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Vincent Hogan: Irish boxing at risk of being put on ropes

Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00

It's getting boring, isn't it? Another sparkly-eyed Irish boxer steps out through Arrivals at Dublin airport and straight into a blizzard of flashbulbs. Ryan Burnett's cheeky, street-kid smile looked so free of any blemish last Friday night, it wouldn't have been out of place on a Givenchy catwalk. You'd swear he found that Olympic gold in the pocket of a health-spa robe.

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The Belfast boy's success is just the latest little trumpet line from that gym on Dublin's South Circular Road where Billy Walsh oversees the most productive factory floor in Irish sport.

And maybe we're becoming nonchalant about the success of boxing's High Performance programme in the way Liverpool supporters once assumed things about their club. I mean the last time our boxers came home empty-handed from a tournament, half the country had holiday homes in Tuscany.

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