Professional boxing returns to Dublin tonight.
JB Promotions make their promotional debut with a seven-fight card in the Warehouse at the Red Cow.
Topping the bill is Luke Keeler in his first fight since he challenged for the WBO world middleweight title over three years ago. Tony McGlynn will also trade leather after a sabbatical fighting for the first time since the Spring of 2022.
Sennan Kelly, who’s enjoyed a relatively busy 2023, also appears, fighting in what could be his last fight before he challenges for a title. Former amateur standout Declan Geraghty populates the card and sees action after suffering back-to-back Irish title fight cancelations.
Oisin Treacy, Matthew Tyndall and Glenn Byrne will all make their debuts on the card.
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SENAN KELLY vs EDGAR KEMSKY
Senan Kelly got the show off to a bright start as he dealt with a very late and very game replacement in Edgar Kemsky at the Warehouse.
The Kildare fighter won the first-ever JB Promotions promoted fight by a score of 40-36, claiming victory in what was the Pete Taylor-trained boxer’s fourth bout of a very busy year.
Talk now has the light welterweight title hopeful fighting for a title on the next JB Promotions show in February.
Kemsky didn’t come sheepish or looking just to survive. He started throwing big awkward shots, but Kelly ensured the party continued beyond one of the best-loved ring walks in Irish boxing by meeting fire with fire.
Once he had the awkward Belfast based away fighter figured out he began to find holes, using feints to find openings and hurting his foe the body in particular.
Kelly found a distance that allowed him to show his skill set in the second, which in turn enabled him to punish his opponents moments of ambition.
The slip right hand worked well in particular although Kemsky, who had the former Belfast flyweight Luke Wilton in his corner, to his credit never looked too hurt.
The late replacement came out throwing in the third, making it scrappy for the first minute. However, Kelly found a way to punish the awkward approach and flirted with a volume finish as the round came to an end.
Although Kemsky, whose gum shield kept falling out, once again proved himself as tough as he was rough and made it to the final bell.
The Kildare fighter backed his foe to the ropes in the final stanza and again found a home for his shots around the Pole’s midriff, but to again, Kemsky came with a few flurries of aggression to keep the home fighter honest.
The win sees Kelly move to 7-0.
OISIN TREACY vs MIKOLAJ RABCZAK
Oisin Treacy passed an early pro test on the cards second fight.
The Bray debutant evenutally broke the undefeated Mikolaj Rabczak’s duck egg, winning his debut on points.
Rabczak came to the ring with two knockout wins from two fights and was determined to continue the streak, making the well support Treacy work for his 39-38 win. A baptism of fire for the young prospect but a fight he will learn from.
DECLAN GERAGHTY vs ANDREJ MORAVEK
Declan Geraghty made a welcome return to Dublin beating Andrej Moravek in his first fight in his home city since 2015.
It proved a quick dispatch as ‘Pretty Boy’ got the job done in one.
Just like the blue corner fighters before him, Moravek did come to fight and let his hands go early. However, that’s always a dangerous approach against a skilled well schooled amateur operator. Once the Dubliner began to ignore the crowd’s war cry, he picked a lovely body shot that dropped Moravek. The Slovakian rose to his feet but was on the canvas again soon after, buckling under a Geraghty onslaught.
The win sees Geraghty put the disappointment of seeing an Irish title fight fall through last minute last month behind him.
GLENN BYRNE vs ALAN WHITE
The All Irish fight even delivers when its prospect versus journeyman!
Glenn Byrne became the second debutant to win on the card but like Oisin Treacy had to work for it.
Alan White proved well-schooled and competitive over four entertaining rounds, producing a performance that made the 40-36 scorecard look a little harsh.
It proved a fight both emerged with credit from and Irish boxing has two potential new entertainers to follow, be it from the away or home corner.
Byrne’s first round in pro boxing was a competitive one. White is going to explore journeyman options but his amateur pedigree was evident from the off. He boxed off a well-timed jab and put together some solid combinations, all of which seemed to ended on a crisp left hook. Byrne, who had his former pro and his older brother Jay in his corner, was aggressive and landed some big left hooks of his own in a competitive stanza.
Byrne continued to be the aggressor in the second, but Ian Gaughran managed White’s skillset remained on display. The debutant possibly pipping the round with a strong finish.
A big right hand early in the second saw the JB Promotions fighter draw blood from Whites’s nose. The sight of blood seemed to spur him on and he began to land big shots on the end of some educated pressure.
Byrne’s semi-pro experience started to show in the final round. It was clear he’d been in competitive close fights previously and was able to buy a rest on the jab and pick his moments to unleash eye-catching attacks.
White was still landing sneaky counters off the back foot but they were not as frequent as both tired, although that didn’t prevent a frantic and entertaining final few seconds
TONY MCGYLNN vs LUKASZ BARABASZ
It wasn’t pretty but Tony McGlynn got the job done in his first fight in over a year.
Fighting in his home town for the first time the Pete Taylor-trained JB Promotions fighter secured a 39-38 points victory, much to the delight of his
McGlynn had to deal with a much bigger, almost dirty opponent in Lukasz Barabasz but had his superior skill and schooling eventually won out against a fighter with a history of taking rounds off prospects. McGlynn showed why Jay Byrne is big on him across the opening two frames but his opponent’s physical advantage evened the playing field somewhat down the stretch.
MATTHEW TYNDALL SLYWESTER ZIEBA
Matthew Tyndall lived up to hype with an eye-catching debut win in tonight’s chief support.
The former underage standout delighted the Bray faithful by securing a first-round stoppage win.
Tyndall started patiently ignoring the crowd’s cries for blood, using his ring IQ to dominate.
Once he found a range he began to whip in a brilliantly timed uppercut against the smaller fighter, when the left hook was added at the tail end of the round he wobbled his first pro opponent.
Zieba managed to hold his feet and made it to his stool but didn’t get back off it, his corner pulling him out after a round.
Que debut delight and scenes among his support.
LUKE KEELER vs JIRI KROUPA
Luke Keeler was back partying in Diva.
‘Coolhand’ secured a stoppage in his old socializing haunt, ending a long sabbatical from the ring in relative style.
The Ballyfermot native bossed, bullied, bruised, and eventually stopped Jiri Kroupa in the last round of a four-rounder.
Keeler was methodical but aggressive in the opening two rounds, boxing behind a very solid jab and progressively moving through the years.
By the third, the former world title challenger was sitting down on hurtful shots and had blood spread all across the respected away fighter’s face.
Hungry to secure a stoppage he went for the kill in the last – and got it. The Dubliner was expected to win but the manner of the performance showed Keeler still has a lot to offer and a stoppage over Kroupa is a mini statement.