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Final round knockdown rescues debut win for Chris Mullally

Kildare’s Chris Mullally was pushed extremely hard tonight in his professional debut, but pulled out a win out from the fire.

The Newbridge light heavyweight was an outstanding underage fighter, winning European Schoolboys bronze and numerous national titles, but stepped away from the sport for a few years.

Returning here, it initially was like he had never left.

Facing Poland’s Przemysla Binienda, Mullally made a strong start before tiring quickly. He would however dig deep, and scored a final round knockdown to win him the bout.

Possessing a low-set, stalking style, Mullally caught and countered well in an impressive opener

Binienda came out aggressively in the second, the lilywhite would look to reassert control with the jab – but the busier boxer was in the away corner..

Mullally showed some spurts of quality footwork in the third but was tiring rapidly and Benienda was starting to have good success up close. A strong salvo in the closing 30 by the Irishman stemmed the tide somewhat, but he needed a big final round – and that was exactly what he got.

The fight exploded as two massive bodyshots from Mullally saw the Pole keel over and hit the canvas heavily. Binienda beat the count and battled back gamely as Mullally tired momentarily. A second wind came for Mullally just before the final bell, but the journeyman saw out the fight.

Going to referee Emile Tiedt’s card, Mullally was handed a 38:37 win, with the knockdown seemingly proving crucial..

Mullally’s new record starts off at 1(0)-0, while the game Binienda drops to 2(2)-11(5).

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frayne carpentry

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