Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan show off their bronze medals from the London 2012 Games at a homecoming event in Belfast. Photo:  Kelvin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Irishboxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan both qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning their bouts at the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in (...)

 Paddy Barnes: “Hopefully, I’ll get the victory and get a bit of a break. If I don’t qualify now it will be a very stressful year, qualifying will put my mind at rest.”

Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes believes that the best way to avoid stress and put his mind at rest is by becoming the only Irish boxer(...)

APB fighter David Oliver Joyce can qualify for the 2016 Olympics Games almost 18 months before they start in Rio. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Irish boxers Joe Ward and David Oliver Joyce are just two wins away from qualifying for Rio 2016. Both boxers, competing in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB),(...)

Adam Nolan lands with a left in his welterweight title fight against John Joe Joyce during the   National Senior Elite Championships at the  National Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Darren O’Neill gave away just about everything to Ken Okungbowa in last night’s heavyweight title fight in the National Stadium. O’Neill, the Irish(...)

Darren O’Neill: “That lad I’m fighting Friday night is very, very big for a heavyweight. He’s very muscular. I’ve a big task ahead of me.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

London 2012 Olympic captain Darren O’Neill hopes his gamble to move from middleweight to heavyweight will pay off tonight. The two-stone shift has n(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice before the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Kerry lost but such was their performance the young manager emerged with his reputation actually enhanced. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At half-time in the 2006 All-Ireland final, the Kerry dressing room was a crankier place than it ought to have been given they’d just posted a lordly (...)

 Middleweight Jason Quigley (left)  against Zanibek Alimkhanulyin the World Championship final last year. Quigley will face Howard Reece in his first professional fight on Saturday. Photograph: Cahal Noonan/INPHO

Jason Quigley will face Florida’s Howard Reece in his debut professional fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. The former Irish (...)

Katie Taylor (left) in action against Estelle Mossely during the 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena in Bucharest, Romania. Photo: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

It seemed an unlikely end when the tears came to Katie Taylor and the words began to choke her up in Bucharest. An audible gasp of relief, the sense o(...)

Irish middleweight Jason Quigley has yet to reveal if he will try to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish boxers will find it much harder to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games than they did for London. With the changing landscape in amateur box(...)

 Ireland’s Jason Quigley on his way to defeat  against Zanibek Alimkhanuly  of Kazakhstan during their middleweight final clash. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was a leaden Jason Quigley who took to his 3.50am flight from Almaty on Sunday morning. Several hours after his World Championships final defeat, t(...)