On This Day: October 16th

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1993: Ballymena’s Eamonn Loughran outpointed (118-110, 117-112, 116-112) rangey American Lorenzo Smith to claim the vacant WBO welterweight title at the King’s Hall in Belfast. Smith, fighting on three days notice after replacing former champion Gert Bo Jacobsen, began well, using his reach, but was eventually broken down and outworked by the Ulsterman who would go on to hold the belt for two and a half years.

Watch Eamonn Loughran v Lorenzo Smith in full below:

2015: Anto Cacace saw off the game challenge of Ronnie Clark to win the BBBoC Celtic super featherweight title in Edinburgh. Up on the scorecards, the Apache stopped Clark in the final minute of the final round with a sharp and powerful combination to underline his huge talent.

Watch Anto Cacace v Ronnie Clark in full below:

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