VLADIMIR Nikitin has shattered his dreams before, so Christmas and thoughts of the world title shot he wants in 2020 have been put on hold as “stone cold” Michael Conlan focusses all his attention on a third, defining, rumble with the dangerous Russian.
IRELAND returned empty-handed from the last Olympic Games in Rio, but High Performance director Bernard Dunne insists that disappointment hasn’t piled on any extra pressure as Tokyo 2020 looms large on the horizon.
ANTHONY Cacace shot up to number nine in the WBA rankings after his British super-featherweight title triumph over Sam Bowen last Saturday night and his manager Pat Magee is now targeting a world title showdown with reigning WBA champion and two-time Carl Frampton opponent Leo Santa Cruz.
CARL Frampton’s catchweight comeback fight against Tyler ‘The Golden Child’ McCreary – no relation to Norn Iron World Cup icon Davy McCreery – in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas had a slightly jittery feel to it in the build-up despite a clear gulf in levels.
British Super-Featherweight title: Sam Bowen (15-0) v Anthony Cacace (17-1) (tonight, live on BT Sport 2 form 6pm) AWAY from home and against the defending British champion, Anthony Cacace has it all to do tonight but his coach Harry Hawkins says ‘the Apache’ has all the tools required to cause an upset in Birmingham.
BERNARD Dunne insists the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) and the High Performance unit are “on the same page” over selection policy for Irish teams – including for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers.
A CORNERSTONE of community and club, a father whose fondness for the noble art inspired his sons to blaze a trail across the Belfast and Irish boxing scene and a man whose well-chosen words meant much to many.
THE night of February 16, 2019 now feels like an awfully long time away for Aidan Walsh. Then, he walked from the National Stadium unsure what the future held after coming out the wrong end of a nip and tuck semi-final with Paddy Donovan.