About BoxingWriter

pencil-paper666666Dear Visitor,

It is now 2015. Welcome to my humble abode; www.boxingwriter.co.uk

Conceived to capture my thoughts and observations on the boxing events of the day, alas boxingwriter.co.uk has become dormant since 2012. Eternally hopeful of finding the life balance to allow me to once again write about the sport I love.  In truth, the modicum of ability I have to craft an article should be applied more astutely to those commissioned by professional outlets but life gets in the way and in the interim this site enables me to scratch the itch without the requirement to seek approval or remuneration first.

This is my 14th year of contribution to the world of boxing writing, it began in the aftermath of Lennox Lewis’ crushing defeat to Hasim Rahman in 2001 and for all of the commentary above, I am passionate about the pieces I construct.  It is a vanity press, but I do work hard to ensure the posts here do not detract from the small degree of credibility I’ve nurtured in the past decade.

I’m not sure career is a justifiable descriptive for this period, but if it is then it began at www.boxing-central.com,  and I will forever be indebted to Graham Pearman who published my first mutterings, and John Shep (he of the boxrec.com fame) for building the vehicle to carry them. Like so many people in the boxing family, thoroughly decent people.

My contribution to the world of boxing writing has been sporadic, filling as it does the gaps between home, work and play but I’ve never the less succeeded in maintaining a degree of presence across a range of notable web-sites, in addition articles appearing in the venerable Boxing News (UK) and less significant Ringside Sports (US) and a well received boxing ‘analyst’ spots from Cleveland, US to good old London. I also won a CJ Award for Excellence in Boxing Writing while resident at thesweetscience.com – which I don’t usually mention but the late Joe Rein did, so if its good enough for Joe, its good enough for me.

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Until recently it was possible to dig up a series of articles I wrote for thesweetscience.com between 2004-2007 and you can still find many of them if you did deep enough, thankfully most are recaptured here at boxingwriter.co.uk via the TSS archive tag.  Additionally, you may still find work at www.audleyharrison.com, www.maxboxing.com and exposure in papers as obscure as the Tuscaloosa News (via Google, thanks Terry Dooley for finding that).

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 are working on behalf of a fighter in a media or management capacity, please add my email address to your mailing list. theboxingwriter@outlook.com

Finally, for any site or publication editors or other vested organisation who feel I may have something to offer their outlet, please get in touch. You never know, I may say yes. Especially if you’re paying. I’m a Yorkshireman after all.  

 IMG-20151030-WA0002David Payne

Email: mailto:theboxingwriter@outlook.com

Twitter: @theboxingwriter


25 Comments Add yours

  1. Sean says:

    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.

  2. David Payne says:


    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.

  3. Sean says:

    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.

  4. David Payne says:

    Glad you enjoy, keep reading.

    And keep taking the tablets.

  5. Oliver says:

    Ah, self-deprecation, the proven tool of any narcissist worthy of the name.

  6. David Payne says:

    Dont tell any one will you?

  7. Sean says:

    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. Bernard says:

    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.



  9. Khaosai-Galaxy says:

    Yes i like this site too, its less right wing than most other boxing sites.

  10. David Payne says:


    Flattery will get you a part in River Dance

  11. Fitch says:

    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.

  12. David Payne says:

    Very generous of you to take the time to comment Fitch.

  13. I dont believe it…….an erudite sportsman, not only on the ‘Noble art’ but also a footballer of some repute……i wonder if he ties his own shoelaces as well. A n excellent website . ( I may have just the job for you !)

  14. MCM says:

    David, great blog. Your respect for the sport and the fighters is really evident. I’ve just started writing about boxing myself – here’s a recent piece I published at bleacherreport.com on the Khan-MAB fight tonight:


    Any feedback/suggestions you might have would be much appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

  15. David Payne says:


    Keep plugging away and thanks for the kind comments. If you ever wanted to submit something here I’d be happy to review it.


  16. David Payne says:


    Well I hope you enjoyed my couple of match reports while on board at http://www.barringtonfootballclub.co.uk, best wishes for the remainder of the season.

  17. Cian says:

    Paul you are full of shit. It looks like anyone with an internet connection can now be a “writer”.

    1. David Payne says:

      Hello Cian,

      Many thanks for you commentary. My name is David but thanks for dropping by.

  18. 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

  19. Mark says:


    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!

    1. David Payne says:


      Its very kind of you to comment. I wouldn’t claim to be influential but I appreciate your readership.

  20. fisticmystic says:

    David, where did you go? What are you doing these days?

  21. 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

  22. Warwick Paul Onyeama says:

    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. David Payne says:

      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.

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