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The Fighting "Irish"

Anthony DiMoro



"Irish" Joe McCreedy

Throughout the years many things have come out of Massachusetts that have left an impeccable impression on the sports world that will never be forgotten. The Boston Red Sox. The legendary Boston Celtics. The New England Patriots. The Boston Bruins.

Massachusetts seemingly oozes sports passion and is enriched with deep rooted sports history. It can be one of those most difficult places to leave a mark in sports history, but once embraced, the sports nation in Massachusetts will never forget you.

The city of Lowell, Massachusetts is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A population 106,519 and growing. Lowell, which is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution has been the location for many historical sites and one hometown man is hoping to write another chapter in not only Lowell’s extensive history, not only Massachusetts’ but the boxing world as a whole.

“Irish” Joe McCreedy is the product of Lowell, Massachusetts and making waves in the pro-boxing world. The 26 year old Super Middleweight is hoping to build upon his current record of 12-5 and hopes that the recent changes in his career path will help him do so. It’s hard to argue that they will.

McCreedy grew up idolizing Lowell hero and fellow boxer Micky Ward and trains at Ward’s Boxing Center. Training at Micky Ward’s Boxing Center has been the best experience for me. It’s challenging, rewarding and fun. Dicky is the best trainer around with his knowledge, experience and outgoing personality it’s always and adventure. The Center is like family and I’m happy to be there.

Ward has always been a major influence on McCreedy, ever since he was young;  “Growing up I followed Micky Ward because he is like family to me. I admired his hard work in training, his dedication, aggressiveness, and most of all his heart and passion for boxing. I also followed Mike Tyson mainly because I compared myself to him, his height and punch and his style is similar to mine.”

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McCreedy embodies the same tough and gritty ring presence that has become all too familiar with the products of Lowell, including Ward.

But “Irish” Joe is looking to bring his career to that next level. To make his own legendary mark in the boxing world. Boxing has been in his blood and has fueled him since his childhood.

I started boxing at 14 to keep in shape for football. My dad brought me to see Micky
Ward fight Emanuel Burton and watching Micky and hearing the crowd cheer for him
that’s when I knew boxing was for me” McCreedy said.

“Watching Micky Ward Vs. Emanuel Burton at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH was
the fight that brought me to a new level and respect in boxing. My favorite fight of all
time is all three of Micky Ward Vs. Arturo Gatti, such energy, passion and heart with all
three fights.

The most influential people in my boxing career have bee my mom and dad for their
love, devotion, encouragement and continued support. Also, Dicky Eklund and Micky
Ward, who I consider family and with out their love, support, advice and training I
wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you to all who help and support me.

David Lionie, Billy Traft, Mickey Ward, Billy Bulger and Timmy Stanton (Photo by of Mark Stokes/

McCreedy has been making telling his own story. With his constant development in the ring to his hard work and dedication outside of it, McCreedy now feels he is in the best position to take his career to the next level.

Working with Floyd Mayweather Sr. is a good step in that direction and has already proven to be very beneficial for Joe.

“My time training with Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been very beneficial to me and my
boxing. We have been working on defense, my hand speed and blocking punches. He
has also helped me to think smarter in the ring. I enjoyed my training time with Floyd
and appreciate what the legend has taught me.”

It’s often a long journey for a boxer that has many milestones, bumps in the road, trials and tribulations. But McCreedy seems to have a good perspective, a strong work ethic and the appreciation of not only how far he has come, but how much further he has to go to accomplish his goals.

He often takes time to think about all the memories he has built so far.

“My most memorable fight was on Feb. 6, 2009 against Richard “Bobo” Starnino. This
was my 2nd fight against him ad it was my debut fighting 8 rounds at the Super
Middleweight division. I won by majority decision and also won my first title fight, the
Eastern Boxing Association (EBA) of New England belt.”

Taking steps to improve one self is essential in all walks of life. But is critical to survival in the word of professional boxing. McCreedy recently signed with renowned Sports Agent JR Rickert, a move that is sure to showcase McCreedy’s talents under a bigger spotlight as well as help him elevate a very promising career.

“Signing with JR Rickert is a positive step in my career. I’m looking forward to working
with him and advancing my career. I believe he will help me in getting my name
throughout the boxing world so I can fight some bigger name fights and show the world
I am ready!”

“Irish” Joe McCreedy has all the tools to succeed in the ring. He possesses the drive, determination and talent that the boxing world demands. In addition, McCreedy is surrounded by solid and experienced training, supported by a passionate sports community and is now being guided by a great Sports Management team.

With every hook, uppercut and counter punch, McCreedy is not only putting sports nation on notice, but may also be writing a Hollywood script  for a sequel to “The Boxer”. For McCreedy, the sky is the limit.
~by Anthony DiMoro

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Special Thanks to JR Rickert, Melanie Madden and Joe McCreedy for this interview.



Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. Anthony DiMoro is a Contributor for 'Forbes' where he talks Sports, SEO, Social Media and Internet Marketing. Anthony also hosts the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast' and is a Contributor to the Huffington Post where he covers sports

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    September 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Nice write up!

