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 Andy Ruiz Jr (right) lands a punch on Anthony Joshua. Skill won out. Ruiz beat Joshua because he was better than him. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Andy Ruiz’s shock defeat of Anthony Joshua to become a world heavyweight champion has been portrayed either as a Rocky fairytale or fat guy punch-line(...)

Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty

Andy Ruiz Jr sprung one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight championship history when he spoiled Anthony Joshua’s US debut with a seventh-round TKO o(...)

Anthropomorphism, now there’s a word. It means giving an animal or object human characteristics. Such as Disney etc do with Mickey and Minnie Mouse et(...)

Anthony Joshua, who currently holds three belts,  will defend his world heavyweight titles against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1st. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

The world heavyweight championship belt was sport’s most coveted title. It isn’t anymore. It still should be though. And it could be again if boxing w(...)

Hugh McIlvanney, journalist, born  February 2nd, 1934; died January 24th, 2019. File photograph: Francesco Guidicini/Sunday Times/PA Wire

Hugh McIlvanney’s life as a sports journalist resembled one of his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. He was a scrup(...)

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during their WBC heavyweight clash in LA. Photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA

When Tyson Fury got up from the canvas to finish like a wounded bull in the 12th round of his achingly unfair draw with Deontay Wilder in a faraway ri(...)

Boxer Tyson Fury flexes after exchanging words with opponent Deontay Wilder at a news conference in Los Angeles. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/Getty Images

Tyson Fury, one of the world’s best boxers, says he has been living clean for the past 12 months. The dark thoughts and alcohol-fuelled binges are gon(...)

I resorted to breast stroke and the back stroke, despite not trying either for years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times/File

It’s not often I like to quote Mike Tyson, but here’s an exception. Splashing about like a one-winged, disorientated duck in Lough Key last June, farc(...)

Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Conor McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title at UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho/Today Sports

Conor McGregor has ridden a wave of outrageous fortune in Las Vegas that previously made him untold millions, but on Saturday night against Khabib Nur(...)

 Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her defeat to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles finals at the US Open.  Photograph:   Jaime Lawson/Getty Images

The venerable boxing trainer Cus D’Amato used to say that emotion, particularly fear, is like fire. If you make it work for you, then it can cook your(...)

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