Cruise V Keeler – Full undercard review



Here’s a full roundup of this excellent Red Corner Promotions undercard  –

Chris Blaney Vs Darryl Sharp

Super Middleweight “The Ginja Ninja” Chris Blaney scored the biggest win of his career to date with a points win over Sharp who is current BBBoC Central Area Champion.

Navan man Blaney, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, really mixes it well with left body shots and left hooks, a trademark of Hatton’s. Blaney had too much for Sharp, and looked the stronger man in there. He was the aggressor throughout and took a deserved points win – 59-56 , moving his record to 7-0 (3 ko’s)

Stevie Collins Jnr Vs Paddy McDonagh

In what was possibly the fight of the night, McDonagh rolled back the years and upset the odds against the heavily favoured Collins, to be crowned the Irish light heavyweight champion.

McDonagh dropped Collins in the first with a chopping right. McDonagh set a blistering pace from the start and really troubled Collins with his lead rights and straight lefts. While Collins rallied back in the middle rounds, McDonagh again took control in the sixth with some big shots as they both traded toe to toe in the best round of the fight.

The pace slowed down slightly but both fighters upped the pace again late on in the ninth as they traded heavy blows. This continued into the final round as Collins knew he needed a big finish, but McDonagh used his experience to see the round out and won a deserved decision 97-94.

Ray Moylette Vs Innocent Anyanwu

Ray Moylette eased to victory in his first 6 rounder, comfortably wining every round.

Moylette impressed from the start with his crisp snappy jabs and heavy body shots. And in the third he landed some heavy eye-catching upper cuts. He seemed to take the fight out of Anyanwu after some heavy body shots, but Anyanwu to his credit hung in there to see the final bell.

Moylette won 60-54 and moved to 5-0 (2 ko’s). At this stage Moylette looks like he can be moved along and possibly challenge for domestic honours.

Victor Rabei vs Chris Adaway

Making his debut in front of big home support, light welterweight Victor Rabei was matched against the tough Chris Adaway.

Rabei initially looked nervy in the first round, but soon settled in the second, and started to land some heavy eye-catching body shots. Adaway was game and came to fight, forcing the pace in the third and fourth, but Rabei looked comfortable behind a good jab and some nice right hooks and body shots.

Rabei won on points – 39-37. He certainly looks like one to watch and another great addition to the Irish pro ranks.

Craig O’Brien Vs Christian Hoskin Gomez

O’Brien wins on points – 60:55 / full report to follow separately.

Thomas Finnegan vs Santos Medrano

Middleweight Finnegan won every round en route to a comfortable points win.

Finnegan looked the bigger man in there, and seemed to have a big advantage in power. Hurting Medrano throughout the fight with big right hands and crisp body shots, Finnegan may be disappointed he didn’t stop Medrano, who gamely hung in. But Finnegan was impressive and moves to 2-0.

Allan Phelan vs Jamie Quinn

There was an upset in the opening fight as Quinn beat Phelan in this featherweight bout.

Quinn, who is known as a tough journeyman, came to fight from the start as both fighters set a good pace. Both landed good jabs and traded right hands and body shots early on.

This trend continued throughout the fight as they traded blows, in what was a close bout Quinn took a points decision 39-38

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