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The long and winding road for champion boxer Noel Magee built on courage and skill

“Has he quit? Has he quit? He has, you know. Delaney has quit on his stool. I don’t know why, but something is clearly very wrong and against all the odds, Magee has won the title.” (Eurosport commentator, David Brenner) IF at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again. Noel Magee had made four […]

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Irvine forced to play the waiting game as Olympics are pushed back

IN the midst of the mayhem and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been some good news stories and Brendan Irvine’s qualification for a second Olympic Games certainly ticks that box. While the Tokyo Games have now been pushed back to 2021 following discussions between the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government this […]

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Meli hoping to step out of the shadows with title win

THE WBO European middleweight title is the prize on off for Alfredo Meli this Saturday night when he takes on Danny Dignum in Essex (live on YouTube). The former Immaculata amateur will be looking to end another undefeated record following his career-best win over the big-punching Araik Marutjan at the Falls Park last August when […]

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Hale and Murphy emerge on Ulster Elite semi-finals’ night

A MOUTHWATERING Ulster Elite finals night on Tuesday lies in store following Thursday’s semi-finals at The Devenish. The start of the night saw two excellent bantamweight semi-finals that were won by John Paul Hale and Colm Murphy. First off, defending champion Hale took a unanimous decision against Monkstown’s Conor Kerr, but he didn’t have things […]

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Irvine to skipper Irish at Olympic qualifier

IT was a case of double delight for Brendan Irvine last week as he had his ticket stamped for next month’s Olympic qualifier and was named captain of the 13-strong Irish team. Irvine is the only survivor from the Rio Olympics so was a natural choice to lead the team, but also admitted there was […]

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Croc set to bare his teeth

THE ascent towards titles begins now for Lewis Crocker as the South Belfast man gets set for a step-up against former British title challenger John Thain at the Ulster Hall on Saturday night. The former Holy Trinity amateur has racked up 10 wins from 10 since making his professional debut in March 2017 with the […]

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