Bright Future ahead for Dark Horse – Mullen wins in Marbella

Dublin super middleweight Ciaran Mullen opened the show, and opened his professional career, tonight in Puerto Banús with an impressive debut victory. The 22 year old defeated Lithuania’s Tomas Samausas via on the MGM Promotions ‘Lights Out at the Plaza’ show at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel in the sunny South of Spain.

‘The Dark Horse’ began cautiously using his jab to good effect. The Dubliner, who switch-hit throughout, opened up in the second round, throwing a few more combinations and backing his man up.

Samausas came out fast in the third round, catching Mullen, but the debutant showed good maturity to keep the Lithuanian at bay with his long right jab. In the final stanza, Samausas, who grew into the fight, tried to turn the bout into a close quarters fight – but the physically stronger Mullen always had the edge whenever the two traded.

There was no doubts when the bout ended, with the referee awarding Mullen a clear 40-36 points win.

The victory sees Mullen get off to a perfect start in the paid ranks and, with the loss, Samausas falls to 1(0)-9(1)-1.

Mullen will now be hoping to get regular fights to build experience and a fanbase.

Joe O'Neill

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