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James McDowell

James McDowell
James is a final year Sport Science student in the University of Limerick. A Co. Leitrim native, his main sports of interest are GAA and boxing, as James still competes as a boxer himself.

Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #12: Herbie Hide

Britain hasn’t been blessed with many Heavyweight Champions of the World, but one who everyone seems to forget is the Norwich fighter Herbie Hide. Herbie Hide was two time WBO Champion between 1995 and 1999 losing his titles to Riddick Bowe and Vitali Klitschko respectively. Barry Hearn described the ‘Dancing Destroyer’ as the second coming of Muhammad Ali. Hide was …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #11: Iran Barkley

This week’s Forgotten Fighter segment looks at the career of Iran Barkley; a man who endured a decline so big that he went from boxing notoriety to homelessness in just a matter of years. In 1988 Iran Barkley was responsible for Ring Magazine’s ‘upset of the year’ when he defeated the Kronk gym legend Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns within three explosive …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #10: Ken Norton

This week’s Forgotten Fighter is Ken Norton, one of only five men to defeat Muhammad Ali in the ring. Perhaps no fighter was more underestimated by their opponent heading into a fight as Ken Norton was by Muhammad Ali on 1st of March 1973. Ken Norton was a big athletic, but not unskilful, former marine from Jacksonville Illinois. Although he …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #9: Edwin Valero

Just prior to Manny Pacquiao’s peak years during the middle to late 2000’s the critics felt there was one man who would be capable of beating Pacman; the controversial Venezuelan KO artist, Edwin Valero. This week’s Forgotten Fighter looks back on the troubled Venezuelan’s career. When opponents stepped into the ring they were faced with the intimidating sight of a …

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Can Vasyl Lomachenko Make Boxing History?

This Saturday night, one of the world’s most naturally gifted fighters will attempt to break the record for winning a World title with the least amount of fights. The previous record was set by Thai Bantamweight Veeraphol Sahaprom in 1995, who won the WBA title in four fights. For most new pros, no matter how accomplished they were as an …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #8: Herol Graham

Yet another unorthodox fighter from the ever present Ingle gym in Sheffield, Herol Graham was possibly the greatest British fighter who failed to win a World Title. Herol Graham had amazing natural ability; speed, power and fitness. Although ‘The Bomber’ managed to go ten years as British Champion, while picking up the European and Commonwealth straps, the title he craved …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #7: Ken Buchanan

During a time when the lighter weights of boxing were on fire with a huge amount of Latino fighters, an unlikely undisputed Lightweight Champion came from Scotland; Ken Buchanan. Ken Buchanan lost his titles in one of the most controversial fights to ever take place in the legendary arena Madison Square Garden, against an up and coming Panamanian fighter named …

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Curtis Woodhouse : footballer turned boxer

James McDowell explores the fascinating career of footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse. Transfer deadline day January 2001: Birmingham sign central midfield youngster Curtis Woodhouse from Sheffield United for one million pounds.  Fast forward 13 years, and the Yorkshire slugger is a professional boxer preparing for the biggest fight of his life for the British Light Welterweight title. Even more astonishing …

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Friday’s Forgotten Fighter #6: Felix Trinidad

This week’s Forgotten Fighter remembers the career of Puerto Rican boxer, Felix Trinidad. Puerto Rico has produced some outstanding World boxing champions including Wilfred Benitez, Wilfredo Gomez and Miquel Cotto, but Felix Trinidad is right up there with the best of them. With wins over Hector Camacho, Pernell Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya the KO artist should definitely deserve …

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Forgotten Fighter #5: Kevin McBride

This week’s Forgotten Fighter looks back on the career of Kevin McBride, the man who overcame the great ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. The ‘Clones Colossus’, the man who ended the career of one of our generation’s greatest fighters. Although Mc Bride was never going to be as successful as the ‘Clones Cyclone’, Barry Mc Guigan, when he defeated Mike Tyson on …

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