Katie Taylor. “I love the simple life, the boring life. No, the US hasn’t changed me at all. I mean I’m living in a little one-bed apartment in America.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Really it has never been much different than it is now. Katie Taylor has always folded a boxing career into life on her own terms. If she can look aft(...)

The Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year 2018 – boxer Kellie Harrington.

Astana was a strange place a few months before the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The huge boxing arena where the women’s World Championships were being s(...)

Kellie Harrington: “Light welterweight was 64kg. I was never actually 64kg. I was always lighter than 64kg but now I look bigger than I did when I was at 64.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It seemed illusionary at the Senior Championships last February. Kellie Harrington, four kilos lighter than she used to be, seemed almost bigger than (...)

Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan -Thomas Barr’s dreams become reality Performances of starry-eyed wonder can come at you from all directions at the Olympics, often when(...)

 Estelle Mossely of France: She  has replaced Katie Taylor as light middleweight Olympic champion after a split-decision win over Junhua Yin of China. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Four years on, there is still a tricolour paraded around the boxing arena after gold medal fight of the women’s light middleweight division. But this (...)

USA coach Billy Walsh with flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas before his round of 32 win over Brazil’s Juliao Neto in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The defeat of Katie Taylor in her first fight in Rio brings boxing in a full circle. A week beginning with scandal has ended in disappointment as Padd(...)

A dejected Katie Taylor after losing her lightweight quarter-final to Finland’s Mira Potkonen in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Bray fighter looks paler than gold after it is over. She carries a thin mark above her lip and her dark eyes are searching. Ireland has become bli(...)

Katie Taylor “not lacking any confidence and is always looking to improve.”

Conspicuously low key, Katie Taylor has not been spotted this week in Rio, not at the boxing, not wandering around Olympic Park. On Monday she step(...)

 Katie Taylor pictured  with  gymnast Ellis O’Reilly and runner  Thomas Barr at the launch of the New Balance Irish Olympic gear  in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Defending Olympic lightweight champion Katie Taylor has said that her last few months have been a significant challenge for her in the lead up to Rio.(...)

Katie Taylor loses a split decision against France’s Estelle Mossely in the World Championship semi-final in Astana. The fight was so close that on another day it could have ended up as a unanimous decision for the Bray fighter. Photograph: Inpho

The scoring was everything. Katie Taylor was maybe one or two per cent off her game and she allowed her fight against Estelle Mossely to come down to (...)

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