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Three Minutes: Gatti v Ward I Round 9

Round 9.  If you are going to produce a series of articles based on Ring Magazine’s coveted Round of the Year award, there is really only one place to begin.  Round 9.  The fact that, even with the above headline and photograph removed, boxing aficionados would already know we are talking about the first Arturo […]

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Anto Connolly: Minimum Weight, Maximum Potential

It takes no great time, effort nor Poirot-esque powers of deduction, to pinpoint Anto Connolly’s three priorities in life.  In a very particular order they are as follows: family (partner Dee and young boys, Wyatt and Fionn), craft (professional boxer) and football team (Glasgow Celtic). The first literally screams out its presence to me from […]

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The Night of the Jackal

For such a relatively small patch of land in the north east of Ireland, Belfast has a habit of producing very special sportsmen.  That rarest of rare breeds who, through the grace of God, are blessed with a particular, often intangible, gift that elevates them beyond the mere good and great and into the pantheon […]

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The Carl Frampton Interview

I catch Carl Frampton just after 9pm on a Wednesday evening as he crosses the River Thames heading towards his temporary home in that most affluent of London boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea.  He is acclimatised now to the rarefied air breathed in by the Dukes, Earls and Knights listed as notable residents of the area, […]

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The Kiko Martínez Interview

The sleepy Valencian pueblo of Torrellano nestles inconspicuously between Alicante and Elche in south eastern Spain.  With just 7,000 inhabitants and little to write home about, it is a small, rather unremarkable, one-horse town on the inner fringes of the Costa Blanca: but what a thoroughbred the sole caballo that resides there is. I meet the […]

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A Special Night for Kell

Kell Brook’s California dream became euphoric reality tonight as he took a majority decision verdict and the IBF welterweight title off American Shawn Porter at the StubHub Centre in Carson City.  It was a Bramall Lane-esque game of two halves as Sheffield’s new favourite son overcame a tentative opening to grow in confidence and do […]

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Carl, Kiko & the Book of Irish Invasions

The countries of Ireland and Spain have for centuries been brothers-in-arms.  In fact, their relationship began even before it actually began.  The largely mythical 11th century Lebor Gabála Érenn, or Book of Irish Invasions, describes how, long before Jesus walked the earth, the eight sons of the Galician Míl Espáine stormed Ireland to avenge their […]

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On The Waterfront Brawl

Before tonight’s Cyclone Promotions show, the Waterfront Hall hadn’t witnessed professional boxing since Eamonn Magee and Shea Neary went toe-to-toe in the final round of their grudge match fourteen years ago.  Much too long for a decent venue in a top fight city like Belfast if you ask me.  Magee was given a contested decision […]

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The Russians (and members of former Soviet Republics) are Coming

Actually, they’re already here and have been for some time.  It is just that the American dominated boxing universe prefers not to draw more attention to the fact than is absolutely necessary.  The likes of the hermanos Klitschko and Gennady Golovkin aside, the American boxing public gives about as much respect to old Eastern Bloc […]

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Froch and Groves On the Psychological Warpath

Intriguing, ridiculous, fascinating and cringe worthy in equal measure.  Kind of like Ricky Gervais’ The Office when it first hit our screens; difficult to watch but impossible to turn away.  The Office was, of course, an attempt to portray fictional characters and their relationships in a seemingly real environment.  Froch Groves II: The Gloves are […]

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Mayweather Made to Work for his Money

It was the fight that Saúl Álverez should have given Floyd Mayweather last September.  A rodeo show brawl against an untamed criollo who puts his own personal safety a distant second to winning on his list of priorities.  Between weigh-in and first bell, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana bulked up to 165 lbs to enter the […]

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Leave the Fighting to Frampton

Belfast has changed dramatically over the past 30 years but one thing remains the same: the city loves a fighter.  When Carl “The Jackal” Frampton steps into the ring tomorrow night against France’s Jeremy Parodi, the noise generated is likely to threaten the integrity of the Odyssey Arena’s roof.  There is a momentum building behind […]