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‘Wee Rooster’ Irvine flying high

THE relationship between a boxer and coach is unique on so many levels. It’s not just teacher and student, but usually much closer than that. That is certainly the case for Brendan Irvine, the 20-year-old flyweight and his club coach, Ralph McKay. The pair sat down for lunch following a training session just before Irvine […]

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Golden boy Conlan aiming to complete the sweep

FOUR years ago, Michael Conlan went to the Olympics as something of an unknown quantity. Fast forward to today and the Clonard clubman heads to Brazil as the poster boy of the Irish team. It has been an incredible journey. Back in 2012, the 20 year-old made the podium having reached the semi-finals and took […]

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Ireland’s standard bearer

IN a career of top honours, big stages and widespread support, there isn’t much Paddy Barnes hasn’t done. The North Belfast man is just the second ever Irish Olympian to medal at successive Games, while in Rio he becomes the first Irish boxer to appear at three Olympics. The Holy Family man is the only […]

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Unforgettable performance on an unforgettable night for Frampton

IF Carl Frampton had reached legendary status in his home city prior to the weekend, his victory over Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday to claim the WBA featherweight title catapulted him to global superstardom. Now a two-weight champion, Frampton continues to make history and must now be […]

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Numerous options for history-making ‘Jackal’

THE boxing world is Carl Frampton’s oyster as ‘The Jackal’ produced the performance of his life at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night to claim the WBA featherweight title from Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton – the first boxer from the North and second Irishman to become a two-weight champion – rose […]

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Fantastic Frampton hails ‘career defining’ victory over Santa Cruz

IT was a night to remember for Carl Frampton and the city of Belfast on Saturday night in Brooklyn as ‘The Jackal’ prevailed in a classic battle against Leo Santa Cruz to claim the WBA featherweight title, writes David Mohan in New York. After 12 pulsating rounds of jaw-dropping action, it was the North Belfast […]

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