Michael Carruth - the making of an Irish boxing legend

Michael Carruth raises his arms in victory after winning Olympic gold against Cuba's Juan Hernandez

Eighty years ago the National Stadium in Dublin opened its doors, becoming the first purpose-built boxing venue in Europe and a place that fight fans across Ireland could call home. 

This week Neil Loughran talks to some of those whose stories have been woven into the fabric of this iconic venue through the decades, and the series starts today with the Olympic golden boy who grew up just a stone’s throw away, Michael Carruth......


THERE was the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during his first year as a pro. The famous York Hall, the Point, the King’s Hall, Pairc Ui Chaoimh the night Steve Collins cemented his dominance over Chris Eubank.

Yet nothing Michael Carruth experienced during an underwhelming professional career came anywhere close to rivalling his achievements with the vest, and especially that magical moment inside Barcelona’s Pavelló Club on August 8, 1992.

Almost 27 years on, and with the next Olympic Games just a year away, he remains the only Irishman to return from the greatest show on earth with a boxing gold medal around his neck.


Read the full feature tomorrow, in the first of six major boxing reads spread over the course of this week in The Irish News....





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