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On This Day: September 25th

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2009: Matthew Macklin won the European middleweight title with a destructive win over Amin Asikainen at the Velodrome in Manchester. The Tipperary Tornado had the Finn down twice in the opening round, the first a huge left hook, to force a stoppage and win the blue belt.

Watch Matthew Macklin v Amin Asikainen below:

Liam Mullen knocked out Gus Farrell in a Dublin derby at the Olympic Ballroom in the capital to claim the vacant Irish welterweight title. The pair would rematch a year after the sixth round stoppage, with Farrell prevailing that time round.

1953: In a rematch of their title bout three months previously, Gerry Smythe got revenge over Ricky McCullough in a Belfast brawl at the Ulster Hall, winning a points decision after twelve to reclaim the Northern Irish lightweight title.

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