By Niall Doran
Irish boxing fans will be disappointed that hopes of a world title challenge for Dublin’s Stephen Ormond will have to be put on hold, at least for a while.
Last night Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan battled out a close encounter which at times had some good moments of action, with the smaller Ormond more on the front foot and pushing the action throughout the contest, only at times to walk into stiff jabs and clinches from the physically bigger Flanagan who countered well.
Ormond showed good punch output I thought, but as the fight went on you could see the frustration clearly building in him when trying to get on the inside. The smaller “Rock” needed to get up close to do his best work against the rangier Flanagan but was tied up on a number of occasions when he had any bit of success against the Englishman. Flanagan showed a great chin when he needed to, possibly adding to Ormond’s frustration as the fight progressed.
Going into the second half of the fight I had the bout fairly even but blatant use of the head down the stretch multiple times cost Ormond valuable points. Even after these warnings he continued to use the head again and again, and was thrown out of the fight in the tenth round and disqualified.
Despite this, there seemed to be good sportsmanship between the two fighters afterwards, with Ormond humbly admitting he was beaten by the better man when he spoke to Steve Bunce in the post-fight interview.
Flanagan is now in a mandatory spot to fight for the WBO lightweight title this year while Ormond moves back to 17-2 and will need to regroup. Talk also of a rematch down the line again by promoter Francis Warren was muted after the fight.
In the chief support in Wolves on the night, Tommy Langford scored an impressive fifth round stoppage win over Wayne Reed, which moves Langford closer towards a domestic title shot later this year.
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