Joe Frazier

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Muhammad Ali tapes his left hand for a training session at his camp in Deer Lake, Pa., Jan. 17, 1974. Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

Before I went to the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 I had known Muhammad Ali had won the gold medal at light heavyweight in 1960. There was something we(...)

Greatness in sport is rightly measured by supreme ability and success at its highest level. The best teams and athletes carve their place in sporting (...)

Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park. Photograph: Getty Images

On April 4th, 1972, Harold Conrad arrived in London from New York. Booking into his hotel, he was surprised to discover three urgent messages from so(...)

A sign on a shop front in Ennis waiting for Boxing legend Muhammad Ali to visit on  September 1st, 2009. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Muhammad Ali - the facts * Ali’s great-grandfather Abe Grady was Irish. He emigrated from the Turnpike Road, Ennis, Co Clare, to the US in the 1(...)

Al “Blue” Lewis at full stretch on the canvas after taking a thunderous left to the jaw from Muhammad Ali in the fifth round of their fight at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

Muhammad Ali caused a stir in Dublin in July 1972. He was due to fight Al ‘Blue’ Lewis in Croke Park and his arrival briefly drew the nation’s attenti(...)

Muhammad Ali arriving at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

‘Joe Frazier got the decision. Frazier also got the beating. His face was so ugly after that fight, man , it should have been donated to the Bureau of(...)

Muhammad Ali poses with gloves in this undated portrait. Photograph: Action Images/Reuters

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion, who was one of the best known and loved sportsmen of the 20th century has died at a hospital in Pho(...)

Michael Conlan will be one of Ireland’s main medal hopes at Rio 2016. Photograph: Inpho

Professional boxers will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the international boxing association AIBA approved a constitutional change on We(...)

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Twitter, that most reliably intemperate of mediums, went into a tizzy when Sylvester Stallone, having won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor,(...)

Joe Frazier: It is 40 years since  arguably the greatest world title fight of all when he fought Muhammad Ali in  the famed  Thrilla in Manila. Photo: PA Wire.

Joe Frazier sat in his hotel room, surrounded by brown paper bags of freshly-delivered pizza and cartons of orange juice. A once star-studded entourag(...)

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