Regan Buckley and Carl McDonald gave fans one of the best fights seen in Ireland for many years.
This super-bantamweight bout was the chief support on the action packed Celtic Clash 3 card and it had fans on the edge of their seats for 6 rounds of non-stop action.
In the build-up it had everyone talking, wondering if Buckley had bitten off more than he could chew by moving up two weights to take on the naturally bigger McDonald.
Buckley quickly silenced any doubters as he came out and met McDonald in the centre of the ring and looked to trade blows right from the opening bell.
Both fighters had some success in the 1st round as McDonald landed that excellent left jab and left hook. However, Buckley looked to have the edge in hand-speed and outworked McDonald with fast combinations and even landed a great left hook that seemed to wobble McDonald.
The 2nd and 3rd rounds saw both fighters happy to trade blows at a furious pace, with Buckley looking like he had the edge in power as well as hand-speed.
In the 4th Buckley really started to take over as his edge in power started to show. He began pushing McDonald to the ropes and teed off with some great hooks to the body in a great end to the round.
The pace slowed down a little bit in the 5th as both fighters had been throwing non-stop to that point. McDonald was landing some nice jabs but not forcing the fight despite trailing on the scorecards.
Into the final round and both fighters dug deep and went to war. McDonald obviously sensed he needed a big round and Buckley looked like he wanted a big finish to make a statement. They traded blows at a savage pace for three minutes right up to the final bell.
Both fighters deserve massive credit for taking the fight and for their performances in what was the fight of the night.
Buckley won on points by a score of 59-55 and moves to 2-0.
With this win I think Buckley has shown that he’s a force to be reckoned with on the domestic scene. With his natural talent and at only 20 years old he could potentially look at title fights from super-flyweight right up to super-bantamweight as he progresses.
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