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Con Sheehan scores dominant win on Belfast BoxNation bill

Con Sheehan claimed a┬ádominant win tonight on the ‘Belfast Boys Are Back’ card at the Waterfront Hall.

The Tipperary big man took on Hungarian journeyman Ferenc Zsalek in what was his second successive bout at the Titanic City and his third eight rounder in just his fifth fight.

Sheehan was on top throughout, showing a wide range of shots, but just could not get his wily opponent out.

A furious first round saw Sheehan lacerate the body of Zsalek, who engaged in his share of gamesmanship, goading the Irishman.

The Magyar had a better second, but Sheehan would continue to dominate, again going to the body well.

The Peter Fury-trained fighter upped the pace in the third, landing some nice uppercuts on the inside.

Zsalek withstood the constant barrages of Sheehan in the fourth and fifth, and it certainly seemed that if a stoppage was to come it would be from accumulation rather than a single shot.

The Clonmel big man started to make some headway in the sixth, forcing the increasingly-ragged Hungarian to the ropes and unloading big shots.

After the big sixth, the pace slowed in the penultimate stanza, although Sheehan was still comfortably on top.

‘The Bomb’ went looking for an explosive finish in the final round, and almost got it, sending Zsalek careening into the ropes, but the game journeyman survived to see the bell.

Eight rounds in the bank, Sheehan was awarded a wide 80:72 win on the scorecard.

The win sees Sheehan improve his flawless professional record to 5(1)-0, wile Zsalek drops to 19(5)-56(24)-6 following his night’s work.

It is unconfirmed what is up next for the Munster big man, although a slot on the Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury undercard in New Zealand could be a possibility.

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Joe O'Neill

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