Kevin Garside

Sports writer for The Independent

McKenzie's journey back from the brink

With his football career broken by injury, Leon McKenzie attempted suicide in 2009 only for his dad, Clinton, to save him. They tell Kevin Garside how the son has rebuilt his life with the love of his family to become a professional boxer

Darts at peace after years of bitter civil war

In the great darts divide, the PDC might have the big names and £300,000 first prize but the BDO is the traditional home of the arrows family. Kevin Garside visits the legendary Lakeside club and finds peace has finally descended on the bitter civil war – all celebrated with fancy dress and a pint, of course

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Lee retains leading role in the ring

Traveller moved from London to Ireland as a teenager but working with Emanuel Steward changed his outlook and put him on path to middleweight world title