Podcast: Boxing Life Stories with Tris Dixon...

Tris Dixon: Fan or Not A Fan...

  • Fan

    Votes: 27 93.1%
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    Votes: 2 6.9%

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A Force

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Jul 21, 2013
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I’ve listened to every one except the latest two & found them all brilliant until it got to Richard Towers & to be honest I barely believe any of it.

The way he’s speaking & the stories he’s telling don’t sound natural at all. It’s a bit like listening an Amir Khan interview in that you can just tell it’s bullshit with the backtracking & speaking faster & saying something crazy then moving straight on to another subject.

‘Stabbed a group of men 30 times each’ apparently & was out of prison the next year. Funny how apart from the kidnapping nothing else is online.

Maybe it’s just me as I’ve been reading on Twitter other listeners who really enjoyed it.
 
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Jul 6, 2019
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Has anyone ever heard Martin Murray talk about his criminal past?

He tends to down play it and focus on the comedic side. I found his stories much more relatable and enjoyable to listen to than Tower's stuff. More like an episode of Shameless than The Wire.

He had a vegetarian mate who was always kicking off, got them nicked cause he threw a bottle of blue WKD in a chippy fryer for giving him half-cooked chips.

Would be a good future guest. I might give his book a go as well.
 
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I’ve listened to every one except the latest two & found them all brilliant until it got to Richard Towers & to be honest I barely believe any of it.

The way he’s speaking & the stories he’s telling don’t sound natural at all. It’s a bit like listening an Amir Khan interview in that you can just tell it’s bullshit with the backtracking & speaking faster & saying something crazy then moving straight on to another subject.

‘Stabbed a group of men 30 times each’ apparently & was out of prison the next year. Funny how apart from the kidnapping nothing else is online.

Maybe it’s just me as I’ve been reading on Twitter other listeners who really enjoyed it.
And the fight with the 30st bloke who killed 3 coppers with his bare hands
 

Benny Blanco

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Has anyone ever heard Martin Murray talk about his criminal past?

He tends to down play it and focus on the comedic side. I found his stories much more relatable and enjoyable to listen to than Tower's stuff. More like an episode of Shameless than The Wire.

He had a vegetarian mate who was always kicking off, got them nicked cause he threw a bottle of blue WKD in a chippy fryer for giving him half-cooked chips.

Would be a good future guest. I might give his book a go as well.
His books a good read mate. He got into a lot of scrapes as a youngster. Seems a changed man now fair play to him.
 

DB Cooper

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May 17, 2013
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The Wayne McCullough pod was excellent, but almost spoiled because it was recorded in a noisy coffee shop.

Some of the places used for the interviews have left a bit to be desired. For instance the one with Steve Collins at a railway station, and I realize Collins chose it, so it isn't Tris' fault.
 
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The Wayne McCullough pod was excellent, but almost spoiled because it was recorded in a noisy coffee shop.

Some of the places used for the interviews have left a bit to be desired. For instance the one with Steve Collins at a railway station, and I realize Collins chose it, so it isn't Tris' fault.
I think he is just recording them on his phone. Hopefully he will be able to invest in a mic soon, the sound quality in some of the episodes is the only problem with the podcast in my opinion.

I liked the McCulloch one too, if I remember correctly though he doesn't seem to think he lost a fight fairly in his career?

Seems to dispute every decision or have an excuse why it didn't go his way. More than most fighters even. Started to amuse me as the interview went on.
 

DB Cooper

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I think he is just recording them on his phone. Hopefully he will be able to invest in a mic soon, the sound quality in some of the episodes is the only problem with the podcast in my opinion.

I liked the McCulloch one too, if I remember correctly though he doesn't seem to think he lost a fight fairly in his career?

Seems to dispute every decision or have an excuse why it didn't go his way. More than most fighters even. Started to amuse me as the interview went on.
The recording device isn't the problem. The locations are the real issue.

As far as McCullough disputing every decision or having an excuse why it didn't go his way goes, that is so typical among fighters.
 
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The recording device isn't the problem. The locations are the real issue.

As far as McCullough disputing every decision or having an excuse why it didn't go his way goes, that is so typical among fighters.
Cheers. I am not a big tech guy, just know the speech is often quiet and drowned out by the background noise. I struggle to hear some of them when I am running or what have you.

Regarding McCulloch, most fighters find it hard to be objective, I don't blame them its prob just human nature. I just found it funny how seemed to dispute everything, even the really one-sided results.

Nelson, Coldwell, and big Enzo were all pretty fair in their recollections I thought, owning up to some losses. (tbf hard for Enzo to dispute his losses as he was usually KO'd).
 