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    Tyrone Monaghan

    September 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Keep our Irish flag flying proudly bruv.

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Canelo Alvarez/ Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs L.A. Press Tour Quotes & 5th Annual Box Fan Expo News & Spence/Garcia Fight Pick

Albert Alvarez



Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the final stop of their three-city press tour with a spectacular press event at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Below is what the participants had to say at the event:

CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:

“I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.”

DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion:

“I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.”

EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

“Our objective this year is win all the belts and become the first Mexican to win the all the world championships.”

JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

“The moment he set foot in the gym we knew he was something special, the day he debuted he was great, but the day he retires the world will know how great of a fighter he is.”

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:

“Jacobs is the best middleweight walking on this planet, his capabilities, skillset and gentleman ship will be what wins the fight on May 4.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.”

FRANK SMITH, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:

“We believe Jacobs will unify all of those belts and he’ll take on Canelo and win that fight.”

JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:

“We’re deeply honored and proud to be exclusively showing this champion versus champion fight in the U.S.”

Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at or

Devin Haney to make an appearance at the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on May 4

Undefeated boxing phenom Devin Haney has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

Haney will make his 1st appearance at this years’ Expo, and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Haney will also have merchandise and products to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing sensation also known as “The Dream”.

Haney joins Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

About Devin Haney
Devin Haney is quickly becoming the new sensation of boxing today, building an undefeated record of 21 fights, 13 of them by KO, since his debut on December 11, 2015. Haney has defined his aspirations to shape up and become the new star of boxing and to become world champion. A young man who has dedicated his life to the sport since he was seven years old, he has won 7 national championships as amateur, shaping a record of 130-8. He became the youngest member of the national Junior Team and was the youngest boxer to win the Junior World Championship in Nevada. On January 11, Haney took another significant step towards becoming a world champion, by defeating South Africa’s Xolisani Ndongeni by a wide unanimous decision in 10 rounds, in the main event of a card at the StageWorks in Shreveport, Louisiana and capturing the WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight Titles. Haney was born in San Francisco, and raised in Oakland, California but has been living in Las Vegas since he was 7 years old and he’s managed by his father William Haney. Devin knows that this is only the beginning of a brilliant career, hoping, planning and working hard to become the next boxing idol.

About Box Fan Expo

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Andre Ward, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah,  James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Maricela Cornejo, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next couple of months leading up to the event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

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March 16: Arlington, Texas (Fox PPV)

Errol Spence Jr.(24-0) Vs. Mikey Garcia(39-0) For Spence’s IBF Welterweight Title- For starters, I would like to point out that I really admire Garcia for daring to be great in jumping up 1 or 2 weight classes(depending on who you ask) to face the much bigger Spence.

Thing is though, that there are weight classes for a reason and in this bout, Mikey may have bitten off more than he can chew. I mean on paper, Mikey is the sharper more technical boxer, yet thing is that no fight is ever fought on paper.

Mikey is a brilliant boxer that takes subtle steps towards his foe in which doing so it places him at all times within striking distance. So in short, Mikey never over extends himself so he never wastes punches or motion.

Spence on the other hand is a big and strong welterweight that is known to carve up his opponents mid section. Spence also has a hard stiff jab that he employs often and very well.

In this clash I am expecting Spence to hurt Mikey with right hook body shots and short left hooks upstairs. Mikey will need to box in and out and must look to keep Spence turning.

I see Spence taking this in a 8 rounds to 4 comfortable unanimous win. But I also would be far from shocked if Spence lands something nasty to stop Garcia in his tracks late in the fight around the 9th round.

Bonus Pick: David Benavidez(20-0) over J’ Leon Love(24-2-1) by a brutal 8th round TKO.

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Canelo Alvarez To Unify Against Daniel Jacobs, Pacquiao/Broner Pick, & More

