Joe Louis

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 In 1928 O’Callaghan was the first citizen of the Irish Free State to win an Olympic gold medal. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Rumours about Dr Pat O’Callaghan decamping to America swirled about for years. Finally, on May 4th, 1938, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle ran a back page sto(...)

US heavyweight boxer Joe Louis is presented with the Legion of Merit medal in 1945 in recognition of ‘exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services’ during his tour of army camps and hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images

Joe Louis, maybe the greatest heavyweight champion of all, died 40 years ago today. By some strange synchronicity, Sugar Ray Robinson, credited with b(...)

Chris Eubank fights Michael Watson for the WBO middleweight title at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London in 1991. Photo: Brendan Monks/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

June 1991 and Donald McRae found himself alone on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Excited, uncertain, anxious he stood under a burning sky, the desert sun(...)

James Braddock training in Florida, 1936. Photograph: FPG/Getty Images

Although he considered himself to have “more brawn than brains”, James J. Braddock had an unerring ability to make the best of a bad situation. The s(...)

Steve ‘Crusher’ Casey is memorialised by a bronze statue in his hometown of Sneem. Photograph: Peter Dorgan/Wikimedia Commons

On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. In the wake of the attack thousan(...)

 Muhammad Ail takes a punch from  Al ‘Blue’ Lewis during their non-title bout at at Croke Park in July 1972.  Photograph: Tommy Collins

In a room at the back of Dr Stuart Kirschenbaum’s clinic on Detroit’s Grand Boulevard, Al ‘Blue’ Lewis folded his immense heavyweight boxer’s frame in(...)

Tyson Fury is not laughing so much any more, it seems. When Peter Fury announced last week that his nephew was having “medical” issues, we knew they were not physical.

To believe Tyson Fury’s assertion this week that he has retired from boxing - only for him to recant within three hours - is to enter the fighter’s di(...)

Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park. Photograph: Getty Images

On April 4th, 1972, Harold Conrad arrived in London from New York. Booking into his hotel, he was surprised to discover three urgent messages from so(...)

 Roy Jones Jr lies on the canvas  after being knocked out by  Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Roy Jones, like Floyd Mayweather, only more dramatically, has long since ceased to justify the appellation “Junior”. He is aging before our eyes in a (...)

Riddick Bowe, the two-time world heavyweight champion, meets fans at in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, in New York. Photograph: Christopher Lee/The New York Times

Three men stood on a street in Harlem, handing out fliers and pointing to a big man sitting alone inside a small restaurant with four tables called Bo(...)

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