Bernard Roe makes knockout return in Dublin


After over 14 months out of the ring, Dublin light middleweight Bernard Roe made his long-awaited return tonight at the National Stadium.

The Sheriff Street favourite fought on the ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ bill and claimed a knockout comeback,

Initially due to fight Valentin Stoychov, who was outpointed by Sean Creagh in the preceding bout, Roe instead took on another Bulgarian Radoslav Mitev following some fight week rearranging.

The 26 year old eased him way into his return, establishing his range well with the jab and touching Mitev to the body.

Roe started to put weight behind his shots in the second, at one stage cornering Mitev and unloading – with the Sofia scrapper looking to be in pain at the break of the round.

The inner-city Dub began to beat the fight out of Mitev in the third. The bout was becoming increasingly one way before a volley of shots knocked out the journeyman’s gumshield and left him out on his feet, forcing the fight to be stopped.

The maiden knockout win sees Roe move to 5(1)-0, while Mitev drops to 9(2)-33(15)-1

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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