It was a busy weekend for fighters from these shores. So, here’s a roundup of the weekend’s action and latest news –
- Shankill Heavyweight Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner 12-0 (8ko’s) scored a career-best win when he knocked out EBU-EE champ and current European #10 Arnold Gjergjaj. Turner dominated from the start and was ahead on all cards when he ended the fight by sending Gjergjaj heavily to the canvas in round 8 and the fight was waved off. With the win, Turner surely set’s himself up for some massive fights in 2018 with the possibility of a European title fight within reach
- Belfast’s Mick Conlan moved to 5-0 (4 ko’s) as he put in his best performance to date when he outpointed tough Argentinian Luis Fernando Molina on the Loma-Rigo undercard in Madison Square Garden, New York. Conlan dominated from the start and peppered Molina with a snappy jab and followed up with hurtful body-shots throughout the fight. Conlan upped the work-rate in the final 2 rounds as he went for the stoppage but settled for a clear points win.Next up for Conlan in a busy 2018 is a headline fight in New York on St.Patrick’s day and then he will make his Belfast homecoming in the summer
- 18 year old Monaghan native Aaron McKenna made a dream start to his pro career. He is currently the youngest fighter signed by Oscar de la hoya on the Golden Boy ranks and he made his debut in Las Vegas on the undercard of Orlando Salido’s final fight against Miguel Roman. McKenna was originally due to fight on the undercard of Miguel Cotto’s final bout but the fight fell through. Instead he got his chance last Saturday in Vegas and registerd a 40-36 clear points win to get his career off to a dream start.
- According to Oscar de la Hoya, hard-hitting middleweight Spike O’Sulivan could be in line for a crack at GGG-Canelo if he manages to get past Antoine Douglas on the chief support bout of the WBO middleweight title clash between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux on Dec 16th –
“While Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin sit atop the division, these two fights will likely determine their challengers in the near future. Everything is on the line for all these guys.”
“We’re very excited to work with Antoine Douglas. He’s a very talented middleweight and he’ll get his chance to be on HBO and we’ll see how he performs. I’ve known about Douglas for a long time and liked him and we were able to make a co-promotional deal to work with him and Vito [Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions].”