It was another packed card at the National stadium on Saturday night, and it was a bill that didn’t let anyone down.
Jamie Conlan looked in great form with another win, Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne put on a thriller and ‘The Notorious; Conor McGregor even stopped by to take in the action.
Jamie Conlan put in a fine performance against Argentina’s Adrian Dimas Garzon. Conlan used his brilliant jab and stinging accuracy yo make Garzon look very average.
Conlan was never in trouble and bossed the fight from the first bell. Jamie’s body shots were having an affect on Garzon who didn’t look interested after he felt Conlan’s power.
With his brother Michael cheering him on from ringside, Jamie downed Garzon in the 4th with a right hand to the temple, leaving the referee with the easy decision to wave it off. Conlan will now have all eyes on Paul Butler.
Butler himself was at ringsidem obviously with a keen eye on the performance of Conlan.
McDonagh vs Byrne
In a recent interview with BoxingNewsAndViews.com Matthew Macklin said that the Peter McDonagh vs Dean Byrne fight could steal the show. Well he was right on the money, because that’s exactly what they did.
The welterweight championship of Ireland was on the line, the build up to this fight wasn’t pleasant with both fighters trading insults across social media and then at the weigh-in they had to be separated.
McDonagh started the better in the early rounds, landing good shots and making Byrne miss. The first 3 rounds had to go to McDonagh who was looking in great shape, but Byrne came back in the 4th landing good shots. In the fifth the fight came alive, with both fighters starting throwing hayemakers much to the delight of the crowd.
Rounds 6 and 7 were hard to split the two. Tiredness began to set in but the crowd burst into life, one half screaming Peter the other half screaming Deano.
The fighters reacted and started throwing bombs, technique went out the window, with the fighters where running on adrenaline.
It had become a brawl, both fighters were giving it their all. Byrne was deducted a point for a low blow, both fighters left it all in the ring and come the final bell the crowd showed their appreciation for the effort both fighters put in.
It went to the scorecards with Peter McDonagh taking home the welterweight championship with the scores reading 97-95. Both men embraced each other at the final bell, which was good to see after the nasty build up.
Cox vs Albert
Jamie Cox retained his WBO European super-middleweight title with a devastating knock out against Ferenc Albert.
Cox had Albert in trouble with the first punch of the fight and with every punch after that. Cox nearly took Albert’s head off with a right hand which sent the Hungarian slamming down onto the canvas to close the show. Albert wasn’t sure where he was after such a crushing knockout but after the doctor checked him over he was okay.
Cox looked at the crowd almost apologetically to say I can only beat whats in front of me. Cox will be looking for a a much stiffer challenge if the big names in the division are to take notice. But he keeps his undefeated record and announced himself to the Irish public with a devastating KO.
Tims vs Sweeney
Michael Sweeney was looking for revenge against the man who beat him in 2011 – Ian Tims. Unfortunately Saturday wasn’t the night for Sweeney, who once again fell short against Tims.
This fight was an all out brawl, two big guys throwing power punches from the first bell. Sweeney did have Tims down in the fourth and was looking in control, but Tims came back well and Sweeney started to tire.
Tims bossed the final rounds and deserved to just take it with score cards reading 76-75. Tims is now the Celtic Warrior cruiserweight champion.
Geraghty vs Cajina
Elsewhere on the card Declan Geraghty had another routine win, as he eased past Reynaldo Cajina. The Nicaraguan wasn’t much of an opponent and didn’t really trouble Geraghty. Declan will need a better class of opponent as he is a big talent and is ready for better.
Kavanagh vs Fiko
The always exciting Jamie Kavanagh made a winning return to his home town, but it was a tough night’s work against the tough and sometimes dirty Ozkar Fiko.
Kavanagh suffered a bad cut above his right eye after a clash of heads with Fiko at one point. The Hungarian did have some success when Kavanagh was jumping in, Fiko could catch him as he had a longer reach.
Fiko had 2 points deducated during the fight each time for holding. Kavanagh showed his class when a crunching body shot had Fiko rolling around on the canvas in agony. The ref ended the fight with Fiko in no condition to continue.
Turner vs Farkas
Crowd favourite Sean Turner kept on track for a potential fight with Heavyweight rival Martin Rogan, via a KO win over Gabor Farkas.
Turner had Farkas on the ground 3 times in the first round, but on the 3rd occasion the ref rightly stepped in and ended the fight.
Rest of the card
There was also wins for Vijender Singh, David McGuire, Ciaran McVarnock and Issac Macleod. Dubliner Ciaran Mullen could only draw with Lewis Van Poetsch.
MGM and Frank Warren have a lot more show’s coming up in 2016 and if they are anything like the ‘New Beginnings’and ‘Second Coming’events, then they are not to be missed.
Big time boxing is back in Dublin.
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