Ginley Promotions ran their third bill of the year, and by far their best, with ‘Danger At The Devenish 2’ being a roaring success.
A nine-fight bill in the end, there was drama before a punch had even been thrown as Belfast light welter Anto Upton saw his fight with Miguel Aguilar shelved due to the Nicaraguan missing weight.
When the action did finally get going, there was a shock as Clondalkin cruiser Ian Tims [12(3)-5(3)] was outworked and defeated by Romanian Gheorghe Danut. The aggressive southpaw put it on Tims from the start and ran out a deserved 59-55 winner.
Alfredo Meli [14(3)-0-1] got the home fighters up and running then with a win in a domestic dust-up against Cork-based South African Jade Karam. The Immaculata middleweight, with his signature high workrate overwhelmed Karam to post a shut-out, but the visitor was a game foe and a welcome addition to the scene.
Coalisland debutant Taylor McGoldrick [1(0)-0] then defeated tough Pole Michal Ciach. Following a spirited start, the Tyrone super middle settled down to pick his shots well, before withstanding a late charge from Ciach.
Another super middle, St James’s Pádraig McCrory [2(1)-0], then finally returned to the ring after numerous cancellations. ‘The Hammer’ looked mightily impressive, sending Nicaraguan Michael Mora down in the second with a big shot to the side of the head. The Central American rose at nine, but the bout was correctly waved off.
Castleknock light heavy Stevie Collins Jr [12(4)-1(0)-1] continued his development under new coach Steven O’Rourke with a points win over Istvan Orsos. ‘The Wolfhound’ took a considered approach, although still landed some heavy shots, to whitewash the Hungarian.
In the fight of the night, Phil Sutcliffe Jr [14(9)-2(1)] made a successful return to the ring in a shoot-out with undefeated Kazakh KO artist Andreas Maier. The Dubliner downed the aggressive visitor in the opener as they traded and piled on the pressure in round two. The end then came in the third round, with Sutcliffe again sending Maier down as they traded before dropping him again with a beautiful bodyshot. While he beat the count and resumed, the fight was waved off almost as soon as Sutcliffe resumed his assault.
Lenadoon welterweight Paddy Gallagher [13(8)-3(0)] almost saw his fight scrapped after proposed opponent Gergo Vari was pulled out due to a failed pre-fight medical (perforated eardrum). Eventually Miguel Aguilar, still in the venue after the weigh in, agreed to step in, and the durable Central American brought Gallagher the full six.
The main event saw Derry super bantamweight Tyrone McCullagh [9(5)-0] claim the best win of his career. Facing awkward undefeated German Tom Tran, McCullagh established control early and downed the visitor to the body at the end of the fifth. Saved by the bell, Tran was then faced with an onrushing McCullagh at the start of the fifth and the bout was waved off as he stood trapped in the corner taking barrage after barrage.
Cruiserweight – 6×3 minute rounds
Ian Tims lost to Gheorghe Danut
Middleweight – 6×3 minute rounds
Alfredo Meli beat Jade Karam
Super Middleweight 4×3 minute rounds
Taylor McGoldrick beat Michal Ciach
Super Middleweight 4×3 minute rounds
Pádraig McCrory [2(1)-0] beat Michael Mora
Round 2 (2:18)
Light Heavyweight 6×3 minute rounds
Stevie Collins [12(4)-1(0)-1] beat Istvan Orsos
Middleweight 6×3 minute rounds
Conrad Cummings [12(5)-1(0)-1] beat Norbert Szekeres
Light Welterweight – 6×3 minute rounds
Phil Sutcliffe Jr [14(9)-2(1)] beat Andreas Maier
Round 3 (2:55)
Welterweight – 6×3 minute rounds
Paddy Gallagher beat Miguel Aguilar
Super Bantamweight – 8×3 minute rounds
Tyrone McCullagh v Tom Tran
Round 5 (0:55)