# Irish Boxing

This week
19th March 2023 - 21st 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
# 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
# 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.
This year
# 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
# making history
'It is happening and it is next' - Katie Taylor aims for Croke Park summer homecoming
Eddie Hearn said his lawsuit against Amanda Serrano’s promoter Jake Paul is separate from the homecoming fight.
Katie Taylor outguns Karen Elizabeth Carabajal to stay undisputed and undefeated
The lightweight queen cruised to victory in London.
# last stand
15 years after he smashed Irish hearts and bookies, Kiko Martinez is still swinging
Kiko Martinez fights Jordan Gill on the Katie Taylor undercard in London tonight.
# London Calling
'Female fighters are putting the males to shame in terms of the challenges they are accepting'
Katie Taylor and Eddie Hearn were speaking at their pre-fight press conference in London.
# 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.
# Going For Gold
Broadhurst, Harrington, O'Rourke, Freyers and Desmond progress to European finals
It was a memorable day for Irish boxing in Montenegro.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
'Medals don't change my life or who I am as a person in any way, shape or form'
Michaela Walsh has her eyes set on the podium at Paris 2024, but ‘everything from this point onwards is a bonus.’
# Small World
The former Brian Dillon's man taking on Britain's rising star on the Usyk-Joshua undercard
Petar Nosic has swapped the phone in Abtran for a place on one of the world’s biggest sporting stages this Saturday.
# Boxing
More boxing upheaval as IABA chairman and CEO announce their resignations
Fergal Carruth and Ciaran Kirwan’s decision ‘follows the rejection by delegates of the proposals on good corporate governance at the IABA’s EGM in Roscommon on 10 July.’
# problem child
Boxing funding cut but Sport Ireland 'a long way from giving up hope' on IABA reform
Irish boxing’s NGB has until mid-September to propose a restructure of its long-maligned governance.
# Hey Jude
Irish youngster Gallagher continues to catch Hearn's eye as he seals medal
The 20-year-old Tyrone man has emerged as one of the stars of the tournament.
# Homebird
'Who needs Caoimhín Agyarko?'
The unbeaten prospect wants to become ‘an icon for Irish fight fans and for Irish people generally… And that starts at home,’ he says.
# in-fighting
Funding cuts and protest votes: What's happening with the IABA?
The sky is blue, the grass is green, and the IABA finds itself in ‘a crisis of its own making’.
# Gift of the gab
Galway's Gabriel Dossen wins gold at European Championships
Dossen is Ireland’s newest European champion, while breakout talent Dylan Eagleson took silver in his first ever tournament as a senior boxer.
# the eagle has landed
New stars Dossen and Eagleson secure European Championship medals for Ireland
Eagleson, who had never before competed as a senior in any competition, is now an Elite European Championship medallist.
# sickener
Highly unfortunate defeat for heavyweight medal prospect Marley in Yerevan
Three boxers from Ireland’s young squad bowed out on Thursday, while four more will fight to secure at least bronze on Friday.
# Plan B
UFC and boxing legend Holly Holm becomes leading candidate to face Taylor at Croke Park
The former three-weight boxing world champion left the sport for MMA in 2013 in search of better opportunities, but may pivot back to face the Irish icon.
# ultimatum
IABA must reform or face 'immediate and severe financial sanctions' from government
The IABA have since released a statement in response to Minister Chambers’ comments on RTÉ Radio One earlier today.
# into the history books
Brilliant Broadhurst and O'Rourke guarantee World Championship medals for Ireland
It’s only the second time – after a certain Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington in 2016 – that Ireland have had multiple medallists at the Women’s Worlds.
# Irish Boxing
'It's a disgrace. There's people's psychological welfare being affected by this'
Billy Walsh has backed Bernard Dunne in the wake of his departure as IABA high performance director.
# Road to Croker
The anatomy of Katie Taylor's ringwalk - and will she make one at Croke Park this year?
It’s time to bring Katie Taylor home.
# Irish Boxing
Bernard Dunne resigns as IABA’s high performance director
Dunne has been on extended leave from the role since the Tokyo Olympics.
# Record Breaker
Katie Taylor's triumph over Amanda Serrano attracted 1.5 million viewers worldwide
Fans tuned in across 170+ markets worldwide.
# high point
Katie Taylor: 'Tonight was absolutely the best moment of my career'
Eddie Hearn is keen on staging a Taylor-Serrano sequel in Ireland.
# the legend continues
Katie Taylor comes back from the brink to defeat Amanda Serrano in fight for the ages
On an electrifying night in New York, the Irish great gritted out a seismic victory over her slightly favoured longtime rival after being badly hurt in the fifth round.
# next gen
From 'sh****ng it' meeting Katie Taylor as a 14-year-old to fighting on her Madison Square Garden undercard
Australia’s Skye Nicolson, whose boxing brothers died tragically before she was born, is hellbent on carrying their legacy to new heights.
# Taylor
'I’m coming from the likes of McGuigan, Collins, McCullough... We'll bring that heritage'
Katie Taylor on spending time with Amanda Serrano, being grateful she’s not fighting on a Jake Paul undercard, and comparisons between tonight’s bout and her 2012 Olympic final.
# Electric
Hairs raised and roof lifted at MSG as Taylor and Serrano make weight for title showdown
The Irish turned out in force, with plenty of Puerto Rican noise too, as Saturday night’s protagonists faced off on stage.
# a night of firsts
Katie Taylor 'couldn't care less' that she's the underdog for the first time in her career
‘I think we were supposed to be fighting in Eddie Hearn’s backyard during the pandemic, so I think MSG and a packed 20,000 arena… It is a bit better.’
# dem apples
'We're not selling out MSG just because people are going, 'Let's go and support women's sport''
With MSG almost sold out for Saturday, Eddie Hearn has reiterated that he would be ‘very disappointed’ if Taylor never fights in Ireland as a professional.