Light flyweight Lynn Harvey banished any demons which may have lingered from her sole professional defeat in Dublin this evening with a bizarre win.
Harvey opened the Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ show at the National Stadium, returning to the scene of her defeat to Mary Romero.
The 35 year old took on Romanian replacement Sara Regina Coca and scored a disqualification win with her opponent being thrown out in the third due to the opponent throwing a kick.
The Kilbarrack fighter was frustrated yesterday to see her replacement opponent weigh in 2kg heavier than the agreed weight, and Coca cetainly did have plenty of physical strenght.
Sharp having scored a quick knockout win in Belfast earlier this month, Harvey started fast, trading with the Eastern European, landing one paticularly eye-catching right hook but taking a fair few herself. During one of the clinches, Coca seemed to lift her leg as if to throw a knee, perhaps due to muscle-memory from her background in kickboxing.
Coca continued to bull forward in the second, leading Harvey to box on the outside using her skillset.
With her opponent becoming increasingly tired and ragged the bout reached a freak conclusion in the third round, with an exhausted looking Coca throwing an, admittedly innocuous, kick and leaving referee Emile Tiedt having no option but to disqualify her.
While the method of victory was probably not what she expected, the win was a big one for Harvey who roared with delight as the verdict was read out.
The win sees Harvey improve he record to 3(2)-1, while Coca drops to 0-2(0).
Next up for The Hunter is a spot on the first ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland’ card on April 1st
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