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Archive for the ‘ Boxing ’ Category

Jimmy Ellis : The Forgotten Champ

When people think of a former World Heavyweight Champion they think of the greats like Muhammad Ali , Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Max Schmeling and the list goes on. One name you won’t hear though is that of Jimmy Ellis.

Ellis , a native of Louisville,  Kentucky, started boxing as an amateur after watching a friend box the one and only Muhammad Ali on a televised amateur show called “Tomorrow’s Champions”. After watching his friend ( Donnie Hall) lose, Jimmy Ellis thought he had what it took to be a fighter. He followed his friend to Louisville’s Columbia Boxing Gym where he started his amateur career under the coaching of a police officer called Joe Martin. Ellis was no doubt a talent, notching up a very impressive amateur record winning 59 of his 66 fights. He fought Ali twice as an amateur, losing the first and winning the second. He was a Golden Gloves Champion and no doubt was a big prospect as he turned pro in 1961. Continue reading

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Jennings Maintains Unbeaten Record Against Szpilka

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Bryant Jennings improved his professional boxing record to 18-0-10 KOs on his HBO debut on Saturday night.

Jennings took on fellow unbeaten heavyweight Arthur Szpilka of Poland, who boasted a 16-0-12 KOs record , at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia vs Juan Carlos Burgos bout. Continue reading

IBF Order Froch To Face Groves Again

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has ordered Carl Froch to face George Groves within 90 days or face been stripped of his Super-middleweight title.

Froch and Groves were involved in one of the best and most controversial boxing bouts in Britain in recent years. Groves had out-boxed Froch for most of the fight before being controversially stopped in the 9th round in their November 23rd clash last year. Continue reading

Boxing : Pascal Overcomes Bute In Montreal

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NABF light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal out-pointed former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute over twelve rounds claiming the vacant WBC diamond championship in the process.

The Bell Center in Montreal, Canada was packed out as both boxers wanted to claim bragging rights at their adopted home. Pascal (29-2-1, 17KOs) from Haiti,boxing out of Quebec, claimed the decision over Lucian Bute (31-2, 24KOs) from Romania, also boxing out of Quebec. Continue reading

Pacquiao’s Success Offers Hope For Philippines

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Boxing fans are eager to see what’s next on the cards for Manny Pacquiao after he defeated  Brandon Rios in Macau on November 23. For Manny and many Filipinos, more than Pacquiao’s pride was at stake in this match. The Philippines, battered by natural disasters and corruption controversies, is desperately in need of heroes. For many years now Manny Pacquiao played that role perfectly. Born in the humblest of circumstances, his rags-to-riches story is a constant source of pride and inspiration to Filipinos. And what a story it has been.

He moved to Manila at a very young age and worked at odd jobs to survive. He was too scrawny to fight professionally and it took many months of painstaking training using makeshift equipment before he was finally noticed by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and included in the national boxing team pool. Continue reading

Irish Boxers Bring Four Medals Home From Minsk

boxIrish Boxers John Joe Nevin & Jason Quigley have won gold at the European Championships in Minsk while Michael Conlon & Paddy Barnes came home with silver.

John Joe Nevin beat Nikola Butsenko of Ukraine in the bantamweight final to claim gold. Nevin was comfortable throughout the fight and had a little more to offer than his opponent.Jason Quigley had a superb start to his fight against Juratoni, but got a little tired in the third round against his opponent. However he had done enough at the start of the fight to earn him a gold medal in the middleweight division. Continue reading

2012 Irish Sport Review

kbKieran Behan defied the odds to become the second ever Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympics despite expectations that he would never walk again.

Connacht recorded their first ever victory in the Heineken Cup with a 9-8 win over Harlequins, but still finished bottom of their group.

Ireland kicked off their Six Nations campaign with a 21-23 defeat to Wales which was followed by a 42-10 victory over Italy.

Irish rugby fans were left stranded in Paris following late cancellation of France vs Ireland in the Six Nations.

Galway native Richard Donovan broke his own world record in Sydney, Australia as he ran seven marathons in the space of four days, 22 hours and four minutes.

The rescheduled Six Nations game against France ended in a 17-17 draw. The remaining fixtures were a 32-14 win over Scotland and finally a disastrous St. Patrick’s Day for the national side as they were beaten 30-9 by England.

Cork landed their third Allianz Football League Division One title in a row with a 2-10 0-11 victory over Mayo.

Irish-born Aussie Rules hall of famer Jim Stynes passed away at the age of 45 after losing his battle with cancer.

Kilkenny hammered Galway 3-26 to 0-10 to land National Hurling League Division One title.

Crusaders won the Setanta Sports Cup following a 5-4 victory on penalties against Derry City. The game was level at 2-2 after extra-time.

Katie Taylor won her fourth consecutive Amateur World Championship, beating Russian opponent Sofya Ochigava who she would later face in an historic sporting occasion.

Leinster landed the Heinken Cup after a 42-14 win over Ulster at Twickenham.

The Republic of Ireland crashed out of the Euro 2012 group stages as they failed to pick up a single point and scored just one goal. They were beaten 3-1 by Croatia, 4-0 by Spain and 2-0 by Italy.

The Airtricity League Premier Division lost another club as Monaghan United drop out due to financial reasons.

Cork, Dublin, Donegal and Mayo won their respective provincial Gaelic football titles

Tipperary, Galway and Antrim won their respective provincial Hurling titles.

Katie Taylor won gold for Ireland at the London Olympics. She recorded impressive victories over Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas and Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva before meeting Ochigava in a tightly contested Final which saw the Bray native triumph by a score of 10-8.ktJohn-Joe Nevin picked up silver while Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes won bronze in boxing at the London Olympics.

Cian O’Connor secured a bronze medal with his horse in the Individual Jumping event.

There was further success in London in the following weeks as the Irish Paralympic team returned home with a tally of 16 medals, their highest total since picking up 42 medals at the 1988 games in Seoul. They won 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 5 bronze medals.

jmcDonegal outshone Mayo to win their first All-Ireland title in 20 years. Jim McGuinness’ incredible year as Donegal manager did not go unnoticed abroad and he was handed a role as a performance consultant at Celtic just weeks later.

Kilkenny beat Galway in a replay of the All-Ireland Hurling Final to secure yet another title.

The Republic of Ireland avoided an embarrassing opening to their World Cup Qualifiers Group as they score two late goals to take three points away from Kazakhstan.

Drogheda United won the EA Sports Cup following a 3-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

Sligo Rovers won their first League of Ireland title since 1977 after beating fellow title contenders St. Patrick’s Athletic in a dramatic game as Mark Quigley’s 87th minute penalty proved to be the decisive goal.

Limerick were promoted to the top tier of Irish football for the first time in 19 years.

The Republic of Ireland suffered one of its heaviest ever defeats as Germany hammered them 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium. The Boys in Green respond with a 4-1 win away to the Faroe Islands days later.

dcfcDerry City were crowned as the FAI Ford Cup Champions following a 3-2 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic after extra-time.

Gaelic football loses one of its all-time greats as Kerry hero Paidi O’Se passes away aged 57.

By Alan Finn

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