On This Day: September 14th

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2013: Sligo’s Stephen ‘Block’ Reynolds stopped Downpatrick cruiser Declan Trainor at the Devenish Venue in Belfast in the sixth round of a pulsating war.

A back-and-forth affair, Reynolds floored the Ulsterman in the fifth round with a huge right hook, but found himself on the canvas moments later following an explosive counter-right from Trainor.

Reynolds miraculously recovered to see out the round and came on strong in the following stanza, hunting down Trainor and forcing a standing stoppage amidst scenes of pandemonium.

The scrap won the 2013 Irish Fight of the Year, and has been labelled by Irish-Boxing.com chief Jonny Stapleton as “the best fight I have ever seen live.”

Watch the epic contest in full below:

Video courtesy of Doug Matthews

The scheduled eight-rounder was for the Celtic Nations title, and it was hoped by many that a rematch for the Irish title could have been arranged, but it sadly never materialised.

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