It was a busy night on another action-packed Red Corner Promotions card. There was two Celtic title fights and a host of other matchup’s featuring top up-and-coming talent and some fighters making impressive debuts. So, here’s a recap of how the action unfolded…
- Noely Murphy vs Gyorgy Mizsei Jr – Murphy impressively outpointed Mizsei Jr in the headline bout. Murphy took the fight to Mizsei right from the start and looked to close the ring off and unload sharp combo’s at every opportunity. His sharp body shots and smart aggression were particularly impressive. Murphy slowed a little towards the last 2 rounds when Mizsei had some success but only with single shots. Murphy comfortably won on points and moved to 12-0, he’ll surely hope to line up some major bouts within the next 12 months.
- Craig ‘The Iron’ O’Brien vs Alain Alfred – BUI Celtic Light-Middleweight title – The Iron had to survive an early scare when Alfred landed a flush right hook that floored O’Brien. He rose immediately but remained cautious of Alfred for the next 2 rounds as the Frenchman looked for the right hook at every opportunity. O’Brien eventually took control of the fight from round 4 as he effectively used his jab and reach advantage. O’brien then started backing Alfred up and began unloading sharp combo’s at short-range. As the fight progressed O’Brien showed his superior class and outoboxed Alred who looked to land the big right hook without much success. However, Alfred did rally in the final round and took the fight to O’Brien, who held his nerve and boxed well on the back-foot to eventually claim a narrow 78-75 points win and lift his his first pro title.
- Chris Blaney vs Matiouze Royer – BUI Celtic Super-Middleweight title – Chris Blaney put on an impressive display to claim a 78-74 points win over the tough Royer. Right from the start Blaney was the busier fighter and went to work early, working off his snapping jab. Blaney used his superior footwork and head movement to great effect as he evaded anything the Frenchman threw at him. Royer did however come on strong in the last 3 rounds as he sensed the fight slipping away. But Blaney remained calm and landed the more eye-catching shots, especially some meaty uppercuts as Royer marched forward. With the win Blaney moves to 9-0 and remains a major force on the domestic scene as he looks to be improving with every fight
- Victor Rabei vs Michael Mooney – Rabei continued his progression with an impressive points win over Mooney. Rabei dominated Mooney from the start with some great movement and always seemed to be out of range when Mooney threw anything. Rabei went to work with some excellent body shots and landed some eye-catching right hooks on the tough Mooney. Rabei eventually took a comfortable points win 40-36 and moves to 2-0. Even at this early stage Rabei could be moved along a bit quicker with his obvious talent, as he looked like a pro with at least 20 bouts under his belt.
- Allan Phelan vs Krzysztof Rogowski – featherweight – Phelan got back to winning ways following an upset defeat a few months back. He scored an impressive 5th round tko over Rogowski in what turned out to be the fight of the night. Phelan dropped Rogowski in the 3rd & 4th rounds before Phelan finally ended matters with a cracking body shot in the 5th.
- Manny Bique vs Vladimir Belujsky – Super-Middleweight bout – Belujsky didn’t waste any time in getting down to business in this one. He buzzed Bique at the start of round one. The two traded shots in what was turning out to be a real shootout of who will land first. Belujsky was the more composed and threw the straighter shots, finally dropping Bique again the 2nd before he ended the fight with a flurry of punches forcing Bique to the canvas again.
- Karl ‘Little Sexy’ Kelly & Craig McCarthy both scored impreesvie wins on their debut’s. Both won on points in entertaning bouts. Kelly looked composed throughout and landed some nice body-shots and uppercuts as he went to work on the inside. While McCarthy had to grind out a ponints win over Curtis Gargano who seemed intent on playing to the crowd instead of fighting McCarthy.