Author Archives: Ronan Keenan

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...

Inside the Mind of Dereck Chisora

Inside the Mind of Dereck Chisora

Dereck Chisora looks through a wire mesh fence. His eyes stare intently, but few would dare guess what thoughts go on behind them. A seven-foot high barricade has been erected to separate Chisora from David Haye at the press conference to announce their July 14th fight, and while it makes a good pub...

Josesito Lopez: Fortune Favors The Brave

Josesito Lopez: Fortune Favors The Brave

After nine rounds of his fight with Victor Ortiz on Saturday, Josesito Lopez stood motionless in his corner. His bruised face was expressionless in disbelief as he watched referee Jack Reiss signal the end of the contest. Lopez would soon come to the realization that fortune favors the brave. *** ...

Kevin McBride Fighting Adamek, And His Demons

Kevin McBride Fighting Adamek, And His Demons

He looked uncomfortable. Slowly removing his sunglasses, Kevin McBride prepared to recite familiar words. One month from his 38th birthday, his round face retains a boyish charm; after each sentence he breaks into an amiable smile, as if to disarm his own fanciful declarations. “When I hit him ...

RINGSIDE From Rigondeaux-Casey In Ireland..KEENAN

RINGSIDE From Rigondeaux-Casey In Ireland..KEENAN

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Sailing away from the coast of Cuba, he didn’t imagine it would lead to this. A sharp March breeze stung Guillermo Rigondeaux’s face as he walked with head lowered through the parking lot of the Citywest hotel. Regarded as the greatest amateur boxer of modern times, Rigondeaux...

Iran Barkley and Junior Jones: After the Final Bell, The Real Fight Began

Iran Barkley and Junior Jones: After the Final Bell, The Real Fight Began

The stifling heat of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn makes for an unforgiving environment, and it seems to be taking its toll on the grunting heavyweights sparring in the main ring. A muscular black fighter, who has made fifteen professional outings and considerably outweighs his pale amateur opponen...

Mitchells Lack Of Preparation Exposes In Katsidis Bout

Mitchells Lack Of Preparation Exposes In Katsidis Bout

Exceptional skills are valuable attributes for a top-level prizefighter. Enduring a torturous training regimen in the weeks leading up to a major bout is a necessity. While Michael Katsidis lacks the former, he makes up for it with a preparation routine that some observers may deem masochistic. K...

Mitchell Gets Katsidis For Showcase Scrap

Mitchell Gets Katsidis For Showcase Scrap

The inhabitants of Larissa, a sparsely populated Greek town recognized as the birthplace of the ancient hero Achilles, know a thing or two about great warriors. So it was no surprise when a crowd of 3,000 flocked to show their appreciation for a modern day fighter renowned for bloody combat. The ...

Miguel Cotto's Fistic Future Is In Doubt

Miguel Cotto's Fistic Future Is In Doubt

LAS VEGAS -- Hours before he entered the ring with Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, Miguel Cotto admitted in an interview that if victorious, his post-fight celebrations would comprise his penchant for salsa dancing. Little did Cotto know that long before the bout’s climax, he would be forced to franti...

Regarding This Underwhelming Undercard…

Regarding This Underwhelming Undercard…

LAS VEGAS -- Bob Arum, the promoter of tomorrow’s Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao extravaganza, is using the event’s undercard to drive revenue, but not in the conventional way. While potentially exciting preliminary fights can influence boxing fans to purchase a $54.95 pay-per-view show, Arum conte...