An Irishman Abroad

Tony Moran: Episode 173

January 7, 2017

Tony Moran has truly experienced life’s highs and lows. Having grown up in a tough environment in Liverpool, at an early age Tony found that self-defence training not only prevented him from becoming one of life’s victims, but was the secret to a successful sporting career (5:00). This week, Tony tells Jarlath about his unusual journey from becoming a karate and boxing champion before setting his sights on the MMA. 

Having earned his respect at the Wolfslair MMA Academy training alongside Michael Bisping and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson, Tony discusses how he took more heavy blows to the head in 6 rounds of boxing than in 6 years of MMA during ‘gym wars’ with the likes of Tony Bellew (27:00). Following on from the breakdown of his marriage, Tony outlines how he suffered in order to provide for his children (45:00) and tells the fascinating story of how he subsequently become the cruiser weight world champion while homeless (47:00).

From explaining the friction between boxing and MMA (22:00), why the journeyman boxers are the toughest in the fight game (16:00), why he attracted the attention of the police (40:00) and much more, this conversation is a great insight into the enthralling story of one man’s battle against life’s obstacles.

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