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Steve Bunce

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Bunce in 2010

Steve Bunce (/bənts/; born 3 December 1962 in Camden Town, London), nicknamed "Buncey", is British a freelance television and radio sport pundit and newspaper columnist. He has regularly appeared as a pundit on the BBC sports programme Inside Sport and on BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk. Bunce was the face of boxing on Setanta Sports and headlined his own show, Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour, until June 2009 when the organisation ceased broadcasting in Britain. Despite calls for the popular boxing show to reappear, it failed to materialise until the introduction of Britain's first dedicated boxing channel BoxNation. Once again Bunce became the face of boxing on BoxNation, and the long awaited return of Bunce's Boxing Hour started broadcasting 17 October 2011.

He has a regular column in the magazine Boxing Monthly.

In 2010, he published his debut work of fiction The Fixer.[1]

He currently presents the ESPN UK version of the American sports talk show Pardon the Interruption.

Current radio appearances[edit]

Bunce appears on BBC radio's Fighting Talk[2] and the Steve Bunce Boxing Show on BBC London 94.9.[3] Bunce won the FT Champion of Champions final on 19 May 2012, defeating Martin Kelner, Dougie Anderson, and Greg Brady in the process.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Camden Town, Bunce currently resides in the North of England with his wife, a former Midlands lacrosse captain, and two children. Apart from sport media, Bunce has been a supporter of fire safety since 2010 because of an incident in his teenage years when his home was set alight because of a carelessly extinguished cigarette in an ashtray. The phrase "put it out, right out" has since become a part of Bunce's intro on Fighting Talk.

Northants rugby controversy[edit]

Bunce's eldest son, as of 2013, attends Denstone College and plays in its rugby union first XV squad. The elder Bunce was involved in an incident during the Daily Mail Schools rugby tournament when a Northampton School for Boys player called him "the second worst word you can use on the BBC" and then allegedly spat on his wife.[4] However, the Northants school headmaster Rod Goldswain spoke with 5 live and while he was able to confirm the first part of Bunce's story, he went on to say that the player in question actually spat on the ground and not on Mrs Bunce, and that said student was given a "dressing down" as a result. Goldswain later apologised for these remarks; Bunce, after generating a minor controversy, admitted that this was "a private matter" that shouldn't have been aired on the 5 January 2013 episode of Fighting Talk and that he should have written to the school about the incident.[5][6]


  1. ^ Bunce, Steve (2010). The Fixer. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-562-4. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Talk - Episode list". BBC Radio5 Live. BBC. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Steve Bunce Boxing Show". BBC London. BBC. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  4. ^ Nick Hancock (5 January 2013). "Fighting Talk" (Podcast). BBC Radio 5 live. Event occurs at 10:50. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Martin (9 January 2013). "Boxing commentator accuses schoolboy, 17, of swearing at him and spitting at his wife during rugby match in BBC radio rant". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Swinford, Steven (8 January 2013). "Fighting talk of BBC man 'abused at school rugby'". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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Preceded by
Tom Watt
BBC Radio Five Live
Fighting Talk Champion of Champions

Succeeded by
Martin Kelner