The 49-year-old, who will be among those inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday at Red Rock Resort, grew up in Belfast during The Troubles.
With the help of legendary referee Joe Cortez, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has found a home in the HeadzUP interactive entertainment center at Boulevard Mall.
A lifetime of mental health issues put the boxer in a near suicidal depression after he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA heavyweight championship in 2015.
The longtime Las Vegan recalls meeting with Muhammad Ali and his trainer, Angelo Dundee, in 1978 at the Las Vegas Hilton as a seminal moment in his career.
Las Vegas boxing promoter Bob Arum is back in the heavyweight business with Tyson Fury, a British fighter possessing a large stature and an even larger personality.
Last weekend was not the finest for the time-honored sports of horse racing, baseball and boxing, although the heavyweight division finally may be on the upswing.
The MGM Grand Garden debuted Jan. 29, 1994 with a boxing match pitting Julio Cesar Chavez against a lesser lightweight named Frankie Randall. Big-time prizefighting in Las Vegas was about to undergo a seismic shift.