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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

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

Irish Wrestler Set For Charity Boxing Match

ddLeading Irish wrestler Danny “The Pain” Deans is taking to the boxing ring in an attempt to raise funds for cancer research and a cancer patient who urgently needs treatment.

The Irish News Review columnist will don a different set of gloves when he takes to the squared circle on December 21st at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

Deans will headline the event when he battles long time friend and Hard-Pain tag team partner Harry Hardshaw in a special exhibition match. Boxing rules will apply but who knows what will happen when these two grapplers get to grips with each other.

Speaking on why he’s involved in the charity event Danny said “This event means a lot to me because over the last few years I lost two of my auntie’s to cancer. They were my father’s sisters, he is also not with us anymore so I’d say they are proud of me for taking part in this event”.

A number of boxing matches will also take place on the undercard.

Tickets for the over 18’s event cost €15 with a DJ playing live music while the action unfolds. Live music will follow the event.

If you would like to sponsor Danny you can do so by contacting him through Irish News Review.

Nevin Set For Final Battle Against Family Friend

Irish fighter John Joe Nevin is facing the battle of his life tonight in order to achieve Olympic gold.

The Mullingar fighter, who is hoping to emulate the success earlier this week of Katie Taylor and win a gold medal, is in action at 8.45pm.

He beat Cuba’s reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada yesterday afternoon on a score of 19-14 and will face Britain’s Luke Campbell in tonight’s final at the Excel Arena in London.

The Mullingar bantamweight gave the performance of his life, winning all three rounds against Estrada and bringing the house down at the ExCel Arena. Nevin nailed the Cuban with some wonderful combinations while always fighting at long distance.

It was closer in round two with Estrada desperately trying to claw back the lead but he couldn’t cope with Nevin’s clean.

With Estrada unable to make much headway, Nevin did his self proclaimed Mullingar Shuffle, reminiscent of the great Ali shuffle. Nevin got the Cuban right where he wanted him with the shuffle making him an easy target.

Hull native Campbell eased through his bantamweight semi-final against Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu winning 20-11. He will find it tougher against Nevin, an opponent he is familiar with.

Campbell has Irish relatives on his dad’s side and they know the Nevin clan in Cavan.

His Irish aunt was telling him how good Nevin is when he last spoke to her.

“The Irish side of my family know the Nevin family pretty well,” he said. “My dad’s mum and dad were from Ireland and one was from Northern Ireland and the other from southern Ireland.

“I was talking to my family in Ireland a few months ago and they all said they knew John Joe and his family.

“We were all talking about what a great fighter he is.

“I knew it could happen at the beginning of this tournament that we could meet again and it’s great to have a GB v Ireland Olympic final.

“He’s done brilliantly and I’ve done fantastically well too, so I’m fully expecting a great final.”

The duo have met each other twice before with both claiming one victory each but the Irish public will be hoping Nevin can get the better of Campbell and guarantee a second gold medal for Ireland.

 

Katie Hoping To Beat Outspoken Opponent And Win The Gold

Katie Taylor will aim to win Ireland’s first gold medal in boxing in 20 years this afternoon when she competes in the final of the women’s lightweight category at London 2012.

The nation will come to a standstill as Taylor takes on Russia’s Sofya Ochigava at the ExCeL Arena at 4:45pm.

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Bray to watch the fight, which comes one day after the hometown hero sealed her route to the final with a stunning win over Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva .

The Russian has lost twice to Taylor in recent finals but will aim to make it third time lucky after her defeats at the 2011 European Championships and this year’s world championships. Ochigava expressed her concerns that the judges might favour the Irish boxer, saying that Taylor’s first round opponent Natasha Jonas suffered at the hands of the judges.

“She is one of the best, but she is just another boxer. In my opinion Natasha Jonas won the first two rounds against her, but the judges didn’t see it that way,” Ochigava said after beating Brazil’s Adriana Araujo 17-11 in her semi-final

“When you fight Katie you are already minus 10 points. You are fighting the judges and the whole system and they will try to give her too many points.”

Regardless of her feelings towards the judges, Ochigava, who also reached the final in clinical fashion, will certainly be up against an Irish crowd who smashed the record for the loudest roar of the Games on Monday.

Katie who has been vividly struck by the atmosphere during her matches said “It’s amazing. To have a chance to box for a gold medal tomorrow is incredible. It’s incredible to have 10,000 Irish people screaming for you, it feels like I’m boxing at home in Dublin. Hopefully I can make everyone proud.”