Albert Alvarez



Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) Vs. Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) UNIFICATION FIGHT ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND- The sport’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez once again looks to challenge himself to defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs during the now fight weekend of Cinco de Mayo.
The champion-vs.-champion event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN. Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.
In Canelo’s last bout, Canelo became a three-division world champion by toying and knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture a version of the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Against Jacobs, Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.
“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what better way to watch it than on as tremendous a platform as DAZN.”
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” said Daniel Jacobs“I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”
“Canelo Alvarez wants the best fights and the biggest challenges,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s what he did as the 154-pound champion, and that’s what he’s doing now as the king of the middleweight division. We are also proud to demonstrate to boxing fans that this new partnership with DAZN means that fans will get pay-per-view level fights without the cost of pay-per-view. Golden Boy Promotions is continuing its promise to make the sport as accessible as possible by putting this champion-vs.-champion fight on the platform.”
“What a fight! I can’t tell you how happy I am that Danny Jacobs gets this opportunity to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo in a massive unification fight,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Victory would cap one of the most incredible, inspirational boxing stories of our generation, and Danny and the team will be putting everything in place to lead him to victory. Respect to Canelo and Golden Boy for accepting this challenge, and congratulations to DAZN and their subscribers for getting this incredible fight with no extra cost. Let’s go May 4! Let’s go Daniel Jacobs!”
“On any other network or platform, Canelo vs. Jacobs would be an expensive pay-per-view,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP of North America. “At DAZN, we believe the best fights should be available to our subscribers at no extra charge.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) Vs. Adrien Broner (33-3-1, one no contest, 24 KOs) Fight Prediction- No real need in me romancing this one so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Broner is who he is, he’s a talent that never reached his true potential, Broner has speed, strength, and puts together punches well, but against same or next tier fighters he tends to go a bit gun shy and goes into a shell as he did against Maidana, Porter, Malignaggi, Vargas, Grenados, and Mikey Garcia.
So against Pacquiao, Broner could be a sitting duck since Pacquiao even at 40 years old is always looking to mix it up and fires punches in bunches. Broner must make the most out of the space being given and needs to really use his jab,go to the body often, and shoot a right uppercut when in close. Truth is, I don’t see Broner doing just that, I see Pacquiao outworking Broner to take it by a 116-112 unanimous decision in a somewhat entertaining fight with some sloppy rounds in between. If Broner can’t time Pacquiao jumping in, Broner may find himself knocked down facing adversity by picking himself off the canvas eating a Pacquiao straight left.
It all goes down tomorrow night January 19 for Pacquiao’s WBA (regular) welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Fights now set for Phoenix local fighters- Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs), of Phoenix returns to the ring and shall return as a junior welterweight to face Hiroki Okada(19-0, 13 KOs) on Feb. 10 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. And on the ESPN+ portion of the card will treat us to junior featherweight contender Genesis Servania (32-1, 15 KOs) locking horns against Carlos Castro (21-0, 9 KOs) of Phoenix. 
The fight card will be headlined by junior welterweight world champ Jose Ramirez as he clashes against Jose Zepeda, the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m., with full card streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 4 p.m. ET).
Return of David Benavidez- Former WBC Super Middleweight champ, and Phoenix’s very own, 22 year old David Benavidez(20-0, 17 KO’s) will face 168-pound contender J’Leon Love on the co-main event for the March 16 on pay-per-view, set to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The main event of that pay-per-view will be the much anticipated clash between Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia. With Caleb Plant fresh off of his tough fight in beating and taking the IBF super middleweight from Jose Uzcategui, you can expect to see Benavidez pursuing a clash against Plant in the near future. But there is still a lot of room between the lip and the cup before a Benavidez/Plant fight comes to fruition since Plant may have other plans and Benavidez must first get through J’ Leon Love.

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Dirty Dozen Boxers Must See More Of In 2019

Albert Alvarez



2018 was a very good boxing year in terms of compelling fights, breakout fighters, and new Live and on demand streaming services to give us fight fans more and more boxing. So with 2018 now in our rear view, here are 12 fighters that I am looking forward to seeing more of heading into the 2019 boxing calendar year.

Anthony Joshua(22-0)– It has now been three weeks since Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury treated us to an entertaining battle and fight fans are STILL talking about that wild 12th round. This proves that Heavyweights still reign supreme in boxing. So here’s to HOPEFULLY seeing Joshua in the ring AT LEAST three times in 2019. Wilder, Fury, Big Baby Miller, and Luis Ortiz are all there waiting to get it on with AJ.

Oleksandr Usyk(16-0)– I don’t really care who Usyk faces, all I know is that I want to see more of this crushing cruiserweight. His combination blend of hand speed, heavy hands, and quick footwork make him must see tv for me.

David Benavidez(20-0)– Like Usyk, the super middleweight Benavidez displays very fast hands and power in both hands. I would love to see young David in against Callum Smith, Uzcategui, Gilberto Ramirez, or Plant.

Canelo Alvarez(51-1-2)– Alvarez now has options at 160 and 168 and with a new monster fight deal at DAZN, no reason for Canelo to not fight less than 3 times a year. Alvarez puts butts in seats and is always improving, here’s to more Canelo in 2019.

Terence Crawford(34-0)– I love seeing Bud fight, I especially love his versatility. Bud can box you or he can fight you in the pocket. And his kill switch is the best in boxing, if he sees any discomfort on his foe at all, Bud will jump right on it and end things.

Josh Kelly(8-0)– Kelly brings much much intrigue for me. I love his hand speed, rapid feet, and angles he uses, thing is that I am dying to know if he is more Lomachenko or more Amir Khan.

Josh Taylor(14-0)– This kid can flat out fight, like Josh Kelly I want to see more of him to see how good he really is.

Vasiliy Lomachenko(12-1)– Loma is the total package to me and the fact that he is willing to take on any threat at any time makes him a throwback fighter.

Mikey Garcia(39-0)– Mikey is the perfect boxer in terms of overall skills, thing is that he needs to be more active, ESPECIALLY since he decided to sit out for 2 years of his prime.

Teofimo Lopez(11-0)– Like Holyfield, this young bull is the real deal.

Vergil Ortiz Jr.(11-0)– Kid can really crack and wants to be tested.

Naoya Inoue(17-0)– When Inoue fights, EVERYONE must tune in. Quickness, powerful, and looks to end matters fast.

Others to watch– Errol Spence Jr., Carlos Balderas, Tank Davis, Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez




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