Allan Phelan suffers shock defeat in opening bout on Red Corner card

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Allan Phelan opened the show tonight in Dublin but fell to a shock defeat.

The Kildare feather was the first fighter in action on the Red Corner Promotions ‘For Honour and Pride’ card at the National Stadium.

Phelan took on experienced English journeyman Jamie Quinn over four rounds and suffered a narrow defeat to the invigorated Englishman.

Normally a fighter content to go the rounds with spurts of quality, Quinn came tonight to win and outworked the Irish boxer.

A close first, Quinn began sharply off the jab, with Phelan getting stronger as the round went on.

Quinn continued his good work in the second. The quality and variety was coming from the home fighter Phelan, but the Manchester man was keeping busy with the jab-backhand

The pair stood and traded bodyshots at the start of an exciting third. Both landed big shots throughout a back and forth stanza, with an overhand right from Phelan the pick of the bunch.

Perhaps knowing he needed a big final round, Phelan came out fast in the fourth and final round, landing an eye-catching left hook in the opening seconds. Quinn came back into the round as it progressed, but Phelan continued to land big single overhand rights.

Going to the cards there was a shock, with Quinn being awarded the bout on a 39:38 scoreling

The defeat sees Phelan drop to 8(5)-3(1)-1, while the rare victory sees the respected Quinn improve to 3(0)-40(1)-2.

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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Joe O'Neill

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