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# Boxing

Last year
# Controversy
I’ve lost respect for Kell, says Amir Khan as Brook denies making racial slur
The pair traded final barbs ahead of their fight in Manchester this weekend.
# Undisputed
Katie Taylor sidesteps Serrano’s call for 12 three-minute rounds
The pair are due to meet for the undisputed world lightweight crown in New York on 30 April.
# meeting the enemy
Taylor: 'This is going to be a career-defining night... But I have been refined in the fire'
Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano stared down for the first time ahead of their 30 April superfight on a hectic media day in New York.
# brothers with arms
Sonny Bill Williams and Andy Lee: An unlikely partnership of world champions
A move from rugby league to rugby union in 2008 sparked the New Zealand sporting legend’s interest in boxing – because he found himself a million dollars in debt.
# it's on
Tyson Fury to defend title against Dillian Whyte as Warren wins purse bid
Promoter Warren says that a venue and date for the fight will be announced in due course.
# barbaric
Iran sentences 'boxing champion' to death over protests
The news comes just over a year after the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari.
# behind enemy lines
Conlan to challenge Wood for featherweight belt in champion's hometown of Nottingham
The Belfast man will hope his legion of travelling supporters make Nottingham feel like home on 12 March.
All time
# pain
'I would go and spar sometimes with the worst headaches but I was too proud'
Read an extract from ‘Damage: The Untold Story of Brain Trauma in Boxing.’
# held up her end
Amanda Serrano dominates common opponent Gutierrez to set up superfight with Katie Taylor
The Puerto Rican southpaw dominated the rock-solid Spaniard to pave the way for an April showdown.
# Character
Derek Chisora tapes mouth and opts to play music in bizarre press conference
The Briton will face New Zealander Joseph Parker in Manchester this weekend.
# new venture
Galway's three-time Irish Senior champion Kieran Molloy turns professional with Top Rank
The Oughterard BC man joins Michael Conlan, Kurt Walker and the man whom he edged out in the 2019 Senior final, Paddy Donovan, on Bob Arum’s books.
# Tune-up
Japan's 'Monster' Inoue defends bantamweight titles in Tokyo
The pound-for-pound contender secured an eighth-round stoppage of unheralded Thai challenger Aran Dipaen this morning.
# Garden Party
First-round stoppage win for Mighty Joe Ward, while Lomachenko overpowers Commey in New York
Elsewhere, Nonito Donaire defended his WBC title with body shot KO of Reymart Gaballo.
# taylor v sharipova
Taylor must send not-so-gentle reminder of why she's boss
The Irish icon can send a message to the boxing world that the rumours of her decline are premature with an impressive victory tonight.
# Pride of Smithborough
Monaghan's Aaron McKenna wins WBC youth world title with 14th pro victory
Stevie McKenna needed just 68 seconds to stop his opponent on the same card in Crystal Palace, London this evening.
# black thunder
'I've felt real pressure in life... This is just sport' - Agyarko ready to bring the mayhem
Belfast’s ‘Black Thunder’ on kickstarting his career, introducing himself to the Irish masses, and why it means so much to fight on the same card as Katie Taylor.
# happy christmas sure
Champion Taylor and challenger Sharipova - bearing a gift - face off for final time before title bout
The champion and challenger safely made weight for tomorrow night’s encounter in Liverpool, but not without another slightly awkward exchange.
# russian blues
'I do remember her coming up to me after that and actually apologising for her comments in London'
Katie Taylor responds to Sofya Ochigava’s recent comments about their 2012 Olympic final and discusses her involvement in a new boxing video game.
# we don't let this slip
'It feels like we're up against this country-backed fighter who has come in on a mission to dethrone Katie'
With so much on the line for Katie Taylor, Firuza Sharipova and her huge travelling party have spooked Eddie Hearn on Merseyside.
# And Still...
Gervonta Davis retains WBA lightweight title with unanimous decision win over Isaac Cruz
‘Tank’ went the full 12 rounds for the first time in his professional career after injuring his left hand in Los Angeles.
