Luke Keeler - Cool Hands
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
6d ago
Today’s guest, Luke Keeler, feels he has unfinished business in the ring - so last year he decided to embark on a comeback. From Ballyfermot in Dublin, he came up in one of the most competitive eras of Irish middleweight boxing in the amateurs. And he’s been a pro since 2013, culminating in a world title shot against Demetrious Andrade in 2020 – with a certain Jake Paul boxing on his undercard. With the world gripped by a pandemic, Keeler, a qualified engineer, returned to working life. But the boxing bug hadn’t gone away, you know. Last year he returned to training and had his first ..read more
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Where's Waldo?
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
1w ago
This week’s guest Dee Walsh shocked the Irish boxing scene when he hung up his gloves aged just 26 back in 2015. At that stage he looked like a possible contender for world titles down the line. But don’t rule him out of the running for major championships – because Dee is proving to be an even better trainer than he was a fighter. It’s a huge month for his boxers as Conor Quinn, Padraig McCrory and Lee Reeves all headline separate shows from Belfast to Orlando to Dublin. He joined us on The Rocky Road last year as an insightful pundit in the lead-up to the Terence Crawford v Errol Spence figh ..read more
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Thomas O'Toole - The Kid
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
1M ago
Welcome to the 150th episode of The Rocky Road boxing pod! Today's guest has been on the hitlist since we began. Thomas O’Toole is following in Seán Mannion’s footsteps as a Connemara man looking to make his way as a professional boxer in Boston. And the 6ft 3in southpaw puncher even had Rocky Ros Muc helping out in the corner when he made his pro debut back in 2021. Since then, the former Irish Elite champion has built his record to 8-0 and has recently announced a homecoming bout in Galway for March 16*. Here, the 26-year-old describes his own Rocky Road to this point – the amateur stru ..read more
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Seamus McDonagh - The Early Years
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
1M ago
Seamus McDonagh is the special guest for this week's epsiode. In Part 1, Seamus talks about learning to fight in Co Meath, boxing Barry McGuigan as a kid and moving across the pond to seek out the American Dream. While rising the ranks in boxing, Seamus was also finding time to further his education, work with the horses of Central Park and establish himself as a regular at one-too-many watering holes in the City that Never Sleeps... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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2023 Year in Review Special
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
2M ago
Rising star Tommy Hyde and boxing comedian/actor Terry O'Neill join host Kevin Byrne to look back at an epic 2023 for Irish boxing. We name our Fighter, Fight, Comeback, Gutpunch, Trainer, Breakthrough and Knockout of the Year, and look ahead to what's coming up in 2024. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Tony Bates - Mi Vida Loca - Part 2
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
2M ago
Tony Bates is a professional boxer from Dublin. Unbeaten since his debut in 2011, he last fought in 2018. Nicknamed ‘Irish Psycho’, he could just as easily have borrowed the moniker ‘Mi Vida Loca’ from the legendary hellraiser Johnny Tapia, because life’s been crazy up to this point. Growing up in Clondalkin, he gained a fondness for gambling, alcohol and drugs at an early age – ‘the party life’ – and somehow found a way to work his excesses around his burgeoning football and boxing careers. In 2008, with the recession starting to bite back home, he headed Down Under where he was called to the ..read more
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Tony Bates - Mi Vida Loca - Part 1
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
2M ago
Tony Bates is a professional boxer from Dublin. Unbeaten since his debut in 2011, he last fought in 2018. Nicknamed ‘Irish Psycho’, he could just as easily have borrowed the moniker ‘Mi Vida Loca’ from the legendary hellraiser Johnny Tapia, because life’s been crazy up to this point. Growing up in Clondalkin, he gained a fondness for gambling, alcohol and drugs at an early age – ‘the party life’ – and somehow found a way to work his excesses around his burgeoning football and boxing careers. In 2008, with the recession starting to bite back home, he headed Down Under where he was called to the ..read more
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Joe Parker - Deep Waters
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
2M ago
Joseph Parker will have his hands full when he meets Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia on December 23. But anyone who’s willing to brave the Forty Foot in Dublin at this time of year is clearly capable of anything. That’s been a daily habit of the New Zealander’s since he rocked up here with trainer Andy Lee. The pair have struck up a fruitful relationship over the past few years, ever since Tyson Fury recommended his cousin Lee as a coach when Parker was looking for a change in the corner. Here, Big Joe talks to The Rocky Road about those dips in the sea, Dalkey steaks, his outrageous CV, why Le ..read more
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Katie Taylor - Redemption
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
3M ago
What a night in Dublin. Katie Taylor emulated boxing legends such as Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard by avenging her first loss and then targeting a trilogy fight with the same opponent. Ali had Frazier, Leonard had Duran – and now Taylor has Chantelle Cameron, having beaten the Englishwoman at the second attempt to become a two-weight undisputed world champion. RTE Sport’s Siobhan Madigan and Mick Foley of the Sunday Times join Kevin Byrne to reflect on a special night at the 3Arena and discuss the KT highs and lows, her GAA-esque approach and the potential Croke Park o ..read more
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Shauna O'Keeffe - Going Pro
The Rocky Road
by News Ireland
3M ago
This week’s guests are 2023 Irish Elite champ, Shauna O’Keeffe, who makes her pro debut at London’s York Hall on December 8, and her trainer/co-manager Kevin Mitchell. ‘The Hammer’ was one of Britain’s most popular boxers in the last two decades, racking up 39 wins and taking part in famous showdowns against the likes of John Murray, Michael Katsidis, Ricky Burns and Jorge Linares. He's been there, done that, and reckons Clonmel’s Shauna can go one better than him and win a world title having been massively impressed with her since she made the switch to the UK during the summer. In the amateu ..read more
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