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Legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee said that the two best chins in boxing belonged to Muhammad Ali and a Connemara man, Sean Mannion.
Sugar Ray Leonard said the Boston based Mannion had the heart of a lion while Marvelous Marvin Hagler couldn’t knock him down through two years of sparring.
But to the emigrant community, Sean Mannion was the Irish speaking labourer with boxing skills so brilliant he became the No. 1 ranked junior middleweight in the world in the 1980s.
Ethnic and tough, with a classical style, Mannion’s ‘American Dream’ would touch two world title fights, one of the greatest trainers of all time and an era now considered so brilliant it is labelled golden.
‘Never Knocked Down’ tells the story of a quiet humble hero who blazed a trail to a World Title shot in Madison Square Gardens in 1984.
Produced by Robert Mulhern.
Production Supervision by Ciaran Cassidy
Sound Supervision by Mark McGrath.
This documentary was funded by the BAI, Sound and Vision Scheme
'The Sean Mannion Song,' is 'Amhrán Sheáin Uí Mhainnín' by Ciarán Ó Fátharta.
First Broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, September 20th, 2014 at 2pm
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