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Assassin’s Creed – RESULTS & REPORT

Irish boxing started 2018 with a bang tonight in Belfast with perhaps the best MHD Promotions card yet.

The Grand Ballroom at the Europa Hotel was the venue for the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ card, topped by WBA super featherweight #4 James Tennyson and featuring a five-fight undercard.

Headliner Tennyson [21(17)-2(2)] needed just 59 seconds to get rid of the never-been-stopped Arnoldo Solano of Nicaragua, a left to the body putting the Central American down for the count.

While the main event was something of a non-event, the undercard was one of the best-matched in recent memory.

Returning after over two years out, Newtownards super feather Stevie Quinn Jr [9(2)-2(0)] looked mightily impressive as he dominated the game Edwin Tellez. The silkily skilled southpaw showed some beautiful combinations and fantastic composure throughout. A welcome re-addition to the scene.

Always entertaining, Belfast-trained Dundee super feather Ronnie Clark got a good run-out over six by Dean Evans, claiming a 60-54 win.

Karl Kelly [1(0)-1(0)] showed guts galore and plenty of fight, but was beaten 60-57 by classy English prospect Lucas Ballingall. The Dublin super feather enjoyed some success early on, but was forced to hang on toward the end as Ballingall hurt him to the body in the closing round.

Another fighter returning after a two-year sabbatical was Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane [10(3)-1(1)] and, like Quinn, the Belfast fighter returned with a win. The Kronk Gym puncher came back with a victory over the fighter who put him into semi retirement – Zoltan Horvath – and seemed to enjoy his return, overcoming a messy start in which the Hungarian was docked a point for holding and hitting to showboat his way to a 40-35 win.

Chief support Feargal McCrory [8(3)-0] withstood a late charge from the spirited Rafael Castillo to claim a 58-55 win on the cards. The Coalisland super feather dropped Castillo in the second with a straight left as they exchanged, but wilted slightly in the closing two rounds as the Nicaraguan came on strong. Going past four for the first time, it was a good test for the Tyrone fighter.


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie