World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

Jason Quigley celebrates beating Artem Chebotarev of Russia in their World Championships middleweight semi-final bout in Almaty, Kazakhstan as coaches Zuar Antia, left and Billy Walsh, second left, are interviewed. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Even the austere Kazak guards permitted a small security breach yesterday. Conor Quigley, Jason’s father, was ushered through to meet his son as he wa(...)

Joe Ward (left)  exchanges punches with Julio Peraza of Cuba in their AIBA World Boxing Championships Almaty 2013. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Ireland’s Joe Ward bowed out of the World Championships in Almaty to a slick Cuban, Julio Peraza. A World champion from Baku 2011, Peraza was almost u(...)

Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. And here we are, generally lost, on the streets of Almaty, a camera crew(...)

Light-heavyweight Joe Ward after he stopped Russian opponent Nikita Ivanov early in the bout to record a technical knockout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the emotional currency of Irish coach Billy Walsh is equilibrium and a clear mind you might say that on days like yesterday at the World Championsh(...)

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes (red) vs Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan during their quarter-final bout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy Barnes left the Palace of Sport in Almaty yesterday with possible concussion following his defeat to Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov. The Belfast (...)

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes after his defeat to Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan in Almaty. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy Barnes has criticised Aiba’s decision to get rid of headgear in amateur boxing following his quarter-final defeat at the World Championships in (...)

European champion Jason Quigley who will  represent Ireland at middleweight (75kilos) at the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Between championships the internal battles in Irish boxing so often spill out on to the streets, a federation at odds with its athletes. But fighting (...)

 Irish coaches Zuar Antia, Billy Walsh and Eddie Bolger. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh tried to talk John Joe Nevin out of turning professional a number of times before the European champion and Olympic (...)

Ireland’s Michael Conlan (blue) who will turn professional if he wins gold at next month’s world championships.

As the career path of European bantamweight Champion John Joe Nevin snakes between the amateur and professional codes, Michael Conlan, the 21-year-old(...)