However, the Galway light middleweight will be extremely disappointed he wasn’t awarded the win on the Sam Sexton v Hughie Fury undercard at the Macron Stadium.
McDonagh had caused a stir online beforehand, having former Atomic Kitten star, I’m A Celebrity winner, and personal friend Kerry Katona accompany him on his ringwalk carrying the Irish flag. The TV personality certainly seemed to enjoy herself at the event and made a lot of noise from ringside – somthing which was also picked up on on social medial.
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There were more important matters inside the ring, and the 40-year-old was faced with Hungarian Peter Kramer, a late replacement for German Davide Doria [16(4)-5(2)-1]
McDonagh looked to have outworked the unbeaten Hungarian but the scoring referee did not agree. The commentary team with 5Spike saw the bout as being seven rounds to three (97-93) in favour of ‘The Cinderella Man’ but referee John Latham adjudged it to be a 96-96 stalemate
McDonagh came into the fight off the back of a career-best win over Shayne Singleton but had been out of action since September having been banned from fighting in Britain for eight months following his behaviour at the press conference and weigh-in for his clash with Singleton.
The Peter Fury-trained fighter was somewhat rusty but always seemed in control against the unbeaten Magyar who was fighting outside his home country for the first time.
The Connemara boxer, who came to Friday’s weigh-in in chains in reference to his ban, was extremely disappointed with the result and called for an immediate rematch.
McDonagh’s record now reads 28(3)-28(2)-2 while Kramer moves to 8(5)-0-1.
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