Alfredo Meli had a happy return to the ring in Belfast tonight.
The Immaculata middleweight opened the inaugural Ginley Promotions card at the Devenish Complex in West Belfast, and scored an entertaining six-round points win.
In his first Belfast fight since his draw with Conrad Cummings in November 2015, Meli was matched strong Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas and kicked the card off with a typically busy display.
The Ballymurphy southpaw begin at his usual breakneck speed, and would stiffen the legs of Fazekas in the final thirty of the opener with a nice backhand left.
Meli would again stun the Magyar in the second, twice, but Fazekas was proving a tough opponent and was more than happy to trade on the inside with the Belfast man.
The Ulster boxer was paying a lot of attention to his bodywork, and Fazekas began to slow in the third, with Meli beginning to pour on the pressure.
The Hungarian fought back admirably in the fourth but it was still Meli who was well on top.
The pace dipped in the fifth ever so slightly as the bout became slightly scrappier.
With Meli seemingly cruising to a points win, Fazekas came out firing in the final round, and the Irish boxer met fire with fire for a toe-to-toe finals stanza and came out on top.
Going to the scorecards after an exciting and good-natured fight, Meli was deservedly handed a 60:54 win.
The comeback victory sees Meli improve his record to 13(3)-0-1, while Fazekas falls to 30(18)-27(3)-1 following his game showing.
Next up for Meli are his impending nuptials in April, before a return to the ring in the Summer and the continuing chase for domestic honours.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)