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Manny Pacquiao & This Week In Boxing

Over 15,000 fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night to witness the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Although Bradley got the victory in the first fight he entered the rematch desperate to prove he deserved it. In the end, that desperation proved his undoing. Entering the fight most fans and experts agreed that Bradley’s best …

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This Week In Boxing History: Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns

What? Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns When? April 15th 1985 Where? Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. Background Thomas Hearns may be my all-time favourite fighter. Everything about him was interesting. Most fighters are lucky to get one cool nickname, Hearns got two. His devastating right hand earned him the nickname “Hitman Hearns” but as a Detroit raised kid with the …

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Four Big Questions ahead of Pacquiao vs Bradley II

This weekend sees the first mega fight of the year and the beginning of the big fight season. On Saturday night the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will play host to the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Ahead of this highly-anticipated rematch Michael McCarthy looks at four of the big questions that may determine the outcome. 1. What …

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This Week In Boxing History – Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvellous Marvin Hagler

What? Sugar Ray Leonard v Marvellous Marvin Hagler When?  April 6th 1987 Where? Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Background The 1980’s was a great decade for spandex clad rock musicians, hair spray manufacturers and boxing’s middleweight division. The decade saw the rise to prominence of four of the sport’s all-time greats; Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvellous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and …

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Carl Frampton & This Week In Boxing

There’s only one possible place to start this week. The Odyssey Arena in Belfast was packed to capacity on Friday night to see Belfast’s own Carl Frampton take on Mexico’s Hugo Cazares in a WBC Super-bantamweight title eliminator. The atmosphere was electric as “The Jackal” made his way to the ring and the home fans did not leave disappointed. From …

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No Irish Boxers on World Series Of Boxing winning team

For the first time since its inception, there will be no Irish boxer involved in the World Series of Boxing’s winning team. Team Germany, of which Michael Conlon and David Oliver Joyce are members, crashed out of the tournament when they were heavily defeated by the Astana Arlans on an aggregate score line of 8-2. The World Series of Boxing …

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This Week In Boxing History – Jack Johnson vs Jess Willard

What? Jack Johnson v Jess Willard When? April 5th 1915 Where? Oriental Park Racetrack, Havana, Cuba Background This week’s trip into the archives tells the tale of two giants; one a literal giant, the other a giant both of boxing and of racial equality. It may be difficult to believe now but 100 years ago the world heavyweight boxing championship …

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Sergey Kovalev & This Week In Boxing

Michael McCarthy is back with this week’s latest boxing news, a week where Sergey Kovalev stole the headlines. We open this week’s round up with action in the ring. Saturday night saw Russian powerhouse Sergey Kovalev defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against undefeated American challenger Cedric Agnew. The Russian is best known on this side of the Atlantic for …

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This Week In Boxing History – George Foreman vs Ken Norton (1974)

What? George Foreman v Ken Norton When? March 26th 1974 Where? Caracas, Venezuela Background To most people George Foreman is probably best known as a grill salesman. Those with a little boxing knowledge will also know him as Muhammad Ali’s dance partner for the famous “Rumble in the Jungle”.  But in 1974 Foreman was a baaaaaad man. A year earlier, …

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This Week In Boxing

Although we are almost a quarter of the way through the year, 2014 in boxing has been quiet so far. This past week has been no exception with the main talking points coming outside the ropes. Last weekend saw the beginning of the build up to Manny Pacquiao’s eagerly anticipated rematch with Timothy Bradley on April 12th. HBO screened their …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

James Clancy is here to discuss the winners and losers from an action-packed sporting weekend. Who’s Hot? John Joe Nevin  Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin claimed a unanimous decision in his debut as a professional as he beat Puerto Rico’s Alberto Candelaria over six rounds in Boston on St Patrick’s Day. The Irish boxer had to hold off a rally from his …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #11: Iran Barkley

This week’s Forgotten Fighter segment looks at the career of Iran Barkley; a man who endured a decline so big that he went from boxing notoriety to homelessness in just a matter of years. In 1988 Iran Barkley was responsible for Ring Magazine’s ‘upset of the year’ when he defeated the Kronk gym legend Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns within three explosive …

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Five Memorable Irish Sporting Moments

Irish sport has had many great moments over the years and as it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we take a look back at some of the best of them.   Eamonn Coghlan wins gold at 1983 World Championships We all remember that little look to the left. As Coughlan and the Soviet runner, Dmitry Dmitriyev, turned on to the final straight of …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #10: Ken Norton

This week’s Forgotten Fighter is Ken Norton, one of only five men to defeat Muhammad Ali in the ring. Perhaps no fighter was more underestimated by their opponent heading into a fight as Ken Norton was by Muhammad Ali on 1st of March 1973. Ken Norton was a big athletic, but not unskilful, former marine from Jacksonville Illinois. Although he …

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Katie Taylor goes unopposed again

Olympic champion Katie Taylor collected another national title on Saturday last. However, Taylor did not have to face an opponent to capture the belt, as has been the case with all of her national championships. In previous years Taylor had been unopposed in her weight class. This year was set to be different, however, when Alanna Murphy entered the lightweight …

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Floyd Mayweather: The Extrovert Explained

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Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana go toe-to-toe in Las Vegas on May 3rd. Pundit Arena’s Tom McCarthy discusses the career of the main protagonist, ‘Money’ Mayweather, and argues that we are in the presence of greatness. Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr, businessman, showman, entrepreneur, undefeated boxer. Like him or loathe him, there is no denying that Floyd Mayweather is one of, …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #9: Edwin Valero

Just prior to Manny Pacquiao’s peak years during the middle to late 2000’s the critics felt there was one man who would be capable of beating Pacman; the controversial Venezuelan KO artist, Edwin Valero. This week’s Forgotten Fighter looks back on the troubled Venezuelan’s career. When opponents stepped into the ring they were faced with the intimidating sight of a …

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Boxing’s Top 5 Greatest Rivalries

Following the announcement of a Froch – Groves rematch, Pundit Arena’s James Clancy looks at the top five rivalries in boxing history. Following an epic fight last November which was finished too soon by the referee, Carl Froch and George Groves are set to square off again, this time at Wembley Stadium on 31st May. The first fight really was a …

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