In celebration of Hard Knocks 54 Canada vs. Ireland, we put together a quick list of some legendary Irish scrappers. The list goes as follows, in no particular order, enjoy!
1. Micky “Irish” Ward
This light welterweight animal is a former WBU Intercontinental Light Welterweight Champ, and WBU Light Welterweight Champ. He earned fight of the year honours three times in his career. Arguably, his most famous battles came against Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, whom he fought three times. If you’re a fan of movies, his life was captured on screen in the 2010 film, The Fighter.
2. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor
The current official UFC Lightweight Champion, and unofficial Featherweight Champion, McGregor hails from Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland. He’s a trash talking machine whose mic skills are often compared to the likes of boxing legend Muhammed Ali. McGregor is brash, confident, and has a mean left hook. With a record of (21-3), 18 of those wins are by knockout, he has dominated his competition in the UFC. McGregor is arguable one of the greatest fighters of his generation, and quite possibly all time.
3. Aisling “Ais the Bash” Daly
This BJJ black belt recently retired from fighting due to medical issues, but before she did she left her mark in the world of women’s MMA. Daly loves the armbar, and has pulled it off successfully in several of her mma fights. She fought out of Dublin Ireland, and amassed a record of (16-6).
4. Joseph “Irish Joe” Duffy
The Donegal native famous for defeating an up and coming Conor McGregor, has some quality skills of his own. Duffy has amassed a record of (15-2) with 10 of those wins achieved by submission. As a professional boxer, he has a record of (7-0). Duffy is currently signed with the UFC and is finding his way in the Lightweight division.
5. James Quinn McDonagh “King of the Travellers”
This legendary bare knuckle boxing champion is known across Ireland as the King of the Travellers. He has crossed fists with many men, young and old; beating them with sheer determination, skill, and brute toughness. Proved by a fight that raged on for a brutal total of two hours and 47 minutes before securing a victory, McDonagh may just be the real life version of Mickey O’Neil, from Guy Ritchie’s film Snatch.