DB Cooper

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Cheers. I am not a big tech guy, just know the speech is often quiet and drowned out by the background noise. I struggle to hear some of them when I am running or what have you.

Regarding McCulloch, most fighters find it hard to be objective, I don't blame them its prob just human nature. I just found it funny how seemed to dispute everything, even the really one-sided results.

Nelson, Coldwell, and big Enzo were all pretty fair in their recollections I thought, owning up to some losses. (tbf hard for Enzo to dispute his losses as he was usually KO'd).
I burn Tris' pods to disk because I can get more volume out of them that way and go back easily is something is inaudible on first listening.

The fighters I have met all talk similarly to McCullough. Total belief and totally unable to accept anyone ever beat them fair and square. Nature of the beast.
 
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Have not listened to his podcast... Enjoy his writing He is like the last of the great boxing writers.

Mind you his articles are wasted on the Scene... They hardly raise a murmur or a response. The trolls on that website just too busy dissing boxers. To appreciate good quality articles on boxing.
 
Jul 20, 2019
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These are brilliant. Started listening because of this thread and really enjoyed the one's I've listened to so far. This long-form podcast/interview stuff is a great modern format. The Calzaghe, Billy Graham and McCrory ones are favourites so far - capture such genuine humanity. Big fan of Martin Murray's old stories too.

In a more wanky point - boxing fans are lucky that we get to know the personalities of fighters etc. There's a lot of access now in ways which dont happen in more mainstream, media-managed sports.
 
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In a more wanky point - boxing fans are lucky that we get to know the personalities of fighters etc. There's a lot of access now in ways which dont happen in more mainstream, media-managed sports.
Yeah, we are lucky, and it does make a difference. It's one of the reasons my missus converted to being a fan so easily, she likes the characters and finds it easier to get involved as you feel you know the personalities and their stories.

Only other sport I can think of that comes close is golf.

Pretty much the opposite end of the spectrum in most regards, but if you ever go to a golf event you get really good access to the players.

You can get close enough on the course to listen to their conversations, see them in pubs and restaurants after, most will talk to you and do a lot of fan access events as well.

Also, other than Tiger Woods, most are happy to talk openly to the press and be themselves too.
 
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Finally decided to listen to the Richard Towers one, after so many comments on here. All I can say is what a load of bullshit!

If he’s telling the truth he’s been charged with attempted murder about 10 times. A charge that is notoriously difficult to prove, so CPS are very reluctant to charge people with it and when they do, they’ve got great evidence and statistically they’re then normally found guilty.

Yet this bullshitter has got off attempted murder charges so many times there can only be about 7 people in Sheffield he hasn’t tried to murder?!

Also apparently pulled the trigger to kill his dad but the gun jammed? He’s as good at killing people as he was at boxing obviously.

There are also so many times he contradicts the details of another stabbing or shooting story, it’s funny as fuck. The first stabbing story, he’d only been there a couple of times, yet few minutes later he’s gone round enough to meet his friends old neighbour and had cups of tea with her?

The old adage is true, if you’re gonna be a bullshitter you better have a good memory!

If you haven’t heard it, I’d recommend it as a laugh. I cringe for Tris Dixon though, he’s a smart guy and even he must have been sitting there politely thinking what a load of shite.
 
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Finally decided to listen to the Richard Towers one, after so many comments on here. All I can say is what a load of bullshit!

If he’s telling the truth he’s been charged with attempted murder about 10 times. A charge that is notoriously difficult to prove, so CPS are very reluctant to charge people with it and when they do, they’ve got great evidence and statistically they’re then normally found guilty.

Yet this bullshitter has got off attempted murder charges so many times there can only be about 7 people in Sheffield he hasn’t tried to murder?!

Also apparently pulled the trigger to kill his dad but the gun jammed? He’s as good at killing people as he was at boxing obviously.

There are also so many times he contradicts the details of another stabbing or shooting story, it’s funny as fuck. The first stabbing story, he’d only been there a couple of times, yet few minutes later he’s gone round enough to meet his friends old neighbour and had cups of tea with her?

The old adage is true, if you’re gonna be a bullshitter you better have a good memory!

If you haven’t heard it, I’d recommend it as a laugh. I cringe for Tris Dixon though, he’s a smart guy and even he must have been sitting there politely thinking what a load of shite.
I liked the 30 stone criminal who murdered policemen with his own bare hands. In my head I was picturing Kingpin from Marvel comics. A big bald, white guy in a cravat and blazer.
 
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