Ringside: Nelson Mandela interview and boxing build-up and reaction

Last Updated: 12/12/13 7:14pm

Ringside: 6pm, Thursday, Sky Sports 1 HD

We bring you a special interview with Nelson Mandela, in which the late South African icon discusses his love of boxing, on this week's Ringside.

The former South Africa president, who fought against apartheid in his home country, famously and symbolically presented his nation's rugby union captain Francois Pienaar with the World Cup in 1995, and was passionate about sport throughout his life.

As a young man Mandela was a keen boxer - and we'll bring you his views on pugilism.

Also on the show this week...

LONDON CALLING: We look ahead to this weekend's big London show, which features hometown fighters Lee Purdy and Kevin Mitchell, who are both aiming to continue their paths towards world title glory

BARK AND BITE: It was a mixed weekend for Britain's middleweights; Darren Barker lost his IBF world title strap in painful fashion after dislocating his hip against Felix Sturm but Matthew Macklin made a winning start to life under new trainer Jamie Moore by seeing off previously unbeaten Lamar Russ. Richie Woodhall, Alex Arthur and Moore will be in the studio to reflect on the action

BANGER: We meet one of the hardest punchers in boxing. Twenty-nine of his 31 wins have come by knockout, giving him a KO percentage of 87.88 %, one of the highest in the sport. Find out who this big-hitter is by tuning in...

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Ringside: 6pm, Thursday, Sky Sports 1 HD

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