Author Archives: Ronan Keenan

Ringside Report: Ukrainian Invasion A Big Success

Ringside Report: Ukrainian Invasion A Big Success

OXON HILL, Md. -- It's a tired cliche, but “the more things change, the more they stay the same” was an apt description for the boxing event at the new MGM National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday. Five years ago at the London Olympics three boxers from the Ukrainian team were waving their nation...

D.C. Notebook: Inept Judging Nearly Ruins Showtime’s Mini-Tournament Plan

D.C. Notebook: Inept Judging Nearly Ruins Showtime’s Mini-Tournament Plan

Inept Judging Nearly Ruins Showtime’s Mini-Tournament Plan - Generating intrigue in a boxing event is often a difficult task for a promoter or television network. Sometimes fighters drive the promotion themselves, as was the case when Adrien Broner spawned copious amounts of publicity for himself ...

Don't Blame Broner For His Bad Behavior, He’s Just Following A Successful Template

Don't Blame Broner For His Bad Behavior, He’s Just Following A Successful Template

  By Ronan Keenan Washington, D.C. -- Boxers engaging in morally questionable behavior is an occurrence as old as the sport itself. But while a tendency to challenge social norms hasn't changed much, the marketability and recognition of such actions certainly has. Ten years ago one fighter m...

Luis Ortiz Has No Time For Fairy Tale Endings

Luis Ortiz Has No Time For Fairy Tale Endings

Luis Ortiz Has No Time - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Less than four weeks ago, before he agreed to Saturday’s fight against Luis Ortiz, Tony Thompson was considering retirement and hadn’t been in the gym in months. But the lure of a final payday main eventing a HBO telecast in his hometown was too much...

Eamonn Magee: Dignity in Troubled Times

Eamonn Magee: Dignity in Troubled Times

An hour before the biggest fight of his career, Eamonn Magee stood outside the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, smoking a cigarette. Inside, more than 20,000 fans were preparing to vent their animosity toward the Belfast man ahead of his bout with hometown hero Ricky Hatton. Always one to show defi...

Ratings for UFC’s McGregor a Good Omen for Boxing

Ratings for UFC’s McGregor a Good Omen for Boxing

The debate about whether stars are born or made will never be resolved, but it’s certainly true that no one can succeed in show business without a strong platform. In boxing and MMA, just like any other form of professional entertainment, talent needs to be positioned correctly to generate large r...

UFC Overcomes Obstacles To Deliver In Boston

UFC Overcomes Obstacles To Deliver In Boston

BOSTON -- One of the more bad-blooded battles at the UFC this week didn’t involve fighters. Instead, Boston city council president Steven Murphy waged war against the mixed martial arts organization, supporting a petition that would ban minors from UFC events, even if they were accompanied by adul...

Conor McGregor Basking In UFC Hype

Conor McGregor Basking In UFC Hype

BOSTON -- Most pro fighters don't enter a South Boston boxing gym wearing shades, a buttoned up shirt and tight maroon trousers. But Conor McGregor does, and it's not the only thing he does his own way. Just a few months ago he was back home in Ireland lining up to collect unemployment benef...

Ethnic Pride Keeps Smaller Shows Like Golovkin-Macklin Alive

Ethnic Pride Keeps Smaller Shows Like Golovkin-Macklin Alive

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Ireland’s Matthew Macklin didn’t attend the press conference at the Foxwoods Casino following his fight with Gennady Golovkin. Media interaction wasn’t a priority for someone who had just been pummelled by one of boxing’s hardest punchers. A few miles away, Danny O...

John  Joe Nevin Fought For More Than A Medal

John Joe Nevin Fought For More Than A Medal

“Can I have four tickets to whatever event is on here now?” asks a German tourist at the ticket office outside London’s Excel Arena. “You mean the boxing? Not a chance, mate,” says the man behind the counter, unable to withhold a smirk. Tickets for the 10,000 seat arena are sold out for t...