Cheeky Niall O’Connor grabs debut win on ‘Celtic Clash 3’ card


Niall O’Connor promised that he would impress and stand out on his debut, and he certainly did so tonight on ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions.’

The Ballybrack light welter gave an aggressive display at the National Stadium and claimed

Initially due to face Belfast’s Alec Bazza, O’Connor fell victim to a fight-week change and instead fought Poland’s Pal Olah – against whom he was utterly dominant.

The Dubliner began fast, and had Olah stunned with seconds, landing snappy shots with great variation, as well as engaging in some showboating, talking to his opponent, going on walkabouts, and generally just enjoying the spotlight.

The fight had been completely sapped from Olah by the second round, allowing O’Connor to pot-shot almost at will.

The Eastern European fighter however was refusing to go down – a slip in the third aside – as O’Connor continued to press and impress.

Old school manager and trainer Tony Davitt wasn’t to enamoured by the play-acting from O’Connor, but the red-headed messer was showing some real quality to balance out his antics as he rounded out the fight on the attack.

Going to the card, O’Connor was given a comfortable 40:36 win and moves to 1(0)-0. Olah, who did well to see the final bell, drops to 7(5)-11(4)-1.

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Joe O'Neill

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