Three minutes in the boxing ring can offer more excitement than other sports provide over three hours.
There have been some sensational stanzas involving Irish boxing this year and here we recognise the FIVE best.
Named after ‘Irish’ Micky Ward, one half of the Round of the Century, the ninth session of his first fight with Arturo Gatti,
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Round of the Year
Allan Phelan v Aiden Metcalfe (Round 3)
Phelan was already starting to get on top of this super featherweight clash back in March and landed some substantial leather on Metcalfe. The Dubliner, however, still had fight left in him and landed some huge shots off the ropes.
Paddy Barnes v Jay Harris (Round 3)
The last stand of an Irish legend. Barnes was put down to the body in October but, backed by a loud crowd at the Ulster Hall rose to his feet and unloaded every last punch he had in a bloody round.
Steven Ward v Liam Conroy (Round 3)
It was hard to pick just one round from this clash. Having been down in the second, Ward found himself hurt again here but, sensationally, hurt Conroy back – leading to a spell of trading with both on teetering legs.
Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon (Round 5)
The Bray boxer was dragged into a war in New York and the fifth round was perhaps the most exciting. Motioning Persoon in, Taylor would trade and both their faces became increasingly bruised and bloody.
TJ Doheny v Danny Roman (Round 7)
The Portlaoise super bantam, having withstood plenty from Roman, almost had his unification opponent out of their in an epic round momentum-shifting round in California..
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