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Famous Boxers from Ireland

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List of famous boxers from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. Ireland has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best Irish boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of Ireland and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from Ireland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List contains boxers like Steve Collins and Derek Roche.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Irish boxers?" and "Which boxers are from Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented Irish boxers to find some new athletes to watch.
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Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Dec. at 97 (1907-2004)

Birthplace: Hillsborough, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada

Weight Division: Welterweight

James Archibald McLarnin (19 December 1907 – 28 October 2004) was an Irish-Canadian professional boxer who became a two-time welterweight world champion and an International Boxing Hall of Fame ...more

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James J. Braddock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
James J. Braddock Dec. at 69 (1905-1974)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

James Walter Braddock (June 8, 1905 – November 29, 1974) was an American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937.Fighting under the name James J. Braddock (ostensibly to ...more

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Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Micky Ward Age: 54

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Weight Division: Light welterweight

George Michael Ward Jr. (born October 4, 1965), often known by his nickname of "Irish" Micky Ward, is an Irish-American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2003. He ...more

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Wayne McCullough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 49

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom

Weight Division: Bantamweight

Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough (born Wayne William McCullough; 7 July 1970) is a former professional boxer from Northern Ireland who competed from 1993 to 2008. He held the WBC bantamweight ...more
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Jimmy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Dec. at 45 (1838-1883)

Birthplace: Athlone, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America

For the English footballer of the same name, see Jimmy Elliott (footballer)Jimmy Elliot (1838, Athlone, Ireland – March 1, 1883) was an Irish-American boxer who was Heavyweight Champion of the ...more
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Mike McTigue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Dec. at 74 (1892-1966)

Birthplace: County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

"Bold" Mike McTigue (November 26, 1892 – August 12, 1966) was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1923 to 1925.
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Barry McGuigan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 58

Birthplace: Clones, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland

Weight Division: Featherweight

Finbar Patrick 'Barry' McGuigan MBE (born 28 February 1961) is an Irish retired professional boxer and current boxing promoter. Born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed ...more
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Chris Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Dec. at 65 (1944-2009)

Birthplace: Iver, United Kingdom

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Weight Division: Light heavyweight

Chris Finnegan MBE (5 June 1944 – 2 March 2009) was a British professional boxer of Irish descent born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England.
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Katie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 33

Birthplace: Bray, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Katie Taylor (born 2 July 1986) is an Irish professional boxer and former footballer. She is currently the female lightweight undisputed world champion, having held the WBA title since 2017, the ...more
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Matthew Macklin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 37

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, England

Matthew Macklin (born 14 May 1982) is an Irish former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2016, and has since worked as a boxing manager and commentator. He challenged three times for ...more
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Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 31

Birthplace: Wythenshawe, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a British professional boxer. In 2015, he won the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles by defeating ...more

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Jamie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 41

Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, England

Jamie Moore (born 4 November 1978) is a British former professional boxer. He is a former European light middleweight champion, a two-former British light middleweight champion and a former ...more
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Charlie Nash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 68

Birthplace: Londonderry, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Weight Division: Lightweight

Charlie Nash (born 1951 in Derry, Northern Ireland), is a retired Irish boxer. As an amateur he held an Irish national title and represented Ireland in the 1972 Olympic Games. As a professional ...more
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Paddy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 32

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Weight Division: Light flyweight

Patrick Gerard "Paddy" Barnes, (born 9 April 1987) is an Irish professional boxer who challenged for the WBC flyweight title in 2018. As an amateur Barnes represented Ireland at the ...more
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Steve Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 55

Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Weight Division: Super middleweight, Middleweight

Stephen Collins (born 21 July 1964) is an Irish former professional boxer who competed from 1986 to 1997. Known as "The Celtic Warrior", Collins is the most successful Irish boxer in ...more

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Francie Barrett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 40

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Francis Barrett (born February 7, 1977 in Galway, Ireland), commonly known as Francie Barrett, is a retired Irish professional boxer, who represented Ireland at the 1996 Summer Olympics in ...more
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Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 35

Birthplace: Bow, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Andy Lee (born 11 June 1984) is an Irish former professional boxer who competed from 2006 to 2017, and held the WBO middleweight title from 2014 to 2015 and in doing so became the first member ...more

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Darren Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Dec. at 27 (1982-2009)

Birthplace: Rotunda Hospital, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Weight Division: Middleweight

Darren John Sutherland (18 April 1982 – 14 September 2009) was an Irish professional boxer from Mulhuddart, Dublin. His amateur career was crowned by a 2008 Olympic bronze medal.
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Damaen Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 43

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Weight Division: Flyweight

Damaen Kelly (born April 3, 1973) (also incorrectly known as Damien Kelly) is a former professional boxer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who represented the Ireland at the Olympics. Kelly ...more
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Derek Roche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 47

Birthplace: New Ross, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Weight Division: Welterweight

Derek Roche (born 19 July 1972 in the New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland) is an Irish former professional boxer. He fought at mainly within the Light Middleweight division but could compete at ...more
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Martin Power is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 39

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Weight Division: Bantamweight

Martin Power (born 14 February 1980) is an English professional boxer who fights in the bantamweight division. He is a former British champion and has twice competed for the Commonwealth title.
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Kenny Egan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 37

Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Kenneth "Kenny" Egan (born 7 January 1982) is an Irish politician and amateur boxer from Clondalkin, Dublin best known for winning a Silver Medal in the final of the 81 kg, ...more
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Kevin McBride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 46

Birthplace: Clones, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Kevin Martin McBride (born 10 May 1973) is an Irish retired professional boxer who is best known for defeating Mike Tyson in 2005, in what would be the latter's final fight. As an amateur, ...more
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Bernard Dunne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 39

Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Weight Division: Super bantamweight

Bernard Dunne (born 6 February 1980) is an Irish former professional boxer and a former WBA (Regular), and European Super Bantamweight champion.On Saturday 21 March 2009, Dunne defeated Ricardo ...more
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John Duddy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from Ireland
Age: 40

Birthplace: Londonderry, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

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