Katie Taylor: barring defeat at the hands of Rose Volante, she will meet Belgium’s WBC champion Delfine Persoon in  a unification bout.   Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

There is an additional imperative for Katie Taylor beyond claiming her third world title belt in Philadelphia on Friday night (Saturday morning Irish (...)

Katie Taylor: trailblazer.  Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

I mentioned in passing here recently the short, violent life of “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, who is widely believed to have helped organise the St Valen(...)

Senegalese light-heavyweight world champion boxer Battlin’ Siki (Louis Phail) mock-boxing with two boys in Dublin. (Photo by Walshe/Getty Images)

Boxing promoters are no mugs. When it comes to putting punters’ bums on seats, they know what works. And few things help grease demand for ringside s(...)

 Jesse Lingard of Manchester United celebrates  after scoring during his team’s match against Liverpool  at Anfield. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

It was, perhaps, the moment when Marouane Fellaini’s attempt on goal knocked over a steward sitting on a stool behind the corner flag that saw Gary Ne(...)

Vasiliy Lomachenko knocks down Jose Pedraza in the eleventh. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty

On a night when Vasiliy Lomachenko did not appear at his imperious best, the sport’s most technically proficient fighter was more than brilliant enoug(...)

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(...)

Katie Taylor in action against Cindy Serrano in her WBA & IBF female lightweight world title defence. Photograph:    Emily Harney/Inpho

It had all the makings of a box office hit. A debut fight on the exciting new DAZN subscription-only boxing channel, a substantial and vocal Irish con(...)

Conor McGregor walks into the cage before fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in their lightweight title bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Photo: John Locher/AP Photo

On May 26th, 1987, shareholders gathered at K-Mart’s headquarters in Troy, Michigan for the company’s annual meeting spotted a fleet of white limousin(...)

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore: composer of the ballad “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

Chances are that at some time in your life you have sung, or at least hummed along to, the ballad When Johnny Comes Marching Home.   But if you’(...)

U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Ross Stewart

U2 frontman Bono paid tribute on Sunday night to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney for their “very hard work” in protecting “our b(...)

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