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Boxers send video of support to Kyle Smith

Digital Staff
A HOST of boxers have sent messages of congratulations to a young Belfast boxer selected to represent Ireland at the European Schoolboy/girl Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia next month.

'I was walking out totally oblivious and just happened to look over, heard a gunshot, boom...'

It should have been the greatest night of his young life after landing a first Irish senior title, but instead Billy Walsh found himself being interviewed by the Guards after witnessing a murder outside the National Stadium. He tells Neil Loughran about that traumatic night, highs and lows in the ring, and the start of something special as the high performance unit was born… 

'The energy of the man is unbelievable... I’m sure he’ll still be going down the road for a few years yet'

In the final instalment of our series looking back at 80 years of the National Stadium, Neil Loughran speaks to a man who first walked through the doors just 10 years after they opened. Gerry Storey has seen it all during a lifetime in boxing, and he’s not done yet…

The story behind the famous portait of a teenage Katie Taylor and Alanna Audley

It is an iconic image that captures a teenage Katie Taylor and Alanna Audley in the wake of their historic 2001 fight at the National Stadium - but what ever happened to the portrait itself? Neil Loughran spoke to artist Paul Mac Cormaic to find out...

'I had been boxing since I was 10 years of age not getting any fights... so it was huge for me': Katie Taylor and Alanna Nihell look back on a night to remember

On a historic Halloween night in 2001, teenagers Katie Taylor and Alanna Audley helped change the face of female boxing in Ireland. Both have gone on to carve out their own paths in the sport and, 18 years on, the pair tell Neil Loughran about a major turning point in their lives...

'In a world where everybody’s building on everything, it’s in prime position for people to make offers for it, but it would be very strange to see anything there other than boxing'

“I WAS never beaten in this country. I never lost an amateur bout here, national or international... I won every national title straight through.” It is for obvious reasons, then, that the National Stadium retains a special place in Bernard Dunne’s affections.

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