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Steve Collins

Published 29/04/2015 | 00:00

Steve Collins
Steve Collins

HE did it his way and his way was the hard way. The former Irish amateur champion moved to the US at the age of 21 and ascended the rankings by winning fight after fight in the toughest arena of all, the American pro game.

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So when Chris Eubank arrived in Millstreet to defend his world super-middleweight title in March 1995 he probably didn't know who he was up against. Eubank was good, and hyped, but he didn't possess the same kind of grounding as the Cabra man, who was now 30. Collins beat Eubank, confirmed the verdict in a rematch and then handed out two severe beatings to the other English media darling of the day, Nigel Benn, stopping him twice.

Collins never lost his title in the ring and quit at the top. He's one of the most under-rated performers in Irish sport. At times one can discern a bit of his old theatricality in the pre-fight actions of young Conor McGregor.

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