After an action-packed night at the national stadium with 15 fights in total, there was plenty of high quality performances and some excellent fights in what was a great night for Irish boxing.
So, here’s a full roundup of the action on the undercard –
- Colin O’Donovan got the night off to a bang with an emphatic 3rd round stoppage of Trayan Slavev from Bulgaria. The Cork super-bantam making his debut outboxed his opponent and had a clear edge in power, forcing the referee to call a halt to the fight in round 3. O’Donovan is going to be fun to watch with his all action style.
- Light-heavyweight Chris Mullally had to dig in and grind out a points win over Poland’s Przemysla Binienda. Mullally started well but faded in the middle rounds, but managed to rally in the final round, dropping his opponent to ensure a narrow points win.
- At bantamweight, Dylan McDonagh made an impressive debut, easily outpointing Georgi Andonov. The Jobstown stylist showed blistering hand-speed and excellent shot selection en route to a comfortable points win.
- Sean Creagh stepped in as a late replacement and took on Valenton Stoychev in a super-middleweight bout. The always entertaining Creagh managed to out-work his opponent as he notched up a points win. Creagh is back in the ring on October 6th in Belfast.
- Dublin Middleweight Bernard Roe made his long-awaited return to the ring. Roe took on Radoslav Mitev and wasted no time in putting his stamp on the fight. He quickly took the centre of the ring and out boxed his opponent behind his stinging jab and excellent guard. After landing a flurry of shots on Mitev, the referee called a halt to the fight in round 3. Roe is certainly one to watch, and if he can stay active you can expect to see him moving up the ranks quite quickly.
- Aiden Metcalfe had to come through a real scrap against Damian Lawniczak on his debut. The Crumlin super-feather had to really dig deep as Lawniczak forced the pace and applied constant pressure. Metcalfe managed to match his opponent’s work-rate and landed the cleaner shots as he won a narrow points decision. No doubt Metcalfe will learn from this tough debut fight and come back stronger.
- Donegal’s Michael ‘Chunk’ Gallagher really made a statement of intent on his debut at cruiserweight. The finn valley man took on Poland’s Mateusz Rybarski and was in no mood to waste time. Gallagher quickly looked to land big hooks on his Polish opponent and bullied him around the ring from the start. Gallagher was walking down Rybarski and landing some hurtful shots when the referee called the fight off in round 3 after Gallagher dropped Rybarski to the canvas with a series of body shots. Gallagher certainly has some serious potential and with his aggressive style, fans will love watching the Donegal cruiserweight as he progresses.
- Ballybrack Light-welterweight Niall O’Connor made a real impression on his debut. He easily out pointed Poland’s Pal Olah over 4 rounds. He showed great ability as he mixed his shots so well to head and body and looks to have some genuine power. O’Connor looked like a 30 fight veteran in there as he controlled the fight from the start while winning every round. Even at this early stage he looks to have great potential and could possibly be moved along quickly on the domestic scene.
- 19-year-old welterweight James Cahill was another fighter to make a great impression on his debut. The Wicklow southpaw took on Tomasz Goluch and Cahill looked to get better as each round progressed. After a close opener, Cahill took control in round 2. He dropped Goluch in the 3rd and nearly had the stoppage but Goluch was saved by the bell. The pattern continued in the 4th as Cahill dominated proceedings en route to a comfortable points win. With his excellent footwork, movement and power, Cahill is going to be another one to watch over the next year or so.
- Crumlin banger Martin Quinn stayed true to his word and scored an impressive 2nd round stoppage over Marcin Fincer at lightweight. Another fighter making his debut, Quinn dropped Fincer with a huge hook right on the bell in round 1. He jumped on his opponent then in the 2nd and after landing a flurry of shots on Fincer, his corner threw in the towel, calling an end to proceedings.
- Lucan’s John Joyce dominated Belfast’s Jamesy Gorman in an entertaining scrap over 4 rounds at welterweight. Joyce wasnt afraid to stay in the pocket and trade, as he outworked his opponent. After controlling the first few rounds, Joyce had to dig deep and go toe to toe as Gorman rallied in the 4th. But Joyce took a clear points decision 40:36 in one of the fight’s of the night.
- Dublin lightweight Stephen McAfee had another short nights work. The Sallynoggin man scored an impressive first round stoppage over Hungarian Attila Horvath. McAfee went to work early and landed some hurtful body shots, eventually forcing Horvath to the canvas. Horvath didn’t rise at the count and stayed on the canvas for some time with a suspected broken rib. McAfee moves to 2-0 (2 ko’s) with the win.
- Gerard ‘Crank’ Whitehouse cruised to victory over Slovakian Gergo Vari in his first 8 rounder. The balbriggan welterweight controlled the fight from the start as he took the centre of the ring and outworked Vari. After taking some hurtful shots, Vari spent most of the fight running away from Whitehouse, who patiently tried to cut off the ring and outbox Vari. The referee correctly called a halt to the fight in round 4 with nothing at all coming back from Vari. The win moves Whitehouse to 7-0 (2 ko’s). Crank will surely have tougher night’s ahead as he aims for title fights sooner rather than later.