The Falls Park hosts a festival of boxing tonight.
Conlan Boxing promote a 10-fight card as part of the West Belfast festival.
Topping the bill is working-class hero Padraig McCrory in an intriguing clash with British-born American-based Steed Woodhall.
It’s a massive occasion for the small hall graduate but even a bigger fight according to Jamie Conlan, as it could be ‘the one before the big one’.
There is also a big fight for McCrory’s fellow former Holy Trinity graduate Sean McComb. ‘The Public Nuisance’ defends his WBO European light welterweight title against Alejandro Moya.
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Olympian Kurt Walker, big puncher Lewis Crocker, BUI Celtic Champion Fearghus Quinn, Conor Quinn, Gerard Hughes, James Freeman, Kieran Molloy and recent Conlan Boxing signing Georgia O’Connor all also appear.
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Undefeated Galway boxer Kieran Molloy is up next against Sheffield fighter Sam O’Maison
A perfectly executed jab and huge right hook from Molloy knocks O’Maison out after one minute and seven seconds of round one and the English fighter hit the canvas was in no condition to continue
It was a stunning performance from the Oughterard native who is undefeated in six fights and four of those victories have come after a stoppage.
A beaming Molloy said he had worked on that specific shot. “I knew with him being a southpaw he was going to come on to my lead hook,” he added.
Great support for local fighter Conor ‘The Magnificent’ Quinn who has just started against Bryan Castro.
Impressive jabs and left hooks to the head and body from Quinn who is well on top.
A very dominant opening round from Quinn and the 25 year-old looks very sharp and has taken very few shots himself.
Very good defensive work from Quinn in this super flyweight contest against Castro, who has been defeated sixth times previously.
Excellent left hook from the West Belfast fighter who let his hands go and unleashed a flurry of punches to the head and Castro looks hurt.
Quinn on the front foot at the start of round three and he has just pummelled Castro with a powerful jab to the body and a lovely right hook to the head. His combination punches are excellent.
This is a very dominant performance from Quinn who is well in charge and he looks assured, offensive and he is also very clever defensively.
Castro is showing some resilience and is receiving a lot of punishment but he looks determined to try and survive and go the distance of six rounds.
However, Quinn has convincingly won this fourth round and every round in this fight so far.
Great uppercut from Quinn who is exerting his dominance again and unleased three to four punches on Castro as he pinned him in the corner.
The sixth round has ended and it was one way traffic. Quinn will have much more difficult nights ahead.
Conor Quinn has been declared the winner 60-54 on the scorecard.
Quinn says he was disappointed there was very little coming back at him as he enjoys countering but Castro ‘just wanted to survive’.
The Belfast fighter says he is targeting title fights.
Home fighter Kurt Walker has started brightly against Jayro Fernando Duran and was well on top in round one.
Walker is delivering frequent jabs to the body of his opponent who is under big pressure in round two.
There is a red mark to Duran’s left eye and Walker is clinically pummelling Duran with a flurry of shots to the body and head.
Walker is well on top against Duran as round three begins.
Walker was dominant again in round three and while Duran is putting up a spirited display the Belfast fighter is well on top.
Duran has thrown some decent punches in round four and he is dangerous as he has had 14 knockouts in his 15 fights.
Walker is boxing superbly and getting the better of the exchanges in round six. Duran has put in a decent display though.
Walker was comfortable in the seventh round but Duran is still smiling and very spirited.
The Lisburn fighter finished the stronger and shaded round eight after a dominant display.
Walker has won the fight 80-72 on the scorecard.
Walker said it was a ‘good performance’ against a durable fighter and Duran was trying to throw him off.
County Armagh fighter Fearghus Quinn is up now against Ramiro Blanco and he has started brightly in round one.
Quinn is very busy and is unleashing a flurry of punches, however, Blanco has responded with a right uppercut.
Good work from Quinn who is unbeaten in six fights and has had two stoppages. He is well on top against the hardworking but limited Blanco so far.
Quinn is hurting Blanco with left and right jabs to the head and is imposing relentless pressure on his opponent who just responded with a solid right hand.
Fantastic combinations to the head from Quinn and the tough and resilient Blanco took big punishment in round three there.
Blanco is starting to hold Quinn and he looks tired and as if he is trying to disturb his more superior rival’s momentum in round four.
Quinn is looking very fresh and he seems to be hurting Blanco far more when he connects with him at the end of this fourth round which he has convincingly won.
This fight has been more competitive than many of the other earlier contests but Quinn has been on top in every round.
Blanco has a great chin and has taken a lot of punishment but he has shown a lot of spirit. Quinn is now going for the stoppage in round six.
Quinn is unleashing an enormous amount of punches, most of which have connected, and going for the knockout, but Blanco is responding himself occasionally in what has been a highly entertaining contest.
Quinn is the unanimous winner and has won 60-54 on the scorecards for his sixth professional triumph.
Sean McComb is making his ring walk as he faces up to Alejandro Moya in the second defence of the WBO European light-welterweight title.
The Belfast fighter walked out to the late Sinead O’Connor’s iconic track ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.
McComb is fighting smartly so far and connecting with some good body shots and a solid left hand punch.
McComb looks to have edged the first two rounds of this fight but it is a very competitive fight so far with Moya looking dangerous, on occasions, too.
The third round was a lot tighter with some good exchanges and combination punches from both fighters.
McComb landed far more shots than Moya in round four, however, his Spanish opponent looks dangerous and has connected with some decent punches.
Lovely combinations from McComb as the crowd rise to cheer him on in round six. It has been a very impressive performance so far and he is starting to turn the screw.
McComb has frustrated Moya and he appears to be in a commanding lead after eight rounds.
The ninth round was spectacular with Moya enjoying some notable success and hurting McComb although the home fighter often had the final say in exchanges.
The tenth round was another interesting one with both fighters enjoying some success. McComb and Moya have raised their hands at the end of the chief support contest.
McComb has won the fight and retains his belt with a unanimous decision with two of the judges scoring it 97-93 and the third judge scoring it 99-92.
The main event and the big fight between Padraig McCrory and Steed Woodall is up next and both fighters are about to make their ring walks.
A tentative start exploded into life about midway through the first round with McCrory landing some big right hand punches on his English opponent on the ropes.
There was some devastating punches in the second round again with McCrory and Woodall both hurting one another and the latter, in particular, landing some big left hooks.
The third round was a little more cagey as both fighters took a more tentative approach.
McCrory seemed to have the better of round four but it was another relatively close and competitive one.
McCrory has a cut over his right eye and unleashed an onslaught of punches on Woodall who was pushed up against the ropes in round five.
McCrory used the jab very effectively in round six and he unleashed a big right hook on Woodall who was rocked momentarily but steadied himself again.
McCrory caught Woodall with a big right hand punch that rocked the English fighter and led to one glove hitting the canvas which counts as a knockdown in round eight.
The Birmingham fighter was more impressive in round nine and caught McCrory with a right hook that left him looking shaken. The home fighter looks exhausted.
McCrory has been announced as the unanimous winner with two judges scoring it 96-93 and the third scoring it 98-92.