# Boxing

This week
19th March 2023 - 22nd March 2023
# insanity
With Serrano out, Katie Taylor chooses her Everest
If Taylor can beat the Englishwoman and become a two-weight undisputed champion, it would unquestionably be her greatest moment in the ring.
This month
March 2023
# shrouded in doubt
Boxing likely to remain on schedule for 2024 Olympics but in serious peril for 2028
There are also concerns that lightweight rowing – in which Ireland have won medals in Rio and in Tokyo – will be removed from the 2028 Games.
# Boxing
Conor Benn reveals he felt suicidal following positive drugs tests
The former two-weight world champion said he ‘didn’t think (he’d) see another day’.
# Let's Go
'Happy to move up in weight' - Taylor calls out Cameron for 3Arena showdown
Katie Taylor issued the challenge following news of her fight with Amanda Serrano being postponed.
# Road to Nowhere
Serrano's withdrawal another predictable speedbump on Taylor's journey home
It stands to reason that the Puerto Rican would be injured but maybe this latest setback is less a speedbump and more a slow puncture, writes Gavan Casey.
Last month
February 2023
# Claim
Boxing body says eating eggs could explain Benn's positive dope test
The 26-year-old had denied intentionally or knowingly ingesting any banned substances
# huge blow
Irish boxers will not take part at World Championships following IABA vote
The World Championships will take place later this year.
# impasse
Nobody really to blame for Taylor's Croke Park night falling through
Sometimes, things don’t work out. It’s just a pity that we had gotten our hopes up.
# downsized
Katie Taylor's Croke Park dream is over due to costs, with homecoming set for 3Arena
GAA HQ has proven too expensive to rent for a Taylor homecoming bout, with promoter Eddie Hearn expressing his frustration.
January 2023
# Boxing
Anthony Yarde fails in world title bid after losing thriller to Artur Beterbiev
The Montreal-based Russian took his 19th victory when his opponent’s corner called off the fight.
# rise and fall
The story of the world champion who ended up in a homeless shelter
Tris Dixon speaks about his new book on Matthew Saad Muhammad and his own relationship with the late fighter.
# Saturday Night Fights
Smith drops Eubank Jr twice before fourth-round stoppage in middleweight grudge match
Referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to wave off the main event in Manchester.
# Controversy
Eubank Jr wears rainbow armband, Smith's 'homophobic remarks' condemned
It came after an unpleasant exchange with Liam Smith as the pair came in under the middleweight limit for Saturday night’s grudge bout.
# business trip
Taylor and Serrano still on Croke Park collision course despite February detour
There are still wrinkles to iron out but, in an ideal world, Taylor-Serrano II at Croker would be officially announced in a New York ring next month.
Last year
# Ready to go
Heavyweight champions Fury and Usyk agree unification bout - Arum
The 34-year-old defeated his British rival Derek Chisora for the third time in his career to retain his WBC title earlier this month.
# Tokyo
'Monster' Inoue batters Butler to become first undisputed bantamweight champ in 50 years
The Japanese star picked up his fourth belt at 118lbs after eventually mowing down his defensive English opponent.
# Take a Bow
Michael Conlan earns first-round knockout win over Karim Guerfi
The two-time Irish Olympian secured a swift victory over his 38-year-old opponent.
# owning up
Ex-boxing ref admits cheating to help Pacquiao win fight 22 years ago
Padilla admits to aiding Pacquaio during a fight in 2000.
# Boxing
Kellie Harrington's autobiography wins the Irish Sports Book of the Year
It overcame competition from five other nominees.
# vow
I can’t retire until I fight Anthony Joshua – Tyson Fury
Negotiations for an all-British blockbuster later this year broke down last month.
# Upset
Sonny Bill Williams shocked by MMA veteran Hunt in first pro boxing defeat
Hunt, 48, stopped Williams in the fourth round in Sydney.
# Time to go
Eric Donovan announces his retirement from boxing
Donovan’s last fight in September culminated in a thrilling EU featherweight title victory in Belfast.
# fighting his case
'Do I look like an idiot?' - Conor Benn blames failed tests on contamination
Benn failed two Vada tests taken in July and September, resulting in the cancellation of his bout with Chris Eubank Jr.
# Ambition
'Stuff of dreams' - Taylor eyes Croke Park homecoming fight ahead of title defence in Wembley
The 36-year-old aims to defend her undisputed lightweight champion status against Argentina’s Karen Elizabeth Carabajal.
# Golden Girls
Historic day as Harrington, Broadhurst and O'Rourke conquer Europe in style
Ireland won a remarkable three golds, two silvers, and two bronze medals in Budva, Montenegro.
# Boxing
Fury to defend world heavyweight title against Chisora
The bout will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on 3 December.
# outrageous
Fryers, Harrington and O'Rourke take Ireland's medal tally to magnificent seven
Ireland’s previous record medal haul at a Women’s European Championships was three.
# Landmark
Record-breaking day as Ireland guarantee at least four medals at Europeans
Shannon Sweeney, Michaela Walsh, Amy Broadhurst and Christina Desmond are on the podium, with four more just a win away in Budva.
# Change
Bernard Dunne confirmed as India's new high-performance director
Kellie Harrington emerged as an Olympic champion under his guidance and expressed her disappointment at the IABA’s failure to hold onto the Dubliner.
# Boxing
Broadhurst, O'Rourke and Desmond one win away from European medals
It was another successful day for the Irish in Montenegro.
# Revenge
Claressa Shields beats Savannah Marshall to earn undisputed crown
Marshall was beaten unanimously on points, the American winning 97-93 on two cards and 96-94 on the other.
# European Championships
Kellie Harrington books place in European Championship quarter-finals
Earlier on Saturday Belfast duo Carly McNaul and Michaela Walsh earned their place in medal bouts.
# pure class
Harrington dominates professional knockout artist to get Europeans off to flyer
The Dubliner was too much for former professional world champ and 2019 European silver medallist Maiva Hamadouche in her preliminary bout.
# Pioneer
Boxing greats call for trailblazer Gogarty to be honoured with statue
Hall of Famer Christy Martin, whose 1996 bout with Deirdre Gogarty was a major breakthrough for women’s boxing, has voiced her support for the campaign.
# Not happening
Benn-Eubank Jr fight officially postponed after failed drug test
Promoters Matchroom and Wasserman announced that Saturday’s bout at the O2 in London is off.
# Boxing
British Boxing Board of Control say Benn-Eubank Jr fight is ‘prohibited’
Promoters earlier claimed the fight would go ahead despite Benn returning an adverse finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug.
# Verdict
Former boxing champion David Haye cleared of assault charge
The judge ruled that he had no case to answer.
# Boxing
D-day has come and gone – Tyson Fury says proposed Anthony Joshua fight off
Fury said his self-imposed deadline, of 5pm on Monday, for Joshua to sign a contract had passed without news.
# Disaster
Boxing set for Olympic expulsion as IBA backs president Kremlev
The IOC says it is ‘extremely concerned’ by the outcome of an IBA extraordinary congress today.
# Warrior
Eric Donovan digs deep to win EU title in thriller
Earlier, Belfast’s Anthony Cacace earned his own career-best victory over previously unbeaten Italian Michael Magnesi.