Don King

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Daniel Kinahan has been named in court here as part of a global drugs cartel yet there is little echo of his name outside Irish borders. Photograph: Collins

In 1974 an American adviser to Zaire’s dictator Mobutu Sese Seko persuaded Mobutu that the publicity of a boxing match between heavyweights George For(...)

 ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan  at the funeral of David Byrne who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel attack. Photogtaph: Collins Dublin.

Boxing has always been the wild west of sport. Its dark underbelly, the guaranteed blood and the questionable morality has always been a bestseller. (...)

Muhammad Ali  knocking out George Foreman during the so-called Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire on  October 30th, 1974. China is now throwing its investment hat in the African ring. Photograph: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images

Remember the Rumble in the Jungle? The 1974 Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman fight in Zaire was one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. Ali w(...)

Don Elbaum (left) speaks to Vernoca L. Michael and ring announcer Larry Tornambe in Philadelphia. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

One Ohio winter’s night, somebody stuck four sticks of dynamite in the front wheel well of Don Elbaum’s ‘67 Pontiac in the car park of the Highlander (...)

Even Don King in his element wouldn’t have to resort to much hyperbole to sell each and every one of the 15 match-ups in St James’ Park this Saturday.(...)

In April 1983 Muhammad Ali set off on an eventful roadtrip. Photo: Getty Images

A tale of two small towns and the champ. Standing in the Smoky Hills of the Great Plains of Kansas, the population of Bunker Hill goes up and down bu(...)

 Ireland players celebrate after Sean Cronin scored their side’s fourth try during the victory over  Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

All roads lead to Twickenham now alright. History beckons, and so too a form of rugby immortality. For the first time ever, an Irish squad will trave(...)

 LaVar Ball, father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball, who was denounced on Twitter by Donald Trump as an “ungrateful fool!” Photograph:  Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump began his first Thanksgiving holiday in office with an early-morning Twitter rage in which he again vented about some of his(...)

Kike Tyson, Milan Tyson and  Mike Tyson enjoying the tennis at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Either side of the recent passing of the 20th anniversary of Mike Tyson chomping on Evander Holyfield’s ear, a couple of clips of the former world cha(...)

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield during their second heavyweight title fight at the MGM Grand on June 28th, 1997. Photograph: John Iacono/Sports Illustrated/Getty

Why did you do it, Mike? “Because I’m crazy a little bit and was bleeding all over the place.” “I was frustrated.” “I was angry that he was butting my(...)

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