to see a site like yours.




  7. Sorry to hear about the Sweet Science gig not prospering. I really enjoyed the site as it offered some of the best writing found on the net. I’m still plugging away, trying to build my name as a credible sribe. Hope all is well and please keep us all abreast of your future endevors.


  8. That is the great thing about the whole “blog” forum, the casual atmosphere presented from its authors. No supprise your blog is one of my common haunts. Keep up the excellent work.


  9. Sean,

    Happy to provide a degree of inspiration, and I’m somewhat taken aback by your post because in principle I’m merely an aspiring writer too.

    To be honest, my style on here is a little more ‘casual’ than my published work but thanks for the back-slap.

    Everyone needs it from time to time. I’ve visited your site too by the way.


  10. I must say that this is wonderful, insighful boxing blog. Your writing is superb and I do enjoy checking out your posts. I am an aspiring boxing scribe (still very much green though I do contribute some to Saddoboxing.com) and your writing helps inspire me to continue the quest and continue to improve.


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