Irish boxer Kevin McBride was in his teens when he represented his country in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His career saw him win many bouts, including the Irish senior heavyweight title. He is perhaps best known for his miraculous win over boxing legend Mike Tyson, former world heavyweight champion.
Regarded as the most successful boxer from Ireland, Steve Collins created history by becoming the first to beat the then-undefeated British boxer Chris Eubank. He has been both a WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion. He has also been an army boxing coach and has appeared in a film, too.
Born in London, Andy Lee grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and began training as a boxer at age 8. He competed as a 19-year-old at the Athens Olympics. Apart from winning silvers at the EU Championships and the World Junior Championships, he also won a gold at the 2004 European Championship.
A 5-time world champion and an Olympic gold medalist, Katie Taylor is one of Ireland’s best boxers. She also has 6 gold medals at the European Championship. Born amid poverty in the coastal town of Bray, to a boxer father, Katie was initially trained by him.
Known as The Clones Cyclone, Irish boxer Barry McGuigan is a former WBA and lineal featherweight champion. He also represented his country in the 1980 Moscow Olympics and won a Commonwealth Games gold, too. Now a boxing manager, he owns Cyclone Promotions and also heads the Professional Boxing Association.
Boxer Gary O'Sullivan is known for his multiple title wins, including the WBA and WBO championships. A middleweight boxing star, he has also appeared in movies such as Strength and Honour. He used the COVID-19 lockdown to gain new tactics and wishes to manage boxers post-retirement.
Better known as boxer Tyson Fury’s father and trainer, John Fury was himself as boxer and bare-knuckle fighter in his own right. Also popular as Gypsy John Fury because of his Irish traveler origins, he was once convicted of gouging a man’s eye out during an argument over a beer bottle.
Former MMA fighter from Ireland, Joseph Duffy soared to fame fighting for Cage Warriors and The Ultimate Fighter. He also competed as a professional boxer. Also known as Irish Joe, he retired from MMA after losing the match at the UFC Fight Island 2 against Joel Álvarez.