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The Last Word With Matt Cooper

How Boxing Brought Hope During The Troubles

Donald McRae is an acclaimed sports writer whose work has included several books on boxing. His late...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:47 PM - 7 Jun 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

How Boxing Brought Hope During The Troubles

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:47 PM - 7 Jun 2019

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Donald McRae is an acclaimed sports writer whose work has included several books on boxing.

His latest book is In Sunshine or in Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles.

He was inspired to write the book having heard about the Troubles in Northern Ireland while growing up in South Africa during apartheid.

He says: "What boxing did in Belfast was open its doors to both sides of the community."

Key figures like Gerry Storey feature prominently in the book.

"Once you went into his gym you had to set aside any political allegiance you had and show respect and decency to the other fighters."

Speaking on The Last Word, Donald also revealed why he doesn't think sport and politics should be kept apart, and gave his thoughts on sporting boycotts.

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