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Actor and martial artist Bruce Lee poses for a Warner Bros publicity still for the film Enter the Dragon in 1973 in Hong Kong. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Generally, the plotlines were weak and character development non-existent. The romantic interest for the lead man was zero and the dialogue poor to ex(...)

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, who took the crown from Muhammad Ali in 1978 before losing a rematch, died last week aged 67. Photograph: Getty Images)

When Leon Spinks was away fighting in the Pan American Games in Mexico City, he and his then wife Nova had a couple of heated arguments on the phone. (...)

In 1980 Muhammad Ali fought Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship a fourth time at 38, but it was not to be. File photograph: The Irish Times

Well, ho hum, yes, it nearly is always the boxers isn’t it. Sugar Ray Leonard, who dominated four weight divisions and was king of comebacks, tried it(...)

‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan pictured at the funeral of David Byrne who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel attack at St Nicolas of Myra Church,on Francis Street , Dublin. Photograph: Collins Dublin.

Daniel Kinahan has been in the news a lot lately and it has little to do with his leadership of the most profitable organised crime group in Irish his(...)

Katie Taylor in action against Delfine Persoon during their  World Lightweight Championship fight at  Madison Square Garden in June 2019. Photograph: Tom Hogan/Inpho

Katie Taylor has Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon and Cecilia Braekhus on her radar as she looks to leave behind a legacy that will stand the test of t(...)

 Barry McGuigan  in action against  Eusebio Pedroza  at Loftus Road Stadium,  London in 1985. “I thank God every day that I didn’t beat McGuigan,” said Pedroza. “If I had, I would not have left that place alive. They would have torn me to shreds.” Photograph: Steve Powell/Getty Images

Six years after the event, in the midst of a comeback that ended ignominiously in the gym of a Detroit high school, Eusebio Pedroza gave an interview (...)

Floyd Mayweather poses with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa after they agreed to fight in Japan on  New Year’s Eve, with the format of the bout still to be decided. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Evaluating the absurd in boxing is like trying to break open a coconut with a feather: intriguing but pointless – yet Floyd Mayweather manages to take(...)

Canelo Alvarez prepares to jump rope during a media workout in Los Angeles ahead of his middleweight fight with Gennady Golovkin. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

It is time for boxing to fix its house. Two weeks after Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor did each other a mutual favour in a cross-discipline publi(...)

 Trainer Lou Duva talks to to Pernell Whitaker during a fight against Oscar De La Hoya  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Al Bello/Allsport

Before Lou Duva became one of the most powerful personalities in boxing, he managed Christy Elliott who fought for Ireland at the 1972 Olympics. Aft(...)

Andre Ward earned a tight points decision over Sergey Kovalen in Las Vegas. Photograph: Getty/Ethan Miller

A pair of designer sunglasses concealed Andre Ward’s bruised, swollen eyes as he assessed what should have been the crowning achievement of more than (...)

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