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 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 (...)

Worshipers and well-wishers look on as the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Thousands of mourners descended on Louisville in Kentucky, the hometown of “the Greatest”, Muhammad Ali, to send off boxing’s most famous son and reme(...)

Republic of Ireland soccer international Cyrus Christie in squad for Euro 2016 finals: “I’m not here just to make up the numbers. I want to play. And I want to be putting thoughts in the manager’s mind.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Amid all the talk of the racial barriers that were broken down over the remarkable lifetime of Muhammad Ali – a few of them with his help – young Irel(...)

Deirdre Gogarty and Christy Martin trade blows during a bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 16th 1996. Martin won the fight with a decision in the sixth round. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

Deirdre Gogarty was 26-years-old the night she got paid three grand for a fight watched by over a million people. Called up on 10 days’ notice, she (...)

Manny Pacquaio is happy with his underdog tag ahead of Saturday’s fight against Floyd Mayweather. Photograph: Reuters

As befits the pantomime buffoonery that attends professional fisticuffs, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather made their “grand entrances” in Las Ve(...)

 Andy Lee defeated Matt Koborov to claim the WBO world middleweight title in Las Vegas. He will defend his title against Peter Quillin in Saturday’s big televised fight. Photo:  David Becker/Getty Images

Andy Lee’s first defence of his WBO world middleweight title against Peter Quillin in Brooklyn on Saturday night is likely to draw at least four times(...)

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