Mike Costello

Athletics and boxing correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our athletics and boxing correspondent

About Mike

Mike has been reporting and commentating on major sporting events... Read more about Mike Costello for the BBC for more than a quarter of a century, most recently as the athletics and boxing correspondent.

He has covered seven Olympic Games and dozens of world title fights in a career that has taken him to 60 countries.

In 2015, he was voted "Broadcast Journalist of the Year" by the Sports Journalists' Association."

Anthony Joshua & Lennox Lewis

Is the best yet to come from Joshua?

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At a news conference in December 2016 to announce Anthony Joshua's showdown against Wladimir Klitschko, the two men posed for photographs and gave interviews on the pitch at Wembley Stadium as notices hanging from chains by the touchline carried the message: 'Where players enter and legends leave'.

Four months later, Joshua and Klitschko resurrected the glamorous image of the heavyweight division on a night which will help define both men forever.

Nicola Adams

Are safety and equality compatible in boxing?

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In a week during which Ireland's Katie Taylor defended her world title and Nicola Adams returns to competitive action, it is timely to consider the dangers faced by female boxers and the indications they are more at risk in the ring than their male counterparts.

Research into other sports has shown female participants are more prone to concussion than men, raising questions as to whether safety and equality are compatible in boxing, and splitting opinion among respected figures.

Mike Tyson, Anthony Joshua and Muhammed Ali

'Joshua wears his crown of thorns well'

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"The heavyweight championship will drive people crazy. You know that right? It's like a crown of thorns."

In a BBC Radio 5 live boxing podcast earlier this year, Mike Tyson spoke from experience in describing the burdens that come with the glory for the owners of the prize once labelled the richest in sport: "Everyone wants to use you for something. It's like being the President of the United States."

Hagler v leonard

Leonard-Hagler and the 30-year debate boxing cannot shake

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The recent world middleweight title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs was the latest example of a major showdown ending in controversy over the scoring. But will we still be arguing the toss in three decades' time?

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of 'The Super Fight', when Sugar Ray Leonard outpointed Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to win the WBC middleweight crown that still belongs to Golovkin courtesy of his points win.

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana

Mayweather outpoints game Maidana

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Floyd Mayweather outpointed a game Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to unify the welterweight division and remain unbeaten in 46 professional fights.

Mayweather, who is now the WBC and WBA champion, was the red hot favourite but Maidana showed tremendous commitment and dominated the early exchanges.