The Official 'I have something to say about Boxing that doesn't warrant its own thread' Thread

AntG

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Nov 16, 2012
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Every time Smith is commentating I get the urge to rip my bollocks off and stick them in my ears so I don't have to listen to him.

Maybe I'll just use the mute button though eh?
 
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Jun 8, 2012
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One guy who is on my radar at the moment is former amateur standout and current pro prospect Eric Donovan, who's a late entry into the pro game. He's currently 9-0 as a pro, and although he's getting up there at the age of 33, he was always one of the most naturally talented guys on the Irish team in the noughties. He won the Irish featherweight title this weekend past and he looked great doing so. Here's a very interesting interview with him:




Ive always found that boxers always have some of the more fascinating life stories, not least because its a working class sport and they tread a path that many athletes in other sports could not relate to. Donovan's a very eloquent guy, with a philosophical outlook on life and I found this interview a great watch. Ill definitely be rooting for him in the future.
 
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One guy who is on my radar at the moment is former amateur standout and current pro prospect Eric Donovan, who's a late entry into the pro game. He's currently 9-0 as a pro, and although he's getting up there at the age of 33, he was always one of the most naturally talented guys on the Irish team in the noughties. He won the Irish featherweight title this weekend past and he looked great doing so. Here's a very interesting interview with him:




Ive always found that boxers always have some of the more fascinating life stories, not least because its a working class sport and they tread a path that many athletes in other sports could not relate to. Donovan's a very eloquent guy, with a philosophical outlook on life and I found this interview a great watch. Ill definitely be rooting for him in the future.
Just watched (well listened) to the video. Great stuff. I'll be rooting for him if he does get a crack at Kiko's European title!

Speaking of him turning over late, do you know if there's a greater emphasis on Irish boxers to stay in the amateurs? There are a few recent examples of it happening that I can think of -- David Oliver Joyce, Roy Sheahan, Eamonn O'Kane.
 
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Just watched (well listened) to the video. Great stuff. I'll be rooting for him if he does get a crack at Kiko's European title!

Speaking of him turning over late, do you know if there's a greater emphasis on Irish boxers to stay in the amateurs? There are a few recent examples of it happening that I can think of -- David Oliver Joyce, Roy Sheahan, Eamonn O'Kane.
Oh for sure mate, Irish amateurs at a decent level in the amateurs tend to be very well treated and the funding and support that they get is probably better than what a lot of up and coming pro prospects would be used to. As im sure many remember Ireland had a brilliant crop of amateur boxers circa 2008-2016 and none of them had any intention of going pro for years. However around 2013 or so the first few guys went pro, like John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley. A few others guys who had done well in the amateurs but were operating at a lower level went pro, like Conrad Cummings, Philip Sutcliffe Tommy McCarthy.

The flood gates really opened up after the Rio Olympics though when many of our amateur stars went pro. Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan all turned over the same time IIRC. A lot of Irish fighters then followed like Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully, Tyrone McCullough, Joyce, Donovan and Sheehan. Some of the guys had spent years in the amateurs and are trying to give the pro game a crack before its too late, and it may already be too late for some of them, as they are well into their 30's. Still its nice to see so many of my favourite amateurs turn over and while many of them wont even reach European level, I think its great for Irish boxing that we have so many talented fighters at the moment.
 
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Amir Khan was interviewed on Chris Evans' Virgin breakfast show this morning, about the Crawford fight, from LA where he's in camp. He didn't say much (the weather's lovely, apparently) but did have to open with an apology - apparently he was due to be on the show yesterday, but got his time zones mixed up and missed it. Well, it made me chuckle.