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Muhammad Ali stands between rounds next to cornerman Drew Bundini Brown during the heavyweight championship against Earnie Shavers at Madison Square Garden on September 29th, 1977 in New York. Photo: Robert Riger/Getty Images

During its broadcast of his second fight with Ken Norton in 1973, ABC introduced a special in-picture feature that allowed viewers to watch Bundini Br(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Tony Keady: pivotal figure on the great Galway team of the 1980s. Photograph: Inpho

Deeds of the past can provide inspiration to those of the present, as Galway hurling captain David Burke so poignantly acknowledged in his acceptance (...)

Jake La Motta  during a training session at Gleason’s Gym, New York in 1949. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Jake LaMotta, who has died aged 95, is generally acknowledged as one of the toughest men to have entered a professional boxing ring – a world middlewe(...)

World Featherweight champion Carl Frampton will fight Leo Santa Cruz in their rematch at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on January 28th. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Carl Frampton has been named THE RING Magazine Fighter of the Year for 2016 after becoming a two-weight world champion. The Northern Irishman edged f(...)

Muhammad Ali in his London hotel room, May 1963. Photograph: Hulton Archive

My 12-year-old son has a Muhammad Ali poster on his bedroom wall. It is the black-and-white image of Ali gloved up and in white shorts looming over th(...)

 Roy Jones Jr lies on the canvas  after being knocked out by  Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Roy Jones, like Floyd Mayweather, only more dramatically, has long since ceased to justify the appellation “Junior”. He is aging before our eyes in a (...)

Filipino graphic artist and barista Zach Yonzon, draws the faces of  Manny Pacquiao and  Floyd Mayweather  on two  lattes in a coffee shop in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Floyd Mayweather senses he landed a telling psychological blow on Manny Pacquiao during a decisive moment on their path to finally agreeing next Satur(...)

Andy Lee (left) throws a left at Matvey Korobov during their WBO middleweight title fight at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph:  David Becker/Getty Images

It came by stealth in the middle of the night. One of those occasions that the country woke up to rather than witnessed, Andy Lee and his quest for a(...)

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