# And Still...
Haney outboxes Diaz to defend lightweight title - and a showdown with Kambosos may be next
Unified lightweight champ George Kambosos wants an 80,000-capacity stadium showdown in Australia for the undisputed title.
# appreciate the concern
Katie Taylor: 'I'm not thinking about retirement right now - but I guess everyone else is'
‘My whole childhood was based around this Olympic dream that I had… But never in a million years did I think I’d be in the position that I’m in now.’
# And Still...
Unbeaten Crawford stops Porter in 10th round to retain welterweight title
WBO champ Crawford improves his record to a perfect 38-0 with victory over the former two-time champion.
# Disappointment
Demetrius Andrade stops Jason Quigley in two rounds to defend his middleweight title
The champion made short work of his Irish challenger who was overwhelmed by his speed and accuracy.
# Kid Dynamite
'You'll remember Thomas O'Toole's name' - Galway prospect's stunning 1st-round KO catches Hearn's eye
The 2019 Irish Elite champion was supposed to be graduating from GMIT today but turned up instead in New Hampshire with a spectacular win.
# The Challenger
Happiness won't stop Jason Quigley from becoming 'one nasty f***er' during tonight's date with destiny
‘There used to be a time when I couldn’t go into a room on my own, I couldn’t be in silence because things would come into my head that I didn’t want to think about.’
# yup donegal
Champ Andrade the away fighter on his own turf as he and Quigley make weight for title fight
The Irish challenger weighed in at 159.8lbs to a cacophony of noise in the American’s neighbouring state.
# it never ends
IABA banishes Leinster Council, Connacht Council and Dublin Board from association
Elected officers from the three dissenting units have had their memberships revoked by the IABA’s Central Council, via an independent panel.
# last dance
Dennis Hogan rebounds with victory as he begins final world-title push
‘The saga continues’, laughed the Kildare man post-fight.
# no to pro
'You have these vultures trying to earn off you. I'm not a businesswoman so I'm not into that'
Olympic champion Kellie Harrington explains why she’s happy to stay in the amateur ranks.
# Boxing
Taylor to face WBA no.1 contender in final hurdle before potential Serrano superfight
The fight will take place in Liverpool on Saturday 11 December.
Kiko Martinez stuns Kid Galahad with sixth round knockout
The fight was stopped six seconds into the sixth round.
# Boxing
Double success for McKenna brothers on Coventry card
Earlier, Brett McGinty beat Czech Republic fighter Pavel Albrecht over four rounds.
# Triple G
Golovkin returning to the ring for middleweight unification bout with Japanese star Murata
The fight, scheduled for 29 December, will be the 39-year-old’s first in over a year.
# go pro
Irish Olympian Kurt Walker turns professional
Walker’s move into the pro ranks with Conlan Boxing and Top Rank has been officially confirmed.
# worth the trip
Kelyn Cassidy misses out on World Championship medal but secures state funding for 2022
The Waterford man was beaten by brilliant Belarusian Aliaksei Alfiorau tonight but his Belgrade campaign will financially aid his future progression.
# grand arrival
Waterford's Cassidy one win from a World Championship medal after another brilliant win
The Irish champion’s medal bout versus Belarus tomorrow will be worth €20,000 in additional state funding for 2022, and a further €21,000 in prize money.
# Prospect
Dublin heavyweight Carty earns stoppage win on Matchroom undercard in London
The Dillian Whyte-managed, Paschal Collins-trained prospect moves to 2-0(1KO) after seizing an appealing opportunity in London.
# on he goes
Waterford's Kelyn Cassidy defeats Mexican Arriaga to claim Ireland's first win at the Worlds
A young and inexperienced Irish team had suffered only defeat until surprise Irish Elite champion Cassidy progressed to the last 16.
# keep an eye
Caoimhín Agyarko signs promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom
‘Black Thunder’ joins Katie Taylor on Hearn’s books and will fight live on DAZN in pursuit of his dream to become the first ever black Irish world champion.