Muhammad Ali

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Conor McGregor: “I am an Irish animal, a proper Irish animal. My career is a career of never-been-done-befores. I opened up pathways for my people thanks to my belief and my hard work.” Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Tony Robbins, a man who markets himself as America’s leading life coach, recently broadcast an episode of his podcast in which he interviewed Conor Mc(...)

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(...)

Donald McRae: “I do think that quite unusually as I’ve got older, I’ve become less judgemental.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When Donald McRae left South Africa for London in the early 1980s, he knew where he was going and he knew what he was going to do. He just didn’t know(...)

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 (...)

Anthony Joshua makes his American debut at Madison Square Garden. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Anthony Joshua plans to watch footage of heavyweight greats fighting at Madison Square Garden before defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles there again(...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

Muhammad Ali: in trying to exalt Medenica’s medical prowess, Ali’s shambolic performance unintentionally weakened his testimony.  Photograph:  Andrew H. Walker/Getty

As he left the Geneva courtroom, Muhammad Ali was corralled by reporters. A mundane medical fraud trial suddenly elevated by the presence of the most (...)

Float like a Butterfly: Hazel Doupe stars as a Traveller who takes Muhammad Ali as her model

What was it John F Kennedy said about the space programme? We choose to do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard. Something(...)

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(...)

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