Monday 22 January 2018

Bertie’s hated ‘peann luaidhe’ to stay

No stomach for electronic voting

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
John Drennan

John Drennan

ONE of the most iconic moments in boxing history is the ‘long count’ where the attempt by Jack Dempsey to win back the heavy weight title was stymied by an alleged excessively ‘long count’ after Gene Tunney was knocked down in the seventh round of their battle.

The failure of Dempsey, who subsequently lost, to walk back to a neutral corner, meant Tunney had 13 seconds rather than 10 to recover.

The ensuing decades of controversy (for sensible people take boxing far more seriously than politics) meant the fight between the two legends went down in history as ‘The Long Count Fight’.

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