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Watson predicts Frampton and Santa Cruz will light up Vegas

AL Haymon, one of boxing’s most high-profile movers and shakers is advisor, manager or both to almost 200 fighters, but one who prefers to shun the limelight and operate from the shadows. Instead, the face of his operation falls to his long-time friend, Sam Watson who is recognisable in the ring and in the background […]

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Boxing figures blast handling of Ulster Elites

LEADING boxing figures from across Belfast have blasted the handling of this year’s Ulster Elite Championships which have been postponed due to a clash with the Irish National Championships. Originally due to take place in the Dockers Club next month, the Championships have struggled to attract top amateur boxers in recent times with numbers dwindling […]

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Olympics’ disappointment now a distant memory: Conlan

MICHAEL Conlan says his Olympics’ nightmare is firmly in the past as he gets set to embark upon his professional career that begins in Madison Square Garden, New York on St Patrick’s Day. Back in August, he was denied at least bronze at the Rio Games when Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin was controversially given the decision […]

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All smiles as Frampton and Santa Cruz prepare to resume hostilities

IT was all smiles and selfies at the Europa Hotel on Tuesday as Carl Frampton welcomed Leo Santa Cruz – the man he relieved of the WBA featherweight title in July – to Belfast for the first part of a two-leg media tour to promote the rematch between the pair on January 28 at the […]

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Paddy plans to power ahead

PADDY Barnes was in a bit of a rush on Friday. In fact, for the next couple of years he plans to keep it that way. At a press conference at Titanic Belfast for his close friend and fellow Olympic medallist, Michael Conlan, Barnes got the call that his fiance Mari had gone into labour […]

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Casement title fight the ultimate dream for confident Conlan

FIGHTING for or defending a world title in a revamped Casement Park is the ultimate dream for Michael Conlan who will begin his professional journey at Madison Square Garden, New York on St Patrick’s Day. The 24 year-old launched his trans-Atlantic journey at Titanic Belfast last Friday as media, fellow boxers, friends, family and fans gathered […]

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