No Boxing Please, We’re Spanish

On the 13th of July, the Barry McGuigan-managed featherweight, Marco McCullough, got a call at home in Belfast.  Check your passport, he was told, you’ve got a fight in Madrid’s Hipódromo de Zarzuela on the 24th. Short notice and away from home, but Marco didn’t care. He’d been itching to get back in the ring […]


Let the Clamour for Frampton v Quigg Intensify

At one point it looked like their respective first bells would chime simultaneously, like final-day-of-season football games in which one team’s result could affect the performance of another. And despite the ire of the millions desperate to enjoy both, perhaps that would have been fitting. Yesterday, at around 10pm in Manchester and 4pm in Texas, […]


A Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man

When we watch prize fighting, we see only the final external product of the two protagonists, and the feats or flaws we witness in the ring are almost exclusively physical in nature.  But at the elite level of boxing, a point where athletic excellence and intense dedication are a given, internal factors are often what differentiates the combatants: it is what they have or feel […]


From Belfast to Banús: Jamie Conlan is Primed for the Big Time

“He’ll be a world champion within two years.  I’m absolutely certain.” Boxing trainer Danny Vaughan, a softly spoken Liverpudlian with over 20 years’ experience in the sport, is not one for hyperbole so when he tells me this, I know he believes it. The subject is his newest charge, Jamie Conlan, and we are standing […]